Our Providers

Dr. Gardner grew up in Virginia Beach and attended Virginia Military Institute where he was a class officer, cadet captain, and on the wrestling team. After graduating from the West Virginia University School of Medicine, he completed his Family Practice internship at Riverside Hospital in Newport News, VA. From 1979-1982 he was a general medical officer in the U.S. Army serving in Germany and the Netherlands. He returned to Virginia Beach to finish his residency at the First Colonial Family Practice program of the Medical College of Virginia. Dr. Gardner has been in private practice since 1985 and has been active in various medical organizations. He enjoys the challenge of Family Practice, especially in the areas of disease prevention and healthy living. Dr. Gardner and his wife reside in Alexandria. He is a military history buff and is currently researching his family genealogy.

Honors and Awards

  • Top Doctor, Consumers’ Checkbook: 2015 -2016
  • Top Doctor, The Global Directory of Who’s Who: 2013
  • Top Rated Primary Care Doctor, Washington Consumers Checkbook Magazine: 2013, 2012
  • Best Doctor in Virginia, Virginia Living Magazine: 2011
  • Best Doctor in America: 2005-2012

Dr. Cornwell grew up in Alexandria, Virginia and graduated from Indiana University.  He earned his medical degree from George Washington University in Washington, D.C.  He completed his Family Practice residency at Fairfax Family Practice, Fairfax, Virginia through the Medical College of Virginia where he received the distinction of Chief Resident.  Dr. Cornwell enjoys caring for people of all ages.  He has been practicing in Northern Virginia since 1990.  An avid swimmer, he also enjoys skiing, kayaking, and biking.  He resides in Alexandria.

Honors and Awards

  • Top Doctor, Consumers’ Checkbook: 2015 -2016
  • Top Doctor: 2013, 2012, 2011
  • Best Rated Doctor, Consumer Checkbook: 2005-2012
  • Top Doctors, Washington Magazine: 2005-2012
  • Best Doctor of America: 2008-2012

Dr. Natasha Lewry Beauvais was raised in Manchester, New Hampshire and received her B.A. from Yale University.  She received her M.D. and Master of Public Health degrees from the University of Connecticut School of Medicine.  She completed her residency in Family Medicine at SUNY Stony Brook and at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine Jamaica Hospital Family Practice Residency in New York City.  Prior to joining Northern Virginia Family Practice Associates, Dr. Beauvais practiced with Unity Health Care in downtown Washington, D.C. from 2004 – 2007.  She emphasizes caring for the whole family and for the whole person and values patient relationships built through long-term continuity of care.  She lost two grandparents to preventable diseases, and developed a personal compassion for the difficulties of Parkinson’s disease and Alzheimer’s dementia when her other grandparents developed these.  She has a fondness for grandparents everywhere!  In her spare time, she enjoys mothering her four children, gardening with her husband, and taking family hikes in the woods.

Honors and Awards

  • American Medical Women’s Association, co-founder of Women’s Mentoring Program
  • Joseph Collins Award for Excellence in Arts and Letters
  • University of Connecticut Family Medicine Award

Jessica Ware joined Northern Virginia Family Practice in 2003.  She enjoys the diversity of primary care and developing long term relationships with her patients.  Since she transitioned her practice into the personalized preventive model she sees the value of having more time with each patient, allowing her to provide the best medical care possible.  In this more relaxed environment, she can focus on all aspects of the patient’s health from their physical, social, and emotional well-being, promote overall wellness and encourage patients to be proactive participants in their healthcare.  Ms. Ware is passionate about treating each patient as an individual and tailoring their treatment plans.  Her special interests include diabetes, thyroid disease, women’s health, adolescent and pediatric medicine.

Jessica grew up in New Fairfield, CT and attended North Carolina State University.  She graduated from the Physician Assistant Program at George Washington University in 2001.  She is board certified through the NCCPA.  In her spare time she enjoys seeing her identical twin sister who is also a physician assistant, volunteering at her children’s school and would love to earn her black belt one day.  She lives in Alexandria with her husband and two children.

Dr. Pat Tokarz grew up in Kingsport, Tennessee and attended Stanford University for his undergraduate degree.  He received his medical training at the University of Tennessee, Center for Health Care Services, Memphis.  Dr. Tokarz completed his Family Practice residency, followed by a teaching fellowship, at Hershey Medical Center.  He enjoys the continuity and comprehensive nature of Family Practice and has been practicing in Northern Virginia since 1978.  He has been involved in various medical organizations, the recipient of numerous awards and was a clinic professor at George Washington Medical School and at Georgetown University Medical School.  Dr. Tokarz resides in Alexandria with his wife and their two sons.  He enjoys crew, tennis, and hiking in the nearby mountains.  After over 30 years at Northern Virginia Family Practice, Dr. Tokarz retired from practicing medicine in December 2014. He currently serves as Chief Medical Advisor for Specialdocs Consultants, LLC, a leader in transitioning traditional medical practices to independent concierge models.

Honors and Awards

  • Top Doctor Recognition: 2012, 2011, 2010, 1997, 1995
  • Best Doctor in America: 2005-2010

Our Staff

Medical Assistant

Ana Ramos has been a valued member of our team since joining our practice in 1995.  Ana’s interest in medicine stems back to her childhood when she was inspired by visiting her local hospital in El Salvador where her aunt served as a nurse and seeing the caregivers in action.  After her family moved to the U.S. when she was 17, Ana pursued her dream and became a medical assistant.  Now a parent of three daughters, ranging from eight months to 12 years old, Ana has her future sights set on earning a nursing degree…but as any working parent understands, plans to wait until her children are a bit older! Ana values collaborating with Dr. Gardner and all the providers at Northern Virginia Family Practice, and treasures the long-term relationships she has formed with her patients.


Vicki joined our staff in November 2014 after moving to the area from Norfolk, Virginia.  She is the friendly face at our front desk and helpful voice on the phone.  Vicki is enjoying working in our personalize preventive care practice and getting to know our patients.

Medical Receptionist
Natalie has always had a heartfelt desire to help people and this led her to a career in healthcare, where she knew she could really make a difference in people’s lives.  She became a part of the NVFP family in February of 2006 and has been enjoying working with a team who is genuinely concerned about their patients and providing the best care possible ever since.  Most of all, Natalie values the personal relationship she has been able to form with our patients over the years.  When she is not working hard at NVFP, Natalie likes spending as much time as possible with her family and engaging in her true passion of interior decorating and design.   
Medical Receptionist
Angie, the newest member of the NVFP team, joined the practice in December of 2016.  She has worked in the healthcare field for many years and loves helping people ease their pain and making a difference in her patients’ lives.  Angie is a certified Medical Assistant and would like to further her training and education to become a Registered Nurse in the future.  She is originally from La Paz, Bolivia and now lives in Northern Virginia with some of her close family nearby.  Angie loves all movies, music, dancing, and playing volleyball.     
License Practical Nurse
Tiffany has been enjoying working with the friendly and caring patients and staff at NVFP since July of 2016.  Since she was younger, Tiffany has always wanted to help people through a job that felt rewarding.  Those aspirations led her to a career path in healthcare where she feels her character can make a difference for the people she encounters.  In the future, Tiffany would like to obtain a degree in healthcare management.  She is originally from Durham, North Carolina and now resides in the DC metro area with her husband, two young children, and dog.  During her free time, Tiffany enjoys traveling, cooking, and doing crafts with her children. 
Billing Specialist
Melanie joined NVFP in September of 2015, bringing with her over 29 years of healthcare billing experience.  She was born and raised in Maryland, where she currently lives with her husband and beautiful daughter.  Melanie enjoys traveling and spending time with her family and friends.