Joni Ricketts, PA-C
Eight months of doctor-ordered bedrest can seem like a prison sentence. But in the case of a pregnant Joni Ricketts, PA-C, the “sentence” became a blessing in disguise.
In the months that required the usually vivacious woman to rely on others, she gained a deeper appreciation of physical and social interaction and a new desire to pass on that gift to others.
Guided by her strong faith and desire to connect with others, Ricketts founded Twelve Twenty Eight Mobile Medical Wellness in October 2017. The mobile medical clinic provides medical and aesthetics services to victims of domestic violence, the disabled and those who have limited access to healthcare in and around the St. Augustine and Jacksonville, Florida areas. The name Twelve Twenty Eight refers to the birth date of the first successful in-vitro baby in the U.S. and is an ode to her own journey to becoming a mother after two years of help from reproductive endocrinology specialists.
It’s a 21st century delivery model with a classic touch. Many services, ranging from acne to facial scars, are provided in a vintage 1970s airstream. She also offers services at additional locations where patients don’t have to travel far and experience little wait time.
“Some of my patients are victims of violence who are constantly reminded of the trauma they endured because of physical scaring on their faces or bodies,” said Ricketts. “The airstream allows me to treat patients in a private, safe environment, and create access to affordable care.”
Ricketts creates custom, intimate experiences for each of her patients’ unique needs. It’s part of her holistic therapy approach to integrate aesthetics with emotional, spiritual and mental health needs. Her mentor and partner, Dr. Phillip García, a double board-certified facial plastics and otolaryngology surgeon, can also provide surgical procedures, if needed.
“If you look at the research, mental, emotional and spiritual health all tie into holistic health,” she said. “While aesthetics work can seem superficial on the surface, I want to educate and empower patients to heal from within. Helping them to feel better on the outside is a way to facilitate that inner healing.”
The most powerful source of confirmation is watching those transformations in patients, who for years may have been depressed, fearful or unsure in their abilities because of how they presented to the world.
“Sometimes physical restoration ends up being a spiritual experience,” said Ricketts. “I hope that what I do can restore their confidence and inspire them to do what they've always desired.”
Today, the inspiration for Twelve Twenty Eight are flourishing 9-year old twin girls, who like mommy, have a driving passion for service.
"They are my biggest blessing and motivation to keep doing what I do,” she said. “I hope to one day look at my beautiful daughters and know that I created a legacy for them. Twelve Twenty Eight is a vessel for that legacy.”