JoAnna Garcia will presumably get pulses racing as a doctor on Royal Pains, TVLine has learned exclusively — thus providing her with a convenient East Coast gig while slugger hubby Nick Swisher’s New York Yankees cruise into the post-season.
In multiple episodes of USA Network’s medical dramedy, Garcia will play Dr. Nina Greene, a smart and compassionate nephrologist who may or may not be a former child star. The doc’s possibly famous-ish background comes to the fore when she is pressed on the issue by patient Jack O’Malley, aka the golf pro played by Ed‘s Tom Cavanagh.
Though perhaps best known for her run on Reba, Garcia’s TV credits also include, most recently, ABC’s Better With You, plus Gossip Girl, Privileged, and the TV-movie The Initiation of Sarah.
Royal Pains aired its summer finale on Aug. 31. Season 3 will resume sometime in early 2012.