Our Providers

Beginning at birth and continuing for a lifetime, Memorial Community Hospital & Health System is your connection to quality healthcare services. MCH&HS takes pride in the talented team of physicians and physicians assistants that have been assembled within our health system.

Our dedicated medical staff serves the residents of Washington and Burt counties by providing primary care services at the Blair Clinic, on our main campus, and through our outreach clinics in Tekamah, Cottonwood Clinic and Fort Calhoun, Fort Calhoun Clinic.

The MCH&HS Specialty Clinic hosts more than 30 physicians practicing in a wide range of specialties from Allergies and Asthma to Urology and Pulmonology.

Surgical Services are offered in orthopedics, ophthalmology, urology, podiatry, OB/GYN, ear, nose and throat (ENT), and general surgery.

Blair Clinic

 Blair Clinic Providers 

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Sandra Baumberger, M.D.
Blair Clinic

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Jill S. Reel, M.D.
Blair Clinic

Dr. Alisha OMalley MCH Clinic FT

Alisha Scott, M.D.
Blair Clinic

Dr. Baumberger attended medical school and completed her residency at Creighton University. She has special interests in Family Medicine and Obstetrics. She is Board Certified by the American Board of Family Medicine and is a member of both the Nebraska and American Family Academy of Family Physicians. Dr. Reel attended Medical School at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. Her Pediatric residency was completed with the combined Nebraska/Creighton Pediatric Program. She is board certified with the American Board of Pediatrics and has certifications in Basic Life Support, Neonatal Resuscitation Program, Advanced Cardiac Life Support and Pediatric Advanced Life Support. Dr. Reel specializes in Pediatric Care for patients from Birth to 22 years of age. She recommends yearly checkups for all ages and immunizations. These yearly checkups will also count toward a sports physical. Dr. Reel is a General Pediatrician and has special interest in Asthma, Allergies, Feeding Concerns, Behavioral Problems, Genetics and Developmental Delays. Dr. Scott received her Graduate Degree in Family Medicine & OB from the University of Nebraska Medical Center in June of 2016. Certifications include: Physician's License, BLS, ACLS, PALS, ALSO, ATLS, and obtained NRP in July 2016.

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John Simonson, M.D.
Blair Clinic
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Charles "Tuck' Smith, M.D.
Blair & Cottonwood Clinic

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Paula Thielen, M.D.
Blair & Cottonwood Clinic

Dr. Simonson attended medical school and completed his residency at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. He is a member of the American Academy of Family Medicine, the Nebraska Association of Family Medicine and is Board Certified by the American Board of Family Medicine. He has special interests in Family Medicine, Obstetrics and Geriatrics. Dr. Smith attended medical school and completed his residency in Family Medicine at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. Dr. Smith enjoys patients of all ages, but has a special interest in family practice as well as obstetrics, pediatrics, and sports medicine. He has specialty training in cesarean births, endoscopy procedures and allergy.

Dr. Thielen received her medical degree from the University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Medicine and completed her residency at UNMC in Family Medicine. She is Board certified in Family Medicine with a strong interest in and focus on women's health and maternity care. Dr. Thielen is experienced in C-Sections and minor office procedures. Dr. Thielen is board certified through the American Board of Family Medicine and has certifications in Advanced Trauma Life Support, Advanced Obstetric Life Support, Advanced Cardiac Life Support, Pediatric Advanced Life Support, Neonatal Resuscitation Program, and Basic Life Support.

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Lori Brunner-Buck, M.D., PRN
Blair Clinic

 

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Lynda Arnold, PA-C
Blair Clinic

Dr. Brunner-Buck attended medical school and completed her residency at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. She is certified with the American Board of Internal Medicine and the American Board of Pediatrics.

 

Lynda attended Bowman Gray School of Medicine. She is affiliated with American Academy of Physician Assistants and the Nebraska Academy of Physician Assistants. She is certified in BLS and ACLS and is Board Certified by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants.

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Ashley Beckman, PA-C
Blair Clinic

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Mindy Bosanek, APRN
Blair Clinic

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Nicole Kratochvil, PA-C
Blair Clinic
Specialty: Physician Assistant, Orthopedics and Family/Internal Medicine
College of Medicine: Master of Physician assistant Studies at UNMC
Certifications:
- The National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA)
- BLS, ACLS, PALS

Mindy attended medical school at Clarkson College. She is certificated in BLS, ACLS and PALS.

Nicole attended Des Moines University School of Osteopathic Medicine and received her certificate in Physician Assistant Studies. She is affiliated with the American Academy of Physician Assistants. And certified in BLS, ACLS, and PALS. She is also DOT certified.

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Kimberly Kurtz, PA-C
Blair Clinic

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Emily Mahon, PA-C, PRN
Blair Clinic

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RaeAnn T. Meyer, PA-C
Blair Clinic
Kimberly attended medical school at University of Nebraska Medical Center. She is certified in BLS and ACLS and is Board Certified by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants.

Emily attended medical school at Midwestern University in Glendale, AZ. She currently works for the United States Air Force as a PA-C in addition to working at MCH&HS in the Blair Clinic.

She is certified in BLS and ACLS and is Board Certified by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants.

RaeAnn attended medical school at Marietta College. She is certified in BLS and ACLS and is Board Certified by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants.

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Christy Ott, PA-C
Blair Clinic

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Elizabeth Otte, PA-C
Blair Clinic

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Bruce Town, PA-C
Blair Clinic

Christy attended medical school at University of Nebraska Medical Center. She is certified in BLS and ACLS and is Board Certified by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants. Liz attended College of St. Mary to obtain her Master of Physician Assistant Studies. She is certified in BLS, ACLS, Pediatric Advanced Care Support, and is a licensed Medical Radiographer. She is Board Certified by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants. Bruce attended medical school at University of Iowa College of Medicine. He is affiliated with the Fellow of the American Academy of Physician Assistants. He has a special interest in Occupational Medicine, is certified in BLS and ACLS and is Board Certified by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants.

Cottonwood Clinic

Cottonwood Clinic Providers

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Charles "Tuck' Smith, M.D.
Blair & Cottonwood Clinic

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Paula Thielen, M.D.
Blair & Cottonwood Clinic

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Jill Connealy, PA-C
Blair & Cottonwood Clinic

Dr. Smith attended medical school and completed his residency in Family Medicine at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. Dr. Smith enjoys patients of all ages, but has a special interest in family practice as well as obstetrics, pediatrics, and sports medicine. He has specialty training in cesarean births, endoscopy procedures and allergy.

Dr. Thielen received her medical degree from the University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Medicine and completed her residency at UNMC in Family Medicine. She is Board certified in Family Medicine with a strong interest in and focus on women's health and maternity care. Dr. Thielen is experienced in C-Sections and minor office procedures. Dr. Thielen is board certified through the American Board of Family Medicine and has certifications in Advanced Trauma Life Support, Advanced Obstetric Life Support, Advanced Cardiac Life Support, Pediatric Advanced Life Support, Neonatal Resuscitation Program, and Basic Life Support.

Jill attended medical school at University of Nebraska Medical Center. She is certified in BLS and ACLS and is Board Certified by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants.

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Rebecca Guzinski, PA-C
Cottonwood Clinic
   

Rebecca attended medical school at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. She is Board Certified by the National Commission of Physician Assistants and is affiliated with American Academy of Physician Assistants and Nebraska Academy of Physician Assistants. She is certified in BLS and ACLS and is Board Certified by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants.

   

Fort Calhoun Clinic

Fort Calhoun Clinic Providers

 Dr. Alisha OMalley MCH Clinic FT

Alisha Scott, M.D.
Fort Calhoun Clinic

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Dana McCabe, PA-C
Fort Calhoun Clinic

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Jill Connealy, PA-C
Fort Calhoun Clinic

Dr. Scott received her Graduate Degree in Family Medicine & OB from the University of Nebraska Medical Center in June of 2016. Certifications include: Physician's License, BLS, ACLS, PALS, ALSO, ATLS, and obtained NRP in July 2016.

Dana attended medical school at University of Nebraska Medical School. She is Board Certified by the National Commission of Physician Assistants and is affiliated with American Academy of Physician Assistants and Nebraska Academy of Physician Assistants. She is certified in BLS and ACLS and is Board Certified by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants.

 Jill attended medical school at University of Nebraska Medical Center. She is certified in BLS and ACLS and is Board Certified by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants.

Emergency Medicine

 

Emergency Medicine Providers

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Maurice Birdwell, M.D.
Emergency Department

Dr. Alisha OMalley MCH Clinic FT

Alisha Scott, M.D.
Emergency Department

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Mark Shirley, D.O.
Emergency Department

Dr. Birdwell attended Medical School at Creighton University. He completed his residency in Emergency Medicine at Albany Medical Center Hospital. He is Board Certified by the American Board or Emergency Medicine, a member of the American Board of Medical Specialties.

Dr. Scott received her Graduate Degree in Family Medicine & OB from the University of Nebraska Medical Center in June of 2016. Certifications include: Physician's License, BLS, ACLS, PALS, ALSO, ATLS, and obtained NRP in July 2016.

 Dr. Shirley attended medical school at the University of Health Services in the College of Osteopathic Medicine. He completed his residency at University of Nebraska Medical Center. Dr. Shirley is American Osteopathic Board of Family Physicians, BLS, ACLS, PALS, and ATLS certified.

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Jeremy Lee, D.O.
Emergency Department

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N. Dawn Ommen, M.D.
Emergency Department

Dr. Walter Wood

Walter Wood, M.D.
Emergency Department

Dr. Lee attended the Des Moines University of Osteopathic Medicine and spent his residency at the Midwestern University Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine; training at more than 10 different facilities in the area. He is Emergency Medicine Board Certified. He is also certified in ACLS, PALS, BLS, and ATLS. Dr. Ommen attended the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha and also completed her residency there. She also has her Masters of Physical Therapy degree and worked as a Physical Therapist before becoming a physician. Dr. Wood received his Graduate Degree, Master of Science, and graduated from St. George's University School of Medicine in Grenada, West Indies. Certifications include the American Board of Family Medicine.

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Amber Beckenhauer, O.D.
Emergency Department

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Brandon Essink, M.D., PRN
Emergency Department

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Francisco Machuca, M.D.
Emergency Department

Dr. Beckenhauer attended medical school at the Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences. She completed her family practice residency at the Lincoln Medical Family Partnership in Lincoln, NE. Dr. Beckenhauer is a contracted physician at MCH&HS who only sees ED patients and Inpatients (including OB).

Dr. Essink attended medical school, completed his residency and fellowship at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. He is Family Practice Board Certified and is a member of the American Medical Association, Nebraska Medical Association, and the American Academy of Family Practice. Dr. Machuca attended medical school the Universidad Autonoma de Guadalajara. After arrival in the United States, he obtained a Fifth Pathway Certification from New York Medical College and completed his residency in Family Medicine at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. Dr. Machuca is American Board certified in Family Medicine, has a Federal DEA license, and is BLS, ACLS, PALS, and ATLS certified.

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Mike Karel, PA-C
Emergency Department

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Derek Nelson, PA-C
Emergency Department

 

 
Mike attended medical school at Union College. He is NCCPA, BLS, and ACLS certified. Derek attended medical school at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. He is certified in BLS and ACLS and is Board Certified by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants.  

Specialty Clinic

Specialty Clinic Providers

Anesthesia/Pain Management

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Shawn J. Pettis, M.D.
Anesthesia/Pain Management
Medical School: Creighton University Medical School
Residency: Yale-New Haven Hospital – New Haven, Connecticut
Certifications: Pain Management
Affiliations: American Board of Anesthesiology

Cardiology

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Mark Chouinard, M.D. 
Cardiology

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John Henry, M.D. 
Cardiology

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Stephen O'Connor, M.D. 
Cardiology

Medical School: Georgia Institute of Technology Medical College
Residency: USAP Medical Center
Medical School: Northwest University
Residency: Wilford Hall Medical Center, USAF
Certifications: Diplomate of the American Board of Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Disease
Medical School: Creighton University School of Medicine
Certifications: American Board of Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Disease and Interventional Cardiology

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Ronald Pritza, M.D. 
Cardiology

 

Medical School: Creighton University School of Medicine
Residency: Creighton University Affiliated Hospitals
Certifications: American Board of Internal Medicine
 

Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist

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Becky L. Corum, CRNA
Anesthesia (PRN)

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Tony Tran, CRNA
Anesthesia

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Michael Kirwan, CRNA
Anesthesia
Graduate Degree: Master of Science, Nurse Anesthesia
Graduated from Clarkson College in Omaha, Nebraska
Certifications: National Board of Certification & Recertification for Nurse Anesthetists, BLS, ACLS, PALS
Graduate Degree: Master of Science, Nurse Anesthesia
Graduated from Mount Marty College in Sioux Falls, SD
Certifications: National Board of Certification & Recertification for Nurse Anesthetists, BLS, ACLS, PALS
Graduate Degree: Master of Science, Nurse Anesthesia
Graduated from Mount Marty College in Yankton, South Dakota
Certifications: National Board of Certification & Recertification for Nurse Anesthetists, BLS, ACLS, PALS

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Michael W. Suing, CRNA 
Anesthesia

Bernie Manley CRNA
Bernard (Bernie) Manley, CRNA
Anesthesia (PRN)

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Michael H. Hansen, CRNA
Anesthesia (PRN)
Graduate Degree: Master of Science, Nurse Anesthesia
Graduated from Bryan School of Nurse Anesthesia, University of Kansas Medical Center School of Nurse Anesthesia 
Certifications: RN, BLS, ACLS, PALS, NRP Certified
Graduate Degree: Master of Science, Nurse Anesthesia
Graduated from St. Mary's College, Winona, MN
Certifications: CRNA, RN, BLS, ACLS, PALS, American Association of Nurse Anesthetists, Nebraska Association of Nurse Anesthetists
Graduate Degree: Master of Science, Nurse Anesthesia
Graduated from Mount Marty College in Yankton, South Dakota
Certifications: National Board of Certification & Recertification for Nurse Anesthetists, BLS, ACLS, PALS

Dermatology

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Brian Herbin, PA-C
Dermatology

   
Brian Herbin PA-C received his undergraduate degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He obtained his Masters of Education in Athletic Administration also from UNL and graduated from the Union College Physician's Assistant Program in 2002.    

Ear, Nose & Throat

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Jessica Moran-Hansen, M.D. 
ENT

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Thomas Dobleman, M.D.
ENT 

 

Medical School: University of Nebraska Medical Center
Residency: University of Nebraska Medical Center

Medical School: University of California - Los Angeles
Residencies: University of Chicago (General Surgery and Otolaryngology)
Certifications: American Board of Medical Specialties - Otolaryngology (Lifetime)
 

General Surgery

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Gregg Drabek. M.D.
General Surgery

   
College: Dakota Wesleyan University, Vermillion, SD (BS)
Medical School: University of South Dakota, Vermillion, SD (M.D.)
Residency: University of Oklahoma College of Medicine, Tulsa, OK (Surgery)
Certification: Diplomat, American Board of Surgery
   

Hematology/Oncology

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Irina Popa, M.D.
Oncology

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Timothy Dorius, M.D.
Oncology

 
Dr. Popa attended M.D. Carol Davila University of Medicine and Pharmacy in Romania for Medical School. She completed her Internal Medicine Residency and Internship at Newark's Beth Israel Medical Center. She also completed a Hematology Fellowship at Georgetown University in Washington, D. C. Dr. Dorius attended the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine and completed his residency and fellowship at the University of Nebraska Medicine. He is board certified in Hematology and Oncology, as well as in Internal Medicine.  


Neurosurgery

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John Treves, M.D., F.A.C.S. 
Neurosurgery

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David Siebels, PA-C
Neurosurgery

 

Medical School: University of Nebraska Medical Center
Residency: University of Nebraska Medical Center
Certifications: Board of Neurological Surgery
Medical School: University of Nebraska Medical Center
Certifications: National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA), BLS, ACLS, and Board Certified by the National Commission on Certification of Physicians Assistants
 

OB/GYN 

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Raymond Schulte, M.D. 
Gynecology

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Andrea Leishman-Barb, D.O. 
OB/GYN

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Michael Reed, M.D.
OB/GYN 

Medical School: University of Nebraska Medical Center
Residency: University of Nebraska Medical Center
Certifications: American Board of Obstetricians and Gynecology
Medical School: Kansas City University of Medicine & Biosciences
Residency: Medical College of Wisconsin
Certifications: American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Medical School: Creighton University School of Medicine
Internship: Maimonedes Medical Center/SUNY
Residency: Hurley Medical Center
Certification: Board Certification by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology


Ophthalmology

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Gregory E. Haskins, M.D. 
Ophthalmology
   
Medical School: University of Nebraska Medical Center
Residency: University of Nebraska Medical Center
   

Orthopedics

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David C. Buck, M.D. 
Orthopedics

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Steven W. Kitchen, M.D.
Orthopedics

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Steven Kumagai, M.D. 
Orthopedics

Medical School: University of Washington
Residency: University of Nebraska Medical Center
Certifications: American Board of Orthopedic Surgery, American Medical Association and Nebraska Medical Association
College: Harvard University, Cambridge, MA (BA Degree)
Medical School: University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH (M.D.)
Residency: Mount Carmel Medical Center, Columbus, OH (Orthopedic Surgery)
Fellowship: Ohio State University and Riverside Hospital, Columbus, OH (Sports Medicine)
Certification: American Board of Orthopedic Surgery
College: University of Arizona, BA and MA
Medical School: University of Arizona College of Medicine
Residency: Creighton University, University of Nebraska Allied Health Foundation
Certification: American Board of Orthopedic Surgery

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Ashley Beckman, PA-C 
Orthopedics

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Christina Prauner, APRN, FNPC 
Orthopedics

 
Medical School: University of Nebraska Medical Center (MA-PA) and Creighton University (MS-Anatomy)
Certifications: NCCPA, BLS, ACLS, Board Certified by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants
College: Briar Cliff, BS, Nursing
Medical School: Creighton University, Masters of Science, Family Nurse Practitioner Program
Certifications: Board certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center and the American Association of Nurse Practitioners
 

Podiatry

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Steven Meinhold, DPM
Podiatry

 

 
College: Millikin University, Decatur, IL
Medical School: Illinois College of Podiatric Medicine, Chicago, IL
Certification: Board certified, American Board of Podiatric Orthopedics and Primary Podiatric Medicine
   

Pulmonology

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Sugata Sensarma, MBBS
Pulmonology

 

 
Dr. Sensarma attended medical school at R.G. Kar Medical College & Hospital and completed his fellowship at Creighton University in Pulmonary Critical Care Medicine.    


Urology

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Herman Greenwald, M.D.
Urology

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Galen M. Meyer, M.D.
Urology
 
Certifications: American Board of Urology Medical School: University of Nebraska Medical Center
Residency: Northeastern Ohio University College of Medicine
Certifications: American Board of Urology
 


Vascular

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Scott Wattenhofer, M.D.
Vascular
   
Medical School: University of South Dakota School of Medicine    

Diagnostics

MCH&HS utilizes Radiology Consultants of the Midwest for diagnostic readings.

Abrahams Robert Bradford

Robert Bradford Abrahams, D.O.

Baron

Bruce Baron, D.O.

DrMikeClegg

Michael Clegg, M.D.

Mary Davey

Mary Davey, M.D.

TamiDenOtter

Tami DenOtter, M.D.

GregoryEckert

Gregory G. Eckert, M.D.

ChadEicher

Chad Eicher, M.D.

Elson

Joel D. Elson, M.D.

DonEvans

Don Evans, M.D.

ThomasForrest

Thomas Forrest, M.D.

Frager

Andrew Frager, M.D.

Gelbman

Andrew Gelbman, D.O.

JohnHaggstrom

John A. Haggstrom, M.D.

PatriciaHelke

Patricia A. Helke, M.D.

SuzanneHruza

Suzanne Hruza, M.D.

 GregJackson2

Gregory R. Jackson, M.D.

Jaksha

Matthew M. Jaksha, M.D.

Kyle Krehbiel

Kyle Krehbiel, M.D.

MatthewKruse

Matthew Kruse, M.D.

SamuelMehr

Samuel H. Mehr, M.D.

CatherineMendlick

Catherine Mendlik, M.D.

Dr Paknikar

Subhash Paknikar, M.D.

EricPedersen

Erik A. Pedersen, M.D.

ChristianSchlaepfer

C. Christian Schlaepfer, M.D.

MichaelSchuster

Michael Schuster, M.D.

MichaelaTilgner

Michaela Tilgner, M.D.

JaneWest

Jane West, M.D.

 

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