Bronson Welcomes New Providers - Bronson Healthcare

Published on February 01, 2018

Bronson Welcomes New Providers

At Bronson, everything we do is about bringing you the best possible care. That's why we're excited to have these new providers on our team.

February 2018

Kristen Moran, PA-C

Kristen Moran, PA-C.Bronson FastCare – Kalamazoo welcomes Kristen Moran, PA-C, to its team. Moran received her Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies from Butler University in Indianapolis. She joins a team that provides expert, no-wait medical attention for minor healthcare needs such as the flu, sore throats, sunburns and insect bites. Moran previously worked for NWI Urgent Care and Midwest Express Clinic in Indiana. Bronson FastCare offers services at two locations – on West Main by US-131 in Kalamazoo and inside the Meijer store on South Westnedge by I-94 in Portage. Both locations are open days, evenings, holidays and weekends, and provide care at one low price. Call (269) 276-4744 for more information.

Abhishek Gupta, DO

Abhishek Gupta, DO.Bronson General Surgery – Battle Creek welcomes Abhishek Gupta, DO, to its team. Dr. Gupta completed his internship and general surgery residency at Michigan State University in East Lansing, Mich. and Garden City Hospital in Garden City, Mich. He is board certified in general surgery. Dr. Gupta received his medical degree from the Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine at the University of North Texas Health Science Center in Fort Worth, Tex. He was most recently employed as a general surgeon with ProMedica Monroe Regional Hospital in Monroe, Mich. Bronson General Surgery is located at 363 Fremont St., Suite 208 in Battle Creek, Mich. Dr. Gupta can be reached at (269) 245-8310.

Miranda Makulski, DO

Miranda Makulski, DO.Bronson Internal Medicine & Rheumatology welcomes Miranda Makulski, DO, to its team. Makulski received her medical degree from Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine in Philadelphia, Penn. She completed her family medicine residency at Botsford General Hospital in Farmington Hills, Mich. Makulski was previously employed at Henry Ford Allegiance Family Medicine in Albion, Mich. Bronson Internal Medicine & Rheumatology is located at 2845 Capital Ave SW Suite 302 in Battle Creek. She is accepting new patients and can be reached at (269) 979-6333.

Mirjana Stancic, MD

Mirjana Stancic, MD.Bronson Internal Medicine Hospital Specialists welcomes Mirjana Stancic, MD, to its team. She will be working as a hospitalist at Bronson Battle Creek Hospital, Bronson LakeView Hospital, Bronson Methodist Hospital and Bronson South Haven Hospital. Dr. Stancic completed her internal medicine residency at Kalamazoo Center for Medical Studies in Kalamazoo and is board certified in internal medicine and palliative care. Dr. Stancic received her medical degree from the University of Sarajevo Medical School in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina. She was most recently employed as a hospitalist at Borgess Hospital in Kalamazoo. Bronson Internal Medicine Hospital Specialists is located at 300 North Ave. in Battle Creek, 601 John St. in Kalamazoo, 408 Hazen St. in Paw Paw, and 955 S. Bailey Ave. in South Haven. Dr. Stancic can be reached at (269) 341-8481.

Karen Garcia, DO

Karen Garcia, DO.Bronson Newborn Hospital Specialists welcomes Karen Garcia, DO, to its team. Dr. Garcia completed her pediatrics residency at Michigan State University Kalamazoo Center for Medical Studies in Kalamazoo, Mich. and is certified in pediatrics. She received her Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree from Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine in Bradenton, Fla. Garcia can be reached at (269) 341-8986.

Alan Messinger, MD

Alan Messinger, MD.Bronson Plastic Surgery Specialists in Portage welcomes Alan Messinger, MD, to its team. Messinger completed his plastic surgery fellowship at Loyola University in Chicago, Ill. and is board certified in plastics reconstructive surgery. He completed his general surgery residency at Southwest Michigan Area Health Education Center (SMAHEC) in Kalamazoo, Mich. Messinger received his medical degree from the University of Illinois in Chicago. He has a special interest in breast reconstruction. Bronson Plastic Surgery Specialists is located at 7901 S. 12 St., Suite 100, in Portage. The practice is accepting new patients. Dr. Messinger can be reached at (269) 372-3000.

Alan Stephens, MD

Alan Stephens, MD.Bronson Plastic Surgery Specialists in Portage welcomes Alan Stephens, MD, to its team. Stephens is board certified in both plastic surgery and general surgery. He completed his plastic surgery residency at Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood, Ill. and his general surgery residency at Rush University in Chicago. Stephens received his medical degree from Indiana University School of Medicine in Indianapolis. He has a special interest in cosmetic surgery. Bronson Plastic Surgery Specialists is located at 7901 S. 12 St., Suite 100, in Portage. The practice is accepting new patients. Dr. Stephens can be reached at (269) 372-3000.

David C. Waterson, DO

David C. Waterson, DO.Bronson Sports Medicine Specialists welcomes David C. Waterson, DO, to its team. Dr. Waterson completed his sports medicine fellowship at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Mich., is board certified in family medicine and has a certificate of added qualifications in sports medicine. He completed his family medicine residency and osteopathic internship at Sparrow Hospital/MSU in Lansing, Mich. Dr. Waterson received his medical degree from Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine in East Lansing, Mich. He has a special interest in nonsurgical sports medicine including concussion, tendinitis and joint pain, and is registered in musculoskeletal ultrasound. Dr. Waterson has 11 years of experience in family medicine and five years of experience in sports medicine. He sees patients in Kalamazoo and Paw Paw. Bronson Sports Medicine Specialists is located at 315 Turwill Lane in Kalamazoo and 451 Health Parkway in Paw Paw. Dr. Waterson can be reached at (855) 618-2676.


January 2018

Wendy Steinkraus, DNP, FNP

Wendy Steinkraus, DNP, FNP.Bronson Family Medicine - The Groves welcomes Wendy Steinkraus, DNP, FNP, to its team. Steinkraus completed her Doctorate of Nursing Practice at Frontier Nursing University in Hyden, Ky. She was most recently employed at Correct Care Solutions in Nashville, Tenn. Bronson Family Medicine - The Groves is located at 6938 Elm Valley Dr., Suite 101, in Kalamazoo, Mich. Steinkraus is currently accepting new patients of all ages. Call (269) 552-4233 to schedule an appointment.

Holly Dellinger, NP

Holly Dellinger, NP.Bronson Geriatric Medical Service welcomes Holly Dellinger, NP, to its team. Dellinger received her Master of Science in Nursing with a special focus on gerontology from the University of Michigan in Flint, Mich. She has three years of experience in healthcare and was most recently employed with Hamilton Community Health Network in Clio, Mich. Bronson Geriatric Medical Service is located at 601 John St. in Kalamazoo, Mich. Dellinger can be reached at (269) 341-8822.

Gregory Beaver, PA-C

Gregory Beaver, PA-C.Bronson Internal Medicine Hospital Specialists welcomes Gregory Beaver, PA-C, to their team. He will be working as physician assistants with the hospitalist practice at Bronson Battle Creek, Bronson LakeView and Bronson Methodist Hospitals. Beaver received his Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies degrees from Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Mich. Bronson Internal Medicine Hospital Specialists practices are located at 300 North Ave. in Battle Creek, 408 Hazen St. in Paw Paw, Mich. and 601 John St. in Kalamazoo, Mich. All can be reached at (269) 341-8481.

Thomas Engle, PA-C

Thomas Engle, PA-C.Bronson Internal Medicine Hospital Specialists welcomes Thomas Engle, PA-C, to their team. He will be working as a physician assistant with the hospitalist practice at Bronson Battle Creek, Bronson LakeView and Bronson Methodist Hospitals. Engle received his Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies from Southern Illinois University School of Medicine in Springfield, Ill. Bronson Internal Medicine Hospital Specialists practices are located at 300 North Ave. in Battle Creek, 408 Hazen St. in Paw Paw, Mich. and 601 John St. in Kalamazoo, Mich. All can be reached at (269) 341-8481.

Christopher Holthof, NP

Christopher Holthof, NP.Bronson Internal Medicine Hospital Specialists welcomes Christopher Holthof, NP, to its team. He will be working as a nurse practitioner with the hospitalist practice at Bronson Battle Creek, Bronson LakeView and Bronson Methodist Hospitals. Holthof received his Master of Science in Nursing degree from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. Bronson Internal Medicine Hospital Specialists practices are located at 300 North Ave. in Battle Creek, 408 Hazen St. in Paw Paw and 601 John St. in Kalamazoo, Mich. Holthof can be reached at (269) 341-8481.

Danielle Kobrossi, PA-C

Danielle Kobrossi, PA-C.Bronson Internal Medicine Hospital Specialists welcomes Danielle Kobrossi, PA-C, to their team. She will be working as a physician assistant with the hospitalist practice at Bronson Battle Creek, Bronson LakeView and Bronson Methodist Hospitals. Kobrossi received her Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies degrees from Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Mich. Bronson Internal Medicine Hospital Specialists practices are located at 300 North Ave. in Battle Creek, 408 Hazen St. in Paw Paw, Mich. and 601 John St. in Kalamazoo, Mich. All can be reached at (269) 341-8481.

Travis Turrell, PA-C

Travis Turrell, PA-C.Bronson Internal Medicine Hospital Specialists welcomes Travis Turrell, PA-C, to their team. He will be working as a physician assistant with the hospitalist practice at Bronson Battle Creek, Bronson LakeView and Bronson Methodist Hospitals. Beaver received his Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies degrees from Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Mich. Bronson Internal Medicine Hospital Specialists practices are located at 300 North Ave. in Battle Creek, 408 Hazen St. in Paw Paw, Mich. and 601 John St. in Kalamazoo, Mich. All can be reached at (269) 341-8481.

Jennifer Soper, NP

Jennifer Soper, NP.Bronson OB/GYN Associates - Portage welcomes Jennifer Soper, NP, to its team. Soper received her Master of Science in Nursing from the University of Cincinnati. She has a special interest in women’s health. She has 23 years of experience in nursing and was most recently employed with Lakeland Health in St. Joseph, Mich. Bronson OB/GYN Associates is located at 3300 W. Centre Ave, Portage, Mich. Soper can be reached at (269) 327-2211.


December 2017

Lance Pride, PA-C

Lance Pride, PA-C.Bronson Cardiothoracic, Vascular & Endovascular Specialists welcomes Lance Pride, PA-C, to its team. Pride received his Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies from Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Mich. He most recently practiced in orthopedic surgery at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital in Ypsilanti, Mich. Call (269) 341-7333 to schedule an appointment.

Conor Mullin, MD

Connor Mullin, MDBronson Family Medicine – Blue Star Highway welcomes Conor Mullin, MD. Mullin completed his family medicine residency at Memorial Hospital of South Bend in South Bend, Ind. and is board certified in family medicine. Mullin received his medical degree from Wayne State University in Detroit, Mich. He has three years of experience in family medicine. Bronson Family Medicine – Blue Star Highway is located at 930 Blue Star Highway in South Haven, Mich. Mullin is currently accepting new patients. Call (269) 639-2920 to schedule an appointment.

Nicholas LaPenna, PA-C

Nicholas LaPenna, PA-CBronson FastCare – Kalamazoo welcomes Nicholas LaPenna, PA-C, to its team. LaPenna received his Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies from Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Mich. He joins a team that provides expert, no wait medical attention for minor healthcare needs such as the flu, sore throats, sunburns and insect bites. LaPenna has 10 years of experience as a physician assistant and previously worked for Borgess Medical Center in Kalamazoo, Mich. Bronson FastCare offers services at two locations – on West Main by US-131 in Kalamazoo, Mich. and inside the Meijer store on South Westnedge by I-94 in Portage, Mich. Both locations are open days, evenings, holidays and weekends and provide care at one low price. Call (269) 276-4744 for more information.

Sarah Wasserman, DO

Sarah Wasserman, DOBronson Gastroenterology in Portage welcomes Sarah Wasserman, DO, to its team. Wasserman completed her gastroenterology fellowship at Genesys Regional Medical Center in Grand Blanc, Mich. and is board certified in internal medicine. She completed both her internal medicine residency and internship at Genesys Regional Medical Center in Grand Blanc, Mich. Wasserman received her Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine from Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine in Lansing, Mich. She is also a member of the clinical faculty at Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine. Wasserman has special interests in functional bowel disease and inflammatory bowel disease. Bronson Gastroenterology is located at 3304 Cooley Court in Portage, Mich. Wasserman can be reached at (269) 349-2266.

Hariton Kousourou, MD

Hariton Kousourou, MDBronson LakeView Family Care Internal Medicine welcomes Hariton Kousourou, MD, to its team. Kousourou received his medical degree from University at Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences in Buffalo, NY. He completed his internal medicine residency at State University of New York Stony Brook Affiliated Hospitals in Stony Brook, NY, and has a special interest in the evaluation and treatment of diabetes, hypertension and chronic care management. Bronson LakeView Family Care Internal Medicine is located at 451 Health Pkwy., Suite F in Paw Paw, Mich. Kousourou is currently accepting new patients. Call (269) 655-3080 to schedule an appointment.

Alan A. Halpern, MD, MBA

Alan A. Halpern, MD, MBA.Bronson is proud to announce that Alan A. Halpern, MD, MBA, has joined Bronson and will be seeing patients at Bronson Orthopedic & Joint Specialists – West Main St. in Kalamazoo and Paw Paw, Mich. Halpern formerly practiced at Michigan Orthopedic Surgery and Rehabilitation, P.C. He is board certified in orthopedic surgery. Halpern completed his orthopedic surgery residency at Stanford University Hospital in Stanford, Calif., and general surgery internship at LAC-USC Medical Center in Los Angeles, Calif. He received his medical degree from Yale University School of Medicine in New Haven, Conn. and completed his Master in Business Administration degree from St. Thomas University in Minneapolis, Minn. Halpern has more than 38 years of orthopedic surgery experience. He can be reached at (855) 618-2676.

Lisa Bury, NP

Lisa Bury, NP.Bronson Pulmonary Medicine Specialists in Kalamazoo welcomes Lisa Bury, NP, to its team. Bury received her Masters of Science in Nursing from Northern Michigan University in Marquette, Mich. She has 21 years of experience in nursing and was most recently employed with Lakeland Healthcare, Niles, Mich. Bronson Pulmonary Medicine Specialists – Kalamazoo is located at 535 S. Burdick St., Suite 160 in Kalamazoo, Mich. Bury can be reached at (269) 388-5864.

Zane Stampfly, PA-C

Zane Stampfly, PA-C.Bronson Urology & Continence Specialists welcomes Zane Stampfly, PA-C, to its team. Stampfly received his Master of Science in Medicine from Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Mich. He has special interests in urologic cancers and men’s health. Stampfly has participated in several clinical clerkships at nine different medical institutions, including a urology clerkship with Spectrum Health in Grand Rapids, Mich. He has served as both an emergency medical technician and paramedic for the past seven years. Bronson Urology & Continence Specialists is located at 601 John St., Suite M-318 in Kalamazoo, Mich. Stampfly can be reached at (269) 349-9745.


November 2017

Amanda Veeneman, AGNP-C

Photo of Amanda VeenemanBronson Gastroenterology in Portage welcomes Amanda Veeneman, AGNP-C, to its team. Veeneman received a Master’s of Science in Nursing from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Mich. She has a special interest and clinical experience in both gastroenterology and geriatric care. She has 7 years of experience in healthcare and was most recently employed with Spectrum Health in Grand Rapids, Mich. Bronson Gastroenterology Portage is located at 3304 Cooley Court in Portage, Mich. Veeneman can be reached at (269) 349-2266.

Sarah Nammack, NP

Bronson Advanced Cardiac Healthcare welcomes Sarah Nammack, NP, to its team. She joins a team of cardiologists who provide heart and vascular services to patients throughout southwest Michigan. Nammack received her Master of Science in Nursing from Duke University, in Durham, NC. Bronson Advanced Cardiac Healthcare is located at 601 John Street, Suite 100, in Kalamazoo, Mich. Nammack can be reached at (269) 373-1222.

Jaclyn Martinez, PA-C

Photo of Jaclyn MartinezBronson Bariatric & Metabolic Specialists welcomes Jaclyn Martinez, PA-C, to its team. Martinez received Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies from University of New England in Portland, ME. She has a special interest in preventive medicine and nutrition, assisting individuals with obesity issues and the various diseases associated with obesity. She has seven years of experience in nutrition and family medicine and was most recently employed with Alcona Health Center in Lincoln, Mich. Bronson Bariatric & Metabolic Specialists is located at 7901 S. 12th Street in Portage. Martinez can be reached at (269) 341-8900.

Kelly Walker, NP

Photo of Kelly WalkerBronson FastCare – Kalamazoo welcomes Kelly Walker, NP, to its team. Walker received her master of science in nursing from Olivet Nazarene University in Bourbonnais, Ill. She joins a team that provides expert, no wait medical attention for minor healthcare needs such as the flu, sore throats, sunburns and insect bites. Walker has two years of experience as a nurse practitioner and previously worked in internal medicine with Araceli Mesiona-Brucal, MD. Bronson FastCare offers services at two locations – on West Main by US-131 in Kalamazoo and inside the Meijer store on South Westnedge by I-94 in Portage. Both locations are open days, evenings, holidays and weekends, and provide care at one low price. Call (269) 276-4744 for more information.

Lisa Carolan-Katz, ACNP

Photo of Lisa KatzBronson Neuroscience Center in Kalamazoo welcomes Lisa Carolan-Katz, ACNP, to its neurocritical care inpatient team. Carolan-Katz received her Master of Science in Nursing from Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio. She has 11 years of experience in nursing and was most recently employed with Miami Valley Pulmonary Critical Care in Dayton, Ohio. Bronson Neurosciences Center is located at 601 John St., Suite M-124, in Kalamazoo. Carolan-Katz can be reached at (269) 341-7500.

Emilie Rabb, NP

Photo of Emilie RabbBronson Newborn Hospital Specialists welcomes Emilie Rabb, NP, to its team. She will be working as a hospitalist at Bronson Battle Creek Hospital. Rabb received her masters from Wayne State University in Detroit, Mich. She has a special interest in pediatric nursing. She has 12 years of experience in pediatric nursing and was most recently employed with Grace Health. Bronson Battle Creek Hospital is located at 601 John Street, Suite E-352, Kalamazoo, Mich. Rabb can be reached at (269) 341-8986.

Julie Brownell, DO

Photo of Julie BrownellBronson Urology & Continence Specialists in Kalamazoo welcomes Julie Brownell, DO, to its team. Brownell completed her urological oncology fellowship at Roswell Park Cancer Institute in Buffalo, New York, and is board eligible in urology. She completed both her urology residency and a surgical internship at Henry Ford Macomb Hospital/MSUCOM in Clinton Township, Mich. Brownell received her Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine from Michigan State University in Lansing, Mich. She has a special interest in urologic oncology and robotic and minimally invasive surgery. Bronson Urology & Continence Specialists is located at 601 John Street, Suite M-318 and at 1535 Gull Road, Suite 150, both in Kalamazoo. Brownell can be reached at (269) 349-9745.

Heather Sjoquist, PA-C, ATC

Photo of Heather SjoquistBronson Sports Medicine Specialists welcomes Heather Sjoquist, PA-C, ATC, to its team. Sjoquist received her master’s degree in physician assistant studies from Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Mich. She also has a master’s degree in athletic training from Western Michigan University and a bachelor’s degree in athletic training from Grand Valley State University in Allandale, Mich. Prior to joining Bronson as a physician assistant, Sjoquist was a certified athletic trainer with Bronson Sports Medicine. She can be reached at (855) 618-2676.


October 2017

Yeow Hooi Lim, MD

Photo of Yeow Hooi LimBronson Advanced Illness Management welcomes Yeow Hooi Lim, MD, to its team. Lim is board eligible in internal medicine. He completed his hospice and palliative medicine fellowship at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Va. He also completed internal medicine residencies at AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center in Atlantic City, N.J. and Nassau University Medical Center in East Meadow, N.Y. Lim received his medical degree from American University of Antigua College of Medicine in Antigua and Barbuda. Bronson Advanced Illness Management is located at 601 John Street, North Pavilion in Kalamazoo, Mich. Lim can be reached at (269) 341-7339.

Alexandra Olds, PA-C

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Bronson Cardiothoracic, Vascular & Endovascular Specialists welcomes Alexandra Olds, PA-C, to its team. Olds received her Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies from Albany Medical College in Albany, N.Y. Call (269) 341-7333 to schedule an appointment.

Luke Anderson, PhD

Photo of Luke AndersonBronson Neuroscience Center welcomes Luke Anderson, PhD, to its team. Dr. Anderson is a clinical neuropsychologist. He completed his post-doctoral fellowship of clinical neuropsychology at Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital in Grand Rapids, Mich. He specializes in the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of a broad range of neuropsychological disorders. This includes dementia and memory loss as well as traumatic brain injury. Dr. Anderson will be providing neuropsychological testing services in Kalamazoo and Paw Paw, Mich. He can be reached at Bronson Neuroscience Center – Kalamazoo, 601 John St., Suite M-124 in the Medical Office Pavilion, (269) 341-7500; or Bronson LakeView Neurobehavioral Health, 404 Hazen St., Suite L3, (269) 657-1595.

Brian Woodruff, MD

Photo of Brian WoodruffBronson Neuroscience Center welcomes Brian Woodruff, MD, to its team. Woodruff completed pediatric neurology fellowship at the University of Michigan Medical Center in Ann Arbor, Mich. and is board certified in pediatric neurology. He completed his pediatric residency at the University of Wisconsin in Madison, Wisc. Woodruff received his medical degree from Michigan State University College of Human Medicine in East Lansing, Mich. He has a special interest in pediatric neurology. He has thirteen years of experience in pediatric neurology and was most recently employed with the University Of Illinois College Of Medicine in Peoria, Ill. Bronson Neuroscience Center — Kalamazoo is located at 601 John St., Suite M-124 in Kalamazoo. Woodruff can be reached at (269) 341-7500.

Erika Dearing, DO

Photo of Erika DearingOB/GYN Specialists- Capital Ave. welcomes Erika Dearing, DO, to its team. Dearing completed her OB/GYN residency at Henry Ford Macomb Clinton Township in Clinton Township, Michigan, and is board eligible. Dearing received her degree from Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine in Parker, CO. She has a special interest in OB/GYN. Bronson OB/GYN - Capital Ave. is located at 3238 Capital Ave. SW Battle Creek, MI. Dearing can be reached at (269) 979-6432.

Leslie Story, NP

Bronson Advanced Cardiac Healthcare welcomes Leslie Story, NP, to its team. She joins a team of cardiologists who provide heart and vascular services to patients throughout southwest Michigan. Story received her Master of Science in Nursing from Concordia University Wisconsin, in Mequon, WI. Bronson Advanced Cardiac Healthcare is located at 601 John Street, Suite 100, in Kalamazoo, Mich. Story can be reached at (269) 373-1222.


September 2017

John Bunka, DO


Photo of John BunkaBronson Neuroscience Center welcomes John Bunka, DO, to its team. Bunka completed his neurology fellowship at University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Mich. and is a board eligible epileptologist. He completed his neurology residency at and received his medical degree from Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine in East Lansing, Mich. Bunka has a special interest in epilepsy care. He most recently served as chief resident at Michigan State Department of Neurology in East Lansing, Mich. Bronson Neuroscience Center 601 John St., Suite M-124 in Kalamazoo, Mich. John can be reached at (269) 341-7500.

Taka Higashimori, MD

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Bronson Neuroscience Center welcomes Taka Higashimori, MD, neuroendovascular surgeon, to its team. Higashimori completed his endovascular surgical neuroradiology vascular and neurology fellowships at the University of Minnesota School Of Medicine in Minneapolis, Minn., and is a board certified neurologist. He completed his neurology residency at the University of Colorado School of Medicine in Aurora, Colo. Higashimori received his medical degree from New York Medical College in Valhalla, N.Y.. He specializes in neuroendovascular surgery. He was most recently employed as Staff Stroke Neurologist at the University of Minnesota Medical Center in Minneapolis, Minn. The Bronson Neuroscience Center is located at 601 John St., Suite M-124 in Kalamazoo, Mich. Higashimori can be reached at (269) 341-7500.

Brian Nielsen, MD

Photo of Brian NielsenBronson Maternal-Fetal Medicine welcomes Brian Nielsen, MD, to its team. Nielsen is board certified in obstetrics and gynecology. He completed his maternal-fetal medicine fellowships at University of Vermont College of Medicine in Burlington, Vt. and Wayne State University School of Medicine in Detroit, Mich. as well as his obstetrics and gynecology residency at Oakwood Hospital & Medical Center, in Dearborn, Mich. Nielsen earned his medical degree from Wayne State University School of Medicine in Detroit, Mich. He has a special interest in fetal echocardiography, genetics and maternal safety. He has 10 years of experience in obstetrics and gynecology and maternal-fetal medicine and was most recently employed with University of Vermont College of Medicine in Burlington, Vt. during his fellowship. Bronson Maternal-Fetal Medicine 601 John St., Suite N-1100 in Kalamazoo, Mich. Nielsen can be reached at (269) 341-7887.

Joseph Fakhoury, MD

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Bronson Pediatric Referral Service welcomes Joseph Fakhoury, MD, to its team. Fakhoury will be working part-time as a pediatric hospitalist at Bronson Methodist Hospital. He completed his pediatric residency at Western Michigan University Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine in Kalamazoo, Mich., and is board eligible in pediatrics. Fakhoury received his medical degree from and completed his internship at American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine in St. Maarten. Bronson Pediatric Referral Service is located at 601 John St. in Kalamazoo, Mich. Fakhoury can be reached at (269) 341-8986.

Justine Bunka, MD

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Bronson Rambling Road Pediatrics Oshtemo and Portage welcomes Justine Bunka, MD, to its team. Justine is board certified in pediatrics. She completed her pediatric residency at Spectrum Health- Helen DeVos Children's Hospital in Grand Rapids, Mich. Justine received her medical degree from Michigan State University, College of Human Medicine in Grand Rapids, Mich. She has a special interest in pediatric nephrology. Bronson Rambling Road Pediatrics—Oshtemo is located at 5629 Stadium Drive in Kalamazoo, Mich. and Bronson Rambling Road Pediatrics—Portage is located at 2680 W. Centre St. in Portage, Mich. Justine can be reached at (269) 372-1000.


Marci Melnick-Butler

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Bronson Rapid Response Team welcomes Marci Melnick-Butler, NP, to its team. Melnick-Butler received her Masters of Science in Nursing from Walden University in Baltimore, Md. She has a special interest in adult gerontology. Both Bronson Rapid Response Team and Bronson Internal Medicine Hospital Specialists are located at 601 John St. in Kalamazoo. Melnick-Butler can be reached at (269) 341-7762 or (269) 341-8481.

Wesley Eichorn, DO

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Bronson LakeView Family Care – Mattawan welcomes Wesley Eichorn, DO, to its team. Eichorn received his medical degree from Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine in East Lansing, Mich. He completed his family medicine residency at Western Michigan University School of Medicine. Bronson LakeView Family Care – Mattawan is located at 52375 N. Main St. in Mattawan. Eichorn is currently accepting new patients. Call (269) 668-3348 to schedule an appointment.

Hannah Thomas-Gentz

Bronson Women’s Services in Kalamazoo welcomes Hannah Thomas-Gentz, CNM, to its team. Thomas-Gentz received a Master of Science in Nursing from Frontier Nursing University in Hyden, Ky. She has one year of experience as a certified nurse-midwife. Hannah was most recently employed with Grace Health in Battle Creek, Mich. Bronson Women’s Services in Kalamazoo is located at 601 John Street, Suite N-1200 in Kalamazoo. Thomas-Gentz can be reached at (269) 341-7979.

Wassim Jawad, MD

Photo of Wassim JawadBronson Advanced Cardiac Healthcare welcomes Wassim Jawad, MD, to its team. Jawad is board certified in internal medicine with a subspecialty certification in electrophysiology and cardiovascular disease. He completed his clinical cardiac electrophysiology fellowship at UMass Memorial Med Hospital in Worcester, Mass. and his general cardiology fellowship at University of Florida Health, Jacksonville, Fla. He also completed his internal medicine residency at the Maricopa Medical Center in Phoenix, Ariz. Jawad received his medical degree from St. George’s University – School of Medicine in Grenada, Wisc. He has special interests in cryoablation left atrial appendage closure, implantable cardiac devices, and ventricular tachycardia (VT). Bronson Advanced Cardiac Healthcare is located at 601 John St., Suite 100 in Kalamazoo with additional locations in Allegan, Battle Creek and Paw Paw. Jawad can be reached at (269) 373-1222.

Mika Reschke, MD, MS

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Bronson Breast Surgery in Kalamazoo welcomes Mika Reschke, MD, MS, to its team. Reschke completed her breast surgical oncology fellowship at Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio, and is board eligible in general surgery. She completed her general surgery residency at Ohio State University - Wexner Medical Center in Columbus, Ohio. Reschke received her medical degree from Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta, Ga. and her master’s degree in medical science from Ohio State University College of Medicine in Columbus, Ohio. She has special interests in breast oncology surgery, and benign and malignant breast diseases. Reschke can be reached at (269) 341-7145.

Pamela Blakemore-Ray, NP

Pamela Blakemore-Ray

Bronson LakeView Family Care Internal Medicine welcomes Pamela Blakemore-Ray, NP, to its team. She received her Master of Science in Nursing degree from Goshen College in Goshen, IN. Bronson LakeView Family Care Internal Medicine is located at 451 Health Pkwy, Suite F, in Paw Paw. Blakemore-Ray is accepting new patients. Call (269) 655-3080 to schedule an appointment.


August 2017

Kristen DeGroff, NP

Kristen DeGroffBronson Family Medicine - John St. welcomes Kristen DeGroff, NP, to its team. She received her Master of Science in Nursing degree from Kaplan University in Fort Lauderdale, Fl. Bronson Family Medicine John St. is located at 601 John St., Suite M-020, in Kalamazoo. DeGroff is currently accepting new patients. Call (269) 341-8282 to schedule an appointment.

Nadine Potempa, MD


Nadine Potempa

Bronson Critical Care & Pulmonary Medicine Specialists welcomes Nadine Potempa, MD, to its team. Potempa is board certified in critical care and pulmonary medicine, and received her medical degree from Loyola University Chicago in Chicago. She has a special interest in asthma, COPD and lung nodules. Bronson Critical Care &

Sunil John, MD


Sunil John

Bronson Pediatric Cardiology welcomes Sunil John, MD, to its team John completed his pediatric cardiology fellowship at C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital in Ann Arbor, Mich., and is board certified in pediatrics. He completed his pediatric residency at Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital-University Hospitals of Cleveland in Cleveland, Ohio. John received his medical degree from The University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Mich. He has a special interest clinical simulation and developing medical technologies. He has 20 years of experience in pediatrics and was most recently employed with C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital during his fellowship. Bronson Pediatric Cardiology is located at 601 John St. Suite M-351, Kalamazoo, Mich. John can be reached at (269) 341-8786.

Zachary Koehn, DO


Zachary Koehn

Bronson Family Medicine - Vicksburg welcomes Zachary Koehn, DO, to its team. Koehn received his medical degree from Western Michigan University Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine in Kalamazoo. He has special interests in pediatrics and asthma. Bronson Family Medicine Vicksburg is located at 13320 North Boulevard St. in Vicksburg. Koehn is accepting new patients. Call (269) 649-2012 to schedule an appointment.

Rebecca Markus, NP


Rebecca MarkusBronson LakeView Family Care – Paw Paw (Suite B) welcomes Rebecca Markus, NP, to their team. Markus is a board certified nurse practitioner. She received her Master of Science in Nursing from Maryville University in St. Louis, MO. Markus has a special interest in geriatrics. Markus was most recently employed as a nurse practitioner at Caring Circle in St. Joseph, Mich. for the past 14 years. Bronson LakeView Family Care – Paw Paw (Suite B) is located at 451 Health Parkway, Suite B, in Paw Paw. She is currently accepting new patients. Call (269) 655-3065 to schedule an appointment.

Tina Garcia, NP


Tina GarciaBronson LakeView Family Care – Pediatrics
welcomes Tina Garcia, NP, to their team. Garcia received her Master of Science in Nursing from the University of Michigan. She is board certified as a pediatric nurse practitioner. Bronson LakeView Family Care – Pediatrics is located at 451 Health Parkway, Suite E, in Paw Paw. Garcia is currently accepting new patients. Call (269) 655-3090 to schedule an appointment.

Deepak Garg, MD


Deepak GargBronson Infectious Disease Specialists welcomes Deepak Garg, MD, to its team. Garg completed his internal medicine residency at Interfaith Medical Center in Brooklyn, NY, and is board certified in internal medicine. He received his medical degree from Government Medical College in Punjab, India. Bronson Infectious Disease Specialists is located at 363 Fremont St., suite 305 in Battle Creek. Garg can be reached at (269) 245-8302.

Megan Welter, PA-C


Megan Welter

Bronson Internal Medicine – Fremont St. welcomes Megan Welter, PA-C, to its team. Welter received her master’s degree in physician assistant studies at Eastern Michigan University. Bronson Internal Medicine – Fremont St. is located at 363 Fremont St., Suite 308 A-B, in Battle Creek.


July 2017

Emily Ruimveld, NP


Emily RuimveldBronson Advanced Cardiac Healthcare welcomes Emily Ruimveld, NP, to its team. She joins a team of cardiologists who provide heart and vascular services to patients throughout southwest Michigan. Ruimveld received her Master of Science in Nursing from the University of Pennsylvania, School of Nursing in Philadelphia, Pa. Bronson Advanced Cardiac Healthcare is located at 601 John Street, Suite 100, in Kalamazoo, Mich. Ruimveld can be reached at (269) 373-1222.

Ellen Railsback, PA-C


Ellen RailsbackBronson Cardiothoracic, Vascular & Endovascular Specialists welcomes Ellen Railsback, PA-C, to its team. Railsback received her Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies, from Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, Ill. She most recently completed clinical practice in cardiothoracic surgery at Northshore University in Evanston, Ill. Call (269) 341-7333 to schedule an appointment.

Karina Acevedo, PA-C


Karina AcevedoBronson ENT, Head & Neck Specialists in Kalamazoo welcomes Karina Acevedo, PA-C, to its team. Acevedo completed her Master of Science in Medicine, Physician Assistant Studies from Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Mich., and is a board certified physician assistant. She has a special interest in ear nose and throat, infectious diseases and dermatology. Acevedo has served as a combat medic/healthcare specialist in the U.S. Army since 2010. Bronson ENT, Head & Neck Specialists is located at 601 John St., Suite M-273, in Kalamazoo. Acevedo can be reached at (269) 381-0180.

Jamie Longhurst, DO


Jamie LonghurstBronson Family Medicine – Marshall, formerly Bronson Internal Medicine – Marshall, welcomes Jamie Longhurst, DO, to its team. Longhurst previously practiced at Bronson Family Medicine – Shaffer St. She completed her family medicine residency at Sparrow Hospital in Lansing, Mich. and is board certified in family medicine. Longhurst received her medical degree from Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine in East Lansing, Mich. Bronson Family Medicine is located at 212 Winston Dr. in Marshall. She is accepting new patients. Call (269) 245-5460 to schedule an appointment.

Corinne Weis, PA-C


Corinne WeisBronson FastCare – Kalamazoo welcomes Corinne Weis, PA-C, to its team. Weis received her Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies from University of Colorado Health Sciences Center in Denver, Colo. She joins a team that provides expert, no wait medical attention for minor healthcare needs such as the flu, sore throats, sunburns and insect bites. Weis has 20 years of experience as a physician assistant and previously worked for Gundersen Health. Bronson FastCare offers services at two locations – on West Main by US-131 in Kalamazoo and inside the Meijer store on South Westnedge by I-94 in Portage. Both locations are open days, evenings, holidays and weekends, and provide care at one low price. Call (269) 276-4744 for more information.

Cynthia Cretsinger, PA-C


Cynthia CretsingerBronson FastCare – Kalamazoo welcomes Cynthia Cretsinger, PA-C, to its team. Cretsinger received her Physician Assistant Program certification from Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Mich. She joins a team that provides expert, no wait medical attention for minor healthcare needs such as the flu, sore throats, sunburns and insect bites. Cretsinger has 18 years of experience as a physician assistant and previously worked for Family Health Center. Bronson FastCare offers services at two locations – on West Main by US-131 in Kalamazoo and inside the Meijer store on South Westnedge by I-94 in Portage. Both locations are open days, evenings, holidays and weekends, and provide care at one low price. Call (269) 276-4744 for more information.

Aparna Kanaparthi, MD


Aparna KanaparthiBronson Internal Medicine – W. Centre Ave. welcomes Aparna Kanaparthi, MD, to its team. Kanaparthi is board certified in internal medicine and received her medical degree from Siddhartha Medical College in Karnataka, India. She was previously employed at Bronson Internal Medicine – Marshall and is accepting new patients. Please call (269) 324-4141 to schedule an appointment.

Amanda Winters, CNM


Amanda WintersBronson Women’s Services - Kalamazoo welcomes Amanda Winters, CNM, to its team. Winters received a Master of Science in Nursing from Frontier Nursing University in Hyden, Ky. She has a special interest in pregnancy education. She has nearly ten years of experience as a certified nurse-midwife and was most recently employed with Beacon Medical Group OB/GYN in Elkhark, Ind. Bronson Women’s Services in Kalamazoo is located at 601 John Street, Suite N-1200 in Kalamazoo. Winters can be reached at (269) 341-7979.

Sheena Ledbetter, NP


Sheena LedbetterBronson Wound Center & Hyperbaric Medicine - Battle Creek welcomes Sheena Ledbetter, certified adult gerontology nurse practitioner to its team. Ledbetter completed her Master of Science in Nursing from Spring Arbor University in Spring Arbor, Mich. Ledbetter began her career in healthcare as a nurse before deciding to return to school to become a nurse practitioner. She has a special interest in wound care and diabetes. Bronson Wound Center & Hyperbaric Medicine is located at 300 North Avenue, first floor, in Battle Creek. Ledbetter can be reached at (269) 245-8560.

Ruth Tatara, CNM

Ruth TataraBronson Women’s Services - Kalamazoo welcomes Ruth Tatara, certified nurse midwife, to its team. Tatara received a Master of Science in Nursing from Frontier Nursing University in Hyden, Ky. She has a special interest in pregnancy education and holistic health. She has eleven years of experience as a registered nurse with Bronson and a year of experience as a certified nurse-midwife. Ruth was most recently employed with Three River Health Women’s Services in Three Rivers, Mich. Bronson Women’s Services in Kalamazoo is located at 601 John Street, Suite N-1200 in Kalamazoo. Tatara can be reached at (269) 341-7979.


June 2017

Michael Marshall, NP

Michael MarshallBronson Neuroscience Center welcomes Michael Marshall, NP, to its neurocritical care inpatient team. Marshall received his bachelor’s degree in nursing from University of Alaska Anchorage in Anchorage, Alaska. He also received his master’s degree as an adult gerontology acute care nurse practitioner from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. He has a special interest in neurocritical care and was most recently employed with Borgess as an intensive care unit nurse. Bronson Neuroscience Center is located at 601 John Street, Suite 124 in Kalamazoo. Marshall can be reached at (269) 341-7500.

Sonya Datta-Sandhu, CNM

Sonya Datta-Sandhu

Bronson Women’s Services in Kalamazoo welcomes Sonya Datta-Sandhu, CNM, to its team. Datta-Sandhu received a Master of Science in Nursing from Emory University in Atlanta, Ga. She has a special interest in women’s health education. She has five years of experience as a certified nurse-midwife and was most recently employed with Grace Health in Battle Creek, Mich. Bronson Women’s Services in Kalamazoo is located at 601 John Street, Suite N-1200A in Kalamazoo. Datta-Sandhu can be reached at (269) 341-7979.

Frederick Berg, DO


Frederick BergBronson Urology & Continence Specialists welcomes Frederick Berg, DO, to its team. Dr. Berg completed his residency at Detroit Medical Center in Detroit, MI. Berg received his medical degree from Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine in Lansing, Michigan. In addition to his duties as a physician, Berg has also served as a clinical instructor at Michigan State University. He was most recently employed with McLaren-Northern Michigan. Bronson Urology & Continence Specialists is located at 601 John Street, Suite M-318 and 1535 Gull Road, Suite 150, both in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Berg can be reached at (269) 349-9745.

Sarah Hook, PA-C


Sarah HookBronson Orthopedic Trauma, Foot & Ankle Specialists welcomes Sarah Hook, PA-C, to its team. Hook received her master’s degree in physician assistant studies from Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago, Ill., and bachelor’s degree in movement science from the University of Michigan, School of Kinesiology in Ann Arbor, Mich. Prior to joining Bronson, Hook was with an orthopedic and sports medicine practice in Florida. She can be reached at (855) 618-2676.

Bronson Family Medicine – Helmer Rd. welcomes five new providers. Each of the providers is accepting new patients and can be reached at (269) 245-5430. Bronson Family Medicine – Helmer Rd. is located at 2900 Watkins Rd. in Battle Creek.

Gianna Service, MD


Gianna ServiceGianna Service, MD, completed her medical degree at Michigan State University College of Human Medicine in East Lansing, Mich. She completed her family medicine residency at the University of Nevada in Reno, Nev. Service is board certified in family medicine.

Carl Kinzel, DO

Carl KinzelCarl Kinzel, DO, completed his medical degree and residency at Pikeville College School of Osteopathic Medicine, Pikeville, KY. He is board certified in family medicine.

Simone Bruemmer, DO

Simone BruemmerSimone Bruemmer, DO, received her medical degree and completed her family medicine residency at Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Fl. She is board certified in family medicine.

Judy Cronin, FNP

Judy CroninJudy Cronin, FNP, received her master of science in nursing from Walden University in Minneapolis, Minn. She has a special interest in women’s health.

Ashley Conklin, FNP


Ashley ConklinAshley Conklin, FNP, received her master of science in nursing from Kaplan University in Fort Lauderdale, Fl.


May 2017

Prasanth Pillai, DO


Prasanth PillaiBronson Pediatric Hematology/Oncology in Kalamazoo welcomes Prasanth Pillai, DO, to its team. Pillai completed his hospice and palliative medicine fellowship at Grand Rapids Medical Education Partners in Grand Rapids, Mich., and his pediatric hematology oncology fellowship at Spectrum Health Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital at Grand Rapids, Mich. He is board certified in pediatrics. He completed his dual pediatrics residency and internship at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio. Pillai received his doctor of osteopathy degree from Michigan State University in East Lansing, Mich. He has a special interest in leukemia and adolescent/young adult oncology. Bronson Pediatric Hematology/Oncology is located at 601 John Street, Suite M-005 in Kalamazoo. Pillai can be reached at (269) 341-6350.

Denise Dayton, PA-C

Denise Dayton

Bronson Trauma Surgery Services is proud to welcome Denise Dayton, PA-C, to their team. Dayton received her Master of Science in physician assistant studies and her Bachelor of Science in integrated studies from Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Mich. Before joining Bronson, she worked at Mansion Street Women’s Health. Dayton can be reached at (269) 341-6022.

April Felton, FNP

April Felton

Bronson Internal Medicine & Rheumatology welcomes April Felton, FNP, to its team. Felton received her Master of Science in Nursing from South University in Savannah, GA. Bronson Internal Medicine & Rheumatology is located at 2845 Capital Ave. in Battle Creek. Felton is currently accepting new patients. Call (269) 979-6333 to schedule an appointment.


April 2017

Sharon Singh, MD


Sharon SinghBronson Pediatric Hematology/Oncology welcomes Sharon Singh, MD, to its team. Singh completed her pediatric hematology and oncology fellowship at North Shore Long Island Jewish Medical Center in New Hyde Park, N.Y., and is board certified in both general pediatrics and pediatric hematology-oncology. She completed her pediatrics residency and internship at Schneider Children’s Hospital at North Shore in Manhasset, N.Y. Dr. Singh received her medical degree from Mount Sinai School of Medicine of New York University in New York, N.Y. She has nine years of experience within children hematology and oncology at Steven and Alexandra Cohen Children’s Medical Center of New York. Bronson Pediatric Hematology/Oncology is located at 601 John Street, Suite M-005 in Kalamazoo. Singh can be reached at (269) 341-6350.

Ernest Spirito, MD

Ernest SpiritoBronson Advanced Illness Management Welcomes Ernest Spirito, MD, to its team. Spirito is board certified in emergency medicine. He completed his emergency medicine residency at the Kalamazoo Center for Medicine Studies in Kalamazoo, Mich. Spirito received his medical degree from Michigan State University in East Lansing, Mich. He has 19 years of experience as an emergency physician with the Southwest Michigan Emergency Services. Bronson Advanced Illness Management is located at 601 John Street, North Pavilion in Kalamazoo, Mich. Sharp can be reached at (269) 341-7339.

Amanda White, PA-C


Amanda WhiteBronson Orthopedic Specialists welcomes Amanda White, PA-C, to its team. White received her master’s degree from Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Mich. Bronson Orthopedic Specialists is located at 2 Heritage Oak Lane in Battle Creek. The medical practice has two additional locations in Battle Creek and Marshall. White can be reached at (877) 704-3133.


March 2017

Kelly Torres, NP

Kelly TorresBronson Neuroscience Center welcomes Kelly Torres, NP, to its neurocritical care inpatient team. Torres received bachelor’s degree in nursing from University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Mich. and received her certification as an adult gerontology acute care nurse practitioner from Drexel University in Philadelphia, Pa. She has a special interest in neurocritical care and was most recently employed with Bronson Battle Creek as a nurse in medical/surgical oncology, surgery and critical care. Bronson Neuroscience Center is located at 601 John Street, Suite 124 in Kalamazoo. Torres can be reached at (269) 341-7500.

Dawn Sharp, NP

Bronson Advanced Illness Management welcomes Dawn Sharp, NP, to its team. Sharp received her bachelor’s and master’s degree in nursing from Spring Arbor University in Jackson, Mich. She has a special interest in hospice care. She has 11 years of experience in hospice care and was most recently employed with Allegiance Hospice Home. Bronson Advanced Illness Management is located at 601 John Street, Box 71 North Pavilion in Kalamazoo, Mich. Sharp can be reached at (269) 341-7339.


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