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Dr. Alfonse

Family Practice Doctor

Started with us in 2012.

Areas of Interest: ENT

Specialized In: skin procedures, joint injections – shoulder and knee

Medical School: Ain Shams

Residency: UPMC University of Pittsburgh Medical Center

Other Training: MPH – Graduate School of Public Health Pittsburgh University

Dr. Alfonse’s Care Philosophy: Our family cares for your family.

Other Languages Spoken: Arabic

Dr. Duclos

Family Practice Doctor

Co-Medical Director*

Started with us in 1993.

Areas of Interest: Family Medicine

 

Medical School: Texas Tech School of Medicine

Residency: Lynchburg Family Practice in Lynchburg, Virginia

Other Training: Board Certified in Family Medicine

Dr. Duclos' Care Philosophy: I have the best job in the world. I work with a group of people that truly care for others. I see compassion everyday. I see so many dedicated to improving the quality of life for others. I am honored to be a part of the lives of my patients, to improve the quality of health, and along the way, to share in the laughter and tears of life.

Dr. Henderson

Family Practice Doctor

Started with us in 2011.

Areas of Interest: geriatrics, immigration

Dr. Henderson Enjoys This Most About Working Here: The diverse population.

Dr. Ralston

Family Practice Doctor

Started with us in 2018.

Areas of Interest: hypertension, diabetes, women’s health care, which includes birth control (DLP’s, IUD’s, Nexplanon) through menopausal issues, immigrants, refugees

Specialized In: IUD’s, subdermal birth control implants, endometrial biopsies, laceration repairs, skin biopsies, elliptical excisions, toenail removal, joint injections – shoulder and knee

Medical School: University of Iowa College of Medicine

Residency: 1st Year – Ventura County Medical Center; 2nd Year – Grant Medical Center

Dr. Ralston’s Care Philosophy: I love partnering with patients to achieve your ideal health. Our goal together will be to maintain your best health so you can focus your time and energy on enjoying life and achieving your goals.

Dr. Buhr

Internal Medicine Doctor

Started with us in 2010.

Areas of Interest: chronic disease management, diabetes management, travel and international medicine, LGBT health care

 

Specialized In: knee injections, shoulder injections, I & D abscesses, skin biopsies, cryotherapy (skin lesions)

Medical School: University of Illinois COM

Residency: University of Minnesota

Dr. Buhr Enjoys This Most About Working Here: I enjoy working with many different patients of all ages. Every day is different!

Other Languages Spoken: Spanish

Dr. Pathan

Internal Medicine Doctor

Started with us in 1979.

Areas of Interest: geriatrics

Specialized In: knee and shoulder injections

Medical School: Liaquat Medical College

Residency: Mount Sinai Medical Center

Other Training: Practical experience through over 40 years of service at Peoples Clinic.

Dr. Pathan’s Care Philosophy: Happy to serve the underserved community with respect and joy.

Other Languages Spoken: Urdu, Sindhi, Hindi

Carrie Berry, ARNP

Adult Nurse Practitioner

Started with us in 2005.

Areas of Interest: adult primary care

Carrie Enjoys This Most About Working Here: I believe in the Mission of the clinic and love the diversity.

Michael Gerber DNP, FNP

Adult Nurse Practitioner

Started with us in 2017.

Areas of Interest: holistic care, family practice, application of Evidence Base Practice, quality improvement

Schooling: BSN-RN – Central Methodist University; DNP – University of Missouri Sinclair School of Nursing

Other Training: Surgical Technologist at University of Missouri Hospital; BSN-RN on Burn Unit at University of Missouri Hospital; BSN-RN at Missouri Orthopedic Institute; BSN-RN in Medicine ICU

Michael’s Care Philosophy: Peoples Community Health Clinic is a family of diverse providers wanting to care for the diverse families of Waterloo, Iowa. It doesn’t matter who you are, you can receive holistic care at PCHC.

Courtney Hoelscher ARNP

Adult Nurse Practitioner

Peoples Clinic Butler County Provider**

Started with us in 2015.

Specialized In: toenail removal, knee/shoulder injections

Schooling: Bachelor’s Degree, Nursing Degree, Master’s Degree – Allen College

Courtney Enjoys This Most About Working Here: I enjoy the variety of patients I see, from babies to elderly patients, and being able to provide comprehensive care that is affordable as well as accessible.

Sarah Kane, ARNP

Adult Nurse Practitioner

Started with us in 2014.

Areas of Interest: wellness; women’s health; management of chronic conditions such as diabetes mellitus, hypertension, and hyperlipidemia

Specialized In: minor office procedures

Schooling: Bachelor’s Degree, Nursing Degree, Master’s Degree – Allen College

Other Training: AANP Certified – FNP; Inducted into Sigma Theta Tau; Member of AANP, INPS

Sarah’s Care Philosophy: I believe that EVERYONE, regardless of ethnicity, gender, religion, etc. deserves access to health care. Health care is a right.

Melody Kern, ARNP, FNP-C

Family Nurse Practitioner

Started with us in 2018.

Areas of Interest: primary care, reproductive health, and contraception

Schooling: Bachelor’s Degree – Allen College; Master's Degree – Purdue Global University

Other Training: Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS), Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS), and Neonatal Resuscitation Program (NRP)

Melody’s Care Philosophy: I enjoy the diverse patient population I serve.

Ashley Monroe, ARNP

Adult Nurse Practitioner

Started with us in 2011.

Areas of Interest: primary care

Schooling: Bachelor’s Degree, Nursing Degree, Master’s Degree – Allen College

Ashley Enjoys This Most About Working Here: I believe in the Mission of the clinic. My job is to help patients improve their health and encourage them to take ownership and follow a healthy lifestyle.

Heidi Bonthuis, PA-C

Adult Physician Assistant

Started with us in 2007.

Areas of Interest: women’s health, contraception, dermatology, GI

Schooling: Bachelor’s Degree –Northwestern College; Bachelor’s Degree – University of Iowa

Other Training: Certified in BLS through the American Red Cross; Board Certified through the NCCPA; Practical experience through 25 years as a PA

Heidi Enjoys This Most About Working Here: I enjoy providing comprehensive, personal care to a diverse population.

Other Languages Spoken: Some Spanish

Melissa Oltman, FNP

Family Nurse Practitioner

Started with us in 2013.

Areas of Interest: urgent care

Specialized In: laceration repair, sexually transmitted infections (STI), women’s health

Schooling: Bachelor’s Degree – Hawkeye Community College; Nursing Degree, Master’s Degree – Allen College

Other Training: Family Nurse Practitioner board certified by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners

Melissa’s Care Philosophy: Everyone I work with deserves the same care, respect, dignity, and time no matter what their circumstances.

Other Languages Spoken: Spanish

Kimberly Boote CNM

Certified Nurse Midwife

Started with us in 2019.

Areas of Interest: family planning

Specialized In: midwifery, women's health, birth control

Katherine Parker Bryden CNM

Certified Nurse Midwife

Started with us in 2019.

Areas of Interest: family planning

Specialized In: midwifery, women's health, birth control, IUD and contraceptive implant insertion and removal

Schooling: Bachelor’s Degree – UC Davis (Art and Art History); Nursing Degree, Master’s Degree – Yale School of Nursing; Master's Degree - University of Iowa (Art)

Katherine’s Care Philosophy: My foundational belief as a women’s healthcare provider is that women have a basic human right to bodily autonomy. This means that they are the experts on their lives, their health, and their families, and they have a right to decide when, with whom, and whether they want to be pregnant at any given point in time. Access to contraception methods of their choosing is crucial to maintaining this right.

Other Languages Spoken: German

Dr. Alabsi

Pediatrician

Started with us in 2014.

Areas of Interest: premature babies, hematology (blood disorders), allergies (including food allergies), obesity

Medical School: Jordon University of Science and Technology

Residency: Blank Children’s Hospital

Other Languages Spoken: Arabic

Other Languages Spoken: Arabic

Dr. Bowen

Pediatrician

Started with us in 2017.

Areas of Interest: child development, neurometabolic diseases, seizures, learning problems, ADHD and ADD, neurogenetics, parenting strategies, child abuse and neglect

Specialized In: child neurology, assessment of child development and learning problems, parent coaching

Dr. Bowen Enjoys This Most About Working Here: Being a pediatrician gives me the opportunity to support parents in their choices to raise happy, healthy children. The diversity of our population and opportunity to provide the best care available to ALL kids is the quality of Peoples Community Health Clinic I value most. And, little people hugs melt my heart!

Other Languages Spoken: Spanish

Dr. Fedge

Pediatrician

Started with us in 2010. Has been with us over the years at different times since 1998.

Areas of Interest: pediatric pulmonology, pediatric sports medicine, adolescent medicine

Medical School: University of Iowa College of Medicine

Residency: University of Wisconsin Department of Pediatrics

 

Other Training: University of New Mexico Department of Pediatrics Associate Professor and Support Staff Pediatric Pulmonology (two years); University of New Mexico College of Medicine Dermatology (one year); Texas A&M Women's Team Physician (1993-1998); PALS Certified; NRP Certified

Dr. Fedge Enjoys This Most About Working Here: I believe Peoples Community Health Clinic is one of the best kept secrets in the nation. I have worked in four states and many clinics and I have yet to find a more competent and committed group of staff, nurses, providers, and doctors.

Dr. Neumann

Pediatrician

Co-Medical Director

Started with us in 1993.

Areas of Interest: children with Special Health Care Needs, ADHD

Medical School: UCLA

Residency: UW Health Madison

Dr. Neumann Enjoys This Most About Working Here: I love the support we can give patients, depending on their needs and interests – interpreters, nutrition, counseling, financial assistance, etc.

Other Languages Spoken: Spanish

Dr. Reed

Pediatrician

Started with us in 2015.

Areas of Interest: general pediatrics, child development

Medical School: University of South Dakota School of Medicine

Residency: Marshfield Clinic; St. Joseph’s Hospital

Other Training: Pediatric Advanced Life Support; Neonatal Resuscitation Program; Civil Surgeon

Dr. Reed’s Care Philosophy: I am a caring pediatrician who is passionate about the health and well-being of children. I find joy in explaining health concerns to patients and their families so they understand and feel empowered.

Dr. Uppala

Pediatrician

Started with us in 2017.

Areas of Interest: renal, endocrine

Specialized In: suturing

Medical School: Gandhi Medical College

Residency: DCH - Pediatrics – India; Pediatrics Residency – Woodhull Medical Center

Other Training: NRP; Pediatric Advanced Life Support

Dr. Uppala’s Care Philosophy: Pediatrics is a unique branch of medicine in its own way. By taking care of kids, we take care of the whole family. As a pediatrician, it's so rewarding to see the little kids growing into healthy adults.

Other Languages Spoken: Hindi, Telugu

Kathy Merry, ARNP

Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

Started with us in 1999.

Areas of Interest: primary care for kids

Specialized In: well care exams, sports exams, acute illnesses

Schooling: Bachelor’s Degree – University of Northern Iowa; Master’s Degree – University of Iowa

Kathy’s Care Philosophy: I love to love my patients.

Merry Oelmann, ARNP

Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

Started with us in 1992.

Areas of Interest: pediatric obesity, breastfeeding

Specialized In: well care of children 0-18 years old

Schooling: Nursing Degree – Allen College; Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree – University of Iowa; Master of Science in Nursing – University of Iowa

Other Training: Master’s Degree in Community Health and Business Leadership

Merry’s Care Philosophy: I believe all children have a right to developmentally appropriate health care and the right to be treated with respect, regardless of age, race, religion, or gender. I love the joy children bring to the world. I appreciate their wonder and curiosity. I enjoy working with families to help their child to become the individual they were meant to be.

Dawn Davies, PMHNP-BC

Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner

Started with us in 2017.

Specialized In: child, adolescent, and adult psychiatric services

Schooling: Bachelor’s Degree – Keuka College; Nursing Degree – University of Alaska; Master’s Degree – State University of New York at Binghamton

Other Training: Certificate in Advanced Forensic Health

Dawn’s Care Philosophy: My goal is to facilitate positive change in the lives of individuals. I love working for Peoples Community Health Clinic because they truly care about helping our patients.

Dr. Eilertson

Dentist

Dental Director*

Started with us in 2010.

Areas of Interest: anterior composite restorations (esthetic white fillings on front teeth), crowns (to restore function, improve esthetics, and provide strength and support); complete dental treatment that improves the patient’s overall function (easier to eat and chew), esthetics (improve self-esteem), relieves and eliminates dental pain

Specialized In: comprehensive dentistry and a wide variety of services, restorations (fillings) and crowns, endodontics, oral surgery procedures

Dental School: University of Iowa

Other Training: Bachelor’s Degree in Biology – University of Northern Iowa

Dr. Eilertson’s Care Philosophy: I strive to provide quality, compassionate care to all patients. We also offer a wide range of dental procedures which lets me practice to the full potential of my training.

Dr. Yu

Dentist

Started with us in 2018.

Areas of Interest:  comprehensive dentistry, preventive dentistry, and dental public health

Dental School: University of Iowa College of Dentistry

Other Training: Bachelor's Degree - University of Iowa

Dr. Yu's Care Philosophy: My goal is to assist you in becoming your healthiest self by helping you improve and maintain your oral health. What I enjoy most about working at Peoples Clinic is that we can provide quality, comprehensive care for all people—allowing everyone the opportunity to make choices that allow them to live healthy lives, regardless of income, race, country of origin, religion, etc.

Samira Bolic, RDH

Dental Hygienist

Started with us in 2009.  

Samira Enjoys This Most About Working Here: I like working at Peoples Community Health Clinic, where a lot of effort is put into removing barriers to health care. As part of the dental team, this helps me provide better care for our patients. I always try my best to help patients feel welcomed and comfortable when they come here for dental care.

Other Languages Spoken: Bosnian

Stephanie Chamberlin, RDH

Dental Hygienist

Sees Patients at Two Locations*

Started with us in 2015.

Areas of Interest: public health, dental hygiene

Kristin Marchese RDH

Dental Hygienist

Started with us in 2008.

Schooling: Associate of Science in Dental Hygiene – Hawkeye Community College

Kirstin Enjoys This Most About Working Here: Peoples Community Health Clinic has a passion for serving the community that is evident in every service we provide. Our dental clinic provides quality dental care with compassion and understanding. I am proud to be a part of such a wonderful place!

*Provides care at both our Waterloo and Clarksville locations.

**Provides care at our Clarksville location.