Our family practice physicians and mid-level providers are dedicated to treating the whole person. They treat each organ, every disease, all ages and both genders. The cornerstone of family medicine is an ongoing, personal patient-physician relationship focused on integrated care. This group of staff work tirelessly to build healthier communities.
Amanda Allen, FNP-C
Graduate of Indiana State University (FNP)
Memberships: American Association of Nurse Practitioners, American cNurses Association
From Drummond Island, now resides in Alpena. Married with 3 children. Enjoys horses, camping, gardening, and fishing.
Melissa Anderson, PA-C
Memberships: American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA)
Michigan Academy of Physician Assistants (MAPA)
Work History as Physician Assistant:
Maine Medical Center, worked in ENT specialty 2010-2011. Portland, Maine.
Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic, Family Medicine, 2011-2016, Grandview, Washington
Thunder Bay Community Health, Family Medicine 2016-current, Hillman, MI
Jill Barsen, PA-C
Amy Brewbaker, FNP-BC
Graduate of: Ferris Sate University (BSN) and Michigan State University (MSN-FNP)
Memberships:: Michigan Council of Nurse Practitioners, American Academy of Nurse Practitioners
Hobbies: Bowling, golf, running, riding my motorcycle, spending time with my husband, Joe, and dog, Scooby-Doo.
Holly Ehrke, FNP-C
Memberships: American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, Michigan Council of Nurse Practitioners, Sigma Theta Tau International - Nursing Honor Society
Graduate of Michigan State University (MSN) and Ferris State University (BSN)
I was born and raised in Rogers City. I have been a RN for 24 years and have worked mostly in the Emergency Room. I was the program manager at the SBHC in Onaway. I am married with three daughters, and have lived in Onaway for 20 years. I enjoy attending the Cardinals sporting events, playing with my dogs and enjoying the out of doors. I am very excited to be back home working in my community.
Marion Hautea, MD
Graduate of University of Perpetual Health System , Laguna Philippines
Brief Bio: Loves living in a Northeast Michigan. Mountain Bike. Running (slow). Reading , sleeping ( if I can)
Jamellee Jacala-Tadian, MD
Graduate of: American University of the Caribbean, State University of New York
Memberships: American Academy of Family Physicians, Philippine Medical Association of Michigan
Julie LaFave, FNP-BC
Graduate of: Michigan State University (MSN) and the University of Michigan (BSN), MCMC (RN)
Cody Lawnichak, PA-C
Graduate of: Indiana State University, Master of Physician Assistant Program, 2014
Memberships: Michigan Academy of Physician Assistants, American Academy of Physician Assistants, Indiana Academy of Physician Assistants
Wayne McEwen, PA-C
Memberships: American Academy of Physicians Assistants
As a lifelong resident of Northern Michigan, Wayne started his career here at Thunder Bay Community Health Service back in 2002. On his free time he enjoys the outdoors and spending time with his family.
Elaine Smith, DO
Board Certified by the American Board of Family Medicine
Sarah Wallace, PA-C
She is passionate about healing and is accepting patients of all ages in need of care.
Cori Williams, FNP-BC
Graduate of Michigan State University (BSN) and Saginaw Valley State University (MSN, FNP)
Memberships: Michigan Council of Nurse Practitioners, American Association of Nurse Practioners, Sigma Theta Tau International
From Alpena. Enjoy following my boy/girl twins around the state for travel soccer. Enjoy the outdoors.
Joshua Wyeth, PA-C
Education: Bachelor's Degree Biomedical Science at Central Michigan University; Master's Degree Physician Assistant Studies at Central Michigan University
Memberships: American Academy of Physician Assistants; Michigan Academy of Physician Assistants
Manuel Hernandez, MD.
Memberships: American Academy of Family Practitioners
Born in Central America, grew up in California, Medical School in Poland/ Residency in New York. Looking forward to enjoying life in Michigan.
Amy Dziesinski, FNP-C
Memberships: American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, Michigan Council of Nurse Practitioners
Enjoys spending time on the lake and getting outdoors.
Dr. Carlu, DDS
Memberships: Michigan State Dental Association
Jeffery Taylor, DDS
Memberships: American Dental Association, Michigan Dental Association, Saginaw Valley Dental Society
Carol Weiss, DDS
Carol grew up in a small town( smaller than Atlanta) in South Dakota. She came from a rather large family, with six sisters and three brothers. Carol has now been married for 31 years with two children of her own and a dog. Her and her husband enjoy biking, kayaking, backpacking, skiing, Wisconsin Badger football and motorcycles.
Shary Henderson, DDS
Memberships: American Dental Association
Involved in Medical and Dental missions to upstate New York and Honduras.
Kelly Drake, OD
Graduate of Michigan College of Optometry 2007
Free time is spent with my husband, and 3 kids. We fish, camp, are active in Cub Scouts, and love family movie nights. Graduated from Onaway High School in 2000 and live in Indian River.
Integrated Behavioral Health
Leah Arnold, LMSW
Graduate of Central Michigan University (BS Psychology) and Grand Valley State University (MSW)
Erin Fletcher, LMSW
Erin loves to spend time with her family and outdoor activities.
Laura Kauffman, LMSW
Graduate of Indiana University (Masters in Social Work) and Spring Arbor College (BA in Social Work)
Over 25 years experience in the field from positions in home healthcare, hospice, mental health and private practice, priror to school-based services.
Music, drama, nature photography, reading stories to kids. Married, with 2 children through adoption.
Pam Knaffle, LMSW
Graduated from Michigan State University (MSW) and Madonna University (BSW)
Enjoys boating, basketball, playing board games with my family and friends.
Cathy O'Brien, LMSW
Certified Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapist
Laura Desgrange MA, LPC NCC.
Graduate of: Grand Valley State University
Master’s from Spring Arbor University
Memberships: National Board of Certified Counselors
Laura enjoys being outdoors, camping, fishing, riding motorcycles, and taking trips.
Meaghan Hoffmann, LMSW
Memberships: Infant Mental Health, NASW
Graduate of Wayne State University (MSW) and Lake Superior State University (BS)
Spending time with friends and family, outdoor activities, going for walks with my dogs.
Veronica Jung, LMSW
Graduate of Grand Valley State University, 2002
Malia Vassilakos, LMSW
Graduated from Michigan State University (BA), Spring Arbor University (MA), and Saint Joseph University with post masters in Behavior Analysis.
When I have spare time I enjoy walking, yoga, reading, kayaking, and gardening. I moved up north in 2005 from the Lansing area. I have worked with children and adolescences in community mental health for 7 years, in women resource providing parenting classes for 3 and created a mentoring program within a school. I am always looking to better myself with education and new experiences. I am looking forward to getting back into school at Hillman and Atlanta and working for Thunder Bay Community Health Service.
Ben Martin, LMSW
Kim Sumerix, LMSW
Graduate of Central Michigan University- Master in Professional, Michigan State University- Master in Social Work
Kim has been a lifelong resident of the Lachine area, having started teaching in Posen and then for an additional 25 years at Hillman Schools. Since 2010 I have been in Midland working as the Youth Services coordinator for Family & Children's Services, providing mental health counseling to teens across Midland county in their local school setting. In addition to teaching co-parenting classes for the Midland courts and providing family crisis counseling He has spent time leading parenting educational classes and professional development opportunities for schools and businesses in the tri-county area.
Kim has 3 children and enjoys woodworking, farming, hunting and fishing as well as being with family. If there is any spare time, he has six grandchildren to keep him busy.
Jay Chambers, LPC
Graduate of Spring Arbor University- Master of Arts in Counseling
Jay's experience with Catholic Human Services and Promise Village Residential Home for Boys has allowed him to help those who are at their worst moments in life. The joy Jay gets of seeing young men, individuals, and families from all walks of life come to a new hope, new-meaning, and new future, is worth the invested time and work. On Jay's free time he enjoys hunting, fishing, sports, drawing and painting, and wood-working.
Erin K. Bollinger, PharmD
Graduate of Lake Superior State University (BS) and Oregon State University (PharmD)
Memberships: Michigan Pharmacist's Association
Hobbies: Family time, biking, fishing, running dogs
Lori Wineman, Pharmacist, RPhD
Graduate of Ferris State University, Doctor Of Pharmacy (RPhD)
Memberships: Michigan Pharmacist Association, Michigan Community Pharmacist Association
From Atlanta, MI, currently resides in Atlanta, MI. Married with 2 children; Enjoys reading, crafting and flower gardening.
Memberships: Michigan Board of Pharmacy
Betty enjoys reading, gardening, hunting, fishing, and camping.