Following several years of serving as a volunteer, Dr. Fruechting has been on staff as a pediatrician at Health Ministries since July 2006. She is board certified by the National Board of Medical Examiners and the American Board of Pediatrics. She is also a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics.
She earned her Bachelor of Science degree from Kansas State University and her medical degree from the University of Kansas School of Medicine. Her residency was completed at Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital, St. Louis, Mo.
“I have a deep love for children. I appreciate having an opportunity to work in a setting that allows me to live out my faith in a practical and helpful way.”
MD, Medical Director
Prior to joining the Health Ministries Clinic, Dr. Goering was employed by Via Christi Clinic and Wichita Clinic in Newton, Kansas. Dr. Goering is board certified in family medicine and licensed by the Kansas State Board of Healing Arts.
Dr. Goering completed his Bachelor in Arts in mathematics and chemistry at Bethel College and his Doctor of Medicine at the University of Kansas School of Medicine. His residency in family practice was completed at St. Joseph Family Practice Residency.
“I feel I have been called to practice medicine as a form of service. As a family doctor it has been my privilege to care for individuals at all places on the continuum of life, from newborns to the elderly.
I believe in the importance of relationships, community and teamwork. We are striving to be patient centered, and to care for the whole person. I am excited for the opportunity to serve Newton and the surrounding community in this way at Health Ministries Clinic.”
Tiffany has been in the healthcare field for 15 years, beginning in high school as a CNA, continuing through college at Wesley Medical Center on the trauma/surgery floor, and after college at a local community mental health center as a charge nurse. Her prior APRN experience includes working in a large federally qualified health center in Wichita, Kan.
Tiffany earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from Bethel College, North Newton, Kan., and her Master of Science in Nursing degree from Wichita (Kan.) State University. She is board certified in family practice by the American Nurses Credentialing Center.
“I believe strongly in helping give my patients the information they need so that they can make informed decisions and take responsibility for the choices that impact their health. I love working in a Community Health Center and feel proud about the quality of services we provide”.
Jill has been a pediatric nurse practitioner for over 20 years. She joined Health Ministries Clinic after previously being employed by Via Christi Clinic-Newton.
Jill earned her Masters of Science in Nursing degree at Wichita State University and her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree at Bethel College. She is board certified in pediatrics by the American Nurses Credentialing Center.
“I am happy to be providing care to the children and families in Newton, where I grew up and am raising my own daughters. I am privileged to watch my patients grow in so many ways, and later become empowered to make healthy choices on their own. I love pediatrics because of the fun and creative ways we can connect with our patients, both in the office and in the community.”
Joseph Luinstra is board certified in family medicine by the American Board of Family Medicine. Before joining the Health Ministries Clinic, Joe was employed at Via Christi Clinic, Newton. He is a Fellow, American Academy of Family Physicians member.
Dr. Luinstra completed an internship at the St. Joseph Medical Center after earning his Bachelor of Science in Biology and Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry at the University of Kansas where he also completed his residency.
“My faith is central to how I try and live my life. A favorite verse of mine is Jeremiah 29:11; ‘For I know the plans I have for you declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, to give you a hope and a future.’”
Dr. Nedich joined Health Ministries Clinic in January of 2015. Prior to that he was employed at Integrity Medicine, LLC, Newton, and the Medical Plaza in Hillsboro. Dr. Nedich is board certified in internal medicine and licensed by the Kansas State Board of Healing Arts.
Dr. Nedich completed his bachelor of science degree in biology at Avila University and his Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine at Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences. His internal medicine residency was completed at the University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine.
“Medicine is the vehicle I use to help demonstrate Christ’s love for the world because, frankly, nobody cares how much you know until they know how much you care. It is my honor and good fortune to practice at a facility that shares this vision.”
Dr. Ricardo Patron is board certified by the American Board of Pediatrics and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. He has cared for the children of Newton and the surrounding area since 1991 when he joined the original Bethel Clinic following the completion of his pediatric residency. Dr. Patron joins Health Ministries Clinic after previously practicing with the Wichita Clinic and the Via Christi Clinic, both in Newton.
Dr. Patron earned a B.A. in Life Sciences at Kansas State University and his Doctor of Medicine at the University of Kansas. He completed his residency in pediatrics at the University of Kansas School of Medicine.
“I truly enjoy working with my patients and their families. I am grateful that I have been able to follow in the footsteps of my parents, who were both physicians. Like my mom, Dr. Leyte Patron, a dedicated pediatrician, I am committed to providing compassionate medical care while also educating and training parents to care for the whole child – body, mind and spirit.”
Bonnie has a long history in this community and joins the Heath Ministries Clinic after previously being employed at Via Christi Clinic, Newton. She is board certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center.
Bonnie earned her nursing license at the Presbyterian University Hospital School of Nursing, University of Pittsburgh. She then went on to earn her ARNP and Masters of Education at Wichita State University.
“I feel deeply committed to this community appreciate the relationships I have been able to form. I’m grateful for the opportunity to once again focus on meeting the needs of the community.”
Sarah earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from Bethel College, North Newton, Kan., and her Master of Science in Nursing degree from Fort Hays State University. Professionally she has worked within a variety of medical settings, including both inpatient and outpatient. Her professional interests lie in providing comprehensive family medicine.
She is board certified by the American Association of Nurse Practitioners as a Family Nurse Practitioner and licensed in the state of Kansas and California as a Nurse Practitioner.
“I love the fact that working at Health Ministries Clinic allows me the opportunity to provide health care to the entire community. I can provide healthcare instead of trying to figure out what type of insurance someone has”.
Dr. Teck joins Health Ministries Clinic after previously being employed by Via Christi Clinic in Newton. He is board certified by the American Board of Family Medicine.
Dr. Teck earned his Bachelor of general studies with an emphasis in chemistry from Wichita State University and his Doctor of Osteopathy degree at Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences. He is also fluent in Spanish.
“I feel privileged by patients entrusting me with their health concerns. The ability of a community to prosper and grow is interconnected to the health of its citizenry. With that in mind, I strongly believe everyone should have access to basic healthcare services. Often, I am surprised by the human body’s resilience to disease and ability to recover from illness. My role as a healthcare provider is identifying opportunities to preserve, maintain and improve patient’s health.”
Kris’ clinical background includes work as a charge nurse on a Trauma Critical Care unit as well as a staff nurse in an Emergency Room setting. Her professional interests lie in providing comprehensive family medicine.
She earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from Tabor College, Hillsboro, Kansas, and her Master of Science in Nursing degree from Fort Hays State University. She is board certified by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners as a Family Nurse Practitioner and licensed in the state of Kansas as a Nurse Practitioner.
“I believe health is affected by the body, mind and soul. Practicing at Health Ministries Clinic allows me to live my faith by truly caring for people and helping them find wellness”
Ashley Weis is board certified by the American Board of Family Medicine. She joins Health Ministries Clinic after previously being employed by the Via Christi Clinic in Newton.
Dr. Weis received her Bachelor of Science degree in biology through Pittsburg State University and her Master of Business administration in healthcare leadership at Rockhurst University. She received her doctor of osteopathic medicine at Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences and completed her internship at the Southern Illinois University School of Medicine. Her residency was completed at Quincy Family Medicine Residency.
“The origin of the word “doctor” is the Latin word “docere” which means “to teach.” That’s how I view my job. I am here to teach you about your options in regards to your health and then we can make decisions as a team to lead you to the health that you want.”
Timothy Wiens is board certified by the American Board of Family Medicine. He joined Health Ministries Clinic after being employed at Via Christi Clinic, Newton. Dr. Wiens was instrumental in the founding of Health Ministries Clinic in 1991.
Dr. Wiens earned his Bachelor of Science at Bethel College, North Newton. He then went on to obtain his Medical Doctor degree at the Kansas University School of Medicine. His family practice residency was completed at Wesley Family Practice Center.
“I believe strongly in the importance of universal access to healthcare. I strive toward the goal of helping patients figure out and get what they need medically. This is all the more important for those who have traditionally been marginalized in our society for one reason or another, or who may have difficulty finding the care they need. I am privileged to work for an organization, such as Health Ministries Clinic, that is committed to these same goals.”
Dr. Williams joined Health Ministries Clinic following his employment at the Via Christi Clinic, Newton. He is board certified by the American Board of Family Medicine.
Dr. Williams earned his Bachelor of Science, biology and chemistry, at Harding University in Searcy, Arkansas and his Medical Doctor degree at Kansas University Medical Center in Kansas City, Kansas. His residency in family practice was also completed at the Kansas University Medical Center.
“The part of medicine I enjoy the most is the relationships I develop with my patients. Family medicine is unique in this way, allowing for ongoing relationships with all members of the family, from newborns to great grandparents. These relationships enhance and improve my ability to help each individual navigate the often complex healthcare concerns for which they come seeking solutions.”
Diana’s clinical background involves not only more traditional behavioral health services, but also experience using mediation skills to facilitate working relationships with others. At HMC, Diana serves as a member of our integrated medical and dental services team and seeks to bring a behavioral health perspective to our patient interactions.
Diana earned her Bachelor of Social Work degree from Bethel College in Newton, Kansas, and her Master of Social Work degree from the University of Kansas. She is licensed by the Kansas Behavioral Sciences Regulatory Board as a Specialist Clinical Social Worker. She received her mediation training from the Kansas Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution (KIPCOR) and is a Kansas approved core and domestic mediator.
“I truly believe Health Ministries’ commitment to an integrated care model supports the shared approach so necessary for healing and progress over time for our patients. In my role as Behavioral Health Consultant, I value helping our patients discover and remember how their days can be improved by doing even small changes in their life.”
LSCSW, Behavioral Health Services Director
Karla’s experience involves working with a wide and diverse range of children and adults in community mental health. Karla practices primarily from a behavioral approach and believes it is through behavior interventions that people change and improve overall quality of health and life.
At HMC, Karla serves as the Director of Behavioral Health Services and provides behavioral health consultation to patients as well as providers. She earned a BSW degree from Kansas State University and a Master of Social Work degree from University of Kansas. In addition, Karla received training and certification in Integrated Behavioral Health and Primary Care from University of Michigan.
“I believe that integrating care is the direction that healthcare systems should be moving. I’m proud to be working in an environment where the mission is to provide care for the whole person.”
Dr. Yasa specializes in psychiatry focused on children and adolescents. He earned his medical degree internationally. His adult psychiatry residency was completed at the University of Missouri Kansas City School of Medicine. He completed a child and adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine. In addition Dr. Yasa also earned a Master of Public Health (Community Medicine) degree from the St. Louis University School of Public Health.
Dr. Yasa is employed at Prairie View, a local Community Mental Health Center and contracts for two days a week at Health Ministries Clinic. This work builds on a unique and collaborative relationship between Health Ministries Clinic and Prairie View designed to more effectively serve the community.
“I love the opportunity to provide comprehensive psychiatric care to children, adolescents and their families in an integrative care model with primary care providers. I appreciate the chance to partner with others around the common goal of treating the mind, body and spirit at the same time”
Jenifer worked in private practice as a registered dental hygienist for several years before transitioning to community health nearly four years ago. She graduated from Colby Community College/North Central Technical College in 2005.
Jenifer enjoys working for Health Ministries Clinic because she feels it is a great service to the communities the clinic serves that are able to receive dental care. In addition to her work in the clinic Jenifer also serves as coordinator for the school based dental screening program.
“I also enjoy the variety, being able to go to schools and teach children that might not otherwise have dental care.”
Tina worked as a dental assistant in private practice for 13 years prior to transitioning to dental hygiene. Since then, Tina has worked as a hygienist in private practice as well as community health for six years. She graduated from Wichita State University with her Bachelors in Dental Hygiene in 2011. Tina has also received her Extended Care Permit II, which allows her to treat patients in schools and nursing homes.
Tina enjoys working for Health Ministries Clinic because it’s a friendly environment that puts the patients’ needs first.
“It’s a great feeling to help a patient restore their beautiful smile.”
Dr. Gerald Vinduska attended Wichita State University for his undergraduate work, and received his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the Univerisity of Nebraska- College of Dentistry in 1997. After graduation, he practiced rural family dentistry solo in Marion for 19 years ,taking over his father’s dental practice (Dr. Eugene Vinduska) in 1999. Dr. Jerry greatly appreciates the opportunity to provide dental disease treatment to his patients at such affordable fees.
“Eating is one of life’s most enjoyable things. Unfortunately, every human being is vulnerable to the insidious bacterial diseases of tooth decay and adult gum disease, which often leads to total tooth loss and the accompanying loss of critical facial bony features. Neglecting teeth by not brushing thoroughly and flossing every day leads to the painful and expensive realization of the seriousness of tooth decay and gum disease. Visit a good dentist at least once a year to avoid painful and expensive loss of molars, premolars, canines and incisors.”
Chief Operations Officer
As the Chief Operating Officer, Tionna is responsible for the day-to-day oversight and general management of HMC’s operations at our three locations. Tionna leads over 120 employees in advancing the company’s mission, vision, core values, strategic priorities and growth goals. She assists in identifying organizational needs, and plays a pivotal role in facilitating resources to develop solutions to solve HMC’s most complex challenges. She partners with the Executive and Leadership Team’s to identify the unmet needs of the patients that HMC is uniquely positioned to serve.
“Working at Health Ministries Clinic gives me the opportunity to make a difference in people’s lives. Our mission is to give all individuals in the community access to quality, dependable care.”
LSCSW, Executive Director
A licensed specialist clinical social worker, Matthew has 19 years experience working in the behavioral health care field, including more than 10 years as Director of Community Support Services and Access/Emergency Services at a local community mental health center. He has served on numerous statewide committees and taskforces and is active in the community.
Matthew earned his bachelor’s degree in psychology from Bethel College, North Newton, Kan., and his master’s degree in social work from the University of Kansas School of Social Welfare, Lawrence, Kan.
“I am excited to work with others who have a desire to ensure that everyone in our community has access to high quality healthcare in a setting that seeks to integrate medical, dental and behavioral health services.”