Elizabeth has a longstanding history of commitment and service to the Newton and Harvey County community. She previously worked at Via Christi Clinic in Newton as well as other area clinics prior to joining Health Ministries.
She began in the healthcare field as a Registered Nurse earning her Associates Degree at Butler Community College. She worked at Wesley Medical Center as an RN prior to completing the Physician Assistant program at Wichita State University. She is board certified by the National Committee on Certification of Physician Assistants.
“I am honored and grateful to continue my journey as a healthcare provider at Health Ministries Clinic. I treasure the faith-based focus of medicine and seek to provide excellent medical care with an emphasis on the physical, psychological, and spiritual/emotional needs of each individual. It is a privilege to be entrusted with your health care.”
APRN, BC - FNP
Dawn’s clinical background includes work in both urgent and acute care settings. Her professional interests lie in providing comprehensive family medicine.
She earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from Wichita State University and her Master of Science in Nursing degree from Walden 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 feel connected with the heart of family practice and primary care. I value being able to establish a relationship with my patients and provide continuity of care. In addition, I feel privileged to be a part of the Health Ministries Clinic family and work in a setting that aligns with my faith and my passion.”
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.”
Dr. Lanza studied medicine at Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, Maryland. After graduating and completing his residency through USAF Scott Medical Center, Scott Air Force Base, Illinois, Dr. Lanza practiced medicine both abroad and throughout the United States as a family physician and also as an ER physician. He has spent the last 14 years practicing as a family physician at Alyeska Family Medicine, Inc. in Anchorage, Alaska.
“I believe that I was called to be a physician from a very early age. I was specifically drawn to family medicine because I would be able to take care of patients of all ages and build long lasting relationships. I look forward to practicing at HMC because it is an environment where I
can take care of the whole person, body, mind and spirit.”
APRN, FNP-BC, PMHNP-BC
Tiffany has been in the healthcare field for over 20 years. She began her journey in high school as a CNA, then through college she worked on the trauma/surgery floor at Wesley Medical, and after college she worked as a charge nurse at a local community mental health center. Her prior APRN experience includes working in a large federally qualified health center in Wichita, Kansas.
Tiffany earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from Bethel College, North Newton, Kansas, and her Master of Science in Nursing degree from Wichita State University. Tiffany received her post-masters in psychiatry from the University of New Hampshire and is board certified in family practice and psychiatric-mental health 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.”
Dr. 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. Nisly graduated from the University of Kansas School of Medicine and completed her residency with UKSM-Wesley Family Medicine. She later worked at United Methodist Urban Ministries (GraceMed) in Wichita, Kansas. Dr. Nisly then went on to establish and serve at a clinic in rural El Salvador for 28 years. This clinic specialized in serving the rural poor citizens following a civil war which transitioned into common crime and then into gang warfare.
“One of the great privileges of especially faith-based medicine is that many patients trust us with deep relationship. I hope to honor that trust with integrity of medical decision-making, interpersonal honor, and humility.”
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.”
Uyen’s clinical experience includes work as a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in a variety of inpatient and outpatient settings.
Uyen received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree, her Master of Science in Nursing degree from Wichita State University, and her Doctorate in Nursing Practice degree at Wichita State University. Uyen is Board Certified by the ANCC as a Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner.
Uyen appreciates the opportunity to work in an integrated practice setting. “Health Ministries allows for a holistic approach to care. I truly believed that is how health care should be”.
Heidi is a Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW). Originally from Illinois, she obtained her associate degree from Hesston College. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Goshen College in Goshen, Indiana, and her Master of Social Work degree from the University of Kansas. She has previously worked at a local community mental health center, as well as at a community mental health center in Indiana and at a local college.
“I am excited to be a part of a team who looks to eliminate barriers to wellness in the community and is patient centered. I firmly believe in the mission and values of Health Ministries and am grateful to have the opportunity to help patients in this capacity.”
Shannon is a Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW.) She attended Fort Hays State University, earning a bachelor’s degree in social work. She then attended the University of Kansas and received a Master of Social Work degree. Shannon has varied social work experience serving individuals in long term care, hospice, and both inpatient and outpatient behavioral health settings.
“I appreciate the mission and values at HMC and I’m grateful for the team-based approach to providing compassionate, integrated healthcare. It is an honor to serve individuals alongside a group of professionals who share the same desire to treat the whole person.”
Lindsey earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree from Newman University, Wichita, Kansas, and her Master of Science in Nursing degree from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Professionally she has experience working with both pediatric and adult patients in inpatient psychiatric and substance abuse treatment units.
She is board certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) and licensed in the state of Kansas as a Nurse Practitioner.
“As a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, my role allows me to intervene with vulnerable populations promoting mental health across the lifespan. I believe in treating the whole person, and with the integrated health care we offer at Health Ministries, I am able to serve my patients in a holistic manner, creating the best outcomes and promoting overall health and well-being.”
Juli is a Licensed Specialist Clinical Social Worker (LSCSW). She earned her Bachelor of Social Work degree from Bethel College in North Newton, KS, and her Master of Social Work degree from the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, UT. Professionally she has experience working in a wide variety of services, from traditional behavioral health, to in-patient psychiatric, residential care and school social work.
At HMC, Juli provides behavioral health consultation to patients in a team-based approach with the medical providers. Her practice involves mainly cognitive-behavioral approaches to guide the patient in making behavioral changes to enhance their quality of life.
“Integrated health care helps to break down barriers to accessing behavioral health services and is simply the right way to treat people. I consider it a privilege to walk with the patients on their journey toward whole health.”
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.
“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”
DDS, Dental Director
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.”
Dr. Zimmerman is a graduate from the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Dentistry where he received his Doctorate of Dental Surgery (DDS). After graduation, he began practicing in public health, most recently at the Northeast Missouri Health Council in Kirksville, Missouri. Dr. Zimmerman is a General Dentist and is committed to making quality, comprehensive oral health accessible to everyone in the community.
“I’m excited to join the HMC family because of their commitment to the community and their employees. In collaboration with the patient I work to improve their oral health, to beautify their smile, and to relieve and prevent future pain, while creating a comfortable, and enjoyable experience. Helping a nervous patient overcome their dental fear is the best!”
Sarah was born in North Carolina and moved to Kansas with her family in 1999. She attended Wichita State University for dental hygiene school and graduated in 2019. The thing that she enjoys most about working as a hygienist are her patients. She truly enjoys getting to know her patients and making them feel cared for.
“I truly enjoy my career as a dental hygienist, and I am honored to work closely with so many others that share the same values as I do. I am grateful to work for a company that cares so much for their patients.”
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.”
RDH, BSDH, ECP II
Katelyn is a 2016 graduate from Wichita State University where she recieved a Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene. She received her ECP II certifications when she joined the Health Ministries Dental Clinic team in August 2019.
Earning her ECP II certification allows Katelyn to see patients in nursing homes and schools. Katelyn spends most of her time at HMC as part of their outreach program and is occasionally at the dental clinic when needed.
“My goal for HMC is to create an integrated care system between dental and medical as well as grow the school outreach programs. My passion is working with children and watching them learn. I believe by providing oral health education to children, and their families, we are positively impacting their life long oral health and overall health.”
Mark began his pre-pharmacy classes at Wichita State University and finished up at the University of Kansas, where he also completed his RPh Degree. Mark has been a pharmacist for 32 years, including the last 27 years in Newton.
Mark’s clinical expertise and experience is a huge asset for both our prescribers and our patients.
“I’m incredibly excited to be the Director of Pharmacy at Health Ministries Clinic. At Health Ministries, I’m able to collaborate with other health care professionals to attain the best possible outcome for our patients. It is a privilege to provide high quality healthcare in a patient friendly environment.”
PharmD - RPH
Megan pursued her pre-pharmacy coursework at Oklahoma State University and received a Bachelor of Science in Animal Science in December 2014. Megan also completed a Bachelor of Science in Pharmaceutical Studies in May 2017 from The University of Kansas. She continued her education at The University of Kansas and obtained her Doctorate of Pharmacy in May of 2019.
“I am excited to be a part of the Health Ministries Clinic Family and enjoy working closely with other practitioners to provide the best care for our patients.”
PharmD - RPH
Jerri worked as a pharmacy technician for 25 years before attending Hutchinson Community College to complete her pre-pharmacy coursework. Jerri then attended The University of Kansas School of Pharmacy and obtained her Doctorate of Pharmacy in 2017.
“I feel blessed to be able to work at Health Ministries and care for the patients in my community.”
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 approximately 170 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.”
Chief Financial Officer
Paul graduated with a B.A. in Business Administration from Walla Walla University and received
his Master in Business Administration (MBA) from Chadwick University. Paul brings over 20
years of non-profit financial management.
Paul is committed to helping HMC meet its mission to our community.
“I am grateful to be part of the Health Ministries Clinic family. I have spent my entire career
with not-for-profit companies who have a mission of helping people. When we focus on others,
we help ourselves, our families and our communities grow and mature.”
Quality Assurance Coordinator
Tracy received her Associate of Science in Nursing degree from Hesston College, her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree at Wichita State University and her Master of Science in Healthcare Leadership degree from Friends University. Tracy has experience in both hospital and clinic settings; most recently at a large regional clinic where her work focused on risk and compliance activities.
Tracy is a native of Newton and loves to be able to serve in this community.
“I was drawn to HMC based on the mission and the servant attitude I saw from staff for the residents of Newton and surrounding communities. I am excited about being able to support Health Ministries Clinic in the mission of promoting and improving the quality of life for the local and surrounding communities. Newton has been my home for a lifetime and I am delighted to be able to care for your family and mine.”
Angie earned her Bachelor’s degree in social work from Colorado State University, Ft. Collins, Colo., focusing on long-term care administration. She has experience working in a variety of private and public service settings. Angie came to work at Health Ministries in 2014 and helps provide oversight to areas related to compliance and workplace safety.
“I believe everyone deserves access to excellent medical care, regardless of the ability to pay for services. I believe in the mission of Health Ministries Clinic and am proud to work at a clinic that works under an integrated health model that attempts to integrate medical, dental and behavioral health services.”
LSCSW, Chief Executive Officer
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.”