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Matthew Vopat, MD

Specialties

Orthopedics
Sports Medicine

Matthew Vopat, MD, is a sports medicine surgeon who specializes in pediatric and adult conditions of the shoulder, elbow, hip and knee. He earned his medical degree from the University of Kansas School of Medicine and completed his residency at the University of Kansas School of Medicine – Wichita. He completed a sports medicine fellowship at the Steadman-Philippon Research Institute in Vail, Colorado. He is a team physician for the U.S. Ski and Snowboard team.


Dr. Vopat wants to help motivated athletes and individuals of all levels get back to their way of life so they can achieve their goals. He grew up on a small family farm in central Kansas, which gives him a unique perspective on the importance of maintaining one’s physical and mental health.

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E. Bruce Toby, MD

Specialties

Orthopedics

E. Bruce Toby, MD, has practiced orthopedics and hand surgery for 35 years and was orthopedics chair at The University of Kansas Health System in Kansas City for 22 years. Dr. Toby earned his bachelor’s degree in engineering at Purdue University. He earned his medical degree at Indiana University School of Medicine and completed his residency in orthopedic surgery at Wake Forest University. He completed a fellowship in hand surgery at Duke University Hospital.


He is board-certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery and has a hand surgery subspecialty certification. Dr. Toby has been a consultant for the Kansas City Royals, Kansas City Chiefs and University of Kansas athletics. He is married and has two children and one grandson. When not working, he enjoys bird hunting with his dogs and competitive distance running. He has run several marathons.

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Scott Schneider, APRN, FNP-C

Specialties

Emergency Medicine

Scott Schneider, APRN, is a nurse practitioner in the Emergency Department. Schneider earned his paramedic degree from Barton Community College and his associate degree in nursing from North Central Kansas Technical College in Hays. He earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in nursing, and family nurse practitioner from Simmons University in Boston.


Before joining the health system, Schneider worked in emergency services for 32 years as a paramedic and flight nurse. He seeks to see every patient as an individual, engage in collaborative decision making and be worthy of the trust placed in him and his team. He is married to Jamie, and they have 4 children and 1 grandchild. When not working, he enjoys spending time at the lake boating, camping and fishing. He also enjoys shooting sports and riding motorcycles.

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Alisha Stinemetz, APRN

Specialties

Convenient Care

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Thomas Dagg, MD

Specialties

Family Medicine
Sports Medicine
Obstetrics

Thomas Dagg, MD, specializes in family medicine and sports medicine. He particularly enjoys working with patients of all ages, from babies to grandparents. His patient care philosophy is “one patient at a time” as he likes to get to know the person behind the patient. Dr. Dagg chose to add sports medicine training to work with patients who have pain or injuries that keep them from activities they enjoy.


Dr. Dagg earned his medical degree at Paul L. Foster School of Medicine at Texas Tech and completed his sports medicine fellowship at Ascension Via Christi in Wichita. He earned his bachelor’s degree in biomedical science at Texas A&M University. Outside work, he and his wife, Dr. Anna Dagg, enjoy cooking and traveling together. He also enjoys reading, running and doing just about anything outdoors.

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Anna Dagg, MD

Specialties

Family Medicine
Obstetrics

Anna Dagg, MD, specializes in family medicine, caring for patients of all ages, with particular interest in obstetrics. She especially enjoys working with families through pregnancy, delivery and the newborn days. Dr. Dagg chose to specialize in family medicine because she loves the full spectrum of patient care.


Dr. Dagg earned her medical degree at the University of Kansas School of Medicine in Kansas City, Kansas, and bachelor’s degrees in chemistry and Spanish at the University of Arkansas. She and her husband, Dr. Thomas Dagg, chose to practice in Great Bend because of the kindness and hospitality they’ve experienced here. They have one daughter.

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Shelly Pavlu, APRN

Specialties

Convenient Care

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Sarah Christopherson, APRN, FNP-C

Specialties

Emergency Medicine

Sarah Christopherson, APRN, is a nurse practitioner in the emergency department. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in nursing at Fort Hays State University and her Master of Science degree in nursing – family nurse practitioner from Maryville University. She is a certified flight nurse and a certified emergency nurse.


Before earning her nurse practitioner degree, Christopherson worked for 15 years as a critical care nurse. She enjoys working in the emergency department because of the unpredictable, fast pace. She works to treat patients with kindness and respect and to treat the entire disease process and not only the symptoms. Christopherson is married and enjoys traveling, hiking, gardening and cooking in her time off.

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Bhanu Gupta, MD

Specialties

Heart Failure and Transplantation Cardiology
Cardiology

Bhanu Gupta is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine with subcertifications in advanced heart failure, transplant cardiology and cardiovascular disease and by the National Board of Echocardiography with a subcertification in adult transthoracic plus transesophageal echocardiography.


Dr. Gupta completed a fellowship in advanced heart failure and heart transplant at Mayo Clinic. He earned his medical degree from B J Medical College Pune Marharastra and completed his residency at Mount Sinai School of Medicine. His primary focus is to listen to the patient without interruption. He pays attention to the quality of life of the patient and goes beyond the disease process and adds to what patients value the most.


To schedule an appointment with Dr. Gupta, call 913-588-9600.

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Erica Seger, DNP, APRN, FNP-C

Specialties

Family Medicine

Erica Seger, DNP, APRN, is a family nurse practitioner at St. Rose Medical Pavilion. She earned her Doctor of Nursing Practice to become a nurse practitioner at Fort Hays State University, as a member of the first class of BSN to DNP students. She pursued her DNP to provide more independent care for her patients.


Seger is the patient’s advocate by assessing the patient’s whole system and finding the best treatment and most up-to-date care for them. Staying local is important to Seger, so she chose to join the team here in Great Bend, knowing that the health system provides great care everywhere.

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Kristin Babcock, PA-C

Specialties

Convenient Care

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Maryann Hawkinson, APRN, FNP-C

Specialties

Family Medicine

Maryann Hawkinson, APRN, is a family medicine nurse practitioner. She earned her Bachelor of Science in nursing at Tabor College and her Master of Science in nursing at Maryville University in St. Louis. With more than 20 years of nursing experience as a certified nursing assistant, licensed practical nurse, registered nurse and now nurse practitioner, Hawkinson focuses on ensuring her patients’ understanding.


Hawkinson loves to work in family practice because of the variety of patients she sees. She believes “every patient is an opportunity to learn.” When not working, she enjoys fishing, attending sporting events and spending time with her two children.

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Lisa Whitfield, APRN, FNP-C

Specialties

Emergency Medicine

Lisa Whitfield, APRN, FNP-C, is a family nurse practitioner who loves working in the emergency department because of its challenging nature and fast pace. She earned her Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in nursing from Saint Luke’s College of Nursing and Health Sciences. She chose the family nurse practitioner track to treat patients of all ages in the emergency department.


Whitfield has 3 children, 2 boys and 1 girl. In her free time, she loves to travel, go to concerts, read and attend Kansas City Chiefs games. She chose to work in Great Bend thanks to her previous experience working in a rural emergency department. She enjoys working in a smaller community.

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Leslie “Lea” Newman, APRN, FNP-C

Specialties

Family Medicine

Lea Newman, APRN, FNP-C, is a family practice nurse practitioner at St. Rose Medical Pavilion. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in nursing from Wichita State University and her Master of Science in nurse practitioner-family practice from Graceland University.


Newman moved to Great Bend with her husband, Jake, who is a youth pastor. They have been married 20 years and have 5 children.

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Amber Fern, APRN, FNP-C

Specialties

Family Medicine

Amber Fern, APRN, is a family practice nurse practitioner. She earned her Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in nursing from Chamberlain University. Her care interests include women’s and children’s health, diabetes management, chronic care management and geriatrics.


Fern loves being able to care for patients of all ages and caring for whole families. She chose family practice so she can treat many diseases and disorders, while also focusing on the whole person and not a single diagnosis. She enjoys the small-town feel of Great Bend. She and her husband have 3 boys and a German shepherd. They raise bison, and she enjoys gardening, cooking and baking.

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