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Our Team

Our Dedicated Healthcare Team

Meet our exceptional healthcare team, united in their commitment to your well-being. From expert Medical and Dental Providers to compassionate Community Health Workers, knowledgeable Navigators, visionary Team Leaders, and dedicated Board Members, we work together to provide you with comprehensive and accessible healthcare services, putting your health at the forefront of everything we do.

Medical Providers

Amanda Graser, CNM

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Amanda has been a Certified Nurse Midwife for 4 years. She has worked with women and children’s services for nearly 20 years.  Amanda is looking forward to working at Missouri Highlands Health Care and providing midwifery care to the families in our community.

Amber Richardson, PhD

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Dr. Amber Richardson, PhD is a clinical psychologist working in the Poplar Bluff office. Dr. Richardson possesses a PhD in clinical psychology in addition to a Masters degree in Counseling and Personnel Services. She has been working in private practice and rural health for several years and is joining Missouri Highland’s as part of the organization’s growing behavioral health program. Dr. Richardson has worked in several clinical settings including inpatient mental health, partial hospitalization programs, natural outpatient settings, and outpatient clinics. As a native Poplar Bluffian, Dr. Richardson is excited continue providing services to rural populations in Missouri Highland’s uniquely integrated medical setting. 

Dr. Richardson is devoted to providing quality, evidence based care to individuals with a variety of needs, including psychotherapy, counseling, and psychological assessment. Dr. Richardson is currently accepting patients of all ages Monday through Thursday in the Poplar Bluff clinic.

Amy Manning, DNP, APRN, FNP-C

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Amy Manning, DNP, APRN, FNP-C is a 2016 graduate of Frontier Nursing University. In December 2017, Amy furthered her education and completed her Doctor of Nursing Practice degree through Frontier Nursing University making her one of the few nurse practitioners in Southeast Missouri to hold this degree. Amy has been a registered nurse for 15 years with hospital and home health nursing experience. As a nurse practitioner, she has worked in women’s health and family practice. She lives on a cattle farm near Ellington with her husband and three children. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time on her farm, spending time outdoors and boating on the river, and attending church with her family. Amy is accepting patients (children and adults) at the Van Buren Clinic.

Angela Calcaterra, LCSW

Angela Wheelehon, LCSW

Anna Patterson, CRADC

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Anna Patterson is a Certified Substance Use Counselor 20 years’ experience working with Dept of Corrections, Drug Court Programs, Medication Assistant Programs, and Dept of Mental Health. Anna is no stranger to Substance Use Counseling, having spent years as a Counselor, Manager and Director. Anna specializes in Medication Assistant Programs and currently holds a (MAT)certification with the Missouri Credentialing Board. Anna holds 5 Missouri State Certifications and 1 International Certification in Substance Use and Trauma Counseling. Anna enjoys most spending time with her granddaughter. Her favorite things to do are swimming, 5k races, baking and riding bicycles. Anna is an active volunteer at local Substance Use support groups as a group facilitator.

Ashley Starnes, FNP

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Ashley Starnes is a Certified Family Nurse Practitioner at the Annapolis Family Clinic. Ashley has had clinical nursing experience in Family Medicine since 2005. She is a 2016 graduate from the University of Missouri- St. Louis with a Master’s of Science in Nursing. Ashley has also received training and now certified in Medication Assistant Treatment (MAT). In Ashley’s spare time, she enjoys spending time with her husband Ben Starnes and their three sons, Noah, Rylan and Hudson. Ashley is available to see patients 6 months and older.

Bijan Bastaninejad, MD, FAAP

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Dr. Bastaninejad is a board certified pediatrician who has worked in the rural health clinics and as a pediatric hospitalist at Poplar Bluff Regional Medical Center since 2010. He will be joining our pediatric team as a pediatrician in the office Poplar Bluff Medical Office and will continue to see patients at PBRMC as a pediatric hospitalist.

Dr. Bastaninejad received his bachelor’s degree in Biology from University of California, Irvine. He obtained his medical degree from St. George’s University before completing his pediatric residency at Winthrop University Hospital in New York where he also served as chief resident.

Brigitte Shaffer, FNP

Carl Harbison Jr, LPC

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Carl Harbison Jr. is an LPC (Licensed Professional Counselor), at Missouri Highlands Health Care. Carl received a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Central Methodist University in 2013 and Master of Science in Clinical Counseling in 2016. Carl has performed roles as a Crisis Counselor, Mental Health and Substance Use Therapist, and Suicide Prevention and Firearm Safety Specialist. Carl is certified in EMDR therapy and is an instructor in ASIST, Const. Working Minds, QPR, and CSSH. Carl is a Retired veteran of the U.S. Army (active duty, 90’-95’) and Missouri Army National Guard (2011 – 2024). Carl has deployed to Kuwait, Afghanistan, and Syria in 2017-2018.

Chasidy Darnell, FNP

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Chasidy earned her BSN degree from Arkansas State University in 2015. In 2020 she Earned her MSN-FNP degree from Chamberlain College of Nursing. She worked for five years as an RN in pediatrics/medical surgical  prior to earning her degree as Family Nurse Practitioner. She is certified by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. As a Nurse Practitioner she has experience as a wound care specialist, family practice provider, and women’s health provider. She is an active member of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. 

 

Chris Pinderski, MD

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Dr. Pinderski is a Board Certified Emergency Physician. He attended medical school at Wayne State University in Detroit and completed a residency in Emergency Medicine at Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis in 1993. After completing his residency, he practiced emergency medicine in Indianapolis from 1993 to 1996 then was an emergency physician in Poplar Bluff at both Poplar Bluff Regional Medical Center and Black River Medical Center. He was involved in motorsports medicine where served as a physician on the CART Safety Team, he was Medical Director for the Champ Car World Series and the International Motor Sports Association, and served as an on track physician for the first three Formula 1 races in Austin Texas. He has three children and currently resides in Poplar Bluff.

Christine Vogel, DO

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Introducing Dr. Christine Vogel, MD, Board Certified by the American Board of Family Medicine, to Missouri Highlands Health Care – Doniphan North location. Specializing in Family Medicine and certified by the American Board of Family Medicine, Dr. Vogel brings a wealth of expertise to her practice. With a focus on holistic wellness and a patient-centered approach, she goes beyond traditional medicine to address the root causes of illness. Dr. Vogel’s additional training in Functional Medicine underscores her commitment to personalized care and chronic disease management. Her passion for the health of the whole person shines through in her dedication to each patient’s well-being. Welcome Dr. Christine Vogel to the Missouri Highlands Health Care team!

Clara Thompson, CNM

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Corinne Durner, FNP

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Corinne Durner has called southeast Missouri home since 2012. She received her bachelor’s in nursing from Liberty University in Virginia. As a nurse, she spent 12 years working in adult medical and trauma critical care as well as neonatal critical care. She received her master’s in nursing from Clarkson College in Nebraska and now enjoys serving in primary care and addiction medicine at MHHC Clinic. Corinne loves Jesus Christ and loves people. She believes health is best accomplished in relationship with others. Outside of the clinic, she is grateful to enjoy life with her husband and three boys and often goes hiking, hunting, and bike riding with friends and family.

Cynthia L. Brown, LCSW,MD,MPH

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Cynthia Brown is excited to start her career as an LCSW at Missouri Highlands Health Care. She has an MSW from University of Missouri-Columbia and an MPH from Columbia University School of Public Health. Social Work is Cynthia’s second career. She has an MD from Mount Sinai School of Medicine. She is an Obstetrician-Gynecologist and Preventive Medicine physician. She is also Board Certified in Preventive Medicine and Public Health. She is providing Behavioral Health Consultation and therapy. Cynthia is active in her community. She has served on the Poplar Bluff R-1 School District Board of Education since 2004. She is also an Autism Advocate.

Dennis Daniels, MD

Dianna Keeling, FNP-BC

Farrah McSpadden, MD, FACOG

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Farrah McSpadden, MD is a Board Certified Obstetrician and Gynecologist. She graduated from the University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences in 2005 and completed her residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Grand Rapids Medical Education Consortium in Grand Rapids, Michigan in 2009. She is a veteran with 11 years of service in the Army Reserves as a Major. Dr. McSpadden has practiced in the Poplar Bluff, Missouri and surrounding areas for thirteen years. She has served as the Chief of Staff for three years and Chairman of the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Pediatrics for eight years at Poplar Bluff Regional Medical Center. She joined Missouri Highlands Healthcare in July of 2019 where she has continued to practice. She resides in Van Buren, Missouri with her husband and children. Dr. McSpadden enjoys traveling, hiking, kayaking and spending time on Current River with her family and friends.

Holly Burns, FNP-BC

Ian Pelletier, D.O.

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Ian Pelletier D.O., an Internal Medicine Physician is joining Missouri Highlands Health Care’s Ellington and Pilot Knob locations. Dr. Pelletier was born and raised in rural costal Maine where he was active in sports, chess and Boy Scouts achieving Eagle Scout status. He graduated from the University of New England, Summa Cum Lauda, with degrees in Medical Biology and Biochemistry then furthered his education with the Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine program. While in medical school, his future wife, Jessica Pelletier D.O., sat down next to him on the first day. Dr. Pelletier completed his residency at Virginia Tech Carilion in Roanoke, Virginia. He loves the outdoors including hiking, caving and rock climbing. He looks forward to practicing at Missouri Highlands Health Care with a focus on taking care of the adult patient population.

Jaime Hampton, FNP-C, CPNP-PC, PMHS

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Jaime Hampton is a board-certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, Family Nurse Practitioner and Pediatric Mental Health Specialist. Jaime received her Master’s of Science in Nursing in Pediatric Primary Care in 2016 from the University of South Alabama. Additionally, in 2018, she completed specialized training in the assessment and treatment of pediatric behavioral health conditions from Duke University. In 2020, Jaime went on to complete her Post-Master’s Family Nurse Practitioner Certificate from Maryville University. Most recently, in 2023, she completed her Master’s in Business Administration – Healthcare Administration from Western Governor’s University. Jaime believes lifelong learning is essential for providing the very best care to her patients.

Jennetta Stearns, MSN, APRN, FNP-C

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Jennetta Stearns is a Family Nurse Practitioner with Missouri Highlands Healthcare. Jennetta began her career in healthcare in 2009 as a Licensed Practical Nurse. In 2009 she continued her education in the healthcare field to become a Registered Nurse. Jennetta has over 10 years experience in nursing including clinical nursing, IV infusion therapy with focus on chemotherapy and IVIG, beside nursing, and Hospice nursing. In 2022, Jennetta graduated from Walden University with a Master’s degree in Nursing which marked the beginning of her career as a Family Nurse Practitioner. Jennetta married her high school sweetheart in 1999 and the two have 2 children, Caleb and Kasyn. Her family also includes two teacup yorkies, Max and Koko, who keep the family on their toes. Some of Jennetta’s favorite hobbies include spending time with her husband and children, reading, and cooking.

Jennifer Smith, FNP-BC

Joseph Toney, DO

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Dr. Joseph Toney “Dr. Joe” was born and raised in Piedmont Missouri. After graduating from SEMO in 2004, then Kirksville College of Osteopathist Medicine in 2008 and later SIU Family Medicine residency in 2011, Dr. Joe returned to his hometown of Piedmont, MO. He has a passion to help his community by practicing family and addiction medicine at the Missouri Highlands Health Medical Clinic in Piedmont. When he’s not caring for those in his community, Dr. Joe enjoys hiking, cycling and spending time with his family. Ask about the MAT program.

Josh Gast, DO

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Dr. Gast has been practicing medicine since 2014 and is Board Certified in Internal Medicine. Dr. Gast is now accepting patients over the age of 18 at our medical clinic in Poplar Bluff.

Katelyn Cleous, MSN, APRN, FNP-C, PMHNP-BC

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Introducing Katelyn Cleous MSN, APRN, FNP-C, PMHNP-BC! 
We’re thrilled to welcome Katelyn to our team at Missouri Highlands Health Care’s MAT Program!  With her expertise in Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) and behavioral health services, Katelyn is dedicated to providing compassionate care to our community. She is dual board certified through ANCC and AANP in Family Practice and Mental Health. Katelyn will be located at our Poplar Bluff location, providing MAT and behavioral health services. Katelyn is looking forward to returning to her home town after providing health care services to the greater Springfield area for the last several years. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her family, enjoying the outdoors, and traveling. Join us in welcoming Katelyn Cleous as she begins this new chapter with us! 

Kelsey D’Amico, FNP

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Kelsey D’Amico is a Southeast Missouri State University graduate Certified Family Nurse Practitioner. Prior to becoming a Nurse Practitioner, Kelsey was a Licensed/Registered Nurse for the past 10 years, most recently working at the office of Dr. John Patty, OB/GYN, of Poplar Bluff, MO and the Wayne County Health Department of Greenville, MO. She and her husband Andrew currently reside in Piedmont, MO, with their two children, Quinn and Grady. Kelsey enjoys spending time with her family and friends, singing, reading, and traveling. In addition to treating chronic and acute conditions, and doing annual gynecological exams, she is also certified to place Nexplanon and IUD contraceptives.

Kathreen Friend, CPNP-BC

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Kathreen (Katie) Friend was born in Poplar Bluff Missouri and grew up in Doniphan. She graduated from Poplar Bluff Technical Career Center in 1997 with her LPN degree. While furthering her education she worked for 10 years at Poplar Bluff Regional Medical Center in Pediatrics and Neonatal Care, while employed there, she graduated in 2001 from Three Rivers College with an Associate Degree in Nursing and in 2005 from Southeast Missouri State with a Bachelor’s degree in Nursing. In 2005 she became the Director of Children’s Services at Poplar Bluff Regional Medical Center and also began working at St Louis Children’s Hospital Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. In 2007 she graduated from St Louis University with a Master Degree in Pediatric Nursing with a Neonatal Specialty. She began work back in her hometown of Doniphan as a Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner at the Ripley County Family Clinic and has been employed in the same building ever since. She is a Member of the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners, the Doniphan R1 School Board, Doniphan Sports Booster club, and the Spiritual Life and Discipleship Board at the Doniphan First Church of God. She resides in Doniphan with her husband Roy and three daughters, Jakelyn, Jenna, and Jaysa. She loves kayaking on Current River, vacationing to new places, exploring nature, watching her daughters play sports and attending church.

Kimberlee Barnes, PSY.D.

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Dr. Kimberlee Barnes is a licensed Clinical Psychologist in the states of Missouri and Georgia. She received her Bachelors of Arts from the University of Massachusetts in Psychology, her Masters of Education from Lesley University in Counseling Psychology and her Doctorate from Georgia School of Professional Psychology/Argosy University in Child and Family Therapy. She has worked in the profession for over 30 years. Prior to moving to Missouri, Dr. Barnes worked in a private practice in Georgia. Dr. Barnes also worked for the University of Georgia providing mental health treatment to students in need. In addition, she has worked as a Crisis Worker in Mental Health facilities and hospitals. She worked as a Crisis Reunification therapist for teens placed in shelters. She has experience with treating trauma, adjustment disorders, grief, anxiety, depression, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and various forms of abuse. Her experience includes working with children, teens, adults, families and couples. Dr. Barnes utilizes a variety of therapeutic techniques depending on the individual and the presenting issues.

Loretta Baker- Montgomery,MSW, LCSW

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Lori Baker-Montgomery has been employed with Missouri Highlands Health Care since 2019. She has served as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker offering mental health therapy and behavioral health consulting at the Shannon County Family Clinic and Ellington Family Clinic. Lori is now serving in the additional role of Behavioral Health Director. She continues to provide in-person and telehealth clinical services for clients two days per week.

Lori has over 22 years of experience working in a variety of settings; including community mental health, schools and hospice. She specializes in treating children and adults with trauma, depression, anxiety, grief and behavior issues. She provides a safe, non-judgmental therapeutic experience for clients to process current and past life stressors and learn to manage difficult emotions.

Lori is certified in the evidenced-based trauma treatment of Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) and trained in numerous other treatment types including: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Ego State Therapy, Play Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Person Centered Therapy. She works with her clients in achieving their goals in order to improve their mental health, physical health, overall well being and happiness. Lori earned her Masters of Social Work with a Family Health Concentration from Missouri State University in Springfield, MO in 2000. She is originally from Summersville and currently resides in Eminence. Lori’s interests include spending time with her family, reading, traveling and exploring the Ozarks. She feels fortunate to be able to return to her native area and contribute to the mental health of others.

Marsha Shivley, FNP-BC

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Marsha Shivley is an Advanced Practice Nurse that obtained her degree as Clinical Nurse Specialist from Arkansas State University in 1994. She received her Family Nurse Practitioner Degree from the University of Missouri- St Louis, becoming board certified in 1995. In most recent years, Marsha specialized as a Mental Health Nurse Practitioner through Missouri University in 2008. Marsha Shivley is a retired ARMY Lieutenant Colonel and a Veteran. Marsha is dedicated to rural healthcare and desires to make a difference in the lives of her patients. She is a member of the First Methodist Church of Poplar Bluff and in her spare time she enjoys being with her family.

Mary Jarrells, FNP-BC

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Need a DOT Physical? Schedule with Mary Jarrells, FNP-BC

Michael Toney, DO

Miranda Dunlap, FNP-BC

Michelle Heath, FNP-BC

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Michelle Health, FNP has been a Registered Nurse since 2005. She has worked critical care and outpatient oncology. She has been ANCC certified Family Nurse Practitioner since February of 2017. Michelle is relocating from the Poplar Bluff area to be closer to family in St. Francis County, where she grew up. Michelle enjoys spending time with family, gardening and reading.

Natalie Hoshaw, MD, FACOG

Ramiro Icaza, MD

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Dr. Ramiro Icaza did his residency at Deaconess Hospital in Saint Louis as an internship, followed by a residency at Erlanger Medical Center in Chattanooga, Tennessee. He was Assistant Professor at A.T. Still University from 2009-2010, received America’s Top Doctor Award in 2007-2008, and was appointed the Jackson Chamber of Commerce Unsung Hero Award in 2004. Dr. Icaza has more than thirty years experience and continues identifying and treating skin conditions. He is also certified in IG-SRT (Image Guided Superficial Radiation Therapy) for the treatment of skin cancer. He is happily married to his wife, Dianne, with four children: Jennifer, Patrick, Chrissie, and Leigh Anne.

Randi Stechschulte, FNP

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Randi Stechschulte is a Certified Family Nurse Practitioner and graduate of Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio. Originally from a small town in southeastern Ohio, she and her family feel right at home in southeast Missouri. Before starting work as a Nurse Practitioner, Randi spent a decade in the ministry field working with college students, local communities, churches, and international partners. She has a passion for learning and helping others; and desires for you and your family to feel empowered and taken care of when it comes to your health. Outside of work, Randi enjoys spending time with her family, being active (hiking, playing sports, kayaking), reading, drinking coffee with friends, meeting new people, and playing with her dog and two cats. Randi loves caring for people of all ages and will be accepting patients at the clinic in Piedmont soon. She is excited to meet you and come alongside you in your health journey!

Robin C. Harwell, MS, RD, LD, CDCES

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Licensed Dietician and Certified Diabetes Care and Education Specialists CONTACT YOUR LOCAL CLINIC TO SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT Robin joined Missouri Highlands Health Care in December of 2011. As a registered dietitian, she provides nutrition education at all of the Missouri Highlands clinics on a bi-weekly to monthly basis. Robin is a graduate of the University of Missouri (Mizzou). She received a master of science in gerontology from Kansas State (K-State) in May 2011. She is a certified diabetes educator with over 20 years of experience teaching diabetes management skills. Call your local Missouri Highlands clinic to schedule an appointment with Robin.

Richard Hester, M.D.

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Richard Hester, MD is a graduate of Ross University in the Caribbean and completed his residency in Lincoln, Nebraska. Dr. Hester has been practicing family medicine for 6 years. While he enjoys treating patients of all ages, Dr. Hester especially enjoys working with children. Dr. Hester relocated from the Kansas City area and his family will soon follow. Dr. Hester’s passion for serving those in rural communities fits well with Missouri Highlands’ vision and mission.

Dr. Hester is now scheduling patients (newborns to adults)

Shana Winchester, FNP

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Shana joins the Missouri Highlands care team with more than 10 years experience as a Family Nurse Practitioner working with rural communities with a focus on treating both acute and chronic illness.  She enjoys spending time with her family, boating and traveling.

Stacy Bentsen, MA, PLPC

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Stacy is a native of Doniphan Missouri and has recently moved back to her hometown. Stacy graduated from Southeast Missouri State University with her bachelor’s degree in Psychology and her Masters in Mental Health Counseling and she specializes in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Stacy has a 15-year background in chiropractic and holistic healthcare. She loves to study the mind and body connection through her practice and teaching of yoga, meditation, and visualization techniques to help with emotional and mental stress. Stacy’s hobbies include all things nature! She loves traveling, hiking and side by side riding trails, as well as boating and kayaking the Current River with friends and family.

Stacy Fiske, MSN, APRN, FNP-C

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Stacy Fiske is excited to be part of the Missouri Highlands team. She obtained her Master’s of Science in Nursing as a Family Nurse Practitioner from Walden University. Prior to earning her MSN degree, she worked as a registered nurse with over a decade of experience in a variety of healthcare settings and served as the Director of Nursing in a geriatric care and rehabilitation facility for many years. She resides in Summersville, MO with her husband, Tommy, and their two boys, Easton and Dakota. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, camping adventures, going to the river, traveling, and boating on the lake. She is looking forward to providing care to the Eminence community. 

Susan Byerley, FNP

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Susan Byerley is a Board-Certified Family Nurse Practitioner. She is a graduate of Purdue University and the University of Notre Dame in Indiana. She has been a nurse practitioner for over 30 years. She enjoys living in rural Missouri with her husband and two cats. She has many hobbies including gardening, hiking, camping, canoeing, crafts and restoring vintage sewing machines.

Susan M. Norris, FNP-C

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Susan Norris, Certified Nurse Practitioner at the Shannon County Family Clinic. Susan has had clinical nursing experience since 1997. She is a 2010 graduate of St. Louis University with a Master’s of Science in Nursing in Family Practice. In addition to Family Practice, Susan has pursued additional training and is certified in Medication Assistant Treatment for opioid addiction and has specialized in treating Hepatitis C. She is also certified in Battlefield Acupuncture as alternative treatment for pain. Susan has been a resident of Shannon County for over 30 years. She considers it a blessing to have the opportunity to serve the community and work close to home. Susan is dedicated to rural life, understands the challenges of rural healthcare, and desires to make a difference in the quality of life of her patients. In her spare time, Susan enjoys riding horses, spending time outdoors, and spending time with her husband, Daryl, their children, and grandsons. In addition, Sue is an ordained minister looking forward to a tent ministry in the future; certainly enjoy preaching and teaching the Word of God.

Terra Graves, LCSW

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Terra is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW). She obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work from Southeast Missouri State University, and went on to graduate from the University of Missouri, Columbia with her Master’s Degree in Social Work. Terra has 14 years of experience working in a variety of settings, including hospice care and minimum-security and maximum-security mental health facilities. She has worked with both individuals and groups, provided care in client homes, taught psycho-educational classes in inpatient hospitals, and provided long term and intensive group therapy, offering crisis intervention as necessary in each role she has served. She specializes in end of life issues, grief, addressing past trauma, mental illness, and working with criminal and sexual offenders. She works with both children and adults, as well as individuals and families, utilizing a broad approach to best meet the needs of each client. Terra has continued to further her education and knowledge in order to best assist those she works with. She has obtained advanced training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and risk assessment and treatment of sexual offenders. Terra resides in Annapolis with her husband and three sons. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family and exploring nature.

Vanessa M Givens, MD

Tonya Lucas, MSN, CPNP-PC

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Tonya Lucas was born and raised in Poplar Bluff, MO and returned home along with her husband and son after she completed her Associates Degree in Nursing at St. Louis Community College-Florissant Valley. She worked at Poplar Bluff Regional Medical Center initially in pediatrics and for 9 years in the newborn nursery. While working in the newborn nursery, she continued to further her education, desiring to play a supportive role in each child’s journey. She is now a Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner who received her MSN from Maryville University-St. Louis. She became certified through the Pediatric Nursing Certification Board in Primary Care in 2021 and is a member of the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners. She enjoys reading mysteries, beach vacations, and spending time with her family and friends. She joined Missouri Highlands because she believes in their mission to meet the primary and preventive health care needs of the community, specifically catering to the pediatric population.

Dental Providers

Bradley R. Daniel, D.M.D

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Dr. Bradley Daniel is a native of Arizona. He is a graduate of A.T. Still University – Arizona School of Dentistry and Oral Health. Dr. Daniel schedules patients Monday – Friday at the Iron County Dental Clinic located in Pilot Knob, MO.

Chelsea Camden, RDH

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Chelsea graduated dental hygiene school at Missouri College in 2014. She enjoys getting to know her patients, discussing goals, and treatment options to work towards a healthier smile. Chelsea lives on a farm with her husband and daughter. Outside of work she enjoys spending time with family and kayaking with friends.

Holly Cavness McKinley, RDH

Jill Bleything, DMD

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Jill Bleything, DMD is from Viburnum, MO. She graduated from William Woods University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Science. She worked as a dental assistant in the St. Louis and St. Francois county areas for 8 years before returning to school to pursue becoming a dentist. She earned a second Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Missouri St. Louis in Independent Studies with a double minor in Biology and Chemistry graduating with honors. She earned her doctorate degree and certificate in public health from A.T. Still University, Missouri School of Dentistry and Oral Health. She enjoys spending time outdoors, traveling, camping, floating, hiking and horseback riding.

Kathern Twidwell, RDH

Kristen Alexander, DMD

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Kristen Alexander-Frey, DMD, is from Poplar Bluff, MO. She graduated in 2011 from Southeast Missouri State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology with an emphasis in Biomedical Sciences. Dr. Alexander was the first graduate of the inaugural class of 2017 at A.T. Still University, Missouri School of Dentistry and Oral health earning her doctorate of dental medicine and certificate in public health. Dr. Alexander has been with Missouri Highlands at the Poplar Bluff Dental clinic since 2017, serving her hometown. She especially enjoys her work with children and helping them learn the importance of good oral health early in life to promote a lifetime of healthy smiles. Dr. Alexander aims to provide a safe and comfortable dental experience for all her patients big and small! During her free time, Dr. Alexander’s hobbies include traveling with her husband and their daughter, kayaking, and baking/decorating cakes.

Latashua Joseph, DDS

Meagan Berry, RDH

Natalie J. Bell, RDH

Stephanie Bland, RDH

Community Health Workers

Timeka Burse

CHW - PCHH Program

Contact

315 W Mulberry, Pilot Knob, MO 63663

Call: (573) 546-0602

tburse@mohigh.org

Alexis Keeney

CHW - PCHH Program

Contact

405 Main Street, Van Buren, MO 63965 

Call: (573) 323-4253

akeeney@mohigh.org

Ty Palmer

CHW

Contact

Email: tpalmer@mohigh.org

Kelli Hall, CHW-C

CHW - Delta Program

Contact

109 Leroux Street, Doniphan, MO 63935 

Call: (573) 996-2136

khall@mohigh.org

Nicole Burse

CHW - Delta Program

Contact

315 W Mulberry, Pilot Knob, MO 63663 

Call: (573) 546-0602

nburse@mohigh.org

Patti Jo Denkins, CHW-C

CHW - RCORP Program

Contact

2210 Barron Rd, Poplar Bluff, MO 63901 

Call: (573) 785-6536

pdenkins@mohigh.org

Amy Sanders

CHW - RCORP Program

Contact

2210 Barron Rd, Poplar Bluff, MO 63901 

Call: (573) 785-6536

asanders@mohigh.org

Melissa Huddleston

CHW - RMOMS Program

Contact

2879 James Blvd., Poplar Bluff, MO 63901 

Call: (573) 609-8800

mhuddleston@mohigh.org

ciera Morris

CHW - Foster Care

Contact

cmorris@mohigh.org

Rachel Kennicott

CHW - Women & Minority Grant

Contact

rkennicott@mohigh.org

Shelley Meyers, CAC

Serves Ripley, Butler & Carter counties

Contact

Cell: (573) 300-3115

Office: (573) 785-6536 or (573) 996-2136 or (573) 323-4253

Email: smeyers@mohigh.org 

Tasha Allen

Serves Wayne County

Contact

Email: lallen@mohigh.org

Office: (573) 223-4800

Shawnee Ray

Serves Butler County

Contact

Email: sray@mohigh.org

Office: (573) 609-8800

Shawna Hunnicutt

Serves Iron County

Contact

Email: shunnicutt@mohigh.org

Cell: (573) 604-9695

Office: (573) 598-4213

Team Leaders

Karen White, CEO

Chief Executive Officer

Contact
(573) 663-2313 kwhite@mohigh.org

Julie O'Neal, CPA

Chief Financial Officer

Contact

(573) 351-0133

joneal@mohigh.org 

CeAnn Farley, HR

Director of Human Resources

Contact
(573) 663-2313 adecena@mohigh.org

Jessica Mabry, RN

Director of Clinical Operations

Contact
(573) 663-2313 jmabry@mohigh.org

Farrah McSpadden, MD, FACOG

Women's Health Director

Contact
(573) 609-8800 fmcspadden@mohigh.org

Josh Gast, DO

Medical Director

Contact
(573) 609-8800 fmcspadden@mohigh.org

Bradley Daniel, DDS

Dental Director

Contact
(573) 546-1001 bdaniel@mohigh.org

Amy Manning, DNP, APRN, FNP-C

Assistant Medical Director

Contact
(573) 323-4253 amanning@mohigh.org

Loretta "Lori" Baker- Montgomery, MSW, LCSW

Behavioral Health Director

Contact

(573) 663-2525

lbaker-montgomery@mohigh.org

Amy Baldridge, LPN

Director of Nurses &

Employee Training - Development Coord.

Contact
(573) 323-4253 abaldridge@mohigh.org

Samantha Gamblin

Executive Assistant, HR Consultant

Contact
(573) 663-2313 samanthagamblin@mohigh.org

Janet Kile, RN

Risk Management / OSHA

Contact
(573) 663-2313 jkile@mohigh.org

Alex Hathcoat

Marketing Director

Contact
(573) 663-2313 ahathcoat@mohigh.org

Tasha Parks

HR Coordinator

Contact
(573) 663-2313 tparks@mohigh.org

Lanae Baker

HR Representative

Contact
(573) 663-2313 lbaker@mohigh.org

Tabitha Parsons

Recruiter

Contact

(573) 663-2313

tparsons@mohigh.org

Joel Murphy

Chief Information Officer

Contact

(573) 663-2313

jmurphy@mohigh.org

Kim Counts, RN

Clinic Manager for Ellington & Eminence

Whitney Middleton

Clinic Manager for Annapolis, Pilot Knob, Piedmont, and Viburnum clinics

Amanda Radford, LPN

Clinic Manager for Doniphan & Naylor clinics

Jennifer Thomas

Clinic Manager for the OB/GYN

Sarah Feldscher

Clinic Manager for Van Buren

Michelle Clark

Clinic Manager for Poplar Bluff

Alisha Decena

Clinic Manager for School Based Health Clinics

Donna Wilcoxon

Office Manager for Poplar Bluff Dental

Kelly Barton

Clinic Manager for Dental clinics: Ellington, Pilot Knob, & Piedmont

Meagan Berry, RDH

Dental Outreach Manager

Board Members

Michael Morton

President
IRON COUNTY

Curt Majors

Vice President
CARTER COUNTY

Kathy Hart

Treasurer
REYNOLDS COUNTY

Lance Mayfield

Secretary
IRON COUNTY

Kelley Brent

Member
BUTLER / WAYNE COUNTY

Steve Lynxwiler

Member
CARTER COUNTY

Michelle Walker

Member at large
CARTER COUNTY

Name

Member
COUNTY

Scott Oatman

Member
IRON COUNTY

Linda Lunsford

Member
RIPLEY COUNTY

Larissa Brown

Member
RIPLEY COUNTY