Latashua Joseph, DDS

Poplar Bluff Community Dental Clinic- (573) 778-3042

Sonya DiCiro, APRN, FNP-BC, CDE

Missouri Highlands Women’s Clinic- (573) 609-8800

Sonya DiCiro completed her Master’s degree in Nursing at the University of Missouri-St. Louis in 1997. She has been a nurse for 39 years and graduated from Three Rivers College in 1983. Since that time she has practiced in primary care, labor and delivery, diabetes management and internal medicine. She is board certified as a Family Nurse Practitioner and has an AADE certification as a CDE, Certified Diabetes Educator. Sonya is also a Clinical Faculty professor with Walden University in the MSN/NP program. Gestational diabetes and menopause management are particular areas of interest for this nurse practitioner.
Sonya is married to Kurt DiCiro and is a mother and grandmother. She resides in her hometown of Poplar Bluff, MO. Her hobbies are gardening, decorating, traveling and photography.

Meyyappan Palaniappan, MD (Dr. Palani)

Meyyappan Palaniappan, MD (Dr. Palani) sees patients at the Doniphan Family Clinic.

Jody Spain, APRN, FNP-BC

Missouri Highlands Women’s Clinic- (573) 609-8800

Jody Spain is an alumna of the local Three Rivers College nursing program and completed her Master’s Degree at the University of Missouri. She has been practicing as a Family Nurse Practitioner, alongside Dr McSpadden, since 2010. She is board certified through the ANCC and has a special interest in obstetrical care, gestational diabetes management, adolescent gynecology, and vulvovaginal disorders. She and her two children, Nick and Marley, reside in Poplar Bluff.

Farrah McSpadden, MD, FACOG

Missouri Highlands Women’s Clinic- (573) 609-8800

Angela Wheelehon, LCSW

Angie is currently accepting new patients at MHHC of Wayne County located in Piedmont.

Angela Wheelehon has been in southeast Missouri for the past 20 years, originally from central Illinois.  She received her Bachelor of Science from Illinois State University in Psychology with Minors in Dance and Sociology.  She went on to receive her Masters of Social Work from the University of Missouri-Columbia, becoming a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in 2016.  Angie has over 14 years of experience working in a variety of settings, including Bootheel Counseling Services in Sikeston, Missouri Children’s Division, Haven House of Poplar Bluff, and Poplar Bluff Regional Medical Center.  Angie has been trained in EMDR, which has been shown to be effective in reducing symptoms from PTSD, and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) to improve emotional awareness and reduce negative emotions.  She provides a safe, non-judgmental therapeutic experience in which clients can feel respected and heard.
Her personal interests are dancing, running, traveling, and spending time exploring beautiful Southeast Missouri’s parks, rivers, and lakes.

Missouri Highlands Health Care of Wayne Co.
1 Hal’s Plaza
Piedmont, MO 63957

Phone: (573) 223-4800 / Toll Free (866) 904-1085 / Fax (573) 223-7161

Michelle Heath, FNP-BC

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.

Loretta Baker- Montgomery,MSW, LCSW

Ellington Family Clinic
61 Hwy Y, Ellington, MO 63638
Phone: (573) 663-2525 / Toll Free: (877) 559-9934 / Fax: (573) 663-7821

Shannon County Family Clinic
17959 Main Street, Eminence, MO 65466
Phone: (573) 226-5505 / Toll Free: (877) 654-1351 / Fax: (573) 226-5584

Lori Baker-Montgomery, MSW, LCSW is proud to offer behavioral health consulting and mental health therapy services at Missouri Highlands Health Care. She is seeing clients at the Shannon County Family Clinic and the Ellington Family Clinic.  Lori has over 20 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 issues, depression, anxiety, grief and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). She provides a safe, non-judgmental therapeutic experience for clients to process current and past life stressors and learn to manage difficult emotions.  Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Person Centered, and Play Therapy are some of the therapy approaches she incorporates to assist her clients in meeting their goals.
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 and her family love to spend time enjoying the beauty of the rivers and woods of the Ozarks. She feels fortunate to be able to return to her native area and contribute to the mental health of others.

Lori is a provider for Medicare, Medicaid and most private insurances. Missouri Highlands Health Care also offers a sliding scale for clients without insurance.  Please contact Shannon County Family Clinic at (573)226-5505 or Ellington Family Clinic (573)663-2525 to schedule an appointment.

Kimberlee Barnes, PSY.D.

Big Springs Medical Clinic
405 Main St., Van Buren, MO 63965

Phone: (573) 323-4253 / Toll Free: (877) 598-4213 / Fax: (573) 323-4465

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.

Mary Jarrells, FNP-BC

Cynthia L. Brown, LCSW,MD,MPH

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 at our Women’s Clinic in Poplar Bluff, MO.

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.

Wendy Raney, FNP

Susan Byerley, FNP

Susan Byerley, FNP will be seeing patients at Missouri Highland Health Care’s Viburnum Medical Clinic.

Viburnum Medical Clinic|
Hours: M-T 7:00am to 5:00pm / Friday- 8:00am to 4:30pm
18 Viburnum Center Rd
Viburnum, MO 65566

Ph: (573) 244-5406
Fax: (573) 244-5590

Terra Graves, LCSW

Located at Annapolis Family Clinic- Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Fridays- 573-598-4213
Located at Viburnum Medical Clinic- Wednesdays- 573-244-5406

Terra is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) currently seeing patients in the Annapolis Family Clinic and Viburnum Medical Clinic. 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.

Heidi Allen, MSW, LCSW, BCD

Heidi is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) with an office located in beautiful rural Missouri in Pilot Knob. She works with children, young adults, individuals and families using an eclectic approach tailored to the unique needs of each new client. Heidi has over 8 years of experience in a variety of settings and with diverse clients, including both long-term and brief interventions. Areas of expertise include:  Children and adolescents with behavioral and sexual issues; Children and adults with anxiety and depression; Relationship challenges: couples and families; Life stresses and next steps; and working with sexual and criminal offenders.

Heidi graduated from the University of Missouri, St. Louis with her Master’s Degree in Social Work. Heidi is continuously seeking to enhance her skills and broaden her education. For instance, Heidi has engaged in advanced training in DBT (Dialectical Behavioral Therapy), CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy) and ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy).  Heidi has provided services for individuals and groups both inpatient and outpatient, as well as done crisis intervention and long-term therapy with in a maximum-security facility.

Heidi believes change happens when people are given the guidance they need to draw on their own strengths and realize their potential to live fulfilling, happy lives. Heidi provides an environment of compassion and support to help individuals and families overcome obstacles to move forward and thrive.

Kathreen Friend, CPNP-PC

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.

Stephanie Bland, RDH

Big Springs Dental Clinic – 573-663-3177

Amber Richardson, PhD

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.

Kristen Alexander, DMD

Poplar Bluff Community Dental Clinic- Monday – Friday.  (573)-778-3042
Big Springs Dental Clinic- Every first Tuesday of the month. (573) 663-3177

Dr. Kristen Alexander, a Poplar Bluff native and 2008 graduate of Poplar Bluff Senior High, has earned her doctorate of dental medicine degree and certificate in public heath from A.T. Still University’s Missouri School of Dentistry and Oral Health in June of 2017.  Her passion to become a dentist blossomed while interning with local Poplar Bluff dentists in high school as well as from her experiences as a scholar in the Southeast Missouri Area Health Education Center’s youth program. Dr. Alexander and her fiancée Marcus Frey, also of Poplar Bluff, enjoy spending time on Current River, fishing, and traveling.  She is excited to be back practicing in her home town and looks forward to contributing to the community’s dental health.

Amy Manning, DNP, APRN, FNP-C

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) Monday through Friday at the Ellington Family Clinic.