About Us

Primary Health Care is a nonprofit community health center dedicated to serving the medically insured, uninsured and underinsured with their health care needs.

About Us

Primary Health Care is a nonprofit community health center dedicated to serving the medically insured, uninsured and underinsured with their health care needs.

About Us

Primary Health Care (PHC) is a nonprofit community health center dedicated to serving those that experience barriers to receiving care. PHC strives to find and successfully treat medical, dental and mental health conditions before they become serious enough to require hospitalization or emergency treatment. PHC provides primary care, sick care (urgent care), family planning, women’s health care, immunizations for children and adults – and much more! Find a clinic near you.

What is a Community Health Center?

Community health centers are located in areas where care is needed but scarce. They provide more than 24 million patients in the US with comprehensive care that is high quality, affordable and accessible.

Leadership 

Kelly Huntsman

Chief Executive Officer

Rachel Adams

Chief Operating Officer

Dr. Bery Engebretsen

Chief Medical Officer

Sherry Gomis

Chief Human Resources Officer

Julie Raasch

Chief Quality Officer

Martin Watt

Chief Financial Officer

Our Providers

Laura Boeckner, ARNP

Laura Boeckner is a nurse practitioner at the Marshalltown Clinic located on 412 E. Church St. in Marshalltown. To schedule an appointment with Laura, please call (641) 753-4021.

Dr. Erik Christensen

Dr. Erik Christensen is a dentist that practices at the Primary Health Care Dental Clinic located on 112 E. Linn St. in Marshalltown. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Christensen, please call (641) 844-6230.

Deborah Clendening, DNP, PNP

Deborah Clendening is a nurse practitioner at the Marshalltown Clinic located on 412 E. Church St. in Marshalltown. To schedule an appointment with Deborah, please call (641) 753-4021.

Dr. Louise Convery

Dr. Convery is an internal medicine physician. She practices at the PHC Family Medicine at Mercy on 250 Laurel St. in Des Moines. To make an appointment with Dr. Convery, please call (515) 643-4610.

Austin Cross, LISW, CADC

Austin Cross is a behavioral health consultant (BHC)  at the Story County Clinic on 3510 Lincoln Way in Ames.

Cindy Cruikshank, ARNP

Cindy Cruikshank is a nurse practitioner. She practices at the PHC Clinic in Marshalltown located at 412 E. Church St. To make an appointment with Cindy, please call (641) 753-4021.

Tonya Diehn, PA

Tonya Diehn is a physician assistant at the East Side Clinic on 3509 E. 29th St. in Des Moines. To schedule an appointment with Tonya, please call (515) 248-1600.

Dr. Stefanie Donnell-Randall

Dr. Donnell-Randall is a dentist at the Bery Engebretsen Dental Clinic on 2353 SE 14th St. in Des Moines. To schedule an appointment with her, please call (515) 248-1470.

Katy Eaton, ARNP

Katy Eaton is a nurse practitioner at the Marshalltown Clinic located on 412 E. Church St. in Marshalltown. To schedule an appointment with Katy, please call (641) 753-4021.

Dr. Bery Engebretsen

Dr. Engebretsen is Primary Health Care’s Chief Medical Officer. He is a family medicine physician and sees patients at various clinics. To schedule an appointment, please call (515) 248-1500.

Dr. Marvin Freeburg

Dr. Marvin Freeburg is a dentist that sees patients at both the Bery Engebretsen Dental Clinic on 2353 SE 14th St. in Des Moines as well as the PHC Marshalltown Dental Clinic located on 112 E. Linn St. in Marshalltown. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Freeburg in Des Moines, call (515) 248-1470. To schedule an appointment in Marshalltown, call (641) 844-6230.

Dr. Nicole Gastala

Dr. Nicole Gastala is a family practice physician at the Marshalltown Clinic located on 412 E. Church St. in Marshalltown. To make an appointment with Dr. Gastala, please call (641) 753-4021.

Karisa Goering, PA

Karisa Goering is a physician assistant practicing at the Marshalltown Clinic located at 412 E. Church St. in Marshalltown. To schedule an appointment with Karisa, please call (641) 753-4021.

Anneke Gustafson, LMSW

Anneke is a behavioral health consultant (BHC) at The Project of Primary Health Care, located at 1200 University Ave. in Des Moines.

Lara Hanson, LMSW

Lara Hanson is a behavioral health consultant (BHC) at the Bery Engebretsen Clinic (BEC) located at 2353 SE 14th St. in Des Moines.

Dr. Nick Hooker

Dr. Nick Hooker is a dentist at the Bery Engebretsen Dental Clinic on 2353 SE 14th St. in Des Moines. He is also the dental program director for Primary Health Care, Inc. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Hooker, please call (515) 248-1470.

Frank Jensen, LISW

Frank Jensen is a behavioral health consultant (BHC) at the East Side Clinic located at 3509 E. 29th St. in Des Moines.

Dr. Michelle Johnson

Dr. Michelle Johnson is a dentist that practices at the Primary Health Care Dental Clinic located on 112 E. Linn St. in Marshalltown. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Johnson, please call (641) 844-6230.

Ziwei Just, PA

Ziwei Just is a physician assistant. She practices in Ames, Marshalltown and at the Bery Engebretsen Clinic in Des Moines. To make an appointment with Zwei, please call: Ames: (515) 232-0628 Des Moines (515) 248-1400 Marshalltown: (641) 753-4021

Peg Kunze, PA

Peg Kunze is a physician assistant at the Bery Engebretsen Clinic (BEC) located at 2353 SE 14th St. in Des Moines. To make an appointment with Peg, please call (515) 248-1400.

Deanna Lehl, NP

Deanna is a nurse practitioner at the University Clinic on 1200 University Ave. in Des Moines. To schedule an appointment with Deanna, please call (515) 248-1500.

Dr. Jordan May

Dr. May is a dentist that sees patient at both the Engebretsen Dental Clinic in Des Moines and PHC Dental in Marshalltown. To make an appointment in Des Moines, please call (515) 248-1470. To schedule an appointment in Marshalltown, please call (641) 844-6230.

Katy Meyer, PA

Katy Meyer is a physician assistant that sees patients at the Bery Engebretsen (BEC) and East Side Clinics.  To make an appointment with Katy, please call (515) 248-1600 (East Side Clinic) or (515) 248-1400 (BEC). The East Side Clinic is located at 3509 E. 29th St and BEC is located at 2353 SE 14th St., both in Des Moines.

Dr. Neetha Molakala

Dr. Neetha Molakala is a family practice physician at the University Clinic. The clinic is located at 1200 University Ave. in Des Moines. To make an appointment with Dr. Molakala, please call (515) 248-1500.

Dr. Robert Nathanson

Dr. Robert Nathanson is a family practice physician at the Bery Engebretsen Clinic. The clinic is located at 2353 SE 14th St. in Des Moines. To make an appointment with Dr. Nathanson, please call (515) 248-1400.

Dr. Paul O'Kane

Dr. Paul O’Kane is a dentist that sees patients at the PHC Dental Clinic in Marshalltown. The clinic is located at 112 E. Linn St. in Marshalltown. To schedule an appointment with Dr. O’Kane, please call (641) 844-6230.

Dr. Leatrice Olson

Dr. Olson is an internal medicine physician at the East Side Medical Clinic located at 3509 E. 29th St. in Des Moines. To schedule an appointment with her, please call (515) 248-1600.

Alexis Poduska, PA

Alexis is a physician assistant at our East Side Clinic located on 3509 E. 29th St. in Des Moines. To schedule an appointment with Alexis, please call (515) 248-1600.

Deb Parker, NP

Deb Parker is a nurse practitioner at the East Side Clinic on 3509 E. 29th St. in Des Moines. To schedule an appointment with Deb, please call (515) 248-1600.

Dr. Heidi Shreck

Dr. Heidi Shreck is the Medical Director for Primary Health Care. She is a pediatrician that sees patients (Des Moines Public Schools students only) at the Scavo Clinic located within the Scavo High School complex in Des Moines. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Shreck, please call (515) 242-8488.

 

Megan Sloat, CNM

Megan Sloat is a certified nurse midwife. She practices at the Story County Clinic located at 3510 Lincoln Way in Ames. To make an appointment with Megan, please call (515) 232-0628.

Annie Steil, LISW

Annie Steil is a behavioral health consultant (BHC) at the Mercy Clinic located at 250 Laurel St. in Des Moines.

Dr. Satheesh Suddala

Dr. Satheesh Suddala is a family medicine physician at the Story County Clinic on 3510 Lincoln Way in Ames. To make an appointment with Dr. Suddala, please call (515) 232-0628.

Dr. Tim Swinton

Dr. Tim Swinton is a family practice physician at the Marshalltown Clinic located on 412 E. Church St. in Marshalltown. To make an appointment with Dr. Swinton, please call (641) 753-4021.

Kate Tripp, PA

Kate Tripp is a physician assistant at the University Clinic located at 1200 University Ave. in Des Moines. To schedule an appointment with Kate, please call (515) 248-1500.

William Walker, MSW, LISW

William Walker is the street outreach counselor for PHC’s Homeless Outreach and Advocacy department. To contact William, please call (515) 248-1850.

Kathy Warren, LISW

Kathy Warren is the Behavioral Health Program Director at PHC. To contact Kathy, please call (515) 248-1484.

Dr. Lilanganie Weerasinghe

Dr. Lilanganie Weerasinghe is a pediatrician. She practices at the Bery Engebretsen Clinic (BEC) on 2353 SE 14th St. in Des Moines. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Weerasinghe, please call (515) 248-1400.

Toni Whannel, PNP

Toni Whannel is a nurse practitioner at the Marshalltown Clinic located on 412 E. Church St. in Marshalltown. To schedule an appointment with Toni, please call (641) 753-4021.

David Yurdin, PA

David Yurdin is a physician assistant at The Project of Primary Health Care, located at 1200 University Ave. in Des Moines. To schedule an appointment with David, please call (515) 248-1595

Clinic and Program Directors

Teresa Brandt

Teresa Brandt is the internal medicine residency director, located at the East Side Clinic on 3509 E. 29th St. in Des Moines. To contact Teresa, please call (515) 248-1660.

Boua Cam

Boua Cam is the clinic director at the Bery Engebretsen Clinic located on 2353 SE 14th St. in Des Moines. To contact Boua, please call (515) 248-1400.

Greg Gross, MSW

Greg Gross is the HIV Program Director for The Project at Primary Health Care. To contact Greg, please call (515) 248-1595.

Laurie DeMeyer

Laurie DeMeyer is the clinic manager at the Marshalltown Dental Clinic located on 112 E. Linn. To contact Laurie, please call (641) 844-6230.

Zakiya English

Zakiya English is the clinic director at the East Side Clinic located on 3509 E. 29th St. in Des Moines. To contact Zakiya, please call (515) 248-1600.

Linda Hanson

Linda Hanson is the clinic director at the Story County Clinic. The clinic is located at 3510 Lincoln Way in Ames. To contact Linda please call (515) 232-0628.

Lorna Hines

Lorna Hines is the clinic director at the University Clinic, located at 1200 University Ave. in Des Moines. To contact Lorna, please call (515) 248-1500.

Stephanie McReynolds, BSN, RN

Stephanie McReynolds is the clinic director at PHC at Mercy Clinic located on 250 Laurel St. in Des Moines. To contact Stephanie, please call (515) 643-4610.

Shelby Ridley

Shelby Ridley is the Homeless Advocacy and Outreach Program Director at Primary Health Care.  To contact Shelby, please call (515) 248-1850.

Nathan Simpson, MHA

Nathan Simpson is the Director of Clinic Operations for Primary Health Care. To contact Nathan, please call (515) 248-1447.

Tena Springer, MA

Tena Springer is the Director of Program Operations. To contact Tena, please call (515) 248-1447.

Susan Vititoe

Susan Vititoe is the clinic director at the Marshalltown location, found on 412 E. Church St. To contact Susan please call (641) 753-4021.

Board of Directors

Ben Bellus

Board Chair

Assistant Attorney General, Iowa Department of Justice

Juan Cadenillas

Public Health Planner, Polk County Health Department

Samuel Carbajal

Board Member

Scott Emison Clair

Vice President of Data Science, Measurement Mojo

Sandy Hansen

Board Member

Sergio Hernandez

Board Vice Chair

Program Manager, The Home Connection of Hawthorn Hill

Rosemary Holland

Board Member

Carly Ross

Director, US Committee for Refugees and Immigrants, Des Moines Field Office

William Schoenenberger

Retired, Education Research and Instructional Technology

Michael Schuman

Board Member

Rose Marie Serra

Board Member

Billie Wade

Board Secretary

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