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Staff Directory

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Steven E. Parnell, MD
Family Practitioner, Staff Physician
Diplomat American Board of Family Medicine
Diplomat American Board of Integrative Holistic Medicine
Certified Chelation Therapist

Dr. Parnell is a family physician. His vast experiences in the medical profession and passion for the promotion of health and wellness led him to the founding of Dulcimer Medical Center. He is deeply committed to quality patient care.

The Parnell family lives in Fairmont, Minnesota, where Steve and Donna raised their five children. It was their firstborn, Tim, whose passion for the hammered dulcimer instrument inspired the name "Dulcimer Medical Center." He died unexpectedly at age 22. They also have four daughters. Becky is married to Jon, Mechanical Engineer for United Technologies Corp., has two children, Ben (3 yrs) and Amelia (18 months) and works as a Family Nurse Practitioner at the Dulcimer. Kellie, who earned her Master’s Degree in Education and husband Nate Reyelts, a Physician’s Assistant at Dulcimer, live in Fairmont and together they are raising their 3 children Annie Jean (3 years), Evan (2 years), Collin (1 year) and expecting a baby girl in May 2013. Stephanie graduated with her Art and Graphic/Interior Design degree from Northwestern College in Orange City IA. She free lances during the evenings and is a phlebotomist/lab assistant at the Dulcimer Medical Center during the day. Megan also graduated from Northwestern College with a degree in Business Administration and Marketing and is now employed by Bank Midwest here in Fairmont. Donna is not only Dr. Parnell's helpmate as wife and best friend, but is also on staff at Dulcimer and uses her Medical Technology background to run the laboratory.

Dr. Parnell is motivated by his strong Christian faith and a desire to serve the "Great Physician." He is Board Certified by the American Academy of Family Practice and recently became Board Certified by the American Board of Integrative Holistic Medicine. ."

 

Education

Dr. Parnell earned his undergraduate degree at Southwest State University in Marshall, Minnesota. He earned his medical degree at the Mayo Medical School in Rochester, Minnesota and is Board Certified in Family Medicine. Not satisfied with the status quo, he is always looking for better ways to help people.

 

Areas of Practice

Dr. Parnell practices a full range of Family Medicine for people of all ages:

  • Allergies – food, environment
  • Arthritis
  • Attention Deficit Disorder
  • Bio–identical hormone replacement/women's health
  • Depression and alternative treatments
  • Diabetes
  • Diseases of heart and lungs/asthma
  • Fibromyalgia/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
  • Integrative Medicine
  • Health and wellness evaluations
  • Non–operative orthopedics
  • Nutrition/environmental toxins
  • Obstetrics/infertility
  • Sick and well infant care
  • Thyroid problems
  • Weight loss management

 

Professional Associations

American Academy of Family Practice
Minnesota Academy of Family Practice
Christian Medical and Dental Association
Institute for Functional Medicine
Minnesota Holistic Medical Association Group

 

Denise L. Schavey, MD
Family Practitioner, Staff Physician
Diplomat American Board of Family Medicine

Dr. Schavey is a family physician. She is excited to be part of the Dulcimer Medical Center where she provides all aspects of family medical care, with particular interest in women's health care and pediatrics.

Originally from Iowa, the "Hawkeye State," Dr. Schavey has fond memories of her childhood, growing up on her family's farm near Tripoli. She knew in the 8th grade that she wanted to become a physician. While practicing four years in Mankato, Minnesota, she met the love of her life, David, on a blind date. David farms near Blue Earth, Minnesota, where they have lived since 1992 and are raising their two sons, Brian and Kevin.

Denise enjoys gardening, all types of music, and is a creative scrapbook designer.

 

Education

Dr. Schavey earned her undergraduate degree at Wartburg College in Waverly, IA. She earned her medical degree at the University of Iowa College of Medicine in Iowa City, IA and is Board Certified in Family Medicine.

 

Areas of Practice

Family Care, Women's Health Care, Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine

 

Professional Associations

The American Academy of Family Physicians
Minnesota Medical Association
Board of Family Medicine

Courtney Keith, MD
Family Practitioner, Staff Physician
Diplomat American Board of Family Medicine

Dr. Keith grew up in Sioux Falls, SD where her parents and much of her family still lives. Since moving to Fairmont she has had manylife changes. She found the love of her life, Titus Kiplimo, whom she married in July 2013. They welcomed their first child in April 2014. She loves how these life experiences enhance her practice. Her hobbies now include laundry, napping, and singing non-sensical songs.

 

Education

Dr. Keith went to the University of Minnesota Morris where she recieved her BA in English, Psycology and minors in Biology and Chemistry. She went on to the University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine for her Doctorate of Medicine. Her residency training was completed at Siouxland Medical Education Foundation.

Amy Fitzgerald, RN, MSN, C–FNP
Family Nurse Practitioner

Amy resides in her native town of Sherburn, MN, with her husband, Jonathan. They have three children: Ty and twins Isabella and Slade. Amy enjoys spending time with her children and keeping busy with their multiple activities. She loves relaxing by the lake and camping.

Amy enjoys Dulcimer's family and team centered atmosphere. The environment is comforting and welcoming, putting the patients at ease, making it a safe place to discuss concerns and conditions openly.

 

Education

Amy earned her Bachelor of Science in nursing at South Dakota State University and her Master of Science in nursing from Minnesota State University, Mankato.

Rebekah Boer, RN, MSN, C-FNP
Family Nurse Practitioner

Rebekah Boer is a Registered Nurse and also a Certified Family Nurse Practitioner. She worked four years in Newborn Intensive Care prior to joining this practice so has a special interest in the care of newborns and also breastfeeding counseling and support. She provides a wide spectrum of medical care for all ages. Bekah is available to see patients on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays every other week.

Bekah grew up in Fairmont, MN, but now lives in Lakeville, MN, with her husband, Jon and three children. Benjamin, Amelia and Samuel keep her very busy when she is not in the clinic. She enjoys spending time with her family, being outdoors, playing music, and traveling.

 

Education

Rebekah earned her undergraduate degree at Bethel College in St. Paul, Minnesota and her Masters of Science degree from Minnesota State University, Mankato. She is a member of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners.

Carolyn Drevlow, RN, MSN, C–FNP
Family Nurse Practitioner

Carolyn and her husband, Darrel, are originally from Truman and still reside there with their daughters, Ciera and Brytni. She enjoys spending time with family and friends when not at work. Carolyn also loves spending time at their camper.

Carolyn divides her time between the clinic and doing in-home provider visits. In the clinic she sees patients of all ages and provides diabetic education.

Since 2014, Carolyn has provided in-home visits for assisted living facilities. Prior to becoming a nurse practitioner, Carolyn had a lot of experience in geriatric nursing. This prior experience has enhanced her passion to work with geriatric patients. Carolyn’s down-to-earth bedside manner puts patients at ease immediately.

Carolyn’s goal is to allow access for comprehensive healthcare to residents of assisted living facilities without the resident leaving the comfort of their home.

Education

Carolyn earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing at Winona State University in Winona, Minnesota. She earned her Master of Science in Nursing from Minnesota State University, Mankato.

Samantha Farnum, RN, MSN, C-FNP
Family Nurse Practitioner

Samantha was born and raised in Southeastern Iowa. She and Jim Farnum were married in 2003 and have since welcomed three beautiful children, Alexa, Ethan and Cierra. Samantha worked as an obstetrical nurse in Grand Rapids, Michigan and then Pella, Iowa. She then began working in the clinic under a family practice physician and also went back to school for her nurse practitioner degree. In her spare time Samantha likes to read, crochet, garden and spend time outdoors fishing and hunting with her family.

 

Education

She received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from MidAmerica Nazarene University in Olathe, Kansas and her Masters of Science in Nursing from Clarkson College Omaha, Nebraska.

Darla Wilton, RN, MSN, C-FNP
Family Nurse Practitioner

Family Practice Nurse Practitioner, Darla Wilton, joins the Dulcimer Medical Center team moving to Minnesota from Grand Island, Nebraska. Her kids have all left home and she is ready to start a new chapter in her life. The Dulcimer’s emphasis on personalized and individualized health care and commitment to helping and keeping people not just well but healthy convinced her to make the move.

She is a Husker fan, especially for the girls volleyball team and also enjoys professional basketball and football (Go Packers…sorry Vikings fans!). Gardening, walking, reading and crocheting are a few of her favorite hobbies.

 

Education

Darla received her RN from Methodist University, Omaha and her BSN from the University of NE at Kearney. She went on to receive her MS/FNP from Creighton University. She has worked in clinics and hospitals that encompassed all age groups and needs and looks forward to having the same variety in her practice at the Dulcimer Medical Center in Fairmont.

Nate Reyelts, PA-C
Physician Assistant Certified

Nate and his wife Kellie were married in June of 2008. Since then, they have welcomed five children into their family: Annie, Evan, Collin, Julia and Mollie and are awaiting the birth of their 6th baby in February of 2017. Nate and Kellie enjoy active outdoor activities, gardening, bee keeping, being active in their church and spending time with their families. Nate also enjoys playing guitar, golf, and being a husband and father. As son-in-law to Dr. Steve and Donna Parnell, he enjoys working with family.

 

Education

Nate graduated in 2001 from Augustana College with a Bachelor of Arts. In 2004, he graduated from the University of Nebraska Medical Center with a Masters of Physician Assistant Studies.

 

Areas of Focus

  • Men's Health
  • Preventative Medicine
  • Orthopedic Care
  • Well–child Exams
  • Adolescent and Adult Medicine
  • DOT Exams
  • Nursing Home Care

 

Kaylynn Steinkamp, PA-C
Physician Assistant Certified

Kaylynn grew up in Fairmont, and is married to her husband Lee. They welcomed a baby boy, Luther, in February 2015. She enjoys spending time with her family, relaxing at the lake, spending time outdoors, and reading.

 

Education

Kaylynn attended Drake University and graduated in 2008 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology, as well as a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biochemistry, Cellular and Molecular Biology. She attended University of Nebraska Medical Center where she received a Master's degree in Physician Assistant Studies in 2010.

 

Lori Zoeller, LPN
Licensed Practical Nurse / Head Nurse

Lori is a licensed practical nurse with experience working in both long term care and family medicine.

Lori is married to Keith Zoeller. She moved to Fairmont in 1987 after growing up in DeSmet, South Dakota with her three siblings. Lori enjoys spending time with her family and friends and working on remodeling projects in her home.

Education

Lori received her LPN license from South Central Technical College in North Mankato.

Alarie Crouch, RN
Registered Nurse

Alarie grew up in State Center, Iowa and now lives in Armstorng with her husband Joe and two boys, Carson and Camden. She has been working in health care since 2007 with experience in ENT and Family Practice. Alarie enjoys traveling, shopping, cooking, game nights, boating and spending time with family and friends.

Alarie earned her LPN degree at Iowa Lakes Community College in Emmetsburg, IA in 2007 and her RN degree at Des Moines Area Community College in Ankeny, IA in 2009.

Sara Utermarck, RN
Registered Nurse

Sara has over fifteen years of nursing experience with previous experience in Medical/Surgical/CCU, oral surgery, and urology.

Sara and her husband Jim live in Fairmont and have two children, Jackson and Anna.

In her free time, Sara enjoys attending her kids’ activities, and also volunteering at their school. Sara is also in adult choir, Altar Guild, and Eve Circle at St. Paul's Church. Zumba, Jazz, and Tap dancing fill her free time.

Education

Sara attended Winona State University and earned her nursing degree from Iowa Lakes Community College.

Stacy Pytleski, RN BSN
Registered Nurse / Bachelor of Science

Stacy grew up in Huntley, Minnesota. She currently resides in Eash Chain, Minnesota with husband Tim, son Logan and daughter Kenlie.

She has twenty years of nursing experience in the areas of long term care, family medicine and internal medicine.

In her free time, Stacy enjoys spending time with her family and friends, attending children's high school and college sporting events, reading, camping and traveling.

Education

Stacy earned her LPN degree from Minnesota West in 1994 and RN degree in 2004. Most recently earned her Bachelor of Science degree in nursing from Rasmussen College in 2015.

Robynn Buhmann, LPN
Licensed Practical Nurse

Robynn joined the Dulcimer Medical Center family in fall 2012. She has experience in OB and Newborn Care and has worked in a clinic setting in the past.

Robyn and her husband Brad live in Fairmont and have two children. As a family they enjoy local sporting events that the children participate in.

Robyn loves working in a warm caring environment where everyone is comfortable with each other. She considers herself lucky enough her whole career to never have to go to work, because she love what she does and doesn't consider it work! Besides being a nurse she love being a mother and wife.

She and Brad enjoy boating and fishing on the lakes in Martin County.

 

Education

Graduated from nursing scool in 1992 (incidentally the same year she met her husband on Valentines Day), Robyn has worked with Dr. Schavey and Dr. Parnell in OB for 18 years and now at the Dulcimer Medical Center.

Wendy Howard, LPN
Licensed Practical Nurse

Wendy is a licensed practical nurse with more than 30 years of nursing experience working in various specialties of health care.

She is the coordinator of the Mankato Outreach program that brings the specialists of Mankato Clinic to Dulcimer and fills in the other staff LPNs.

Wendy Lives near Huntley, MN on the Howard family farm site with her husband Dean. They have two children, Jeremy and Kiesha who both live in Fairmont.

Wendy enjoys being a mother and grandmother, reading and expressing her artistic side in various Medias.

 

Education

Wendy is a nursing graduate from Austin Vocational associated with St. Olaf Hospital, Austin, MN.

Lisa Fessler, LPN
Licensed Practical Nurse

Lisa Fessler is a licensed practical nurse. She has worked in health care since 1980—most of that time with Dr. Parnell.

She has three children: Joseph, Luke, and Olivia. Lisa loves spending time with her family and friends. She also enjoys camping, riding motorcycle and reading.

 

Education

Rochester Vocational School – Rochester, MN

Stephanie Stine, LPN
Licensed Practical Nurse

Stephanie has been working as an LPN since 1997. She earned her LPN license at South Central Technical College in North Mankato, Minnesota.

Stephanie lives in Blue Earth, Minnesota with her husband Jason and son Hudson. She enjoys spending time with family and friends as well as scrapbooking, stamping, and other crafts.

Education

Stephanie earned her EMT and LPN licence at South Central Technical College – Mankato, Minnesota

Peggy Wille, LPN
Licensed Practical Nurse

Peggy is a licensed practical nurse with more than 30 years of experience working in health care. She has enjoyed working alongside Dr. Denise Schavey for much of that time.

She married her husband Alan in 1980 and they currently live northwest of Fairmont where Alan operates their grain farm. They have two grown daughters and two sons all who have come back to live in the Fairmont/Sherburn area.

Peggy's hobbies are reading, cheering on her children at their sporting events, watching movies, fishing, and spending time with her grandchildren and kids. She is living her childhood dream of becoming a nurse.

Education

Peggy is a graduate of St. Mary's School of Practical Nursing in Rochester, Minnesota.

Jill Irmiter
Business Office Manager

As Business Office Manager, Jill brings extensive experience in healthcare billing and management. She enjoys meeting and assisting patients at Dulcimer.

Jill and her husband, Mike, live near Armstrong and have two daughters.

Judi Kuchenbecker
Medical Billing Specialist

Judi has worked as a medical billing specialist since 1992 after receiving her training at the Albert Lea Technical College. She enjoys helping patients with any billing questions.

Judi and her husband Donald live in Blue Earth, Minnesota. They have four children, four grandchildren, and 3 step-grandchildren. Judi enjoys spending time with her family, grandchildren and their sporting events along with friends.

Joanie Madison
Medical Billing Specialist

Joanie Madison serves as Patient Relations/Billing Specialist. She has been working with health insurance since 2000 and enjoys the challenge of solving some of the mysteries associated with insurance claims.

Originally from Des Moines, Iowa, Joanie now lives in Sherburn, Minnesota with her husband Eldon and has three grown children.

Jody Benes
Medical Coding Specialist

Jody has been a Medical Coder for 16 years. She and her husband live in East Chain with their two boys. Jody enjoys spending time with her family and watching her boys play sports.

Lorie Nuss
Medical Scribe

Lorie has worked in the medical industry for 18 years. She has worked in the areas of appointment scheduling, business office, finance and now is a medical scribe for Dulcimer Medical Center. Lorie lives in Fairmont with her husband Scott and their two children, Taylor and Tony. In her free time she enjoys attending her children's sporting events.

Phyllis Crouch
Admissions/Appointment Scheduling

Phyllis has more than 20 years of experience working in a medical office as a Director of Admissions/Appointment Scheduling. She takes pride in being part of the Dulcimer family and making sure all patients feel cared for and respected.

Phyllis and her husband Brian live on Iowa lake. They have two grown children. In their spare time Phyllis and Brian enjoy spending time on the lake and with family and friends.

Pam Coquyt
Patient Relations/Scheduling

Pam brings to the Dulcimer Medical Center 22 years of experience as a registration/scheduling coordinator. She and her husband Dan live on an acreage north of Fairmont where they raise fainting goats as pets to sell. Together they have three grown children and five grandchildren. Her hobbies include spending time with family, gardening, and reading.

Jessica Omvig
Patient Relations/Scheduling

Jessica has four years experience in appointment scheduling. She is a people person and is excited to be part of a wonderful team.

Jessica and her husband Val live in Sherburn with their twins Raef and Emma. She enjoys spending time with family and friends and also doing crafts.

Jessica Zotz, RDMS, RVT RT(R)
Registered Diagnostic Medical Sonographer
Registered Vascular Technician

Jessica Zotz is a registered diagnostic medical sonographer, registered vascular technician, and registered radiological technologist.

She enjoys building relationships with her patients and providing comforting care. Jessica, her husband Robert and their children Koen, Caden, and Carlynn reside in Armstrong, Iowa. She enjoys the small town atmosphere and feels very fortunate to raise a family there. Her hobbies include spending time with her family, being at the lake, and scrapbooking. .

Education

Jessica received her training at the Mayo School of Health Science in Rochester, Minnesota.

Amanda Morris, RT(R)
Registered Radiology Technologist with experience in Mammography, CT, and Ultrasound

Amanda enjoys meeting and working with patients of all ages. She loves spending time with family and friends, and also likes to ride her Harley, "Pearl". Amanda is an avid Iowa Hawkeye, Cubs, and Bears fan! Besides finding Amanda in the Ultrasound/Xray area, you may find her hanging out in the lab where she fills in for the phlebotomist when needed.

Education

Amanda received her degree in radiology from Iowa Central Community College.

Donna Parnell, MT (ASCP)
Medical Technologist
Department Director – Dulcimer Clinical Lab

Donna is a Medical Technologist certified by the American Society of Clinical Pathologists and oversees all lab functions at Dulcimer. She worked as a Mycology Specialist at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota and in a hospital setting where she gained extensive experience in all aspects of lab operations. She also has experience teaching medical technician students.

Donna is married to Dr. Steve Parnell whom she met while they both attended Southwest State University in Marshall, Minnesota. They began their married life in Rochester. Donna was glad to be able to put her career on hold to raise their children and equally glad to once again use her skills in a clinical laboratory setting.

The Parnell’s raised their five children in Fairmont where they have lived since 1982. She enjoys being “Nana” to her grandchildren, cooking, gardening and enjoying her family. She loves that the harmony they have experienced in their family is also enjoyed in the workplace.

 

Education

Donna received her B.S. in Medical Technology from Southwest State University in Marshall, Minnesota.

Professional Associations

American Association of Clinical Pathologists

Stephanie Parnell
Lab Assistant/Phlebotomist

Stephanie was born and raised in Fairmont. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Art and Graphic Design from Northwestern College in Orange City, IA. She returned to Fairmont after graduation and since 2012 now uses her artistic abilities and people skills in the lab as Dulcimer's main phlebotomist (known to her patients as their blood sucker, vampire, leech!!) and keeps patients young and old at ease while having their blood drawn.

In her free time she loves being with family and spoiling all of her nieces and nephews. Stephanie enjoys fishing, woodworking, outdoor activites, and bee keeping (her latest hobby).

Sue Scheppmann
Environmental Specialist

Sue was born and raised in Fairmont. She has five children, Dustin, Troy, Daren, Sara and Dana. Her greatest joys in life have been being a mother and now a grandma to her many grandchildren.

At Dulcimer, Sue enjoys the time spent keeping the Clinic and Fairmont Family Dentistry clean and healthy for the providers and patients. She loves being around people and finds Dulcimer a wonderful and caring place to work.