The Roundup -

Sidney Health Center Continues to Find Success Recruiting Medical Providers


Dr. Lisa Ross

Recruitment efforts by Sidney Health Center paid off in 2016.

Within the past twelve months, Sidney Health Center secured contracts with two female OB/GYNs, an aesthetic medicine physician and two physician assistants to help address the needs of the community.

Dr. Lisa Ross and Dr. Malua Tambi, who are both American Board Certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology, joined the medical staff in June and August 2016 respectively providing a wide range of obstetrical and gynecology services. Their scope of practice includes routine and high risk obstetrics, office and surgical gynecology, menopause management, infertility as well as minimally invasive and advanced laparoscopic surgery.

With the successful recruit of these OB/GYNs, Dr. Shari Twigg transitioned her practice to focus on aesthetic medicine. In fall 2016, Dr. Twigg became certified in Aesthetic Medicine from the American Academy of Aesthetic Medicine and is excited to get her new practice up and going in Fairview at the MonDak Clinic. Aesthetic Medicine includes all medical procedures that are aimed at improving the physical appearance and satisfaction of the patient, using non-invasive to minimally invasive cosmetic procedures.

Over the summer, Dr. Rajohn Karanjai, an internal medicine physician, had two physician assistants join his practice to help meet the demand for primary care. Bert Lepel, PA-C joined the staff in mid-July 2016 and Jessica Jeffries, PA-C relocated to the area from Georgia in September 2016. Lepel and Jeffries work under the supervision of Dr. Karanjai, seeing adults 18 and older. Services offered include wellness checkups, diagnosis and treatment of illnesses and injuries as well as monitoring and treatment of chronic conditions such as high blood pressure, diabetes and asthma.

With the retirement of Dr. Edward Pierce in August 2016, the hospital continues to recruit a primary care physician to fill his shoes. Despite the fact that patients are missing Dr. Pierce, the future looks promising as Sidney Health Center is successfully negotiating contracts with physicians who are interested in living and working in the MonDak region.

In fact, Dr. Seth Larson, who is currently in the family medicine residency program in West Virginia, has already signed a contract with his intent to practice in Sidney upon completion of his residency program in 2019. Dr. Larson is a Montana native and looking forward to practicing in Eastern Montana.

Bert Lepel, PA-C

To address immediate health concerns, Sidney Health Center continues to offer a walk-in clinic at the Medical Arts Building Monday through Friday from 7:00 AM – 4:00 PM and Saturdays from 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM. No advance appointments are taken for the walk-in clinic and patients are seen on a first come, first serve basis.

The medical staff at Sidney Health Center is currently comprised of sixteen local physicians, who offer a wide-range of services including emergency medicine, family medicine, internal medicine, pediatrics, obstetrics/gynecology, general surgery, orthopedic surgery, ENT, podiatric medicine, radiation oncology, aesthetic medicine, pathology, and radiology. In addition, four family nurse practitioners, three physician assistants, three nurse anesthetists and an audiologist compliment the medical staff and round out the team.


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