Donald Beitzel, PA-C
Donald received his Masters of Physician Assistant Studies from University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences in Grand Forks, ND.
Chad Boyer, PA-C
Chad Boyer is a certified physician assistant who joined our staff at Mason City Clinic in 2007. Chad practices general orthopedic medicine, including seeing patients in the clinic, performing minor surgical procedures, surgical assist, inpatient care and on-call services – under the supervision of the orthopedic surgeons at Mason City Clinic.
Mr. Boyer graduated magna cum laude with a biology premedicine degree and LaSallian Honors minor from St. Mary’s University of Minnesota. He subsequently obtained a master’s degree in physician assistant studies from the University of Iowa, with classes and training at Carver College of Medicine. In addition to clinical practice, Chad has been a preceptor for PA students, medical students and family medicine residents. He is a member of Physician Assistants in Orthopedic Surgery, American Academy of Physician Assistants and Iowa Physician Assistant Society.
Gabrielle Brown, PA-C
Gabrielle received her Bachelors of Science in Biology degree from University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls, IA, and her Masters of Physician Assistant Studies from University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, NE.
Gabrielle chose to be a Physician Assistant because of the challenges, but also appreciates how rewarding the field is. Gabrielle looks forward to creating a positive and welcoming environment to her patients, while providing consistent, high quality care.
In her free time, she enjoys traveling and spending time with family.
Robert Giles II, PA-C
Robert received his bachelor’s degree in biology, psychology and health sciences with a concentration in microbiology from East Tennessee State University in Johnson City. He went on to complete his master’s degree in the physician assistant program at Lincoln Memorial University in Harrogate, TN.
In his free time, he enjoys kayaking, traveling and spending time with family and friends.
Emily Haberichter, PA-C
Emily received her Bachelors of Science in Biology degree from University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls, IA, and her Masters of Physician Assistant Studies from Garner-Webb University in Boiling Springs, NC.
Emily enjoys being able to change a patient’s quality of life. Seeing their happiness after relief from injection or surgery is very rewarding. She enjoys developing her skills in the OR as well as relationships with her patients.
In her free time, she enjoys hiking, traveling and spending time with family and friends.
Shawn Janssen, PA-C
Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
Shawn is a board-certified physician assistant who graduated from Des Moines University’s physician assistant program in 1990. She has over 20 years of experience in patient care working in obstetrics and gynecology, family practice medicine, general surgery and finally plastic surgery. During the past 12 years, Shawn has been a valued provider in the Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. Shawn’s involvement in the practice has included first assisting in surgery, taking calls and holding outpatient clinic hours to help meet the needs of our patients. As a well-qualified team member, she enhances efficiency and safety in the operating room and provides a qualified and uniform extension of the care Dr. Mulkey and Dr. Recinos provide.
Shawn’s experience, gained by assisting in the operating room for many years, allows her to efficiently coordinate postoperative care in her clinics. She is skilled in total body screening for skin cancer and benign lesions. She is well-versed in the initial workup and nonoperative management of hand conditions such as carpal tunnel syndrome, ganglions and trigger finger.
Samantha Krones, PA-C
Samantha received her Bachelors of Science in Biology degree from Grand View University, and her Masters of Physician Assistant Studies from St. Ambrose University in Davenport, IA
Samantha enjoys educating her patients on their medical conditions and helping them prepare for their upcoming surgeries and being there for recovery.
In her free time, she enjoys cooking, outdoor activities and spending time with family and friends.
Matt McBride, PA-C
Matt earned his Bachelor of Science degree in biology summa cum laude from the University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls and his Master of Science degree in physician assistant studies from the University of Iowa, Iowa City. He is certified by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants and CPR/first aid. He is a current member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants and Iowa Physician Assistant Society.
Matt joined the Mason City Clinic Orthopedics Department as a physician assistant in 2004. He is married and has two children. Matt stays busy volunteering at Newman Catholic High School as a team physician in football and as an assistant wrestling coach. He enjoys golfing and is an active member of Epiphany Parish in Mason City.
Jennifer McCambridge, PA-C
Jennifer is a board-certified physician assistant who graduated from the Midwestern University physician assistant program in 2000. She has over 14 years of experience in patient care, working primarily in cardiac medicine. During the past 12 years, Jennifer has been a valued provider in the Cardiology department. Her involvement in the practice has included monitoring cardiac stress tests, formulating treatment plans for inpatients and holding outpatient clinic hours to help meet the needs of our patients. Currently, her focus in the outpatient cardiology setting is on the treatment of heart failure.
Kaitlyn McDermitt, PA-C
Kaitlyn received her Bachelors of Science in Biology degree from Manchester University in Manchester, IN, and her Masters of Physician Assistant Studies from Kettering College in Kettering, OH.
Kaitlyn chose to be a Physician Assistant to help improve patients quality of life. She looks forward to making a functional and meaningful impact on patient’s lives through both surgical and non-surgical treatments.
In her free time, she enjoys fitness and outdoor activities and travelling.
Kyle Ryan, PA-C
Kyle received his bachelor’s degree in pre-professional zoology from Northwest Missouri State University. He went on to Des Moines University, where he received a degree in physician assistant studies after which he joined the Mason City Clinic Orthopedics department.
Kyle enjoys treating a wide variety of conditions throughout the 14-county service area as well as working in the clinic and performing minor procedures as well as assisting the physicians with their various surgical procedures.
Emily Schmid, PA-C
Emily received her Bachelors of Science in Health Sciences degree from Drake University in Des Moines, IA, and her Masters of Physician Assistant Studies from Des Moines University in Des Moines, IA.
Sarabeth Seagreaves, PA-C
Sarabeth received her Masters of Science in Athletic Training from Lock Haven University, and her Masters of Physician Assistant Studies from South University in Savannah, GA.
Sarabeth is passionate about obesity medicine and enjoys helping her patients improve their quality of life. She looks forward to helping her patients achieve their health goals and getting back to the activities they love.
In her free time, she enjoys weight lifting, yoga, traveling and trying new foods.
Jordan Vander Ploeg, PA-C
Jordan received her Bachelors of Arts degree from Mercy College of Health Sciences in Des Moines, IA and her Masters of Physician Assistant Studies from Des Moines University in Des Moines, IA.
Prior to becoming a Physician Assistant, Jordan has worked as a Surgical Technologist and has always had a love for surgery. She is looking forward to the hands on experience this role will provide her. Jordan is passionate about educating her patients on the importance of preventative care and screenings.
In her free time, she enjoys spending time with friends and family and being outdoors.
Katie Weishaar, PA-C
Katie earned her Bachelor of Science degree in biology and her Master of Science degree in physician assistant studies from the University of Detroit, in Detroit, Michigan. She is certified by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants. In her free time, Katie enjoys reading, running and travel.
I used to visit the ER often with undiagnosed heart problems. During my last visit in 2004, they told me I probably wouldn’t make it another year. That’s when my doctor at Mason City Clinic found my mitral valve malfunction and surgically repaired it. I recently had my annual EKG exam and my cardiologist found no heart problems whatsoever. Which means I can keep raising my squash, musk melon and tomatoes.Read More
With no warning signs, Jansen Wyatt, 54, suddenly collapsed in his home last November. His daughter-in-law rushed him to the ER at Palo Alto County Health System in Emmetsburg, where they diagnosed a severe heart attack. Jansen was helicoptered to Mason City’s Mercy Medical Center. Samuel Congello, DO, a board-certified cardiologist with Mercy’s Heart and Vascular Institute.Read More
Plastic Surgery Patient
After years as a special education teacher handling children with significant disabilities and behavioral challenges, I began having limited use of my hands due to severe arthritis pain. I found myself fighting back tears every day because the pain was so bad. I could no longer enjoy one of my favorite hobbies, quilting, either. I met with Dr. René Recinos, a plastic surgeon from Mason City Clinic and recommended a procedure called arthrodesis.Read More
Retired school teacher Charlene Hanson used to love walking in the woods – until the pain and inflammation of arthritis took it away from her. Since she had heard such great things at church and in the community about Mason City Clinic’s Orthopedic Department and Dr. Darron Jones, she made them her choice to replace her arthritic hip and knee.Read More
Roger was always very active, but a few years ago his hip started to bother him. When he would go to bed at night the pain was very severe. “I would have to lay on the floor and put my legs up on the couch to relieve the pain,” said Roger.
His orthopedic surgeon at the Mason City Clinic Dr. Darron Jones said, “I can give you cortisone shots, but this is a quality of life question.
Plastic Surgery Patient
Donna Drake lived with a growing basal cell skin cancer (the most common skin cancer) on her lower eyelid for three years. A family practitioner at Franklin General Hospital recommended Mason City Clinic’s plastic and reconstructive surgeon, Dr. Mark Mulkey, who identified the cancer and performed the extremely delicate eyelid surgery to remove it and reconstruct her eyelid.Read More
Melody Wagner loved walking until severe pain from bunions stopped her cold. She found a board-certified podiatrist at Mason City Clinic’s Podiatry Department. Podiatrists perform leading-edge surgery for bunions and hammertoes, as well as advanced treatments for diabetic feet, heel pain, ingrown toenails and more. Melody was afraid of a painful procedure and a long recovery.Read More
One snowy night about seven years ago, I felt a sudden pain in the back of my leg. I thought I could shake it off and went out to shovel some snow. After a few minutes, I went back inside and collapsed. My wife called 911 but the ambulance couldn’t get to me because of the snow. My neighbors used snow blowers to clear the road and my driveway so the ambulance could get to me.Read More
I injured my knee as a teenager and had surgery. Then, as I got older, the pain returned and began affecting my routine and overall enjoyment of life. My doctor referred me to Darron Jones, MD, an orthopedic surgeon. After a thorough exam, he said I was a candidate for knee replacement. I had the procedure in late January 2014 and was back among the grapes by the beginning of March.Read More
We have a lot of flower gardens on our acreage, and I was having problems kneeling to weed. I couldn’t walk long distances anymore and it was painful to get in and out of the car, walk up and down the stairs. Simple everyday tasks were hard. Eventually I was limping and in a great deal of pain.” said Sheryl Borcherding of Emmons, MN.Read More
Jane, 70, a retired nurse, is a very active person. She is a mother of one daughter and son in law, and has lots of 4 legged kids: guinea pigs, goats, Newfoundland dogs and 10 cats. I suffered with knee pain for a long time and would always take extra strength Ty-lenol.Read More
Gene Wagler, a special needs teacher from Clear Lake, didn’t have a history of heart problems before his heart attack 23 years ago. Gene said, “I didn’t feel any pain that day but I had a “gnawing” sensation in my chest. Within hours Gene was in the Mercy One-North Iowa ER and Dr. Sam Congello, an interventional cardiologist.Read More
GERD Surgical Patient
Kathleen Hanna, 60, is a mother of four, grandmother of nine and a para-assistant at Forest City Elementary School. “I had heartburn with regurgitation for 40 years, have had an ulcer, and have been on heartburn medication for about that long too.” Having been on heartburn medication for many years her physician was becoming worried that it was affecting the function of her kidneys.Read More
GERD Surgical Patient
In March 2019, Duane Obanion, 68, a farmer outside of Mason City, Iowa had an acid reflux attack. He aspirated into his lungs and got pneumonia. “I was in New York visiting my daughter when it happened and I ended up in the Urgent Care Center. When I got home I went to my family doctor and she put me in touch with Dr. Matthew Fabian, a general surgeon at the Mason City Clinic”.Read More
Plastics & Reconstructive Surgery Patient
In February 2019, LeAnn Strother 65, who is left-handed, fell and broke her left wrist. Because it was a complicated break she was referred into Dr. Rene Recinos, a plastics and reconstructive surgeon, and hand specialist at the Mason City Clinic for surgery. Most concerning for LeAnn was if this injury would impact all of the things she loves to do with her hands in the future?Read More
Dan Rodemeyer of Hampton, was at work when the unexpected happened. While on the loading dock, a 4,000 pound steel I-beam fell onto his foot. Dan said, “I was wearing steel toe boots, but the sheer weight of the steel beam crushed my foot and broke two of my toes. It was extremely painful to say the least.”
Dan initially went to the emergency room in Hampton. His foot had very severe soft tissue compression injuries, and there was an internal wound that was causing extreme swelling and pain. Although his big and second toe were broken, thankfully they were not compound fractures.
Urology (Prostate Cancer)
Paul Bruns of Clear Lake, a retired restaurateur and businessman, went to his Medicare screening with his family physician at the MercyOne Family Clinic in Clear Lake. To Paul’s surprise his physician called him back to let him know that his PSA count (protein in his prostate) was very high and that he needed to see a urologist as soon as possible.Read More
Podiatry (Dr. Henrich)
I am back to work on my feet everyday, and I walk my dog everyday. I don’t have any pain. Lisa Fuller, a mother of three from Algona, is on her feet a lot. “I own a can redemption center with my daughter and I am walking and moving eight hours a day. I used to come home with my feet swollen red and in pain. Now when I come home, I go take my dog for a long walk,” Lisa said.Read More
Cindy Wingler, 55, was returning from a trip out west with her boyfriend when she didn’t feel well and went to the ER at Hansen Family Hospital in Iowa Falls. She was nauseous and fatigued, and thought perhaps she was having another urinary tract infection which she had many of in her lifetime.Read More
Rebecca (Becky) Groh
Rebecca (Becky) Groh, 64, only goes to one podiatrist in Mason City and that is Dr. Scott Donohoe.
“I have been to Dr. Donohoe three times - for my right and left foot bunions, and hammertoes, and recently he fixed a hammertoe on my left foot that was really bothering me.
Janet Stangl, 64, a retired administrative assistant from Charles City, was diagnosed with sleep apnea in 2006. Said Janet, "I was in the severe sleep apnea zone. I stopped breathing 30-50 times per hour during the night. I was prescribed the CPAP.Read More
Said Kathy, “Many men on my side of the family have had heart problems, but the women haven’t so I assumed I was ok. I had experienced some pressure on my chest when walking or exercising for 15 minutes or more, but I thought I was just out of shape, or attributed it to my acid reflux. What I have learned is heart disease symptoms are different for women than men.”Read More
Keith Messenger, 44, a business owner in Mason City, was not getting quality sleep, and it was having an effect on his daytime productivity. “For five years or more I would crash (fall asleep) by 12 noon everyday.” Keith was diagnosed with sleep apnea; he was told that his tongue would fall back while he was sleeping blocking his airway during the night. He was prescribed the CPAP machine. Said Keith, “I tried 16 or 17 CPAP face and nose masks. The CPAP was so loud and the masks wouldn’t stay on my face. I was also prescribed a mouthpiece and that didn’t work either.”Read More
Renee Denny, 59, of Garner, Iowa, a retired school administrator, wants to be a healthy and active grandmother one day.
“Five years ago I had gastric bypass surgery and lost 90 lbs. I started at 240 lbs. Although I was pleased with the gastric bypass results, some of my skin was loose and sagging, and was getting caught up in my belly button and creating infections,” said Renee.
Suzanne Johnson, 74, of Mason City, had been struggling over the last few years to do the things she loves to do.
“I couldn’t do any type of walking. If my husband and I were going to a fair or flea market, I would always have him bring the electric scooter for me. It was limiting — not the day to day things around the house — but going out and doing the things that I love to do,” said Suzanne.
Jane Peterson 68, of Garner Iowa loves to golf, but it was getting harder and harder to do it with the bunions she had on each foot. “My feet would just get tired much sooner when I was golfing. And I was working full time at a factory, standing all day on a cement floor which became very painful. I just wanted to get my feet into shape by retirement so I could continue to play golf comfortably and be active with my 10 grandkids,” said Jane.Read More
In 2020, Scott, 54, of Fort Dodge, at 5’8” weighed 342 lbs., his blood pressure was so high his doctor told him he was at high risk for a stroke, and he had extreme knee pain. Today Scott weighs 213 lbs., his blood pressure is normal, and all of his knee pain is gone.Read More
Clear Lake resident and special education school teacher Lisa Buss, 56, reached a high of 280 pounds. Said Lisa, “When I was younger I was able to eat anything and not gain weight. Then as I got older and had my kids I started getting heavier and heavier, and it was very hard for me to lose the weight on my own.” On a 5’7” height Lisa was 150 pounds over a healthy weight.Read More
Rosalyn, 83, of Mason City, is a mother of three, grandmother of six, and was a regis-tered nurse at Mercy for 30 years.
“Over the last three years I was short of breath and getting bad chest pains. I had a stent placed in September 2021 for some blockage in one of my arteries, but I was still getting these worrisome symptoms,” said Rosalyn.
In late 2019 Vern Toohey, 59, of Clear Lake, was having very rapid heartbeats and feeling exhausted. Said Vern, “I couldn’t walk across the house without feeling really tired.”Read More
In April 2022, mother of two, grandmother of five and retired business teacher, Gina Chenoweth, 67, of Mason City, noticed a lump in her breast. “I was pre-occupied with planning a trip to Ireland and I had had a fibroid cyst for a long time so I really wasn’t concerned. But then I showed it to my sister Kim who told me I should not wait and get it looked at right away,” said Gina.Read More
Harold Lewis, 69, retired three years from the Winnebago company, a father of five and a grandfather of nine, remembers how he felt five years ago. “I was waking up at night and couldn’t breathe. I was also very tired and fatigued during the day. I went to see my family physician at MercyOne North Iowa Dr. (Phruns)? and then Dr. Brett Mulkey. They recommended that I go see Jennifer McCambridge, PA, in the cardiology department at the Mason City Clinic.” said Harold.Read More
It was 50 years ago when Larry, 71 years old, from Emmetsburg, Iowa, was in a motorcycle accident. His ankle was crushed and his knee broken under the knee cap.Read More
Mike Missman, 63, is a corn and soybean farmer in Woden, Iowa. It’s a physical job. “My left knee was giving me problems for many years. I felt unsteady on slippery ground in winter weather, and was in alot of
discomfort doing ‘grain climbs’ (walking up and down the stairs of the grain elevators). I was also favoring my right knee which started to bother me as well. In addition to my knees, my pinky and ring finger on my left hand and pinky and index finger on my right hand curled touching my palm. After awhile there were things that I couldn’t do with my hands
including certain mechanical functioning with tools. My grip was not tight, which also affected my golf game,” said Mike.
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Clear Lake resident Deborah Wessels, 69, is a proud Iowa State Cyclone alum, mother of two and grandmother of three, and enjoys being active. Deborah loves to hike, bike, golf and travel.
“For the last two years I have had a sharp pain in my left buttock. It was localized, but it started to really interfere with my activities. I used to walk three miles a day and I couldn’t do that anymore without extreme pain. I went to New York City with a college friend and we had to stop so much while walking around the city it just didn’t feel normal,” said Deborah.