Medical Staff

Our medical staff is committed to providing high-quality care to the community — and focused on your overall health. Learn more about who we are and what we do. Better health together begins with a connection and learning more about each other.

Heather Lucas-Ross, MD Chief Medical Officer

Meet our new Auburn Team:

Derek Hughes, MDPediatrics

James Fuller, MDGynecology

Hayne Kelada, MDFamily Medicine

Julie HettigFamily Nurse Practitioner

Kirsten GeorgePhysician Assistant

Katherine GierschPhysician Assistant

Family Medicine

Amy Quarre Physician Assistant-Certified

Ann MendenhallPhysician Assistant

Debbie Butz, FNPFamily Nurse Practitioner

Amber FreemanPhysician Assistant

Katherine GierschPhysician Assistant

Gabriel RamirezPhysician Assistant

Kirsten GeorgePhysician Assistant

Lora Lee GrutkowskiFamily Nurse Practitioner

Monte Penner, MDFamily Medicine

Scott Kellermann, MDFamily Medicine

Susan Shapiro, MDFamily Medicine

Hayne Kelada, MDFamily Medicine

Julie HettigFamily Nurse Practitioner


Derek Hughes, MDPediatrics

Douglas Wagner, MDPediatrics

Joseph Lambert, MDPediatrics

Michael Curtis, MDPediatrics

Sarah Woerner, MDPediatrics

Polly ConleyPediatric Nurse Practitioner

Kris Jessen-MatherPediatric Nurse Practitioner

Maternity Health Unit

Vanita LottCertified Nurse Midwife

James Fuller, MDGynecology

Chris GraceMedical Assistant/Health Worker


Juan Alberto Chavez, DDSDental Director

Elizabeth Miltner, DDSDental

Justin Pfaffinger, DDSDental

Jennifer Hays, DMDDental

Behavioral Health

Jennifer SaleBehavioral Health Director

Karen Higgins, MDPsychiatrist

Stefanie CookeLCSW

Kelly CirnerMedical Social Worker

Pain and Addiction Medicine Clinic

Christina Lasich, MDPain and Addiction Medicine Specialist

Laura Zieman, BSN, RN, PHNNurse Manager, Addiction Medicine Program

Case Management / Nutritionist 

Jerusha HorlickDirector of Nursing

Michelle MorelliRegistered Nurse

Danielle YantisRegistered Dietitian/Nutritionist

Jenny Rivard-VoborilRegistered Nurse


Michael Jensen, DO

Joel Richnak, MD