Meet our Staff

  • Sheila Bridges

    Sheila Bridges, CEO

    Sheila Bridges is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Muskegon Family Care, a multi- million dollar healthcare facility in Muskegon, Michigan. She has earned her associates, bachelor's and master's degree and currently working on her doctorate. Her career with Muskegon Family Care spans a decade and includes mergers, acquisitions and multiple building expansions with the organization. Ms. Bridges financially moved the organization out of the red into the black where the organization remains today. Her latest development project is the construction of the Bridges to Wellness Center located on the property of Muskegon Family Care; paid for free and clear without securing a conventional loan or acquiring a grant. Muskegon Family Care is a federally qualified health center that provides medical, dental, behavioral health, maternal/infant support program, lab services, an on-site pharmacy, centering for pregnancy program, outreach services, dietitians, transportation and various other patient driven services; located at 2201 South Getty Street, Muskegon, MI 49444 (231) 739-9315. Ms. Bridges plans to incorporate physical therapy, optometry and school-based services into MFC's existing robust model. She is thankful for MFC's patients, staff, Board of Directors and supportive community members. All are welcome irrespective to their ability to pay. 

     

  • Adam Strantz PA-C, Physician Assistant

     

  • Adrienne Ruhf, CNM, Nurse Midwife

     

  • Angela Richards, Dental Hygienist

    A graduate of Grand Rapids Community College, Angela worked as a Dental Assistant for Muskegon Family Care dental clinic while completing hygiene school. She enjoy's traveling, camping, going to the beach and sports. She has two sons. Angela enjoys helping people feel better about themselves and creating beautiful smiles. She says, "teaching people is the main key to patient compliance."

     

  • Avery Burrel, Pharmacy Technician Manager

  • Benjamin Dorotinsky, M.D., Physician

    Dr. Dorotinsky received his Medical Degree from Wayne State University School of Medicine. He specializes in family medicine and joined Muskegon Family Care early in 2008. He was raised in Southeast Michigan and enjoys outdoor activities like skiing, hiking, and camping. Dr. Dorotinsky says he enjoys all aspects of Family Medicine, and appreciates the opportunity to share his experience and knowledge with all those who can benefit from it in the tradition of Muskegon Family Care.

  • Bill Ulrich, PA-C, Physician Assistant

    Bill is the provider who has been at the Getty Street Clinic for the longest time. For the past 25 years he has worked at this inner city clinic caring for low-income and uninsured families, and at times when the clinic was struggling (under Dr. Dale Williams) Bill worked without a paycheck! He was voted the National Inner City PA of the Year in 1999. Bill graduated with his B.S. from University of Michigan, his M.S. from Wayne State University and his B.S. in Allied Health (PA Training) from Mercy College in Detroit. Bill has been married for 25 years, has three sons in college and one son still in middle school.

     

  • Carlos Merritt, M.D., Medical Director

  • Carole Geiger, RN, Nurse Educator

    Carole is a registered nurse and has been working for the Maternal Infant Health Program since 2007. She received her degree from Muskegon Community College. Carole is passionate about supporting and educating families, promoting and advocating for better health/better access for the most vulnerable in our community. She enjoys spending time with her family & friends, reading, volunteering at church related outreach, singing, and coffee! She resides in Muskegon County with her husband and 3 children. Carole enjoys working for Muskegon Family Care because she gets to touch lives every day.

     

  • Chanita Wells, Facilities Manager 

     

     

  • Christian Peabody, DDS, Dental Director

  • David Jaracz, DDS

    Dr. Jaracz was born and raised in Grand Rapids and currently lives in Canton, Mi.  He received his Bachelor of Schience (1983) and Doctor of Dental Surgery (1989) degrees from  the University of Michigan.  He is married, has one son, and enjoys sports and landscaping.  Dr. Jaracz states, "Every patient deserves to have the same quality care regardless of ability to pay.  I have worked in community health clinics for 14 years in my dental career.  I feel very good about working and serving this population, because whithout clinics like this, these patients woul go without care.

     

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    DEBORAH DANCZ, CLINIC COUNSELOR

    Deborah received her Master's Degree in Agency Counseling form Michigan State University and is a registered social worker.  Since 1995 she has assisted Muskegon Family Care patients, staff and community members with probelm solving and resources; promoted healthy lifestyle changes; and provided follow-up for children with ADHD and adults with significant depression.  Deborah's previous experience has included working as a family counselor in a substance abuse treatment center, serving as adjunct faculty at a community college, and presenting workshops on stress management and personal growth.  Deborah is dedicated to the clinic's mission to bring hope and health to our patients by compassionately treating the body, mind, and spirit.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

  • Dennis Palmer, PA-C, Physician Assistant

  • Elease Savage

    Elease Savage, Dental Manager

  • Emmitt Davis, Human Resource Director 

     

     

  • Eve L., Dental Hygienist

    Eve is a graduate of Grand Valley State, and received hygienist training at Grand Rapids Community College. Eve came to Muskegon Family Care directly out of school, and also works currently in a private practice in Muskegon. She enjoys playing guitar, sewing and gardening. She has 2 children and 2 dogs. "I work with an amazing group of caring professionals, and I really enjoy seeing the families I have come to know since I've been here."

     

  • Heather Herman-Eskola, BSW, Social Worker

    Heather is a graduate of Grand Valley State University Bachelor's of Social Work Program. She has worked for 9 years in Maternal and Infant Health, previously for District 10 Health Department's program. She is married, with two daughters aged 8 and 5. Her hobbies include travel, shopping, playing piano and reading. "I enjoy meeting clients in their own environments, and connecting them with community resources. It's an honor to meet with brand new moms after delivery in the Birth Center."

     

  • Kalisha Morin, DDS, Dentist

    Dr. Morin received her Bachelor of Science from Western Michigan University and her Doctor of Dental Surgery from the University of Michigan. Kalisha was born and raised in Holland, Michigan and enjoys college and high school football (Maize-n-Blue Fan!)  Kalisha is happily married to David Morin and they have two children. Regarding her philosophy of care and interest in serving at Muskegon Family Care, Kalisha says, "I get personal satisfaction providing an essential community health service to a wonderful and diverse community! I enjoy helping people maintain and improve their oral health, quality of life and appearance!"

     

  • Kelly Galdeen, RN, Nurse Educator

    Kelly obtained her nursing degree at Muskegon Community College and specializes in women's health. She has previously worked in a local OB/GYN office for twelve years and now serves at Muskegon Family Care in the Maternal Infant Health Program. Kelly was born and raised in Muskegon, where she currently resides. In her spare time she enjoys traveling, scrapbooking, swimming, biking and spending time with her family. Kelly is married with three children; two daughters and a son. Kelly says she joined Muskegon Family Care "to be part of a multi-disciplinary team that promotes health awareness in our community".

     

  • Laura Wagner, LMSW, Social Worker, MIHP Coordinator

    Laura received her Master of Social Work degree from Grand Valley State University. She has a great interest in working with mothers and infants, and her extensive knowledge of community resources is beneficial. Laura resides in Ravenna, MI with her husband and two teenagers. She enjoys reading and belongs to a 4-wheel drive group. Laura enjoys working with the Maternal Infant Health Program because she is able to help women find hope when coping with postpartum depression and understands the importance of attachment and bonding between mother and child.

     

  • Laurel Fink, Pharmacist 

     

     

  • Laurie Szymas, Dental Hygienist

    Laurie is also a graduate of Grand Rapids Community College. She was one of the original Muskegon Family Care Dental Staff, having been hired when the clinic opened in December 2000. She lives on a farm, and enjoys gardening, yard work, and playing with 2 year-old son Wyatt. Laurie is married to husband John. Some of the most rewarding parts of her work at Muskegon Family Care are, "I'm actually making somebody smile when they couldn't before. I like educating people and especially older kids and adults."

     

  • Lisa Santos, Clinic Manager 

     

     

  • Margaret Wolter, MSN, FNP , Nurse Practitioner

    Margaret is a graduate of Michigan State University with a Master's Degree in Nursing Science. She began working with Muskegon Family Care in 2004. She is married with two adult children and two young twins. She enjoys canoeing, volleyball and lives on a dairy farm in Casnovia. Margaret is passionate about women's healthcare and treating adult chronic illnesses like hypertension and diabetes. "I like treating the patient holistically and not just as an illness but getting to know the whole person."

     

  • Marsha DeBoer, CFO, Finance Director 

     

     

  • Michael Oneka, D.O., Physician

     

     

  •  Mitze Alexander, COO, Operations Officer 

     

     

  • Mona Merritt, M.D., Physician

  • Nancy Sherman, RN, Nurse Educator

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  • Natasha Fair, PA-C, Physician Assistant

    Natasha received her degree from Central Michigan University. She is a certified Physician Assistant and completed her clinical rotations in family practice at Grant Family Health Care and Hackley Community Care Center. In addition, Natashas experience includes training in emergency medicine, orthopedics, surgery and internal medicine. Natasha has found her experience in urban medicine to be particularly rewarding and is excited to share her professional expertise with the patients and staff of Muskegon Family Care.

     

  • Nicholas Novitsky, DDS, Dentist

    Dr. Nick received his undergraduate and DDS Degrees from the University of Detroit. He has 36 years of experience in private practice, hospital dentistry and community dentistry. He enjoys fishing, photography and cooking. Dr. Nick's wife, Kathy, is a Dental Assistant, and he has children Tom (an engineer), Sue (head swim coach at University of Illinois) and Alicia (high school sophomore). Dr. Nick enjoys Muskegon Family Care because "the people I work with are great!"

     

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    NICHOLE KOSTEN, LMSW, Behavorial Health Supervisor

    Nichole received her Master of Social Work Degree from Grand Valeey State Universary in 2007.  She is passionate about working with people of all ages who are struggling with trauma, neglect, abuse, and loss; and is Certified in Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.  She has also received extensive training in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy.  Childern experiencing behavioral problems due to ADHD are also an area of interest for Nichole.

  • Norris March, DDS

     

  • Olivia Cain, PA-C, Physician Assistant

  • Patrick Fink, PA-C, Physician Assistant 

    Patrick did his under graduate studies at Michigan State University and his graduate work at Central Michigan University.  He is interested in preventive medicine and pediatrics and has experience in urgent care and acute sick visits and family medicine.  Patrick was raised in East Lansing and currently lives in Grand Rapids.  He enjoys basketball, camping, cooking and movies.  He states, "As a National Health Service Corps scholar it is my mission to serve the underserved and do my part to uplift the community".

  • Paul Schultz, PharmD., Clinical Pharmacist

    Paul is a graduate of Ferris State University, where he received his Doctor of Pharmacy Degree in 2004. Following graduation he completed his Pharmacy Practice Residency at Spectrum Health in Grand Rapids, MI. He has been a member of the Muskegon Family Care Team since September of 2006. Paul is the Pharmacist at the clinic's pharmacy. He also functions as the clinical pharmacist on the Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee, provides education for clinical staff, and performs chart reviews of patient medications to assure that patients receive appropriate medications at the lowest cost possible.

     

  • Paula Dewall, Clerical Supervisor 

     

     

  • Robert Billings III, Wellness Coordinator 

     

     

  • Robyn Doctor, R.D., Nutritionist

    Robyn is a Registered Dietitian who enjoys providing nutritional information one-on-one with young families in the Maternal and Infant Support Services Program. She is married, with three sons, aged 17, 15 and 11. She works closely with Muskegon County Health Department's WIC Program and is housed out of that office two days a week.

     

  • Rose Wagner, MIHP Office Coordinator

  • Steve Smit, PA-C, Physician Assistant

  • Tia Hildreth, IT Manager 

     

     

  • Tom Krygier, DDS, Dentist 

     

     

  • Traci Jones, CFNP, Certified Family Nurse Practitioner

    Traci received her Master of Science in Nursing at Michigan State University and is a board-certified family nurse practitioner. Her professional career spans over 13 years of experience in the hospital and community health center settings in Grand Rapids, White Cloud and Muskegon. Traci has a wealth of clinical knowledge and skills in primary health care. She specializes in family practice, women's health, and wound healing. In her spare time she enjoys boating, skiing, horseback riding and watching her kids play hockey. She has three children and currently resides in Muskegon. Traci strongly believes in education, collaborative teamwork and a proactive approach in the delivery of quality patient care. She enjoys working with a diverse population and any age group in a community-based setting.

  • Trisha King, LLBSW

     

  • Vicki Beatty, Dental Hygienist

  • Vincent Leafers, Pharmacist 

     

     

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