At Community Health Center of Fort Dodge, we have been serving members of our community and surrounding areas as a federally qualified health center since 2006. Our rich history is marked by the following:
- A group of local churches, physicians, agencies, and businesses identified the need for medical and dental assistance
- Free clinics began in 1999
- Federal funds were received in 2005
We have been eager to provide health care services for all ever since!
What is a Community Health Center?
There are many characteristics of a Community Health Center, as outlined below.
- Not for profit corporations
- Provides comprehensive primary health care to medically underserved populations, regardless of ability to pay
- Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) is another name for a Community Health Center
- Created by Section 330 of the Public Health Service Act 1963
- Federally designated and funded CHC comes in many forms. The consolidated Act of 1996 combined:
- Community Health Centers
- Migrant health programs
- Homeless health programs
- School-based health centers
Through our FQHC, we offer a number of health services for men, women, and children alike.
- Becky Schulte, Board Chair
- Dale Harlow, Vice-Chair
- Kittie Webster, Board Secretary
- David Bowser, Board Treasurer
- Shawn Roberts
- Jon Flattery
- Kenn Drummond
- Joan Peterson
- Tim Anderson
Our Core Values as Board of Directors and Staff
- We treat all individuals with compassion and dignity
- We respect patients’ rights and privacy
- We demonstrate financial responsibility
- We display professionalism at all times
- We collaborate with others
- We pursue personal and professional growth
- We embrace change for the betterment of the organization
Janet Secor, D.O.
Dr. Janet Secor graduated from Fort Dodge Senior High, received her master’s degree in Spanish at the University of Northern Iowa, and her D.O. degree at the College of Osteopathic Medicine and Surgery in Des Moines. She began practice as a business partner of Sara Sutton, D.O. for six years, and then was in solo practice for five years. Dr. Secor joined Trimark Family Practice Group for around 15 years, then joined Community Health Center of Fort Dodge and retired from office practice in July of 2014. Dr. Secor still visits nursing homes and does occasional house calls. Her hobbies include gardening, bicycling, singing, history, and camping, along with various community activities.
Elizabeth Stoebe, D.O.
Dr. Elizabeth Stoebe was born and raised in Fort Dodge. She attended Sacred Heart Grade School and graduated from Saint Edmond High School. Dr. Stoebe graduated with an associate’s degree in nursing from Iowa Central Community College, and she received her bachelor’s in nursing from Grandview College in Des Moines, IA. She worked as a nurse in Surgical ICU and the emergency department at Mercy Hospital in Des Moines. She graduated from University of Osteopathic Medicine and Health Science in Des Moines, IA. Dr. Stoebe did family practice in Humboldt, Mason City, and Fort Dodge, and is board certified in family practice. Dr. Stoebe serves as the medical director of CHCFD. She is married to Kurt Stoebe, and they have two sons, John and Michael.
Megan Srinivas, M.D.
Dr. Megan Srinivas grew up in Fort Dodge, Iowa, attending Cooper Elementary through Fort Dodge Senior High. After graduating from high school in 2005, Dr. Srinivas attended Harvard University and majored in human evolutionary biology with three minors in Spanish, Health Policy, and Latin American Studies. She earned her Medical Degree from the University of Iowa, her Masters in Public Health from Harvard University and completed internal medicine residency at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. She is currently in the research phase of her Infectious Diseases fellowship and practices both internal medicine and infectious disease. In addition to clinical work, Dr. Srinivas conducts research on health care systems and health policy. Her current research examines Iowa's privatization of Medicaid both in terms of cost and impact to patient care. Dr. Srinivas is also a national delegate to the American Medical Association (AMA). In her free time, she enjoys playing tennis and volleyball, cooking, volunteering in the community, and traveling with family and friends.
Lisa Chase, ARNP
Lisa Chase has been a certified family nurse practitioner with Community Health Center of Fort Dodge since 2012. She attended Graceland University and completed her clinical rotations in family practice, geriatrics, and pediatrics. Prior to completing her degree to practice, she worked as a registered nurse for several years in medical surgery, emergency department, orthopedics, and gynecology. Lisa enjoys seeing patients of all ages for health promotion, prevention, and care of acute and chronic illness. In her personal time, she enjoys traveling and family fun with her husband, Mike, and two sons, Cael and Porter.
Ann Feser, ARNP
Ann Feser, ARNP, joined the Community Health Center of Fort Dodge in December 2016. She graduated from Denison High School in 1993 and attended Iowa Methodist School of Nursing, graduating in 1997. Ann has worked in various fields of nursing during her career, including medical surgical, intensive care, cardiology, and emergency department. Ann completed her bachelor’s in nursing through Kaplan University. She attended the University of Cincinnati completing her master’s in nursing and nurse practitioner degree in 2012. Ann is a certified family nurse practitioner through AANP. She has worked in family practice and urgent care since starting her nurse practitioner career. Ann moved to Fort Dodge in 2007 with her husband, Jeff, and her daughters, Kaley and Taryn. In her personal time, she enjoys reading and spending time with family and friends. She welcomes patients of all ages for health promotion, prevention, and care of acute and chronic illnesses.
Angela McGregor, DNP
Dr. Angela McGregor graduated from University of Iowa with her doctorate of nursing degree in 2011 and her family nurse practitioner in 2004. Dr. McGregor has worked in family practice, ER, internal medicine, urgent care, and as a hospitalist. Dr. McGregor enjoys seeing patients of all ages. In her personal time, she enjoys spending time with her husband, son, and daughter.
Kendra Ulicki, ARNP
Kendra Ulicki joined Community Health Center of Fort Dodge in August of 2017 as a family nurse practitioner. She completed her bachelor’s in nursing through University of Iowa, and master’s in nursing and nurse practitioner degree with Allen College in 2013. She has enjoyed working in family practice since obtaining her degree. She enjoys seeing patients of all ages. Prior to becoming a nurse practitioner, Kendra worked as a critical care nurse for several years. She enjoys spending time with family and friends, and being outdoors. Kendra works at the Dayton clinic location.
Jennifer Zigrang, ARNP
Jennifer Zigrang graduated right here in Fort Dodge from ICCC with her RN in 2002. She has worked in many different specialty areas, but focused on emergency room nursing and OB/GYN. She graduated from Maryville University with her master’s degree in December 2015. She spent hundreds of hours in her clinical practicums caring for all ages of people–from newborn to the elderly, and everyone in between. She holds her advanced practice nursing degree and has board certification in family practice, which deals with all aspects of primary health care for all ages. Jennifer was born in Fort Dodge and has lived on the family acreage near Eagle Grove her whole life. She has been married since 1985, has two granddaughters, five German Shepherds, and one labradoodle, (plus one cat that lives in the bedroom for safety).
Rick Joneson, PhD
Dr. Joneson (Rick) grew up in Council Bluffs, Iowa. He graduated from St. Albert High School and earned a bachelor's degree in psychology from the University of Iowa in 1974. He began his professional career as a behavioral science specialist in the United States Army and spent three years providing services to military families at Irwin Army Hospital, Fort Riley, Kansas. He received his master’s and doctorate degrees from Kansas State University. He has provided psychological services for children and adults for over 30 years. He is experienced in treating many conditions such as anxiety, depression, ADHD, and posttraumatic stress disorder. He is also experienced in the provision of rehabilitative interventions for individuals who have suffered concussions as well as people who may be experiencing cognitive deterioration associated with dementia. Dr. Joneson also provides cutting edge therapies such as biofeedback and neurofeedback, as well as transcranial stimulation and photobiomodulation.
Holly McClintock, PMHNP-BC
Holly McClintock joined the Community Health Center of Fort Dodge in October 2017. She graduated from Allen College with a bachelor’s in nursing in 2009 and a master’s degree in psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner in 2012. She is board certified as a family psychiatric nurse practitioner, meaning she can treat both children and adults. She has a passion for mental health, and her work experience includes an inpatient psychiatric unit, community mental health centers, and a private practice office. She provides psychiatric evaluations, medication management, and brief solution-focused therapy for a wide range of mental health issues throughout the lifespan. Holly strives to listen attentively to the patient’s concerns, develop a treatment plan that best fits his/her needs, and answers any questions the patient has, all while assuring that the patient feels valued and comfortable. In her free time, Holly enjoys spending time with her husband and three children.
Eileen Meier, PMHNP
Eileen Meier is a board certified psychiatric nurse practitioner and an attorney. She has a certificate in traumatic stress studies from the Trauma Center in Massachusetts. She also was a prior sexual assault forensic nurse examiner for adults and children. Eileen graduated from the University of Iowa with a BSN; Johns Hopkins University with a Master in Public Health; University of Maryland with a Master in Science; and American University with a Doctorate of Jurisprudence. She has teaching experience in health care policy and international human rights, and was a former federal lobbyist in Washington, D.C for national health care groups. Eileen has worked in the U.S. and abroad on domestic violence issues in Bosnia, Nepal and Iraq, with children in the former Yugoslavia after the Balkan wars, and in various post-conflict countries. Eileen has experience treating patients age 6-90 with schizophrenia, depression, bipolar, anxiety, ADHD, substance abuse, post-traumatic stress disorder, children in foster care and individuals with prior sexual and domestic abuse. She is particularly interested in post-traumatic stress disorder in adolescents and adults and foster children. She hopes to develop a program in the local area for equine-facilitated psychotherapy for veterans and adolescents, and owns seven horses.
Marcela Paulino DaCosta, DDS
Dr. Marcela Paulino DaCosta is from Hampton, Iowa and the second oldest of five kids. She is the first in her family to go to college and received her Bachelor’s degree and Doctor of Dental Surgery from the University of Iowa! After graduating from dental school in 2016, Dr. DaCosta and her husband moved to California but definitely thought Iowa was better so they moved back two years later. In her spare time Dr. DaCosta enjoys traveling, going to the movies and cuddling her two German shorthaired pointers while reading a book (preferably Harry Potter).
Kelsey Christensen, RDH
Kelsey joined the Community Health Center of Fort Dodge in February 2018. She graduated from the Iowa Central Dental Hygiene Program in May 2010. She and her husband, Adam, had their first daughter, Ivy, in July 2017. They enjoy visiting Kelsey’s parents in Montana, as well as doing anything outdoors and playing with their three dogs.
Kathy Mayer, RDH
Kathy Mayer was born and raised in Fort Dodge, Iowa. She graduated from the Iowa Central Dental Hygiene Program as a member of the first class in 2008. Kathy worked in a general dentistry office for ten years before joining the Community Health Center of Fort Dodge in July of 2018. Kathy has three children – Harrison, Riley, and Hayden.
Marissa Merrill, RDH
Marissa has been with Community Health Center of Mason City since opening. She graduated from Newman Catholic and from there moved to Minnesota to study Dental Hygiene. She graduated from Normandale Community College with her degree in Dental Hygiene. She practiced for 4 years in Minnesota before deciding to move home to Mason City. She and her husband, Eric, have two girls; Grace, who was born February 2016, and Leona, born August 2018. She enjoys spending time with her family and watching her girls grow! She also likes to shop, camping, and taking their yearly family vacation. It is the goal to get the girls to all 50 states before they are 18!
Helen Retleff, ARNP
Helen Retleff, ARNP graduated from St. Ansgar High School. She began her medical career with animals, attending the University of Minnesota at Waseca and obtaining an AA degree as an animal health technician. While working at Iowa State University as an animal health technician, she attended Mercy College of Health Sciences, obtaining a Paramedic and Registered Nurse degrees. She began working at Mary Greeley Medical Center as a patient care technician and advanced to emergency department nurse. She obtained her Bachelor of Nursing from Chamberlain College and Master of Nursing, Family Nurse Practitioner, from Kaplan University. Helen is a certified family nurse practitioner through the American Association of Nurse Practitioners. She welcomes patients of all ages for health promotion, prevention, and care of acute and chronic illnesses.
Taylor Stille, ARNP
Taylor Stille, ARNP is a Board Certified Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner and has been practicing since May of 2017 in both the Family Practice and Psychiatric Settings. She has a passion for patients throughout the entire lifespan: including pediatric and adult/geriatric patients. She has experience within numerous settings throughout her career including: Internal Medicine, Family Practice/Pediatrics, Obstetrics/Family Planning, Women’s Health, Psychiatry- Adults, Psychiatry-Pediatrics, Orthopedics, Neurology, and Post-operative Orthopedic and Neuro Surgery. She graduated with her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and Physiology in May of 2013 from The University of Iowa, and her Bachelors of Nursing in August of 2014. She graduated with her Master’s Degree in Nursing from Purdue University in May of 2017 with Magna Cum Laude honors. She is currently completing her Doctor of Nursing Practice degree from The University of Iowa with graduation in May of 2020 planned. She is an active member of the Neuroscience Education Institute, The American Psychiatric Nurse’s Association, and The American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. In her free time she enjoys traveling, spending time with her family and children, and working out/high intensity interval training.
LeAnn Lord, TLMHC
LeAnn Lord grew up in Albert Lea, MN. She relocated to Mason City, IA in her twenties. She completed her BA in Human Services with a minor in Education at Buena Vista University in 2013. She completed her Master’s Degree in Mental Health Counseling at Buena Vista University in 2017. LeAnn focused her study on dual diagnosis. She gained experience working as Direct Support at the North Iowa Transition Center from February 2015 to October 2016. She completed her internship at the State Training School in Eldora, IA in 2017 and gained experience with adolescents. LeAnn worked as a Case Manager for United Healthcare until starting her career at the Community Health Center of Mason City. LeAnn is working towards certification in play and sand-tray therapy, and PCIT (Parent Child Interaction Therapy). She has a passion for mental health and enjoys working with children, adolescents and adults. When she is not at work, LeAnn enjoys knitting, volunteer work and playing with her fur babies. Her heart is with her two stepsons that live in Fridley, MN as well as her daughter that is serving our country as a United States Marine.
Brian Burleson, DDS
Dr. Brian Burleson, DDS graduated from Oskaloosa, Iowa High School. He graduated from York College in York, NE and then Abilene Christian University in Abilene, TX. He worked in Medical research at University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, TX. After deciding to attend dental school, He graduated from Baylor College of Dentistry, in Dallas Texas. Dr. Burleson owned private practices in Texas and Iowa, and He is very excited to be a part of the team here at the Community Health Center in Mason City. He loves spending time with his wife and two children and is active in his church. He is also a big Dallas Cowboy Fan, Iowa Hawkeye Fan, and loves everything Star Wars.
Lynae Tesdall, LMHC
Lynae Tesdall, LMHC, became part of the Behavioral Health Division of Community Health Center of Mason City in 2019.
Children are Lynae's passion. Children are able to attend therapy as soon as they are able to verbalize. All clients of all ages and all stages are served well covering a myriad of diagnosis. Individual, relational, couple, and family therapy is offered on site. Clients report benefit from her expertise, care and experience both personal and professional.
Graduating from the acclaimed Capella University in Minnesota with Honors, Lynae earned her Masters of Science Degree in Human Services with a specialization in Mental Health Counseling after coursework in Marriage and Family Counseling.
A lifelong member of 2 Honor Societies as well as a member of American Mental Health Counselors Association, she has obtained additional training in DBT and PCIT and will be followed with complex trauma care and play therapy. Effecting a positive change began with her internship in a male prison setting offering group and individual therapy. Following, severe and profound mental illnesses for adults were served in an international non-profit organization offering both group and individual therapy until it was discontinued in that location for lack of funding. After, she served in a district nonprofit community health center again offering group and individual services for ages 3 and over before joining Community Health Center this year.
Lynae is blessed with 7 biological children and 3 grandchildren to date and loves everything family. Lynae enjoys flute, singing, piano, crafts, and decorating. She is looking forward to engaging in the community.
Baljit Singh, DDS
Dr. Baljit Singh, D.D.S was born and raised in India. She received her Bachelor of Dental Surgery Degree from India and then received her Dental Degree from Boston University School of Dental Medicine. Dr. Singh worked as a Dental Director at Peoples Community Health Clinic in Waterloo, IA from 2003 to 2018. Prior to that she worked in private practice in Iowa and New York. She also worked at William F. Ryan Community Health Center in New York for five years as a Staff Dentist. Dr. Singh is an Adjunct Faculty at the University of Iowa College of Dentistry. Her areas of interest are public health and preventive dentistry. She practices general dentistry in adults and children. She is married to Joginder Singh, M.D., Hematologist/Oncologist at Mercy Cancer Center in Mason City. She has two grown children. During her free time, she enjoys travelling, music and cooking.
Kirsten Olson, LISW
Kirsten Olson joined Community Health Center of Fort Dodge in January 2019 as a mental health therapist. Kirsten grew up in Gowrie, IA and graduated from Prairie Valley. She completed her bachelor’s degree at Simpson College in sociology and criminal justice and master’s degree at St. Ambrose University in social work. She has worked in a variety of settings including residential care, hospice, outpatient mental health, behavioral intervention services, domestic violence shelters, and youth shelters. Kirsten enjoys working with clients focusing on empowering them to make change of all ages. She has experience working with a variety of struggles in children, adolescents, early and middle adulthood, geriatric, family, marriage, and LGBTQ+. She is trained in cognitive behavioral therapy, motivational interviewing, dialectical behavioral therapy, sand tray play therapy, parent-child interaction therapy with attachment, aggression replacement training, and a variety of play therapy techniques. Kirsten enjoys spending time with family, reading, playing games, and everything Disney and Harry Potter.
Roxanne Fevold, LMHC, CADC
Roxanne joined Community Health Center of Fort Dodge in December 2018 as a mental health therapist. Roxanne completed her Bachelor of Arts in Family Life Education with psychology and music minors through Concordia University St. Paul. She then moved to Iowa and started working on a master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Walden University. She is licensed as a mental health counselor and a certified alcohol and drug counselor. She has had various experiences including milieu treatment for children with severe behavioral challenges and attachment disorders, inpatient and outpatient substance abuse treatment programs, community outreach, and community mental health. Roxanne enjoys working with clients of all ages, empowering them to achieve their goals. She has experience with LGBTQ +, dual-diagnosis, pregnancy/post-partum, children, adolescents, early and middle adult, and geriatric. She is trained in Alcohol and Drug Specific therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Parent-Child Interaction Therapy with attachment focus (Iowa – PCIT), Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and various play therapy techniques. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with family, reading, and music.
Chad Menke, DDS
Dr. Chad Menke is from Clive, Iowa and the youngest of two kids. He graduated from the University of Iowa with a degree in Microbiology and then continued at the College of Dentistry to receive his DDS. He has lived in Iowa his whole life and enjoys the opportunities it brings. He enjoys reading, traveling, and exercising.
Matthew Low, DDS
Dr. Matthew Low joined the Community Health Center of Mason City in July of 2019. Dr. Low grew up in San Leandro, CA. He graduated from San Leandro High school and earned his bachelor’s degree from University of California, Davis. He attended Dental School at University of California, San Francisco and completed an advanced general practice residency at the University of Colorado. He enjoys spending his free time with his wife and their two dogs Doug and Koa.
Katelynn Lang, RDH
Katelynn Lang joined the Community Health Center of Mason City in June 2019. She graduated from the Iowa Central Dental Hygiene Program in May 2019. She and her husband, Calvin, enjoy spending time with friends and family, camping, and playing with their dog, Louie!