About Community Health Center of Fort Dodge
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.
- Dale Harlow, President of CHCFD Board
- Becky Schulte, Vice President of CHCFD Board
- Kittie Webster, Secretary of CHCFD Board
- David Bowser
- Shawn Roberts
- Jon Flattery
- Kenn Drummond
- Mindy Derrig
- Joan Peterson
- Tim Anderson
Janet Secor, D.O.
Dr. Janet Secor graduated from Fort Dodge Senior High, received her M.A. 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 6 years, and then was in solo practice for 5 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 and serves as the Medical Director of CHCFD. Her hobbies include gardening, bicycling, singing, history, and camping, along with various community activities.
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.
Karli Pleuger, RDH
Karli graduated from the Iowa Central Dental Hygiene program in May, 2014 and has worked as a hygienist at the Community Health Center since August of the same year. She was recently married in July, 2017. She and her husband enjoy all things active including Crossfit, kayaking, biking, and walking their dog, Copper. Karli also enjoys supporting her husband as coach of the Webster City Lynx football team and attending Iowa games in the fall with friends and family.
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 for 32 years, has four children, one granddaughter, six German Shepherds, and one labradoodle, (plus one cat that lives in the bedroom for safety).
Alexis Boyle, RDH
Alexis graduated from the Iowa Central Dental Hygiene program in May, 2017 and started working at the Community Health Center shortly after. She enjoys going back to her family farm in Northwest Iowa and helping with the 4-H calves, and spending time with her friends and family.
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 of Science 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 practiced family practice in Humboldt, Manson City, and Fort Dodge, and is board certified in Family Practice. She is married to Kurt Stoebe and they have two sons, John and Gregory.
Jami Wood, LMSW, CADC
Jami Wood received her Masters of Social Work from the University of Iowa and Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CADC) in 2012. She has an extensive background in counseling services, and Jami’s insight and experience working with patients age 5 and older is directly relevant to the identified needs of our patients seeking therapy services.
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 Bachelors of Nursing through Kaplan University. She attended the University of Cincinnati completing her Masters 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.
Deborah Price, PMHNP-BC
Deborah is a Vanderbilt University graduate with a master’s degree as a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner, board certified. She has worked in many psychiatric settings including hospitals, outpatient settings, nursing homes and crisis units. Prior to being a nurse practitioner, she worked as an Occupational Therapist in physical rehabilitation and psychiatric settings. Debora was an officer in the U.S. Army Medical Corps and is proud to have had an opportunity to serve her country. She is originally from Tennessee, but has lived in many areas of the country. This is her first time in Iowa. She says, “I am already impressed by the kind, hospitable reception I’ve had from everyone I’ve met. I’m looking forward to settling in Fort Dodge and getting to know more folks in the community.”