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Heather Bucklin, ARNP

Heather Bucklin, ARNP

General Surgery

Heather earned her bachelors of Science degree in nursing from Mercy College of Health Science in Des Moines, Iowa. She continued her education at Clarkson College in Omaha, Nebraska where she received her Master of Science Degree in Nursing.

Heather brings over 18 years of hands on surgical nursing experience to the general surgery department. She is committed to providing evidence based, holistic patient focused care to give patients the best possible outcomes.

In her free time, Heather enjoys spending time with family and friends, going to concerts, camping, attending music/art festivals, playing card and board games and reading. She also likes to do DIY projects, gardening, cooking/baking and quilting. As a new resident of Mason City, she will be seeking opportunities to become involved in the community.

Michael Gerber, DNP-NP-C

Michael Gerber, DNP-NP-C

Psychiatry

Michael received his nursing degree from Central Methodist University in Fayetee, MO and went on to complete his Doctorate of Nursing at Family Nurse Practioner University of Missouri in Colombia, MO.

Over his years as a healthcare provider, Michael has seen the impact a person’s mental health can have on their physical well-being and is looking forward to providing care to those who live in the community and surrounding area.

In his free time Michael enjoys doing meals on wheels, CPR education for staff, boy scouts, and churches, presentations on Burn and Stroke prevention to students, nursery volunteer at church, exercise (running, biking, swimming, disc golf), and family time.

Mindy Murray, ARNP, PMHNP-BC

Mindy Murray, ARNP, PMHNP-BC

Psychiatry

Mindy earned her associate degree in nursing from North Iowa Area Community College. She continued her education at the University of Iowa, where she received her bachelor’s degree in nursing and went on to complete her Master of Science Degree in nursing at Allen College. She is certified as a psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner.

Prior to joining the Mason City Clinic psychiatry department, Mindy worked with geriatric and long-term care patients and was an adjunct nursing instructor at NIACC. Her passion is caring for adults and providing education for their loved ones.

In her free time, Mindy enjoys reading, hiking, cheering on her favorite sports teams with her family, golfing with her husband and vacationing in Florida.

Michele Plunkett, ARNP

Michele Plunkett, ARNP

Heart Center

Michele received her undergraduate degree from University of Iowa and her master’s in nursing sciences from Allen College in Waterloo, Iowa. She is certified by the American Association of Nurse Practitioners and a member of Sigma Theta Tau Honors Nursing Society.

Michele brings over 20 years of registered nurse experience in acute care, intensive care and in the Cardiac Stepdown Unit.

In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family, traveling and practicing her culinary skills.

Colombia Ptacek, ARNP

Colombia Ptacek, ARNP

Heart Center

Colombia Ptacek earned her Bachelor of Science degree in nursing and her Master of Arts degree as a family nurse practitioner from Allen College in Waterloo, IA. She is certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center.

Colombia looks forward to providing care to those who live in the community as well as surrounding areas.

In her free time, Colombia enjoys spending time with family, cooking and going to the theater.

Jessica Younke, ARNP

Jessica Younke, ARNP

GI

Jessica received her Bachelors of Science in Nursing degree from BriarCliff University in Sioux City, IA, and her Masters of Science in Nursing from Chamberlain College of Nursing in Downers Grove, Illinois.

Jessica says that Advanced Practice Nursing is a unique discipline with an autonomy that allows me to focus on many elements of patient care. A holistic approach that includes listening, evaluating, formulating, educating, negotiating, and collaborating care with the patient in regards to their ethics, beliefs, values and quality of life.

In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family, summers on the lake boating, and is a die-hard football and hockey fan.

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