Allison Bitter, PA-C
Allison completed her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Northern Iowa, in Cedar Falls, IA, in May of 2018, followed by the completion of her Masters in Physician Assistant Studies degree in December of 2020, from the University of Dubuque, in Dubuque, IA.
A native of Dubuque, Iowa, Allison chose to pursue a career in medicine because she’s always been drawn to helping others. Orthopedics has become her specialty due to its hands-on nature. She enjoys the continual learning that accompanies working in the ever-changing world of medicine as it challenges her to never become complacent.
Chad Boyer, PA-C
Chad Boyer is a certified physician assistant who joined our staff at Mason City Clinic in 2007. Chad practices general orthopedic medicine, including seeing patients in the clinic, performing minor surgical procedures, surgical assist, inpatient care and on-call services – under the supervision of the orthopedic surgeons at Mason City Clinic.
Mr. Boyer graduated magna cum laude with a biology premedicine degree and LaSallian Honors minor from St. Mary’s University of Minnesota. He subsequently obtained a master’s degree in physician assistant studies from the University of Iowa, with classes and training at Carver College of Medicine. In addition to clinical practice, Chad has been a preceptor for PA students, medical students and family medicine residents. He is a member of Physician Assistants in Orthopedic Surgery, American Academy of Physician Assistants and Iowa Physician Assistant Society.
Robert Giles II, PA-C
Robert received his bachelor’s degree in biology, psychology and health sciences with a concentration in microbiology from East Tennessee State University in Johnson City. He went on to complete his master’s degree in the physician assistant program at Lincoln Memorial University in Harrogate, TN.
In his free time, he enjoys kayaking, traveling and spending time with family and friends.
Shawn Janssen, PA-C
Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
Shawn is a board-certified physician assistant who graduated from Des Moines University’s physician assistant program in 1990. She has over 20 years of experience in patient care working in obstetrics and gynecology, family practice medicine, general surgery and finally plastic surgery. During the past 12 years, Shawn has been a valued provider in the Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. Shawn’s involvement in the practice has included first assisting in surgery, taking calls and holding outpatient clinic hours to help meet the needs of our patients. As a well-qualified team member, she enhances efficiency and safety in the operating room and provides a qualified and uniform extension of the care Dr. Mulkey and Dr. Recinos provide.
Shawn’s experience, gained by assisting in the operating room for many years, allows her to efficiently coordinate postoperative care in her clinics. She is skilled in total body screening for skin cancer and benign lesions. She is well-versed in the initial workup and nonoperative management of hand conditions such as carpal tunnel syndrome, ganglions and trigger finger.
Katlyn Josephson, PA-C
Katlyn completed her Bachelor of Arts in Biology from The College of St. Scholastica, in Duluth, MN, in May of 2018, followed by the completion of her Masters in Physician Assistant Studies degree in December of 2020, from St. Ambrose University, in Davenport, IA.
A native of Maple Grove, MN, Katlyn has always been fascinated by science and medicine. She chose a career in medicine because she wanted a career helping others. Medicine is continually changing and evolving, and Katlyn loves that she gets to always learn new things while helping others accomplish their health goals and feel their best.
Katlyn also enjoys making connections with her patients and creating a plan together that will help them. She looks forward to educating patients and their families about their health conditions to assure they understand their care plan.
Shelby Lapham, PA-C
Shelby completed her Bachelor of Arts in Biology and Neuroscience from the Coe College, in Cedar Rapids, IA, in May of 2018, followed by the completion of her Masters in Physician Assistant Studies degree in December of 2020, from St. Ambrose University, in Davenport, IA.
Shelby loves connecting with patients and helping them find the best solutions for not only their health, but lifestyle and life goals. She finds impacting the lives of others in a positive way to be extremely rewarding.
Stacey Lester, PA-C
Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
Stacey joined the Mason City Clinic Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery in 2018 after graduating from Des Moines University with a Master of Science degree in physician assistant studies.
Her experience includes working as a hospital corpsman in the US Navy and assisting with oral and maxillofacial surgery.
Stacey is a member of American Academy of Physician Assistants and is certified by the Nation Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants.
In her free time, Stacey enjoys spending time with her family, being outside and working on home renovations.
Matt McBride, PA-C
Matt earned his Bachelor of Science degree in biology summa cum laude from the University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls and his Master of Science degree in physician assistant studies from the University of Iowa, Iowa City. He is certified by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants and CPR/first aid. He is a current member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants and Iowa Physician Assistant Society.
Matt joined the Mason City Clinic Orthopedics Department as a physician assistant in 2004. He is married and has two children. Matt stays busy volunteering at Newman Catholic High School as a team physician in football and as an assistant wrestling coach. He enjoys golfing and is an active member of Epiphany Parish in Mason City.
Jennifer McCambridge, PA-C
Jennifer is a board-certified physician assistant who graduated from the Midwestern University physician assistant program in 2000. She has over 14 years of experience in patient care, working primarily in cardiac medicine. During the past 12 years, Jennifer has been a valued provider in the Cardiology department. Her involvement in the practice has included monitoring cardiac stress tests, formulating treatment plans for inpatients and holding outpatient clinic hours to help meet the needs of our patients. Currently, her focus in the outpatient cardiology setting is on the treatment of heart failure.
Amy Randall, PA-C
Amy completed her Bachelor of Arts in Health Sciences from Colorado Christian University, in May of 2013, followed by the completion of her Masters in Physician Assistant Studies degree from the University of Nebraska Medical Center, in December of 2018.
Amy chose a career in medicine to help people be happy and healthy. “Caring for patients allows me to use my gifts and abilities to help people in a surgical setting, but also to get to know and follow patients in a clinical setting,” she said. “Working in bariatric surgery the past two years has also allowed me to understand the impact of obesity on our society and help patients take steps to improve their health and quality of life.”
Christopher Randall, PA-C
Christopher earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology at the University of Colorado in Colorado Springs, Colorado. He continued his education at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, Nebraska where he earned his Maters in Physicians Assistants Studies and is certified by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants.
Christopher went into medicine because he enjoys being able to positively contribute towards the live of his patients as well as getting to know them and their stories.
Kyle Ryan, PA-C
Kyle received his bachelor’s degree in pre-professional zoology from Northwest Missouri State University. He went on to Des Moines University, where he received a degree in physician assistant studies after which he joined the Mason City Clinic Orthopedics department.
Kyle enjoys treating a wide variety of conditions throughout the 14-county service area as well as working in the clinic and performing minor procedures as well as assisting the physicians with their various surgical procedures.
Katie Weishaar, PA-C
Katie earned her Bachelor of Science degree in biology and her Master of Science degree in physician assistant studies from the University of Detroit, in Detroit, Michigan. She is certified by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants. In her free time, Katie enjoys reading, running and travel.
I used to visit the ER often with undiagnosed heart problems. During my last visit in 2004, they told me I probably wouldn’t make it another year. That’s when my doctor at Mason City Clinic found my mitral valve malfunction and surgically repaired it. I recently had my annual EKG exam and my cardiologist found no heart problems whatsoever. Which means I can keep raising my squash, musk melon and tomatoes.Read More
With no warning signs, Jansen Wyatt, 54, suddenly collapsed in his home last November. His daughter-in-law rushed him to the ER at Palo Alto County Health System in Emmetsburg, where they diagnosed a severe heart attack. Jansen was helicoptered to Mason City’s Mercy Medical Center. Samuel Congello, DO, a board-certified cardiologist with Mercy’s Heart and Vascular Institute.Read More
ENT & Allergy Patient
As a young girl I was diagnosed with hearing loss in my right ear. I had many ear infections and surgeries, but the problem only got worse. It was getting hard to do my job because I was missing parts of conversations. Hearing aids only caused me more infections. Then I found Dr. Henry Diggelmann at Mason City Clinic. He recommended BAHA (bone anchored hearing aid), which creates sound using bone amplification.Read More
Plastic Surgery Patient
After years as a special education teacher handling children with significant disabilities and behavioral challenges, I began having limited use of my hands due to severe arthritis pain. I found myself fighting back tears every day because the pain was so bad. I could no longer enjoy one of my favorite hobbies, quilting, either. I met with Dr. René Recinos, a plastic surgeon from Mason City Clinic and recommended a procedure called arthrodesis.Read More
Retired school teacher Charlene Hanson used to love walking in the woods – until the pain and inflammation of arthritis took it away from her. Since she had heard such great things at church and in the community about Mason City Clinic’s Orthopedic Department and Dr. Darron Jones, she made them her choice to replace her arthritic hip and knee.Read More
Roger was always very active, but a few years ago his hip started to bother him. When he would go to bed at night the pain was very severe. “I would have to lay on the floor and put my legs up on the couch to relieve the pain,” said Roger.
His orthopedic surgeon at the Mason City Clinic Dr. Darron Jones said, “I can give you cortisone shots, but this is a quality of life question.
Plastic Surgery Patient
Donna Drake lived with a growing basal cell skin cancer (the most common skin cancer) on her lower eyelid for three years. A family practitioner at Franklin General Hospital recommended Mason City Clinic’s plastic and reconstructive surgeon, Dr. Mark Mulkey, who identified the cancer and performed the extremely delicate eyelid surgery to remove it and reconstruct her eyelid.Read More
Melody Wagner loved walking until severe pain from bunions stopped her cold. She found a board-certified podiatrist at Mason City Clinic’s Podiatry Department. Podiatrists perform leading-edge surgery for bunions and hammertoes, as well as advanced treatments for diabetic feet, heel pain, ingrown toenails and more. Melody was afraid of a painful procedure and a long recovery.Read More
One snowy night about seven years ago, I felt a sudden pain in the back of my leg. I thought I could shake it off and went out to shovel some snow. After a few minutes, I went back inside and collapsed. My wife called 911 but the ambulance couldn’t get to me because of the snow. My neighbors used snow blowers to clear the road and my driveway so the ambulance could get to me.Read More
I injured my knee as a teenager and had surgery. Then, as I got older, the pain returned and began affecting my routine and overall enjoyment of life. My doctor referred me to Darron Jones, MD, an orthopedic surgeon. After a thorough exam, he said I was a candidate for knee replacement. I had the procedure in late January 2014 and was back among the grapes by the beginning of March.Read More
We have a lot of flower gardens on our acreage, and I was having problems kneeling to weed. I couldn’t walk long distances anymore and it was painful to get in and out of the car, walk up and down the stairs. Simple everyday tasks were hard. Eventually I was limping and in a great deal of pain.” said Sheryl Borcherding of Emmons, MN.Read More
Jane, 70, a retired nurse, is a very active person. She is a mother of one daughter and son in law, and has lots of 4 legged kids: guinea pigs, goats, Newfoundland dogs and 10 cats. I suffered with knee pain for a long time and would always take extra strength Ty-lenol.Read More
Gene Wagler, a special needs teacher from Clear Lake, didn’t have a history of heart problems before his heart attack 23 years ago. Gene said, “I didn’t feel any pain that day but I had a “gnawing” sensation in my chest. Within hours Gene was in the Mercy One-North Iowa ER and Dr. Sam Congello, an interventional cardiologist.Read More
GERD Surgical Patient
Kathleen Hanna, 60, is a mother of four, grandmother of nine and a para-assistant at Forest City Elementary School. “I had heartburn with regurgitation for 40 years, have had an ulcer, and have been on heartburn medication for about that long too.” Having been on heartburn medication for many years her physician was becoming worried that it was affecting the function of her kidneys.Read More
GERD Surgical Patient
In March 2019, Duane Obanion, 68, a farmer outside of Mason City, Iowa had an acid reflux attack. He aspirated into his lungs and got pneumonia. “I was in New York visiting my daughter when it happened and I ended up in the Urgent Care Center. When I got home I went to my family doctor and she put me in touch with Dr. Matthew Fabian, a general surgeon at the Mason City Clinic”.Read More
Plastics & Reconstructive Surgery Patient
In February 2019, LeAnn Strother 65, who is left-handed, fell and broke her left wrist. Because it was a complicated break she was referred into Dr. Rene Recinos, a plastics and reconstructive surgeon, and hand specialist at the Mason City Clinic for surgery. Most concerning for LeAnn was if this injury would impact all of the things she loves to do with her hands in the future?Read More
Dan Rodemeyer of Hampton, was at work when the unexpected happened. While on the loading dock, a 4,000 pound steel I-beam fell onto his foot. Dan said, “I was wearing steel toe boots, but the sheer weight of the steel beam crushed my foot and broke two of my toes. It was extremely painful to say the least.”
Dan initially went to the emergency room in Hampton. His foot had very severe soft tissue compression injuries, and there was an internal wound that was causing extreme swelling and pain. Although his big and second toe were broken, thankfully they were not compound fractures.
Urology (Prostate Cancer)
Paul Bruns of Clear Lake, a retired restaurateur and businessman, went to his Medicare screening with his family physician at the MercyOne Family Clinic in Clear Lake. To Paul’s surprise his physician called him back to let him know that his PSA count (protein in his prostate) was very high and that he needed to see a urologist as soon as possible.Read More
Podiatry (Dr. Henrich)
I am back to work on my feet everyday, and I walk my dog everyday. I don’t have any pain. Lisa Fuller, a mother of three from Algona, is on her feet a lot. “I own a can redemption center with my daughter and I am walking and moving eight hours a day. I used to come home with my feet swollen red and in pain. Now when I come home, I go take my dog for a long walk,” Lisa said.Read More
Credits Urologist Dr. Kevin Rier and Team For Her Recovery
Cindy Wingler, 55, was returning from a trip out west with her boyfriend when she didn’t feel well and went to the ER at Hansen Family Hospital in Iowa Falls. She was nauseous and fatigued, and thought perhaps she was having another urinary tract infection which she had many of in her lifetime.Read More
Debbie Walker, 63 of Clear Lake, was in Minneapolis visiting her sister when she accidentally slipped and fell on an icy driveway and severely injured her shoulder.Read More
Jodi Suntken, of Mason City and mother of 2 boys, was desperate to achieve two things: be sick less, and be well more. In an effort to combat her chronic sinus infections, she consulted with Dr. Henry Diggelmann at Mason City Clinic's ENT Department. Via CT scan, he discovered Jodi was born missing her frontal sinuses. Said Jodi, “Everyone usually has four sinus cavities: two maxillary (below your eyes), and two frontal (above your eyebrows).Read More
Rebecca (Becky) Groh
Rebecca (Becky) Groh, 64, only goes to one podiatrist in Mason City and that is Dr. Scott Donohoe.
“I have been to Dr. Donohoe three times - for my right and left foot bunions, and hammertoes, and recently he fixed a hammertoe on my left foot that was really bothering me.
Janet Stangl, 64, a retired administrative assistant from Charles City, was diagnosed with sleep apnea in 2006. Said Janet, "I was in the severe sleep apnea zone. I stopped breathing 30-50 times per hour during the night. I was prescribed the CPAP.Read More
Said Kathy, “Many men on my side of the family have had heart problems, but the women haven’t so I assumed I was ok. I had experienced some pressure on my chest when walking or exercising for 15 minutes or more, but I thought I was just out of shape, or attributed it to my acid reflux. What I have learned is heart disease symptoms are different for women than men.”Read More
Keith Messenger, 44, a business owner in Mason City, was not getting quality sleep, and it was having an effect on his daytime productivity. “For five years or more I would crash (fall asleep) by 12 noon everyday.” Keith was diagnosed with sleep apnea; he was told that his tongue would fall back while he was sleeping blocking his airway during the night. He was prescribed the CPAP machine. Said Keith, “I tried 16 or 17 CPAP face and nose masks. The CPAP was so loud and the masks wouldn’t stay on my face. I was also prescribed a mouthpiece and that didn’t work either.”Read More
Renee Denny, 59, of Garner, Iowa, a retired school administrator, wants to be a healthy and active grandmother one day.
“Five years ago I had gastric bypass surgery and lost 90 lbs. I started at 240 lbs. Although I was pleased with the gastric bypass results, some of my skin was loose and sagging, and was getting caught up in my belly button and creating infections,” said Renee.
Dawn Person, 61, a pastor in Jesup, Iowa, had had allergies for well over ten years. “I had all of the nagging allergy symptoms — sneezing, watery and itchy eyes, runny nose, congestion; and it got to the point that I was feeling tired all of the time. Also it’s hard to be around people when you are sneezing and coughing alot. It makes them understandably uncomfortable. I had been trying over the counter medications and it just got to the point it was more than I could deal with,” said Dawn.Read More
Suzanne Johnson, 74, of Mason City, had been struggling over the last few years to do the things she loves to do.
“I couldn’t do any type of walking. If my husband and I were going to a fair or flea market, I would always have him bring the electric scooter for me. It was limiting — not the day to day things around the house — but going out and doing the things that I love to do,” said Suzanne.
Jane Peterson 68, of Garner Iowa loves to golf, but it was getting harder and harder to do it with the bunions she had on each foot. “My feet would just get tired much sooner when I was golfing. And I was working full time at a factory, standing all day on a cement floor which became very painful. I just wanted to get my feet into shape by retirement so I could continue to play golf comfortably and be active with my 10 grandkids,” said Jane.Read More