Health Care You Can Trust
Sterling Area Health Center uses a team of well-qualified health care providers to provide care for a patient’s physical, dental and behavioral health care needs, including prevention and wellness, acute care and chronic care. The Center’s medical home comprises a team of providers in different levels of health professions who work together around the patient’s needs to provide comprehensive health care and health promotion. The staff exemplifies the notion of combining leadership and teamwork to provide coordinated, high-quality and comprehensive health care.
Our Medical Staff
Linda C. Runyon, MD, FACP, CDE,- Dr. Runyon received her Medical Doctor from the Wayne State University in 1983. She completed her internal medicine residency at Wayne State Affiliated Hospitals in 1986. She is Board Certified in internal medicine and geriatric medicine.
Bassel Ahmad, MD - Dr. Ahmad received his Medical Doctor from the Damascus University Medical School in 1993, and he completed his internal medicine residency at St. Mary’s Hospital, University of Rochester in 2002. He is Board Certified in internal medicine.
Marjorie Frei, RN, PA-C.,- Marjorie received her Physicians Assistant Certificate from the University of North Dakota in 2002. She is Board Certified as a physician assistant.
James O’Brien, DO - Dr. O'Brien received his Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine from Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine in 1985, and he completed his pediatric residency at the Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine in 1989. He is Board Certified in pediatrics.
William J. Vandenbelt, MD- Dr. Vandenbelt received his Medical Doctor from the University of Michigan in 1969, and he completed his obstetrics-gynecology residency at the University of Michigan Hospitals in 1973. He is Board Certified in obstetrics and gynecology.
Sudhir Chiluka, MD, MS - Dr. Chiluka is a Board Certified Family medicine physician at the Hale Clinic; He earned his medical degree from J.J.M.Medical school in India and has completed residency training in Family medicine at Pontiac General Hospital in Michigan. He also completed prior clinical training with an M.D in Internal Medicine and Diploma in Emergency Medicine from India, Masters in Human Nutrition from the University of Bridgeport, CT. Dr. Chiluka has over 15 yrs of diverse medical experience and believes in providing the highest quality healthcare, and offers the latest treatments and techniques for his patients.
Danielle M. Walsh-McPherson, DO-Dr. Walsh-McPherson received her Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine from Michigan State University in 1998, and completed her Family Practice Residency at Pontiac Osteopathic Hospital. She is Board Certified in family practice and osteopathic manipulative treatment.
Lynn A. Meyers, MSN, FNP-C - Lynn received her undergraduate degree from SVSU in May 1993, and worked 25 years as an ER nurse. In 2018, she earned her graduate degree from Walden University with her certification as a Family Nurse Practitioner.
Joshua Leonard, MSN, RN, FNP-C - Joshua graduated from Saginaw Valley State University in 2018 as a certified as a Family Nurse Practitioner.
Vivian Gallofin, FNP-BC - Vivian graduated from Saginaw Valley State University in 2018 Board certified as a Family Nurse Practitioner.
Jessica Spencer, MSN, FNP-BC - Jessica graduated from Saginaw Valley State University as a Family Nurse Practitioner in 2012, and has lived in this community her entire life and enjoys providing health are to our community.
Ashley Conyer, FNP-BC - Ashley is a Family Nurse Practitioner, graduating recently from Saginaw Valley State University in 2019.. She finished her RN in 2016 and previously worked Med-Surg in Tawas. Ashley lives in Standish with her husband and children. She will soon transfer to our brand new Ogemaw clinic in Prescott opening soon.
Elizabeth Kitchen MSN, FNP-C - Liz is a Family Nurse Practitioner, graduating from the University of North Dakota with a masters of nursing education in 2013 and from SVSU with a post-masters family nurse practitioner certification in 2019. She worked as an RN, nurse educator and nurse manager in cardiology for 11 years. Liz taught at SVSU for 6 years as an adjunct professor of cardiac pharmacology. She is board certified in cardiac and vascular care and family practice.
Susan Blair, RD, CDE - Susan received her Bachelor of Science in Dietetics from the Central Michigan University in 1995 and completed the Tri-City RD Internship in 1996. She has been credentialed as a Certified Diabetes Educator since 2002.
Behavioral Health Staff
Linda La Tulip, LMSW- Linda graduated from Wayne State University in 2004 with a Masters in Social Work. She is licensed as a Clinical Social Worker.
Michael S. Ossian, DO- Dr. Ossian received his Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine from Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine in 1984, and completed his psychiatry residency at Maricopa Medical Center in 1988.
Danyelle E. Wagner, LMSW- Danyelle received her Master of Social Work from the Michigan State University in 2017. She is licensed as a Clinical Social Worker and a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional (CCTP)
Carolyn Feeheley, LMSW, CAADC DP-C - Carolyn graduated from Indiana University of Perdue with a Masters of Social Work in May of 2002.
Summer Tambs, LMSW - Summer graduated from Grand Valley State University in 2012 with her Master of Social Work; she is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. Summer is certified in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT); she specializes in counseling and advocacy for trauma-informed treatment, gender/sexual-minorities, and youth services. Summer is passionate about improving access to quality behavioral health care for children, adolescents, and families of all kinds.
Keith W. Sleeper, DDS- Dr. Sleeper received his Doctor of Dental Surgery from the University of Michigan in 2001.
Heidi Merritt, DDS - Dr. Merritt graduated from University of Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry in May of 2014.