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
Bassel Ahmad, MD, 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., received her Physicians Assistant Certificate from the University of North Dakota in 2002. She is Board Certified as a physician assistant.
Brian Gedeon, MD, received his Doctor of Medicine from the Michigan State University in 1998. Dr. Gedeon completed his Medicine / Pediatric Residency at the Michigan State University’s College of Human Medicine and Hurley Medical Center in 2002.
Antonio F. Mendiola, Jr., MD received his Medical Doctor from the University of the East in 1968 and completed his ENT residency at ESIS Hospital in 1975. He practices Family Medicine at the Center’s Ogemaw Clinic location.
James O’Brien, DO, 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.
Linda C. Runyon, MD, FACP, CDE, 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.
William J. Vandenbelt, MD, 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.
Danielle M. Walsh-McPherson, DO, 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.
Susan Blair, RD, CDE 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 LaTulip, LMSW, 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, received his Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine from Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine in 1984, and he completed his psychiatry residency at Maricopa Medical Center in 1988.
Danyelle E. Wagner, LLMSW, 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 graduated from Indiana University of Perdue with a Masters of Social Work in May of 2002.
Amie Parkinson, LMSW, graduated from Michigan State University with a Masters of Social Work in 2012. She also earned her Animal-Assisted Therapy certification from Oakland University in 2016.
Keith W. Sleeper, DDS, received his Doctor of Dental Surgery from the University of Michigan in 2001.
Heidi Merritt, DDS graduated from University of Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry in May of 2014.