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Paula Anderson, Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, Board Certified

Paula Anderson, PMHNP-BC offers on-site psychiatric services for our patients ages 16 and up on a part-time basis. Paula works with individuals experiencing moderate to severe mental illness and also collaborates with the Clinic’s other providers ensuring management of patients’ mental health is seamlessly integrated into their overall care plans.

 

 


Patricia Bauer, Family Nurse Practitioner

Patricia Bauer received her BSN from Mercy College of Detroit and her Master of Science in Nursing from Wayne State University with a major in the Health Care of Women.  Patty received certification as a Family Nurse Practitioner with a post graduate certificate in Family Practice from Michigan State University. Prior to coming to the Clinic she spent 12 years as Perinatal Outreach Coordinator at Munson Medical Center and 13 years as a women’s health care nurse practitioner for Planned Parenthood and a local health department.  Patty is currently providing our well women exams, a diabetic clinic and serving urgent care patient needs.


Virginia Barrett, Family Nurse Practitioner

Virginia Barrett earned her Master of Science in Nursing and her FNP from Texas A&M, Corpus Christi. She started her advanced practice in Texas before moving to Northern Michigan. 

Prior to joining the Traverse Health Clinic team, Ginny spent five years at Glen Rose Health Care in Glen Rose, Texas and five years before that at Lake Granbury Medical Center in Lake Granbury, Texas. Ginny is a member of the Texas Nurse Practitioners Association and the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. She is accepting new patients, including children/adolescents and adults.


Jennifer Bowling,  Adult-Gerontology  Nurse Practitioner

Jennifer Bowling earned her Doctor of Nursing Practice, Adult/Older Adult Nurse Practitioner from Grand Valley State University. Prior to this degree, Jennifer received her BSN from Ferris State University and her Associate’s Degree in Nursing from Northwestern Michigan College. Before coming to Traverse Health, Jennifer spent 20 years at Munson Medical Center. She enjoyed four years as Part-Time Adjunct Faculty at Northwestern Michigan College. Now at Traverse Health, Jennifer is serving adults and older adults.

 


Roger Gerstle, M.D., Medical Director

Dr. Gerstle has been a physician in Traverse City for more than twenty years, most recently serving as the medical director of Munson Hospice, Palliative Care, and Home Care.  Prior to that, he had 19 years as faculty and practicing family medicine physician at Munson Family Practice Center and the Munson Family Practice Residency Program. Dr. Gerstle is joining the clinical team as a primary care physician and the medical director and is accepting patients, both children and adults.

 


Linda Rasmussen, Adult Nurse Practitioner

Linda Rasmussen graduated with a BSN from Loyola University and an MSN from Simmons College.  Her previous areas of practice include Public Health at Fairbanks Regional Public Health Center, College Health at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks, Rural Health Clinics in McGrath and Kotzebue, Alaska and Urgent Care in Boston, MA. Linda is an Adjunct Instructor with the Michigan State University College of Nursing and a member of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners. Linda serves our adult patients.


Donna Rinker, Family Nurse Practitioner (Limited Practice)

Donna Rinker graduated with an Associate Degree in Nursing from Broome Community College in Binghamton, NY, a Bachelor of Science Nursing from Saginaw Valley State University in Saginaw, MI and a Master Science of Nursing from Michigan State University in Lansing, MI.  Donna has worked in various family practice settings: a Community Based FQHC, Spectrum Primary Care Partners, Northwest Michigan Health Services and Private Primary Care practice. Donna is currently adjunct faculty for Grand Valley State University with their Master’s and Doctorate Nursing program and a national speaker for National Nurse Practitioner organizations such as NPACE, American College of Nurse Practitioner, American Academy of Nurse Practitioner and the Michigan Council of Nurse Practitioner organization. Donna’s clinical interest is with children and women’s health care.  She has expertise in working with children and adults with Attention Deficit Disorder.


Amber Ristow, Family Nurse Practitioner

Amber Ristow graduated with a Master of Science in Nursing from the University of Michigan, Flint. She is an alum of NMC’s Associate of Nursing Degree program, where she was also an adjunct instructor. Amber welcomes new patients of all ages, from infants to senior citizens and everyone in between!