Specialty Providers

Greg Anderson, MSN, CRNA

How do you want to make an impact at Greater Regional Health?

The opioid crisis is a real thing, especially in Union County. I hope to educate and treat my patients while giving them the best quality of life they can have as an individual, while also decreasing narcotic use and availability.

What is your philosophy statement?

We will utilize all resources available, medical and alternative. We will include the patient in their plan of care to create a working relationship to improve or maintain quality of life.

What made you want to be in the medical field?

I enjoy a challenge, learning and helping people.

What do you enjoy doing in your free time?

I enjoy travelling, a good wine and a good cigar. I am blessed with a great wife and kids and I spend most of my time chasing after them.

Donna Bennett, MD

How do you want to make an impact at Greater Regional Health?

Improve women's health with education, awareness and preventative information.

What is your philosophy statement?

To provide outstanding care for females in all phases of their lives. 

Charles Cunningham, MD, FACOG

How do you want to make an impact at Greater Regional Health?

I want the community to know that they can get exceptional care at Greater Regional. I was very impressed with the robust primary care backbone, along with the large array of specialists that see patients in our organization. Most rural hospitals would love to have the breadth and depth of providers that we have here. I have worked in large and small facilities, and bigger is not always better. If patients will give Greater Regional a shot, I think they will be impressed.

What is your philosophy statement?

I wholeheartedly believe that communication is the key to good healthcare. If I don’t listen to your concerns, how can I even begin to address them? If I don’t make sure you understand our plan, how can I expect you to do your part? I believe in taking the time to do things right the first time.

What made you want to be in the medical field?

I am a first-generation college student who never wanted to stop learning. My mom went back to vocational school and became an LPN after my dad was injured on the job. She spent her career caring for some of our most vulnerable patients in the nursing home population. My dad was also a minister. Both of my parents put the needs of others above their own. Seeing that example of service, combined with my desire to learn and grow, led to me to medicine as a career.

What do you enjoy doing in your free time?

My fiancé Jenni and I love spending time with our kids. We are a blended family with children from 8 to 21 years old. They are involved in wrestling, volleyball, and soccer. Our two rescue dogs are a constant source of entertainment for all of us. Jenni and I love playing disc golf at any course we can find; luckily Creston has two!

Jake Davis, PA-C, MPAS

How do you want to make an impact at Greater Regional Health?

By making a difference in my community by providing quality healthcare close to home. 

What made you want to be in the medical field?

I developed a passion for healthcare while I was a medic in the Army. I've always enjoyed helping other people.

What do you enjoy doing in your free time?

I enjoy fishing, spending time with my children and hanging out with friends and family.

Ryan Denny, Au. D., CCC-A

How do you want to make an impact at Greater Regional Health?

I will offer audiological services which includes: comprehensive diagnostic hearing evaluations, hearing aid consultations, assistive technology, tinnitus management, and dispensing a variety of hearing aid products. Initial services will focus on adult clinic setup; however, equipment will allow for testing of children ages 3 and older.

What is your philosophy statement?

Quality care for patients is my priority. My philosophy has always been a hybrid between holistic patient care and family-centered approaches. It is important to understand that hearing loss affects both the person and significant others. Unfortunately, there is an associated stigma attached with hearing loss that can make it difficult to accept for some patients. My goal is to educate, counsel, and encourage patients, as well as families to actively participate in a hearing healthcare treatment solution. 

What made you want to be in the medical field?

I’ve always been drawn to the medical profession due to combination of science and service to others. Audiology seemed to be a great fit and has been a very rewarding profession thus far.

What do you enjoy doing in your free time?

I currently live in the town of Creston, but I am originally from Hewitt, Minnesota. I grew up on a dairy farm with four older brothers and one older sister, all whom are married with children. I love spending time with them and being the fun uncle. In my spare time I enjoy staying active, running, spending time with family, hunting and fishing. I am a true Minnesota sports fan, especially my Vikings - SKOL! I also enjoy learning different things and would like to do some traveling in the near future.

Jonathan Fialkov, MD

How do you want to make an impact at Greater Regional Health?

I want to provide specialty services in a rural setting to patients who may have difficulty getting to a major metropolitan medical center. 

What is your philosophy statement?

My mission is to provide the highest quality care in a respectful and compassionate manner to all ages of individuals suffering from urological issues. 

What made you want to be in the medical field?

My father and uncle are both doctors. With several family members in the medical field, I wanted to follow in their footsteps. 

What do you enjoy doing in your free time?

I enjoy spending time with my children, we have family cooking nights. I also teach martial arts and enjoy listening and playing music. I play the mandolin, guitar, and harmonica. I recently started performing live with my friend's band. Blues, Classic Rock and Americana music are my genres of choice. 

Arun Gupta, DO

How do you want to make an impact at Greater Regional Health?

Providing Otorhinolaryngology services to the Creston community. 

What is your philosophy statement?

Empower patients along with excellent medical and surgical care to provide outstanding outcomes. 

What made you want to be in the medical field?

I chose ENT because it focuses predominately on quality of life issue that can be directly improved and provide excellent patient outcomes routinely. 

What do you enjoy doing in your free time?

Travelling, grilling and spending time with my wife and daughter.

Crystal Johnson, MSN, ARNP

How do you want to make an impact at Greater Regional Health?

To work in collaboration with our team of providers & specialist to improve the health of our Southwest Iowans. 

What is your philosophy statement?

To provide compassionate care by listening to my patients' concerns and educating them on healthier lifestyles to maintain well being; then to work with them to achieve our goals.

What made you want to be in the medical field?

I enjoy making people feel well mentally & physically.

What do you enjoy doing in your free time?

Knitting, crocheting, gardening and spending time with family at Sun Valley Lake.

Amy Hynek McFarland, DO, FACOS

How do you want to make an impact at Greater Regional Health?

Reassurance.  Needing surgery can be a stressful scary time in people’s lives.   Because this isn’t a huge hospital, we have the luxury of making patients feel like they’re not just a number and reassure them that they’re going to receive the best care possible.

What is your philosophy statement?

Medical philosophy:  Treat every patient like Mom and Dad. 

Personal philosophy:  Have fun every day, don’t fill your life with garbage, and strive for excellence.

What made you want to be in the medical field?

Every summer on the farm, we butchered chickens.  My job was ‘degutting’.  That sparked my interest in learning about organs, which led to a Masters in anatomy, where I got to observe surgeries and perform tedious cadaver dissections.  During med school rotations, I loved assisting with surgeries, long or short, and was good with my hands, so decided that was the field for me.  It’s very gratifying to be able to help someone within a few hours, whether it’s taking out their appendix, fixing a bowel obstruction, or delivering a baby during a C-section.

What do you enjoy doing in your free time?

Being a mom is my favorite hobby.  My husband and I have three little boys who keep us running.

We are outdoor enthusiasts and enjoy hiking, camping, kayaking, and watching the boys climb on anything imaginable.

I host the radio program Live Well on 91.9 KSOI, providing tips and advice for health and wellness.

I still play in my family’s band, Pumptown.  Our children and real jobs don’t allow much time for shows anymore, but we still enjoy playing when we can.

Eric Larsen, DPM, FACPM

How do you want to make an impact at Greater Regional Health?

I want to be a team member that helps optimize the care and health of our patients.

What is your philosophy statement?

I help people get back on their feet and back to their life as quickly.

What made you want to be in the medical field?

I like helping people. I love to run. I learned that if my feet weren't happy, I wasn't happy.

What do you enjoy doing in your free time?

Obstacle course races, certified barbecue judge, college football, and most importantly spending time with my wife and children.

Gina Latham, MSN, ARNP, FNP-C, CWCN-AP

How do you want to make an impact at Greater Regional Health?

I strive to continue providing quality care with compassion. I want my patients to leave their appointments feeling their treatment plan and care have fulfilled their quality of life desire and outcomes.

What is your philosophy statement?

To partner with my patients on their journey so that we can help them achieve their best life.

What made you want to be in the medical field?

Many life experiences growing up led me to the medical field. I learned at a young age about compassion and caring for others by watching my parents care for my grandparents.

After 20 plus years of nursing, I decided to continue my path and became a Family Nurse Practitioner. I am certified in wound care and truly enjoy partnering with patients to achieve their goals.

What do you enjoy doing in your free time?

I love spending time with my husband and 3 children. We keep busy with outdoor activities and spending time with family and friends.

Annie Nawab, MD

How do you want to make an impact at Greater Regional Health?

I want to help the southern Iowa patients and their families understand their complex pulmonary and sleep diseases and offer them evidence based, up to date medical care.

What is your philosophy statement?

Treat patients regardless of their color, ethnicity, nationality or religious preferences, treat and respect them like my own family.

What made you want to be in the medical field?

My Grandfather was a physician who passed away way before I was born. I never got a chance to meet him but heard a lot of stories of him being a very gifted physician and how he used to diagnose and treat very complicated patients. I always wanted to follow his footsteps and wanted to make a difference.

What do you enjoy doing in your free time?

I really enjoy reading good books, exercising and listening to good music.

Together as a family we love outdoor activities, shopping and watching movies.

Heather Osterbrink, MD, FACS, CWSP

How do you want to make an impact at Greater Regional Health?

Provide excellent quality, personalized care to each patient I meet.

What is your philosophy statement?

As a surgeon, it is my goal to provide exceptional care to each of my patients.  This starts with educating people about their diagnosis and the treatment plans available.  Together we discuss benefits and risks associated with each option.  I do my best to assist patients in creating a treatment plan that will meet and hopefully exceed their goals.

What made you want to be in the medical field?

I have always wanted to be a surgeon where I could define and fix problems.

What do you enjoy doing in your free time?

Travel, reading, culinary explorer.

William Ralston, DO

                         

Timothy Rankin, MD

How do you want to make an impact at Greater Regional Health?

Patient education. To allow informed patient decisions, modern surgical technique, approaches, rehabilitation for improved outcomes.

What is your philosophy statement?

God placed us here to help each other and have fun. I work hard and play hard. I love my planet and Mother Nature. Family is everything.

What made you want to be in the medical field?

The constant of academic challenges while helping people improve. 

What do you enjoy doing in your free time?

Hiking and camping.

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