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More Than 100 Doctors Other Medical Professionals Join Sanford Health This Summer

Health System Continues to Add Medical Staff

(Fargo, ND & Sioux Falls, SD) – Sanford Health welcomed 103 providers to the health system just this summer. The recruiting class from June-August includes 75 doctors, 25 physician assistants and nurse practitioners, and three other medical professionals. Patient demand was the number one driver but leaders say over-all interest in Sanford seems to be growing.

"As our health system grows and expands throughout our region, it is critical that we are able to provide necessary healthcare services in the communities we serve to meet the individual needs of our patients," says Dr. Dan Blue, President, Sanford Clinic Sioux Falls.  "The addition of these new physician specialties to our Sanford family is very gratifying in that it strengthens an already robust team of physicians."

"In an average year, we add around 60-70 new physicians, so this summer's recruiting efforts are exceptional.  It takes anywhere from six months to several years to recruit one doctor and those with unique specialties, like the ones we have recruited this summer, may take even longer to recruit." Says Dr. Bruce Pitts, President, Sanford Clinic Fargo.  "I can't thank our staff enough for all the hard work they have put in.  With these additions, patients are getting access to more services in a timelier manner, closer to home."


Fargo, ND

Christopher Kallenbach, MD, Radiology

Ben Dahl, MD, Radiology

Sajid Jalil, MD, Gastroenterology

Murali Nalluri, MD, Gastroenterology

Ross Meidinger, MD, Gastroenterology

Amanda Miller, PA-C, Orthopedic Surgery

Nicole Meier, PA-C, Orthopedic Surgery

Kevin Dahl, MD, Orthopedic Surgery

Martin Belanger, DMD, Oral Maxillofacial Surgery

Mark Gitau, MD, Oncology

Matthew Tinguely, MD, Oncology

Thandiwe Gray, MD, Oncology

Rebecca Bakke, MD, General Pediatrics

Heidi Goldstein, MD, Pediatric Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

Woei Yeang Eng, MD, Adult & Pediatric Allergy

Kara Eickman, MD, Neurology

Molissa Germscheid, NP, Neurology

John Eickman, MD, Neurological Surgery

Rebekah Tompkins, MD, Obstetrics/Gynecology

Christina Tinguely, MD, Obstetrics/ Gynecology

Arvinder Gagneja, MD, Psychiatry

Sritoslav Hristov, MD, Psychiatry

Cristina Seicarescu, MD, Psychiatry

Andrew Hoerauf, MLC, Psychiatry

Lisa Stevenson, LPC, Counseling

Lawrence Merck, CRNA, Anesthesiology

Elisa Williams, DO, Anesthesiology

Brian Harris, MD, Anesthesiology

Brian Hass, MD, Anesthesiology

Paul Lappinga, MD, Pathology

Mohamed Mohamed, MD, Neonatology

Jo-Ann Smith, MD, Neonatology

Dubert Guerrero, MD, Infectious Disease

Gregory Vigesaa, DO, Emergency Medicine

Andrew Bakke, MD, Emergency Medicine

Robert Hung, MD, Pulmonary

Lindsey Dahl, MD, Internal Medicine

Kaushik Bhunia, MD, Internal Medicine

Anil Jasti, MD, Hospitalist

Nyan Pyae, MD, Hospitalist

Pam Antoniuk, MD, Plastic Surgery

Leslie Koltes, NP, Neurology

Gina Cook, NP, Pain Management


Bemidji, MN

Promil Bhutani, MD, Family Medicine

Bala Davuluri, MD, Neurology

Chalermkiat Thanasawat, MD, Internal Medicine

Tracy Blichfeldt, MD, Internal Medicine

Matthew Lee, MD, Radiology

Frank LeBlanc, MD, Emergency Medicine

Michael Lee, MD, Emergency Medicine

Paul Howes, MD, Emergency Medicine & Walk-In Care

Deborah Gibb-Potts, NP, Emergency Medicine

Charlene LaFrenz, NP, Emergency Medicine

David VanEngelenhoven, MD, Emergency Medicine


Jamestown, ND

Patrick Walter, PA-C, Surgery

Mandy Sorlie, MD, Family Medicine

Brad Skari, MD, Family Medicine


Mahnomen, MN

Kagen Waage, PA-C, Family Medicine

Anju Gurung, MD, Internal Medicine

Dirgha Prasai, MD, Internal Medicine


Oakes Area, ND

Karen Kaiser, NP, Family Medicine

Vicki Hack, PA-C, Family Medicine

Jeanne Hoistad, PA-C, Family Medicine

Loretta Pfeifer, PA-C, Family Medicine

Brenda Reich, PA-C, Family Medicine

Kathleen Siedschlag, PA-C, Family Medicine

Stefanie Gefroh, MD, Obstetrics/Gynecology

Nancy Gulsvig PA-C, Family Medicine

Scott Harris, MD, Surgery

Rup Nagala, MD, Family Medicine

Vani Nagala, MD, Internal Medicine

Lillian Long, NP, Family Medicine


Sioux Falls, SD

Romano DeMarco, MD, Pediatric Urology

John Sanders, MD, Pediatric Nephrology

Mir H. Ali, MD, Pediatric Critical Care

Carl Galloway, MD, Pediatric Hospitalist

Maria Carillo-Marquez, MD, Pediatric Infectious Disease

Matthew Jahraus, DO, Hospitalist

Richard Brue, DO, Hospitalist

Kenneth Bassett, MD, Emergency Medicine

Lee Austin, MD, Gastroenterology

Meghan McGowan, MD, Obstetrics/Gynecology

Megan T. Carreno, MD, Obstetrics/Gynecology

Christopher Stanton, MD, Electrophysiology/Cardiology

Rachael Dekker, NP, Women's Internal Medicine

Sue Johannsen, PA, Orthopedics & Sports Medicine

JaneNwaonu, MD, Rheumatology

Christina Lankhorst, MD, Nephrology

Eric Carrier, PA, Orthopedics & Sports Medicine

Janelle Hanna, PA, Orthopedics & Sports Medicine


Aberdeen, SD

Kudzai Vengesa, MD, General Pediatrics


Brookings, SD

Nabeel Nasir, MD, Family Medicine


Worthington, MN

Sanket Kunde, MD, Family Medicine

Hee Yoon, MD, Radiation Oncology (SW MN Radiation Center)


Watertown, SD

Anuradha Gonuguntla, MD, Family Medicine

Chantel Larson, NP, Ear Nose & Through (Sanford Lake Area ENT)


Westbrook, MN

Jessica Moriarty, NP, Family Medicine

Andrew Kopperud, MD, Internal Medicine/Pediatrics


Vermillion, SD

Stephen Njagi, MD, Family Medicine/OB

Anastasia Searcy, DO, Family Medicine/OB


Chamberlain, SD

Kala Shepherd, CNP, Family Medicine


Windom, MN

Ryan Palmer, PA-C, Family Medicine


In addition to the multitude of providers who started during June, July and August, Sanford Health continually recruits medical professionals and many more will start in the coming months.

For more information about a provider listed above, including medical education and background, please visit To obtain a provider's photo, please contact Sanford Media Relations.

About Sanford Health

Sanford Health is an integrated health system headquartered in Sioux Falls, SD and Fargo, ND.  It consists of two long-standing organizations that merged in 2009. Sanford is now the largest, rural, not-for-profit healthcare system in the nation serving 110 communities in eight states. It includes 30 hospitals, 111 clinic locations and more than 800 physicians in 70 specialty areas of medicine. With more than 18,000 employees, Sanford Health is the largest employer in North and South Dakota. For more information, visit