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Dr. Ruth Thomson

Chief Medical Officer

Dr. Ruth Thomson

Chief Medical Officer

As chief medical officer, Dr. Ruth M. Thomson leads and guides the performance of the team of hospice and palliative care physicians and nurse practitioners who provide care to Agrace patients and clients. She serves on Agrace’s executive leadership team and works to ensure that quality patient care is consistently delivered, meeting all agency guidelines, and state and federal standards.

Dr. Thomson joined Agrace in 2021 from Elara Caring in Addison, Texas, one of the nation’s largest providers of home-based care, where she was national hospice medical director. She is board certified in hospice and palliative medicine, internal medicine and as a hospice medical director.

As a member of the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine (AAHPM) Board of Directors, Dr. Thomson was awarded AAHPM’s 2021 Josefina B. Magno Distinguished Hospice Physician Award. This award recognizes a hospice medical director that provides the highest quality services and innovative programs and demonstrates exemplary dedication to the practice of palliative medicine in a hospice setting.

 

Dr. MJ Shah

Director of Hospice Eligibility

Dr. MJ Shah

Director of Hospice Eligibility

MJ (Mindy) Shah, MD, joined Agrace in 2015. She is board certified in geriatrics and in hospice and palliative medicine. Before coming to Agrace, she worked in Rochester, N.Y., in hospice and long-term care. She is a graduate of the University of Rochester School of Medicine, where she also completed geriatric medicine and palliative care fellowships.

Nancy Ryan

Director of Supportive Care

Nancy Ryan

Director of Supportive Care

Renee Thums

Practice Manager, Medical Services & Supportive Care

Renee Thums

Practice Manager, Medical Services & Supportive Care

Paula Beltran

Hospice/Palliative Nurse Practitioner

Paula Beltran

Hospice/Palliative Nurse Practitioner

Dr. Linda Blust

Hospice/Palliative Physician

Dr. Linda Blust

Hospice/Palliative Physician

Linda Blust, MD, joined Agrace in 2021. She is board-certified in hospice and palliative medicine and internal medicine. Dr. Blust holds an undergraduate degree from Saint Louis University and earned her medical degree at the Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee.

Dr. Tony Braus

Hospice/Palliative Physician

Dr. Tony Braus

Hospice/Palliative Physician

Anthony Braus, MD, joined Agrace in 2012. He is board certified in geriatrics and psychiatry. Dr. Braus practiced hospital-based psychiatry for more than 20 years, primarily at the William S. Middleton Memorial Veterans Hospital in Madison. He regularly consults with staff caring for Agrace hospice and palliative care patients who have forms of dementia and other psychiatric conditions. Dr. Braus received his medical degree from Michigan State University.

 

Sarah Brunker

Hospice/Palliative Nurse Practitioner

Sarah Brunker

Hospice/Palliative Nurse Practitioner

MacKenzie Clark-Seltzner

Hospice/Palliative Nurse Practitioner

MacKenzie Clark-Seltzner

Hospice/Palliative Nurse Practitioner

MacKenzie Clark-Seltzner joined Agrace in 2013. She had previously worked as a nurse on an inpatient cancer unit before becoming a nurse practitioner. She received a master’s degree from Marian University, Fond du Lac, Wis., and holds Advanced Certified Palliative and Hospice Nurse (ACPHN) certification. She currently works at Agrace’s Madison inpatient unit, with both residential hospice patients and those receiving short-term acute care.

Elizabeth Conwell

Hospice/Palliative Nurse Practitioner

Elizabeth Conwell

Hospice/Palliative Nurse Practitioner
  • Joined Agrace in 2017
  • Board-certified adult nurse practitioner, Loyola University of Chicago; ANCC-certified, 2000
  • Advanced Practice RN Certificate in Palliative Care, 2017, California State University Institute for Palliative Care
  • Mental Health and the Older Adult Certificate, 2013
  • Bachelor of science in nursing, University of Wisconsin
  • Hobbies: Reading, sewing and spending time in the northwoods with my husband and daughter
  • Philosophy:  I am fortunate to work with an amazing group of professionals, and alongside my team I feel privileged to provide comfort, support and education to patients and their families.

Leonard Cooley

Hospice/Palliative Nurse Practitioner

Leonard Cooley

Hospice/Palliative Nurse Practitioner

Kendra Deja

Hospice/Palliative Nurse Practitioner

Kendra Deja

Hospice/Palliative Nurse Practitioner

Carmen Huenerberg

Hospice/Palliative Nurse Practitioner

Carmen Huenerberg

Hospice/Palliative Nurse Practitioner

Diane Kelley

Hospice/Palliative Nurse Practitioner

Diane Kelley

Hospice/Palliative Nurse Practitioner
  • Agrace RN, 2004 – 2011
  • Joined Agrace as a nurse practitioner, 2017
  • Palliative Care and Hospice Nurse Practitioner
  • Adult nurse practitioner; ANCC-certified, 2012
  • Master of science in nursing, University of Wisconsin, 2012
  • Registered Nurse, 1984
  • Mission: Creative, compassionate holistic patient-centered care.
  • Clinical interests: Complementary medicine–Healing Touch Practitioner
  • Hobbies: Yoga, meditation, hiking, biking, cross country skiing, family time

Dr. Bernard Micke

Hospice/Palliative Physician

Dr. Bernard Micke

Hospice/Palliative Physician

Bernard Micke, MD, joined Agrace in 1996. Dr. Micke practiced family medicine in Madison for several decades before coming to Agrace, where he helped our organization grow and gain the respect of patients, families and medical professionals in the communities Agrace serves. He serves on the Meriter Hospital Ethics Committee and is a graduate of the Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee.

Tammy Murawski

Hospice/Palliative Nurse Practitioner

Tammy Murawski

Hospice/Palliative Nurse Practitioner

Dr. Patricia Neuman

Hospice/Palliative Physician

Dr. Patricia Neuman

Hospice/Palliative Physician

Patricia Neuman, DO, joined Agrace in 2018. She is board certified in physical medicine and rehabilitation, hospice and palliative care and is certified as a hospice medical director. Dr. Neuman was a hospice medical director in Green Bay, WI from 2011 to 2018. Prior to that, she had a clinical practice in pain and spine care.

Linda Norton

Hospice/Palliative Nurse Practitioner

Linda Norton

Hospice/Palliative Nurse Practitioner
  • Joined Agrace in 2016
  • Palliative care and hospice nurse practitioner
  • Adult nurse practitioner; ANCC-certified, 1998
  • Subspecialties:
    • Oncology nurse practitioner, University of California, Los Angeles, 1998
    • Neuropsychiatry, University of California, Los Angeles, 1997
    • Pediatric oncology, University of Wisconsin Pediatric Hematology/Oncology, 2002
  • Registered nurse—California, 1979
  • Mission statement: The art of contemplative care: to be silent, to listen, to be there.
  • Hobbies: Master Gardener, UW Extension Horticulture

Kelly N. Planton

Hospice/Palliative Nurse Practitioner

Kelly N. Planton

Hospice/Palliative Nurse Practitioner
  • Joined Agrace in 2013
  • Lead hospice and palliative care nurse practitioner
  • Bachelor of science, nursing Winona State 2007
  • Master of science in nursing- University of Madison- Wisconsin 2010
  • Philosophy: Throw kindness like confetti.
  • Hobbies: Running, playing board games, reading, crocheting, spending time with family, traveling

Annmarie Ransom

Hospice/Palliative Nurse Practitioner

Annmarie Ransom

Hospice/Palliative Nurse Practitioner

Dr. Kenneth Robbins

Director, Hospice Memory Care Suites

Dr. Kenneth Robbins

Director, Hospice Memory Care Suites

Dr. Kenneth Robbins, MD, MPH, of Madison, is board-certified in internal medicine and psychiatry. Before joining Agrace, he was medical director of the Stoughton Hospital Geropsychiatry Unit and medical director for Rock County’s Mental Health System. He has been on the clinical faculty of the University of Wisconsin Department of Psychiatry since 1985. Robbins is a member of the Dane County Medical Society, Wisconsin State Medical Society and Wisconsin Psychiatric Association. A graduate of the University of Michigan Medical School, Robbins also and holds a master’s of public health.

Dr. Holly Schaefer

Hospice/Palliative Physician

Dr. Holly Schaefer

Hospice/Palliative Physician

Dr. Geoffrey Smith

Hospice/Palliative Physician & Medical Director Designee

Dr. Geoffrey Smith

Hospice/Palliative Physician & Medical Director Designee

Geoffrey Smith, DO, joined Agrace in 2017. He is board certified in family medicine and is a certified hospice medical director as well as a certified wound specialist. Dr. Smith practiced medicine with Fort Health Care in Johnson Creek and Fort Atkinson, Wis., from 1989 to 2017, working in family medicine. Most recently, he worked at the Internal Medicine and Pediatrics Clinic in Fort Atkinson and the Johnson Creek Wound and Edema Clinic. He was also a medical director for Rainbow Hospice for 23 years. A graduate of Drake University, he received his medical degree from the University of Osteopathic Medicine and Health Sciences, Des Moines, Iowa.

Dr. Karuna Spiegelman

Hospice/Palliative Physician

Dr. Karuna Spiegelman

Hospice/Palliative Physician

Karuna Spiegelman, MD, joined Agrace in 2017. She is board certified in internal medicine and integrative holistic medicine, and completed a fellowship in hospice and palliative care in Pennsylvania in 2016. Dr. Spiegleman has been a hospitalist with Meriter UnityPoint Health in Madison for more than 10 years, and served on Meriter Hospital’s Medical Ethics Advisory Committee for nine years. In addition to English, she also speaks French, Russian and French Creole. She is proficient in Hindi and has a basic knowledge of medical Spanish.

Denita Ward

Hospice/Palliative Nurse Practitioner

Denita Ward

Hospice/Palliative Nurse Practitioner

Dr. David Watts

Hospice/Palliative Physician

Dr. David Watts

Hospice/Palliative Physician

David Watts, MD, joined Agrace in 2016. He is board certified in internal medicine and geriatric medicine, and was a faculty physician in the UW Division of Geriatrics in Madison from 1984 to 2016. Dr. Watts was named one of Madison’s “Top Docs” six times, and was named a “Patient Experience Champion” with UW Health in 2015. He received his medical degree from the University of Washington.