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Dr. Patricia Neuman

Medical Director, Hospice/Palliative Physician

Dr. Patricia Neuman

Medical Director, 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.

Nancy Ryan

Director of Clinical Eligibility

Nancy Ryan

Director of Clinical Eligibility

Education:

  • BSN Nursing- Winona State ,1984
  • MSN Nursing- UW-Eau Claire, 1996
  • DNP Nursing
  • Post Grad Certification in Palliative care-California State University, 2015
  • Advanced Certification in Hospice and Palliative Care, 2017
  • Dementia Certification, 2020

Experience in Hospice and Palliative Care:

Director of Supportive Care, 2021
Nurse Practitioner, Continuum Navigator, 2020
Hospice and Palliative Care Nurse practitioner, 2012

Just for fun:
Loves to travel to beaches, mountains, deserts and be on the water.

Denita Ward

Director of Supportive Care, Hospice/Palliative Nurse Practitioner

Denita Ward

Director of Supportive Care, Hospice/Palliative Nurse Practitioner

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

Hometown: Beloit, WI
Education:

  • BSN Nursing- Saint Anthony College of Nursing, 2004
  • MSN Nursing- Concordia University, 2014

Experience in Hospice and Palliative Care:
Hospice and Palliative Care Nurse practitioner, 2017

Just for fun:
Spending time with family, playing cards/board games, camping, warm weather vacation destinations, attending my children’s sporting events (currently travel softball), attending minor and major league sporting events as well as theatre and music events.

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

Hometown: Oregon
Education:

  • BSN Nursing- Northern Illinois University, 1989
  • MS Medical Surgical Nursing- Northern Illinois University, 1992
  • Adult Nurse Practitioner Certificate from Loyola University in Chicago, 2000
  • Hospice and Palliative Care Post Graduate Certification from California Institute for Palliative Care, 2017
  • ACHPN Certification, 2018
  • Advanced Dementia Care Specialist Certification from University of Wisconsin, 2021

Experience in Hospice and Palliative Care:
Hospice and Palliative Care Nurse practitioner since 2015

Just for Fun:
Love to garden, spend time with my family and train my 3 dogs and 2 donkeys

Leonard Cooley

Hospice/Palliative Nurse Practitioner

Leonard Cooley

Hospice/Palliative Nurse Practitioner

Hometown: Potosi, WI
Education:

  • ADN Nursing – Southwest Wisconsin technical college, 2002
  • BSN Nursing/ BS Psychology – Clarke University- 2015
  • DNP Nursing- Clarke University – 2018
  • FNP – board certified – 2018
  • Advanced dementia care certification – 2021

Experience in Hospice and Palliative Care:
Hospice and Palliative Care Nurse practitioner-March 2019 – present

Just for fun:
I enjoy camping (with tents), fishing, and traveling. My wife and I, pre-Covid, have been traveling to Canada every summer with her family. Someone in her family has been attending the same fishing resort every year since the 1940s. I enjoy watching the Packers and badgers, I am in NCAA basketball and football fan, and I am a huge baseball/Chicago Cubs fan! I try to attend at least one Cubs game every year.

Kendra Deja

Hospice/Palliative Nurse Practitioner

Kendra Deja

Hospice/Palliative Nurse Practitioner

Tara Groth

Hospice/Palliative Nurse Practitioner

Tara Groth

Hospice/Palliative Nurse Practitioner

Gwen Herzog

Hospice/Palliative Nurse Practitioner

Gwen Herzog

Hospice/Palliative Nurse Practitioner

Experience in Hospice and Palliative Care:
Hospice experience since 2019, Agrace Supportive Care Nurse Practitioner-Fall 2021.

Just for Fun:
In my free time I enjoy being outdoors, traveling with my husband, and spending time with family and friends.

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. Ron Maggiore

Hospice/Palliative Physician

Dr. Ron Maggiore

Hospice/Palliative Physician

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

Linda Norton

Hospice/Palliative Nurse Practitioner

Linda Norton

Hospice/Palliative Nurse Practitioner

Hometown: Madison, WI
Education:

  • BSN Nursing- California State University, Domingez Hills 1996
  • MSN Nursing- California State University, Los Angeles 1998
  • DNP Nursing-
  • Post Grad Certification in:
  • Neuropsychiatry-California State University- 1997
  • Oncology, California State University- 1998
  • Advanced Certification in  Hospice and Palliative Care- 2020
  • Dementia Certification 2021

Experience in Hospice and Palliative Care:
Hospice and Palliative Care Nurse practitioner-2016

 

Kelly N. Planton

Lead Hospice/Palliative Nurse Practitioner

Kelly N. Planton

Lead Hospice/Palliative Nurse Practitioner

Hometown: Madison WI

Education:

  • BSN Nursing- Winona State, 2007
  • MSN Nursing- UW Madison, 2011
  • Advanced Certification in  Hospice and Palliative Care- 2016

Experience in Hospice and Palliative Care:
Hospice and Palliative Care Nurse practitioner-2013

Just for fun:
High intensity interval training, Cricut crafting, crocheting, board games, spending time with my family and dogs

Dr. Lori Richer

Hospice/Palliative Physician

Dr. Lori Richer

Hospice/Palliative Physician

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. MJ Shah

Senior Hospice/Palliative Physician

Dr. MJ Shah

Senior Hospice/Palliative Physician

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.

Dr. Geoffrey Smith

Hospice/Palliative Physician

Dr. Geoffrey Smith

Hospice/Palliative Physician

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.

Mary Spiller

Hospice/Palliative Nurse Practitioner

Mary Spiller

Hospice/Palliative Nurse Practitioner

Title: APNP

Hometown: Hancock, WI

Education:

  • Diploma:Lutheran General and Deaconess Hospitals School of Nursing 1981
  • BSN: Governors State University 1988
  • MSN: Northern Illinois University 2002
  • MHA: National Lewis University 2013

Certifications:

  • Board Certified Family Nurse Practitioner 2002
  • Advanced Certified Hospice and Palliative Nurse 2012
  • Board Certified Patient Advocate 2019

Just for Fun:
I enjoy spending time time with my family and fur baby. I dabble in quilting and refurbishing furniture. We also enjoy camping and hope to see most of the national parks.

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.

Lydia Weiss

Hospice/Palliative Nurse Practitioner

Lydia Weiss

Hospice/Palliative Nurse Practitioner

Hometown: Waupun, WI

Education:
• BSN Nursing – UW Madison, 2014
• DNP – UW Madison, 2021
• Advanced Practice Nurse Prescriber – 2021
• Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner – 2021
• Critical Care Nurse Certification – 2016
• Registered Nurse – 2014

Experience in Hospice and Palliative Care:
Supportive Care Nurse Practitioner 2021 – present

Just for fun:
Walking with my husband and corgi, boating and water skiing, reading, spending time with family and friends and traveling.