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Employee Wellness Center Care Team

William Bednar, MD

William Bednar, MD, believes that listening is one of the best tools in the practice of medicine. By learning where patients are in their life journey, he can help them make the greatest positive impact on their own health care.

Whether working with patients to manage chronic conditions such as hypertension, elevated cholesterol, diabetes and pre-diabetes, or assisting with weight management, he encourages them to make a difference in their own lives. Dr. Bednar believes that preventative health care and healthy lifestyle changes can make the biggest differences in a person’s overall health and wellbeing.

Dr. Bednar is a fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians and is board-certified by the American Board of Family Medicine. He received his medical degree from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and served as Chief Resident in his final year of residency at the University of Oklahoma/Tulsa Medical College.

For 23 years, Dr. Bednar served as a family physician at The Liberty Clinic in Liberty, Missouri. He continues to serve on the editorial staff of The Prescriber’s Letter and The Pharmacist’s Letter. In addition, he enjoys volunteering in the community and spending time with his wife and family.

Dr. Bednar joined the Employee Wellness Center in 2015.

Purnima Mohan

Purnima Mohan, MD

Purnima Mohan, MD, believes in a strong doctor-patient relationship where both individuals work toward the goal of health maintenance. Dr. Mohan feels that patient education, along with a team approach, often helps her patients achieve their desired outcomes. She takes great satisfaction in helping her patients manage their chronic medical conditions, such as hypertension, diabetes and depression.

Dr. Mohan is a board-certified family physician and a member of the American Academy of Family Physicians. She received a master’s degree in social work from the University of Toronto, with a focus on addictions counseling. She earned her medical degree from Universidad Ibero Americana in the Dominican Republic and completed her residency training at The Goppert Trinity Family Care program in Kansas City, Missouri.

Dr. Mohan practiced family medicine in Belton, Missouri, before joining the Employee Wellness Center in 2014.

Johnna Wilcox, MD

Johnna Wilcox, MD

Johnna Wilcox, MD, believes in providing personalized medical care by listening to concerns, working with patients to achieve their heath goals and coordinating with team members to meet patients’ physical and emotional needs.

Johnna is a board-certified Diplomat of Family Medicine and has been practicing for more than 30 years. She is originally from the Kansas City area but recently relocated from the Pacific Northwest, where she had practiced for the last 20 years. She specializes in preventative care, gynecological care and complex chronic disease management.

Johnna joined the Employee Wellness Center in 2021.

Keona Stephens

Keona Stephens, FNP

Keona Stephens, FNP, believes in building relationships with her patients. Her goal is to help patients make choices that will enhance their quality of life. She strives to motivate and educate patients to practice a healthy lifestyle, prevent disease and manage chronic conditions. Keona provides compassionate care and practices a healthy lifestyle, believing this will have a positive impact on patients.

Keona received her bachelor’s degree in nursing at Missouri Western State University and her master’s degree in nursing at the University of Missouri Kansas City.

She has two years of experience with the Samuel U Rodgers Health Center, providing primary and urgent care to all age groups and cultures, as well as chronic condition management and health promotion. Keona also worked at a Walgreens Take Care Clinic, where she provided urgent care.

Keona joined the Employee Wellness Center in 2013.

Dolly Bloom, APRN

Dolly Bloom, APRN

Dolly Bloom, APRN, believes health promotion and disease prevention are the foundation of good health care. Her goals are to collaborate with patients to achieve their health goals and always try to live by the Golden Rule: Treat others the way you would like to be treated.

Dolly, who has been a Nurse Practitioner for 22 years, enjoys working with the Employee Wellness Center’s client population. She loves their diversity and passion for caring for children.

Dolly joined the Employee Wellness Center full-time in 2020 after working PRN since the clinic opened in 2013.

Lauren Prout

Lauren Prout, Pharm.D.

Lauren Prout, Pharm.D. believes in the strategic integration of pharmacy services into a whole health approach. She strives to optimize patients' health care outcomes using her up-to-date knowledge, as well as her effective customer service and communication skills.

She attended the University of Missouri and graduated from University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Pharmacy, where she received her Doctor of Pharmacy.

Dr. Prout previously worked as a Pharmacist in Charge at Target in the Washington, D.C., area. While at Target, she spearheaded highly successful community health and guest experience improvement programs.

She joined the Employee Wellness Center in 2013.

Justin Basin

Justin Bastin, LMFT

Justin Bastin, Licensed Marriage Family Therapist, believes in providing client-centered, strength-based behavioral health care for his patients. He considers his clients to be the experts for their life choices and will help guide patients in their search for personal answers. Justin specializes in the treatment of trauma recovery, family conflict, parenting issues, interpersonal relationships and family systems, substance use and anxiety/ depression.

He received a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Health and Human Services from Kansas State University and a master’s degree in Family Therapy from Friends University-Lenexa.

Before joining the Employee Wellness Center, Justin worked in non-profit for the Kansas foster care program. Additionally, he works as an addiction counselor with individuals on probation in Wyandotte County.

Justin joined the Employee Wellness Center in 2016.

Katre Kirkenmeier, MA, LPC

Katie Kirkenmeier, MA, LPC

Katie Kirkenmeier, MA, LPC , believes every person has the right to heal and experience personal growth. She understands that everyone experiences hardships and stress in life that can be overwhelming. Her goal is to help others understand they are not alone and their voices deserve to be heard. Her focus is to provide a safe, inclusive, and trauma-informed space to support individuals on their path to healing and to enhance their relationship to their authentic self. Katie believes there is no concern too small that you should have to endure by yourself. Every individual is unique and deserves a therapeutic experience that is tailored to their healing journey.

Katie is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in the state of Missouri and a Registered Art Therapist (ATR). Katie specializes in trauma treatment and has experience working with children, adolescents, and adults. She previously worked at a sexual abuse center in Chicago before moving to Kansas City and continuing to work with individual who have experienced sexual violence at the Metropolitan Organization to Counter Sexual Assault.

Katie joined the Employee Wellness Center in 2020.

Shelby Miller smiling.

Shelby Miller, MS, RD, LD

Shelby Miller, MS, RD, LD, believes health is not synonymous with weight and focuses on a health-at-every-size approach to wellbeing. She promotes Intuitive Eating, an evidenced-based health approach designed to help patients develop a healthy and balanced relationship with food by either cultivating or removing obstacles to body awareness. Shelby wants her patients to feel like they can stop restricting food intake and instead focus on consuming balanced nutrients that are best for improving their specific health conditions.

Shelby received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Nebraska and completed her master’s degree and dietetic internship at the University of Kansas Medical Center. Previously, Shelby worked with patients with a variety of health conditions like heart disease, diabetes and gastrointestinal disorders at the University of Kansas Health System.

She joined the Employee Wellness Center in late 2021.

Rachael Thurman, PT. DPT

Rachael Thurman, PT, DPT

Rachael Thurman, PT, DPT, is passionate about the restoration of healthy movement patterns, pain reduction and improvement of function in individuals suffering from painful injuries, surgery or chronic conditions. She appreciates the relationships that she builds with her patients and feels strongly about patient education and understanding of their condition. She loves to learn new techniques/services and keep up with the latest in research so she can provide patients with the most effective and efficient treatment methods.

Rachael is a licensed physical therapist in Missouri and Kansas. She received her undergraduate degree in sports science and her doctorate degree in physical therapy, both from Rockhurst University. Rachael is certified in applied functional science and dry needling.

Prior to joining the Employee Wellness Center, Rachael worked in several areas of physical therapy, including acute, inpatient rehab, outpatient orthopedics and workers’ compensation. She has worked at Menorah Medical Center and most recently at ARC Physical Therapy +.

Rachael joined the Employee Wellness Center in 2020.

Brad McGuire

Brad McGuire, RN, BSN, EMT-P

Brad McGuire, RN, BSN, EMT-P, is responsible for clinical operations. He guides the Employee Wellness Center staff by using sound clinical workflows, the latest technology and innovation to benefit patients.

Brad aims to help establish the Employee Wellness Center as a medical home for all patients by using the evidenced-based practice model and clinical experience, considering patient preferences and empowering staff.

He received his bachelor's degree in nursing and master’s degree in legal studies from Webster University. He received his pre-hospital/paramedic training at Creighton University.

Before joining the Employee Wellness Center, Brad worked at Cerner as a Senior Solution Designer for the Order and Plans Development organization. Prior to Cerner, Brad was a critical care, emergency services and perioperative nurse.

Brad joined the Employee Wellness Center in 2016.

Bridget Sharp smiling.

Bridget Sharp

Bridget Sharp, Health Center Manager, is responsible for the day-to-day management of the Employee Wellness Center. She drives initiatives and innovations to help facilitate proactive collaboration between health care providers and patients. She strives for patient-centered health care with excellence in quality, service and access.

Bridget received her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the Park University.

Before joining the Employee Wellness Center, Bridget was the Clinical/Workflow Consultant for Cerner on Workforce Health Services. She also has worked in several other health care areas, including in a lab setting and emergency medicine.

Bridget joined the Employee Wellness Center in 2021.