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New doc in town

Swisher joins Iowa Specialty Hospital WC clinic

John Swisher, DO, CAQ, has joined the Iowa Specialty Hospital Webster City clinic, providing family medicine and sports medicine services.

Swisher, who started with the clinic in December, graduated from Belmond-Klemme High School and received his undergraduate degree from Iowa State University. He earned his Doctor of Osteopathy degree from Des Moines University Osteopathic Medicine School. He served his primary care residency through the University of Iowa programs and completed a sports medicine fellowship through the University of Minnesota, working with the Minnesota Gophers.

“Family was what brought us back to this area,” Swisher said.

His practice in Webster City encompasses all areas of general medicine, but he said if he had a specialty niche, it would be sports medicine.

“So that would be more non-operative orthopedics, sports concussions, return to play decision-making. I covered lots of sidelines for different levels – universities, colleges and high schools,” he said.

Swisher said the past year and the pandemic has been challenging, but has also been a learning opportunity for all individuals involved in patient care.

“It continues to evolve and change and we just have to be adaptable to that,” he said. “I think we need to take it one day at a time. We’ve got to go slow and be adaptable.”

Iowa Specialty Hospitals and Clinics will soon begin construction on a new clinic building which will be located on Superior Street.

“I think we’re all looking forward to the new clinic so that we can house a lot of our services right there in house so we don’t have to worry about sending people to many different directions,” he said. “We have a bunch of wonderful, kind folks here. Our practice styles are evidence-based in their approach and we all try to stay up-to-date with the latest and best.”

Swisher joins Kristen Davison, PA-C, and Kari Patten, PA-C. Davison and Patten, who are sisters, both graduated from Webster City High School. Davison attended Iowa State University for undergraduate studies and received her Masters in Physician Assistant Studies from Des Moines University. Both Davison and Patten provide a wide range of services at the clinic including preventative care, well-child visits women’s health, chronic disease management and acute care.

Davison started practicing with Dr. Don Woodhouse 5 ¢ years ago. She said she’s looking forward to the opening of the new clinic building.

“There will be more space and more exam rooms,” she said. “Also, we’ll be able to have radiology and more labs in house. It will be more convenient for our patients.

“We have a great staff and we’re excited to bring some of the Iowa Specialty values to Webster City,” Davison said.

Patten attended the University of Northern Iowa for her undergraduate studies and Des Moines University for her Masters of Physician Assistant studies.

“It’s nice to be back here and around in family,” she said. “We’ve been back for two years.”

Patten said she enjoys working with her sister at the clinic.

“She’s a great role model and we enjoy bouncing ideas off of each other,” Patten said.

Patten said she enjoys working in family medicine and preventative care.

The past year has been challenging for patients with COVID-19, but Patten said the clinic has strived to help patients continue care through telemedicine and other means.

“We want to make sure that we provide the continued care and get people in for their adult physicals and well-child appointments,” she said.

Patten said the expanded space at the new clinic will be beneficial to both the staff and patients.

“Having the specialists come to the clinic will be great for our patients. The new clinic will make those specialties more available and convenient for our patients,” she said. “And we’re glad to have Dr. Swisher with us, too.”

Trisha Bartlett, PA-C, MPAS, also provides dermatology services at the Webster City clinic.

The new clinic building, announced recently by officials with Iowa Specialty Hospital and Clinics, is expected to be built in the next year, though there is not yet a specific construction timeline.

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