Providing same-day medical, dental, and mental health care at three locations around Wichita.
Mei Cheng, MD
Mei Cheng is a family practitioner and pediatrician at Hunter Health’s Central Clinic location. Having been with Hunter Health since 1989, Dr. Cheng still enjoys treating patients as much as she did on her first day!
Dr. Cheng attended medical school at KU Med, then continued to Wesley to complete the pediatric program there. After spending her career at Hunter Health, she’s now semi-retired. But she’ll always love the process of seeing patients. She especially loves the diversity that comes with primary care; seeing, diagnosing, and then referring or treating patients who otherwise would not have the opportunity to receive medical care. Each of her patients has a story, and Dr. Cheng loves to hear them all!
When she’s not working, you might find Dr. Cheng tending to her garden, cooking at the stove, or watching one of her favorite T.V. shows. She spends other bits of free time with friends and family, or trying to catch up with the fast paced world of social media.
Hector Fernandez, MD
Dr. Fernandez is the Interfaith Ministries Clinic Director and Director of Minor Surgery. Having worked all over Kansas, Dr. Fernandez most recently joined Hunter Health Clinic after spending several years in Great Bend.
His good natured personality allows Dr. Fernandez to identify with his patients in a way that eases the stress of potentially tense situations. He’s passionate about educating them so they’re able to maintain their health even after their appointment at the clinic. He knows the best way to get his patients’ attention is by gaining their trust. He finds making his patients laugh is a great way to do that!
When Dr. Fernandez isn’t working, you’ll find him learning new things – including social media networking and cooking!
Callie Wentling, PA-C
Callie Wentling is the Physician’s Assistant at Hunter Health’s Brookside location, where she has practiced since 2012. She obtained her undergraduate degree at McPherson College in Kansas, and completed her graduate studies at Wichita State University. Wentling specializes in family medicine, preventative care, women’s healthcare, and management of chronic conditions.
Wentling always knew she belonged in the medical field. It’s been her passion for as long as she can remember. She settled into Hunter Health Clinic through a scholarship opportunity, and loved the central location to her family. She cherishes each day she gets to spend in the Clinic, knowing she’s helping people in need. She especially strives to meet the needs of her patients through these tough times of transitioning healthcare needs. Her patients bring her a variety of complexities, which she accepts with open arms.
Wentling is married with one young daughter; their family is complimented by their french bulldog. When she’s not working, you’ll find Wentling outdoors, exercising, spending time with family, and cooking. Wentling played tennis growing up, and loves every opportunity to pick up the racket. A local jetsetter on weekends, Wentling and her family take frequent day trips to Kansas City, Hutchinson, and other Kansas towns.
Kelci Burkey, PA-C
Kelci Burkey is a Certified Physician’s Assistant at Hunter Health’s Central Clinic location.
Burkey grew up in the small Kansas town of Hoisington, where she learned the importance of a close-knit family, and that helping people is what really matters.
After earning her associates degree from Butler Community College, Burkey moved to WIchita in 2006 to earn her bachelors and masters degrees at Wichita State University. She remained in Wichita after graduation; she and her husband have decided to raise their family here.
Burkey has had two sons: Maxton and Kamben. Max passed away from SIDS at two months, and Ben is 2 1/2 years old. Their family continues to grow and foster Burkey’s desire to follow her dreams of thriving in the medical field. In fact, she considers her boys to be her greatest achievement for that reason, among others!
When she’s not working, you’ll find Burkey baking something involving chocolate or peanut butter, or spending time with her family. They love to take bike rides, play in the back yard, feed the geese, and build forts together.
“Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.”
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Rachel Phillips, PA-C
Rachel Phillips is the Clinic Director at Hunter Health’s Brookside location. She’s a proud Wichita State University graduate, and having been with Hunter Health since 2011, specializes in family practice.
Phillips didn’t always know she wanted to be in the medical field. She received her bachelors degree in psychology, but after digging in a bit after graduation, she realized she could help more people from a medical standpoint. She wanted to care for more than the mind; she wanted to care for the entire body, which is how she would up with a physician’s assistant certification.
She was drawn to Hunter Health because her innate desire matched up with the Clinic’s core values – helping those who need it. She knew working at a community health center would enable her to do just that.
Phillips’ greatest accomplishment is her family, and when she’s not working you’ll probably find her chasing her young son around. She’s also into ceramics, exercising, and traveling. The coolest place she’s been? Barcelona!
I wonder if people would know the difference between flying and falling if there was nothing to crash into. – Unknown
Tiruvadi Ravigururajan, PA-C
Dr. Ravi is a physician assistant at Hunter Health’s Central Clinic location. Specializing in family medicine, he joined Hunter Health more than ten years ago.
Originally from India, Dr. Ravi brings his unique take on life to work with him every day. Known for being straightforward and honest with his patients, he focuses on cutting through the fluff and helping them get (and stay!) healthy.
Dr. Ravi enjoys the diverse demographic of patients he treats at Hunter Health, he fully appreciates that they bring great life experiences of their own. He uses these experiences to identify with his patients, and effectively communicate with them about their healthcare needs.
Valerie Swick, PA-C
Valerie Swick is the Physician Assistant (PA-C) at the Interfaith Ministries location. Rather than specializing, Swick works in primary care and sees patients of all ages.
She obtained her undergraduate degree in biology at Southwest Baptist University in Bolivar, MO, and returned to her hometown of Wichita shortly after. After graduating from Wichita State University’s PA program, Swick joined Hunter Health in 2010. Having maintained an interest in the medical field since she was young, Swick took action when she learned about the PA program in college. She combined her interest in medicine with her desire to serve the community and people in need.
Swick’s caring personality is part of what makes her a great PA-C. She most enjoys getting to know her patients and watching them make progress toward a healthy lifestyle. She hopes to encourage them in the hard times, and laugh with them during the good times!
Laughing is something she does a lot outside the clinic’s four walls as well. She and her husband have two young boys who keep them not only running full speed, but entertained full time. When she’s not at work, you’ll find Swick spending time with her friends and family, involved in her church, playing tennis and exercising. You’ll also find her at the stove baking, or enjoying time at the lake.
For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” – Jeremiah 29:11
Virginia Smith, APRN-C, DNP
Ginny Smith is a Nurse Practitioner with a Doctorate of Nursing Practice at Hunter Health Clinic’s Central location. She specializes in family practice.
Smith earned a Bachelor of Arts in Vocal Music Performance from Creighton University, a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Kansas, and a Doctor of Nursing Practice from Wichita State University. She has been in the healthcare field for more than 15 years. Before joining the Hunter Health team, Smith worked as a staff nurse in the Labor and Delivery Unit at Wesley Medical Center.
Born and raised in Wichita, Smith lived in Omaha, NE for five years before moving to Kansas City for six years, then returning to Wichita. She and her husband have three sons ranging in age from three years old to ten years old. Understandably, her children are the joy in her life!
Smith’s greatest achievement in life has been the journey to get where she is today: she conquered her doctorate while working full time and still left room to truly experience the joys of family life. When she’s not working, you’ll probably find Smith spending time with her husband and sons. Her other passions include music, singing, movies and books.
“Where words fall, music speaks.” – Hans Christian Anderson
Amy Morgan, APRN-C
Amy Morgan is an APRN-C at Hunter Health’s Central clinic. She joined Hunter Health in 2009. She attended graduate school at Wichita State University.
Originally from Sioux City Iowa, Amy moved to Wichita with her family at a young age. She entered the medical field straight out of high school when her mom suggested she give nursing a try. So she did, and hasn’t looked back since! After being referred to Hunter Health by a friend, she quickly realized it was home. She now specializes in Diabetes and Family Medicine. Amy loves working directly with patients. Watching as her patients become, and then remain healthy is a thrill she experiences every day.
Amy’s greatest accomplishments are undoubtedly her children, of whom she is exceptionally proud. Amy’s daughter attends the University of Kansas in Lawrence, while her son attends Kansas State University in Manhattan. Her house is truly divided! She cheers for both schools.
When she’s not at work, Amy spends most of her free time following one of many KU or KSU sporting events. However, when she’s not supporting her children, you will find her helping at church, reading a book, or diving into a knitting project.
Connie Harzman, APRN-C
Connie Harzman specializes in family practice and women’s health at Hunter Health Clinic’s Central Location. After working in medicine as a Registered Nurse, Connie achieved her APRN degree from Ft. Hayes State in 2012, and began her career with Hunter Health Clinic shortly after.
After experiencing some hard times and being homeless herself for a period, Harzman developed a passion for the exact kind of work she does at Hunter Health. She makes sure her patients know she’s there to treat them rather than their insurance card. Harzman learned long ago never to underestimate the greatness her patients are capable of, and refuses to judge a book by its cover.
Her greatest achievement in life has been raising her three sons, ages 24, 22 and 11. They bring her more joy each day than she ever could have imagined.
What lies behind us and what lies before us are small matters compared to what lies within us. – Ralph Waldo Emerson
Karla Montelongo is a Family Nurse Practitioner, board-certified by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Program, and licensed by the State of Kansas to provide family-centered healthcare to patients across their lifespan.
Montelongo attended the Masters program at Fort Hays State University in Hays, Kansas. She has also attended WSU for her Bachelors in Nursing and Liberal Arts in Spanish, as well as her Associates in Business Administration and Sociology, and Pratt Community College for her Associates in Nursing.
She grew up in Wichita, KS where both her parents and twin sister live. The greatest achievement in her life are her two children. She enjoys fishing, shopping, going to the movies, family time, and traveling with her husband and family.
“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams” -Eleanor Roosevelt
Martha Walker, APRN-C
Martha Walker is the Nurse Practitioner and Central Clinic Director. She knew she was destined to live in the world of medicine as early as high school, where she worked as a medical assistant. She received her bachelors and masters degrees from Fort Hays State University in Kansas. She began her nursing career in 1989 as an LPN, and went on to become an RN in 1991. Walker joined the Hunter Health team in April 2009, with a wealth of experience in ER trauma.
Walker grew up in Liberal, KS, and as a result of her small town upbringing, is very family-centric. She has three children, the oldest of which is in college. In addition to her three human children, she also adores her yorkie chihuahua, Scrappy. You’ll often find Scrappy riding shotgun both in the car, and in the four-wheeler on weekends.
Walker’s greatest achievements in life include raising her children to be productive citizens, and spending her time helping people. She considers herself blessed to be in a career field she loves so much. She especially loves being able to show her patients that taking care of themselves is worth it – that they’re worth it. She takes this type of patient education day-by-day, doing a little more at each visit.
When she’s not at work, you’ll probably find Walker either hitting trails and sand dunes on her four wheeler, or enjoying the dairy delicacies of cheese. Her motto? “Live, love, laugh, and learn.”
Sidney Lenox, DDS
Dr. Lenox obtained his undergraduate degree at George Washington University in Washington, D.C. Earned his Graduate at Howard University in Washington D.C.
Originally from Virginia, he moved to Wichita with his wife and daughters. He performed his residency here, after which he and his wife decided to make a life for their family here as well. He joined the Hunter Health team and is now the Central Clinic’s dental director.
Dr. Lenox fell in love with dentistry at a young age. He chose general dentistry because of the variety in day to day appointments, which is quite different from what he feels is the monotony that comes with choosing a specialty.
He especially loves working at Hunter Health. Here, he feels like he’s really making a difference in people’s lives by making sure they leave his chair with a positive experience. He enjoys the challenge of getting to the bottom of dental issues before they become a real problem for his patients. Educational dentistry!
When he’s not working, you’ll find Dr. Lenox hitting the pavement. He’s tackled several half marathons, and even mastered a full marathon. Yes, all 26.2 miles! He also enjoys golfing, and spending time with his family.
To prove his dedication to continuing education, his favorite quote is “Smooth seas do not make a skilled sailor.” Dr. Lenox believes experiencing life is the best way to excel at whatever you’re doing!
Tina Powell, RDH
Tina Powell is the registered dental hygienist at the Central Hunter Health Clinic. She is also ACP1 certified, which allows her to serve on location at Wichita area schools and provide dental care for under served children.
She’s always had a passion for dentistry, and has worked in the field for most of her career. She worked as a dental assistant for 12 years before deciding to take the next step. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Dental Hygiene at Wichita State University, and subsequently joined the Hunter Health team in (year). She loves helping patients, and at Hunter Health she feels she’s really able to give back to the community.
Tina’s family is nearby in El Dorado, which is where she is originally from. She and her daughter now reside in Wichita. If you can’t find Tina at the office or serving a local school, you might try the nearest basketball court or softball field… as her daughter’s coach, that is!