Surgical Services

At Rooks County Health Center, we treat our patients like family. We know that living in a rural area means our patients are our family members, friends and neighbors. We know that surgery–even minor surgery– is stressful for the patient, their family and friends. Our caring staff is always available to answer your questions and to help ease your anxiety. At RCH, we do our best to make patients and visitors comfortable and safe.

Surgery at Rooks County Health Center is available to meet your needs by surgeons that are highly qualified, caring professionals. Enquire for procedures not listed below.

Services Available:

  • Appendectomy
  • Breast Surgery
  • Carpal Tunnel Release
  • Circumcision
  • Colonoscopy
  • D&C
  • Dental Surgery
  • Esophageal Dilation
  • EGD / Esophagogastroduodenoscopy
  • Hernia Repair
  • Knee Arthroscopy
  • Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy/ Gallbladder
  • Port-a-Cath Placements
  • Shoulder – Arthroscopy or Open Shoulder Repair
  • Skin Lesions
  • Thoracentesis
  • Total Hip Replacement
  • Total Knee Replacement
  • Tubal Ligations, Vasectomy, Hysterectomy & Related Procedures
  • Ulnar Nerve Transposition

If you have any questions or to schedule an appointment, please call:

Southwind Surgical

Mowery Clinic
RCH Specialty Clinic

“They explained the procedure very thoroughly, answered all my questions and concerns with courtesy, which was very much appreciated. The nurse prepared me for the surgery and the care for me afterwards was exceptional. Thank you.”

“Very good surgical staff. All the nurses that got me ready for surgery and helped in surgery were great. I felt very cared for and was confident in the care. Nurses and Dr. were outstanding.”

“I found the personnel at RCH very caring and helpful and also knowledgeable about the surgery and recovery and all that was necessary to make me understand what I needed to do.”

Pre-Admission Phone Call or Visit

Please have the following items available for your Pre-Admission phone call or visit:

  • A list of medication(s) you are currently taking, including the dosage and time of day taken.
  • A list of allergies and previous surgeries.
  • Insurance and ID cards.
  • During this phone call or visit, we will:
  • Confirm the date and time of your procedure.
  • Review your health history.
  • Give you instructions on how to prepare for your procedure and what to expect afterwards.
  • Answer any questions you may have.

Preparing for Your Procedure Day


  • DO NOT eat or drink anything (including water) after midnight. (Except sips of water with approved medications, see below.)
  • DO NOT chew gum, eat hard candy or smoke after midnight the day of your procedure.
  • DO NOT wear make-up, artificial nails, nail polish, jewelry or contact lenses. 


  • DO take blood pressure, heart and/or seizure medications with a small sip of water the morning of your procedure.
  • DO take a bath/shower the morning of your procedure.
  • DO call your doctor if you have health changes between your last visit and the day of your procedure (i.e. cold, fever, flu, etc.).
  • DO wear comfortable and loose-fitting clothing.
  • DO have an adult to drive you home and be able to help for the next 24 hours if you require IV sedation. It is policy that you cannot drive yourself home.


1. Your Procedure is Scheduled
Your doctor has discussed your need for this procedure with you and scheduled your procedure at Rooks County Health Center.

2. Pre-Admission Services
A nurse from RCH Surgical Services will attempt to reach you by telephone. If you have not been contacted within three days, please call 785-688-3620 as soon as possible. This process must be completed before your procedure or your procedure may be delayed.

3. The Day of Your Procedure
When you arrive at the hospital, stop by the Admissions Desk to notify them that you have arrived.

4. Admission
You will be directed to the surgical area where a nurse will help you prepare for your procedure. A parent or legal guardian must accompany patients under 18 years of age, or patients who cannot sign their own consents.

5. Your Procedure
A member of your family or a friend may stay with you until you are taken to the Procedure Room. While you are in surgery, your family or friends must wait in our Family Lobby area.

6. Your Recovery
When your procedure is over, the nursing staff will monitor your progress. Family members may be allowed to be with you during this time.

7. Going Home
Before you leave, your nurse will give you home care instructions.

8. Follow-up
Within a few days of your procedure, a nurse will call to check on your recovery and answer any questions you may have. If you need to speak to a nurse sooner, please call Outpatient Surgery at 785-688-3620 between the hours of 8 a.m.–5 p.m.

Patient Rights

Patient Rights All patients of Rooks County Health Center have the right to hospital services without discrimination based upon race, color, religion, sex, national origin, source of payment, age and disability.

Cheyenne Armbruster-Wahrman, PA-C

Specialty: Family Medicine


Cheyenne Armbruster-Wahrman grew up in Plainville and graduated from Plainville High School in 2013. She chose primary care because she enjoys seeing a wide variety of health conditions and age ranges. Armbuster-Wahrman’s philosophy is to always make her patients feel comfortable talking to her and to ensure they know she is there to listen to their health concerns.

She loves the close relationships that small-town living fosters, and Plainville’s close-knit community spirit is evident in the way everyone rallies together to help those in need.

In her free time, she enjoys relaxing with her family and friends. She recommends RCH as a workplace to fellow Primary Care Providers because of the opportunity to get to know patients inside and outside the clinic, as well as the supportive environment among providers, especially for those new to the profession.


  • Wichita State University; 2022

Mary Takaishi, PA-C

Specialty: Family Medicine


Mary C. Takaishi, PA-C, chose to pursue primary care after her family experienced her sister’s premature birth, which involved numerous hospital and doctor visits. Despite initially aspiring to be an astronaut, her dream shifted after a touching encounter with an elderly man with Parkinson’s Disease during a college Christmas caroling event. This encounter ignited her desire to pursue a medical career, leading her to attend PA school to provide care and support to those in need.

Takaishi’s approach to patient care is characterized by compassion and empathy. She strives to create a welcoming environment where patients feel at ease discussing their health concerns. Beyond the clinic, she actively engages in community services, volunteer work, and public health initiatives.

Originally from Olathe, KS, Takaishi practiced medicine in South Central Kansas before settling in Rooks County with her wife. She prefers the rural setting for raising her daughter over a metropolitan area. On weekends, she enjoys spending time with her daughter and tending to her own self-proclaimed “funny farm”.


  • Wichita State University; 2006

Daniel J. Sanchez, MD

Specialty: Family Medicine


Dr. Daniel Sanchez is a family medicine physician. He joined the staff at Rooks County Health Center in 1993. He enjoys preventive medicine — fixing risk factors before they cause problems.

He lives in Plainville with his wife, Karen, and their two children.


  • Residency: Family Medicine at Saint Joseph Hospital; 1993
  • Doctorate of Medicine: Loma Linda University; 1990
  • Bachelor of Arts in Theology/Chemistry Minor: Union College; 1986


During medical training, I liked a bit of everything I did and Family Medicine became a very logical choice.  To follow a patient over many years, often treating generations of the same family, gives many insights into a person’s make-up–physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. 

I once asked a friend’s dad who was a general practitioner (the term used in that day) what his favorite part of medicine was and he told me preventative medicine.  I asked him what that meant and he said it was about helping people become and stay healthy so they wouldn’t get sick.  “Boring!” I thought.  I wanted to save lives, remove disease and do heroic things.

Now I understand.  We can really abuse our health and then bring our broken bodies for a doctor to try and heal, but how much better to take care of it in the first place and maintain it in good working order.  I understand my mentor’s line of thinking. 

My medical school’s motto is, “To Make Man Whole”.  That is my deepest desire, to restore the whole person to his or her greatest potential and maintain the highest quality of life possible.

Cynthia Peticolas, DMD

Specialty: Dentistry


Dr. Cynthia Peticolas is a seasoned dental professional with over 30 years of experience. Dr. Peticolas was born in Maryland, but when she was a year old, her father landed a job with IBM and her family moved to Northern California. When she was in 6th grade her family relocated once again to Eugene, Oregon where her father worked as a physics professor at The University of Oregon. When it came time to go to college, the obvious choice would have been to go to her home-town college where her father worked, but instead she chose Oregon State University, 50 miles north, in Corvallis, Oregon.

She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree from Oregon State and then attended Oregon Health Sciences University in Portland where she received her dental degree in 1982.

Dr. Peticolas, practiced in Salem and Mill City, Oregon from 1982 until 2007 when she married and moved to Stockton, Kansas. She now lives in Damar, Kansas with her granddaughter and all her pets!! Anyone who knows her, knows how much she loves animals of all shapes and sizes. She is an avid horse-woman and enjoys trail riding (at a really fast trot). She attends local gaming events and has been active in the sport of endurance riding for nearly 25 years.

​Dr. Peticolas is still a student of dentistry and eager to learn and expand her knowledge and skills as a dental practitioner. She is a member of the American Dental Association, the Academy of General Dentistry, and is president-elect for the Kansas AGD for 2016.

Charles Schultz, MD

Specialty: General Surgery

University of Kansas School of Medicine 1979-1983
Residency- St. Luke’s Hospital/University of Missouri at Kansas City 1983-1989
Doctorate of Medicine- University of Kansas School of Medicine 1983

Board Certified:
American Board of Surgery

Lavelle Ellis, MD

Specialty: Gastroenterology

Medical School:
University of Kansas School of Medicine, 1986

Wayne State University,
Royal Free Hospital, Hepatology

University of Kansas School of Medicine, Internal Medicine

Board Certifications:
American Board of Internal Medicine, Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology

American Gastroenterological Association, American College of Gastroenterology,
American Association of Liver Disease.

Luann Evert, APRN

Specialty: Cardiology

Education and Training

Medical Degree(s)

Masters in Nurse Practitioner and Nursing Education, Fort Hays State University, Hays, KS
BSN, Fort Hays State University, Hays, KS

Patricia Crawley, MD

Specialty: Cardiology


Medical School:
University of Kansas School of Medicine, Kansas City

Internal Medicine, University of Kansas School of Medicine, Wichita

Cardiology, University of Tennessee Graduate School of Medicine, Knoxville

Board Certified:
Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Disease

Scot Bandel, DPM

Specialty: Podiatry


Dr. Bandel is Board Certified by the American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery in the area of Foot Surgery. He is a member of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons and the American Podiatric Medical Association.

Dr. Bandel is a Western Nebraska native, who attended undergraduate school at Chadron State College, in Chadron, Nebraska and then went on to pursue a Doctor of Podiatric Medicine at Des Moines University. In 2006, Dr. Bandel completed a 3-year surgical residency at Hennepin County Medical Center, a Level 1 Trauma Center, in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

​Dr. Bandel treats a vast number of foot and ankle ailments, both surgical and non-surgical, including but not limited to plantar fasciitis, hammertoes, bunions, sprains, fractures, and diabetic foot care needs. 

​During his time not spent with patients, Dr. Bandel is a very active member of his church and enjoys camping and spending time with his family.

Leann Zimmerman, APRN

Specialty: APRN
Location: Rooks County Hospital


Leann Zimmerman, APRN, is a family and psychiatric nurse practitioner who has been providing health care services for over 30 years in rural Kansas.  She also provides a wound care clinic service for inpatients and outpatients at Rooks County Health Center.

Her clinical interest is being a patient advocate and providing care that makes a positive difference in others’ lives.

She lives in Hays with her husband, Jayme. They have 6 children. She enjoys many sports and family events.


Bachelor of Science in Nursing- Fort Hays State University

Master’s Degree in Counseling- Fort Hays State University

Master’s Degree in Nursing- Fort Hays State University

Clinical Nurse Specialist, Psychiatric Mental Health- Wichita State University

Family Nurse Practitioner- Fort Hays State University

Jerome M. Molstad, PA-C

Specialty: PA-C
Location: Rooks County Hospital


With over 35 years of experience, Jerry was one of the first physician associate’s in Kansas to provide locum coverage to rural and small-town hospitals.

He spent most of his career supporting underserved areas and fulfilling his military obligations including separate deployments to Iraq and Kuwait.

A native of Colby, Jerry is always on the move enjoying hiking, skiing, travel, camping, flying, motor paragliding and John Deere equipment restoration. When possible he assists with EMS and firefighting. Jerry is the busy father of six.

Medical Education:

  • Doctorate of Medicine – University of Kansas School of Medicine 2016
  • Master of Public Heath – University of Kansas Medical Center 2014
  • Bachelor of Arts in Political Science – University of Kansas 2005
  • Bachelor of Science in Journalism – University of Kansas 2005

Military Education:

  • Air Command and Staff College
  • Air University, Maxwell AFB, AL (Squadron Officer School)



Beth Oller, MD

Specialty: Family Practice
Location: Rooks County Hospital


Dr. Beth Oller is a family medicine physician who graduated from Wesley Family Medicine Residency in Wichita.

She is delighted to work in the community of Stockton and build a practice at the new clinic. Clinical interests include maternal/child care, quality improvement, and rural medicine/access to care.

In her free time she likes to spend time with her family. She also likes to read, cross-stitch, and explore Kansas.


  • Residency: Wesley Family Medicine Residency Program; Wichita, KS; 2011
  • Doctorate of Medicine: University of Kansas School of Medicine; 2008
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: University of Kansas; 2002

Mike Oller, MD

Specialty: Family Practice
Location: Rooks County Hospital


Dr. Mike Oller is a family medicine physician who graduated from Wesley Family Medicine Residency in Wichita.

He is pleased to live in the community of Stockton and excited to work at the new clinic. Clinical interests include quality improvement, chronic disease management, preventive and procedural medicine.

In his spare time he enjoys spending time with his family. He also enjoys nature photography and gardening.


  • Residency: Wesley Family Medicine Residency Program; Wichita, KS; 2011
  • Doctorate of Medicine: University of Kansas School of Medicine; 2008
  • Master of Public Health: University of Kansas; 2008
  • Bachelor of Science in Biology: Fort Hays State University; 2003

Emily Decker, PA-C

Specialty: PA-C
Location: Rooks County Hospital


Emily Decker is a Physician Associate providing medical services at Rooks County Health Center’s walk-in clinic, Doctors Without Delay. She also worked several years as a Physician Associate at Rooks County’s Post Rock Family Medicine. In 2018 she rejoined the staff of Rooks County Health Center. Emily lives in Hays with her husband Thomas, and their son Grayson. Emily enjoys traveling, reading, crafting and spending time with her family & friends.


  • Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from Fort Hays State University
  • Masters of Physician Assistant from Wichita State University


  • Basic Life Support
  • Advanced Cardiac Life Support
  • Pediatric Advanced Life Support
  • Advanced Trauma Life Support