Pain Management

Pain Managment

Rooks County Health Center is dedicated to treating those who suffer from pain. We empathize with the burden chronic pain creates for you and those closest to you. RCH provides an array of life-changing, non-invasive, and non-opioid-based pain treatments.

RCH’s pain specialists and therapists are trained in the most technologically advanced, minimally invasive diagnostic and therapeutic services currently available to provide effective and innovative pain management solutions. Our goal is to help patients reduce their chronic pain, eliminate their dependence on drugs and return to an independent lifestyle.

Whether your pain is persistent pain or pain experienced as a result of a recent medical procedure, RCH’s trained staff works closely with your primary care physician to assess the cause of your pain and find the best treatment option. You may even be able to begin treatment during your initial visit.

Through a number of RCH’s programs, you can overcome pain to live a fuller life even potentially avoid costly, intrusive procedures in the future. If you experience pain or discomfort, the first step is having a conversation with your doctor.

Holistic Pain Management

Customized Solutions for Managing Pain: For nearly one-third of the U.S., freedom of movement isn’t always possible. More often than not, there’s one thing standing in the way: pain. Holistic Pain Management offers a way for everyone to enjoy the freedom to go about their daily lives without relying on pills, empty promises, or endless wait times.

Not a “Block Shop” or “One-Size Fits All” Approach: An in-depth holistic approach to managing chronic pain can often aid in avoiding unpleasant procedures like epidurals or prescription medications. Holistic Pain Management provides a multi-faceted approach to treating a wide range of pain types for a variety of patient types with their personal goals in mind. The process includes devoting time to fully educating patients on all the options and the expectations for each.

Don’t Wait on Pain: Call 785-688-3618 today to set up a consultation with Holistic Pain Management – no doctor’s order required.

RCH’s pain specialists and therapists are trained in the most technologically advanced, minimally invasive diagnostic and therapeutic services currently available to provide effective and innovative pain management solutions. Our goal is to help patients reduce their chronic pain, eliminate their dependence on drugs and return to an independent lifestyle.

Whether your pain is persistent pain or pain experienced as a result of a recent medical procedure, RCH’s trained staff works closely with your primary care physician to assess the cause of your pain and find the best treatment option. You may even be able to begin treatment during your initial visit.

Through a number of RCH’s programs, you can overcome pain to live a fuller life even potentially avoid costly, intrusive procedures in the future. If you experience pain or discomfort, the first step is having a conversation with your doctor.

Common Procedures

  • Cervical, Thoracic, Lumbar and Caudal epidural steroid injections both interlaminar and transforaminal

  • Peripheral joint injections with steroids or PRP to include wrist, knees, shoulders, elbows, feet and sacroiliac joints

  • Cervical, thoracic and Lumbar facet injections and medial branch blocks

  • Radio-frequency ablations of the spine, knees, shoulders, intercostal nerves and more

  • Ganglion blocks of the stellate, sphenopalantine, lumbar plexus, ganglion of Impar and more

  • Image guided trigger point injections, Botox and migraine treatments

  • Piriformis muscle injections or any other muscle injections with image guidance and more

24-Hour Pain Hotline: Holistic Pain Management patients have access to a pain specialist 24-hours a day to answer any questions they may have at any time.

RCH offers other ways to manage difficulties with pain or every day activities:

Return to Everyday Life – Occupational Therapy

Occupational Therapy focuses on helping people regain the ability to perform functional activities that are meaningful and enjoyable. RCH’s Occupational Therapist helps patients to not only improve their basic motor functions and reasoning abilities after a stroke or cognitive injury, but also to compensate for permanent loss of function. The goal is to help patients lead independent, productive and satisfying lives.

Optimize Movement and Function

Whether you need to increase back stability, improve strength and endurance after an injury or suffer from dizziness and headaches, RCH’s Physical Therapy provides a comprehensive treatment plan and individualized home exercises to restore and maximize mobility. RCH’s Physical Therapists may be able to help without a referral from your physician and is covered by most insurance companies. Call 785.688.4425 for more information. 

Dry Needling

Experience Dry Needling, the innovative approach that helps release muscle tissues and relieve pain without the use of medication. Dry needling doesn’t just treat pain symptoms, instead it addresses the actual cause of pain. Professionally trained physical therapists use thin needles inserted into trigger points to relief tension and restore function. 

ASTYM and IASTYM

Astym® and IASTYM treatments regenerate healthy soft tissues while removing undesirable scar tissue which may be causing you pain or restriction in your movement. The success of this treatment is that it resolves the underlying cause of soft tissue problems, rather than just providing temporary relief of symptoms. It is proven effective for tendinopathies, scar tissue problems and other soft tissue dysfunctions. In order to determine whether IASTYM treatments are right for you, visit with your doctor or one of RCH’s Astym® Certified Physical Therapists at 785.688.4425.

Daniel J. Sanchez, MD

Specialty: Family Medicine

Bio:

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.

Education:

  • 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

Statement:

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

Bio:

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

Education:
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

Fellowship:
Wayne State University,
Gastroenterology
Royal Free Hospital, Hepatology

Residency:
University of Kansas School of Medicine, Internal Medicine

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

Memberships:
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

Specialty:
Cardiology

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

Residency:
Internal Medicine, University of Kansas School of Medicine, Wichita

Fellowships:
Cardiology, University of Tennessee Graduate School of Medicine, Knoxville

Board Certified:
Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Disease

Scot Bandel, DPM

Specialty: Podiatry

Bio:

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

Bio:

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.

Education:

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

Bio:

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)

Certifications:

BLS, ACLS, ATLS, PALS, TCMC

Beth Oller, MD

Specialty: Family Practice
Location: Rooks County Hospital

Bio:

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.

Education:

  • 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

Bio:

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.

Education:

  • 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

Bio:

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.

Education

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

Certification:

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