Inspiring Stories

The Passion and Dedication of Doctors

This Doctor's Day, Methodist celebrates our many physicians in our hospitals and clinics. Each day, doctors impact the lives of our patients and work hand-in-hand with a team of health care professionals to deliver The Meaning of Care. Meet just a few of our many providers who improve the lives of patients every day at Methodist.

Dr. Tifany Somer-Shely

OB/GYN at Methodist Physicians Clinic Women's Center

"Dr. Tifany L. Somer-Shely, the OB-GYN specialist who performed my granddaughter’s delivery, has a bedside manner that many doctors dream of having. She not only made my daughter comfortable, but us parents, too. She’s an exceptional physician. My wife and I were overly impressed with Dr. Somer-Shely in every way."

Butch K., father of patient

Dr. Karen Meyer

Pediatrician at Methodist Physicians Clinic - HealthWest

"Dr. Meyer has been an incredible source of information for us and a wonderful caregiver and advocate for Henry. She reassures us and encourages us." 

Amy Sherman, mother of Henry

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Dr. Takashi Kawamitsu

Family Medicine physician at Methodist Physicians Clinic Council Bluffs

"Dr. Kawamitsu is the true definition of The Meaning of Care. He adjusts his schedule to accommodate the patients' needs, staying later in the evening for the working population. Dr. Kawamitsu takes time with his patients to make sure they understand a new diagnosis and/or a new medication regime. He always finds a way to take the time." 

Heather Dorris, Certified Medical Assistant
Methodist Physicians Clinic Council Bluffs, Family Practice

Dr. George Emodi

Orthopedic surgeon, Methodist Physicians Clinic Orthopedics

"Dr. Emodi was sensational when it came to his care, bedside manner, and overall positive attitude toward my hospitalized father." 

Shane T, son

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Dr. David Crotzer

Gynecologic Oncologist at Methodist Estabrook Cancer Center

"Dr. Crotzer’s ability to talk with his patients in a factual, kind manner is a rarity. Gyn Onc would be a lesser place without him."

Jamie Halsey, Certified Medical Assistant
Gynecologic Oncology, Methodist Estabrook Cancer Center

Dr. Brendan Connealy

Maternal Fetal Medicine Specialist at Methodist Women's Hospital Perinatal Center

"Where does one even begin to express our gratitude for the care and kindness you have shown to us throughout this terrifying and exciting journey? We have been so impressed and humbled by Dr. Connealy's patience and honest concern from day #1. We were never just a number with you - you treated us like family. I can't tell you what that means. THANK YOU for being a part of this process. We could not have chosen more intelligent, compassionate and genuine doctor to lead the way." 

Jessica, patient

Dr. Bill Lydiatt

Head and Neck Surgical Oncologist at Methodist Estabrook Cancer Center

"Dr. Lydiatt explained things to me in a calm manner and let me know we were going to take care of this. He actually had thyroid cancer himself, so he showed me his scar and said it was going to be fine – that we’re going to get through this. It was comforting. I kept firing questions at him and he answered every single one. What I appreciate the most about Dr. Lydiatt is that he never makes me feel like he has somewhere better to be."

Liz Pettinger
Thyroid cancer survivor

Dr. Andrew Robertson

Maternal Fetal Medicine Specialist at Methodist Women's Hospital Perinatal Center

"I remember feeling so very lucky the first time I held Nnash in my arms. A huge thanks goes to  Dr. Robertson for acting fast to keep both me and Nnash safe."

Courtney, mom of Nnash, born at 30 weeks.

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Dr. Emily Lange

OB/GYN at Methodist Physicians Clinic Womens Center - Council Bluffs

"Dr. Lange’s passion for high quality care for women is a true example of the meaning of care. She always makes quality time for her patients and has their best interests in mind. Thank you, Dr. Lange for providing a positive impact to our patients in Council Bluffs and the surrounding metro area."

Robin Severn, Surgery Scheduler
Methodist Physicians Clinic Council Bluffs

Dr. Lindsay Northam

Internal Medicine Physician at Methodist Physicians Clinic - 192 Dodge

"I love my doctor! Dr. Lindsay Northam was telling me why I should get my flu shot, mentioned she had to get hers yet, I told her I would if she would, so she whipped her jacket off and we both got them. :) That's a great doctor!"

Kathleen K., patient

Dr. Darren Keiser

Orthopedic Surgeon at Methodist Physicians Clinic Orthopedics

"Special thanks to Dr. Darren Keiser for his surgical skills and the time he took explaining everything to my mom. Couldn't have asked for a better doctor!"

Jill Beckstrom, daughter

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Dr. Brady Kerr

Neonatologist at Methodist Womens Hospital

"I've always enjoyed working with Dr. Kerr. He is not only brilliant, but he also has a great bedside manner. I've heard many of our patients' families compliment him over the last several years for his knowledge, expertise and bedside manner. He offers genuine care and compassion not only to his patients and their families, but also to the medical staff. He encourages his colleagues to do their best, solicits their opinions and encourages their professional growth."

Jessica Winternheimer, LCSW, Medical Social Worker
NICU, Methodist Women's Hospital

We thank these, and all of our dedicated doctors for the care and compassion they show every day.

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