*Easy access to care featuring both same-day and pre-scheduled appointments
- General, ongoing health care needs including diabetes, arthritis, high blood pressure, adult, geriatric, women’s health, pediatric and obstetric care.
- Physicals – sports, pre-employment, firefighter, men and women, boys and girls, well child exams in the first year of life.
- Family Planning – including vasectomies, IUD’s, Depo-Provera
- Minor skin procedures, biopsies, wart removals, some toe nail care, circumcisions
- Lab/X-ray/Breathing Treatments
- PharmacyCounseling appointments or on urgent basis
- Urgent Care problems will be evaluated, treated if possible or referral to area specialists if needed or to appointment services.
The goal of our medical team is to provide high quality medical care to each patient of the Benewah Medical Center.
College- University of Washington-BS Molecular Biology
Medical School- University of California, Los Angeles/ Drew School of Medicine
Residency- Community Hospital of Santa Rosa in Santa Rosa, CA
American College of Sports Medicine and American Academy of Family Physicians
Dr. Rush grew up in Everett, WA. She is the oldest child and the first in her family to complete college. She wanted to be a doctor since she was 5 years old, when the task of caring for cuts and scrapes in her neighborhood fell onto her. Her role-model was the General Practitioner who delivered her and her brother and cared for the family. She attended the University of Washington, and graduated with a BS in Biochemistry. She also worked for the athletic department at Washington and was on the track team. She was very involved in varsity and intramural sports during college. After college, she attended the UCLA/Charles R. Drew School of Medicine, a program for students committed to working with underserved and rural populations. She had a weekly continuity clinic during the clinical years of medicine, strongly rooting her interest in primary care. Between her 3rd and 4th years of medical school, she worked in Washington DC as a Health Policy Analyst. When she returned to UCLA, she worked with the Family Practice faculty to start a free clinic in Westwood, inside a transitional housing facility funded by the Salvation Army. Always interested in the health of the environment and international health, Dr. Rush started an international exchange program for medical students between UCLA SOM and Riga Medical School, then a part of the Soviet Union. The purpose of the exchange was to distil prejudice and fears, and to educate people about the hazards of nuclear testing, nuclear weapons storage and nuclear waste. Her most recent involvement in international and environmental health include promoting organic farming and fair treatment of migrant farm workers. After medical school, Dr. Rush completed her residency in Family Practice at Santa Rosa Community Hospital. She volunteered with local football teams, and was the team physician for 2 years for a start-up high school. She then moved to Utah for a fellowship in Primary Care Sports Medicine at the University of Utah/ Orthopedic Specialty Hospital. She was a physician for the US Ski and Snowboard Association for over 10 years. She was faculty at the University of Utah, and had a private practice in Sports Medicine until she moved to California to take a position as full-time faculty at Natividad Medical Center. She was full-time faculty with Natividad, a University of California-San Francisco affiliated Family Practice Residency program. She completed a Faculty Development Fellowship at UCSF. She served as Team Physician with North Salinas High School for 13 years. In 2003, Dr. Rush changed to part-time faculty so she could take a position as Associate Medical Director at Salud Para La Gente, overseeing 3 full-time medical clinics, a walk-in high school clinic, a part-time school-based clinic, a mobile health nursing outreach unit, a fulltime pharmacy, 2 Adult daycare centers, and 3 dental clinics. She is very excited to be closer to her family in Washington, and to continue her pursuit of excellent primary care and preventative medicine. Dr. Rush likes running, biking, cooking, skiing, and hopes to learn to fish again.
Soraya Aragundi, MD
I was born and raised in Ecuador, one of 10 siblings, I was granted a full scholarship to attend Medical School in Havana, Cuba, where I was not only fortunate to receive my Doctor of Medicine degree with a strong emphasis on preventative medicine, but I also was blessed with meeting and marrying Dr. Julian Gonzalez, my husband and colleague of 30 years. After Medical School my husband and I worked for one year as Medical volunteers in Sudan, taking care of Ethiopian Refugees and the local Sudanese population. Upon returning to the USA and while preparing to take my Medical Board exam, I continued to volunteer at a migrant works health clinic in California, then moved to New York to attend and complete a Residency training in the specialty of Family Medicine at the state University of New York in Brooklyn. Our next home was in Alaska where we lived for 18 years. We worked with the Inuit population of Kotzebue and Barrow, providing a full spectrum of services in Family Medicine, from Newborn to Geriatrics, acute and emergency care as well as prenatal care and deliveries. The past 18 months I worked in Anchorage at the Primary care Native Center with South Central Foundation in the outpatient department. My husband and I are committed to provide care for the whole family and firmly believe in preventative care, the promotion of a healthy life style and to provide guidance to our patients to achieve the health status that they desire. Personally, I enjoy swimming, running, bicycling and hiking. It give me pleasure to learn about different cultures and to travel both nationally and internationally. I look forward to being a part of the Northern Idaho community and to work with you and your families.
College- Colegio National Guayaquil, Guayaquil Ecuador- Chemistry and Biology; Universidad Vicente Rocafuerte, Guayaquil Ecuador- School of Economic Science.
Medical School- Instituto Superior de Ciencias Medicas de Havana- School of Medicine
Residency- State University of New York, Brooklyn- Family Medicine Residency Program
Specialty-Family Practice with an emphasis in women health and also studied Medical Acupuncture
Julian Gonzalez, MD
Born in New York, first generation Cuban American, raised in Florida. Served active duty in the military from 1968 to 1971 at Navy Seabees and SEAL TEAM base in Coronado, California. Tour of duty in Vietnam 1971 to 1972. This experience opened up the path to practice medicine in community health because of work as a hospital corpsman flying medevacs, Medical Civilian Action Programs (MEDCAPS) as volunteer duty with the Army 57th Dust Off Unit and Army Psychological Operations in the Mekong Delta. Also volunteered care at local orphanages. Active reserves with Inshore Undersea Warfare Group (IUWG) San Diego, California from 1972 to 1976. Attended Southwestern College and University of California in San Diego in Biology after returning from Vietnam. Worked as Physician Assistant for one year after University, working with Migrant Mexican Workers; involved in pesticide issues with United Farm Workers Union. Received scholarship to Medical School at the University of Havana in Cuba, where the emphasis was on community medicine. In medical school I met Soraya Aragundi and wisely married her. Now married 30 years and have worked together as colleagues since that time. After medical school went to Sudan, Africa with Dr. Aragundi as volunteers to help in the Ethiopian famine crisis in the late eighties with American Refugee Committee. Served as Chief Health Coordinator for 60 bed hospital and feeding program in the desert. Attended State University of New York, Brooklyn Family Medicine Residency in Brooklyn, New York after work in Sudan. After residency training went to Alaska and has been there since working the native villages of the Inuit. While in Alaska completed the Masters in Public Health program at Johns Hopkins University. The focus of my career has been working with medically underserved communities in community oriented health improvement. Personal interests in hiking, exercise, reading, travel, writing (occasional newspaper guest columns), movies and critiquing any and all politicians who advance their political welfare ahead of the social-cultural welfare of the country.
College- South Western College, Chula Vista- Biology & University of California, La Jolla, CA- Bachelor of Science, Nursing
Medical School- Charles Drew Postgraduate Medical School- Physician Assistant Program & Instituto Superior de Ciencias Medicas de Havana- School of Medicine
Residency- State University of New York, Brooklyn- Family Medicine Residency Program & Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD- School of Public Health and Hygiene
Specialty- Family Practice with an emphasis in smoking cessation, health promotion, exercise
Raymond Paz, MD
Raymond M Paz, M.D., attended the University of California – San Diego and earned his B.S. degree in Biochemistry & Cell Biology in 1996. Dr Paz obtained his medical degree from the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine in 2003 and then completed his Family Medicine Residency in 2006 at Idaho State University in Pocatello, ID, where he received his training in preparation for a career in rural medicine. After residency, Dr. Paz worked in northern New Mexico and Burley, ID, and most recently Moscow, ID. Dr. Paz has three children and has a great appreciation for the outdoors. He participates in a variety of activities including hiking, biking, camping, fishing, snow sports, and music.
Terry Reisner, MD
Dr. Reisner grew up on a farm in Iowa. After attending medical school, Dr. Reisner then served with the US Air Force in Mountain Home, ID for four years. Over the next 21 years, Dr. Reisner practiced medicine with a large group in Albuquerque that utilized five hospitals and several care centers. Dr. Reisner then spent two months at Gallup Indian Medical Center following a midwife before spending the next seven years in a rural practice in western Colorado. Dr. Reisner then moved back to the Midwest to work in an office with a Physician Assistant and Nurse Practitioner. After their three sons graduated from high school, he and his wife wanted to return to the mountains, and Dr. Reisner practiced at a hospital and care center in northwest Wyoming. Dr. Reisner is married and has three sons, two of whom are in medical school currently and one about to enter a PhD program in biocomputing. He served on the Quality Management Committee of a physician owned HMO, and has been the medical director of Home Health and Hospice Care at the critical access hospital in Wyoming. Dr. Reisner enjoys helping patients find lifestyle changes to improve their health and minimize the use of medications; He believes exercise is like a medication without side effects and we are all athletes- just some are out of training!
Medical School- University of Iowa
Residency- St. Joseph's Hospital in Phoenix, AZ
Specialty- Family Practice with a special interest in Sports Medicine, Palliative Medicine and Hospice Care and Geriatrics
Susan Hildebrandt, Family Nurse Practitioner
Susan was born and raised in Columbus, Ohio, number three out of 7 children. She has always been interested in medicine and was the one who helped attend to injuries incurred with raising a large family. She moved to Southern California with friends at the age of 22 for a new adventure and ended up meeting the love of her life. She has been married over 22 years and has three children. She and her family have been living in North Idaho for over 18 years after visiting the area and falling in love with the climate, beauty and people. She enjoyed working as a volunteer Intermediate EMT in Post Falls for 5 years before becoming an RN. She worked 3 years at Deaconess on the Ortho/Neuro floor and enjoyed it immensely. She was able to transfer to Valley Hospital and working the ER for the past 5 years before completing her Master degree. Her interests are varied. She enjoys any time outside with her family and attempts to find time for camping, hunting and fishing if possible. She has participated in many duathalons, half marathons and recently completed her first marathon last year.
College- North Idaho College, Coeur d’ Alene, Idaho- ASN Registered Nurse & Lewis Clark University- Bachelor of Science Registered Nurse
Medical School- Gonzaga University-Master of Science Nursing
Specialty- Family Nurse Practitioner with an emphasis of Diabetes and Hypertension
Nichole Vetter, Family Nurse Practitioner
Nichole Vetter grew up in South Dakota. She has 6 children and a husband who mean the world to her and have supported her in everything that she has done. She completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Sioux Falls with a major in psychology and minor in biology. She became interested in working in the healthcare field through her experience working with autistic children while attending school. She completed her Nursing degree from Augustana College in 2000 and spent a year on a cardiac floor at Mayo Clinic. She has always had an interest in other cultures and her interest took her to work with the Inupiaq Tribe in Alaska for three years, working in the ER, Specialty Clinic and CHAP program. She then went back to the Midwest to work for the Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska for almost 8 years as a Public Health Nurse. During this time she became a United States Public Health Officer and has deployed for hurricane Gustaf, Obama presidential inauguration and a local deployment to a tribe in South Dakota. Her experiences working with Native Americans and tribes have made an impact on the desire to continue to provide holistic care to medically underserved populations. She graduated from Briar Cliff University in May 2013 with a Master of Nursing as a Family Nurse Practitioner. She is excited to learn about the Coeur d’Alene Tribe and culture and provide care at BMWC. She enjoys time with her family, reading, running and finding time to fish, camp, hike or relax in front of a fire in the evening.
College- University of Souix Falls, major-Psychology, minor-Biology
Medical School- Augustana College-Nursing
Specialty- Family Nurse Practitioner, Urgent Care
- Urgent Care screening offered by phone and on site
- Same Day or pre-appointments to help improve patient access
- Provider/Nurse/Medical Assistant/Certified Nurses Assistant Teams to serve you
- Electronic Medical Records
- Greeting patients; obtaining vital signs, chief complaint; updating past medical and social histories; allergies; updating immunization records; documentation of visit
- Assist with physicals, well-child exams, OB visits, and any other procedure
- Assist with referrals to outside providers and medication refills
- Return patient phone calls made to the clinic
Nursing appointments available for:
- Injections: immunizations, allergy injections, contraception injections, and therapeutic injections
- Blood pressure checks
- Suture removal
- Wound checks
- EKGs ordered by outside provider
- Patient education
The goal of BMC nursing staff is to provide quality nursing care in a respectful, friendly, and efficient manner to our patients. Our nursing staff consists of Registered Nurses, Licensed Practical Nurses, Medical Assistants, Certified Nursing Assistants and all of our Registered Nurses are ACLS (Advanced Cardiac Life Support) certified.