Providing Skilled Care…

Rawlins County Health Center providers are a group of caring professionals comprised of Physicians and Physician Assistants.

Their goal is to collaborate to provide the patients and families with state of the art health care and promote community wellbeing. Our providers are skilled in caring for a patient of any age. The staff at our hospital and health clinic will be happy to assist you with all of your health care needs.

When you’re looking for medical treatment, you want to trust that the doctors and physicians are highly skilled and qualified. The staff at our Atwood hospital have years of education and experience and specialize in various fields of medicine to provide you and your family with the medical attention they need and deserve. Get to know the doctors and staff and schedule an appointment with us for compassionate and thorough care.

Travis Daise, MD

Dr. Daise was born and raised in Goodland, Kansas, graduating from Goodland High School in 1992. He attended Kansas University and received a BA in Biology. He continued with KU and received his medical degree in 2000. Dr. Daise is Board Certified in Family Practice. He completed his three-year residency at the Smoky Hills Family Practice in Salina.

Dr. Daise believes that “managing your health care is a partnership. I like to provide information and recommendations to my patients, and then we, as partners, consider the options and make decisions together.”

Tamara Robbins, MD

Tamara Robbins, MD will join the RCHC staff in January 2021. Dr. Robbins is board certified in family medicine, receiving her medical degree from Indiana University School of Medicine in 1998. She completed her residency in family medicine in 2002.

Growing up in a rural Indiana farming community, she learned firsthand the value of hard work. When it comes to the quality of care she providers to her patients, Dr. Robbins’ has been honored four times by her Indiana local newspaper as one of “Wells County’s Best Family Physicians” during its annual Readers’ Choice Awards.

Dr. Robbins is certified in Basic Life Support, Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support, and Advanced Trauma Life Support. She is also on the National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners which allows her to do CDL physicals.

Dr. Robbins is the mother of two daughters – Grace and Hope. Grace is a freshman at Purdue University, and Hope is a seventh-grader. Together with her husband, Bill, she appreciates quiet country living, but they also like to escape on travel adventures when they get the chance.

Click here for the Press Release announcing Dr. Robbins joining the RCHC staff.

Mary Wilkinson, APRN, FNP-C

Mary is a graduate of Atwood High School. She received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Excelsior College in Albany, NY, and her Masters of Science in Nursing in Family Nurse Practitioner from Simmons School of Nursing and Health Sciences in Boston, Massachusetts. Mary is a member of the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing and the American Association of Nurse Practitioners. Mary has experience in weight loss management and can treat a wide variety of chronic and acute disease processes across all ages, genders, and cultures.

Jose Renteria, APRN, ACNP-C, FNP-C

Jose Renteria was born in California, grew up in Durango, Mexico, and currently resides in Great Bend, Kansas with his wife, Alma,  daughter, and two dogs. In 2014, he received a Master of Science in Nursing from Wichita State University and previously a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Fort Hays State University. Jose is certified in Acute Care and Family Practice Nurse Practioner. Jose is bilingual in Spanish and English and can read and write Spanish perfectly.

Paul Young, PA-C, MMS

Paul Young is a Certified Physician Assistant with a Master’s Degree in Medical Science. He has spent the last 14 years predominantly working in emergency medicine, including a level one trauma center as well as rural critical access hospitals. In addition, Mr. Young has spent time working in primary care in Boulder, Colorado.

Furthermore, Mr. Young works for the United States Department of Health and Human Services as part of the Colorado 3 Disaster Medical Assistance Team. He has been deployed several times to major disaster relief efforts, working in temporary field hospitals as well as stand-by medical coverage for large events including medical coverage for the United States Capital at The State of the Union Address.

Mr. Young grew up in Chicago and relocated to New Mexico at an early age. He then moved to Boulder, Colorado to attend the University of Colorado at Boulder where he received his undergraduate degree in biology. Mr. Young subsequently spent several years training and working as an EMT and paramedic throughout Colorado and New Mexico before pursuing his career as a Physician Assistant. He attended Emory University School of Medicine Physician Assistant Program to become a PA and earn his Master’s Degree in Medical Science, where he graduated at the top of his class. In addition, he has also completed a certificate in global health through the John Hopkins School of Public Health and a Fellowship in Wilderness Medicine through the Academy of Wilderness Medicine.

In his personal time, Mr. Young spends his time with his two daughters and caring for his geriatric cats. In addition, he is an avid rock climber and mountaineer and spends the rest of his free time outside climbing and appreciating the mountains of colorful Colorado as well as working on never-ending home projects.

Brian Holmgren, PA-C, MMS

Brian Holmgren was born and raised in Saint James, Minnesota, with a population of 4,500. He attended Minnesota State University, Mankato, and graduated with a degree in Exercise Physiology and Chemistry. After graduation, he was accepted into an internship program at the Olympic Training Center in Lake Placid, New York. Post internship, he decided to pursue his other passion for EMS and moved to Denver, Colorado to attend paramedic school at Denver Health Medical Center. As a paramedic, he worked in the 911 system for 6 years for two major Level 1 Trauma Centers in the country, including Denver Paramedics and Grady Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia. Using paramedicine as a stepping stone, he then decided to pursue his current career as a Physician Assistant. He attended Red Rocks Community College in Denver and obtained his Medical Masters at St Francis University in Loretto, Ohio. He was elected student vice president for the graduating class of 2012. Brian has spent the last 8 years working in the emergency department at St. Anthony’s Hospital, one of the Level 1 Trauma Centers in Denver. He was recently selected as the 2019 physician assistant of the year. Outside of work, he spends most of his time traveling, mountain biking/camping, and skiing.

Additionally, Providing Neurology Care at Rawlins Clinic – Atwood…

Ernest Nitka, MD

Dr. Nitka was born and raised in Colorado and has always considered Colorado his home, even when he was practicing on the East Coast. He graduated with honors from the University of Colorado in Electrical Engineering and attended medical school and neurology training at Northwestern University in Chicago. He practiced in Massachusetts and Syracuse, New York before returning to Colorado in 2004. In 2014, Dr. Nitka joined Centura at CHPG Neurosciences and Spine in Lakewood, Colorado.

In Dr. Nitka’s spare time, he enjoys photography, camping, and exploring. He is also a Formula One auto racing fan.