Fillmore County Hospital Medical Staff


Dr. Jason L. Bespalec is a Board Certified Family Physician practicing in Geneva, NE since 1998. He has been with Fillmore County Medical Center since its inception in November 2004. Dr. Bespalec grew up in Crete, NE and has always envisioned himself practicing in a small town in Nebraska. Dr. Bespalec is married to Pam and they have one son, Jacob. He is active in the community and plays guitar in a musical group called Home By Ten. Dr. Bespalec is trained to provide complete care to the whole family. He has special interest in Obstetrics and Pediatrics as well as doing several procedures including, endoscopy, C-sections, vasectomy, and minor surgeries.

Russell Coash, PA-C, joined the medical staff in May of 2011. Russ is no stranger to the area having spent much of his childhood in Hebron and Deshler. In 2000 Mr. Coash graduated from the University of Nebraska Medical Center PA program. Before becoming part of the Fillmore County Medical Center he practiced in family and emergency medicine in rural settings. Mr. Coash has experience in and provides a full range of medical cares to all ages. However he does have special interest in the treatment of people with asthma, diabetes and chronic pain. Additionally, Russ has experience and training in emergency medicine that includes certification in Advanced Trauma Life Support.

Mr. Coash has served on the Board of Directors of the Nebraska Academy of Physician Assistants and has been the editor of the organization's newsletter for several years. Russ is currently one of three delegates elected to represent Nebraska in the House of Delegates of American Academy of Physician Assistants.

Russ and his wife Christine live with their school aged son Zachary in Geneva. Christine has been involved in the "Teammates" program and is a volunteer coach for the Fillmore Central trapshooting team.

Michelle Dorsey, PA-C, MS was born in Gordon, NE. She attended Nebraska Wesleyan University and graduated with a B.S. in Biology. Upon graduating, Michelle moved to Dunedin, New Zealand to research ovarian follicle development. From there she went to Bloemfontein, South Africa where she worked in an infertility clinic. She moved to Philadelphia, PA in 2007 to attend Philadelphia University and obtained a M.S. in Physician Assistant Studies. She continued to live in Pennsylvania practicing family medicine for the last three and a half years. Michelle is pleased to be returning to Nebraska and joining the Fillmore County Medical Center staff. She is excited to be a member of the Fillmore County community. Her and her husband, Aaron, have a son named Oliver, and are looking forward to the birth of another son in August.

Marirose Fox, PA-C, MPAS, was born and raised in Omaha. She graduated from Paul VI High School. In 1988, she graduated from UNMC with a BS in Physician Assistant Studies. In 1997, she received her Masters of Physician Assistant Studies from UNMC. Marirose is a member of the Nebraska Academy of Physician Assistants and is certified in ATLS, ACLS, PALS & BLS.

In September 1988, Marirose and her family moved to Geneva when she began her employment with Dr. Charles F. Ashby. She joined the Fillmore County Medical Center on its inception November 1, 2004. Marirose has 2 sons, Brian & Jason, and one step son, Robert. She has 4 grandchildren with 2 additional grandchildren expected to be born in 2005. Marirose's special interests include Diabetes Mellitus Education and Womens Health issues.


Dr. Jeff Hollis was born and raised in Denver, Colorado. After completing his residency in Lincoln, he began practicing in Geneva in 1984.

Dr. Hollis joined the Fillmore County Medical Center, P.C., upon its inception November 1, 2004.

He and his wife, Ellen, have three children, Grant, Karen and Luke.

Dani Jaeger was born and raised in Western, NE. She grew up attending Western Public School and Tri County High School, and working in her parents' grocery store. She attended the University of Nebraska at Lincoln and graduated in 2010 with a degree in Nutrition Science and a minor in Biochemistry. She earned her Masters Degree in Physician Assistant Studies in December 2013 from the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha with the hopes of moving close to home and working in rural family practice. After completing a clerkship at Fillmore County Medical Center in the summer of 2013, she knew that FCH would be a great fit for her, her husband, and the child they are expecting this May. She is looking forward to becoming part of the FCH team and raising a family in small town Nebraska, as she was raised.

Dr. Aaron Lanik was born in Omaha, NE and graduated from Bishop Neumann High School. He attended Midland Lutheran College in Fremont and graduated Cum Laude with a B.S. in Chemistry. During that time, he researched the effects of lysophosphotidic acid and isoproterenol on epidermal growth factor receptors in airway smooth muscles and epithelial cells under the direction of Dr. M. Toews. Dr. Lanik went on to receive his M.D. from the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha. He had been practicing at Thayer County Health Services since 2010. During that time, he has was the proud recipient of the Charles F. Ashby, M.D. Scholarship, Nebraska Academy of Family Physicians (NAFP) Foundation Board of Directors, presented the SAM module, Preventative Care at NAFP's 64th Annual Meeting and Scientific Assembly and published an article in the Primary Care: Clinics in Office Practice. Dr. Lanik is excited to be part of the community and practicing Family Medicine at Fillmore County Medical Center, P.C.


Keri Miller, PA-C, a graduate from North Ben Central High School in 1994, and then went to the undergraduate program at UNO and graduated in 1998. She was accepted into the PA program in 1998 at UNMC and graduated in 2000. Keri has been in multiple areas of medicine over the last 12 years. She has worked in family medicine, cardiology, urgent care, occupational medicine, and emergency medicine and is certified in BLS, ACLS, and Neonatal resuscitation.


Josh Reiners, PA-C joined Fillmore County Orthopaedics in July 2013. He practices in the clinical and surgical settings. He is a native of Juniata, Nebraska where his family has farmed for over 100 years. Josh is a graduate of Eastern Virginia Medical School in Norfolk, VA where he received his master's degree in Physician Assistant Studies. Josh completed his undergraduate training both at UNL and Old Dominion University. Josh is Board Certified by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants. He is a member of the American Association of Physician Assistants, Physician Assistants in Orthopaedic Surgery and the Nebraska Academy of Physician Assistants. Josh specializes in non-operative management of back and neck pain. Josh and his wife, Dr. Beth Reiners, a Christian Clinical Psychologist, have three children: Caleb - 4, Kaitlyn - 2 and Sydney - 8 months. He is an avid outdoorsman enjoying cycling, hunting, fishing, hiking and running. Josh works actively with his church and Men's Ministry along with the Nebraska Fellowship of Christian Athletes.

Dr. Travis Stoner joined Fillmore County Orthopaedics in July 2013. His practice includes diagnostic orthopedic evaluations and advanced surgical expertise in knee and hip replacement. He also performs knee arthroscopy, fracture care, carpal tunnel release, sports injury management, as well as diagnosis and non-operative management of neck and back pain. He is a native of Nebraska City, Nebraska. Dr. Stoner is a graduate of Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine. He completed his Orthopaedic surgery residency in Canton, Ohio. Dr. Stoner then went on to complete an Adult Reconstruction Fellowship in hip and knee replacement at the Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio. Dr. Stoner previously practiced in Hastings, NE. Dr. Stoner and his wife, Mary, have four boys, Jacob, Benjamin, Daniel and Joseph, ages 5 to 11. He is an avid hunter and motorcycle enthusiast. When not working, Dr. Stoner enjoys spending time with his wife and boys. They enjoy camping, fishing, archery, playing sports, and church activities.

Carroll Verhage, M.D. has been a member of the Fillmore County Hospital staff since 1976. He and the late Dr. Ashby were the only staff doctors for 5 years until he and Dr. Ashby helped fund and attract a chain of doctors that developed into the Fillmore County Medical Clinic. He now has his own independent office. He completed his Family Practice Residency in Wichita. He and his wife recently built an airplane together. He is an active pilot and AME. Dr. Verhage was raised on a farm in Kansas and has a collection of old JD tractors that still work on acreage. He has four grown children and 10 grandchildren.

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