Rita Simpson, PA-C
Rita Simpson holds a Master of Physician Assistant degree from Wichita State University. She also holds a Bachelor of Science degree in biology from Harding University. Rita began her tenure at Advanced Pain Medicine Associates in 2001. She has received a board certification of Physician Assistants (PA-C), as well.
While growing up in Nashville, she knew at an early age that she would pursue a career in medicine as she’s always loved to help others. In her youth, Rita watched her great-grandmother die painfully in the hospital. This event in her life not only made an impression on her but also played a factor in choosing pain management as her specialty. According to Rita, “Although there are limits on what we can do, you still try to do what you can to help with (their) pain issue”. Rita has been happily married for 32 years and has two children. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family, studying medieval history, art, and architecture.
What does “Providing Hope for Pain Sufferers” mean to Rita?
“Giving the patient some relief from their daily stress and burden of chronic pain; therefore, allowing them to be able to work on their general health and healing. It means providing different modalities available to help deal with the chronic daily pain and stresses that come with a chronic health condition. Unfortunately, there is no easy answer for many who have multiple issues they are dealing with, but you want to provide the treatments that are possible and can give them some hope.”
Kim Clothier, PA-C
Kim Clothier holds a Master of Physician Assistant degree from Wichita State University. She also holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Health Service Organization and Policy from Wichita State University. She has received a certification of Physician Assistants (PA-C), as well.
Kim was born in Hays and grew up in the Ozarks near Branson. After high school she returned back to Kansas and attended Fort Hays State University, earning a degree in Radiologic Technology. While working at Wesley Medical Center, the desire to have a more profound impact of peoples health took root and she began advancing her education. Since becoming a Physician’s Assistant, she has worked with a number of doctors who have treated chronic and acute pain. Kim has two daughters and two grandsons, all who reside in Wichita. Her significant other Shawn works for Textron and is an air plane mechanic. Hobbies they enjoy together are bike riding, travel and a good movie.
Kim comes to APMA after spending nearly 6 years at Mid-America Orthopedics, and before that she worked at Wichita Radiological Group for 10 years.
What does “Providing Hope for Pain Sufferers” mean to Kim?
“My greatest goal is to be able to relieve my patients of some of their pain so that they will be able to fully enjoy life.”
Amanda Ewertz, APRN
Amanda Ewertz holds a Master of Science in Nursing – Family Nurse Practitioner from Fort Hays State University. She also holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Emporia State University. She has received her Advanced Practice Registered Nurse State License as well.
Amanda and her husband Branden have three children: Brooks-4, Piper-2, Rogue-5 months. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her family and friends. Life with three small children keeps her very busy but they enjoy traveling and attending sporting events. Her daughter has a rare genetic disorder (less than 50 in the world) and she and her husband are on the board of the ACTA2 Alliance. It is a foundation targeted towards fundraising, awareness, and research of her daughter’s disease.
Amanda comes to APMA after spending the last 3 years as an APRN at the Salina Regional Health Center-Urgent Care, and before that was a RN in their Intensive Care Unit for 3 years.
What does “Providing Hope for Pain Sufferers” mean to Amanda?
“Pain is not only a physical response, but can affect all areas of life. It is important to look at pain from the physical, mental, and emotional perspective in order to properly manage patients and give them the quality of life they deserve.”
Kristen Babin, APRN
Kristen Babin holds a Master of Science in Nursing-Family Nurse Practitioner from Maryville University. She also holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Research College of Nursing/Rockhurst University as well as a Bachelor of Science in Biology with a Minor in Chemistry through Missouri Valley College. She is board certified by the AANP and received her Advanced Practice Registered Nurse License as well.
Kristen and her husband Mike have two children, Gabe age 10 and Hayden age 13 who are both active in sports and Scouting. They also have two cats and a German Shorthaired pointer named Angus. She is very active in her local church community, and she and her family enjoy time with family and friends, as well as many outdoor activities when time allows. Kristen and her family are avid soccer fans, and she loves to watch her sons play as well as make professional games when they can.
Kristen comes to APMA after spending the last two years working as an APRN in Neurosurgery at Wichita Surgical Specialists, and before that 14 years as a NICU nurse at Wesley Medical Center and Research Medical Center.
What does “Providing Hope for Pain Sufferers” mean to Kristen? Pain affects every area of a person’s life and it takes a holistic approach to treat affectively. As providers, we must treat the whole person and utilize treatments that incorporate the mind and body to provide maximum relief to those that suffer from chronic pain.
Derek Fowler, AGNP
Derek Fowler holds a Masters of Science in Nursing-Adult Geriatric Nurse Practitioner from Maryville University. He also holds a Bachelors of Science in Nursing from Pittsburg State University. He is board certified by the ANCC.
Derek grew up in El Dorado, KS and has family in Wichita, KS. Derek likes to spend time with his friends and family and has a dog named buddy. In his free time, he enjoys going to sporting events, concerts, playing guitar, and is a cinematic FPV pilot.
Derek comes to APMA after spending 7 years in Overland Park, KS working as a critical care nurse and an AGNP. Before that, Derek worked as an ICU nurse in El Dorado and Missouri. Derek’s primary interest in school was medicine and science. He appreciates the role of using a scientific basis to improve the healthcare of his patients.
What does “Providing Hope for Pain Sufferers” mean to Derek? It means taking advantage of several treatment modalities to improve the quality of life and ability to function for those who suffer from chronic pain.
Christine Reynolds, APRN
Christine Reynolds holds a Master of Science in Nursing – Family Nurse Practitioner from Maryville University. She also holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Pittsburg State University. She has received her Advanced Practice Registered Nurse State License as well.
Christine has been married for 22 years and has 4 children. She spends her free time supporting her kids in their various extracurricular activities. She is also active in her church, enjoys spending time with family and friends, loves gardening and home improvement, and incorporates eating healthy and exercise into her daily life.
Christine recently became an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse after spending the last 22 years as a Registered Nurse. She has previously worked as a RN at Kansas Medical Center in their pre-op/recovery unit, at Kansas Heart Hospital in their intermediate unit, and at Wesley Medical Center in their ICU.
What does “Providing Hope for Pain Sufferers” mean to Christine?
“Pain is individual and subjective, it has the ability to affect many aspects of a patients life. Managing pain for a patient in a thoughtful, compassionate, safe way will allow them to gain freedom and relief. Pain management requires the use of several treatment modalities to accomplish goals and achieve the greatest success.”