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Meet Our Team

DOING THINGS DIFFERENTLY

At Exemplar Care, our providers and team members deliver care differently. Much differently.

Meet members of our care team

Jesse Becker

ARNP

Jesse is originally from Michigan and graduated from MidMichigan Community College with her Associate’s degree in Nursing in 2003.

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She spent the next 13 years learning and practicing Medical/surgical, ER, ICU, Telemetry, and Pediatric medicine in a small rural hospital. After graduating from Walden University in December 2016 earning her Master’s of Science Degree in Nursing with a Family Practice focus she and her family moved to Iowa. Initially working at the Polk County Jail Medical Clinic, she later transitioned into weight loss medicine but ultimately found her calling in primary and urgent care medicine.

Jesse strives to provide passionate and exceptional care to every patient she interacts with no matter their situation, illness, or complaint. She understands that while life can throw you curve balls accommodating your individual healthcare needs should never be one of them.

Outside of work, she enjoys spending time and getting the most out of life with her husband and two children. Together they enjoy taking on new adventures ranging from raising deer on their farm to riding quads and side-by-sides to cheering her daughter on in wrestling or her son in basketball or football.

Adam Bjornson

ATC, PA-C

Adam graduated from the Des Moines University Physician Assistant Program and has been practicing Emergency and Urgent Care medicine in Des Moines for the last 15 years.

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Prior to that, he graduated from the University of North Dakota as an Athletic Trainer. He worked in a physical therapy office and was an Athletic Trainer and head strength and conditioning coach for a private school in Washington DC. He has also earned a Fellowship in Wilderness Medicine and is certified in Travel Medicine.

Adam continues to enjoy working with athletes and sports-related injuries and has a passion for wilderness and travel medicine.

Away from work, he enjoys traveling to beaches and mountains to hike and snowboard with his family. A great day for Adam starts with reading about cars while drinking coffee and eating donuts.

Melanie Choos

PA

Melanie graduated SUNY Buffalo with her B.S. in Exercise Science in 2000 and graduated Barry University with my MCMSc, and Physician Assistant Studies in December 2004.

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Her special interests are urgent care and pediatrics. Melanie loves being able to help people feel their best and live their best life. She enjoys being able to care for individuals to get them back to their life as quickly and efficiently as possible when they are not feeling their best.

Outside of work, Melanie is a busy mother of three boys who are all involved in sports, so most days that she is not working she is at a game of some sort cheering them on or driving them all over town to practice. Melanie’s family loves hiking, camping, and taking their dog Lily on walks. They also love beach vacations.

Stacy Hennigar

ARNP

Stacy started at Exemplar Care in February 2021 as a provider in the new 24/7 Urgent Care. Stacy was excited to be part of this new concept allowing patients to receive non-emergent care anytime, any day.

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Stacy has 20 years of bedside nursing experience and that passion for providing high-quality patient care to all fell in line perfectly with the mission here at Exemplar Care.

Stacy Hennigar, ARNP, is certified by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. Before becoming part of the Exemplar Care team, Stacy provided primary and same-day medical care at UnityPoint in Peosta, Iowa, and Pella Regional Health Center in Knoxville, Iowa. Prior to that she worked as a registered nurse for UnityPoint Health Des Moines in various units throughout their three metro hospitals.

Stacy received her Bachelors of Science in Nursing degree from University of Iowa then went onto receive her Masters of Science in Nursing, with a specialty in Family Practice, from Kaplan University in Chicago, IL, graduating in December 2016.

Stacy has experience working with patients from birth to adulthood to elderly. She strives to provide holistic, high-quality care to all of her patients.

Outside of work Stacy enjoys spending time with her husband and their three teenage children, bike riding, traveling or just relaxing with a good movie.

Dr. Katie Kuehner

Urgent Care Medical Director

Dr. Katie started as the Medical Director of the Urgent Care at Exemplar Care in 2020. Prior to that, she was practicing Emergency Medicine in Iowa after graduating from residency in Las Vegas in 2010.

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She is passionate about Acute Care Medicine and patient care. She is thorough in her approach to diagnosis and treatment of acute and chronic diseases. She loves being able to develop a rapport with her patients. She was drawn to Exemplar Care with their high-quality, personalized, patient-centered approach to health care. She is excited to be bringing the direct care patient experience provided by Dr. Jon Van Der Veer to the acute care setting in Des Moines’ first 24/7 Urgent Care!

When she is not practicing medicine, she enjoys spending time with her husband and two kids, doing anything active or athletic, traveling, reading, trying new recipes or restaurants, and cheering on the Cyclones!

Jen Milby

NP

Jen graduated Briar Cliff University in Sioux City, IA in 2014 and she holds a Board Certification by AANP in Family Practice and a second Board Certification by CBIC in Infection Prevention.

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Jen is very interested in serving underserved populations, homeless populations, missionary work in underserved/underdeveloped countries and caring and researching infectious disease.

Jen has always enjoyed caring for people. She likes to get to know her patients and do her best to provide quality care and making a positive impact on her patient’s lives. She enjoys the challenges that healthcare brings and loves that she is on a constant learning. Jen also likes to pass her knowledge to her patients, by educating and helping patients learn and understand more about their illnesses, chronic conditions, etc. and how best to manage their healthcare.

Away from work, Jen loves to spend time with family & friends, scrapbooking, photography, traveling and being outdoors.

Steph Reinhart

ARNP

Steph Reinhart graduated from the University of Iowa and earned her Master’s degree from Allen College.

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Steph has been a nurse for 15 years and a nurse practitioner for nine of those years. Prior to coming to Exemplar care, she worked in the emergency department at MercyOne. Steph enjoys working in urgent care because she enjoys connecting with patients and she is passionate about caring for others in their time of need.

Outside of work, Steph enjoys spending time with her family and their two doodle puppies. More specifically, she enjoys spending time on the lake, hosting friends & family, and traveling as much as possible. She is an avid podcast listener and loves a good paperback book.

K McCord Tierney

DNP, FNP-C, APRN

K McCord has worked in trauma and emergency nursing for 10 years. He received his Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) from Creighton University and has worked in emergency departments as a nurse practitioner in Nebraska and throughout western Iowa. He is certified as a Family Nurse Practitioner through the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP).

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K McCord enjoys fast-paced work environments, complex decision-making, and helping patients when they’re most in need. He has always enjoyed working with patients in urgent care and emergency departments.

When he is not working, K McCord loves to travel! He immerses himself in new places and cultures frequently and has even provided healthcare in both Central America and Africa.

Maggie Siegel

PA-C

Maggie received her undergraduate degree from Iowa State University, and she graduated with a Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies from the University of Iowa in 2010. She is board certified by the NCCPA.

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Prior to working at Exemplar Care, she had been at MercyOne in the Emergency Department and at MercyOne Connect.

Maggie enjoys working in Urgent Care and being able to help patients in their time of need. She enjoys connecting with patients and she strives to provide personalized, high-quality care to all her patients.

Outside of work, Maggie enjoys spending time with her four children, husband, and extended family. She enjoys attending her kids' activities, being active outdoors, traveling, and going to sporting events.

Dr. Jon Van Der Veer

Exemplar Care Founder

Internal medicine physician Jon Van Der Veer, DO, started Exemplar Care in Des Moines, Iowa, to give patients access to effective, affordable health care they deserve. Dr. Van Der Veer understands how his investment of time and attention to patient-focused care makes all the difference. He has taken the administrative red tape and insurance roadblocks out of direct primary care to give individuals a highly personalized experience.

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Dr. Van Der Veer is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine. Before starting his own practice, he served as chief medical officer at both Greene County Medical Center in Jefferson, Iowa, and CareMore Health in Des Moines, Iowa. Dr. Van Der Veer also worked as a primary care provider at UnityPoint Clinic Internal Medicine in Des Moines.

Earning his medical degree at Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine, Dr. Van Der Veer completed his residency in internal medicine at Central Iowa Health System – Methodist in Des Moines. In addition to his clinic work, he is the co-author of several articles published in medical journals.

Elli Vore

PA-C

Elli started at Exemplar Care as a Direct Primary Care Physician Assistant in December 2020. She graduated with her Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies from College of Saint Mary in Omaha, NE in August 2020.

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When she heard about what Dr. Van Der Veer was doing and the ways he wanted to change healthcare, she could not resist the opportunity. She believes taking care of the patient should always come first, and she felt that Exemplar Care would be the best place to live this out. Elli has loved working with the team and getting to know all of her patients on a more personal level. She is passionate about delivering high-quality and personalized healthcare to all of her patients, and is looking forward to growing with Exemplar Care.

Elli works with children ages 2 through adult.

When she is not at work, Elli loves spending time with her husband, son, and 2 dogs, working on home projects, and traveling.

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