Our dedicated primary care team cares for thousands of local residents during friendly and informative visits. We accept new patients from all major insurances.
In December 2013, Bertrand Chaffee Hospital welcomed Dr. Edwin Heidelberger to its active medical staff. Dr. Heidelberger, known by his patients as “The Country Doctor,” has been a resident of the Springville community for almost 20 years and is very excited about being back in the area to see former and new patients at the Bertrand Chaffee Hospital Primary Care Center.
Dr. Heidelberger obtained his medical degree from the State University of New York at Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences concurrent with a PhD in physiology. After completing a combined residency in internal medicine and pediatrics at the State University of New York at Buffalo, he became board certified in pediatrics and internal medicine.
Dr. Edwin Heidelberger serves as Vice President of Medical Affairs (VPMA) of Bertrand Chaffee Hospital. As VPMA, Dr. Heidelberger acts as a liaison between the medical staff, administration and the hospital’s board of directors. One of his primary responsibilities is coordinating clinical activities and resources of the hospital in ways that will enhance efficiency in delivering quality healthcare while emphasizing patient safety.
Dr. Timothy Siepel is originally from Angola and did his medical training at University at Buffalo Medical School. He has lived in West Valley since 1972. Dr. Siepel has worked as a family medicine physician since 1972 in various offices including his own practice, Service Medical in Springville, until 2009.
Since then he has been seeing patients in Derby and is very excited to be returning to the Springville community.
Dr. William Wnuk earned his bachelor’s degree in biology from Canisius College and his doctorate in medicine at the State University of New York at Buffalo’s School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. He completed his residency in internal medicine-pediatrics at SUNY Buffalo, and is certified in cardiac stress testing, pediatric advanced life support and advanced cardiac life support.
Dr. Wnuk was appointed BCH Primary Care Center Medical Director in August 2016, focusing on quality assurance and collaboration with hospital services.
Lauralee Sprague, NP grew up in Sardinia and Machias, and currently resides in the area. She graduated from SUNY Brockport with a bachelor of science in nursing, and from D’Youville College with a master’s and certification as a family nurse practitioner (FNP).
Sprague has been in the healthcare field for more than 20 years, six of them as a registered nurse, and 15 of them as a family nurse practitioner. She is board certified in family practice, certified in ACLS, PALS, and BLS, and has experience in emergency medicine and family medicine.
Melanye Deuble-Hankins, PA has nearly two decades’ experience as an NCCPA-certified physician assistant, and has worked in cardiology and clinic settings. As a primary care provider at an occupational health clinic in Salamanca, she has also been in charge of emergency response for about 13 years.
Deuble-Hankins began her career in the healthcare field as an ambulance attendant and flight medic with the STARFLIGHT program in Jamestown, New York. She moved into cardiology as a cardiac ultrasound technologist before earning a bachelor’s degree from D’Youville College. She has been a physician assistant in medical offices in Chautauqua County and Cattaraugus County, bringing extensive cardiology diagnostics training to the care she gives to her patients.
Kenneth Dabolt, PA earned his physician assistant degree from Daemen College. His clinical rotations included ob/gyn, emergency medicine, dermatology, plastic surgery, general surgery and pediatrics. He is a member of the Western New York Physician Assistant Association and the American Academy of Physician Assistants.
Melissa Fanton, PA specializes in family medicine, and has a master’s in physician assistant studies from Daemen College. She has been practicing as a physician assistant since 2006. She belongs to the New York State Society of Physician Assistants and the American Academy of Physician Assistants, and is certified through the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants.
Daniel Karstedt, PAspecializes in family medicine and earned his master’s degree from Mercyhurst University in Erie, Penn. Prior to attending school for his physician assistant training, he spent four years at Mercyhurst where he earned a bachelor’s of science in biology. Karstedt is originally from Eden and is a graduate of Eden Jr./Sr. High School. Throughout his clinical year, he gained experience in primary care and has a particular interest in dermatology and sports medicine. He is a member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants.
Ken Osborn, PA specializes in internal medicine, and earned his degree at Albany Medical College. He has been practicing as a physician assistant since 1987. He belongs to the New York State Society of Physician Assistants and the American Academy of Physician Assistants, and is certified through the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants.
Rebecca Shepherd, PA-C has been a physician assistant since 2006. She has worked in urgent care and emergency medicine departments in the Buffalo area, also having practiced alternative and complementary medicine in Buffalo and Fredonia.
She grew up in a family of physicians in Silver Creek, New York, and graduated with her physician assistant degree from D’Youville College. Prior to that, she earned a master of education degree from SUNY Fredonia, and spent many years teaching pre-K through high school, and working with persons with developmental disabilities.
Lorri Hintz, RN – Outpatient Supervisor
Reid Gunnersen – Practice Manager
Jennifer Siragusa, RN – Director of Patient Services