Medical Staff


1Internal Medicine

Debbie A. Cihak, MD Internal Medicine

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Dr. Debbie Cihak received her Doctorate of Medicine degree from University of Illinois College of Medicine during which time she was inducted into Alpha Omega Alpha National Medical Honor Society. She completed her Internal Medicine residency training at Maricopa Medical Center in Phoenix, Arizona and Cottage Hospital in Santa Barbara, California where she was offered the Chief Resident position. She has been board certified in Internal Medicine (ABIM) since 1990. Dr. Cihak has been practicing in the Galena area since 1991 working both primary care and most recently focusing on hospital medicine where she helped establish the first Hospitalist program in Dubuque, Iowa. She joins Midwest Health Clinic to return to the office setting specializing in diseases of adults both for preventative care and for management of complex medical problems with a special interest in hospital medicine and coordination of multi-specialty care.


2Family Medicine

Michael Wells, MD Family Medicine

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Dr. Michael Wells is Board-Certified in Family Practice. He is a native of Freeport, IL and now lives in Galena with his wife and three children. Dr. Wells obtained his medical degree in 1998 from the University of Illinois School of Medicine. He was in the first full class of the Rural Medical Education program (RMED) at the Rockford campus. In 2001, he finished his residency with the University of Colorado at the Swedish Medical Center near Denver. After residency, Dr. Wells worked at Conifer Medical Center, an eight physician practice about an hour from Denver. After their first child was born, Dr. Wells and his wife decided to move back to Illinois to be closer to their families. In 2007, Dr. Wells accepted a position with the newly established Midwest Health Clinic, and was appointed to the faculty of the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Rockford as a Clinical Assistant Professor of Family Medicine.

Matt Gullone, MD Family Medicine

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Dr. Matt Gullone received his Doctorate of Medicine from the University of Illinois College of Medicine. He completed his residency and was chief resident, in South Bend, IN with Memorial Family Medicine. He received outstanding marks for Essentials of Patient Care and Internal Medicine. Dr. Gullone is the recipient of numerous awards, including Gary Button Rural Primary Care Award and the Gold Humanism Honor Society in Medicine. Dr. Gullone joins the team of providers at Midwest Health Clinic with a special interest in men’s health, sports medicine, and comprehensive family health care. He has special training in Sports Medicine and is ACLS Certified. His research included determining the most common injuries related to distance running events and developing interventions to help them, as well as assessing the causes related to the onset of childhood obesity.

Beth Gullone, MD Family Medicine

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Dr. Beth Gullone received her Doctorate of Medicine from the University of Illinois College of Medicine and completed her residency in South Bend, IN with Memorial Family Medicine. She is also summa cum laude by way of Loras College in Dubuque, IA where she received her B.A. in Spanish with a minor in Chemistry. Dr. Gullone is the recipient of such prestigious awards as the William H. Lowell Memorial Award of Primary Care, the Gold Humanism Honor Society and she received top honors for Outstanding performance in Obstetrics/Gynecology and Pediatrics to name a few. Dr. Gullone is certified in PALS(pediatric advanced life support) and ACLS(advanced cardiac life support) and is fluent in Spanish (Se habla español). Her practice with Midwest Health Clinic includes family medicine with a strong interest in women’s and children’s health.

Peg Dittmar, FNP-BC Family Nurse Pracitioner

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Margaret (Peg) Dittmar has been a resident of Jo Daviess County for most of her life. She and her husband enjoy the country life and are involved with family which includes children and grandchildren. Peg received her Nursing education from Highland Community College (RN), Rockford College (BSN) and Northern Illinois University (MSN) which included specialty training for Nurse Practitioners. She is currently a nationally Board Certified Advanced Practice Nurse with specialty training in Family Practice. Peg is a member of the Nurse Advisory Board for the nursing programs of Highland Community College and the Saint Anthony School of Nursing.

Peg’s experience in patient care included certifications in Pre-hospital (EMS-Paramedic), Emergency and Trauma (CEN, FNTC), Intensive Care (CCRN), as well as a Fellowship in Cardiovascular Nursing. She holds certifications in Pediatric Advanced Life Support, Basic Life Support and Advanced Cardiac Life Support. A recent addition in certification is a SANE (Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner).

Peg enjoys being involved on a community level. She has been a Directory on the Jo Daviess Country Health Department Board, and is currently on the county Cancer Coalition, the Sexual Assault Response Team (SART) and the Local Emergency Planning Committee.

Associated Medical Staff – Medical Associates

Gregory Vandigo, MD Family Medicine

Gary O. Bernard, DO Family Medicine

G. Allen Crist, MD Family Medicine

Mary C. Koenigs, MD Family Medicine


3Podiatry – Dubuque Podiatry

Michael Arnz, DPM Podiatry

Diplomate American Board of Podiatric Surgery
Dr. Arnz was born in Germany, is bilingual, and was raised in southern Virginia. He completed his undergraduate degree at Hampden-Sydney College in Virginia. He originally came to Iowa to receive his doctorate of podiatric medicine in 1997 at the College of Podiatric Medicine and Surgery in Des Moines. He returned to the east coast to complete a three year residency in foot and ankle surgery at Yale-New Haven Hospital in Connecticut. To complete his training, Dr. Arnz spent an additional year as a fellow in reconstructive foot and ankle surgery, concentrating on more complex surgeries including adult ankle fractures, flatfoot deformities, and nerve damage. During his fellowship, he also traveled to Washington, D.C. to receive extensive training in the plastic surgery of complex diabetic wounds at Georgetown Hospital.
In 2002, Dr. Arnz and his family moved to Dubuque where he is currently a partner at Dubuque Podiatry. He is a member of the American Podiatric Medical Association and the Iowa Podiatric Medical Society. He is board certified and a diplomate of the American Board of Podiatric Surgery. Dr. Arnz is licensed in Iowa and Illinois and has privileges at Finley, Mercy (Dubuque and Dyersville), Guttenberg and Galena Hospitals. He treats simple to complex wounds via surgical and non-surgical means. Dr. Arnz has lectured on diabetic and non-diabetic wounds to fellow colleagues, nurses and physical therapists

Timothy Quagliano, DPM Podiatry

Diplomate American Board of Podiatric Surgery
Dr. Quagliano graduated from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale with a BS in Biology in 1987. He proceeded to graduate with Summa Cum Laude honors from the Dr. William M. Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine in Chicago, Illinois in 1991.
Following graduation, he completed a 2 year surgical residency at Covenant Medical Center in Waterloo, IA in 1993. He then taught foot and ankle surgery in Beijing, China prior to going into private practice with Dubuque Podiatry, P.C. in the fall of 1993. Dr. Quagliano became board certified in foot surgery by the American Board of Podiatric Surgery in 1996. Dr. Quagliano has privileges at Finley, Mercy (Dubuque and Dyersville), Guttenberg and Galena Hospitals. He enjoys all aspects of podiatric medicine with a special interest forefoot reconstruction including bunion and hammertoe correction.

Nicole Jedlicka, DPM Podiatry

Associate American Board of Podiatric Surgery
Dr. Jedlicka was born and raised in Dubuque, Iowa. She completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Iowa in 2006 with a BS in Integrative Physiology/Exercise Science. She then attended four years of Medical School at Des Moines University. She completed her 3 year surgical training at Covenant Medical Center in Waterloo, IA. Following her 3 year surgical residency, Dr. Jedlicka joined Dubuque Podiatry, P.C. in 2013.
Dr. Jedlicka continues to participate with the surgical residency program as an attending physician. Dr. Jedlicka is a member of the American Podiatric Medical Association, the Iowa Podiatric Medical Society and the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons. She is licensed in Iowa and Illinois and has privileges at Finley, Mercy, Guttenberg and Galena Hospitals. She practices all aspects of Podiatry with a special interest in bunions, injuries, forefoot/rearfoot reconstruction and ankle pathology.

Plastic Surgery

4Facial Plastic Surgery

John M. Searles, Jr., MD Cosmetic Surgery/Reconstructive Surgery


5General Surgery – Dubuque Surgery

David Oppert, MD General Surgery

Keith Shaw, MD General Surgery


6Orthopedic Surgery – Westside Orthopaedics

David Field, MD Orthopedic Surgery



Mark Bainbridge, DO Anesthesia

David Bainbridge, CRNA Anesthesia

Scott Bainbridge, CRNA Anesthesia

Terrance Hutchcroft, CRNA Anesthesia


8Radiology – Mercy Radiology

Stephen Clifford, MD Radiologist

John Engelken, MD Radiologist

Michael Fleege, MD Radiologist

Jason Hughes, MD Radiologist

Michael Maiers, MD Radiologist

Robert Merrick, MD Radiologist

Tim Miller, MD Radiologist

Michael Riley, MD Radiologist



9Pathology – United Clinical Laboratories

A.D. Vanderheyden, MD Pathologist


10Emergency Medicine – University of Illinois at Chicago

Joseph Colla, MD Emergency Medicine

Kevin Collins, MD Emergency Medicine

Bikram Dhillon, MD Emergency Medicine

Valerie Dobiesz, MD Emergency Medicine

Gannon Dudlar, MD Emergency Medicine

Wesley Eilbert, MD Emergency Medicine

Thomas Eiseman, MD Emergency Medicine

Timothy Erickson, MD Emergency Medicine

Michael Green, MD Emergency Medicine

Scott Altman, MD Emergency Medicine

Ralph Losey, MD Emergency Medicine

Brian Macaulay, MD Emergency Medicine

Mark Mackey, MD Emergency Medicine

Elizabeth Neale, MD Emergency Medicine

Chad Yarman, MD Emergency Medicine

Colette Soletka, MD Emergency Medicine

Scott Yilk, MD Emergency Medicine

Michael Zeman, MD Emergency Medicine