Category Archives: Health care

Dentist Chris Hickerson to open new practice at Spring Creek in Derby

WICHITA — Derby dentist Chris Hickerson had already been thinking of starting his own practice when his employer asked him to sign a contract.

“I just really didn’t want to get tied down,” Hickerson says.

That’s why he’s decided to start his own practice.

“I thought, well, this is probably just as good of time as any.”

Hickerson’s self-named practice will be in the Spring Creek shopping center, an Occidental Management property in Derby at the southeast corner of Madison and Rock Road.

The practice, which will be in 2,000 square feet, will open sometime next week.

“I’d like to say Monday, but it’s hard to say,” Hickerson says.

Austin Kinzle of Healthcare Real Estate Group handled the deal.

Hickerson says he’ll offer general dental care for all ages along with some orthodontics. He says he’s also an Invisalign provider and will repair implants, which he says he hopes to also place in the future.

Eventually, he says he may also add an associate dentist to his staff.

“For a good while, it’ll probably just be me.”

Hickerson says he chose to name the practice after himself for a reason.

“I feel like I wanted people to know it was a locally owned and operated kind of place.”

Physician Dean Youngberg moves toward retirement as Peg Bicker takes over practice

WICHITA — As longtime physician Dean Youngberg moves toward retirement, it was important to him to find someone to take over his practice and run it like he would.

As newer physician Peg Bicker shared space with another doctor, she says she discovered that “there just wasn’t space to grow a second practice.”

Now, she’s buying Youngberg’s practice at 1035 N. Emporia, and the two are working together until late June as he transitions to retirement.

“It was just a lot of things lined up exactly right at the right time,” Bicker says.

It’s a time of mixed emotions for Youngberg, though.

“It’s kind of like, I guess, marrying off a child,” he says. “The practice has been my baby. … These patients have been a part of my family almost.”

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Clinical social worker and psychotherapist Kathy Hastings opens own office

WICHITA — For the first time after decades of working for others, clinical social worker and psychotherapist Kathy Hastings is establishing her own practice.

“I’m a one-girl show.”

Hastings, who does marriage and family therapy and mental and behavioral health, had been at Prairie View for 17 years and Wichita Psychiatric Consultants for the last couple of years.

“When you’re working for somebody,” she says, “… they’re taking 50 percent of your revenue. It was just time for me to get out and be self employed.”

Her new office is in Wingate Riverfront Plaza at 815 N. Waco.

“I face the little Arkansas and central Riverside Park.”

Hastings says it’s a lovely setting.

“It’s a beautiful view,” she says. “It’s a wonderful place to be.”

Hastings is still working on a website, so for now she can be reached at (316) 425-7080 or kathleenhastings@icloud.com.

Hastings says the pleasant surroundings of her new office will be good for her clients.

“Absolutely,” she says. “And for the therapist.”

You don’t say

“The same thing that happened to the Obamacare site happened to us today.”

College Hill Elementary fourth-grader Judah Hansen explaining to his parents about computer glitches with state testing

Medical Development Management to expand at the Garvey Center

UPDATED — For the second time in less than a year, Medical Development Management is moving. It’ll be a much shorter trip this time around, though.

In July, the company moved from Kellogg and Rock Road to about 2,500 square feet at the O.W. Garvey Building at 200 W. Douglas.

MDM had an option to take some extra space for a total of 4,500 square feet. Instead, though, it’s now going to move next door into the 6,500 square feet that Case, Moses & Zimmerman currently occupies.

“It made more sense to do that,” says MDM president Joe Hlavacek.

“We were willing to work with them in allowing them to continue to grow,” says attorney David Moses. “It also affords us an opportunity to look at all of our alternatives.”

Hlavacek says there are several ways the company is growing.

“Right now … the project that’s causing us to need more space is we … are in the process of developing a general acute care hospital in Kearney, Nebraska,” he says.

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Dandurand Drugstore to open near 21st and Ridge Road

Mike Dandurand, center, with his son, Ben, right, and Paul Vossen, who will manage the new Dandurand Drugstore opening on the west side.

Mike Dandurand, center, with his son, Ben, right, and Paul Vossen, who will manage the new Dandurand Drugstore opening on the west side.

WICHITA — Mike Dandurand, who opened his first Dandurand Drugstore on the east side in 1976, has always planned to have a west-side store.

However, “just the way health care is now” held him up.

“Finally, we just decided we don’t know what’s going to happen, we’re just going to do it,” he says.

The new store will be in 3,000 square feet near the northwest corner of 21st and Ridge Road where Westside Flowers by DeOrsey recently moved and Subway and Pho Chopstix already are.

“It’s going to be a hybrid,” Dandurand says of the store. “That means we’re going to do retail, but we’re also going to do compounding. … There’s a lot of pharmacies over there, but there’s not a lot of compounding pharmacies over there.”

Dandurand says that patients – anyone from premature babies to the elderly to even pets – sometimes need medicine in customized dosages, which is what compounding is for.

Dandurand’s main store is at Piccadilly Square at Central and Rock Road. Within that, there also is a long-term care pharmacy that’s strictly for people in care facilities. There’s also a Dandurand outlet inside Wichita Family Medicine Specialists at Carriage Parkway.

In 2005, Dandurand expanded from its original site at Piccadilly to new 7,500-square-foot space at the center where Brick’s used to be.

“It gave us a chance to remodel (while) still in business,” Dandurand says. He says it allowed him to update the store and “make it so it was inviting.”

It’s the same idea with the new store, which will be similar to the Dandurand at Piccadilly, though a little bit smaller.

“We’ll still have a fair amount of space for gifts,” Dandurand says.

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Jordan Chiropractic Clinic to move to Ninth and McLean

WICHITA — When Rebecca Jordan celebrates her 20th anniversary of being a chiropractor in April, it will be in new, somewhat unexpected space.

Jordan Chiropractic Clinic has been at 555 N. McLean since it opened in 1998, and Jordan was with Dopps Chiropractic in the same building for years before that.

“I just never thought I’d move from there,” she says.

“I thought I was actually going to retire from that facility, but Dopps really wants to take over my floor.”

She’s leaving 2,200 square feet. Jordan and the chiropractors in her practice, Susan Jensen and John Tran, are moving to 3,500 square feet at the northwest corner of Ninth and McLean in late February.

In addition to chiropractic services, Jordan says they offer acupuncture, decompression traction and nutritional counseling. The practice, which has bilingual employees who speak Vietnamese and Spanish, also is adding massage.

“Moving to another facility just kind of made sense anyway,” Jordan says. “We do need more room.”

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Redbud Pediatrics expands on Rock Road

WICHITA — The 2-year-old Redbud Pediatrics has significantly expanded its space at 1861 N. Rock Road.

“We’ve been very successful in our two years, and we were running out of space,” says office manager Vicki Gromala.

She’s also a physician assistant at the practice, which has one physician, Rebecca Reddy.

“We’re hoping to add a new physician next summer,” Gromala says.

The practice, which opened in January 2012, originally had 2,365 square feet. Gromala says it now has 3,492 square feet.

“We just have a little bit of painting to do, and then it’s going to be finished.”

Encompass Home Health & Hospice moving to more central site

WICHITA — Dallas-based Encompass Home Health & Hospice is moving its Wichita office to a more centralized site.

The company is moving from 8415 E. 32nd St. North to the Farm Credit Bank Building at 245 N. Waco. At almost 4,000 square feet, Encompass will be using about the same square footage it does now.

The office has three divisions: hospice, home health for the elderly and a pediatric division.

“Nurses and therapists see patients all over the city, so being kind of centrally located helps,” says Andrew Ingram, vice president of operations for Encompass in Dallas.

He says Encompass’ Hutchinson office recently moved to a more functional space as well.

Tony Utter of Utter Commercial Real Estate handled the Farm Credit deal along with Tim Fisher of Cresa in Kansas City.

You don’t say

“Doctors are cranky, and I’d rather work with patients.”

Tana Goering joking about why she’s leaving Pulse Systems, where she’s been chief medical officer, and going into private practice with Northwest Family Physicians