Wellness Center Staff

Meet the Wellness Center Staff

Dr. Phillip Johnson, MD, MPH, Medical Director

Dr. Johnson started his career in Alaska, where he did everything from home visits to delivering babies. He and his family moved to Indiana in 2020 to be closer to family.

He feels so incredibly grateful to be practicing in a wellness center with so many amazing team members, where the focus is truly on improving health.  It brings him great satisfaction to help patients make necessary changes to get off of medications. Dr. Johnson believes that health is about freedom. The freedom to have the physical, mental and emotional health to do what you love to do.

Despite, or maybe because of his 3 board certifications - in Family Medicine, Preventive Medicine, and Lifestyle Medicine - he believes a good dietician usually makes more difference than any other role in healthcare.

Outside medicine, his passions are his family, hiking, camping, fossil hunting, rock hounding, gardening, photography, and he dreams of woodworking.

Jillian Hewitt, MSN, APRN, Family Nurse Practitioner-BC, DipACLM

Jill is a Tipton County resident who calls Kokomo her home and graduated from Indiana University Kokomo with her Bachelor of Science in Nursing and then from Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne with her Master of Science in Nursing with a concentration in Family Nurse Practitioner.

Outside of healthcare, Jill stays busy with her husband, two children, two dogs and several fish tanks while working on house projects and participating in church activities at South Creek Church of God in Kokomo.

Serina Price, RN, MSN, Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

Serina is an Indiana native, born and raised on the east side of Indianapolis. She started her healthcare career as a certified nursing assistant and recently finished her Masters of Applied Science. Her graduate school and masters was focused on working with pediatrics, and is a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner.

In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her husband, their four children, camping, playing soccer and Cub Scouts/Boy Scouts activities. She continues to volunteer as a coach for soccer and for her pack/troop Boy Scout activities.

Amy Hudson, BSN, RN

Amy was born and raised in Miami County. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from Indiana University Kokomo in 2013. While in nursing school, she worked as a Patient Care Technician at St. Vincent Kokomo Hospital on the medical/pediatrics floor. She spent her first 3 years of her nursing career on a medical/surgical unit and then spent the next 5 years as a hematology/oncology nurse. She has been the RN Patient Navigator at the FCA Family Health & Wellness Center since August 2021. Outside of healthcare, she enjoys spending time with her husband and two children, watching her children play sports, kayaking, vacationing at the beach, and working on home improvement projects.

Nicole Kuhlman, PA-C, Physician Assistant

Nikki grew up in Kokomo and moved back home when she joined the FCA Family Health and Wellness Center. She graduated from Saint Louis University with a Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry and later graduated from Indiana University with a Master of Physician Assistant Studies. While in PA school she spent time volunteering at the IU Student Outreach Clinic, a free primary care clinic dedicated to the uninsured and underserved residents of Indianapolis. Nikki has previously worked as a certified nursing assistant in long-term care and home health settings. She also worked in the emergency department as a medical scribe.

In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with family, working on sewing projects, and playing with her dog Roxie.

Alisha Perryman, Family Nurse Practitioner 

Alisha is a lifelong resident of Kokomo. She started her nursing career as a licensed practical nurse in 2006. She then went on to graduate from Indiana University Kokomo with her Bachelor of Science in Nursing and also her Master of Science in Nursing as a Family Nurse Practitioner.  She has worked for St. Joseph Hospital/St. Vincent Hospital/Ascension in Kokomo since 2008. 

Outside of working in healthcare, she enjoys spending time with her husband, children and her extended family. She enjoys watching her boys play sports, taking fun spontaneous trips, hosting family gatherings, baking, and relaxing by the pool.

Dreama Carter, ASN, RN

Dreama was raised in Kokomo, where she still resides, and is a Western High School graduate. She received her RN from Ivy Tech in Kokomo, Indiana, and she has experience in family practice, pulmonology and immediate care. She has been with Ascension since 2010.

As a mother of a daughter and four cats, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, vacationing in Florida, boating and watching her daughter cheer and excel in gymnastics.

Chris Seybert, Physical Therapist

Chris is a Howard County resident, and has worked in physical therapy for nearly 20 years. He began his career as a physical therapist assistant in 2003, and completed his Doctorate of Physical Therapy from The University of Findlay in 2013. He has worked for Ascension his entire career. His greatest professional desire is to help people to recover from musculoskeletal injuries and manage their pain. Chris is a Therapeutic Pain Specialist through the International Spine and Pain Institute and Evidence In Motion.  

In his spare time, Chris enjoys spending time with his wife and 3 boys. He enjoys watching or coaching his boys in activities such as baseball, soccer, and basketball. He also enjoys watching one of them perform with his guitar at the Rhum Academy of Music.

Alysha Parry-Elliott, LPN

Alysha is a Kokomo native and received her LPN from Ivy Tech in 1996. Her nursing experience has been years in extended care/Rehab  management roles, urgent care, and several years as a triage nurse for 2 local Rheumatologists. 

As a wife to Tony, mother of 2 grown daughters, a teenage son, 2 exceptional granddaughters, Carlton the dog and Fiona the cat, she spends much of her time with her family.  Alysha also enjoys traveling, reading, and home decorating.

Kelly Robson, MA

Kelly was born and raised in Peru and graduated from Peru High School.  She received her Medical Assistant Certification from PCI in Indianapolis in 1985 and has worked in women’s health care and hematology/oncology. 

Kelly is blessed with one son and one grandson.  She takes care of her mother, and enjoys hanging out with her grandson, niece, nephews, family and friends.

Aaron Rogers, RN BSN

Aaron was born and raised in Frankfort Indiana and moved to Kokomo in 2016.  He graduated from Clinton Central High School, and pursued a degree in Nursing from IUPUI.  Before he began his career at the FCA Family Health and Wellness Center, he worked at the Bariatric PCU in Carmel.

Aaron has a wife and one daughter. He enjoys spending time with his family and friends and being outdoors.

Valerie Amend, Registered Dietitian

Valerie was born and raised in Westfield, Indiana. She received her Bachelor’s and Master’s of Science from Ball State University. She has former experience in teaching courses at Ball State University and Indiana University Kokomo and as a nutrition instructor at The Chef’s Academy in Indianapolis.

When Valerie is not focusing on patient nutrition and education, she keeps busy with her dogs, loves to bake and enjoys outdoor activities like distance running, hiking and road biking. 

Lee Barker

Lee Barker, Doctor of Pharmacy

Lee is a native of Kokomo who graduated from Kokomo High School in 2008.  He attended Purdue university and graduated in 2015 with a Doctor of Pharmacy degree and a Bachelors in Pharmaceutical Sciences.  Previously, Lee had worked for a large community pharmacy chain where he developed his passion for providing exceptional, personalized patient care.  Currently Lee splits his time between the FCA Health and Wellness Center and St. Vincent Kokomo Inpatient Pharmacy. 

While not working, Lee and his wife Kelsey are immersed in raising their family of young children.  Lee also enjoys the outdoors including road cycling, running and golfing. 

Doris Kirkpatrick, LMHC

Doris received her Bachelor’s degree from Taylor University and her Master’s degree from Ball State University. She has taught courses at Ball State, Ivy Tech, and IU-Kokomo. Doris has worked clinically with individuals, couples and families including helping clients manage depression, anxiety and trauma.

Doris has extensive experience working with children, teens and adults. She  provides client’s with a nonjudgmental and supportive environment and values client contributions to reaching therapeutic outcomes. Doris uses the best evidenced based methods to assist her clients including Interpersonal Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Mindfulness approaches.

Rebekah Kitashoji, Medical Assistant

Rebekah grew up in Bunker Hill but currently lives in Kokomo with her husband, daughter and three feline friends. While working in the cafeteria at Ascension St. Vincent Kokomo, Rebekah was also attending Ross Medical Education Center during which time she obtained her Medical Assistant Certificate. She started working at the FCA Family Health and Wellness Center in January of 2024.

In her free time Rebekah enjoys being with her family and friends, reading, and is currently trying to learn how to crochet.

Patricia Bromberek, Patient Service Representative

Patricia  started her medical career in 2010 as a Patient Care Coordinator and managed several podiatry locations. Once she moved to Kokomo she wanted to be part of the community.  When the opportunity arose to be a part of the staff at the FCA Family Health and Wellness Center, she applied.  She absolutely loves working at the center.

Patricia, her husband, Brian, and their dog, Sophie Jane, are happy to call Kokomo home for the last 2 years. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her three adult children, reading, puzzles, bowling and volunteering at the Howard County Historical Society.

Trista Straub, Patient Service Representative

Trista was born and raised in Kokomo and has had an everlasting love of the medical field since graduating from Kokomo High School.  She started a career in phlebotomy at Biolife for 12 years, then moving on to be a dialysis technician for 4 years. She wanted more time with her family so Ascension offered her a home with the FCA Family Health and Wellness Center.  She has been a part of the family staff ever since.

In her free time, she loves to spend time with her husband Chris and their 5 children, one of those children being their tabby cat Ruby. They love to spend time outdoors, going to their son's baseball games in the spring & fall and spending time with family when work life slows down. Trista enjoys her personal free time canning veggies from her garden and whipping up baking and cooking dishes in the kitchen for the family.

Rose Gates, LPN

Rose received her LPN training through the Army and continues to serve in the Reserves. She has experience in Orthopedic, Pediatric, Medical-Surgical, and Family Medicine. She joined Ascension when she moved to Indiana in 2022.

Rose was born and raised in Arizona. Outside of work, Rose enjoys spending time with her son, hiking, reading, dancing, and relaxing with friends.

Mitch Padfield, PTA

Mitch is a Howard County resident who was born in Kokomo and raised in Greentown. He graduated from IUK with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and then completed his PTA degree from the University of Indianapolis. While working as a PTA at Wellbrooke of Kokomo, he also completed his MBA.

In his spare time, Mitch enjoys spending time with his wife and family.  He enjoys running, disc golf and watching the Colts.

Angela Carver, MA

Angela was raised in Knox, Indiana but currently resides in Kokomo with her husband Tim and their 2 daughters. She started her career as a Customer Service Representative, working in several different departments at local medical facilities including, emergency department, physical therapy, surgery, and family practice. She is currently taking classes to become a Certified Medical Assistant.  Angela also holds a Bachelor’s Degree in English, minor in Speech Communications, and a certificate in Professional Writing.

In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her nieces and nephews, watching college football, and cuddling with her cat, Agnes.

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