Our team believes in providing compassionate care to all people.

Our providers have a commitment to community wellness and hold a belief that the highest quality of care is best achieved through a caring relationship with every patient. We will listen to your individual needs and foster a proactive approach to your care, helping you stay in charge of your health.

Accepting new patients. Everyone is welcome.
Call today to schedule your appointment:
(231) 935-0799

By accepting Healthy Michigan, Medicare, Medicaid, private insurance, and offering an income-based sliding fee scale for the uninsured, we make healthcare accessible to every person in your family.



Patricia Bauer, Family Nurse Practitioner

Patricia Bauer, FNP is accepting new patients.

Patricia Bauer received her BSN from Mercy College of Detroit and her Masters in Nursing from Wayne State University with a major in the Health Care of Women.  Patty received certification as a Family Nurse Practitioner with a post graduate certificate in Family Practice from Michigan State University.  Prior to coming to the Clinic she spent 12 years as Perinatal Outreach Coordinator at Munson Medical Center and 13 years as a women’s health care nurse practitioner for Planned Parenthood and a local health department.  Patty is currently providing our well women exams, a diabetic clinic and serving urgent care patient needs.


Virginia Barrett, Family Nurse Practitioner

Virginia Barrett, FNP is accepting new patients.

Virginia Barrett received her Masters of Science in Nursing from Texas A&M and her FNP from Michigan State University. She also received an Associated Degree in Nursing from Northwestern Michigan College and a Bachelor of Arts from Michigan State University. Prior to moving to Traverse City, Ginny spent five years at Glen Rose Health Care in Glen Rose, Texas and five years before that at Lake Granbury Medical Center in Lake Granbury, Texas. Ginny is a member of the Texas Nurse Practitioners Association and the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. She is accepting new patients, including children/adolescents and adults.


Jennifer Bowling,  Adult/Older Adult Nurse Practitioner

Jennifer Bowling, AGNP is accepting new patients.

Jennifer Bowling received her Doctor of Nursing Practice, Adult/Older Adult Nurse Practitioner from Grand Valley State University. Prior to this degree, Jennifer received her Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing from Ferris State University and an Associates Degree in Nursing from Northwestern Michigan College. Before coming to Traverse Health, Jennifer spent 20 years at Munson Medical Center. She enjoyed four years as Part-Time Adjunct Faculty at Northwestern Michigan College. Now at Traverse Health, Jennifer is serving adults and older adults.


Roger Gerstle, M.D., Medical Director

Dr. Gerstle has been a physician in Traverse City for more than twenty years, most recently serving as the medical director of Munson Hospice, Palliative Care, and Home Care.  Prior to that, he had 19 years as faculty and practicing family medicine physician at Munson Family Practice Center and the Munson Family Practice Residency Program. Dr. Gerstle is joining the clinical team as a primary care physician and the medical director and is accepting patients, both children and adults.


Linda Rasmussen, Adult Nurse Practitioner

Linda Rasmussen, RN, MSN, ANP is accepting new patients.

Linda Rasmussen graduated with a BSN from Loyola University and an MSN from Simmons College.  Her previous areas of practice include Public Health at Fairbanks Regional Public Health Center, College Health at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks, Rural Health Clinics in McGrath and Kotzebue, Alaska and Urgent Care in Boston, MA.   Linda is an Adjunct Instructor with the Michigan State University College of Nursing and a member of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners. Linda serves our adult patients.


Donna Rinker, Family Nurse Practitioner

Donna Rinker graduated with an Associate Degree in Nursing from Broome Community College in Binghamton, NY, a Bachelor of Science Nursing from Saginaw Valley State University in Saginaw, MI and a Master’s Science of Nursing from Michigan State University in Lansing, MI.  Donna has worked in various family practice settings: a Community Based FQHC, Spectrum Primary Care Partners, Northwest Michigan Health Services and Private Primary Care practice. Donna is currently adjunct faculty for Grand Valley State University with their Master’s and Doctorate Nursing program and a national speaker for National Nurse Practitioner organizations such as NPACE, American College of Nurse Practitioner, American Academy of Nurse Practitioner and the Michigan Council of Nurse Practitioner organization. Donna’s clinical interest is with children and women’s health care.  She has expertise in working with children and adults with Attention Deficit Disorder.


Amber Ristow, Family Nurse Practitioner

Amber Ristow graduated with an Associate Degree in Nursing from Northwestern Michigan College before going on for her Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in Nursing at the University of Michigan, Flint. Amber welcomes new patients of all ages.



William C Fowle, LMSW, LMFT, CAADC

Clinical Social Worker

Specialties — Substance abuse counseling, marriage, family, and relationship issues, trauma and related PTSD issues, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) approach


Toni Hernalsteen, LMSW

Clinical Social Worker

Specialties — Anxiety, depression, trauma, chronic illness, aging, dementia, grief and loss, end of life, relationship issues, spirituality, substance abuse


Jill Strahan, LMSW

Clinical Social Worker

Specialties — Anxiety, panic, depression, stress management, trauma, anger, adjustment issues, parenting issues, experience with adolescents, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) approach


Jennifer Strange, LMSW, CAADC

Behavioral Health Manager

Specialties — Anxiety, panic, depression, stress management, grief and loss, trauma, anger, adjustment issues, relationship issues, and specialized training in substance use disorders, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) approach


Ciourtney Whinnery, LPC, CAADC

Licensed Professional Counselor, Substance Use Disorder Services.

Specialties — Trauma, substance use disorders


Monday: 8:00 am – 8:00 pm
Tuesday: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Wednesday: 8:00 am – 8:00 pm
Thursday: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Friday: 8:00 am – 4:00 pm

After hours care:
(for established patients)

Business Office

1719 S. Garfield Avenue
Traverse City, MI 49686
Main Line:
231-935-0799 / 1-866-483-6987
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