(319) 472-6200
Brehm family picture

Parents: Samantha & Trey Brehm
Kids: Quinn (1)


“I have seen Stephanie since I was in elementary school while she practiced at the Ahn clinic. My family followed her to the Atkins clinic when she began practicing there. We love how Stephanie gives us additional advice on topics of concern and how she shares tips and tricks to us as new parents!”

Samantha is an Art Educator at Prairie Crest Elementary School, in the College Community School District, and Trey works at ADM. Taking walks in nice weather and reading books to Quinn take up most of the family’s free time.

Three Wauters children at a doctors appointment

Parents: Jenny & Nick Wauters
Kids: Callie (5), Lucas (3), Ryan (1)


“Our whole family sees Rita Taylor-Stewart in Van Horne, and my husband and I have been patients there since we were kids. Rita always goes above and beyond when seeing my children. She will talk to them as people instead of patients, and she will ask them questions about their life, not just about why they are there. The staff has known my family for a long time, and they all feel like family. I know I can call them with any question or concern I have no matter how big or small.”

Nick works at Anderson-Erickson Dairy. Jenny worked as an LPN in dialysis before having children, but now the kids make being at home a full-time job. The family especially enjoys camping and spending time with friends and family.

Aberle daughters sitting inside a Schwinn cart

Parents: Jackie & Shawn Aberle
Kids: Carson (8), Gretchen (5), Kaydence (1)


“We go to the Urbana clinic where Michele, the nurses, and the front desk staff are wonderful. We feel more like family than like patients of a medical clinic! While I prefer to see Michele, I trust the doctors and the other providers at the Vinton clinic too when we need a late appointment, or something comes up on the weekend. Great people are how we describe both the Urbana and Vinton clinic medical teams.”

Shawn drives a semi for a grain elevator, the couple farms, and Jackie also runs a business. The Aberle family’s favorite things include ranger rides, going to the park, and going for walks/bike rides.

Meyers family picture

Parents: Kim & Joshua Meyer
Kids: Jonah (8), Hattie (5)


“We go to the Vinton Family Medical Clinic and go there because it’s convenient; everyone’s friendly and very knowledgeable. We feel comfortable knowing our kids are getting the best care. Dr. Maggie is our go-to lady, and I see her myself. Maggie treats all of her patients as if they were her children/family and we couldn’t appreciate her more. I want to say, though, that we feel comfortable going to any of the providers because we think they are all fantastic.”

Josh is a 5th-grade teacher at Shellsburg Elementary School. Kim has been Director of Teaching at Vinton-Shellsburg but is leaving that position to be a full-time health coach. Finding adventures the entire family can enjoy is at the top of their recreational choices.

(This article is part of Virginia Gay Hospital’s bi-annual publication, “Thrive” Spring/Summer 2018 issue. An online version of the entire publication can be found at https://myvgh.org/thrive/)

Virginia Gay Family Medical Clinics provide prenatal care to 30 weeks for pregnancies without complications. Well-child visits are available beginning after the first postpartum assessment, and children are cared for through adolescence. To schedule an appointment, call the clinic of your choice: Atkins, Urbana, Van Horne or Vinton Family Medical Clinic.

Related Articles:

New Parents 101

Baby’s First Car Ride: Carseat Safety Checklist

Ready, Set, GO! And There’s No Going Back!

7 Hilarious Things Sleep Deprived Parents Have Done

Is it Baby Blues or Postpartum?

5 Pieces of Bad Parenting Advice

Speaking of Men