Covenant Clinic Waverly Sees a Bright Future in Caring for Its Community
by Adam Amdor
Our family medicine health care providers have each called Waverly home for a number of years.
Lee Fagre, MD is beginning his 30th year of serving the community of Waverly, starting his practice of family medicine in the summer of 1987. In that time he’s been able to offer health care to multiple generations of local families.
“Family medicine is doing everything you can to provide services to your patients,” he said, noting that over time the demands of family medicine have changed. “A progressive and growing community like Waverly now has access to a number of health professionals and specialists.”
While he sees patients of all ages, Dr. Fagre has a special focus on Iowa’s older population. In addition to his duties in Waverly, he is a Certified Medical Director in Post-Acute and Long-Term Care and is associated with several long-term care facilities in northeast Iowa.
Mary Jo Stromberg, ARNP has been at Covenant Clinic Waverly for three and a half years, beginning in September 2013. She lived in Waverly for several years before joining the family practice. “I really wanted to work at this clinic because I wanted to work in Waverly. I like to take care of the people I know.”
A track injury prompted Stromberg to work in the health care field. “I remember thinking, ‘I really have to be a nurse to help people get through these difficult times too.’” She chose to specialize in family medicine because she enjoys the wide variety of health care needs that come with each age group. But she sees sports as an avenue to teach teens. “When kids come to me for a sports physical, I try to teach about healthy diet, how much sleep they need, getting to the dentist… those whole-life, healthy habits they should be thinking about. If I can teach them about living healthy throughout their lives, it might save them a doctor’s visit in the future.”
When she’s not at the clinic, Mary Jo is active with her family at St. Mary’s Church, where she is a lector and confirmation leader. “I am glad to work for a Catholic organization with a tradition of service and values that I try to live by.”
Kala Miller, ARNP is the newest addition to Covenant Clinic Waverly, joining July 2016. “I grew up in a small town, so I was drawn to the sense of community that comes with working at the Waverly Covenant Clinic,” she said.
Before completing her Master of Science in Nursing to become a nurse practitioner specializing in family medicine, she obtained her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Creighton University in Omaha, and a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Wartburg College in Waverly. “I think Waverly is a great town and I really enjoyed living here while I was in college at Wartburg. I am excited to be able to build relationships and care for the individuals of the community.”
Kala’s interest in health care came at a young age since her father is a respiratory therapist. “He would take me to work with him on take-your-daughter-to-work day. Those visits to the hospital sparked my interest and I explored different careers in the medical field,” she said. Miller eventually chose to become a nurse practitioner to care for individuals at all stages of their lives.
Covenant Clinic Waverly is located at 217 20th Street NW. Schedule your next visit by calling 319-352-9500. These providers are just a few of the more than 100 primary care and specialty physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners and other health care professionals who share the common goal of providing quality health care services to people throughout northeast Iowa.
More information is available online by visiting wheatoniowa.org/clinics.