Your Team at Adventist Health Lodi Memorial
Adventist Health Lodi Memorial is staffed with employees passionate about not only providing the best clinical care, but also treating patients with respect and compassion. From the moment you pick up the phone to schedule an appointment to your final office visit after surgery, our team of dedicated professionals will be here to ensure your experience what you expect and deserve. Below are a few staff members you will meet in your journey for better health.
Tom works closely with Dr. Howell and Dr. Nedopil offering patients nearly 25 years’ experience in the field of orthopedic medicine. Prior to becoming a physician assistant, he was a registered nurse that focused on surgical services. During this time, he was a traveling nurse and spent time in hospitals around the country, giving him exposure to many different surgeons and operating room styles and flows.
Tom has applied his skills in the development of a comprehensive orthopedic program that created cohesive roles for all the clinical players involved in total knee replacement. As the patient liaison, Tom teaches the pre-operative joint class, provides first assist to Dr. Howell and Dr. Nedopil in surgery, and closely follows the patients daily, making rounds and coordinating their care with the nursing team, physical therapy, and case management.
When not busy in the operating room or on the patient floor, Tom and his wife Sunny like to travel internationally. They have visited five of the seven continents and are planning on the last two trips! Tom and Sunny reside in Elk Grove, where Sunny enjoys gardening and Tom builds and flies radio-controlled sailplanes.
Tom’s passion and enthusiasm for quality patient care is an asset to the orthopedic program here at Adventist Health Lodi Memorial.
Hannah E. Keller is a board-certified physician assistant who specializes in orthopedics. She works alongside Dr. Stephen Howell, caring for patients who are having total knee replacement surgery, as well as providing physical exams and treatment for those with sports injuries, arthritis and more. She received her undergraduate degree from Simpson University and completed the physician assistant and family nurse practitioner program at the University of California, Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing.
With a passion for caring for others combined with a deep interest in anatomy and the mechanics of the human body, Hannah finds orthopedics a natural way to combine these important aspects of her life into a meaningful career. The quality of patient care, vision and mission, and innovative surgical methods found at Adventist Health enable her to care for patients the way she has always envisioned – with respect, compassion and dignity.
Some interests she enjoys when not caring for patients include reading, traveling with her husband, and going to the beach.
Gail has been a practicing RN for more than 30 years. She received her nursing education at San Joaquin Delta College and began her career at Lodi Memorial, where she has found a work family she loves.
Over her significant nursing career, Gail has worked in many areas, including spending time on the medical surgical unit, cath lab, and providing patients care at home with our home health service. Naturally, Gail was entrusted with more leadership roles at Lodi Memorial, including APU Supervisor and Relief Hospital Supervisor. In 2010, Gail decided she wanted to get back to her roots of providing direct patient care and returned to pre- and post-surgical care.
Gail’s philosophy believes in the power of laughter in relieving anxiety and incorporates it often into her outstanding clinical care. She has a special place in her heart for patient education, and as the Orthopedic Nurse Navigator she acts as the patient cheerleader and advocate, providing guidance to orthopedic patients with their plan of care and education, from pre-surgery through discharge.
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