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Meet The Team

The P&C Healthcare team of certified, highly skilled, and experienced care providers always have our patients' best interest and wellbeing at heart.  Meet the faces that are assisting you. 

Hospitalists
Dr. Vijay Parthiban, MD, MBA

President & CEO

Dr. Parthiban is the co-founder and CEO of P&C Healthcare. He received his Medical Degree from Stanley Medical College and completed postgraduate training at Lincoln Medical & Mental Health Center in 1997.  Dr. Parthiban completed his fellowship training in Infectious Diseases at University of South Alabama and received his MBA with a focus in Medical Management from Isenberg School of Management, University of Massachusetts.  Dr. Parthiban was the Reginal Medical Director for Emcare from 2014-2016.  Dr. Parthiban cofounded and is currently the CEO, along with Dr. Chitaia, of P&C Healthcare in 2016.

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Dr. Nikoloz Chitaia, MD

President & CEO

Dr. Chitaia is the co-founder and CEO of P&C Healthcare. He graduated from Tbilisi State Medical University and AIETI Medical School.  He did an Internal Medicine Residency at Emory University.  After completing fellowship training in Endocrinology at the University of Florida, Dr. Chitaia practiced as an Endocrinologist in Puyallup, Washington.  In 2009 he joined HCA Centerpoint Physicians Group as a consulting Endocrinologist and Hospitalist. Dr. Chitaia has provided telemedicine services since 2016.  Dr Chitaia cofounded and is currently the CEO, along with Dr. Pathiban, P&C Healthcare in 2016. 

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Dr. Abul Ahsan, MD

Dr. Abul Ahsan received his Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery from the University of Dhaka.  He received his Doctorate of Medicine in 1995 from Mymensingh Medical College, where he completed an internship in Medicine and Surgery.  Dr. Ahsan completed his residency at Canton Medical Education Foundation and fellowship at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center.  Dr. Ahsan has been working as a hospitalist since 2008.

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Dr. Gewel De Los Santos Niebaum, MD

Dr. de los Santos graduated from Truman State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology. She earned her Master of Business Administration degree in General Management and Healthcare Administration from Plymouth State University.  Dr. de los Santos earned a Medical Degree from American University of Antigua College of Medicine in St. John’s, Antigua and completed her Residency in Family Medicine at Research Medical Center.  Dr. de los Santos has been with P&C Healthcare since 2023.

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Dr. Imran Cheema, MD

Dr. Cheema graduated in 1991 from University of The Punjab/King Edward Medical College.  He has over 32 years of experience.

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Dr. James Sweeney, DO

Dr. James Sweeney graduated with honors from Kansas City College of Medicine and Surgery in 2019.  He completed the Family Medicine Residency Program at Research Medical Center in 2022.

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Dr. Katherine Field, DO

Dr. Katherine Field received her degree from A.T. Still University Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine in 2019 and completed her residency in 2022 at Research Family Medicine.  She has been with P&C Healthcare since August 2022.

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Dr. Kristie Baker, MD

Dr. Kristie Baker graduated from the University of Missouri-Kansas City in 1993.  She completed her residency in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics at University of Missouri-Kansas City in 1994 and joined P&C Healthcare in 2023. Dr. Baker has worked in primary care and as a hospitalist for 23 years.  She enjoys working with patients in fast paced, acute care settings.

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Dr. Long Bui, DO

Dr. Long Bui graduated from Kansas City University Physicians and Surgeons in 2019 with his Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree.  He was named 2023 Centerpoint Medical Center Physician of the Year, chosen by the nursing staff. 

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Dr. Mathew Akin, MD

Dr. Akin has bachelor’s degrees in biology, German and music from the University of Missouri. He earned his medical degree from Saint Louis University School of Medicine and completed his residency in Internal Medicine at Indiana University Health Ball Memorial Hospital.

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Dr. Mattias D'Anna, DO

Dr. D’Anna graduated from Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences in 2020.  He completed his residency with HCA Overland Park Internal Medicine at Overland Park Reginal Medical Center in 2023.  Dr. D’Anna currently resides in Lee’s Summit, MO and has been with P&C Healthcare since October 2023.

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Dr. Priscilla Borden, MD

Dr. Priscilla Borden graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology with a minor in Chemistry from Avila University.  After earning her medical degree from the American University of the Caribbean in Miami, Florida in 2016, she completed her residency in Family Medicine at Research Medical Center in Kansas City in 2019.

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Dr. Ritika Kaushal, MD

Dr. Ritika Kaushal graduated with a Bachelor’s of Human Sciences from University of Antigua College of Medicine- Manipal, India in May 2013.  She then graduated from medical school from University of Antigua College of Medicine in 2019. Dr. Kaushal completed her residency in Internal Medicine in June of 2022 at HCA Overland Park Reginal Medical Center.

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Dr. Samer Abu-Amer, MD

Dr. Samer Abu-Amer graduated from Ross University School of Medicine in 2019.  He completed his residency in 2022 at Research Family Medicine and has been with P&C Healthcare since 2022.

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Dr. Tommel Samani, MD

Dr. Tommel Samani graduated from the University of Missouri-Kansas City with a Bachelor of Science, Biology degree.  In 2013, he graduated from American University of the Caribbean with a Doctor of Medicine.  Dr. Samani completed a clinical fellowship from AUC School of Medicine in 2015.

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Dr. Fatima Ali, MD

Dr. Fatima Ali graduated from Rutgers University in 2008 with a Bachelor of Science, BS in Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist.  She earned her Doctor’s Degree from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic in 2016.  In 2019, Dr. Ali completed an Internal Medicine Residency from Kennedy University Hospitals.  In 2022 she completed a fellowship in Pulmonary Critical Care at Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals and then completed an Interventional Pulmonary fellowship at Lahey Hospital and Medical Center in 2023.  Dr. Ali has been with P&C Healthcare since September 2023.

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Dr. Michael J Waxman, MD, MBA, FACP, FCCP, FCCM, MRCP

Dr. Waxman is a 1976 graduate of The University of Kansas School of Medicine, where he completed his residency in Internal Medicine and his fellowship training in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine.  He is board certified in Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Medicine, and Critical Care Medicine. 

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Dr. Munaf Siyamwala, MD

Dr. Siyamwala earned a Medical Degree from B.J. Medical College Ahmedabad.  In 2010, he completed his residency in Internal Medicine at Staten Island University Hospital.  He then completed a fellowship in Pulmonary and Critical Care at St. Louis University in 2011.  In 2017, Dr. Siyamwala completed a fellowship in pulmonary disease.  Dr. Siyamwala has been with P&C Healthcare since September 2023.

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Dr. Stephen Eikermann, DO

Dr. Stephen Eikermann graduated from Kansas City University in 2013.  In 2017 he completed his residency in Internal Medicine in Corpus Christi, TX.  He then completed a fellowship in Critical Care Medicine in 2019 at UMKC, Saint Luke’s-Plaza.  Dr. Eikermann is board certified in Internal Medicine and Critical Care Medicine and began as the ICU medical director at Centerpoint Medical Center in July 2021.  He is a Kansas City native, happily married husband and father of three children. 

Physicians Assistants
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Arlene Cai, PA

Arlene Cai graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with her Bachelor of Science degree in Public Health.  In 2022 she graduated with her master’s degree- Physician Assistant Studies from The University of Texas Medical Branch.  Arlene has been with P&C Healthcare since May 2023.

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Clara Murray, PA

Clara Murray graduated from Washburn University in 2018 with a bachelor’s degree in Biology and Northwestern College’s Physician Assistant Program in 2022. She joined P&C Healthcare after graduation in December 2022 as Hospitalist PA.

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Maria Betancur, PA

Maria Betancur earned a Bachelor of Arts- Biological and Biomedical Sciences degree in 2018. In 2021, Maria earned her Master of Science-Physician Assistant degree from Nova Southeastern University.  Maria has been with P&C Healthcare since June 2023.

Nurse Practitioners
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Anam Rahim

Anam Rahim graduated from The University of Texas Medical Branch in 2017.  She worked five years as a RN prior to becoming a Nurse Practitioner.  Anam will be starting with P&C Healthcare in November.

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Andria Ortiz

Andria Ortiz, MSN, AGACNP-C, spent ten years as a critical care nurse at intensive care units throughout Missouri and Nebraska hospitals.  She received her advanced practice degree from Rockhurst University School of Nursing in 2021 and became certified as an Adult and Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner through the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses in 2022.

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Cindy Thompson

Cindy Thompson graduated in 2020 from Graceland University with her MSN, Acute Care Nurse Practitioner.  She worked for Centerpoint Medical Center for 13 years as an ICU Charge Nurse and in Cardiovascular Services.  Cindy has been with P&C Healthcare since March 2021.

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Duyen Nguyen

Duyen Nguyen graduated from the University of Kansas with a Bachelor of Arts in Human Biology in 2006.  She received her BSN from Research College of Nursing in 2011.  In 2015, she earned an MSN degree and became board-certified as an Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner through the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP).  She has 4 years of nursing experience in medical oncology and 8 years of advanced practice in various specialties, including endocrinology, physical medicine, and internal medicine.  Duyen joined P & C Healthcare as a Hospitalist NP in July 2023.

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Heather Begemann

Heather Begemann is a board-certified nurse practitioner with the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP).  She attended the University of Missouri BSN program graduating in 2009 and the MSN program in 2012.  Heather joined P&C Healthcare in 2018 where she serves as the lead hospitalist nurse practitioner.  She currently is attending Duke University in the Endocrine Specialty program with anticipated graduation in December 2023.

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