Independence Welcomes New Providers

November 3, 2011


Nan Nuessle, MD, and Davia (Jewett) Knight, PA-C


Two new providers joining Mercy this fall represent “firsts” for area health care services and will greatly expand access to care for area patients.

For the first time, Mercy is offering the services of a full-time pediatrician with the addition of Nan Nuessle, M.D. to the Mercy Physician Group in Independence. Additionally, area services have been further expanded with the services of Davia (Jewett) Knight, PA-C, who has joined the Cherryvale Clinic, marking the first time that clinic has offered two providers on a full-time schedule.

“We are excited to offer these expanded services for the Independence and Cherryvale communities,” said Eric Ammons, president/CEO of Mercy Hospital. “These ‘firsts’ are encouraging ‘first steps’ in our efforts to recruit a full complement of needed primary and specialty providers for southeast Kansas.”

Dr. Nuessle relocated to Independence from Overland Park, where she worked in private pediatric practice. She brings more than 20 years of practice experience, 14 of which she spent as a pediatrician with the Christie Clinic Association in Champaign, Ill. While in Illinois, she also was affiliated with Provena Covenant Medical Center in Urbana, and served a stint as chairman of that hospital’s Department of Pediatrics.

She earned her medical degree from the University of Missouri-School of Medicine in Columbia, and completed her internship and residency at San Francisco Children’s Hospital, affiliated with the University of California. She has done extensive work in the field of genetics research and completed a clinical fellowship through MU’s Division of Medical Genetics/Department of Child Health. She is certified by the American Board of Pediatrics.

Dr. Nuessle sees patients from birth through age 18, and has special interest in sports medicine and caring for children with special needs.

Her recreational interests include physical fitness, reading and her dogs. She has one adult son.

Knight, having practiced the past nine years in Cedar Vale and Sedan, has come home to her native Cherryvale to offer primary care services at the Mercy clinic.

She earned a bachelor’s degree in Respiratory Therapy from the University of Kansas and began her medical career as a therapist with Via Christi Health Systems in Wichita, before going on to earn a physician assistant’s degree from Wichita State University. She has since practiced simultaneously with Cedar Vale Rural Health Clinic and Sedan Hospital and also served a stint with Cedar Vale Community Hospital.

Knight joins longtime provider Marc Hoffmeister, PA-C, at the clinic, which is scheduled to relocate to Cherryvale’s Main Street on Nov. 21. The new location at 203 W. Main, in the former Dollar General Store building, will offer expanded space to accommodate the two providers, as well as larger patient exam rooms, waiting and parking area. In its new location, the clinic also will eventually offer X-ray services – another first for the clinic – along with basic lab services. Both Knight and Hoffmeister will provide routine primary care for patients of all ages, and clinic hours will be extended to Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Fridays 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

Knight and her husband, Chad, have three children, Jackson, age 6, Briggs, 4, and Harrison, 2 months.

More information on Dr. Nuessle’s practice may be obtained by calling the Mercy Physician Group at 620-332-3280 or toll-free 1-800-434-9479. Information on Knight’s practice is available by calling the Cherryvale Clinic at 620-336-2131.