HEALDTON, Okla. – Mercy Hospital Healdton welcomes two new physician assistants, Tara Wade-Lewis and Vanchai Vongchanyakul.
Tara Wade-Lewis, a Ringling native, says, “I am very excited to be coming back to southern Oklahoma. To get back to my roots, and bring my family with me, is something that I have wanted to do for several years.”
Prior to joining Mercy, she spent several years in Oklahoma City and Shawnee, in both hospital and clinic settings.
Wade-Lewis holds a Master of Science degree from The University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. She is an Oklahoma licensed physician assistant and certified by the National Commission of Certification of Physician Assistants.
Originally from Bangkok, Thailand, Vonchanyakul, brings several years of emergency care experience to the Healdton area. He has worked throughout the state in many community hospitals treating chronic and acute illness, as well as trauma. Vonchanyakul earned his degree from The University of Oklahoma. He is also an Oklahoma licensed physician assistant and certified by the National Commission of Certification of Physician Assistants.
During Operation Iraqi Freedom Vonchanyakul was assigned to U.S. Air Force Expeditionary Medical Support while serving in Baghdad. His responsibilities included taking care of combined US forces and our coalition forces. He is also a member of the 137th Medical Group of the Oklahoma Air National Guard.
“Tara and Vanchai will be instrumental in providing excellent patient care right here at home,” said Jeremy Jones, administrator of Mercy Hospital Healdton. “Our goal is to continue building our hospital staff and services to keep up with the needs of our area.”