Family Doctor Brings 40 Years of Experience to Mercy

July 8, 2014

The Fent family has seen Dr. Zeller for 16 years.

It can take some time finding just the right doctor – but not in Branson. Ask around and you’ll quickly hear about Dr. William Zeller. The board-certified doctor has moved to Mercy Clinic Family Medicine – Hollister, bringing with him nearly four decades of service to the area.

“I have thousands of patients here,” he said. “I’ve taken care of several generations, delivering babies who have grown up and chosen me to deliver their own children.” Dr. Zeller graduated from the University of Missouri School of Medicine and completed his residency at Mercy Hospital in Pittsburgh, Penn. That’s when he decided to make the Ozarks his home.

“My family used to vacation in Branson all the time when I was a child. I ended up marrying a fifth generation native to the Ozarks.” He and his wife raised three boys and now have six grandchildren. “We used to camp a lot when the boys were little, traveling all over Arkansas. Now I love golfing and gardening,” he added. “Anything to get out and enjoy the beauty of the Ozarks.”

The Fent family moved to Branson from Oklahoma 16 years ago, and have chosen Dr. Zeller ever since.

"I was scared he was going to retire last winter," said Bobigene Fent, whose daughters Isabella and Brighton were delivered by Dr. Zeller. "We wouldn't use anybody else. He's been a godsend. He's the only doctor my kids want to see."

Dr. Zeller is a diplomat of the American Board of Family Practice. He also served 12 years on the Branson School Board -- three as its president -- and volunteered for decades as team physician for Branson Public Schools. “I attended public schools all my life, so this was a way to give something back to the community.” 

While practicing in Branson, Dr. Zeller was elected to the Missouri Sports Medicine Hall of Fame, a rare accomplishment; to date, only two people from southwest Missouri have received such an honor.

Dr. Zeller left hospital admissions in the early 2000s and just last year decided to move on from his OB practice. “I’m in the clinic now, just taking care of my familiar families and patients,” said Dr. Zeller. He is accepting new patients; to make an appointment, call (417) 336-4355.