Dr. Mark T. Horrocks, M.D. received his undergraduate degree
from Brigham Young University and did post graduate work at Idaho State
University and Brigham Young University. He attended the University of
Washington School of Medicine, and did a family medicine residency with the
University of Kansas-Wichita. He is
Health West’s Chief Medical Officer.
Dr. Horrocks developed his passion for working with the underserved and underprivileged while serving a good will tour with the Friendship Force in Costa Rica, and while serving an honorable mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Montevideo, Uruguay. After attending medical school and during his residency with University of Kansas at Wichita, Horrocks joined the United States Air Force as a Family Physician. After he was honorably discharged from the armed forces, the Gulf War veteran was interested in continuing his work as a physician with a practice that would keep him connected to the populations he had become acquainted with in Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Uruguay. He joined the Health West, Inc. organization and has, since then, built a practice that has been culturally diverse and rewarding. Horrocks has been practicing with Health West’s Aberdeen Center since 2000 and has developed an outstanding reputation for patient care in all the Health West Communities.
Joseph Neil Ragan, M.D. is a board-certified family physician who graduated from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and completed internship and residency training at Naval Regional Medical Center San Diego, CA, and Naval Hospital Camp Pendleton, CA, respectively. After doing full-spectrum family medicine for 26 years in the U.S. Navy, Ragan returned to his small hometown in northeast Arkansas where he did emergency medicine and hospital inpatient work for a few years before relocating for family reasons to Lava Hot Springs, Idaho. Dr. Ragan is Medical Director at the Health West Pocatello Family Medicine residency clinic where he sees patients and teaches in the residency program. He has a special interest in under-served populations, including ensuring comprehensive and sensitive care for LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) people.
Clinic:ISU Family Medicine
Schaper, MS PA-C, is a 2007 graduate of Idaho State University Physician
Assistant program. She also received a Master
of Science degree in Medical Anthropology from ISU in 2004, and BS in
Anthropology and Rural Sociology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in
Heather’s interest in rural medicine and anthropology brought her to Pocatello in 2001, and she began to work at the Health West Aberdeen Clinic upon graduating with her first masters degree. Since 2004, she has occupied multiple positions within the organization, first as a bilingual medical assistant, then as Health Educator, before returning for her PA degree, and finally coming back to the communities of American Falls and Aberdeen to work as a primary care provider.
Heather’s graduate work included a 3-year ethnographic study documenting the experiences of Mexican women migrating from Central Mexico to SE Idaho. During that time, she had the opportunity to hone her Spanish language skills and to deeply explore the cultural meanings of common illnesses such as diabetes, hypertension and depression within the Hispanic population. Those experiences, coupled with a rich childhood as the daughter of a beef farmer in rural Wisconsin, have made her feel very much at home in small town Idaho, and she hopes to remain a consistent presence in Aberdeen and American Falls for many years to come.
Paul Bieniasz, PA-C, has been practicing medicine for 35 years. He received his education at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. He started his career with Health West in our Lava Hot Springs location. Since, he has practiced in Oregon, Montana and Washington; he returned to Health West in 2010.
In his spare time, Bieniasz enjoys the beautiful outdoor activities that Southeast Idaho has to offer from skiing to camping and fishing.
Dr. Courtland Carbol is a 1992 graduate from University of British Columbia in Vancouver, and has been practicing medicine with Health West since 2014.
Helene Poulos-Edmo, DNP, FNP-C is an experienced board certified family nurse practitioner and health care professional caring for individuals in primary & family care medical centers in Southeast Idaho since 1997. She has also worked closely with specialty physicians to include internal medicine, neurology, mental health, and sleep disorders medicine. H. Poulos-Edmo graduated from Idaho State University in 1997 with a Master of Science Degree in Family Practice/Nurse Practitioner and is licensed in the State of Idaho as a Nurse Practitioner. Doctorate Degree was obtained and awarded from the University of Utah in 2012. Helene was raised in Pocatello, ID. She and her husband continue to live in Southeast Idaho and have two adult children.
Board Certified through the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP).
American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM)
American Association of Nurse Practitioners
Nurse Practitioners of Idaho (NPI)
Intermountain Advanced Practice Nurses Assn (IAPN).
earned her undergraduate and her Master’s degree at Idaho State University in
Pocatello, Idaho. She is certified through the American Academy of Nurse
Practitioners. Before becoming a nurse practitioner,
she spent three years as a hospital based registered nurse in various
departments which included medical, surgical, and cardiovascular. Prior to
joining Health West in February 2014, Zuzana also worked part-time in the
Pocatello Free Clinic as a volunteer NP.
Zuzana’s scope of practice encompasses health promotion, disease prevention, diagnosis and management of common as well as complex health care problems spanning from childhood through senior life.
Among Zuzana’s greatest healthcare interests is in guidance and treatment of patients with diabetes. She understands the complexities of this disease requiring not only focus on treatment but even more important, prevention. She is passionate about educating diabetics on how they can manage their condition. She is a member of the American Association of Diabetes Educators and the American Association of Nurse Practitioners
Zuzana was born and raised in Slovakia yet has traveled throughout Europe and the US extensively. She moved to Pocatello, Idaho in 2007. She and her husband enjoy spending time playing golf, skiing, traveling and enjoying outdoors in beautiful Idaho.
I grew up in Rupert Id which is predominately a farming town. I come from a large family with 5 brother and 2 sisters, I am the 5th child. My parents were foster parents with around 75 children throughout the years. My 2 youngest brothers were adopted through the foster care program.
I have been married for 21 years and have 4 beautiful children that keep me busy. When not working, you can find me hanging out with my kids and husband, looking for rocks or treasures, dancing with my girls or watching my son play football, basketball or wrestling.
Caring for others has been a passion since I was a child. When younger I would rescue anything from birds, cats, dogs and grasshoppers; my parents told me to stop when I had 24 cats. I also cared from my younger brother who was diagnosed with cerebral palsy. I love people and love caring for them.
Health West is an amazing organization whose mission and values align with my mission and values. I love being apart of the health West team.
Logan Higbee, PA, was born and raised in Pocatello, Idaho.
He received his education from Alderson Broaddus College in West Virginia
before moving back to the area. He has been practicing medicine since 2010.
Logan enjoys working with Health West patients to improve
their health and make an impact on their lives.
Logan enjoys spending time with his family, football,
ultimate frisbee, disc golf and the outdoors.
Karroum, Family Nurse Practitioner, moved to Pocatello 9 years ago with only
one visit to this area. Like all locals,
after she discovered the mountains, the rivers, and the great people here,
Brandi knew it was the perfect place to raise her family.
Brandi grew up in the inner-city of Seattle. She is the daughter of Vietnamese immigrants; and, she and her 4 siblings were raised by their single mom. Brandi grew up “in the system” with public assistance, including WIC, welfare and free lunches. Because of her sparse upbringing and the challenges related to reduced opportunities of childhood, Brandi has always had the desire to give back to those who may need extra help. This is what led her to our Community Healthcare – Health West, Inc.
Health West stands for what Brandi believes in—Healthcare that is available to all despite a patient’s ability to pay – so she is thankful to be a part of Health West’s provider team. Brandi has been a Registered Nurse for 5 years, and a Nurse Practitioner for 2 years. She earned both her Baccalaureate and Masters degrees at Idaho State University. Brandi’s favorite part about being a Family Nurse Practitioner is getting to know her patients along with their children, parents, grandparents, cousins, aunts, uncles, and on occasion, their animals! However, Brandi only sees human patients from newborns to geriatrics.
Melissa grew up in various small towns all over Oregon, with a short stent in Colorado, before she moved to Corvallis, Oregon to receive her undergraduate degree in Biology with minors in History and Chemistry at Oregon State University. She completed a 3-month medical internship in South Africa, working in various day hospitals and with EMS services in Cape Town’s numerous townships, prior to entering medical school at Oregon Health and Science University. She married her husband, Chris, in 2004 while he was a Military Police Officer. It was during his second deployment to Iraq that she went to Africa.
Melissa and her husband have a 3 year old daughter, a miracle ex-24 week old, who is the light of their lives, and the best teacher Melissa has ever had. Melissa enjoys traveling, camping, jogging, reading, and spending time with her family. She is excited to explore the beautiful outdoors surrounding Pocatello during her residency and experiencing a new area of the country.
Gregory Kostur was born in Buffalo, New York, and grew up in
Florence, South Carolina and Charlotte, North Carolina. He graduated from The Citadel in Charleston,
South Carolina with a B.S. in Biology in 1995.
He then attended the Uniformed Services University of the Health
Sciences in Bethesda, Maryland and graduated with his M.D. in 1999. He completed a Pediatrics Residency at
Keesler Air Force Base in Biloxi, Mississippi in 2002. He served in the United States Air Force
until 2009 as a Pediatrician at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas,
and Keesler Air Force Base. He has been
a PALS and NRP instructor. He received
the Air Force Meritorious Service Medal and was also awarded Medical Student
Teacher of the Year for Pediatrics in 2006.
He worked as a pediatrician in La Grange, Texas and San Antonio, Texas
until 2019 until moving to Pocatello, Idaho in March of 2019. He left San Antonio because it was “too hot.”
Dr. Kostur has several hobbies but is always looking for new
activities to experience. Currently,
hiking and backpacking are his favorite activities, with goals of doing a long-distance
backpacking trip of over a hundred miles in the future. He also enjoys classical music and aims to
become a cellist in the Idaho State Civic Symphony in Pocatello someday. He likes cold weather, especially if it makes
his “nose hairs freeze!” With that in
mind, he also plans to try snow skiing, snowshoeing, ice fishing, snowmobiling,
and snow camping in the winter.
His outlook on children is holistic, encompassing the
social, psychological, genetic, and physical components of their health. He aims to treat the “whole” child. As such, he is pleased to be part of Health
West, Inc. because it offers integrated behavioral health in its clinics. The Health West Pediatrics clinic includes a
child psychologist and other behavioral health providers in the same clinic.
His interest in early literacy led to the Health West
Pediatrics clinic starting a “Reach Out and Read” clinical site, where all
children under 6 years of age get a free book at every well child check.
Dr. Smith earned an undergraduate degree from Idaho State University and his medical degree from the Kirksville College of Osteopathic medicine in Missouri. Dr. Smith did his residency training at Presbyterian/St. Luke’s Medical Center in Denver, Colorado.
Ty was born and raised in Inkom, Idaho. He has been married to his high school sweetheart for 39 years, and, together, they have raised four children. He is also the proud grandfather of 10!
Dr. Smith went into healthcare because he wanted to be able to travel and help people. He came to work at Health West because he wanted to be back home in the area he loved. He loves to help his patients and sees value in treating complicated patients in the South Bannock Area.
When Ty is not working in the clinics, you can find him working on his farm and with his horses.
Clinic:Lava Hot Springs, Downey
I was born in Pocatello and raised in American Falls. Living in a rural town gives me great appreciation of the challenges in rural health care. I have always had a heart for serving the underserved which is why I love working with Health West.
I provide chronic care management, preventative care services for all ages, women’s health, and acute care services. I also have a passion for helping those who struggle with opioid addiction and provide medication assisted therapy to help those people get off the opioids.
I attended Idaho State University for undergraduate studies and received my RN degree. I got my master’s degree in nursing at Walden University. I am an active member of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP).
In my spare time I enjoy watching football, playing with my grandkids, spending time with friends and family, and camping in the mountains.
Nicholas Winn, PA, has a Bachelor of Arts at Utah State University and Master of Physician Assistant Studies degree at the University of Utah. Nic is very familiar with Idaho growing up 10 minutes from the Utah-Idaho border. He loves spending time with his wife and 2 daughters. He enjoys Disney movies, basketball, hiking, camping, and everything outdoors. He also loves to cook/bake anything that tastes good. He loves Mexico where he lived for 2 years and learned Spanish.
I was born and raised in Pocatello, with most of my family still
currently living here. I have one son, one grandson, a black lab, and a Siamese
cat, the loves of my life.
I attended Idaho State University, receiving my bachelors as
a registered nurse, graduating in 1998. I have practiced in Obstetrics most of
my nursing career, with 20 years’ experience as a labor and delivery nurse. I
attended Walden University receiving my master’s as a Family Nurse
I enjoy fly-fishing, rowing my drift boat, skiing with my
family, and spending time at our home in Island Park. I have worked at South
fork outfitter and Portneuf River outfitters in the fly-fishing shop. I enjoy vegetable and flower gardening, and
hiking in the surrounding mountains of Idaho.
I am enjoying my new job at Health West immensely and looking
forward to serving the community where I grew up.