Mercer Healthy Living Thu, 14 Jul 2022 20:07:49 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Mercer Health welcomes Sydney Snyder, APRN-CNP Thu, 14 Jul 2022 20:07:49 +0000 Mercer Health is pleased to announce Sydney Snyder, Nurse Practitioner, has joined the Mercer Health Occupational Health team!

Sydney graduated in 2013 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from Ohio University and worked as a nurse on medical-surgical and OB floors. She then went on to earn her Master of Science with a concentration as a family nurse practitioner in 2018. She has experience in both family practice and occupational health as a nurse practitioner.

Originally from Centerville, Ohio, Sydney has resided in Minster with her family for the past six years. In her free time, Sydney loves spending time with her husband and two daughters.

Mercer Health Occupational Health offers to industries, large and small, special services designed to protect the health of their employees and the integrity of their company. Our providers are knowledgeable in the regulatory requirements and strive to provide prompt communication and excellent customer service. We offer extended hours of service, flexible scheduling and minimal wait times which are essential to minimizing time away from the job site.

To schedule an appointment with Occupational Health, located at the Community Medical Center in Celina, call 419-586-1220. We offer convenient walk-in and same day appointments.

Mercer Health welcomes Lori Geesaman, WHNP-BC Tue, 08 Mar 2022 20:53:53 +0000 Mercer Health is pleased to announce Lori Geesaman, Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner, has joined our team of Women’s Health providers!

Lori is a lifelong resident of Darke County. She began her career as a labor and delivery nurse at Wayne Healthcare after earning her associate degree in nursing from Edison State Community College. She then went on to complete her bachelor’s degree at Chamberlain College of Nursing followed by her master’s degree at Kent State University to become a women’s health nurse practitioner. In June of 2021, she obtained her NCC certification.

In addition to her 10 years of experience as an OB nurse, Lori has worked as an OB nurse educator and as a lactation consultant. She has always had a passion for caring for women and their babies.

In her spare time, Lori spends as much time with her husband and three children as she can. She enjoys camping and watching her kids play sports.

Lori is now accepting new patients for women’s health, annual wellness visits, family planning and more. To schedule an appointment with Lori, please contact her office, located at the Community Medical Center in Celina, at 567-890-7163.

Mercer Health welcomes Ashley Schoenherr, P.A.-C Wed, 02 Mar 2022 20:51:47 +0000 Ashley Schoenherr, Physician Assistant, recently joined our team of primary care providers at Mercer Health Medical Group at Celina. Ashley was born and raised in Coldwater, Ohio. After graduating from Coldwater High School, she attended Kettering College to obtain her Bachelor of Science in Human Biology. She continued her education at Kettering to receive her Master of Physician Assistant Studies degree in July 2021.

Ashley was a recipient of a Mercer Health MED Foundation scholarship in 2015 and has been an employee with Mercer Health in Nutrition Services and Patient Registration since 2013. She looks forward to continuing her work with Mercer Health as a provider in serving our local communities. In her spare time, Ashley enjoys spending time with family and friends as well as staying active outdoors.

Ashley is now seeing patients at Mercer Health Medical Group at Celina (located at the Community Medical Center). To schedule an appointment with Ashley, call 419-586-1863.

Mercer Health welcomes Dr. Heather Kleinhenz Wed, 16 Feb 2022 21:52:22 +0000 Mercer Health is excited to welcome Heather Kleinhenz, MD, to our team of primary care providers! Dr. Kleinhenz is a Saint Henry native. She received her undergraduate degree from The Ohio State University and then attended Wright State University School of Medicine. After medical school she completed her residency training in family practice from the Miami Valley Hospital Family Practice Residency Program. For the past 15 years, Dr. Kleinhenz has practiced family medicine in Maria Stein.

Dr. Kleinhenz enjoys taking care of the entire family—and in some cases multiple generations in the same family.  Dr. Kleinhenz and her husband live in St. Henry with their five children.

Dr. Kleinhenz will begin seeing patients at Mercer Health Medical Group at Maria Stein (located at 8015 Marion Dr., Maria Stein) on March 1. To schedule an appointment, call 419-925-5104.

Tips for a heart healthy diet Thu, 10 Feb 2022 13:54:27 +0000 High blood pressure and cholesterol contribute to cardiovascular disease—but the good news is that there are lifestyle changes you can make to lower your numbers and improve your heart health! Try incorporating these tips into your diet to support lower blood pressure and cholesterol.

Cut back on sodium and eat less process food. The average American eats as much as 20 times* the amount of sodium our bodies need! Sodium isn’t just the salt you add to food on your plate—it’s added to many foods during processing. In fact, many foods that don’t taste “salty” can still be full of sodium. Aim for 2,000 mg of sodium daily.

Watch out for condiments. Sauces and condiments tend to be high in saturated fat and can have added sugars and sodium. Try switching out your traditional dressings and sauces for more nutritious options like mustard, hummus, plain Greek yogurt or balsamic vinegar.

Try fruit for dessert. Instead of high fat, high sugar dessert options, grab an apple or banana with nut butter, try frozen grapes or mix up a fruit and Greek yogurt smoothie for a healthy treat that will satisfy your sweet tooth.

Focus on fiber. Fiber can help reduce cholesterol, which has a positive impact on heart health. Try to incorporate more whole fruits, vegetables, beans, nuts and whole grains into your diet. Make your goal to take in 25 or more grams each day.

Be mindful of portion size. Check labels to know how much of a food is considered one serving—we often assume it’s more than what it actually is! Restaurants typically serve multiple portions for one entrée. Consider splitting your meal with someone, requesting a half-order or boxing up half to take home at the start of your meal to reduce the portion in front of you.

Have fun with cooking! Experiment with ways to add flavor outside of butter and salt—try adding a squeeze of lemon, a drizzle of balsamic or some fresh herbs to your dishes.

If you need support in making lifestyle changes to work toward a healthier you, our team at the Center for Healthy Weight and Wellness can help! We offer a range of services provided by our expert staff, including nutrition counseling with our registered dietitians. Contact us today at 419-678-8446 or for more information.

*Source: UCSF Health
I think I have COVID-19. Where should I go? Thu, 23 Sep 2021 15:09:27 +0000 It can be difficult to navigate the healthcare system when you need care—and we know that COVID-19 has complicated it further. In most circumstances, we recommend contacting your primary care provider. However, if you need care when your primary care office is closed, we want you to know your options.

If you are experiencing an emergency, call 911 or go to the nearest Emergency Room. If you are not experiencing an emergency, we ask that you please do not seek emergency services. We have many options for non-emergency care, including multiple primary care offices, Doctors’ Urgent Care and virtual care options. Use this simple tool to determine where you should seek care for suspected COVID-19.

Infographic flow chart detailing where to seek care for COVID-19 in different scenarios.

As a reminder, symptoms of COVID-19 can range from mild to severe and may include:

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

(Note: This list does not include all possible symptoms. )

For quick reference, here is a list of our primary care locations:

Mercer Health Medical Group at Celina Pro
Mercer Health Medical Group at Coldwater
Mercer Health Medical Group at East Market
Mercer Health Medical Group at Ft. Recovery
Mercer Health Medical Group at the Galleria
Mercer Health Medical Group at St. Henry
Mercer Health Medical Group at Southland

For more information about COVID-19, visit


An Urgent Message to the Community Fri, 17 Sep 2021 19:47:12 +0000 Through the years, we have seen great triumph and great tragedy in our communities. Often it is our friends, family and neighbors whom we turn to for celebration in the good times and support in the not so good times. For months now, our communities and beyond have endured division and disease, stress and strain. Those we typically turn to in times like these haven’t always been able to meet us where we are at in our journey, often leaving us frustrated and driving further division. This journey has ebbed and flowed but has never felt more crucial than right now.

To our community, we are experiencing a period of increased significant illness that is taking a toll on Mercer Health’s team members and resources. We are committed to caring for the community, no matter what it takes, however healthcare, as a whole, has never experience such a high demand of patient care continually and simultaneously for such a long period of time.

As of this morning, we are 25% over maximum capacity based upon our current staffing. We have not decreased our capacity due to staffing as some other health systems have unfortunately had to do. However, in order to increase capacity, which is the next phase in our surge planning, we will be required to cohort patients (placing more than one patient per room) and closely evaluating staffing ratios (at times minute by minute), as there are currently not an abundance of staffing reserves to meet continuously increasing need. To further complicate the situation, many of the larger hospitals that we would routinely transfer patients to are facing similar struggles. This is a complication that potentially impacts not just COVID patients but also patients with trauma, cardiac and other conditions.

Our Emergency Department also remains extremely busy. While we will always be here to care for patients in an emergency, we ask that you please do not seek emergency services unless you are experiencing a true emergency. We have many options for non-emergency care, including multiple primary care offices, Doctors’ Urgent Care and virtual care options. We always recommend that your first step be a phone call to your primary care provider or family doctor’s office; they can help you access the level of care you need. We pleadingly request that all COVID testing be completed at our swab station at Mercer Health at North Main in Celina.

What can you do to support us, and ultimately your friends, family and neighbors that rely on us to be there for them in their not so good times? Please consider all prevention measures. Please be patient with us as we do our best. Please use healthcare resources respectfully. Please trust and respect your local healthcare team.

To our extraordinary staff in all roles, we thank you for dedicating yourselves to Mercer Health and our patients.

In the spirit of community,
The Mercer Health team, your friends, family and neighbors

Effects of COVID-19 in children Wed, 01 Sep 2021 13:27:16 +0000 We are beginning to see the effects of COVID-19 in children—and of pediatric hospitals nearing full capacity—at a local level. As a team, we endorse the recommendations outlined by the children’s hospitals across the country and we ask each of you to please do your part to keep the children of our community safe and healthy.

Jennifer Bills, CNP
Megan Core, MD
Julia Eckert, MD
Melanie Jungblut, MD
Kristen Sherman, DO
Teresa Waite, CNP
Julie Westgerdes, CNP

Leaders from children's hospitals across the United States make recommendations to protect children from COVID-19.

Can breastfeeding moms receive the COVID-19 vaccine? Fri, 27 Aug 2021 17:52:39 +0000 As we continue to navigate the COVID-19 pandemic, we want to educate our patients and the community on the latest information available. We have recently received several questions from breastfeeding moms about whether or not they should be vaccinated and we asked two of our own experts, Jessica Bergman, Nurse Midwife, and John Terpstra, D.O., Mercer Health’s physician lead for COVID-19, to weigh in:

Jessica Bergman, CNM:  There is a study recently published by the University of Florida showing antibodies for COVID in the breastmilk of vaccinated mothers who have received either Pfizer or Moderna vaccine. Unfortunately, the sample size is pretty small, but it’s some promising looking information. For me, it’s the same logic right now as why it’s a good idea to get the tdap shot in pregnancy—baby cannot get the shot themselves, and breastmilk can pass a small amount of immunity onto the child.

Dr. Terpstra:  This JAMA article is a good reference:  Breastfeeding mothers that are vaccinated will have COVID antibodies in their breast milk. These would be antibodies that are made by the mothers own immune system. This would be similar to many other antibodies that the mother passes on to their child through breast milk. The current recommendation is that breastfeeding mothers can receive the COVID vaccine and likely should as pregnant and postpartum women are at higher risk of complications from COVID.

If you have further questions about this information, we recommend you reach out to your primary care provider, your child’s primary care provider and/or your OB/GYN.

If you would like to submit a question to our provider team, please email

Mercer Health welcomes Brian Colopy, D.O. Thu, 22 Jul 2021 06:00:29 +0000 Brian Colopy, D.O., joins Mercer Health Medical Group at Southland, our primary care office located in New Bremen, as a family medicine provider. Dr. Colopy was born and raised in southeastern Ohio where he had an interest in medicine at an early age. Following his graduation in 2010 from Otterbein College, where he earned a Bachelor’s of Science degree in biochemistry with honors, he went on to complete his medical education through the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine and graduated in 2014. Dr. Colopy finished his residency in family medicine through OhioHealth in Columbus in 2017 and was board certified through the American Osteopathic Board of Family Physicians. Prior to coming to Mercer Health, he was practicing as an attending physician in Westerville, Ohio, for four years.

Dr. Colopy is passionate about practicing family medicine and sharing life’s trials, successes and joys with his patients. His osteopathic training facilitates a unique whole person approach that seeks to understand how lifestyle and environmental factors impact his patient’s well-being. He has a specific interest in Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment.

He looks forward to serving the local community as his wife was born and raised in Mercer County. He enjoys spending time with his wife and four kids, learning how to play the piano, sports, and the great outdoors. 

Dr. Colopy is now accepting patients of all ages. To schedule an appointment with him, contact Mercer Health Medical Group at Southland at 419-629-2772.