Rheumatology & Osteoporosis

Our Team

Vernon F. Garwood, Emeritus
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Dr. Garwood was raised in Basset, Nebraska and is board certified with more than 40 years of experience. He did his Internal Medicine residency at the University of Michigan. He then served 2 years as a physician with the Air Force in Limestone, Maine. After the Air Force he completed his fellowship in Rheumatology from the University of Michigan. He has practiced as a physician in Lincoln since 1972. He is married to Susan and they have four children Anne, Amy, Kate, and Steven.

 

Retired 9/30/15

Amy S. Garwood, MD
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Dr. Garwood was raised in Lincoln, Nebraska. She received her under-graduate degree in Russian Language from the University of Kansas. She received her Masters in Public Policy from Hubert Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota. She completed her medical degree and Internal Medicine residency at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. She completed her fellowship in Rheumatology at the University of Colorado. She has been with R&O since 2006. She is married to Henry and they have a son Ford.

Jennifer R. Elliott, MD
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Dr. Elliott is a native Nebraskan. She attended the University of Nebraska-Lincoln for her undergraduate degree and then completed her medical degree and Internal Medicine residency at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. She then attended the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center where she completed her fellowship in Rheumatology in 2006 and was a Rheumatology attending and Clinical Instructor at the University of Pittsburgh until she joined R&O in 2009. In addition to general Rheumatology, Dr. Elliott’s area of interest is in Systemic Lupus Erythematosus. She is married to Kelly and they have a son Elliott.

Kayla B. Bruss, MPAS, PA-C
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Kayla Bruss was raised in Bennet, NE. She received her undergraduate degree in Biology with Chemistry and Psychology Minor at Briar Cliff University in Sioux City, IA. She received her Masters in Physician Assistant Studies at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, NE. She joined the R&O family in 2016. She is married to Preston and they have a son, Maddox.

Kelsi D. Allen, MPAS, PA-C
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Kelsi Allen was born and raised in Lincoln, NE. She received her bachelor’s degree in Genetics, Cell Biology and Development with a minor in Spanish Studies from the University of Minnesota. After completing her undergraduate Kelsi moved back to Lincoln to attend Physician Assistant school at Union College. Kelsi joined R&O in 2016. She is married to Jeff.

  • Deb Selix, Practice Administrator

    Graduate of Doane College with degree in Business Management. 25 years experience in the insurance industry, 12 years as medical practice administrator prior to coming to R&O in 2008. Married to husband John, two children son Bryan and daughter Hayli, six grandchildren Jadin, Aubri, Natalie, Sydni, Khloe, and Tynnli.

  • Fran Showalter, CMA

    Graduate of Southeast Community College, 1993. Started her MA career at South Lincoln Dermatology. She worked with Lincoln Public Schools prior to coming to R&O in 2011. She has a son Nathan, and two daughters Kathryn and Sarah.

  • Jennifer Fortkamp, LPN

    Graduate from Mid-Plains Community College practical nursing program in 1989. Prior to joining R&O team in 2012 worked at Community Hospital in acute care setting and Medical Specialists Center in McCook, Nebraska.  Married to Dee, they have two daughters, Brenna and Jolie, and two grandsons, Harper and Landry.

  • Lisa Whitefoot – CMA

    Lisa graduated from Kaplan University CMA program in 2004. Prior to coming to R&O Lisa worked in a family practice in Lincoln. She is married to husband Luke and has one daughter Nora.

  • Margaret Brock, Patient Accounts

    Graduate University of Nebraska with degree in education. Certified Procedural Coder, American Academy of Procedural Coders. Thirty years of coding and billing experience. Married to husband Ken, two sons Randy and Derek, four grandchildren.

  • Mary Crosby, LPN

    Raised in Norfolk, Nebraska.  Graduated from NNTCC in 1982 and worked at internal medicine clinic prior to joining R&O.  Married to Mike and has 4 children, 1 son-in-law, 2 grandsons and 1 granddaughter.

  • Megan Conradt, Clinic Coordinator

    Graduate of Southeast Community College with a degree in medical office technology and microcomputer technology. Worked as medical coder for 3 years before coming to R&O in 2007. Married to husband Spencer, three daughters Kailey, Ashlyn and Avery, and son Kyler.

  • Nancy Topil, LPN
    Graduated from Southeast Community College. Prior to joining R & O, nursing experience in medical-surgical, urology and oncology in hospital setting.  Most recently neurology nursing in clinical setting.  Married with 2 adult children and 1 large yellow Labrador retriever.
  • Nicole Badura, RN

    Graduate of Bryan School of Nursing in 2002. Received her BSN in nursing in 2004 and her Masters in nursing in forensic science in 2009. Prior to coming to R&O in 2011 she worked at UNMC outpatient oncology/infusion center. Married to husband Jeremy, 2 daughters Ally, and Lexi, and son Ashton.

  • Ranelle Korth, Radiographer

    Born and raised in Albion, Nebraska. She received her radiology technician certification from Southeast Community College in Lincoln. She has worked for Dr. Garwood since 2001. Married to husband Bret, and has three sons; Brayden, Braxston, and Brody.

  • Jeanna Waller, CMA/Receptionist

    Graduated from Southeast Community College in 1998 in the Medical Assisting Program. Prior to joining R&O worked in a family practice office in Lincoln.  Married with 2 children.