Message from the CEO
Dear Kiamichi Patient,
We hope you’re enjoying our website and getting the information you’re seeking. If you have any questions, someone at either of our facilities will be happy to answer them.
Kiamichi Family Medical Center provides affordable health care of the highest possible quality. Beginning in an area virtually without quality health care options, our mission is to serve the medically underserved and to put our patients first.
Your health is important to us. This is why we’ve staffed our Battiest, Idabel, and Hugo facilities with well-trained, competent, experienced and caring staff members. We believe that patients and their needs come first. We’re here to serve you.
As a Community Health Center, also known as a Federally Qualified Health Center, we’re able to bring affordable primary health care to people who need it the most. Our focus is on not only improving the health of individual
You’ll find we can meet most of your health care needs, from comprehensive primary and preventive care to a full scope of dental and behavioral health services. Because we’re a public, non-profit organization that relies in part on federal funding, we’re happy to provide services to individuals, regardless of their ability to pay.
We take pride in being your primary health care providers and always welcome you with the top facilities and the top services in southeast Oklahoma. Thanks for allowing us to be there for you.
Amy Gilbreath, CEO
Our Medical Staff
People who care – it’s the Kiamichi way
We’d like to introduce you to some of the staff members you might meet on your next visit to our Battiest, Idabel, or Hugo facilities. From our medical director to our receptionists, Kiamichi staff appreciate the opportunity to serve you and assist with your health care needs.
Dr. Maxwell has been with Kiamichi since we opened in 2002 and has been our full-time medical director since 2003. He graduated from the Kansas City College of Osteopathic Medicine in 1979 and completed his family practice residency at Dallas Osteopathic Hospital in 1981. He formerly had a private family practice in Idabel.
Dr. Ziegler, a family practice dentist, has been at Kiamichi’s Battiest site since 2008. He is a 1995 graduate of Temple University Dental School.
Tammy came to Kiamichi in 2008 and is a family practice physician assistant at the Idabel site. She is a 2002 graduate of the Oklahoma University Health Science Center.
Gordon has been with Kiamichi since July, 2006. He graduated from the Oklahoma University of Health Sciences and Medicine in 1975. He formerly practiced at Veterans Administration Medical Center in Muskogee, OK for eighteen years and. Before working with the VA, he practiced with Thomas D. Howard, M.D. in Idabel, Ok for thirteen years.
Tonya is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma Health Science Center. She has worked as a Physicians Assistant in McCurtain County for 10 years. She and her husband, Russell, live in Watson, Oklahoma, with their 5 beautiful children. They are all members of Octavia Baptist Church.
Tabatha LeForce APRN-CNP
Tabatha LeForce is a certified Family Nurse Practitioner. She graduated from the University of Oklahoma Health Science Center Family Nurse Practitioner program in May 2015. She has been employed with Kiamichi Family Medical Center since 2004. Tabatha and her husband, Todd, live in Bethel, OK with their 4 children.
Dr. Beth Leader graduated from OSU Osteopathic in Tulsa. She began practicing medicine in 1989 in Coalgate, Oklahoma. In 1995 she transferred to a group facility where she practiced in Antlers, Oklahoma until May of 2016. She joined Kiamichi Family Medical Center in the Summer of 2016. She enjoys woodworking and reading books. She has 4 children and 7 wonderful grandchildren.
Bambi joined Kiamichi Family Medical Center in October of 2017. She is a 2003 graduate of the University of Oklahoma Physician Assistant Program. In 2004, she began practicing family medicine in Southeast Oklahoma. Bambi and her husband, Michael, live in Rattan, Oklahoma with their 3 children.
Jamie Hess, LCSW
Jamie Hess joined Kiamichi Family Medical in January 2018. She is a License Clinical Social Worker. She is a 2007 graduate from Texas A & M University-Commerce with masters of social work. She obtained her licenses in clinical social work from the state of Oklahoma, in 2011. She has worked geriatric inpatient care and for the Oklahoma State Department of Health. She resides in Idabel with her youngest daughter. She has 3 grown children and 3 grandchildren.
Pediatrician, Dr. Coleman joined Kiamichi in 2018. She is originally from the Poteau/Fort Smith area, but was raised in Alaska and has traveled extensively. She graduated with highest honors from college and medical school at University of Alaska and University of Washington School of Medicine. She ranked 1st nationally in Pediatric Residents during training at Kapiolani Medical Center for Women and Children in Honolulu, Hawaii. She owned/managed her own clinic in Hawaii while raising her two children, and has continued to practice in rural settings since 1999.
D. Jordan Paslay, M.D.
Dr. David Jordan Paslay joined Kiamichi in April 2018. He graduated in 2010 from Oklahoma University College of Medicine. Dr. Paslay and his wife, Timme, moved to McCurtain County in 2018. Dr. Paslay enjoys spending time with his wife and their children.
Kerri Perrin, Hygienist
Kerri Lloyd joined Kiamichi Family Medical Center in June 2018. She is a Registered Dental Hygienist. She graduated from the University of Oklahoma College of Dentistry in May 2012.
Missey Pierce, APRN-CNP
Missey graduated in 2018 from the University of Cincinnati with a Master’s Degree in Nursing and received her certification with the American Association of Family Nurse Practitioners. She then worked as a Family Nurse Practitioner in the role of hospitalist and fast track Emergency Services until coming to work at Kiamichi Family Medical Center in 2019. Missey and Bobby Pierce have two children, Chris and Morgan. The family has a cow calf ranch in Idabel, Oklahoma. They are members of Trinity Baptist Church and are active in their children’s school and community through the FFA and 4H programs.
Michael West, MD
Dr. West earned his BS in nursing at OU in 1985 and began a career in the Neonatal ICU at Children’s Memorial Hospital in Oklahoma City. In 1989 he accepted a position with pediatric oncology and pediatric hospice out of Georgetown University and moved to Maryland near Washington, DC. Inspired by close working relationships with leading physicians in the field, he chose to pursue a medical profession. Upon completion of his studies at University of Maryland Baltimore, University of North Dakota Bismarck, and Deaconess Medical Center in Spokane, Washington he and his family moved to the Broken Bow area.
Michael married the love of his life, Dawn, in 1985. Together they have raised two sons, Michael and Zachary, who now have children of their own. Dr. West and Dawn are super busy spending time with grandchildren and volunteering.