Greene County Medical Center Family Medicine Clinic Welcomes Two New Providers


Greene County Medical Center welcomes two new providers to the Family Medicine Clinic. Julie Nielsen, ARNP, has been hired to practice Family Medicine, and Christie Burnell,  PMHNP-BC, will join in practice alongside current Behavioral Health providers Heather Wilson, PMHNP-BC, and Bonnie Riphagen, LMSW.

Christie Burnell, PMHNP-BC – Behavioral Health, is a familiar face to Greene County Medical Center working here in 2009 in acute care nursing, cardiac rehabilitation, and spending time in the Medical Center’s emergency department and surgery. She attended Iowa State University, obtaining a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology. She then began her nursing career as a Bachelor prepared Registered Nurse at TDCJ after attending the University of Texas Medical Branch-Galveston. In 2021 she obtained a Masters degree in nursing from Walden University as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She has worked in many rural hospitals in the area throughout her career such as, Mary Greeley Medical Center, St. Anthony Regional Medical Center and Greene County Medical Center.

Christie will begin her services at Greene County Family Medicine Clinic in mid-September and will be providing services such as counseling, diagnosis, evaluation and assessment, plan of care, treatment development, collaboration with health care team and medication management. Her services will include treatment for, ADHD, anxiety, behavior difficulties, bipolar disorder, depression, family problems, grief, mental health evaluations, personality disorder, PTSD, relationship problems, stress, substance abuse, among others.

Julie Nielsen, ARNP, began her career working as a licensed vocational nurse Med Surg at Lompoc Hospital District while also receiving her associate’s degree in nursing from the University of the State of New York. She then went on to be Assistant Director of Nursing at Salem Lutheran Homes and House Supervisor at Cass County Memorial Hospital before receiving her master’s degree in nursing from Excelsior College and her FNP-C from Bradley University.

Julie is coming to us from Denison Family Health Center in Denison, IA where she has been since 2019. She will begin her services at Greene County Medical Center mid-September, and will be providing Family Medicine services including general pediatrics, adolescent medicine, adolescent wellness, disease prevention, internal medicine, acute care, physicals and immunizations, among many more.

“Adding two new providers to the Greene County Medical Center Family Medicine Clinic is a huge benefit to our community. This is just another way that we are investing in our community, providing high quality care with high quality providers and services,” states Chief Medical Officer Dr. Laurie Connolly. “We are so excited for both, Christie and Julie to join the Family Medicine Clinic and begin taking new patients.”  

Scheduling for both Christie and Julie, for mid-September appointments, will begin September 1, 2021, through the Greene County Family Medicine Clinic by calling 515-386-0500.