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Barton Health Expands Health Care Services for Patients by Adding New Physicians and Service Lines

South Lake Tahoe, CA – Barton Health continues to take steps to add more health care services for South Shore residents and its visitors. Within the few months, four physicians and several new specialties have been added to the health care system.

“Our 2015 Community Health Needs Assessment showed one of our community’s greatest concerns was access to health care services when patients need them,” says Dr. Rhonda Sneeringer, Barton Health’s Chief Medical Officer. “Barton Health has taken this concern to heart by expanding our services and selecting a group of compassionate and knowledgeable physicians dedicated to serving our community.”   

Adult and child psychiatrist Saul Zelan, MD joined the Barton Psychiatry team in August. Dr. Zelan provides counseling, assessments, and other mental health services for adults, adolescents, and children. With the addition of Dr. Zelan, Barton Psychiatry now has three child psychiatrists: Dr. Tracy Protell, Dr. Sonia Rupp, and Dr. Zelan. Dr. Zelan is board-certified by the American Board of Pediatrics and the American Board of Neurology and Psychiatry.
Also serving South Lake Tahoe’s children, is pediatrician Danielle Priem, DO. Dr. Priem will see children ages 0-18 in the same office as Dr. Jennifer Ehmann at Barton Pediatrics. Medical providers at both Barton Pediatrics and Barton Family Medicine are here to support the needs of families in the region.

For those with a serious or terminal illness, Sherellen Gerhart, MD is Barton Palliative Care’s lead physician. Palliative Care is a new Barton service line created to help patients develop an optimal care plan catered to their individual health and comfort needs. Dr. Gerhart is board-certified in Internal Medicine, Palliative and Hospice Medicine, and Geriatric Medicine.

In September, Dr. Clare Rudolph joined the OB-GYN team at Barton Women’s Health. She provides gynecological, obstetrical, and fertility services alongside Dr. Lisa Carbonell and Dr. Amanda Weavil. 

“We are excited to welcome these new providers to our community,” says Dr. Clint Purvance, Barton Health’s Chief Executive Officer. “It is our priority to listen to our community’s feedback and meet the unmet health care needs of our current and potential patients.”