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Family Medicine

Our family medicine team is dedicated to keeping you and your family healthy. We have the knowledge, education and experience needed to care for your family. Our patient-focused approach to care, including extended hours means we are here for you when you need us. Same-day appointments available for urgent health needs. 

Anita Simison, MD

Anita Simison, MD

Dr. Simison is a Family Medicine Provider. Her interests include women's health, preventative medicine and family planning.

Vida Pandzic, PA-C

Vida Pandzic, physician assistant (PA-C) encourages patients to play an active role in their care.

Lynne Abbott, ARNP

Lynne Abbott is a nurse practitioner that strives to provide compassionate care and is an asthma educator.

Gretchen Wenger, DNP

Gretchen Wenger is a doctor of nursing practice that specializes in family medicine.

Rahab Ngugi, ARNP

Rahab Ngugi is a registered nurse practitioner that specializes in family medicine.

What is Family Medicine?

Family Medicine doctors care for people of all ages. It provides treatment for many things from pediatrics to geriatrics. Patients can be either individuals, or a whole family. Practices treat a wide variety of symptoms or conditions. Patients can count on their providers for anything from general health and wellness concerns, children’s exams, minor illnesses or sicknesses, and even chronic health conditions such as diabetes or high blood pressure.

What do Family Medicine Doctors treat?

Family medicine doctors are different than other medical fields because they are knowledgeable and treat the entire person, regardless of age or sex. At Eastern Iowa Health Center, doctors also treat all patients regardless of insurance, financial status, or citizenship. The doctors are specially trained to provide annual screenings and disease prevention. Additionally, they can help patients find other specialized doctors if needed.  

They are also focused on preventative and routine care, which are important to the health and well-being of patients. 

What services do Family Medicine Doctors provide?

Family medicine doctors provide a wide variety of services for people of all ages, including but not limited to: 

Why choose Eastern Iowa Health Center?

The Eastern Iowa Health Center Family Medicine clinic in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, treats you like family. From the first interaction with patient representatives, to the visit with a doctor, you and your family are cared for every step of the way. We will treat you to our best ability regardless of income, insurance, living situation, or citizenship. The social workers go above and beyond to help the patients that need additional resources such as housing, food, community connections, and more. 

Eastern Iowa Health Center
Family Medicine
Behavioral Health

1201 3rd Avenue SE
Cedar Rapids, IA 52403
(319) 730-7300

Monday and Friday
8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.


Even on my very first visit my provider helped made me feel comfortable immediately. Thank you! - Angie