A member of our provider team at Trinity Health Western Dakota, Tanya Giese, FNP-C, is a board-certified nurse practitioner. She provides primary care to people of all ages, including annual physicals, acute care visits, treatment of chronic health conditions such as diabetes and high blood pressure, prescribing appropriate medications, and educating patients in self-care skills to prevent disease. Originally from Palermo, ND, she earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Dickinson State University and Master of Science in Family Nurse Practice at the University of North Dakota, Grand Forks. Her nursing experience includes practicing in ER, critical care, home health, long term care and public health settings, primarily in western North Dakota. Most recently, she served as Director of Nursing at Bethel Lutheran Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Williston. Tanya is a member of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners and North Dakota Nurse Practitioner Association. Tanya and her husband, Donald, have six children and five grandchildren. When she’s not caring for patients, Tanya enjoys camping, fishing, riding motorcycle, playing darts and traveling.
Accepting New Patients
Aaron Makens, MD
A member of our primary care team, Dr. Makens is board eligible in family medicine, with expertise in the diagnosis and treatment of a wide range of health conditions for patients throughout their lifetime. His areas of focus include women’s health, pediatric care, chronic disease management, and routine checkups to promote wellness. Originally from Fort Lupton, a farming town in Colorado, Dr. Makens received his undergraduate degree from the University of Chicago and served as a combat medic in Iraq as part of the Texas Army National Guard. He earned his medical doctorate from St. George’s University School of Medicine, accomplishing his clinical training at Cincinnati Jewish Hospital. His family medicine residency was completed at Minot’s Center for Family Medicine, a program of the University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences. Dr. Makens is a member of the American Board of Family Medicine.
Joan Agwai, MD
A member of our hospitalist team, Dr. Agwai provides timely, coordinated care to hospital patients based on changes in their medical status. She is board certified in internal medicine. A graduate with high honors from City College of New York (CUNY), Dr. Agwai earned her medical doctorate from Meharry Medical College in Nashville and completed her internal medicine residency at NYU-Winthrop University Hospital in New York State. Following residency, she practiced internal medicine and hospital medicine at hospitals in Texas. While in Texas, she earned a master’s degree in Business Administration and Healthcare Management from West Texas A&M University. Dr. Agwai is a member of the American College of Physicians and the American Medical Association.
Faith Hope Eagle, FNP-C
A board-certified nurse practitioner, Faith Eagle, DNP, APRN, FNP-C, is a member of our care team at Trinity Health Kenmare Clinic. She offers primary care to patients of all ages, with an emphasis on diagnosis and treatment of illness, chronic disease management, and disease prevention. Born in Montana and reared in rural Idaho, Faith received her associate’s degree in Nursing at Miles City Community College in Montana. She later advanced her nursing education at the University of Mary in Bismarck, earning a Bachelor of Science and more recently achieving a Doctorate in Nursing Practice (DNP) in family practice. Faith’s experience includes 18 years working as an emergency and trauma nurse in rural and urban healthcare settings for large and small hospitals in Montana, Florida, and California. She enjoys photography, quilting, gardening, cooking, and outdoor activities. She hopes to become a valuable asset to the residents of the Kenmare community.
Joseph Stonehocker, CPNP-PC
Trinity Health is pleased to announce that Joseph Stonehocker, CPNP-PC, has joined our team of providers at Trinity Health Western Dakota in Williston. A board certified pediatric nurse practitioner, Joseph has spent the last three years serving the healthcare needs of Williston-area young people. He provides primary care to children ages 0 to 18, with an emphasis on general and acute pediatric care, annual well-child visits, and mental health support, including ADHD diagnosis and treatment. He’s also trained in various surgical procedures such as circumcision and tongue-tie correction. Originally from Canada, Joseph was reared in Edmonton, AB, and moved to the United States with his family at an early age. He graduated from Utah State University and earned both his Master of Science in Pediatric Nurse Practice and his Bachelor of Science in Nursing from UT Health San Antonio, part of the University of Texas system. A devoted husband and father, he and his wife have five children. They enjoy family time and attending youth sporting events.
Brittany Bertsch, DO
Dr. Bertsch is a family medicine specialist and a member of our primary care team at Trinity Health Western Dakota. She provides comprehensive, patient-centered care to people of all ages, including annual physicals and health screenings as well as diagnosis and treatment of a wide range of health problems, from common illnesses to complex and chronic health conditions. A Billings, MT, native, Dr. Bertsch received her Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree from Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine. Her residency in family medicine was completed at the University of North Dakota’s residency program in Williston, where she was elected chief resident by her peers. She is a member of the American Academy of Family Physicians and American Board of Family Medicine. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her two dogs, in addition to baking, watching movies, and supporting the Dallas Cowboys.
Kelcey Lee, DNP, FNP-C
Kelcey Lee, DNP, FNP-C, is a family nurse practitioner and a member of our care team at Trinity Health New Town Clinic. She offers comprehensive primary care services to people across the lifespan, including annual checkups, diagnosis and treatment for a broad range of illnesses, and management of chronic health problems. She also has an interest in diagnosing and treating skin conditions and is trained in a variety of in-office procedures. Born and raised in western North Dakota, Kelcey earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Minot State University and received her Doctor of Nursing Practice/Family Nurse Practitioner degree from the University of Mary, Bismarck. Prior to earning her master’s, she was associated with Trinity Health for eight years, caring for patients on the Medical Floor and Emergency/Trauma Center. A member of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners and Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, Kelcey resides on her family’s farm/ranch with her husband and four children. She spends time tending cows, horses, chickens, and dogs, and enjoys various hobbies that include camping, gardening, and reading.
Sally Eberle, FNP-C
Sally Eberle, FNP-C, returned in November, 2018 to Trinity Health as part of our Family Medicine team at Trinity Health East Ridge. She provides comprehensive primary care for families of all ages with an emphasis on health promotion, diagnosis and treatment of illnesses and injuries, and management of chronic conditions. She also performs various in-office procedures such as skin biopsies and lesion removals. Sally earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Medcenter One College of Nursing and practiced four years at Garrison Memorial Hospital before earning her Master of Science in Family Nurse Practice from the University of Mary. She provided primary care services to patients at Trinity Health’s convenience clinic for seven years and has spent the past three years serving patients at CHI St. Alexius Health. She’s certified by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners and is a member of the North Dakota Nurse Practitioners Association. She’s an avid reader and lake-goer.
Kayla Thomas, FNP-C
Kayla Thomas, FNP-C, is a member of our family care team at Trinity Health East Ridge. She offers comprehensive primary care for individuals and families through all life’s stages, with an emphasis on health promotion, diagnosis and treatment of illnesses and injuries, and management of chronic conditions. She has a special interest in dermatology procedures such as mole checks and removals. Originally from Powers Lake, Kayla earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Minot State University. She worked nine years at Trinity Health, where she served as a staff nurse and assistant nurse manager in Labor & Delivery and Obstetrics. Later she became a hospital supervisor. She earned her Master of Science in Family Nurse Practice from the University of North Dakota and spent two years serving the primary care needs of patients at CHI St. Alexius Health in Minot. She’s certified by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners and a member of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners. She participates in several sports and enjoys music and relaxing at the lake, as well as spending time with her husband, Shawn, and two boys.
Renee Harju, FNP-C
Renee has spent the past two decades caring for the primary healthcare needs of individuals and families in the Minot area. She provides comprehensive care throughout the lifespan with an emphasis on health promotion, diagnosis and treatment of illnesses and injuries, and management of chronic conditions. A 1981 graduate of the Trinity School of Nursing, Renee earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Minot State University and her Master of Science in Family Nurse Practice from the University of Mary, Bismarck. She’s certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center.
Family Medicine Services
- Primary care for children, teens, and adults of all ages
- Women’s health
- Pediatric and geriatric care
- Acute and chronic health conditions
- In-office procedures
- Health screenings and physical exams
- Immunizations and flu shots