Seth Fitzgerald: Medical Assistant | Marketing
Seth has two significant roles in our office as medical assistant and marketing liaison.
Seth always has a smile and a warm greeting for our clients. He lets you know we are here to help. Even when patients are having a bad day, Seth aims to get a smile on their faces before they leave. He gets a lot of enjoyment from working with patients; helping others and knowing that he is making his part of the world a better place.
About his work with Sierra Foot & Ankle, Seth says, “There is always something new to learn. In the time that I’ve worked here I have grown leaps and bounds, and I’ve become a better person. The doc is always willing to take the time to teach you something new, whether it be for our job or simply life in general.”
Seth is a born-and-raised Nevadan and holds the values of honesty, reliability, and being fair to one another as most critical.
Outside of work: You’ll find Seth doing intricate cut-out paper models and volunteering in a variety of ways at the Brewery Arts Center.
Favorite books/podcasts: Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams, and The Dark Tower series by Stephen King. Seth also enjoys Hardcore History with podcaster Dan Carlin.
Kimberly Jasso: Medical Assistant | Laser Tech
Kim grew up in Sparks, Nevada in an area where she felt a strong sense of community. She was impacted by hardworking people, such as her parents and educators, who taught her to always give 100% effort towards anything she commits to.
Kim graduated from the University of Nevada, Reno where she studied Molecular Microbiology and Immunology and Human Development and Family Sciences. She has prior experience working with patients as a volunteer medical interpreter and patient safety at Renown Regional Medical Center.
About her work with Sierra Foot & Ankle, Kim says, “Working at SFA is unlike any other work experience or environment I’ve been a part of before. I like talking to established patients and getting to know them. I like how every staff member goes above and beyond to do what is best for the clinic. Dr. Melhuish provides an environment that promotes growth and learning and her trust in our abilities makes us all eager to come to work. I enjoy working for a doctor as intelligent and caring as Dr. Melhuish; she is a great mentor.”
Outside of work: Kim likes lifting weights; my little brother is a bodybuilder and going to the gym together and holding each other accountable is how we bond. She loves traveling and when traveling was restricted, she got back into learning and playing musical instruments. She also enjoys volunteering as a medical interpreter because it helps her improve her Spanish, learn more about the medical field, and help others.
Favorite Podcasts: Kim likes exploring crime podcasts; they have gained popularity within the past year, so she feels like this genre has something to offer for everyone. She also likes listening to “GroSeries: An MCAT Review” because it allows her to passively study things like the digestive system while driving to work or doing her makeup.
Denisse Freeman: Medical Assistant | Laser Tech
As a Medical Assistant at SFA, Denisse tries to treat everyone with kindness and make sure our clients feel heard. She really enjoys talking to all different people every day and seeing our regular clients every week.
Denisse graduated from the University of Nevada Reno, with a Bachelor’s Degree in Community Health Science with an emphasis in Public Health. Coming from a macro level of care to a more micro and individualistic care is really fun to see and learn from.
About her work with Sierra Foot & Ankle, Denisse says, “Working for SFA allows me to be really hands-on with our patients and makes me feel like I’m making a difference. It allows me to fill a role that I haven’t had the opportunity to fill before.”
Denisse grew up in East Las Vegas where the majority of the people were of Black and Hispanic descent. The people who impacted her the most were her teachers in school and the friends she made along the way. They saw something in her that she didn’t see in herself for a long time. Because of them, she is now accomplishing my dreams.
Outside of work: You’ll find Denisse trying different cultural cuisine, traveling to new places and having new experiences, and taking care of her 10 houseplants. Her current passion project is rehabilitating neglected houseplants from Home Depot and Lowes.
Favorite books/podcasts: Denisse enjoys listening to ‘The Daily’ Podcast in her morning commute and she loves watching reality TV.
Mary Kay Wagner: Management Liaison
Mary Kay is the management liaison for Dr. Melhuish and multiple organizational activities needed to manage a medical practice. She coordinates activities and manages projects so Dr. Melhuish can focus on patient care and keep our patients doing the things they love to do.
Mary Kay proudly served our country as a member of the Air National Guard in Utah and Arizona during her young years. She completed her bachelor’s degree at Weber State University and earned her master’s in public administration from Northern Michigan University.
In 1991, Mary Kay planted her roots in Carson City, recognizing this was a wonderful community to raise a family. She retired from a rewarding career with the State of Nevada in 2018 and brings an abundance of skills and expertise to help manage our practice.
Outside of work: Mary Kay participates in an active lifestyle which includes running, biking, swimming, skiing, hiking, and gardening. She adopted a pup a few years ago as a good reason to keep her active. When she isn’t on the move she enjoys reading, quilting, and watching a good movie or Netflix series.
Favorite book(s): The Obstacle is The Way by Ryan Holiday; The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr; Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown.