Hospice Team

The Hospice Team Every patient and his or her family are provided their very own hospice team. They consists of:

Physicians

Dr. Larry Skendzel, MD
Medical Director

Dr. Skendzel completed his undergraduate studies at University of Notre Dame in 1986. He earned his medical degree from Wayne State University in 1990 and completed his residency at Marquette General Hospital in 1993. Dr. Skendzel is also the Medical Director for the D.J. Jacobetti Home for Veterans. He is a member of the American Academy of Family Medicine, the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Care, and the American Academy of Geriatrics. Dr. Skendzel says that hospice care chose him. He believes that the challenge of working with a team to improve quality of life never ends.

Dr. Stuart Johnson, DO
Associate Medical Director

Dr. Johnson attended Northern Michigan University where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry in 1994. He earned his medical degree from the College of Osteopathic Medicine at Michigan State University in 2000. He completed his residency at the Marquette Family Medicine Residency Program in 2003. Dr. Johnson has been a primary physician for patients receiving hospice care since 2002 and joined LSH in 2010. He also works for the Marquette Family Medicine Residency Program where he has been the Program Director since 2011 and before that he was the program's Osteopathic Director. He is a member of the American Osteopathic Association, the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians and the American Academy of Family Physicians. As a family physician, some of Dr. Johnson's most rewarding experiences have been at the polar ends of life. Dr. Johnson sees the end of life interactions important for patients, their families, the community, and is where he values spending his time as a physician.

Dr. Jennifer Dehlin, MD
Associate Medical Director

Dr. Dehlin is originally from Houghton, MI where she attended Michigan Technological University and graduated in 2001 with a Bachelor's of Science in Bio-Medical Engineering. She attended the University of Michigan Medical School and moved to Marquette in 2005 with her husband Christopher. Dr. Dehlin participated in the Family Medicine Residency Program through Marquette General Hospital where she currently practices Family Medicine, including obstetrics and geriatrics, at Marquette General Family Medicine - Lakewood in Harvey. When it comes to Hospice care, Dr. Dehlin believes in the multidisciplinary team approach to care and the focus on helping patients feel well and providing support to the whole family.

Administration

Angela Salmi
Business Manager

Angela is a 2006 graduate of Northern Michigan University where earned an Associates in Business with a Major in Office Information Systems. Angela previously worked for Upper Great Lakes Vascular and Michigan State University College of Human Medicine Upper Peninsula Region and as a private duty respite caregiver.

Bethany Buehrly
Director of Volunteers and Outreach

Bethany is a recent graduate from Northern Michigan University with a degree in Entertainment and Sports Promotion (Public Relations). Bethany previously worked at The Munising News and interned with a non-profit called The First Tee. In her free time she enjoys reading, biking, snowshoeing and spending time with her family and friends.

Kymber Beltrame
Office Assistant

Kymber graduated from Northern Michigan University 2013 with an Associates of Business degree with a major in Office Information Assistant. While going to school Kymber worked for Tru North Federal Credit Union and NMU Rec Sports. In her final semester of college Kymber had the opportunity to intern at Lake Superior Hospice.

Clinical Team

Lynn Johnson, RN
Clinical Supervisor

Lynn attended Wayne State University and earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing in 1986. Before joining LSH, Lynn worked with at Woman's Health Associates with Dr. Licia Raymond for 10 years and worked at Mayo Clinic for 2 years.

Carol Blashill, RN
Clinical Supervisor

Carol graduated from Northern Arizona State University with a Bachelor's Degree in Nursing in 2010. She previously worked at Yuma Regional Medical Center as a medical surge in the oncology department.

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Becky Shauver, RN BSN OCN CHPN
Education Specialist

Becky attended Michigan State University and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing in 1993. Before joining LSH, she worked as an oncology nurse for Marquette General Hospital, Ingham Regional Hospital in Lansing, MI. and at Lansing General Hospital. Becky's certifications include End of Life Nursing Education (ELNEC), Palliative Care Education and Practice (PCEP), Oncology Certified Nurse (OCN), and Certified Hospice and Palliative Care Nurse (CHPN). She is a member of the Oncology Nursing Society (ONS), the Hospice and Palliative Care Nursing Association (HPNA) and the PCEP.

Cara Zanetti LMSW
LMSW Bereavement Coordinator

Cara received her Bachelor’s degree in Social Work from Northern Michigan University in 1995. She then went on to receive her Master Degree in Social Work from Michigan State University in 2003. Before working for Lake Superior Hospice, Cara worked in the NICU at Marquette General Hospital, Marquette County Health Department and MARESA.

Deb McDonnell, LMSW
Social Worker

Deb graduated from the Michigan State University in 1998 with a Masters Degree in Social Work. Before earning her masters degree, she received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Medicine (certified Physician's Assistant) from Mercy College of Detroit in 1980. Before coming to the Upper Peninsula she worked for Mid Michigan Home Care/Hospice in Midland, MI. Deb is a member of the National Academy of Certified Social Workers (NASW) and has her ACSW credentials from NASW.

Christy Maki, RN, CHPN
Nurse

Christy is a graduate from Northern Michigan University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing. She also attended Iowa State University and Iowa Community College. Christy has worked at Marquette General Home Health, Bell Hospital, St. Francis Hospital in Tulsa, and Great Falls Hospital.

Jessica Shull, RN
Nurse

Jessica graduated in 2000 from the University of Alaska Anchorage with a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing. She has worked for Alaska Urological Associates and Women's Health Associates of Marquette.

Kelly Dauphinais, RN
Nurse

Kelly is a 2011 graduate from Benedictine University in Lisle, IL with a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing. She also has a LPN degree from Northern Michigan University and an ADN degree from Bay De Noc Community College. Before joining our team, she worked in the ICU and CCU at Marquette General Hospital and the ICU at Elmhurst Memorial Hospital in Elmhurst, IL. Kelly is a member of the National Nursing Society and Sigma Theta Tau.

Glenda Christian, RN
Nurse

Glenda earned her degree as a BSN at Northern Michigan University in 2006. Glenda has an extensive background in nursing care having previously worked for Marquette General, Tendercare in Munising, Arcadia, and the Marquette County Care Facility.

Julie Higbie, PhD, RN, CNE
Nurse

Julie graduated from Northern Michigan University in 1991 with a degree in nursing and received her PhD from Western Michigan University in 2010. Julie was a volunteer for LSH for four years and is now working on the care team. She has also worked for the Northern Michigan University nursing program and the Marquette General Heart program.

Mike Dorvinen, RN
Nurse

Mike attended Lone Star College in The Woodlands, Texas and graduated with an ADN in 2011. He previously worked for the Light House Hospice in Conroe, Texas and was a paramedic for 12 years in Ann Arbor, MI.

Louise Wilcox, RN
Nurse

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Spiritual Care Team

Chuck Tooman
Chaplain

Chuck is a graduate of Manchester College, in North Manchester, IN and has a master’s degree from Ball State University, in Muncie, IN. He has done additional graduate work at Mennonite Biblical Seminary and Garrett Evangelical Theological Seminary at Northwestern University, in Evanston, IL. He was ordained through Church of Our Savior and American Evangelical Association. Chuck is a two-time cancer survivor. He is the author of four books, the latest of which is Richness in Christ.

Barb Tooman
Chaplain

Barb is a graduate of the University of Michigan School of Nursing and has held many administrative positions in the field of nursing throughout her life. Barb is also a graduate of, and was ordained into ministry by, the Christian Leadership Institute. She has served in the capacities of worship leader, church elder, and church planter.

Deacon Dean Jackson
Chaplain

Dean graduated from Northern Michigan University with an associate’s degree in radiological technology in 1969. He then attended Western Michigan University in 2005 to receive his bachelor’s in Science. Soon after, he received a degree in pastoral ministry from Silver Lake College in 2008. Before working at LSH he worked at Marquette General Hospital, Saint Mary’s Hospital and Ontonagon Memorial Hospital.

Home Health Aides

Debra Beyer, CHPNA
Home Health Aide

Deb is a 1983 graduate of Ishpeming High School. She has been in hospice care of 5 years. Before coming to LSH, Deb worked for various nursing homes and home health in both Michigan and Wisconsin.

Sara Pierce, CHPNA
Home Health Aide

Sara is a 2001 graduate from Negaunee High School and became CHPNA certified in 2011. In her spare time Sara enjoys hunting and fishing.

Carley Leanes, CHPNA
Home Health Aide

Carley graduated from Northern Michigan University in 2001 with a degree in Health Information Processing and resides in Negaunee, MI with her husband and son.

Brenda Argall
Home Health Aide

Brenda has worked for the Mather Nursing Center and the Marquette County Humane Society. In her spare time Brenda enjoys riding and taking care of her horses.

Palliative Care

Kate LaBeau, RN CHPN
Palliative Care Nurse

Kate is a Northern Michigan University Graduate, with a degree in biology and chemistry; she also received an associate's degree from Bay College in Nursing. Kate has worked with the St. Francis Hospital, Bay College, Eusti's Middle School, and East Forsyth High School.