More than a Dozen Years of Healthcare Service in Bend
Fall Creek Internal Medicine, LLP is private practice that was established in Bend Oregon in February 2003. The founding Physicians, Kathryn Kocurek, Patricia Nibler, Brenda Johnson and Gerda Tapelband, all came together to offer personalized, compassionate care to the Central Oregon Community. Through the years, there have been a few changes. In February 2016 Dr. Brenda Johnson left Fall Creek to pursue her passion for lifestyle medicine, please click on the link to find out more about her new practice at: http://brendajohnsonmd.com. Dr. Kristin VanDomelen joined Fall Creek in February of 2016 and Dr. Leila Perry joined us in April of 2019. Dr. Nicholson retired from Fall Creek Internal Medicine at the end of July 2019. Currently Drs. Kocurek, Nibler, VanDomelen and Perry provide award winning, exceptional healthcare here in Bend.
We continue to be grateful to our Central Oregon community for supporting our wonderful practice!
The Mission & Purpose of Fall Creek Internal Medicine
Fall Creek Internal Medicine, LLP provides comprehensive preventive care and management of complex health challenges for adult patients, with an emphasis on compassion, respect, and empowering the patient to be a partner in their health. We emphasize healthy lifestyle, prevention, and use state of the art medical care with a strong foundation in evidence-based medicine. We provide the cornerstone primary care relationship from which we coordinate a patient’s referrals and interactions with the health care community at large.
Meet Our Staff
Emily MA for Dr. Nibler
Emily is a Certified Medical Assistant and has worked alongside Dr. Nibler since 2008. She has worked in the Bend medical community since 2001. She loves to connect with her patients and support them in all aspects of their care. She enjoys the challenging intricacies of internal medicine and continues her education in this area. She has lived in Bend since childhood. She is married and has a sweet but sassy son and a dog that is full of energy. Together with her family she enjoys biking, camping, hiking and traveling. She loves a great book that she can get lost in. As music and her faith are a big part of her life, she is also involved in the music ministry at her church.
Lynette MA for Dr. Perry
Lynette is passionate about helping people to stay healthy, has a Bachelor of Science in Community Health from the University of Oregon, and has been a Health Educator and Fitness Instructor in Bend for many years. Her interest in patient care recently led her to complete her training as a Certified Medical Assistant. Lynette enjoys biking, hiking, gardening, reading, traveling and cooking. She has been in Central Oregon for over 13 years. Fall Creek is thrilled to have Lynette join our team!
Gabriela "Gaby" Front Desk Receptionist
Gaby comes to us via Colorado. Gaby attended and graduated from California State University of Long Beach with a Bachelor’s in Health Science. Her family loves animals, camping, water destinations, and the Oregon Coast. Her kids compete in softball and baseball, so they are always on the go. She also loves to cook and do crafts with her children. They are so thankful to be part of the Central Oregon community.
Tillie Billing Supervisor
Tillie has been a part of the Fall Creek team since October 2013. She has an Associates Degree in Health Information Technology. She enjoys medical administration because it is ever changing, which allows her to learn and apply new skills. She was raised in Central Oregon and loves being a part of her community. When she is not at Fall Creek Internal Medicine, she is spending time with her family and friends taking advantage of everything Bend has to offer.
Carolyn Clinic Administrator
Carolyn joined Fall Creek Internal Medicine as the Clinic Administrator in May of 2018. With over 20 years of administrative experience in the medical field, she leads with a hands-on approach to the daily operations of the organization and is developing strategies in the management of personnel, budgeting, contracting, accounts payable, accounts receivable and strategic planning. Carolyn is committed to the mission of Fall Creek Internal Medicine to provide the best care in Central Oregon.
Originally from San Diego, California, Carolyn and her husband took a leap of faith and moved to Central Oregon in 2007. Looking for that small town vibe, they settled in Redmond. “Friends and family told us we would move back after a couple of winters. After visiting, now they are looking for property in Central Oregon for themselves!” Carolyn enjoys all activities outdoors, quality time with her dog Beanie, DIY projects, reading and gardening.
Alessandra "Lessa" Front Desk Receptionist
Lessa, originally from Corvallis, has relocated to Bend via Eugene. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Humanities from the University of Oregon and she studied abroad at Universita Per Stranieri Di Siena in Italy. She loves to travel and spend time with her family. They enjoy camping, biking, ATV riding, and exploring the Central Oregon area.
Kaitlin Front Desk Receptionist
Kait is a second-generation native Oregonian that grew up in Bend. Kait has been in the medical field for about 5 years. She loves the outdoors, hiking in the woods, camping, rock crawling, trail building with the U.S. Forestry Service and Bureau of Land Management. She is a founder and member of Central Oregon Off Highway Association (COOHA), a group that promotes off-road recreation for all users.
Caitlyn MA for Dr. Kocurek
Caitlyn comes to Fall Creek from a background in dermatology and pulmonology. She is working towards her RN. She enjoys riding her dirt bike and conquering the roughest terrain. She has an amazing German Shephard dog, Fenrir, who she is training to do search and rescue.
Zoe Medical Assistant in Training
Zoe grew up in Central Oregon and then attended Oregon State University in the Honors College where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Biology. She is training as a medical assistant at Fall Creek Internal Medicine while studying for her MCAT’s, with an eye on attending medical school next year. Zoe enjoys the outdoor fun in Central Oregon through cross country skiing, horseback riding, and camping.
Naomi Care Coordinator
Naomi has been an EMT for 12 years and has worked in a variety of settings from emergency medicine to care coordination and oversight of clinical staff in a vibrant senior living program. She brings this rich background to her work as Fall Creek’s high risk patient care program coordinator. Naomi is pursuing her Associates in Nursing and hopes to enter the RN program soon. Along with her husband, and dog, Loki, Naomi loves to hike and explore Central Oregon, and she also enjoys reading, baking and exercising.
Ruby MA for Dr. VanDomelen
Ruby grew up in Bend and then attended California Polytechnic State University, graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in biology. She worked as a caregiver and assistant in an urgent care clinic while in California, gaining experience before joining the team at Fall Creek Internal Medicine. She has become a certified medical assistant and plans to pursue training in a Physician Assistant program soon. Ruby enjoys all of the outdoor fun that Central Oregon has to offer including skiing, snow shoeing, hiking, and climbing. Ruby is also an accomplished baker!