A Family Vision for Wakefield Family Medicine


Over the past two years, the staff at Faith Regional Physician Services Wakefield Family Medicine had been brainstorming ideas on how to enhance the practice.  The clinic in Wakefield has been in its current location since July of 1988 when it moved from downtown Wakefield.  Ultimately, they felt that in order to become more active and visible in the community the best option would be to create a new facility in a more visible location to enhance the patient experience and provide a more efficient workspace for the healthcare providers. 

Kelly Brown, a long-time nurse at the Wakefield Family Medicine clinic proposed the idea of constructing a new clinic to Ross Hansen, PA-C.  Hansen approached Dr. Melissa Dobbins, who was immediately on board as she had also felt for some time that the community would benefit from a new building that was more visible, updated, and larger.  “There had been talk and I have talked about a new clinic for years, but as my practice was growing and life was busy, it just seemed too big of a project for me to take on myself.” said Dobbins.  The staff is always surprised how often they hear people either don’t know the clinic is there or that they provide services such as OB care, x-ray and lab, even though the it has been there for years.  Wakefield Family Medicine has three providers; Dr. Benjamin Martin joined in 1986, Dr. Melissa Dobbins joined in 2012, and Ross Hansen, PA-C, joined in 2011.

Dobbins and Hansen have been a team all of their lives.  The siblings were born (in the same building the current clinic is located) and raised in rural Wakefield.  They both found their way back home following medical school to raise their families and provide family medicine care to a community that’s always been very important to them.   Priorities at the forefront of moving forward with the project and showing their investment in the community were to make sure that it would be a good thing for Wakefield, the Wakefield Health Care Center, and that Faith Regional Physician Services would be supportive of it as they moved forward.  Hansen said, “We feel that we have an outstanding staff in place and that has been a big factor in our decision to move forward with this project. It’s taken a lot of time, energy, and vision and we’re excited to be a part of it.  I would also like to thank the Wakefield Heath Care Center in their support of this project and we look forward to providing care to their residents in the future.”

Dobbins added, “Change is sometimes hard, and investments can be risky, but luckily we’ve had a lot of support from the Wakefield community and Faith Regional Physician Services. My hope with the new building is that we can continue to bring our patients the best medical care possible in an updated, comfortable clinic for many years to come.”

The investment in this facility and community supports the mission of Faith Regional Physician Services, to be a provider-led multispecialty healthcare team, committed to delivering high quality, comprehensive services to the people of northeast Nebraska.

Although the name and ownership has changed throughout the years, one thing has remained the same; quality healthcare providers, caring for every member of the family at every stage of life, is available in Wakefield, Nebraska.

The new Faith Regional Physician Services Wakefield Family Medicine clinic will be located at the corner of 7th and Oak Street, off Highway 35.  Estimated completion of the new clinic location is by the end of 2016.