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Meet Our Dedicated Team

Our staff is comprised of professionals who have years of experience in healthcare, practice management, staffing, and recruiting. From improving retention rates for providers to helping cut costs related to emergency medicine and hospitalist services, our staff has the knowledge and dedication you’re looking for. Get to know our staff and leadership team by reading their biographies.

  • Emergency Practice Associates

  • Julie Koch-Hoth, RN, BA, CCS-P

    Julie Koch-Hoth, RN, BA, CCS-P

    Chief Executive Officer

    Location: Emergency Practice Associates Division: Senior Leadership Team

    Prior to joining EPA in 1994, Julie worked in a variety of hospital clinical settings. She has training in CQI and has developed programs in occupational medicine, education, fitness screening, and employee health and safety. Julie also serves as one of EPA’s resources for Emergency Medicine coding and reimbursement analysis, as well as provides physician and nursing documentation training.


    Julie currently serves as the Co-Executive Director of the Iowa Chapter of ACEP and is a member of MGMA and AHIMA.

  • Jen Westendorf, RN, MSN

    Jen Westendorf, RN, MSN

    Chief Operating Officer

    Location: Emergency Practice Associates Division: Senior Leadership Team

    Jen Westendorf, RN, MSN, has been the COO at Emergency Practice Associated since 2015. In that role, she oversees the internal staff operations for credentialing and scheduling, as well as hiring and monitoring advanced practice providers for EPA clients. Jen takes pride in working with client hospitals to make sure all their Emergency Department staffing and service needs are met.


    Jen and her husband, Greg, have three children that are the lights of their lives. With more than 20 years of clinical nursing experience in emergency medicine, ICU, and neurology, Jen has a passion for educating healthcare professionals, patients and families about health conditions. She enjoys cheering for the Chicago Cubs and Dallas Cowboys.

  • Denis Kuhlman, MD, FAAEM, FACEP

    Denis Kuhlman, MD, FAAEM, FACEP

    Corporate Medical Director

    Location: Emergency Practice Associates Division: Senior Leadership Team

    Denis J. Kuhlman has been with Emergency Practice Associates since 1998. In his role as Corporate Medical Director, Denis uses his many years of experience as an emergency physician and Emergency Department Medical Director to mentor physicians and work with hospital administrators to improve in recruiting and retention of quality employees.


    Away from the office, Denis enjoys spending time with his wife, Julia. While they make their home in Waterloo, Iowa, the two of them love going on fishing trips to Canada and Mexico. Denis also enjoys doing yard work at home and binge watching various TV series.

  • Staci Brown

    Staci Brown

    Director of Finance and Benefits

    Location: Emergency Practice Associates Division: Finance

    Staci Brown has been with Emergency Practice Associates since 2014. As the Director of Finance & Benefits, she and her staff oversee anything that is numbers related at EPA Midwest. She's your go-to person if you have a question about your paycheck or benefits.


    Staci and her husband, Greg, have two adult sons and are expecting their first grandchild in November of 2017. Staci enjoys volunteering her time with children, and currently serves in the 2-year-old classroom at her church every Sunday.

  • Jenny Dodd

    Jenny Dodd

    Administrative Assistant

    Location: Emergency Practice Associates Division: Administrative Assistant

    If you call Emergency Practice Associates, chances are you've spoken with Jenny Dodd. As our administrative assistant, Jenny is the first voice our customers hear when they call our office. When she's not helping people on the phones, Jenny helps back up EPA's Credentialing Coordinator and provides support to the Senior Management Team.


    Jenny has two sons and two dogs and loves to cheer for the Iowa Hawkeyes and UNI Panthers. She spends a lot of time volunteering for Sunday Suppers at area churches and has also volunteered to pack meals with Feed my Starving Children.

  • Christy Pullin

    Christy Pullin

    Credentialing Coordinator

    Location: Emergency Practice Associates Division: Credentialing

    Christy Pullin brings tremendous value to the Emergency Practice Associates team. As Credentialing Coordinator, she works with practitioners and hospital staff to ensure credentials are in place for new physician hires at an EPA partner hospital.


    Christy has three adult children and four grandchildren, and she loves giving her grandchildren sugar highs before sending them home. She loves spending time with her family, including traveling with her mother and playing cards on rainy days and holidays. Christy also tends bar at the Independence American Legion, where she enjoys chatting with area veterans and hearing their stories.

  • Jessica Steils

    Jessica Steils

    Senior Accountant

    Location: Emergency Practice Associates Division: Finance

    Jessica Steils serves as a Senior Accountant for Emergency Practice Associates. Since she joined us in 2016, she has handled financial reporting, payroll processing, accounts payable, invoicing and providing benefits information for our employees. 


    Jessica and her husband, Matt, have four children. Their favorite teams are any team one of their children is playing for, and the UNI Panthers. Jessica also spends her time volunteering with the YWCA of Black Hawk County Board Treasurer, as a Cub Scout Leader in Gilbertville and in various committee for various school and church fundraisers.

  • Nikki Thomas

    Nikki Thomas

    Staffing Specialist

    Location: Emergency Practice Associates Division: Staffing Specialist Contact me
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