The history of Family Medical Specialties can be traced all the way back to 1926 when Dr. Frank A. Brewster, “Nebraska’s famous Flying Doctor”, established a medical clinic and constructed a private hospital in Holdrege, Nebraska.

By the end of the 70s, there remained only a single doctor, Harold A. McConahay. In order to stay on top of the need of the area, Dr. McConahay made an offer to two young physicians fresh from their residencies to join him.

Dr. Tom Smith and Dr. Bill Sandy, who had been friends in medical school at the University of Iowa, came to Holdrege in the summer of 1980, but almost as soon as they arrived, the Mayo Clinic diagnosed Dr. McConahay with pancreatic cancer and Drs. Smith and Sandy were on their own in their new town. After several months of treatment, Dr. McConahay appeared unlikely to recover, and his wife encouraged them to buy and continue to operate the clinic.

With two energetic young doctors at the helm, the practice was reinvigorated, and not long after, they convinced another of their Iowa classmates, Dr. Doak Doolittle, a surgeon, to join them. As they continued to grow, they added additional doctors. Soon after, they merged the entire practice with the practice of Drs. Stuart Embury and Robert Anderson. Dr. Scott Ehresman joined the corporation in 1993, Dr. Jeff Berney in 1999, and Dr. Shane Smith in 2013.

In 2008, the Family Medical Specialties group moved from their original offices in downtown Holdrege to a beautiful new facility located near the Phelps Memorial Health Center.


“Very satisfied with services here. Lab workers are very caring and good, greeter nurse is so personable. Room nurses are very knowledgeable and helpful. Dr. Sandy can’t be beat all around! … Whole staff is rated an A.”

- Patient

“Dr. S Smith is a wonderful Dr. to my son. Always friendly and is always fast. Makes sure I know and understand what is wrong. Couldn’t find a better Dr. Thank you!”

- Parent of Patient

“Dr. Berney and his nurses are always very professional and polite. Thanks for always going above and beyond Brittany and Jolee!”

- Patient

“This is the only doctor office I will come to. I have always been treated with respect by all the doctors I have seen here…I drive 1 hour to come here – 2 hr round trip.”

- Patient



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