We are excited to announce that Katie Luthy will continue her role within the PMHC Emergency Room. A couple of months ago, Katie answered the call for our community to help provide coverage within the PMHC ER. We are very proud of Katie and are glad she will remain within our medical community and serve our patients.

This does affect her role within our clinic. She will continue to serve her cosmetic patients (Botox, fillers and Latisse), while we train Dr. Kathryn Thelen to take over these services. The rest of her patients will be transitioned to one of our other amazing Providers. You can learn more about our providers HERE.

Join us in thanking Katie for continuing to serve our community, and wish her the best on this new chapter in her life!

If you have any questions about this transition, give us a call at: 308-995-4431


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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