Family Medicine Providers

Cassopolis Family Clinic Network has been the healthcare home in our community for more than fifty-five years.  It is the place where families come because they trust the people they know to provide the healthcare services they need. 

Matthew Pazderka, M.D., Cassopolis Family Clinic Network

Matthew Pazderka, M.D.

Family Physician/Chief Medical Director

Location: Niles Community Health Center 

Education: Bachelor of Science, University of Saint Thomas, Saint Paul, Minnesota; Doctorate of Medicine, University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha, Nebraska; Family Medicine Residency: Medstar Health/Georgetown – Washington Hospital Center Family Medicine Residency Program, Washington, D.C.

Joined CFCN: 2019

Certifications: Board Certified in Family Medicine

Alexander Schneider, D.O., Niles Family ClinicAlexander Schneider, D.O.

Family Physician

Location: NCHC (Niles)

Education: Bachelor of Science, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, Michigan; Doctorate of Osteopathic Medicine, Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan; Residency, Family Medicine, Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan; Residency, Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine, Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan.

Joined CFCN: 2021

Certifications: Board Certified by the American Osteopathic Board of Family Physicians

Harris Shaikh, M.D. at Cassopolis Family Clinic

Harris Shaikh, M.D.

Family Physician

Location: Niles Community Health Center

Education: Bachelor of Science, McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada; Doctorate of Medicine, Avalon University School of Medicine, Youngstown, Ohio; Residency, Lake Charles Memorial  Hospital Campus, LSU Health Sciences Center – New Orleans.

Joined CFCN: 2019

Certifications:  Board Certified by the American Academy of Family Physicians

Gina Smith, M.D., Board Certified Family Medicine Physician, Cassopolis, MI

Gina Smith, M.D.

Family Physician  

Location: Niles Community Health Center

Education:  Bachelor of Arts, Hope College, Holland, Michigan; Doctorate of Medicine, University of Michigan Medical School, Ann Arbor, Michigan; Family Medicine Residency: West Suburban Hospital Family Medicine Residency Program, Oak Park, Illinois; Maternal Child Health Fellowship: West Suburban Hospital, Oak Park, Illinois.

Joined CFCN: 2017

Certifications: Board Certified in Family Medicine

Andre Smyth, D.O., Board Certified Family Medicine, Cassopolis Family Clinic, MI

Andre Smyth, D.O.

Family Physician

Location: Cassopolis Family Clinic

Education: Bachelor of Science, University of Windsor, Windsor, Ontario, Canada; Doctorate of Osteopathic Medicine, Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine, East Lansing, Michigan; Family Medicine Residency: Orange Park Medical Center, Orange Park, Florida; Geriatric Fellowship: Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia.

Joined CFCN:  2019

Certifications: Board Certified by the American Board of Family Medicine; Member of the American Association of Family Physicians; Member of the American Geriatric Society.

Dr. Elizabeth Wetzel, Cass Family Clinic Network

Elizabeth Wetzel, D.O.

Family Physician

Location:  Cassopolis Family Clinic

Education: Bachelor of Science in Microbiology, University of Michigan, Dearborn, Michigan; Doctorate of Osteopathic Medicine, Des Moines University, Des Moines, IA.

Joined CFCN: 2014

Certifications:  Board Certified by the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians; Member of the American Osteopathic Association; Member of the American Medical Association; and Member of Indiana Osteopathic Association.

John Zakhary, M.D.

Family Physician

Location:  Niles Community Health Center

Education: Honors Bachelor of Science, Western University, London Ontario, Canada; Doctor of Medicine, Saba University School of Medicine, Saba, Dutch Caribbean; Family Medicine Residency, Ascension Providence Hospital, Southfield Michigan

Joined CFCN: 2020

Certifications: American Board Certified in Family Medicine 

Chistsopher Slough, PA-C, Certified Physician Assistant, Cassopolis Family Clinic, MI

Christopher Slough, PA-C

Physicians Assistant

Location:  Cassopolis Family Clinic

Education: Bachelor of Science, University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa; Master of Science – Physician Assistant, University of Detroit Mercy, Detroit, Michigan.

Joined CFCN: 2018

Certifications: Board Certified Physician Assistant

Neil Bowman, FNP-C, Certified Family Nurse Practioner, Cassopolis Family Clinic, MI

Neil Bowman, FNP-C

Family Nurse Practitioner

Location: Cassopolis Family Clinic

Education: Bachelor of Science – Nursing, Goshen College, Goshen, Indiana; Master of Science – Family Nurse Practitioner, Goshen College, Goshen, Indiana.

Joined CFCN: 2016

Certifications: Board Certified by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners

Melissa Burpee, Certified FamilyNurse Practioner, Cass Family Clinic NetworkMelissa Burpee, FNC-C

Certified Family Nurse Practioner

Location: Cassopolis Family Clinic

Education: Bachelor of Science – Nursing, Ohio University, Athens, Ohio; Master of Science – Family Nurse Practitioner, Goshen College, Goshen, Indiana

Joined CFCN: 2022

Certifications: Board Certified by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners

Jody Murmu, FNP-C, Certified Family Medicine Nurse Practioner, Cassopolis Family Clinic Network

Jody Murmu, FNP-C

Family Nurse Practitioner 

Location: Niles Community Health Center

Education: Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Andrews University, Berrien Springs, Michigan; Master of Science in Nursing, Indiana University, South Bend, IN.

Joined CFCN: 2019

Certifications:  Board Certified by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners.

Mphasa Mwanza, FNP-C, Cassopolis Family Clinic NetworkMphasa Mwanza, FNP-C

Family Nurse Practioner

Location: Cassopolis Family Clinic

Education: Master of Science – Nursing, Indiana University, South Bend, Indiana.

Joined CFCN: 2015

Certifications: Board Certified by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners

LuAnn Tracey, FNP-C, Cassopolis Family Clinic Network, MI

LuAnn Tracey, FNP-C

Family Nurse Practitioner

Location: Niles Community Health Center

Education: Associate degree in Nursing, Southwestern Michigan College, Dowagiac, Michigan; Bachelor of Science, Ferris State University, Big Rapids, Michigan; Master of Science – Family Nurse Practitioner, Indiana University, South Bend, Indiana.

Joined CFCN: 2019

Certifications: Board Certified Family Nurse Practitioner

This health center is a Health Center Program grantee under 42 U.S.C. 254b, and a deemed Public Health Service employee under 42 U.S.C. 233(g)-(n).