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About Us

Our Mission

Community Healthcare Partners provides the highest quality of health care to our patients and the Lincoln, Omaha, and Fremont, and surrounding communities. Our team of nurse practitioners and physician assistants provide comprehensive care for patients in their own home. Our providers help patients navigate the health care system, including specialist, hospital care coordination, and follow-up care. 

Ashley Marreel, APRN

Ashley graduated with her BSN in 2009 from UNMC and with my DNP in 2015 from the University of Creighton. Ashley's passion is in primary care, and she has spent most of her APRN career in that field. She enjoys getting to know her patients, helping them navigate the healthcare system and empower them to be able to take care of themselves. Ashley is originally from Lincoln, NE. In her spare time Ashley enjoys hanging out with her daughter and their dog.

Ashley Synowicki, DNP

Ashley started her health care career by attending Methodist College where she earned her Bachelors of Science in Nursing. While working at Methodist Hospital, she went back to school for her Doctorate of Nursing Practice (Family Nurse Practitioner) from Creighton University. She comes to us with years of advanced practice knowledge, expertise, and skills. Ashley is extremely versed in all thing's health and wellness. She prides herself on being incredibly organized, precise, and emerges herself in the latest research to help better her practice.

When not working incredibly hard, you can usually find Ashley on a walk with her husband and puppy, spending time with her family, or watching the Minnesota Vikings. Ashley enjoys family practice medicine because she believes that whole self-wellness is the key to living a long, happy, healthy life.

Deb Bussey, APRN

Deb Bussey is an Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner, board certified by the ANCC. She began her nursing career over 33 years ago obtaining a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from UNMC. She has worked in a variety of healthcare settings including the past 10 years as a wound, ostomy and continence nurse. She strongly believes in lifelong learning and graduated in 2023 with a Master of Science Nurse Practitioner degree. She enjoys the challenges presented in working with the adult and geriatric population.

Deb resides in Lincoln with her husband and has 3 adult children living in the Lincoln and Omaha area. She enjoys spending time with family, outdoor activities, gardening, exercising, traveling, and caring for her dogs and cats.

Shannon Kuntz, APRN

Shannon graduated from Creighton School of Nursing in 2015 with an MSN Family Nurse Practitioner degree, after working as an RN in a variety of inpatient and outpatient health care settings. Following graduation she worked as an inpatient hospitalist, and has worked in an outpatient clinic as well, giving her experience with managing both acute and long term patient healthcare needs. She is married and has two adult children who live nearby. Shannon enjoys movies, traveling, and going on walks with her large dogs.

Lana Ekberg-Wood, FNP

Lana Wood is a native of Wakefield, Nebraska. After graduating from Wayne State College with a degree in Psychology, she attended UNMC and received her BSN going on to work inpatient Cardiology and in Home Health Care. In 2006, she enrolled at Clarkson College in Omaha where she earned her Master’s Degree in Nursing as a Family Nurse Practitioner. Lana has been a Nurse Practitioner in Omaha and Lincoln since 2009, specializing in Urgent Care, Home Health Care and Aesthetics. She is married and has one daughter.

Christabel Alphonso, FNP/PMHNP

Christabel Alphonso is a Board-Certified Family Nurse Practitioner and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She is originally from Nigeria and moved to the United States in 1999. She started her career in nursing as an LPN in 2006 and has worked in different capacities, from Home Health Nurse to Rehab to Med-Surg Nurse. She obtained her Doctor of Nursing Practice degree (FNP track) from Creighton University in Omaha, NE, in 2018 and completed the Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Certification Program from Liberty University in VA in 2023. She currently serves as an Active-Duty Air Force FNP and recently joined CHP as a part-time FNP/PMHNP. She has been married to Dala Alphonso for 27 years and is blessed with 3 daughters - Tehillah 25, Davina 21, Alexea 13, and a stepson Carlton 26. Her favorite thing to do is lounge on the couch and hang out with friends and family. She also loves traveling (but hates the packing and unpacking part of this).

Michelle Berry, Marketing Director Lincoln & Omaha

Michelle brings a wealth of experience and knowledge from the home healthcare and sales and marketing industries to our team. In 2008, she graduated from the University of Phoenix with a MBA. Michelle enjoys networking and meeting new people in order to spread the word about Community Healthcare Partners. 

In Michelle’s spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends. She also volunteers for a non-profit organization that is dear to her heart.

Nicki Hunt, Office Triage LPN

Nicki is our triage nurse at Community Healthcare Partners. She has been a Licensed Practical Nurse since 2013. She knew, from the beginning of her nursing career, a triage position was where she wanted to be as she is passionate about being a voice for patients and an advocate for them when in need. Her strong desire to show empathy and provide reassurance to patients is what gratifies her. She was born and raised in Lincoln, Ne. She has twin 17-year-old boys and is an avid animal lover. She has two rescue cats, Sophie and Winter, and enjoys spending time with family and vacationing together. 

Clare Kennedy, PA-C

Clare is originally from Omaha, Nebraska. She has been a physician assistant for over 27 years having experience in rural medicine, internal medicine, psychiatry, and oncology. Clare enjoys adult and geriatric care. Clare has served as a program director of 2 physician assistant programs. She enjoys spending time with her husband, 2 dogs, and 5 cats.

Wes Rice, HR Director

Becky Schultze, Office Manager