Staff Directory

Dr. Samer Al-Hashmi, MD or “Dr. Sam”

Dr. SamDr. Sam attended medical school at Damascus University in Damascus, Syria from 1980-1986. He completed his residency in internal medicine in Syria from 1987-1991. Dr. Sam came to the United States in February 1993, attending an internal medicine residency program in Bronx, N.Y., from 1993 through 1995. Dr. Sam arrived in Hugoton in January 1996. He is Board Certified in Internal Medicine.

Dr. Sam enjoys the friendly relationships with his patients, as well as the small-town atmosphere. He has found Hugoton to be a town of “extremely friendly people”.

Dr. John Birky, MD

Dr. Birky graduated from Kansas State University with a bachelor of science in Biology, and then Graduated from KU School of Medicine-Wichita in 2007, where he was a member of the Gold Humanism Honor Society. He then completed Family Medicine Residency at Via Christi in Wichita, followed by a fellowship in International Medicine at Via Christi and Karanda Hospital in Zimbabwe, Africa. He is Board Certified in Family Medicine and is fully licensed by the Kansas State Board of Healing Arts. He has practiced in southwest Kansas since 2011.

When Dr. Birky isn’t in the office, he enjoys spending time with his wife and four children and volunteering with a nonprofit organization in Garden City dedicated to helping refugees learn English and access healthcare, to help them better integrate into American society. Dr. Birky grew up outside of Goessel, in a rural area north of Wichita. He enjoys rural and small town life and medical practice and is excited to join in serving the medical needs of the residents of Stevens County.

Dr. Jenifer Cook, MD

Dr. Cook was adopted at birth and grew up in a small town in Oklahoma. After earning her degree in Human Physiology from Oklahoma State University, she joined the Peace Corps for two and a half years in Thailand working with the CDC in the field of HIV and AIDS. Dr. Cook went to medical school at the University of Oklahoma and did her residency at Via Christi in Wichita. Since 2001, Dr. Cook has worked in 24 rural locations across Kansas by helping in times of need where there is a shortage of doctors.

Dr. Cook remarked, “I like to spend my free time in Bible Study, gardening, traveling and eating good food. My husband David works at Wells Fargo with retirement planning and my ten year old soccer player Grayson is a fifth grader at Trinity Academy.”

Lisa Steers, PA-C

Lisa completed the University of North Dakota’s Physician Assistant program in Grand Ford, N.D. in May 2017. She is nationally certified and received training emphasizing in primary care in rural communities. Prior to becoming a PA-C, Lisa served Stevens County as a Registered Respiratory Therapist
for 8 years. As an RRT, Lisa worked in multiple hospital settings such as Emergency Department, Inpatient, Outpatient, and Clinic. Lisa is a native of Hugoton and is excited to continue her healthcare commitment as a medical provider in her hometown.

Lisa says, “I enjoy living and working in my rural hometown of Hugoton. Becoming a PA-C was desire of mine for many years as I always wanted to serve my community. This community deserves excellent healthcare, and I am confident that Stevens County Healthcare for the Heartland meets these standards! The providers and staff work well together and have open communication, which makes working here enjoyable as well as a place to receive excellent healthcare. I feel very blessed to be able to continue serving my community in a new role.”

Steika Rapp, APRN-C

Steika completed Graceland University’s Nurse Practitioner Program in Kansas City in 2013 and is Board Certified in Family Practice. Steika served as a RN in many different areas of different hospital settings including: House Supervising, ICU, ED, Medical Surgical and OB departments. This she did over a 7 year period before moving forward toward her Nurse Practitioner degree. Steika is a native to this area, growing up on a farm/ranch outside of Hooker, OK where her grandfather established a homestead and family still live today.

“I have worked in several different hospitals as a RN over the past few years and Hugoton goes above and beyond for the patients and staff. All the providers and staff work together having excellent communication and work ethic; these traits provide exceptional evidence based care for our patients.” Steika states, “I feel so lucky that I have the opportunity to be a part of this great health care team and serve such a wonderful community.