• KC CARE Now Offering Transgender Clinic

    Thursday, July 20, 2017

     In July of 2017, Dr. Frances Grimstad started KC CARE's official Transgender Clinic.

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  • May

    May, a 20-something woman with an advanced degree, came to the Clinic …

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Meet our Medical Providers

Dr. Craig Dietz

Dr. Craig Dietz has been with the Clinic since 2004, beginning as a volunteer in 2003. Dr. Dietz is board-certified in both internal medicine and HIV medicine. At the Clinic, he oversees clinical outcomes of programs. Dr. Dietz provides direct patient care with and emphasis in Primary Care, HIV Medicine, LGBT Health Care, Hepatitis C and HIV Prevention (PrEP). He serves as a clinical assistant professor of internal medicine for the KU Internal Medicine Residency program, KCUMB and UMKC School of Pharmacy. Dr. Dietz has been active in the area of research and has several published papers and is the principal investigator for all of the Clinical Trials conducted at the Kansas City CARE Clinic.

Dr. Dietz is from Pratt, Kansas and received a Bachelor’s degree in Life Sciences from Kansas State University. He received his Doctorate of Osteopathic Medicine from Oklahoma State University. Dr. Dietz developed an interest in HIV and Public Health during his residency training at one of the Michigan State University hospitals in inner city Detroit and he received a Master’s in Public Health with an emphasis on community health, underserved populations, and healthcare safety net and administration from the University of Kansas School of Medicine. Dr. Dietz is an active member of the Gay and Lesbian Medical Association (GLMA).

Blair A. Thedinger, MD

Dr. Thedinger grew up in Kansas City and completed medical school at the University of Kansas School of Medicine in 2008. In 2011, he completed residency training at a busy county hospital in the California Bay Area at the Contra Costa Regional Medical Center where he developed an interest in treating patient with HIV/AIDS. He continued work at Contra Costa County Hospital for two years both in the hospital and in a clinic for patients with HIV.  In 2013, Dr. Thedinger was able to return home to Kansas City to be near family and took a position at the Kansas City CARE Clinic. Dr. Thedinger provides direct patient care for all patients with an emphasis in General Practice, HIV Medicine, Hepatitis C, PrEP, LGBT Health Care and Intensive Dietary Management and Weight Loss. Dr. Thedinger is also an investigator in the clinic's Clinical Trials division. 
Dr. Thedinger is board certified in Family Medicine. He is licensed to practice medicine in both Kansas and Missouri.

Michelle Goss, RN, MSN, NP-C

Michelle joined the Kansas City CARE Clinic as a Nurse Practitioner.  She received her Bachelor's of Science in Nursing and her Master's of Science in Nursing as an Adult Geriatric Nurse Practitioner from Rockhurst University and Research College of Nursing and is board certified with the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP).  Most recently, Michelle was a staff nurse at Research Medical Center, working in the float pool and on the telemetry unit.  Previously, she has worked at the Clinic as a staff member and student, and was eager to return to the Clinic in her new role.  

Michelle is a member of the Gerontological Advanced Nurse Practitioners Association (GAPNA) and the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP).  She believes in developing trusting relationships with her patients by taking the time to listen and understand their needs and provide care based on the patient as a whole person.     

Diane Petrie, MSN, APRN, FNP-BC

Diane is a Board Certified Family Nurse Practitioner at the Kansas City CARE Clinic. She earned her Masters of Science in Nursing at The University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg and received her Bachelor of Science Nursing from Cedarville University. Some of her previous professional experience includes providing care as Floor Nurse and then an Emergency Department nurse at Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City where she became a Certified Pediatric Nurse.

Diane began her career as a Family Nurse Practitioner in the Emergency Department at Children’s Mercy and expanded her skillset by working in the ER at Providence and Belton Regional Medical Center. As a Family Nurse Practitioner, she believes all people should have access to medical care and to providers who can help them reach their maximum health potential and has a special interest in the care of women and children and International Medicine