Clinical Team

Pamela Harris, MD, FAAPMR, FAAHPM

Medical Director

Dr. Pamela Harris is the Director of Medical Programs for Kansas City Hospice & Palliative Care. She received her medical degree from the University of Kansas School of Medicine where she specialized in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PMR). She is board-certified in Kansas and Missouri in PMR. Dr. Pam joined Kansas City Hospice as an Associate Medical Director in 2006. She has given several presentations which include pain management, advanced directives, and ethics in palliative care. She is also an ordained Deacon in the Great Plains Conference of the United Methodist Church.

Annabelle Hendrix, DO

Associate Medical Director

Dr. Annabelle Hendricks received a BA in biology from Texas Christian University. She completed her medical degree at Kansas City University College of Osteopathic Medicine. Her residency was in Emergency Medicine at Beaumont South Shore. Prior to moving back to the Kansas City area for her fellowship, she served as an Emergency Medicine Attending at Houston Methodist West Hospital. Following her completion of the  Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship program with us, she joined KCH as an Associate Medical Director in 2023.

Alex Lane, DO

Associate Medical Director

Dr. Alex Lane joined Kansas City Hospice in July 2020 after serving in our Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship program in 2019-2020. He completed his BS from Washington University in St. Louis with a double major in biology and economics and a minor in Chinese. He received his medical degree from the Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences and completed his residency in Internal Medicine at the Palm Beach Consortium for Graduate Medical Education in West Palm Beach, Florida. Dr. Lane is board-certified in Hospice and Palliative Medicine.

Tim Link, MD

Associate Medical Director

Dr. Tim Link joined us as an Associate Medical Director in 2007. He graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine and completed a Family and Community Medicine residency there. He is board-certified in Family Medicine as well as Hospice and Palliative Medicine.

Roya Tehrani, MD, FAAHPM

Associate Medical Director

Dr. Roya Tehrani received her BA in Human Biology and her medical degree from the University of Kansas. She completed her residency in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston. She completed her Fellowship in Hospice & Palliative Medicine at Cook County Hospital and Rush University Medical Center in Chicago. She is board-certified in Internal Medicine and Hospice & Palliative Care.

Kaitlyn Balough, MSN, APRN, ANP-BC

Nurse Practitioner

Kaitlyn is a Nurse Practitioner who joined Kansas City Hospice in 2013. She graduated from the University of Kansas School of Nursing in the Adult-Gerontological Nurse Practitioner program and received her MSN. She is a board-certified Nurse Practitioner in Adult Health by the American Nurses Credentialing Center.

Katherine “Kate” Bayer, RN, BSN, CCRN, DNP-FNP, APRN

Kate is an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse with 16 years of hospice experience. She received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing, with Honors from Pittsburg State University. She worked as a registered nurse at the University of Kansas Health Systems in Kansas City, KS for over ten years. She received her Doctor of Nursing Practice, Family Nurse Practitioner, from the University of Kansas School of Nursing.

Deborah Coon, APRN

Nurse Practitioner

Deborah is a board-certified Family Nurse Practitioner. She joined Kansas City Hospice in July 2016. Deborah graduated from the University of Kansas in 2009. Her areas of practice as a nurse practitioner have included primary care, urgent care and geriatrics. Previously, she worked in intensive care, cardiology and hospice. Her special interest is pain management and supporting both patient and family on the physical, emotional and spiritual levels.

Michele Davis, MSN, APRN, FNP-BC, MEC

Michele is a board-certified Advanced Practice Nurse Practitioner on our NorthCare Hospice House Team. She has over 21 years of experience working as an APRN, RN and LPN in the medical field, with eight years specializing in hospice and home health care. Michele received her Post Master of Science Family Nurse Practitioner Certificate from Purdue Global University, Chicago.

Sandra Eggers, ARPN

Nurse Practitioner

Sandra is a Family Nurse Practitioner with experience in corporate wellness, urgent clinics, and triage. She received her AA from Penn Valley Community College and her BS in Nursing from the University of Kansas School of Nursing in Lawrence. She trained as a nurse practitioner at the University of Missouri Sinclair School of Nursing in Columbia, and she is a Certified Hospice & Palliative Nurse.

Maria Ferrell, APRN, ACHPN, NP-C

Clinical Nurse Specialist

Maria has specialized in caring for patients with serious illnesses for more than 20 years and joined KCH in 2005. She graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with an MS in Nursing. She is board-certified as a Clinical Nurse Specialist in Adult Health. She is also an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse in Palliative Care, and as an Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner. Maria received the American Academy of Hospice & Palliative Medicine Mentorship Award in 2007-2008.

Jeffrey Gatrost, APRN, ACHPN

Jeffrey received his BSN from College of the Ozarks and his MSN from Olivet Nazarene University. He worked as an RN for ten years, with four years in medical–surgical and six in ICU/PICU. As a Family Medicine APRN, he has also worked with the Palliative Care team at University Health and provides hospice face-to-face recertification visits.

Jason Gray, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC

Jason re-joined the staff of Kansas City Hospice in 2021. He graduated with his Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) in 2019 and also holds credentials in Healthcare Education. Jason has been a nurse since 2007 and has had the privilege to work with patients, families, and providers in hospice settings as well as intensive care, emergency department, and primary care. He graduated with honors from the University of Kansas School of Nursing.

Zainab Landor, APRN, BSN, FNP-C

Zainab received her BSN from Southern University A&M and her MSN from Nicholls State University. She worked as a CNA for 5 years and as an RN for 14 years, and has experience in oncology and palliative care. She completed her Family Medicine APRN certification and provides face-to-face hospice recertification visits.

Bemis Mwaura, APRN, AGACNP-BC

Bemis is an Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner with strong clinical skills and over six years of critical care nursing experience. She received her Bachelor and Master of Science in Nursing from Saint Luke’s College of Health Sciences in Kansas City, MO.

Diana Myers, MSN, APRN, FNP-C

Diana is a Nurse Practitioner with our Community-Based Palliative Care Team. She received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Research/Rockhurst College of Nursing and her Master of Science in Nursing, Family Nurse Practitioner Track, from Research College of Nursing in Kansas City.

Denise Sanders, MSN, APRN, BC, ACHPN

Nurse Practitioner

Denise has more than 20 years of nursing experience. She received her BS in Nursing at William Jewell College and her MS in Nursing at the University of Missouri, Kansas City. Denise joined us as a Nurse Practitioner in 2010. She holds certifications from ANCC as an Adult Nurse Practitioner and HPNA as an Advanced Certified Hospice & Palliative Nurse. In 2014, she was a March of Dimes Nurse of the Year Finalist in the Advanced Practice Nurse category.

Susan Thompson, BS, BSN, MSN, APRN

Susan is an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse on our Community-Based Palliative Care team. Susan has over seventeen years of experience in the medical field. She received her Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Friends University in Wichita, KS, and her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Research College of Nursing in Kansas City, MO. Susan also received her Master of Science, Family Nurse Practitioner degree from Maryville University in St. Louis, MO.

Tammi Watkins, MSN, APRN, CHPN, NP-C

Nurse Practitioner

Tammi joined us in 2017, having worked in the field of hospice and palliative care since 2000. She obtained her BS in Nursing from MidAmerica Nazarene University and her MS in Nursing from the University of Cincinnati. She also has a business degree from Baker University. Tammi received certifications from AANP as a board-certified Adult Nurse Practitioner and from HPNA as an Advanced Certified Hospice & Palliative Nurse.