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Lake Regional Orthopedics Welcomes Beckner, Pelinksi

Monday, April 25, 2022

Lake Regional Health System announces Kathy Beckner, PA-C, and Erica Pelinski, PA-C, have joined Lake Regional Orthopedics. They will provide orthopedic care to patients at Lake Regional Specialty Clinic – Lebanon, 128 E. Commercial St.

“We are pleased to welcome Kathy and Erica to Lake Regional Orthopedics,” said John Appleby, director of Lake Regional Orthopedic Services. “They are dedicated caregivers and trusted teammates who will help us provide orthopedic care to more people in our area.”

Kathy Beckner, PA-C Kathy Beckner, PA-C

Meet Kathy Beckner, PA-C

Originally from Carl Junction, Missouri, Beckner has provided orthopedic care since 2002.

“The thing I find most rewarding about medicine, particularly orthopedics, is helping patients return to an improved level of function and their daily activities,” she said. “I also greatly enjoy getting to know my patients. I take time to explain all their treatment options to them so they can make an informed decision on their care.”

Beckner earned her Bachelor of Science, Physician Assistant Studies from Des Moines University Medical Center in Iowa. For the last 20 years, she served as a physician assistant at Mercy Orthopedics in Lebanon, Missouri, with Curtis Mather, D.O., and Jeffrey Mutchler, D.O., who joined Lake Regional Orthopedics earlier this year.

In her free time, Beckner enjoys spending time with her husband, Jaon, and their four children, all of whom are involved in sports.

Erica Pelinski, PA-C Erica Pelinski, PA-C

Meet Erica Pelinski, PA-C

Before joining Lake Regional, Pelinski cared for orthopedic patients at Mercy Orthopedics in Lebanon and at General Leonard Wood Army Community Hospital at Fort Leonard Wood. Pelinski is a member of the United States Army National Guard and serves as a medical officer.

“I’ve always had a drive to help people, and I like to know how things work and why they stop working,” she said. “Since we only have one body, I wanted to know how to best care for it and keep it functional for as long as possible. It is extremely rewarding to help someone regain function and get back to a normal life.”

Pelinski and her husband, Sean Naquin, welcomed their first child, a daughter, in 2021. They enjoy hiking, kayaking and exploring the lake area.

Lake Regional Orthopedics

Lake Regional Orthopedics has six orthopedic surgeons: Scott Hofer, D.O.; Jeff Jones, D.O; Curtis Mather, D.O.; Ryan Morris, D.O.; Jeffrey Mutchler, D.O.; and Eric Varboncouer, M.D. Lake Regional’s orthopedics team also includes a foot and ankle surgeon, Cody Fox, DPM, FACFAS; and five physician assistants, Kathy Beckner, PA-C; Gina Fasano, PA-C; Erica Pelinski, PA-C; Brandon Reeves, MPT, PA-C; and Brian Swanson, PA-C.

To schedule an appointment, call Lake Regional Orthopedics at 573.302.3990. To learn more about orthopedic care at Lake Regional, visit