children readingman and babyplant in handselderly man and son
Tulip Tree Family Health Care
123 N. McCreary Street
Ft. Branch, IN 47648

About Us

Our Mission

Tulip Tree Family Health Care is committed to improving the health of people by providing high quality, affordable services to all residents of the region, regardless of financial ability.

Tulip Tree Family Health Care provides primary health care, dental care, behavioral health, and other related services, including education, diagnosis and treatment through a community facility

Our Vision

Provide exceptional, accessible and affordable healthcare that improves the quality of life for our patients and the wellbeing of our community.

Our Values

Respect, Understanding, & Compassion.  Every Patient, Every Employee, Every Person, Every Day.


Our Board of Directors

  • Steve Welp, President
  • Marla Scott, Vice President
  • Amy Ketzner, Secretary
  • Bill Pigman, Treasurer
  • ​Mary Thompson
  • Beth Barchet
  • Roman Ricker
  • Debra Ferguson 
  • Joyce Rodgers
  • Craig E Baker
  • George Ballard
  • Zuniga Kluesner
  • David Dearing
  • Patricia Williams
  • Nicholas Burns
  • Christie Boring

Our Leadership Team

  • Allison Williams, Executive Director

Allison became Executive Director of Tulip Tree in May 2018 after joining Tulip Tree in 2015 as Administrator.  Allison has many years of health management experience in both office and hospital settings. She is responsible for leading the clinic strategically and operationally in compliance with all applicable regulations. Allison reports to the Tulip Tree Family Health Care Board of Directors. 

  • Natalie Blaylock, Administrator

Natalie joined Tulip Tree in 2018 as Administrator. Natalie brings financial and operational experience to her work. She is a graduate of IU Kelley School of Business and is excited about moving to the non-profit sector. Natalie is responsible for day-to-day operation of the clinic and accounting/finance.

  • Maureen Shepherd, Development Director  

Maureen joined Tulip Tree Family Health Care in 2012 as Administrator which evolved into the Executive Director position in 2015.  As Maureen transitioned to semi-retirement, she moved into a part-time role focused on grants, fundraising and as a resource to the management team.  She has worked in healthcare and non-profit administration for over 30 years primarily in clinical management and program development. 

  • Suzanne Lane RN, Clinical Manager

Suzanne assumed responsibility for the clinical operations of the medical program in 2016.  Suzanne's prior experience is in hospital nurse management and quality improvement.  She manages Tulip Tree's clijnical team and provides support to the medicl providers.  Suzanne focuses on quality improvement goals and patient education.  

  • Carrie Conklin, Office Manager

Carrie has been with Tulip Tree Family Health Care since 2008 moving to a full time role in 2014.  Carrie has extensive experience in office operation and physician billing.  She is responsible for the front office team, billing and collections, provider credentialing and other key areas of back office operations.   

  • Skye Coomes, DHyg, Dental Program Manager

Skye began working as a Dental Hygienist at Tulip Tree in 2014.  In 2017 as our dental program expanded to five days a week and three dentists, Skye was promoted to the position of Dental Program Manager.  She carries this responsibilty on a part time basis while continuing as a dental hygienist. Skye manages the dental team and provides support for our dentists.  She is responsible for quality initiatives, patient satisfaction and day -to-day operations.

Our Providers

All our providers are fully licensed and individually credentialed in the many insurance plans accepted by Tulip Tree Family Health Care.  They are committed to providing compassionate, comprehensive care for their patients. 

Medical Provider Team:

  • Anne Butsch JD, MD 

Dr. Butsch joined Tulip Tree in October 2017. She is board certified in Family Practice and Holistic Medicine and Board Eligible in Acupuncture. Dr. Butsch has been a physician for over 15 years following a career as an attorney. She has worked in private medical practice and at ECHO Community Health in Evansville. Dr. Butsch practices medicine from a whole person perspective looking at an individual's overall physical, mental, spiritual, and emotional wellbeing as she prescribes treatment.

  • Mellisa Hall FNP-C

Mellisa joined Tulip Tree in 2005.  She has been a Nurse Practitioner for more than 20 years.  Mellisa works on a part-time basis in coordination with    her full time position as Chair of the Masters of Science in Nursing Program at USI.  She sees long-term patients as well as newer patients at Tulip Tree.

  • Lynn Hipsher FNP-C

Lynn joined Tulip Tree in December 2017 as a full time provider. After a long and varied career in nursing including private practice, hospital, and visiting nurse work primarily in the Mt. Carmel area, Lynn returned to school and obtained her Advance Practice Nursing degree from the University of Southern Indiana in July 2012. Since obtaining her FNP license, she has worked in private practice and a walk in clinic. She enjoys caring for patients of all ages. 

  • Ekta Rathee FNP-C

Ekta joined Tulip Tree in August 2017 as a part-time Nurse Practitioner.  She received her Advance Practice Nursing degree from the University of Southern Indiana in July 2015 and is currently pursuing her doctorate degree.  She is on the faculty of the Masters of Science in Nursing Program at USI. Ekta began her nursing career in 2003 and has worked in many clinical settings and with most disease conditions.  Most recently, she worked in primary care in North Dakota.  Ekta believes that compassion, great relationships, and excellent performance are paramount to be a successful practitioner.  

  • J. Christopher Sartore MD

Dr. Sartore has served as Tulip Tree’s Medical Director since 2012.  He does not see patients but works in collaboration with Tulip Tree's Nurse Practitioners.  He provides required chart review and is available for medical consultation on complex cases.  Medicaid patients select Dr. Sartore as their provider in order to be seen at Tulip Tree.

  • Bruce Brink Jr. DO

Dr. Brink serves as Assistant Medical Director.  He has a full time family practice in Princeton.  He has been involved with Tulip Tree since its beginning.

Dentist Team:

  • Naga Alapati DDS

Dr. Alapati joined Tulip Tree’s dental program as lead dentist in 2015.  She is a graduate of the New York University School of Dentistry.  Dr. Alapati enjoys working with dental patients of all ages and is committed to improving access to dental care in our community.

  • Ryan Kapp DMD

Dr. Kapp is a graduate of the University of Kentucky College of Dentistry.  Since July 2016, he works one day a week at Tulip Tree in addition to his regular dental practice in Newburgh Indiana.  His desire to provide quality care to the underserved comes from his experience working at a similar clinic during his dental school training.

  • David P Walters DDS

Dr. Walters retired from his full time practice in Princeton but still enjoys using his dentist skills.  He joined the Tulip Tree dental team late in 2016 so he can continue to give back to his community by providing dental care to those who have limited access.

Behavioral Health:

  • Ethel Elkins LCSW

Ethel joined Tulip Tree in 2013 when we opened our small behavioral health program to serve Tulip Tree patients.  She provides counseling services one day per week to individuals and families.  Ethel works full time at USI as a professor in the Health Services Program.  She is a graduate of USI School of Social Work.