FCHS Providers

FCHS Providers

FCHS has a full-time Physician Assistant - Certified (PA-C), who see patients at Zimmer Medical Clinic, as well as patients within the hospital and emergency room. Our team is dedicated to caring for you and your family, through all stages of life, and are here for you whenever you need us. We are committed to being your healthcare provider of choice.

Michael Karel
Michael Karel, PA-C

Michael Karel, PA-C received his undergraduate from University of Nebraska – Lincoln and then went on to obtain his PA-C by graduating from Union College in Lincoln, Nebraska.

Michael brings over 16 years as a PA-C both in outpatient and inpatient services. His years of service will be a valuable resource for FCHS and the surrounding communities. Michael is on site most week days.

Sara Hlad, PA-C
Sara Hlad, PA-C

Sara Hlad, PA-C, joined the FCHS family in June of 2020. She serves as an emergency room, clinic, and inpatient provider. She has worked in the healthcare industry for over a decade now. 

Sara is from a rural farming community near Barnard, Kansas. She worked at the Lincoln County Hospital and Medical Clinic in Lincoln, Kansas as a full time clinic, emergency room, and inpatient hospital provider from 2009 until 2016. When her youngest daughter was born in 2016, Sara continued to work as an emergency room provider at Lincoln County Hospital as well as multiple hospitals throughout Kansas.

She received her Bachelors Degree in Biology from Bethany College in Lindsborg, Kansas in 2007. Sara then went on to obtain her Masters in Physician Assistant from Wichita State University in 2009.

Sara resides near Salina, Kansas with her husband, Jeff, and their seven children. They are expecting twin girls in May.  Sara is on site at FCHS every other weekend, Thursday night through Monday morning.

Kai Englert
Kai Englert, PA-C

Kai Englert, PA-C earned a Master of Physician Assistant degree from Wichita State University, Wichita, KS in 2012 and was named to the Pi Alpha National Honor Society for Physician Assistants.  He completed Bachelor of Science degrees at Kansas State University in Agricultural Economics and Animal Science, graduating cum laude.

Kai is board certified by the NCCPA and is licensed in Nebraska, Kansas, and Iowa.  He is certified in ATLS, ACLS, PALS, and BLS.  He is a member of the AAPA, KAPA, SEMPA, and NRHA.  

Kai was raised on a farm in southwest Kansas where he attended high school. He worked as a PA at the Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine Center in Manhattan, KS for a year before transitioning into emergency medicine in 2013. He has been covering rural hospitals providing ER, inpatient and clinical services since that time. Kai also served as an officer in the Kansas Army National Guard for 10 years participating in a deployment to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. He has been working at Friend Community Healthcare System since October 2019. Kai's on site availability varies, as he serves several rural hospitals.

Kristi Keller, PharmD, RPh
Kristi Keller, PharmD, RPh

Kristi Keller, PharmD, RPh, serves as the Director of Pharmacy at FCHS. Kristi has worked in healthcare for 18 years, starting her pharmacuetical career as a pharmacy technician at Walmart while she was in college. She recieved her undergraduate degree in Pre-Pharmacy from Concordia University in Seward, NE, and then went on to obtain her Doctor of Pharmacy degree at the Unversity of Nebraska Medical Center. She has been a licenses pharmacist for 13 years.

Kristi has been at FCHS for four years now. She loves working at a small hospital, because she says her expertise is valued.  Her favorite part about working in healthcare is that she never stops learning new things, including how to further improve patient care and quality of life.

Outside of work, Kristi and her husband, Tim, have three young boys. Kristi's hobbies include traveling, reading, golfing with her husband, and playing with her sons. Kristi is on site at FCHS every weekday during normal business hours

Jeremy Svoboda, PT
Jeremy Svoboda, PT

Jeremy is a Nebraska native and a 2001 graduate of the UNMC Physical Therapy Education Program. He has over 15 years of experience and has been providing physical therapy services at Friend Community Healthcare System since 2011. During that time, Jeremy has greatly enjoyed working with and learning from the wonderful people in Friend and the surrounding communities.

Dr. Eric Daharsh, DO
Eric Daharsh, DO

After completing a Master’s in Biomedical Sciences Dr. Daharsh earned his four-year medical degree in Kansas City, Missouri followed by a three-year residency.  He is board certified in Family Medicine by the American Board of Family Medicine.  He is certified by the American College of Surgeons in Advanced Trauma and Life Support.  He is a Nebraska native with deep roots to the area.  He is a UNL alum and calls Nebraska home.  He has a busy general practice in Beatrice, NE and enjoys the challenges of rural medicine.  In his free time he enjoys spending time with his family and working on his many hobbies and projects.