Quality Care with a Personal Touch

Originally from Garland, TX, Dr. Newton completed her Internal Medicine Residency and Clinician-Teacher Fellowship training in Spokane, WA before moving to Linton, ND. She has experience treating patients in the hospital and outpatient clinic settings and is looking forward to the opportunity to provide this continuity of care to the people of Emmons County.

Medical Education:
University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio, San Antonio, TX
Spokane Internal Medicine Residency Program, Spokane, WA​

A native to Linton North Dakota, Abby began her work as a registered nurse in 2013 at Sanford Medical Center and then CHI St Alexius in Bismarck. She graduated from the University of Cincinnati in 2018 as an FNP.  For the last two years she has been working at Sanford Medical Center as Pain Management nurse practitioner. Abby is a full-time mom and loves to be with her family and friends. She is looking forward to providing care to a community she knows and loves.

Medical Education:
Bachelor of Science Nursing: Sanford/NDSU college of nursing
Master’s of Nursing and Family Practice: University of Cincinnati, Ohio

Jackie Grunefelder, FNP-C

After graduating, Jackie began working at the Linton Hospital as a Registered Nurse while working toward her Family Nurse Practitioner  degree. She started in 2005 as an FNP. Jackie is a full-time mother, grandmother, and farm wife. Jackie is also a Major in the North Dakota Army National Guard Medical Detachment of the Bismarck Unit.


Medical Education:

Bachelor of Science Nursing, Summa Cum Laude, University of Mary
Master’s of Nursing and Family Practice, University of Mary

A native of Martin, SD, Dr. Knecht has practiced medicine for 30 years in a private practice with the Veterans Administration. Dr. Knecht was previously affiliated with Jacobson Memorial Hospital in Elgin, ND. Dr. Knecht has worked as a doctor in many capacities in emergency room, clinic, hospital, and nursing home settings.


Medical Education:
South Dakota State University, Brookings, SD
Universidad Autonoma de Guadalajara, Guadalajara, Mexico
McKennan Hospital Internship, Sioux Falls, SD

Dr. Sarah Newton

Chief Medical Officer

Dr. John Knecht

Our Providers

Abby Renner, FNP

Ardy Biel, PA-C

Dr. John Knecht

Ardy Biel, PA-C

Dr. Sarah Newton - Chief Medical Officer

A native of Braddock, Alice most recently was employed by St. Alexius Medical Center as a hospitalist.

Medical Education:
Bachelor of Nursing, University of Mary
University of North Dakota Physician Assistant Certificate

Jackie Grunefelder, FNP-C

Alice Schatz, PA-C

A native of Zeeland, Ardy has been in the area since 1980. She resides in Java, SD with her husband Dan, and has been affiliated with the Linton Hospital since 1980. Ardy primarily works at the Campbell County Clinic in Herreid. Ardy has three children and two grandchildren. Ardy loves to walk, read, and be with family and friends.

Medical Education:
Bachelor of Science, Mary CollegePhysicians Assistant Program, University of North Dakota​​

Alice Schatz, PA-C

Abby Renner, FNP