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Wah-Zha-Zhi Health Center hires two new physicians

Photo caption: Dr. Trudy Milner and Dr. David Ross have joined the staff of the Wah-Zha-Zhi Health Center. Courtesy Photo

The Wah-Zha-Zhi Health Center has hired two new physicians.

Dr. Trudy Milner, DO, will join the medical staff as a family medicine practitioner and Dr. David Ross, Cherokee, will join the staff to provide psychiatric services at the clinic.

“Quality and accessibility of services is our top priority,” said Dr. Ronald Shaw, CEO of the health center. “We continue to analyze and assess the needs of our patients and the communities we serve. Dr. Milner and Dr. Ross bring not only medical intelligence but patient compassion to our comprehensive health center and we’re excited to have them on board.”

The Wah-Zha-Zhi Health Center is located in Pawhuska on the Osage Nation campus and provides services to all eligible Native Americans residing within the Osage Nation Reservation, Kay, Grant, Noble, Payne and Garfield counties.

The center provides services that include a proactive and forward-thinking administration as well as a medical clinic, nursing clinic, pharmacy, laboratory, radiology, mammography, optometry clinic, dental clinic, purchased referred care, behavioral health clinic and diabetes clinic.

Milner began her career as a nurse, then applied her skills overseas in a U.S. Army hospital and in the classroom educating other aspiring nurses, according to an Osage Nation press release. She earned her Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree from the Oklahoma State University College of Osteopathic Medicine. She completed her internship at Tulsa Regional Medical Center and her family medicine residency at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine in Tulsa.

She then began a solid family practice where her devoted patients sought out her experience, or perhaps arguably her tenderness, according to the release. In 2001, she graduated from the American Osteopathic Association Osteopathic Heritage Health Policy Fellowship. She served on a variety of medical societies and associations Tulsa Osteopathic Medical Society as President in 2002-2003 and 2004-2005, the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians Oklahoma Society as president in 2005-2006 and the Oklahoma Osteopathic Association as president in 2007-2008.

Ross received his undergraduate degree from Oklahoma State University and his medical degree from the University of Oklahoma. His residency in psychiatry was at OU in Tulsa. He is board certified in psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.

The 9,371 square-foot facility employs approximately 70 full-time staff, has a current total of 19,971 patient charts, offers a drive-thru pharmacy, pharmacy direct mail program and extended hours, and is projected to have 50,000 patient visits this year.

For more information about the Health Center, visit https://www.osagenation-nsn.gov/what-we-do/wah-zha-zhi-health-center.