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The Paragon Heart Group

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Our Staff

Through the collective effort of the following personnel, The Paragon Heart Group strives to make a measurable difference in the way healthcare is administered.

First and foremost, we hire "people" people; individuals with a genuine interest in their neighbors. You'll feel the warmth the moment you walk into our practice. It's not an attitude that we're compelled to put on at the start of each working day, it's who we are. We're truly committed to helping you achieve a better quality of life through a very personal approach.

We also realize that its the quality of our craft that will help you achieve immediate and long term goals. We have over 72 years of combined healthcare experience. Each staff member's life experiences and education completes an essential piece of the Paragon multidisciplinary approach to heart care. And we don't stop there. Our continued passion for being the best we can be is an assurance that you'll always receive the most up-to-date services and procedures. We're professionals and it shows.

Meet Our People

Fidelis O. Mkparu, MD, FACC
Driven, passionate and immeasurably human. Dr. Mkparu works hard at being a great doctor but even harder at being a great person. He soaks up life's experiences and his interactions with our patients in order to make tomorrow a better day. He completed his Cardiology fellowship at Harvard Medical School/Massachusetts General Hospital and was inducted into the Paul Dudley White Honor Society.

Christine Dickey, Nuclear Medicine Technologist/Office Manager
Christy is a healthcare veteran. Her professional education includes a degree as Nuclear Medicine Technologist. It's one that's served the Alliance area well as she's served our community for the past 28 years. She also wears another hat...one of Office Manager. With her dynamic personality and constant oversight, Christy ensures that the practice runs as efficiently as possible.

Shaunda Uphold, Front Office Coordinator
Shaunda brings a caring heart and a warm smile to the practice. From scheduling patient visits to greeting you when you call in, her proactive, helpful approach provides that special touch that Paragon is recognized for. Shaunda has 20 years of experience in the healthcare field.

Debra Anthony, Billing Administrator
Debra is a Certified Professional Coder who comes to us with over 25 years of experience in insurance billing, claims, and patient accounts. She currently holds a degree in Medical Coding. Her expertise with Medicare and Commercial Insurances insures that we have the most current information to share with our patients, and our claims are filed promptly and correctly. Because our patients are always our first priority, our patient accounts are handled with consideration and understanding.

Deanie Custer, Clerical Receptionist
Personality, honest, kind-hearted and eager to go the extra mile, that's Deanie. Her responsibilities are many but we appreciate her efforts in making our practice an oasis for both staff and patients. She has over 32 years of experience in the field.

Jessika Ferrell, Echocardiography Technologist
Jessika does all the 2D & 3D Echocardiograms here. She has 6 years experience in the field and is a registered Echo Technologist. Jessika is also wonderful at multitasking and helping her co-workers throughout the day.

Tiffany Walter, Certified Medical Technologist
Tiffany has 11 years experience in the medical field and assists the doctor with examinations, triaging patients, measuring vital signs, and managing medications for all the patients. She has a way of putting all the patients at ease.

Marla Whitmore, Bridget Rohr & Jamie Warren, Certified Medical Assistant
Our wonderful Certified Medical Assistants bring a loving and caring attitude to our patients. They also assists the doctor with examinations, triaging patients, taking vital signs, and managing medications for all the patients.