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Executive Physical Team

Executive Health Physicians

Phyllis Byrd, MD

Dr. Byrd graduated from the University of Nebraska Medical Center and completed her residency in Family Practice at Sioux City Family Practice with an internship at John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth, Texas. She is boarded in Family Practice and currently works for Midwest Regional Health Services in Omaha, Neb. Dr. Byrd is a member of the American Academy of Family Practice and Nebraska Academy of Family Practice. Dr. Byrd practiced in Norfolk, Broken Bow and Sargent, Neb., prior to coming to Omaha.

Brian Elliott, MD

Dr. Elliott is a full-time emergency physician with The Physician Network, a Catholic Health Initiatives, state-wide network of physicians and five hospitals. Dr. Elliott is board certified in Family Practice and Emergency Medicine. He is a fellow in the American College of Emergency Medicine and has earned a certificate of added qualifications from the American Board of Family Practice in Sports Medicine. He earned his bachelor of science and medical degrees from the University of Nebraska. He completed his residency at the University of Nebraska Affiliated Hospitals where he served as chief resident. He is a member of the Nebraska Medical Association, past-president of the Nebraska Chapter of the American College of Emergency Physicians, American Association of Physician Specialists and the Hall County Medical Association.

Jeffrey W. Hill, MD

Dr. Hill is the Associate Dean for Admissions and Student Affairs for the University of Nebraska College of Medicine. Dr. Hill attended the University of Nebraska earning a bachelor of science in Biology and a medical degree. He completed his residency in family practice at the Lincoln Family Practice Program. Dr. Hill is board certified in Family Medicine and is a member of the American Medical Association and the American Academy of Family Practice. Dr. Hill has been a faculty member at the University of Nebraska Medical Center since 1984 where his practice strongly focuses on preventative medicine. He has held instructorships and served as medical director in Advanced Cardiac Life Support, Pediatric Advanced Life Support, Advanced Life Support Obstetrics and Advanced Trauma Life Support.

James McClay, MD

Dr. McClay is an associate professor for the Department of Emergency Medicine at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. Dr. McClay attended the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, earning a bachelor of science in Biophysics with honors. He earned his medical degree at Wayne State University in Detroit, Mich. and completed his master’s degree in Bioengineering at the University of Michigan. His residency program in general surgery was at St. John Hospital in Detroit. Dr. McClay has performed extensive research in Healthcare Informatics and has been a faculty member at UNMC since 2000.

Executive Health Nursing Staff

Rose Lauver, RN

Rose earned her nursing degree from St. Joe’s Mercy School of Nursing in Sioux City, IA, in 1975. Rose’s nursing career includes time in both inpatient and outpatient/ambulatory nursing. She joined Nebraska Medicine in 2006, where she has worked in several clinical areas. Rose is a certified builder for the Epic electronic health record system. Rose has been working in the Executive Physical clinic since 2012 and is a certified health coach. Additionally, she works in Nebraska Medicine’s Corporate and Community Relations department as a nurse case manager, where she assists patients and their families during a hospitalization.

Laura Strong, BA, BSN, RN

Laura earned her bachelor’s in nursing degree from Creighton University in 2012 and has been working in the Executive Physical clinic at Nebraska Medicine since 2015, where she is also a certified health coach. Laura also holds a bachelor’s degree in English from American Military University, a bachelor’s in General Studies from the University of Nebraska at Omaha, and associate’s degrees in Arabic and Behavioral Sciences. Additionally, Laura has plans to pursue an advanced practice nursing degree. She is a veteran of the United States Air Force, where she served four years as an Airborne Cryptologic Linguist specializing in Arabic languages.

Amy Steinauer, BSN, RN

Amy received her bachelor’s in nursing from the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) and has been with Nebraska Medicine since 1980, primarily working as a cardiac nurse. Amy’s current role in the Corporate and Community Relations Department is as a nurse case manager and certified health coach, where she helps patients and their families navigate during a hospitalization. She is currently pursuing her master’s degree in nursing leadership from UNMC. Amy serves on several nursing committees and sits on the Board of Directors at Bloomfield Forum, an independent living facility for the elderly.

Traci Hawk, BSN, RN

Traci earned her bachelor’s in nursing degree from the University of Nebraska Medical Center at Kearney in 1993. Traci’s background includes experience with both inpatient and outpatient/ambulatory nursing. She is a certified health coach and is passionate about helping her patients succeed in achieving their personal health goals. Traci also lends her nursing expertise to the Nebraska Children’s Home foster care review board. Traci has been working in the Executive Physical clinic at Nebraska Medicine since 2013.
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