Meet Our Staff

Professional surgeon providing quality care in Lincoln

If you're looking for quality care from a professional surgeon, you've come to the right place. At Surgical Care PC, we are committed to reducing the complexity of your health care concerns. Feel free to review the biographies of our qualified, trusted medical staff below and give us a call at 402-476-6626 with any questions you may have.
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Rick Windle, MD Surgeon

Born and raised in Lincoln, Nebraska, Dr. Windle and his family returned to Lincoln because of the people of Nebraska and the excellent schools. His education includes a degree in engineering achieved before medical school. He has been practicing in Lincoln since 1981. His wife, Susie, has a Masters in Social Work and consults with children and families through her practice, Kids Are For Keeps. They have two sons, Jesse and Bub. Family time is his #1 hobby. 

Dr. Windle has made use of his degree in mechanical engineering by embracing new technology that benefits our patients. This commitment to technology and its advantages for patients, started with the use of lasers in surgery. Dr. Windle has been a faculty member of Surgical Laser Technologies teaching other surgeons as well as presenting at the American Society of Laser Medicine and Surgery, of which he was a longstanding member. Additionally, with the advent of laparoscopic or band aid surgery, he has worked with the pioneers of this technology, traveling across the United States to collaboratively hone his own skills and teach others. Furthermore, he has served on the advisory board for Stryker Systems, a major developer and manufacturer of laparoscopic equipment. Looking to other new technologies, Dr. Windle is trained in the lap band weight loss operation and is now developing robotic surgical skills. He does single incision gallbladder removal. His expertise in breast surgery earned him a place on the faculty of Ethicon Endo Surgery, where he teaches other surgeons to use the ultrasonic scalpel. He was the first surgeon in Nebraska to certify in breast ultrasound and has re-certified this skill with American Society of Breast Surgeons. In addition, he is the founder and director of the Comprehensive Breast Care Center, which serves Lincoln and SE Nebraska. At the Comprehensive Breast Care Center, he introduced the ATEC system. The ATEC system is a very easy way to remove breast problems seen on ultrasound under local anesthesia in just minutes through a 1/8th inch incision.
Portrait of Dr RIck Windle

Rick Fermelia, MD, FACS

Dr. Rick Fermelia joins Dr. Rick Windle in Lincoln from Wyoming.  Dr. Fermelia was born and raised in Wyoming and after training , returned to practice in his home state after residency.  Now he joins with Dr. Rick Windle in Lincoln at Surgical Care PC with 23 years of experience in General Surgery. 

Education and Training:
Dr. Fermelia received his undergraduate training at the University of Wyoming and medical degree from the University of Utah.  He completed his general surgery  residency at the University of Texas Southwestern (better know as Parkland Hospital) in Dallas, TX.

Clinical History and Interests:
Dr. Fermelia is board certified in General Surgery, a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, and is a Fellow of the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric  Surgery.
Dr. Fermelia's primary interest is in complex abdominal laparoscopic surgery.  His interests and expertise include laparoscopic anti-reflux, stomach and small bowel (including feeding tubes), gallbladder, spleen, colorectal, and both inguinal and abdominal wall hernia surgery.
Dr. Fermelia practiced vascular surgery for 10 years before developing a comprehensive laparoscopic bariatric program.  Bothe Dr. Fermelia and the program he developed had a "Centers of Excellence" verification initially from the American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery and then ultimately from the MSAQIP national centers / surgeon of excellence programs.  Post surgical bariatric patients are welcome in Dr. Fermelia's practice for behavior optimization and Lap Band fills.  Dr. Fermelia practiced in Trauma and Acute Care Surgery and served as the trauma medical director for 16 years.
Dr. Fermelia is married to Shannon (26 years), who is an attorney and has two children, Lex (15) and Sadie (19).  Dr. Fermelia enjoys swimming, golf, watching sports, playing music, boating, snow skiing and especially spending time with his family.

Kelly Fields, ARPN

Kelly is a Nurse Practitioner who is available Monday-Thursday 8:30-4:30 and Friday 8:30-4:00 to answer medical questions or for evening emergency needs. Kelly was born in Ohio but has lived in Lincoln since 1974. She completed her nursing studies in 1987 and practiced as a surgical nurse on the general/cardiovascular unit at BryanLGH Medical Center East for 11 years while completing a bachelor and master's degree. She completed her masters degree in nursing in 1997 and joined Dr. Windle at Surgical Care, PC as a Nurse Practitioner. Our patients know that Kelly is available and accessible to answer their medical questions at 402-476-6626.

Macy Thelen, LSFA

Macy is a Licensed  Surgical First Assistant who was born and raised in Nebraska. She completed her Associates of Science degree at Southeast Community College. She then took a job with Saint Elizabeth Regional Medical Hospital in 2003. For ten years, she worked along side Dr. Windle as his “A Team” in the operating room. In 2013, she joined Surgical Care PC where she works in the office as well as in the operating room. Macy is an expert in helping you to schedule your surgery, including pre-authorizations with insurance companies.

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