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1945 Scottsville Rd. Ste A-3 Bowling Green, KY 42104 Phone: 270.393.9393 Fax: 270.393.9383

About Us

First Choice Home Medical is locally owned and operated here in the Barren River District of south central Kentucky.


Thad F. Connally III CRT, President — Thad has over 30 years in the home medical equipment industry and 26 years as a Certified and Licensed Respiratory Therapist. Prior to starting First Choice Home Medical, he served as Vice President of Operations for CDS Home Care and later served as Vice President of Home Respiratory and Medical Equipment for Lifeline Home Medical. In addition to his vast health care experience in south central Kentucky, Thad is well known in the medical community for his outstanding customer service, honesty and attention to detail. Thad’s wife of 26 years, Pam, is a Primary Education Teacher with the Bowling Green City Schools. They have two children, Jarrod and Megan.

Email: thad.connally@firstchoicehomemedical.com

First Choice Home Medical
Certified Respiratory Therapist

Sandy Dollison, Director of Billing & Collections — Sandy has over 17 years of health care experiance. She graduated from Draughon's Junior College with a degree in Computer Information Technology. Prior to coming to First Choice Home Medical, Sandy worked for Hospice of Southern Kentucky for nine years. 

Email: sandy.dollison@firstchoicehomemedical.com

Sandy Dollison 
First Choice Home Medical
Director of Billing & Collections

Tonya Woods, CRT, Respiratory Therapist— Tonya has 21 years of respiratory experience. She graduated from Bowling Green Technical College as a CRT. Prior to coming to First Choice Home Medical, Tonya developed a wide range of business experience including owning her own business and previously working as a CRT. She has one daughter, Brittiany.

Email: tonya.woods@firstchoicehomemedical.com

Tonya Woods 
First Choice Home Medical
Certified Respiratory Therapist

Heather Minix, Intake Specialist/CSR— Scottsville native, Heather is all about family. She enjoys spending time with family and old friends and is raising her daughter, Madilyn in her hometown. Prior to coming to First Choice Home Medical, Heather spent 5 years working in medical facilities such as The Medical Center of Bowling Green and Cal Turner Rehab and Specialty. She has a passion for helping people and is excited to bring her knowledge to our team!

Email: heather.minix@firstchoicehomemedical.com

Heather Minix 
First Choice Home Medical
Intake Specialist/CSR

Stephanie Umek, Intake Specialist/CSR— Stephanie is a native of Joliet, Illinois, a south suburb of Chicago. She comes to First Choice with nine years of experience in retail and Durable Medical Equipment working for her family’s pharmacy in her home town. Prior to coming to First Choice Home Medical, Stephanie spent two seasons with the Bowling Green Hot Rods working in Production and Digital Media. She is excited to get back into the field that she grew up in and is very fortunate to have found a reliable company like First Choice Home Medical. In her spare time she is an avid Chicago sports fan and cheers on her Cubs, Bears, and Blackhawks.

Email: stephanie.umek@firstchoicehomemedical.com

Stephanie Umek 
First Choice Home Medical
Intake Specialist/CSR

Steven Grider, Equipment Technician — Originally from Indianapolis, Steve moved to Kentucky as a teenager and attended Metcalfe County High School. After graduating in 1986, Indianapolis called him back for the next 26 years. Prior to coming to First Choice Home Medical, Steve spent 5 years in Nashville at Vanderbilt One Hundred Oaks Clinic. He says he had the chance to meet several country music celebrities and collect both autographs and memories. But now being back home in Kentucky – close to family and old friends – makes Steve very happy to be part of the FCHM team.

Email: steven.grider@firstchoicehomemedical.com

Steven Grider
First Choice Home Medical
Service Technician

Mike Nerland, Equipment Technician/Home ModificationMike Nerland is originally from Williams, Iowa and a Veteran of the United States Navy. Prior to joining First Choice Home Medical, he served in the Navy for 22 years and retired in 2004 as a Chief Warrant Officer 3, serving onboard USS Carl Vinson and numerous other worldwide locations. Previously Mike had a local handyman business in Bowling Green. In his spare time, he enjoys woodworking, restoring “old stuff”, and tracing his family history. Mike, his wife, Kay and daughter, Erin returned to Kay’s hometown, Bowling Green in 2006.

Email: mike.nerland@firstchoicehomemedical.com

Mike Nerland 
First Choice Home Medical
Service Technician

Carl V. Fishburn, Equipment Technician — A Hoosier by birth, Carl grew up in Allen County and is a graduate of ACS High School. Prior to coming to First Choice Home Medical, Carl was an Equipment Technician with King Home Care for 3-1/2 years. Before joining the healthcare industry Carl spent over 20 years as a supervisor in the manufacturing world. 

Carl is an Associate Pastor at Bowling Green Praise and Worship. He is an all-around handyman in his spare time. He enjoys electrical work, playing the guitar and is an avid Bible reader. He and his wife, Judy have been married for 25 years. Their home also includes Peaches, the dog and Socks, the cat! 

Honest & trustworthy, Carl lives and works by the motto "I treat people as if I were in their shoes!"

Email: carl.fishburn@firstchoicehomemedical.com

Carl Fishburn
First Choice Home Medical
Service Technician