Newport Family Practice has been a part of the local community since 1949. Dr. Magill started in practice and was joined by Dr. James Orville Rumbaugh in the late 1950s. They practiced for decades at the office’s first location on the corner of 4th and Market Streets in Newport. Together, they provided the community with home visits, obstetrical and family care until Dr. Magill retired in 1985.
Drs Albert and Kathy Knouse joined Dr. Rumbaugh in 1995 and moved the practice to Red Hill in December of that year. Subsequently, Dr. Michelle Brenizer and Dr. Michael Thieblemont brought in their unique talents to the practice in 1998 and 1999 respectively.
With the continued growth of our community and practice, we expanded into our present location across the parking lot on Red Hill in 2014. Here we welcomed Lacie Sanderson in 2014 and Jillian Sterner in 2019 to our working family.
Dr. Albert B. Knouse, Jr. is a board-certified family practitioner. He graduated from Dickinson College in Carlisle with a BS in biology and then from Hahnemann University in Philadelphia with his MD. He then completed a three-year family practice residency in the US Army at Fort Belvoir, Virginia where he was selected as chief resident in his third year and selected as the “outstanding graduate resident” of his class.
After residency, Dr. Knouse served as teaching faculty for four years at Fort Belvoir and was honored to receive two teaching awards. He left the Army as a Major in 1995 to join Dr. Rumbaugh in Newport and is honored to carry on the tradition of employing and caring for the people of this community.
He is the grateful husband of “Dr. Kathy” and the proud father of their three children. For relaxation he enjoys exercising and working outdoors. Although still a work in progress, his greatest desire is to share the hope of Jesus with others.
Dr. Michelle Brenizer is a board-certified family physician. She graduated summa cum laude from IUP with a BS in biology and returned to her home community to attend PSU College of Medicine in Hershey, PA where she graduated in 1995 with highest honors. She completed her family practice residency at Williamsport, Pennsylvania in 1998 and served as chief resident during her third and final year.
To Dr. Brenizer, family medicine is more than her occupation. It is her calling. She has enjoyed residing in Perry County and serving the community on many levels including performing CDL physicals and being the school physician for Greenwood School District for over 20 years. Her specific interests in medicine include dermatology, gynecology, and helping to coordinate Newport Family Practice’s quality assurance programs.
On a weekly basis, she integrates interest of gardening, teaching Sunday school, and playing the violin and piano into her life. She joins her husband Philip as he pastors a local church. Her two adult daughters and their growing families are now giving her the opportunity to be a “Nana”.
Dr. Michael Thieblemont is originally from Long Island, New York. He attended medical school at Penn State University at the Hershey Medical Center. After graduation, he did an internship at Naval Hospital Charleston and completed his family medicine residency at Tripler Army Hospital in Honolulu. After practicing medicine in the Navy, he joined Newport Family Practice in 1999.
He enjoys the family oriented and supportive environment at Newport Family Practice and helping patients achieve their best health. He lives in the Harrisburg area with his wife, Sandra and two sons. His interests include cars, exercising, bicycling, traveling and spending time with family.
Kathleen J. Knouse, MD, FAAP
Born and raised in Pennsylvania, “Dr. Kathy” has practiced medicine in Newport since 1995. Her journey to become a board-certified pediatrician began at the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown where she graduated summa cum laude with a BS in biology. She then pursued her medical degree at Philadelphia’s Hahnemann (Drexel) University School of Medicine where she was honored with the award for the “outstanding care and management of the pediatric patient” at her graduation in 1988. Moved by her love of children, she served her residency training in pediatrics at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, DC, from 1988-1991, and while there, she was appointed as a fourth-year chief resident from 1991-1992. She continued on in a private pediatric practice in a suburb of Washington, DC, for three years until she joined what is now known as Newport Family Practice, PC, with her husband, “Dr Al.”
In her spare time Dr. Kathy enjoys being creative, walks in the woods with her husband Al and connecting with their three adult children.
Lacie Sanderson, PA-C
Lacie is a board-certified Physician Assistant. She graduated in 2010 from the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia with a Bachelor’s in Biology and a Science Teacher Certification. She completed her Master’s Degree in Health Sciences through the Lock Haven University Physician Assistant Program in 2013.
Lacie started her career in 2013 in Emergency Medicine and continues to work there per diem. She joined Newport Family Practice in 2014 where she strives to provide compassionate routine and acute care for patients across the lifespan.
Jillian Sterner, CRNP
Jillian was born and raised in Perry County and is a board-certified Nurse Practitioner. Jillian graduated in 2013 from Bloomsburg University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing. Thereafter, she worked for 6 years as an operating room nurse specializing in cardiothoracic surgery. In 2019 she achieved her Master’s Degree in Nursing from Penn State University and began her career as a Nurse Practitioner at Newport Family Practice.
In her spare time, Jillian is a fitness instructor, enjoys traveling and loves reading novels for book club.