The mission of Bellevue Primary Healthcare is to provide the highest quality of care and exceptional patient education in a friendly and compassionate manner to reach our goal: a happy, healthy you.


Kelli grew up in Bee, Nebraska. She started her nursing career at the age of 16 as a Certified Nursing Assistant. In 2003 she got her Associate’s Degree in Nursing from Southeast Community College in Lincoln. She worked for 11 years for BryanLGH Medical Center in Lincoln, Nebraska. There, she cared for a diverse patient population including oncology, urology, women’s health, alcohol detoxification, general surgery and inpatient hospice. She graduated in 2004 with her Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing from the University of Nebraska Medical Center. In 2011 she completed her graduate education at the University of Nebraska Medical Center and is Board Certified in Adult Health and Illness. Kelli sees patients ages 13 and older.

Kelli enjoys spending time with her husband and their four children. She loves to travel when they are able, and enjoys watching her children play sports and dance. 


Tara grew up in Springfield, Nebraska. She completed her studies to become a Medical Assistant in 2011. Tara started her career in a busy Internal Medicine practice in Bellevue and then worked at The Nebraska Medical Center from 2010-2014. There, she cared for patients in infectious disease, gastroenterology, and nephrology. Tara has been a Medical Assistant at Bellevue Primary Healthcare since 2014 and continues to grow in her role in phlebotomy, advanced cardiometabolic lab, and practice management. 


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Meg grew up in Omaha, Nebraska. She got her Bachelor's Degree in Health Sciences from Bellevue University. She then attended Capitol School of Hairstyling & Esthetics and got licensed as an Esthetician in 2014. Meg loves to help people find natural ways to heal their skin. Meg enjoys spending time with her family and traveling when she can. 


Doug Penington has been practicing as a nurse practitioner since 2003, completing his undergrad at NE Methodist College and his masters degree at University of NE Medical Center. He sought training in the medical field to bring his relaxed and comforting personality into the world of healing. Doug brings a wealth of knowledge to primary care from his earlier years of practice in a variety of specialties as a nurse and then as a nurse practitioner. As an RN, he worked in a diabetes unit at Bergan Mercy, and then transferred to Bryan LGH East to work in the cardiac ICU. As a NP, he has specialized in treating clients with many different autoimmune diseases and arthritis, to his more recent experience in infectious diseases and wound healing. With many years of specialty training, and seeing a variety of health problems where the immune system fails to keep one’s health maintained, he now focuses on restoring optimal health. This is achieved by focusing on root causes of problems, placing greater focus on issues that ultimately improve a person’s health while allowing opportunity to reduce the need for prescription medications. He uses advanced diagnostic tools while applying functional, ancestral, and natural medicine options, to move a person toward health and wellness. 

In addition, he has enjoyed working with people who are desiring greater health with bioidentical hormone replacement therapy and medical aesthetics using laser skin therapy and injectable products. These techniques help deliver greater feelings of health and vitality as well as improving confidence with looks and performance. 

Doug grew up in Nebraska and now resides in Elkhorn with his wife, Steph, of 22 years and his 2 boys. On days off, you can find Doug biking, jet-skiing, boating, and doing home improvement projects. You may also find him at an airport, staying current with his flying skills in general aviation. Together with Steph, they enjoy playing music together, cooking and teaching others about healthy eating and nutrition. 

Allison beninato, Medical Assistant

Allison is a Nebraska native. She has earned an Associate in Applied Science Health Information Management Systems. She is currently working towards acquiring her certification as a Physician Practice Manager and becoming a Registered Herbalist. She has been working in the medical field for 14 years. Her experience ranges from the front and back office through to medical staff. When she is not working she enjoys reading, playing games, and spending time with her family outdoors.


Antonia Vinson

Antonia is currently in charge of our Chronic Care Management Health Coaching Program. She is a non-Nebraska native who was brought to Nebraska by the military. Antonia has already accomplished earning an associate's degree in Psychology and recently, she completed her LPN. With all of those accomplishments, she is currently still in pursuit of her RN. What sparked Antonia's desire to pursue a career in medicine is her love and passion to help people. She loves spending time with her 3 children and traveling any time she can!