Surgical Associates of Traverse City was established during the early 1970’s. During the early years of the practice it was comprised of three surgeons, T. N. Cline, MD, G. Edward Stokes, MD and Carl G. Benner, MD. The last of the early pioneers retired from surgery during the early 1990’s.

In 2018, we became Munson Healthcare Traverse General Surgery & Trauma Care.

Today, we are a team of nine general surgeons, including:  Roache J. Featherstone, MD, FACS; David M. Kam, MD, MS, FACS; Christopher LaFond, MD, MPH; Michael A. Nizzi, DO; Ashley N. Sachtleben, DO; Adrian S. Seah, MD; Steven E. Slikkers, MD, FACS; Joel A. Strehl, DO; and Richard N. Tooley, MD, FACS.


Our business philosophy focuses on meeting the needs of our patients and their families, while providing unequaled surgical expertise. Successfully resolving medical concerns in a professional and compassionate manner that exceeds our patients’ expectations is our primary concern. We strive to be exceptional in our responsiveness to the needs and concerns of our patients and their families.

Traverse General Surgery & Trauma Care has recognized the evident value of cooperative interaction among physicians when caring for patients. We have made it an essential part of our practice to keep the physicians that refer patients to our care informed of our recommendations for treatment. In addition, we value the collaborative effort and support of our .


As Traverse General Surgery & Trauma Care moves into the future, we look forward to growing our practice and continuing to use new technology in surgery in order to continue to provide the quality care and services that set us apart from the rest.