Benrus Surgical Associates
WE PRIDE OURSELVES IN BEING PHYSICIAN LED AND PROFESSIONALLY MANAGED.
Appendicitis, biopsy, hernia repair, gallbladder disease & removal, skin cancer surgeries, including melanoma.
Breast cancer surgeries including fibrocystic disease, sentinel lymph node, and biopsy.
Colectomy, colon cancer & colon disease, anal fissure & anal fistula, GERD (gastroesophageal reflux).
Benrus Surgical Associates We specialize in general, breast and colorectal surgery, including appendicitis, biopsy, colectomy, colon cancer & colon disease, hernia repair, gallbladder disease & removal, anal fissure & anal fistula, GERD (gastroesophageal reflux), skin cancer surgeries, including melanoma, and breast cancer surgeries including fibrocystic disease, sentinel lymph node, and biopsy. Call for an appointment today.
MEET OUR DOCTORS
KENNETH HACKER MD, FACS
Originally from St. Louis, Dr. Hacker obtained his undergraduate and medical degrees from Creighton University in Omaha. He completed his general surgery residency at St. Luke’s Hospital-Kansas City. He is a board-certified general surgeon and a Fellow in the American College of Surgeons. He has been with the group since 1996. He performs all aspects of general surgery including laparoscopic surgery for gallbladder disease and reflux. He has a particular interest in complex hernia repair and often holds courses teaching surgeons various hernia repair techniques.
LAUREL YEAGER MD, FACS
Dr. Yeager is a board-certified general surgeon who has been with Benrus since 1999. She received her undergraduate degree from Eastern Illinois University in Charleston and her medical degree from Southern Illinois in Springfield. She completed her general surgery residency at the University of Wisconsin Hospitals in Madison, Wisconsin. She is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and a member of Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society and The American Society of Breast Surgeons. She lives in St. Charles with her husband, Kevin and their two children, Madison and Olivia. Her interests include breast surgery and general surgery.
JENNIFER ETLING MD, FACS
Dr. Etling is a board-certified general surgeon, who has been with Benrus Surgical Associates since January 2005. Dr. Etling received her undergraduate degree from Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana, and her medical degree from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. She completed her general surgery residency at the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics in Madison, Wisconsin. She is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society. She lives in St. Louis with her husband and four children, Taylor, Tommy, Addison and Avery. Her special interests include general and laparoscopic surgery.
JERAD MILLER MD, FACS, FASCRS
Originally from Omaha, Nebraska, Dr. Miller obtained his undergraduate degree from the University of Nebraska-Omaha. He obtained his medical degree from the University of Nebraska. He completed his general surgery residency at Mount Carmel Medical Center in Columbus, Ohio. He then obtained a fellowship in colon and rectal surgery from Grant Hospital in Columbus Ohio. He has been with the group since 2008 and is the only board-certified colorectal surgeon in St. Charles County. His areas of interest are colon and rectal surgery including both benign and malignant pathology. He is a Fellow in the American College of Surgeons as well as the American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons.
Melissa Franke, FNP-C
Melissa Franke, FNP-C is a board-certified Nurse Practitioner who began working with Benrus Surgical in 2018. She received her undergraduate degree in Biology at William Woods University in Fulton, Missouri and later attended the University of Missouri-Columbia for her bachelor’s in nursing. Melissa attended graduate school at Maryville University in St. Louis for her Family Nurse Practitioner. As a nurse practitioner, Melissa diagnoses and treats many issues presenting to our surgical clinic. She was raised in Idaho but has called Missouri her home since 2005. Melissa lives with her husband Johnathan and their three daughters, Tenley, Taylor, and Tessa.
Dr. Kurt A. Piening Jr.