Our Providers

A recent survey showed that the average time US doctors allowed their patients to talk before interrupting them was 17 seconds! Our goal is to listen fully to your concerns and to work together with you to design a comprehensive assessment of your health needs as a road map to help you navigate through health problems with a new understanding and perspective. We want to help you gain the understanding that will allow you, not only to understand and address the causes of disease and ill health but know what to do to return to your optimal health.

Dr. Singh

Dr. Abhinav Singh, MD

Abhinav Singh, MD is the Medical Director at Health Care Solutions. Dr. Abhinav Singh is a highly respected physician with a distinguished career spanning over two decades. With extensive expertise in hospital medicine, he has served as the Physician – Hospitalist Program Director at Lincoln County Medical Center under Presbyterian Healthcare Services since August 2013. Dr. Singh has also held numerous locum physician assignments at various medical centers, including Sandoval Regional Medical Center, Gila Regional Medical Center, UNM Hospital, and Memorial Medical Center. 

Before his current position, Dr. Singh worked as a Physician – Hospitalist Program Director at Eastern New Mexico Medical Center, Roswell, NM, and Carlsbad Medical Center, Carlsbad, NM. He also served as the Chief of the Department of Medicine at both medical centers. Dr. Singh has completed his residency training in 2007 from St. Barnabas Hospital System in New York, affiliated with Weil Cornell School of Medicine. In addition to his clinical work, Dr. Singh has also been involved in teaching and research activities. He taught ACLS Training Course and ECG during his Residency training. He is Board Certified in Internal Medicine. 

Dr. Singh's outstanding medical qualifications, extensive experience, and dedication to patient care have earned him a reputation as one of the most respected physicians in his field. He is highly sought after for his expertise and leadership in medicine and is committed to delivering the highest standard of care to his patients. 

Dr. Singh has made New Mexico his home since completing his residency. He is accompanied by his wife Monika as the practice administrator.

Jay Wedel, PA-C, MPAS

Jay Wedel is a board certified physician assistant. He practiced in Kansas for 22 years prior to coming to New Mexico. He received his bachelors degree in biology in 1992 from Goshen College in Indiana. He received his PA degree from Wichita State University in 1995 and his Master's degree in PA studies from the University of Nebraska School of Medicine in Omaha, NE in 1999. He and his wife Jia live in Las Cruces and are thrilled to live and work in this community. With many years of experience Jay is well liked by his patients and well respected by his colleagues. 

S. Erik Vinge, M.D.

Stephen “Erik” Vinge, MD, is a graduate of The University of Colorado Medical School (1997). He did his Family Medicine residency at the Southern New Mexico Family Practice Residency. He is board certified in Family Medicine.

Dr. Vinge has been practicing in the Las Cruces area since 1998 when he began his postgraduate training. He graduated from the residency in 2000. He likes living in Las Cruces and considers it home. Areas of interest in medicine include: sports medicine, medical education, urgent care, community health and border health. Vinge is a Colonel in the National Guard, having joined in 2005. He has been on four deployments to Iraq and Kuwait, and served as NM Army National Guard State Surgeon from 2012 until 2018. During his deployments and military training, he has learned a lot of trauma skills.

Outside interests include: biking, swimming, hiking, throwing pottery, and travel. For him fluency in foreign languages is a moving target always two steps ahead, since fluency is never attainable he admits to being highly functional in both Spanish and Japanese.

Barbara A. Cadena, M.D.

Barbara A. Cadena, MD is a graduate of The University of New Mexico School of Medicine (2008). She completed her residency in community and family medicine at The University of California, Davis School of Medicine (2011). Since returning home to New Mexico she has served as a family physician to the underserved and migrant communities. Dr. Cadena is passionate about providing comprehensive primary care which is culturally competent, patient centered, and compassionate.

Dr. Cadena's interests in medicine include obesity prevention, mental health, and blending allopathic (Western Medicine) with complementary approaches including nutrition and local herbal remedies. Her belief is that each patient has the inner wisdom to start their healing journey.

Dr. Cadena is the youngest of eight children raised in Mesilla, New Mexico and is very excited to continue her practice in her home town.

Melanie Gantner

Melanie Gantner, PA

Melanie Gantner is a board certified Physician Assistant and has been practicing in Las Cruces for 18 years. She graduated from University of New Mexico with bachelor's degree in 1996 and went onto PA school where she finished with her Master's of Science from University of St Francis in 2004.  Originally from Wisconsin, she considers Las Cruces and southern NM home.  She values her patients, their time, and strives to find solutions to medical conditions while incorporating a healthy lifestyle.  Melanie is passionate about women's health, weight management, mental health, pediatrics, gastroenterology, and many other chronic conditions. She approaches her patients as a guide, giving them necessary tools and options for reaching their best health and well-being. She enjoys spending time with family, traveling, gardening, and cooking world cuisine. 

Chantal Savage, NP

Chantal is a highly educated nurse practitioner with a passion for patient care. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Biology, with minors in Chemistry and Biochemistry, from New Mexico State University in 2013, and was an active member of the Pre-Med Health Club.

Chantal went on to earn a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from New Mexico State University in 2017, and was a member of the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing and Student Nursing Association. She has obtained her Doctoral Nurse Practitioner degree in Family Practice in the fall of 2022, and has maintained a 4.0 GPA throughout her studies. Apart from her academics, Chantal has experience in emergency, flight, and adult intensive care medicine, as a registered nurse and medic.

Chantal joined the Army National Guard in 2007 as a combat medic, in 2019 she was commissioned as a nurse, and is now serving in the Army reserves. Chantal's number one priority is patient based care and advocating for her patient populations. Chantal was born and raised in Las Cruces and looks forward to caring for its residents and their loved ones.

Zack Wills, FNP-BC

Zack Wills is a Family Nurse Practitioner who comes to us from Las Cruces, NM by way of Northern California. Zack moved to Las Cruces to start college at NMSU where he received his Bachelor's of Science degree in Nursing where he graduated with honors. He worked in just about every location at Memorial Medical Center from the NICU/PICU to the ER where he called home most of the time. He has gone on many medical excursions including his most proud venture when he went to the Houston Area after Hurricane Harvey to provide medical care to displaced citizens of all ages. After working for a few years as a nurse he went back to school at UTEP through their Family Nurse Practitioner program where he graduated and began practicing Emergency Medicine shortly thereafter. He is no stranger to Healthcare Solutions where he did a bulk of his clinical rotations with Jay Wedel, a longstanding PA at our clinic. Zack enjoys doing activities with his family as well as playing golf. Often. 

If you are one of Zack's patients you have most definitely heard him tell you his practice mantra, "My job is first of all to assist you in preventing any disease process that could come your way by optimizing your baseline health, and finding any disease process as early as possible to ensure the best treatment."


   Our Founder: 

   Stefan Schaefer, M.D., F.A.A.F.P.

    With many years of experience, Dr Stefan Schaefer began his medical training in Naturopathic medicine. He later attended medical school at the University of New Mexico, graduating cum laude. Since residency training in community and family medicine he has practiced throughout the state of New Mexico. He is a diplomat of the American Board of Holistic Medicine and has a fellowship with the Institute of Functional Medicine. He lives in Las Cruces, New Mexico. His philosophy of care is to serve as a guide to his patients, providing them with all the information and tools they need to obtain their optimal health. He established Health Care Solutions in 2002. He has retired from active medical practice as of July 2022 but remains a guiding force to Health Care Solutions. 

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