Cardiology Nurse Practitioner

Ailene Nielsen, MSN, APRN, is a nurse practitioner at Methodist Physicians Clinic Heart Consultants at Westroads Office Park. She earned her advanced degree from Clarkson College.

Nielsen chose a career in health care because she wanted to help others while being challenged. Cardiology provides her with a wide variety of experiences working with people with acute and chronic illnesses.

“It’s my hope that as a patient, you feel that your experience was positive, enjoyable and efficient,” said Nielsen, who is affectionately known as “Beanie” by those she cares for.

When she’s not working, Nielsen enjoys spending time with her family and friends. She loves sports, running, horses, swimming and boating. She also loves Great Danes and the Iowa Hawkeyes. Her favorite colors are black and gold.

Cardiology, Heart Failure

Dr. Lundgren is originally from Shenandoah, Iowa and is excited to serve the community where he grew up. He helps take care of a range of heart failure patients, from patients with preserved ejection fraction to those in cardiogenic shock or needing advanced heart failure therapies. Dr. Lundgren's clinic provides specialized care, surgical consultations and recommendations for treatment while keeping patients close to home.

Medical School
Des Moines University Osteopathic Medical Center, 2013
Internal Medicine, UNMC College of Medicine, 2016
Cardiovascular Disease, UNMC College of Medicine, 2019
Board Certifications
Advanced Heart Failure & Transplant Cardiology
Cardiovascular Disease
Cardiovascular Disease, Interventional Cardiology

Dr. Akkad graduated medical school from University of Aleppo in 1990. He completed a residency in internal medicine in 1996 and fellowships in critical care, cardiology, and interventional cardiology finishing in 2002.

Dr. Akkad has been servicing the surrounding area through SMC for over 10 years. Dr. Akkad’s primary clinic is at Nebraska Medicine. Services include: aortic conditions, heart attack, heart failure, heart imaging services, heart valve care, high blood pressure, minimally invasive services, mitral valve regurgitation, pulmonary hypertension and vascular care.

1 Jack Foster Drive

Shenandoah, IA 51601


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Clinic Hours

Monday-Friday: 7-5:00pm

Walk-In Clinic Hours

Monday-Friday: 7-6:30pm Saturday-Sunday: 9-12:30pm