Ripley County
Health Department Employees

Primary Line: 812-689-5751 

Nursing: 812-689-0506 

Onsite Sewage: 812-689-0507

 Vital Records: 812-689-0508

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David J. Welsh, MD
Ripley County Health Officer

Dr. David J. Welsh is the Ripley County Health Officer. Dr. Welsh is an independent practitioner at Margaret Mary Health specializing in Surgery. He went to school at the Indiana University School of Medicine, completed his residency at Good Samaritan Hospital in Cincinnati and is Certified with the American Board of Surgery. Dr. Welsh has served as the Ripley County Health Officer since his appointment in 1990.

Lexi Bushhorn
Administrator/ Maternal-Child Health/ Public Health Preparedness Coordinator

Lexi is the Administrator, Maternal-Child Health and Public Health Preparedness Coordinator for RCHD. She was raised in Ripley County where she attended Jac-Cen-Del schools. Lexi received her Bachelor's Degree in Health Service Management through Fairbanks School of Public Health at IUPUI. She started with RCHD during her Senior year of college as the Public Health Assistant where she started RCHD's Safe sleep program and helped create the Car Seat program for the county. Lexi says she loves serving the community in a positive way and promoting and protecting the health of Ripley County.


Candy Guenther, LPN
Public Health Nurse

Candy is the RCHD Public Health Nurse. She started working for the Health Department between her Junior and Senior year of High School inputting county Death Records. She then continued with RCHD doing pool and food inspections. She left for a short time where she attended Ivy Tech in both Madison and Richmond Indiana for nursing. She came back to RCHD in 2021 as our Public Health Nurse. Candy has a great desire to improve the health of the community and inform the public on Health practices and standards.

Erica Hicks
Clinic Assistant/ Medical CoAg Representative

Erica is the Clinic Assistant for RCHD. She handles the county Communicable Disease Statistics, TB Tests, Vaccination Records and administers Vaccinations for our Clinics. She is from Napoleon IN and attended Jac-Cen-Del in Ripley County. She currently attends Beckfield Nursing School while working for RCHD. She enjoys being social with the public and being able to relate with people to help guide and protect their health.


Traci Bauman, EHS
Chief Food Specialist

Traci is the RCHD Chief Food Specialist. She started with RCHD in 2003 as the Food Inspection Safety Officer assisting with Septic Systems and Environmental complaints. She now handles all Retail food inspections, Tattoo & Body Piercing Permits/Inspections, Environmental Housing Complaints and Animal Bites for the county. Traci grew up in Friendship and Dewberry Indiana and has lived in the Versailles area for 35 years. She earned her Associates Degree at ITT Tech in MIS and minored in accounting. 

Frankie Geary
Environmental Assistant/Harm Reduction

Frankie is the RCHD Public Health Assistant. She handles a variety of tasks including our counties Harm Reduction Program, and assists with Vital Records, Pool Inspections and Animal Bites. She grew up spending much of her free time with her Grandparents in Friendship IN, and after attending USI in Evansville she moved to Ripley County. Frankie has a heart for members of our community struggling with addiction and is motivated to work with various community partners on our counties Harm Reduction Program.

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Megan Meyers, EHS
Environmental Health Specialist-Sanitarian

Megan is the RCHD Environmental Health Specialist-Sanitarian. She takes care of septic inspections, housing complaints, water samples, and site surveys for new septic sites. Megan grew up and has lived in Dillsboro, IN her entire life. She went to the University of Cumberlands where she played softball and earned a Public Health Degree. She then went on to graduate school at the University of Cincinnati where she earned her Master's in Public Health with an emphasis in Epidemiology. Megan enjoys working with the public and assisting in improving the health of others.

Sara Bowling
CoAg Non-Medical Assistant

Sara is assisting with Ripley County School Needs and educating public health to students and staff. Sara grew up in Bedford, KY and has resided in the Bennington, IN area for the past 16 years. She is currently attending Jefferson Community College to attain her LPN. Sara enjoys working with the youth and has a desire to improve their health and to teach and guide them towards living a healthy life!

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Elisha Forwalt
Data Management Clerk

Elisha is assisting with Vital Records and answering phones. She grew up in Holton, IN and attended South Ripley Schools. She is the mother of two beautiful girls where they currently reside in Osgood, IN. She enjoys working with the public and seeing smiling faces everyday!