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Petoskey Physician Takes Over as Planned Parenthood Medical Director

PETOSKEY, Michigan — The medical directorship at Planned Parenthood of West and Northern Michigan (PPWNM) recently changed hands, from one old friend to another. Now a Petoskey physician with more than 40 years of experience finds himself back in a familiar role.

Dr. Daniel VerBurg, MD, recently assumed the position as PPWNM medical director, overseeing the agency’s eight health centers, including locations in Petoskey and Traverse City. VerBurg takes over for Dr. Charles Newton, MD, who retired after eight years of service at PPWNM. The two physicians go way back, even serving their residencies together at the University of Michigan more than 40 years ago!

Dr. VerBurg has been a part of the Planned Parenthood family for decades, serving as medical director for Planned Parenthood Northern Michigan (PPNM) from 1982 until 2007. In 2007, the PPNM affiliate merged with Planned Parenthood Centers of West Michigan, where Dr. Newton was employed, to form PPWNM. Dr. Newton became medical director of PPWNM, and in 2011, Dr. VerBurg become the agency’s ultrasound director.

“I am excited to be serving as medical director for Planned Parenthood once again,” said Dr. VerBurg, “My core values for medical practice — people, excellence, results, and service — align well with the organization. Doctor Newton and I have similar training and background, so this transition has been essentially seamless.”

Dr. Newton retired from private practice as an OB/GYN in 2010 and relocated from Grand Rapids to Traverse City. He said it was time to pass the torch, “It’s much harder to keep up with the changes and trends in medicine when you are not actively practicing. I knew I had a great replacement in Doctor VerBurg, and I didn’t want him to get away, so it was time.”

Dr. VerBurg also remains in private gynecologic practice in Petoskey. Learn more at


Planned Parenthood of West and Northern Michigan (PPWNM) provides sexual health care and sexuality education services, and advocates for access to these services for everyone. PPWNM, an affiliate of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, operates health centers in eight Michigan cities – Big Rapids, Grand Rapids, Ionia, Marquette, Muskegon, Petoskey, Traverse City, and Wyoming – providing medical and education services to thousands of women, men, and teenagers each year. Log on, learn more: