October 19, 2017

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Music and Medicine: How Medical Student Noah Kelm Went from Singer to Surgeon

As a third-year medical student, Noah Kelm is well on his way to becoming a doctor. Although Noah felt he was always meant to be in the medical field, it wasn’t the first dream he set out to achieve. Before becoming a medical student, he pursued his dreams of becoming a professional musician. Noah has [More]

Dr. Harley Pakola on His 30-Year Career as an Anesthesiologist with the Willmar Surgery Center

From the time the first Willmar Surgery Center’s doors opened in December of 1986, Anesthesiologist, Dr. Harley Pakola, has been on the surgical team. Now, 30 years later, the construction of the second-generation surgery center is underway. As Dr. Pakola prepares to transition to the new facility, he reflects on his career with ACMC and [More]

Making His Mark on Marshall: Dr. Steven Meister on Serving His Patients and the Marshall Community

From the Iron Range of Northern Minnesota to the beaches of Guam, ACMC’s Dr. Steven Meister has lived many places during his life. But when it came time to find a home for his family and medical practice, Dr. Meister knew there was no better place than Marshall, Minnesota. Now, after spending over a decade [More]

Gunjan Shah on Her Time as an Ambulatory Pharmacy Resident in Willmar

When most people think of a pharmacist, they picture someone behind a counter, filling prescriptions. However, pharmacy resident, Gunjan Shah, has helped broaden this definition, successfully bringing ambulatory pharmacy to ACMC and Cash Wise Pharmacy in Willmar. As the first resident of the program in Willmar, Gunjan faced unique challenges and achieved many milestones in the [More]

Grateful Heart: Alida Rampaart Reflects on Her Time at ACMC

In 1974, as a recent immigrant to the United States, Alida Rampaart took her first job with ACMC Health. Now, 43 years later, she will be retiring from the clinic but not without many fond memories and friends she has made along the way. Share in Alida’s journey, the changes she has seen, and what [More]

Medical Student Brooklyn Leitch and Her Path to Pediatrics

Growing up, Brooklyn Leitch wasn’t sure what she wanted to do for a career. What she did know was that she wanted to do something where she could care for children. In high school, when classmates were getting jobs at department stores or restaurants, Brooklyn spent her time babysitting. That’s what sparked the passion that [More]

Dr. Ryan Lussenden Shares His Passion for Weight Loss Surgery and its Many Benefits

The process of bariatric surgery begins far before a patient ever enters the operating room. With an emphasis on improving overall health, patients spend time with their surgeons, dietitians, and other team members to create a lifestyle centered on weight loss. These routines will accompany the physical changes occurring, helping the patient reach their weight [More]

Putting the Family in Family Medicine: Dr. Pietka’s Transition to Granite Falls

Cold winters and humid summers, the weather in Minnesota is something many of us dread; but for Dr. Magdalena Pietka it’s what makes her feel at home. Spending a majority of her life in Poland, Dr. Pietka and her husband moved to the United States 15 years ago after deciding they wanted to see the [More]

Jim Andresen Shares His Memories from 29 Years as a Physical Therapist with ACMC

After 29 years at ACMC, physical therapist Jim Andresen is hanging up his lab coat and taking his first step into retirement. As a beloved member of the ACMC physical therapy team, Jim will be greatly missed for his ability to provide professional care with a hint of humor.  During his time at the clinic, [More]

Finding His Fit: Dr. Nathanial Slinkard on Building an Orthopedic Practice in Willmar

If you ask Orthopedic Surgeon, Dr. Nathanial Slinkard where he saw himself after medical school, ACMC Health would be it. His checklist included finding a rural healthcare facility that offers high quality care for everyone from athletes to the elderly. At ACMC, he has found just that. With a focus on joint repair, total joint [More]