June 23, 2018

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The Science Behind Sleep: Neurologist Dr. Eric Hernandez on His Passion for Sleep Medicine

Like many children growing up, Dr. Eric Hernandez always wanted to be like his father. As the son of a physician, Dr. Hernandez did follow in his father’s footsteps and learned that it was more than the job title that guided him. “Watching my dad in his role as a physician, my perception of what [More]

Best Foot Forward: Dr. Mark Johnston on Practicing Podiatry

When podiatrist Dr. Mark Johnston decided to go into the medical field, he imagined himself in the classroom instead of an operating room. That’s why, after completing his residency at the University of Texas, he decided to work in the collegiate setting. However, after four years at the University of Texas, Dr. Johnston realized there [More]

Putting Patients First: Dr. Cindy Firkins Smith on the Importance of Rural Health Care

From the editor of her school newspaper, to physician, to health system CEO, Dr. Cindy Firkins Smith never imagined she would have the career she does today. Growing up, she didn’t dream of becoming a doctor as many physicians do. Instead, with a passion for literature and languages, Dr. Smith had ambitions to pursue a [More]

Virtual Visits Available for ACMC Patients

It’s 8:00 am. Amy was coughing throughout the night and her throat is sore. She would like to stop by the clinic but with two little ones at home, it’s difficult to find a babysitter. Allison is on the road for work and her eye is irritated. She thinks it might be pink eye, but [More]

How Mission Work Strengthened My Practice: Dr. Unger’s Reflection on His Mission Trips to Haiti

“Medicine is a calling and a privilege, mission work is a reminder of that. It helps me remember why I do what I do every day.”  –Dr. Unger For ACMC Health urologist, Dr. Kevin Unger, mission work has been an integral part of his medical career for the past seven years. In 2017, he completed [More]

Vanishing Veins: Dr. Katie Reigstad on Providing a Surgical Solution for Varicose Veins

Varicose veins aren’t pretty but for many of us, they’re a fact of life. Those unsightly blue veins are more common than you may have realized, with nearly 1/3 of Americans developing them throughout their lives. Unfortunately, varicose veins can be more than just a cosmetic concern. Extreme pain, swelling, itching, and achy legs have [More]

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]