October 19, 2017

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Horses as Healers: Dr. Mary Vomacka on Her Passion for Psychiatry

As a psychiatrist, Dr. Mary Vomacka knows her role in patient’s lives often goes beyond the walls of her office. With a practice unlike others in the system, Dr. Vomacka combines medication management and therapy to help her patients reach milestones in mental health. She has also taken a keen interest in a therapy that [More]

From Teacher to Physician Assistant: Roxanne Schmiesing’s Journey to ACMC

The journey to becoming a physician assistant at ACMC for Roxanne Schmiesing was different from many others in her field. Beginning her career as a high school science teacher, Roxanne decided to take a new path, combining her passion for science, education and the well-being of others into a career in healthcare. As a child, Roxanne [More]

Dr. Joe Willett on 25 Years as an Internal Medicine Physician at ACMC-Marshall

Dr. Joe Willett can hardly remember a time when he wasn’t interested in medicine. One of his first jobs in high school was as a hospital patient aide. He often jokes that his role as a patient aide was really that of a glorified hospital orderly. When he graduated from high school, he went to [More]

Otolaryngologists (ENTs) Enjoy Best of Both Worlds at ACMC

Both Dr. Jonathan Mellema and Dr. Jennifer Pesola, two Affiliated Community Medical Centers (ACMC) ear, nose and throat specialists (ENTs), started their careers with general practice in mind. Both, however, were drawn to the challenges of the operating room. During their residencies, each discovered a specialty that allowed them to pursue their two passions at once—ENT [More]

Breaking Barriers: Medical Student Brings Fitness to Somali Women

In an empty classroom at a repurposed elementary school building in Willmar, Minnesota, third-year medical student, Robin Sautter, created a place where Somali women could exercise in a setting that met their cultural and physical activity needs. In the transition from their home country, Somali refugee women often had to alter their active lifestyles when entering a westernized [More]

From West Africa to Western Minnesota: ACMC Attracts Global Talent

A small-town clinic in the heart of rural Minnesota must be doing something right if it can attract top-level physicians from around the world. Considering the average low temperature hovers around zero in the winter, it’s even more impressive to hear the story of Dr. Laamy Tiadjeri, one of Affiliated Community Medical Centers’ (ACMC) newest [More]

Drs. Michael and Noelle Lee: Love Thy Neighborhood

When Drs. Michael and Noelle Lee moved from Pennsylvania to Minneapolis three years ago for Michael’s hand surgery fellowship, they moved into a 550-squarefoot apartment, where many of their neighbors were Somali immigrants. “I was home alone with a baby,” says Dr. Noelle Lee, a family physician, “and so were a lot of our neighbors, [More]

ACMC-Granite Falls Dr. Darrell Carter and ACMC-Benson Nurse Linda Gallagher Bringing Patient Care to Mexico

Nearly 20 years ago ACMC-Granite Falls family medicine physician Dr. Darrell Carter took his family on a tropical winter getaway. Over the next several years he and his wife—and sometimes his family—traveled to Acapulco, Cancun and Puerto Vallarta.  After a few trips to Puerta Vallarta, Dr. Carter and his wife Hazel wanted to find a [More]

Traveling, Medicine and Third-Year Medical Student Molly Manthe

Whether it’s a cross-country trip or a trip overseas, Molly Manthe has always loved traveling.   As a third-year Des Moines University medical student, Molly is spending the school year on rotation at ACMC in Willmar. Although with her busy medical student schedule, it’s been impossible to pack up and hit the road lately—other than a [More]

Dr. David Newcomer Looks Back on His Time as ACMC’s Chief Medical Officer

It’s been nine years since ACMC internal medicine physician Dr. David Newcomer became chief medical officer (CMO) of ACMC. When he was first approached about taking on the role of CMO, he said no. Twice. Though he was very interested in being a part of the leadership one day, he wasn’t sure he was ready [More]