May 19, 2019

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Congratulations, Major Malecek!

Many people know Terri Malecek, as a Nurse Practitioner at our ACMC Clinic in Redwood Falls. In addition to her active medical practice, she’s also a busy mom of five kids and lives with her husband, Marty, on their family farm just outside of Redwood Falls. What many people don’t know about Terri is that [More]

When Your Young Child Has Acne

Abby was only 9 years old when she first started having issues with acne. Her mom, Liz, noticed the breakouts and bought some over-the-counter topical treatments for Abby to try, but they didn’t seem to work. That’s when they contacted Abby’s pediatrician and were referred to Dr. Leah Schammel in Dermatology. “Pediatric acne is becoming [More]

Nurse Practitioner Tanya Smith: Finding Her Work/Life Balance

If you live in the Willmar community, you may know the name Tanya Smith. However, how you know her may vary depending on who you are. For many, Tanya is a Nurse Practitioner in the clinic’s Internal Medicine department. For others, you know Tanya as the owner of Patina Marquet, a local craft and gift [More]

Player, Coach, Therapist: Ryan Hebrink on His Passion for Athletics

When it comes to sports, there is no bigger fanatic than Physical Therapist Ryan Hebrink. From playing baseball, to coaching football, to helping athletes at the Carris Health Clinic-Skylark Center, Ryan has found a way to keep his passion for athletics alive in all aspects of his life. When Ryan decided to become a physical [More]

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]

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]

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]