September 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]

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]

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]

From the West Coast to Willmar: Dr. Katie Reigstad’s Road Back Home

It has been nearly 14 years since Dr. Katie Reigstad graduated from Willmar High School. Since leaving her hometown, Dr. Reigstad experienced California, Ohio, and Utah before deciding there really was no place like home. Now, with medical school behind her and a bright future ahead, Dr. Reigstad has returned to Willmar to move forward [More]

Family Medicine Physician Dr. Dave Danielson: Why He Loves the Redwood Falls Community He Cares For

From delivering babies to raising his own children, Dr. David Danielson appreciates the sense of family that Redwood Falls has to offer. As a Family Medicine physician at ACMC, Dr. Danielson embraces the opportunity to make a difference in his community and an impact on the patients that he serves. “It has been a joy [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]

Dr. Jayme Van Beek: DMU Medical Student to ACMC Family Medicine Physician

Dr. Jayme Van Beek has always loved being hands-on in whatever he was doing. It came in handy around the farm he grew up on in Iowa. Being hands-on was also what drew him to cars; in fact, he very briefly considered going into a career in autobody. Though he still loves cars, the path [More]