August 21, 2017

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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]

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]

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]

Teeing up for a Healthy Golf Season with ACMC’s Spring Golf Fitness Primer

With warmer weather on the way, golfers everywhere are anxious to get out on the golf course. But there’s no need to wait to prepare for this season’s first tee shot. “In this part of the country, golf often has a shorter season than other regions. For most northern golfers, the season stops when the [More]