January 20, 2019

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Meet Dr. Ryan Davis, ACMC-Willmar Family Medicine

Dr. Ryan Davis first became interested in medicine in high school—interested enough that he shadowed his hometown physician in a small town in Montana to see what practicing medicine was all about. His excitement for the field grew from there. In this video Dr. Davis talks about his journey into the medical field.   While [More]

Dr. Joshua Friese: Back to His Roots: Rural Lifestyle in Redwood Falls

Dr. Joshua Friese was used to the small town life. He grew up on a farm in Russell, Minnesota: population 338. Then he went off to school first in the Twin Cities, then to medical school in Portsmouth, Dominica, at the Ross University School of Medicine, and finally residency at the University of Illinois College [More]

Three Doctors, A Common Interest: Pediatrics

From reading and cooking to a love of the outdoors and a family with a musical background to their styles of care and even the reasons they became pediatricians, they’re about as different as you might expect. But ACMC-Willmar’s pediatricians have one thing in common: a love of serving children and their families. Drs. KerriAnn [More]

Genetics, Breast Cancer and Ovarian Cancer: Should I Be Tested for a Gene Mutation?

Undoubtedly if you own a TV, computer or smart phone, you’ve seen the news about Angelina Jolie.  A BRCA1 carrier, she’s been recognized for her courageous decision to get a double mastectomy to reduce her risk of getting the same cancers that both her mom and aunt lost their cancer battles to.  It’s a story [More]

Preparing for a Child-Free Getaway: What Medical Information Should You Leave with Your Child’s Caregiver?

Everyone deserves a kid-free getaway every now and then. But leaving your children can be a scary experience whether you’re leaving them for the first time or the one hundredth. What happens when you drop your kids off with grandma and grandpa and there is a medical emergency? Or what if you’re relying on them [More]

Asthma and Athletics: No Reason Not to Compete

One in six young athletes have been diagnosed with asthma at some point.  A recent study by the Minnesota Department of Health found that middle school and high school students with asthma are just as likely as non-asthma peers to participate in sports. As a family medicine provider in Litchfield, many of the youth I [More]

ACMC Medical Student Takes a Walk Down the Aisle: Planning a Wedding While Going to Medical School

Going to medical school and training to become a doctor is a time-consuming endeavor. Throw a wedding into the mix, and life gets even busier. At least for ACMC medical student Noah Retka. Noah is a third-year RPAP (Rural Physician Associate Program) student. Growing up in LeSueur, Minn., Noah hadn’t planned on becoming a family [More]

Embracing the Rural Lifestyle: A Love of Pediatrics and the Great Outdoors

It’s no wonder Dr. Michael Hodapp decided to pursue a career in medicine; it runs in his family. One of his grandfathers was a founder of the Willmar hospital; the other practiced in Omaha. His father, Dr. Robert V. Hodapp was one of the founding physicians at Affiliated Community Medical Centers (ACMC). His brother, Dr. [More]

A Medical Student’s Privilege to Serve Patients

Growing up Ingrid Anderson always knew she wanted to work in a field that allowed her to serve others especially those in under served areas.  Her parents instilled that desire in her, leading by example.  When it came time for Ingrid to go to college and pick a major, she felt drawn to the medical [More]

The “P” Word: Is Puberty Starting Earlier?

A national study by the American Academy of Pediatrics recently found that boys are entering puberty at earlier ages – anywhere from six months to two years earlier than previously assumed.  Former studies have shown that girls also appear to be hitting puberty earlier, but this is the first time an accurate study has been [More]