December 17, 2017

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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]

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]

Welcoming Dr. Cindy Firkins Smith as ACMC-President and CEO

As we said goodbye to long-time president and CEO of ACMC, Dr. Ronald Holmgren, we welcome in our new president and CEO, ACMC dermatologist Dr. Cindy Firkins Smith. We asked her to share her thoughts on her first few weeks on the job. Here’s what she had to say. You have a long history of [More]

After 16 Years My Internal Medicine Practice at ACMC-Willmar is Still Where I Belong

After 16 years ACMC-Willmar is still everything internal medicine physician Dr. David Newcomer was looking for when he first came to Willmar and more.  Growing up the son of a gastroenterologist—and in Rochester, Minn., home of the Mayo Clinic, where my dad worked—I always knew I had an interest in medicine.  There was no defining moment when [More]

The Future Doctor Ashley Davenport: A Hockey Star’s Biggest Goal

Work hard and you can achieve great things.  It’s a motto Ashley Davenport lives by.  Now as a third-year medical student at DMU and currently on rotation at ACMC in Willmar, she’s learning just how true that sentiment is. Ashley is second youngest in a family of six children.  With three older brothers, an older [More]

Dr. Lucio Minces & Dr. Carlos Franco Palacios: Friends, Doctors, Colleagues

Both Dr. Lucio Minces and Dr. Carlos Franco Palacios are from South America. Dr. Minces from Buenos Aires, Argentina, and Dr. Franco Palacios from Asunción, Paraguay. It wasn’t long after Dr. Minces joined ACMC’s team of health care providers that Dr. Palacios came on board, too. But their friendship didn’t start there. The Beginning of [More]

Why is There a Medical Student in my Exam Room?

Although it was many years ago that I was a medical student myself, I still remember what it was like seeing my first patient and working with my preceptor Dr. Dale Mathias in Peebles, Ohio.  I was doing a rural medicine rotation in a small town in Southern Ohio.  It was such a rewarding experience [More]

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]

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]