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]

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]

Crossing Off Her Bucket List: Dr. Jill Vroman’s Ironman Moment

“Jill Vroman, you are an Ironman.” This announcement rang out at the finish line of the 2016 Ironman in Tempe, Arizona on November 20th of 2016. After 14 hours and 32 minutes, ACMC Marshall’s Dr. Jill Vroman crossed this athletic accomplishment off her bucket list. Complete an Ironman. The Ironman is known as the most [More]

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]

ACMC-Granite Falls Dr. Darrell Carter and ACMC-Benson Nurse Linda Gallagher Bringing Patient Care to Mexico

Nearly 20 years ago ACMC-Granite Falls family medicine physician Dr. Darrell Carter took his family on a tropical winter getaway. Over the next several years he and his wife—and sometimes his family—traveled to Acapulco, Cancun and Puerto Vallarta.  After a few trips to Puerta Vallarta, Dr. Carter and his wife Hazel wanted to find a [More]

Photography, Global Health Come Together for Medical Student Robin Sautter

You’ve heard the saying, “A picture is worth a thousand words.” It’s one of the things ACMC third-year University of Minnesota-Duluth medical student Robin Sautter loves most about photography. Robin first got interested in photography her junior year of college. She was involved in several extracurricular organizations and found that an image was a great [More]

A Homecoming for ACMC-Litchfield’s Dr. Cassandra Bulau

Growing up in Litchfield, Dr. Cassandra Bulau—like many high school students—never imagined she’d be back. After high school she left for Boston, where she received her undergraduate degree in biology and history at Boston University. Dr. Bulau always had an interest in medicine; the sciences were her favorite in high school. So it was no [More]

Dr. Ronald Holmgren Building a Legacy of Leadership at ACMC

Family medicine physician and ACMC president and CEO Dr. Ronald Holmgren always planned on setting up practice in a more rural area. He had spent his Rural Physician Associates Program (RPAP) experience training in Clara City. As part of his rotations during RPAP, he became more familiar with Willmar, traveling to Rice Memorial Hospital to [More]

Medical Missions: You Can’t Do Everything, but You Can Still Help

Six days a week 17-year-old Carina gets up at 3:00 a.m., working in the coffee fields carrying 50-pound bags down the mountain until 4:00 p.m. Afterward she cleans the house and cares for her siblings before bed at 8:00 p.m.—only to do it all over again the next day. When ACMC family medicine physician Dr. [More]

ACMC Family Medicine Physician Dr. Emily Hayden on Thanksgiving Traditions

Thanksgiving – a time for family and traditions. ACMC-Willmar family medicine physician Dr. Emily Hayden shares her favorite memories and family traditions as a child and new ones she and her  family are making.  As long as I can remember, we have gotten together with my father’s side of the family for Thanksgiving in Le [More]