March 20, 2019

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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]

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]

Preventing Drowning Incidents in Childhood and Teen Years

Drowning. It’s the second-leading cause of injury-related death in children in the United States. I know what you’re thinking. It would never happen to my child. He knows how to swim, and besides, he never swims without supervision or someone else present. But in many drowning accidents, there is an adult present.  Last year, I [More]

Medical Student Libby Feist Practicing Medicine and Spanish during RPAP Experience

Growing up in New Prague, Minn., Libby Feist loved watching the television show ER with her mom. It’s what first sparked her interest in the medical field. Science classes were her favorite, and a human anatomy class she took in high school was further proof that it may be the right career for her. But [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]

Family Medicine Physician Dr. Daniel Fuglestad on His Medical Missions

ACMC family medicine physician Dr. Daniel Fuglestad has done his fair share of traveling. He’s been to Costa Rica, Honduras, Mexico and Guatemala. But his trips aren’t the typical exotic getaway. They’re mission trips.  In the past 14 years, he and his family have gone on eight mission trips. “Missionary work runs in my family. [More]