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Mid-Levels

Rose B. Bergquist , BSN, PA-C, CNS-PMH

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Rose B. Bergquist , BSN, PA-C, CNS-PMH
Midlevel

Education:  

  • Rhame High School; Rhame, North Dakota
  • BSN Dickinson State University
  • Physician Assistant Program, University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Science; Grand Forks, North Dakota
  • Clinical Nurse Specialist- Psychiatric and Mental Health, UND College of Nursing, Grand Forks, North Dakota

Specialties:

  • Family Medicine
  • Mental Health with special interest in general geriatrics

Organizations:

  • American Academy of Physician Assistants

Other:

  • Practicing at West River Health Services Scranton Clinic.
  • She enjoys spending time with her family, quilting, farming, and reading.

Some of the providers are independent contractors and not acting as a facility employee or agent.

Sheila F. Bondell, PA-C

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Sheila F. Bondell, PA-C
Midlevel

Education:  

  • Baker High School, Baker, Montana
  • Associate of Arts from Dawson Community College, Glendive, Montana
  • Associate Applied Science in Registered Nursing from Miles Community College, Miles City, Montana
  • Bachelor of Science Nursing from the University of Phoenix, Phoenix, Arizona
  • Masters in Physician Assistant Studies from the University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, North Dakota
  • Military - AMEDD Captains Career Course

Specialties:

  • Family Practice

Organizations:

  • AAPA American Academy of Physician Assistants
  • United States Army Reserve
  • American Legion

Other:

  • Hobbies: Grandkids, horses and cows.

Some of the providers are independent contractors and not acting as a facility employee or agent.

Randy L. Christensen , PA-C, CRNA

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Randy L. Christensen , PA-C, CRNA
Midlevel

Education:  

  • Osnabrock High School
  • BSN: University of North Dakota; Grand Forks, ND
  • PA-C: UND School of Medicine; Grand Forks, ND
  • CRNA: Central ND School of Anesthesia; Bismarck, ND

Organizations:

  • (AANA)
  • (AAPA) American Academy of Physician Assistant
Some of the providers are independent contractors and not acting as a facility employee or agent.

Brian K. Cooper, PA-C

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Brian K. Cooper, PA-C
Midlevel

Education:  

  • Emergency Medical Technician course, Basic Life Support and First Aid from North Eastern Junior College.
  • Majored in Biology, Minored in Psychology; and Chemistry from Rocky Mountain College in Billings, Montana
  • Masters in Physician's Assistant Studies from Rocky Mountain College Physician Assistant Program

Specialties:

  • Family practice with a primary focus in acute patient care, emergency medicine and geriatric care.
  • Advanced Trauma Life Support
  • Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS)
  • Basic Life Support (BLS)
  • Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS)
  • Certified in nonviolent crisis intervention
  • Phlebotomy
Some of the providers are independent contractors and not acting as a facility employee or agent.

Roger E. Dieterle, M. Div., MS

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Roger E. Dieterle, M. Div., MS
Midlevel

Education:  

  • McClusky High School; McClusky, North Dakota
  • North Dakota State University; Fargo, North Dakota - Horticulture
  • Master's of Science - North Dakota State University; Fargo, North Dakota; Child Development & Family Science
  • Master of Divinity - Luther Seminary
  • Completed course work for a PHD in Pastoral Counseling; Luther Seminary

Specialties:

  • Family Therapy & Pastoral Counseling (Individuals, Couples & Families)

Organizations:

  • Former President - North Dakota Horticultural Society
  • Member Advisory Council; NDSU Research Extension Center.
  • Member Advisory Council; Dickinson Research Center Horticulture Sub-committee
  • Chair - Good Neighbor outreach committee
Some of the providers are independent contractors and not acting as a facility employee or agent.

Lori A. Hill, APRN, FNP-C

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Lori A. Hill, APRN, FNP-C
Midlevel

Education:  

  • Reeder High School; Reeder, North Dakota
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Registered Nurse; Dickinson State University, Dickinson, ND
  • Masters of Science in Nursing, Family Nurse Practitioner; University of Mary, Bismarck, ND

Specialties:

  • Family Practice
  • Certified in Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS)
  • Certified in Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS)

Organizations:

  • NDNPA - North Dakota Nurse Practitioner Association
  • North Dakota Nurses Association
  • ANCC-Board Certified
Some of the providers are independent contractors and not acting as a facility employee or agent.

Linette M. Jackson, FNP-C

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Linette M. Jackson, FNP-C
Midlevel

Education:  

  • A native of Eldred, PA, Linette ventured into the Army out of high school as a Clarinetist. After her service, she attended Florida Community College at Jacksonville and obtained her AS degree in Nursing as a RN. With 12 years in nursing in different fields to include labor and delivery and emergency room, Linette returned to higher learning and achieved her BS degree and MS degree in nursing at the University of North Florida in the Family Nurse Practitioner track.

Specialties:

  • Board-certified as a Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP-C)
Some of the providers are independent contractors and not acting as a facility employee or agent.

Tara L. Jorgenson, LPCC, QMHP

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Tara L. Jorgenson, LPCC, QMHP
Midlevel

Education:  

  • Kensal High School; Kensal, North Dakota
  • Bachelor of Science in Child Development and Family Science; North Dakota State University, Fargo, North Dakota
  • Master of Science in Child Development and Family Science (emphasis on Couple and Family Therapy); North Dakota State University, Fargo, North Dakota

Specialties:

  • Provides Individual, Couple and Family Counseling

Organizations:

  • North Dakota Counseling Association
  • North Dakota Mental Health Counselor's Association
  • American Counseling Association

Other:

  • Program Coordinator/Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor
  • Practicing clinics through West River Health Services include Hettinger and Lemmon clinics.

Some of the providers are independent contractors and not acting as a facility employee or agent.

Cheryl M. Nasset, LICSW

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Cheryl M. Nasset, LICSW
Midlevel
Education:

  • Regent Public School; Regent, ND
  • Bachelor of Science in Social Work from University of North Dakota; Grand Forks, ND
  • Masters Degree in Social Work from Walla Walla Community College; Walla Walla, WA

Specialties:

  • Provides Individual Behavorial Health Issues

Other:

  • Practicing clinics through West River Health Services include Hettinger, Mott and Bowman clinics.
  • Hobbies: hiking, cross country skiing and spending time with family.                                                                                                               

                                                                                                                Some of the providers are independent contractors and not acting as a facility employee or agent.

Teresa H. Nielsen, RN, PA-C

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Teresa H. Nielsen, RN, PA-C
Midlevel

Education:  

  • Dickinson Trinity High
  • Dickinson State, LPN & RN
  • UND, Grand Forks, Physician Assistants

Specialties:

  • Family Practice
  • Advanced Training:
  • Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS)
  • Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS)
  • Advanced Pediatric Life Support (PALS)
  • Neonatal Advanced Life Support (NALS)

Organizations:

  • American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA)
  • North Dakota Academy of Physician Assistants (NDAPA)
  • National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA)
  • New England Ambulance

Other:

  • Awards: Stork Award for delivering a baby outside of the hospital, 1996
  • North Dakota PA of the Year
Some of the providers are independent contractors and not acting as a facility employee or agent.

Megan M. Oase, FNP-C

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Megan M. Oase, FNP-C
Midlevel

Education:  

  • Scranton High School; Scranton, ND
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing; Jamestown College, Jamestown, ND
  • Masters of Science in Nursing; Regis University, Denver, CO

Specialties:

  • Family Practice
  • Certified in Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS)
  • Certified in Advanced Pediatric Life Support (PALS)
  • Certified in Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS)

Organizations:

  • American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP)
  • Sigma Theta Tau: National Nursing Honor Society

Other:

  • Enjoys spending time with family, swimming, traveling, and reading.
Some of the providers are independent contractors and not acting as a facility employee or agent.

Jodi L. Wilson, FNP-C

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Jodi L. Wilson, FNP-C
Midlevel

Education:  

  • Associate of Science in Practical Nursing from Dickinson State University, Dickinson, ND
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Dickinson State University, Dickinson, ND
  • Masters of Science in Nursing, Family Nurse Practitioner from University of Mary, Bismarck, ND

Specialties:

  • Internal Medicine
  • Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS)
  • Neonatal Advanced Life Support (NALS)
  • Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS)
  • Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)
  • TNCC
Some of the providers are independent contractors and not acting as a facility employee or agent.

 


Physicians 

Tracy B. Boschee, D.O. Family Medicine

DrboscheeTracy B. Boschee, D.O. Family Medicine
Physician

Education:  

  • A native of Parshall, North Dakota, Dr. Boschee attended North Dakota State School of Science in Wahpeton, North Dakota. She also attended Northwest College for a degree in photography. Dr. Boschee received her bachelor of science from Minnesota State University Moorhead. She received her osteopathic medical degree from Des Moines University in Des Moines, Iowa.
  • She completed a general surgery internship at UND in Grand Forks and Fargo, North Dakota and her family practice residency at Wellmont Lonesome Pine Hospital in Big Stone Gap, Virginia.

Specialties:

  • Board-certified Osteopathic Family Physician.
  • Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Family Medicine (University of North Dakota School of Medicine & Health Sciences)
  • Her special interests include sports medicine, obstetrics, osteopathic manipulative therapy, and procedures.
  • Family medicine is total health care of patients and their families, regardless of age.
  • Clinical Associate Department of Family Medicine UND 2014 - Present

Organizations:

  • American Osteopathic Association (AOA)
  • American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians (ACOFP)
  • Christian Medical and Dental Association (CMDA)

Other:

  • Hobbies: horses, music, sports, coaching, dancing, mission work, church activities, and helping on the family farm.
  • Serves WRHS Clinics in Hettinger, Mott and Lemmon, traveling 640 miles a month.
  • Licensed to practice medicine in North Dakota and South Dakota.
Some of the providers are independent contractors and not acting as a facility employee or agent.

Jeffrey D. Bruning, M.D. Family Medicine

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Physician

                                                                               

Education:

  • A native of Geneva, Nebraska, Dr. Bruning attended Morning Side College in Sioux City, Iowa and majored in Bio Chemistry and minored in Spanish.
  • He completed his Masters Degree in Business Administration from Keller Graduate School of Management.
  • Dr. Bruning received his medical degree from American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine. 
  • He is a second year resident at the UND Center for Family Medicine in Bismarck and will complete his second and third year residency at West River Health Services in Hettinger.

Specialties:

  • Dr. Jeffrey Bruning is a family medicine physician.
  • His special interests include family medicine.
  • Family medicine is total health care of patients and their families, regardless of age.

Other:

  • Outside of medicine he enjoys singing, playing various musical instruments, baking, scuba diving, boating, skiing and going for walks.
  • He serves WRHS Clinic in Hettinger.
                                                                                         Some of the providers are independent contractors and not acting as a facility employee or agent.

Matthew T. Hefty, M.D. General Surgery

DrHeftyMatthew T. Hefty, M.D. General Surgery
Physician

Education:  

  • A native of Bismarck, North Dakota. Dr. Hefty received his bachelor of arts in biology and chemistry with honors from Concordia College, Moorhead, Minnesota. He received his doctorate of medicine from the University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences, Grand Forks, North Dakota.
  • He completed a general surgery residency at Grand Rapids Medical Education Partners in affiliation with Michigan State University College of Human Medicine.

Specialty:

  • Board-certified in General Surgery

Interests:

  • Laparoscopic surgery particularly that of the stomach and esophagus, endocrine surgery, as well as general surgery.

Organizations:

  • American Medical Association
  • American College of Surgeons
  • North Dakota Medical Association
  • Society of Critical Care Medicine

Other:

  • Hobbies: Exercising, boating, fishing, and spending time with family and friends.
  • Serves WRHS Hettinger Clinic
  • Licensed to practice medicine in North Dakota
                                                                                          Some of the providers are independent contractors and not acting as a facility employee or agent.

Kent R. Hoerauf, M.D., FACP, CMD Internal & Geriatric Medicine

DrH09Kent R. Hoerauf, M.D., FACP, CMD Internal & Geriatric Medicine
Physician

Education:  

  • A native of Hebron, ND
  • Graduate of Hebron High School
  • BA in Zoology and Microbiology from NDSU Medical degree from UND School of Medicine, Grand Forks, ND
  • Completed his Internal Medicine Residency at V.A. and Affiliated Hospitals, Fargo, ND
  • Certified Medical Director in Long Term Care (CMD) from American Medical Directors Certification Program

Specialties:

  • Board-certified in Internal Medicine and Board-certified in Geriatrics.
  • Clinical Professor in the Department of Medicine (University of North Dakota School of Medicine & Health Sciences)
  • Internal Medicine is the diagnosis and nonsurgical treatment of disease. Internist see patients with allergies; disease of the heart and blood vessels; disorders of the digestive tract, diseases of lungs; diseases of joints; or disorders of the kidneys.
  • Geriatric physician are experts in the diverse presentations and unique problems of the elderly, who can practice comfortably in diverse environments including hospital,  ambulatory and skilled nursing facility settings.
  • Certifed Medical Director in Long Term Care (CMD)
  • Medical Director of WRRMC Laboratory Services
  • Medical Director of WRRMC Respiratory Services
  • Medical Director of Western Horizons Living Centers
  • Dr. Hoerauf has practiced at West River since 1984.

Organizations/Memberships:

  • American College of Physicians
  • American Geriatrics Society
  • American Medical Director Association
  • North Dakota Medical Association
  • North Dakota State Trauma Committee (Chair of State Trauma Committee 1995-2011)
  • State Board of Medical Examiners 2009 - 2013, Reappointed 2013 - 2017
  • American Medical Director Certification Program in Long Term Care
  • AMDA - The Society for Post-Acute & Long-Term Care Medicine

Other:

  • Instructor for ACLS
  • WRHS Ethics Committee
  • WRHS Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee
  • WRHS Multidisciplinary Committee
  • WRRMC Bioethics Committee
  • Serves WRHS Clinics in Bowman, Hettinger, New England and Lemmon, traveling 610 miles a month, and he also travels 200 miles a month to an affiliated clinic in Faith/Isabel.
  • Licensed to practice medicine in North Dakota, South Dakota and Montana.
Some of the providers are independent contractors and not acting as a facility employee or agent.

Catherine E. Houle, M.D. Family Medicine

DrC09Catherine E. Houle, M.D. Family Medicine
Physician

Education:  

  • A native of Beach ND, Dr. Houle received her bachelor of arts degree from the University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, Doctor of Medicine from the University of Iowa at Iowa City, and completed her residency at Broadlawns Family Practice in Des Moines.

Specialties:

  • Board-certified in Family Practice with a special interest in obstetrics and is a Diplomate of American Academy of Family Physicians.
  • Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Family Medicine (University of North Dakota School of Medicine & Health Sciences)
  • Family Medicine is total health care of patients and their families, regardless of age.

Organizations:

  • Medical director of the Hettinger ambulance service (West River Ambulance)
  • ND Medical Assssociation
  • Hospital-based trainer for neonatal resuscitation program
  • Clinical associate faculty for the Dept. of Family Medicine at UND
  • Rural Opportunities in Medical Education Site Coordinator
  • Site Director for the UND Family Medicine Residency - Hettinger

Other:

  • Serves Hettinger, New England, and Bowman Clinics, traveling 520 miles a month.
  • She is licensed to practice medicine in North Dakota.
  • Selected for the 2016 Dean's Special Recognition Award for Outstanding Volunteer Faculty from UND School of Medicine, Grand Forks.
Some of the providers are independent contractors and not acting as a facility employee or agent.

John P. Joyce, M.D. Family Medicine

DrJ09 John P. Joyce, M.D. Family Medicine
Physician

Education:  

  • A native of Tioga ND, Dr. Joyce received his bachelor of science with honors in Chemical Engineering from the UND and also received his medical degree from UND. In Bismarck, he completed his residency at UND Family Practice Center. Dr. Joyce received his Masters in Public Health from the Medical College of Wisconsin.

Specialties:

  • Board-certified in Family Practice by the American Board of Family Practice.
  • Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Family Medicine (University of North Dakota School of Medicine & Health Sciences)
  • Dr. Joyce has practiced at West River since 1981.

Organizations:

  • Fellow of the American Academy of Family Practice
  • ND Medical Association
  • Eleventh District Medical Society

Other:

  • Serves as a volunteer for the Healthy North Dakota Initiative
  • Serves as medical director of the Three Rivers Mental Health Center in Lemmon
  • Clinical advisor for mental health services at West River
  • Clinical instructor for UND School of Medicine
  • Physician advisor for the Lemmon ambulance squad.
  • President of the Hettinger Holy Trinity Catholic Church Council
  • Member of the Hettinger Cowboy Band.
  • Serves Hettinger, New England, Scranton and Lemmon Clinics, traveling 780 miles a month.
  • Licensed to practice medicine in North and South Dakota.
  • Served on the ND Board of Medical Examiners 1992 - 1997, and 2001 - 2008
Some of the providers are independent contractors and not acting as a facility employee or agent.

Ellen S. Ketterling, M.D. Pediatric Medicine

DrK09Ellen S. Ketterling, M.D. Pediatrics
Pediatrician

Education:  

  • A Colorado native who obtained her bachelor of science in Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology from the University of Colorado, received her medical degree from St. Louis University School of Medicine, internship and residency in Pediatrics at Cardinal Glennon Memorial Hospital for Children, St. Louis.

Specialties:

  • Board-certified in Pediatrics, and a Fellow of American Academy Pediatrics
  • Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatrics (University of North Dakota School of Medicine & Health Sciences)
  • Dr. Ketterling has practiced at West River since 1984.
  • Pediatrics is the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of children diseases.

Organizations:

  • ND Medical Association

Other:

  • Licensed to practice medicine in North Dakota and South Dakota.
  • Hobbies include quilting and gardening
Some of the providers are independent contractors and not acting as a facility employee or agent.

Steven C. Kilwein, DPM Doctor of Podiatric Medicine

DrKL09Steven C. Kilwein, DPM Doctor of Podiatric Medicine
Podiatrist

Education:  

  • A native of New England, Dr. Kilwein is a graduate of St. Mary’s High School, received his undergraduate degree from Dickinson State University and went on to receive his master’s degree in physical education, exercise physiology, and athletic training from the University of Iowa in Iowa City. He attended medical school at the College of Podiatric Medicine and Surgery in Des Moines. He completed his residency at Roseland Surgical Center, Roseland, NJ.

Specialties:

  • Board-certified in Podiatric Surgery, and a Fellow of American Board of Podiatric Surgery
  • Dr. Kilwein has practiced at West River since 1990.

Organizations:

  • American Podiatric Medical Association
  • President elect of ND Board of Podiatric Medical Examiners
  • Past President of ND Podiatric Medical Association
  • Past ND Medicare Carrier Advisory Committee
  • West River Health Services committees: safety, library education, wound care, diabetic team, recruitment, equipment, and operations council.

Other:

  • Serves Hettinger, Bowman, Lemmon, Mott, New England and Dickinson West River Health Services Clinics.
  • Licensed to practice podiatric medicine in North and South Dakota.
Some of the providers are independent contractors and not acting as a facility employee or agent.

John F. Kludt, O.D. Optometric Medicine

DrKludt09John F. Kludt, O.D. Optometry
Optometrist

Education:  

  • A native of McClusky, North Dakota, Dr. Kludt is a graduate of McClusky High School; attended North Dakota State University, Fargo, North Dakota; and received both his Bachelor and Graduate degrees from Pacific University, Forest Grove, Oregon. Dr. Kludt has completed internships at Washington State School for the Visually Impaired, Vancouver, WA; IHS Eye Clinic, Fort Yates, North Dakota and Southeast Health Clinic, Portland, Oregon.
  • Dr. Kludt's postgraduate education include IAB certification in the treatment and management of ocular disease, as well as Advanced Ocular Treatment certification by Pacific University College of Optometry, Forest Grove, Oregen. Dr. Kludt has practiced for West River Health Services since 1991.
  • Licensed to practice optometry in North Dakota.

Specialties:

  • Dr. Kludt's special interests include glaucoma, macular degeneration, diabetes and children's vision.

Organizations:

  • ND Optometric Association
  • American Optometric Association
Some of the providers are independent contractors and not acting as a facility employee or agent.

Mark S. Kristy, M.D. Diagnostic Radiologic Medicine

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Radiologist

Education:  

  • A native of Chicago, Dr. Kristy received his B.S. in Biology from the University of Utah, Salt Lake City. He received his M.D. from University of Illinois at Chicago, College of Medicine at Peoria.
  • He completed his medical internship and diagnostic radiology residency at St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center at Phoenix, Arizona.

Specialties:

  • Board-certified in Diagnostic Radiology
  • Dr. Kristy has practiced at West River since 1995.

Organizations:

  • Women's Way Medical Advisory Board
  • Roentgen Ray Society
  • ND Medical Society
  • Radiological Society of North America.

Other:

  • Licensed to practice medicine in North Dakota.
Some of the providers are independent contractors and not acting as a facility employee or agent.

Joshua C. Ranum, M.D. Internal Medicine

Dr.RanumJoshua C. Ranum, M.D. Internal Medicine
Physician

Education:  

  • A native of Scranton, ND, Dr. Ranum attended college at Jamestown College in ND and finished at North Dakota State University, Fargo, where he received his bachelor of science degree. He received his medical degree from the University of North Dakota School of Medicine, Grand Forks and did his internship through Altru Health in Grand Forks, ND and completed his Internal Medicine residency at a Grand Rapids Medical Education Partners in Michigan.

Specialties:

  • Board-certified in Internal Medicine
  • Clinical Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine (University of North Dakota School of Medicine & Health Sciences)
  • Rural Opportunities in Medical Education Site Coordinator
  • Professional Interests: Critical care, primary care, nutrition, medical education, and medical economics
  • Internal Medicine is the diagnosis and nonsurgical treatment of disease. Internist see patients with allergies; disease of the heart and blood vessels; disorders of the digestive tract; diseases of lungs; diseases of joints; or disorders of the kidneys.

Organizations:

  • Associate Community
  • Professor of Internal Medicine at Michigan State University College of Human Medicine
  • American College of Physicians Associate
  • ND Medical Association

Other:

  • Serves WRHS clinics in Hettinger, Mott and Lemmon, traveling 520 miles a month.
  • Licensed to practice medicine in Michigan, North and South Dakota.
  • Hobbies: Hunting, fishing, reading, and outdoor activites.
  • Selected for the 2016 Dean's Special Recognition Award for Outstanding Volunteer Faculty from UND School of Medicine, Grand Forks.
Some of the providers are independent contractors and not acting as a facility employee or agent.

Carrie Ann K. Ranum, M.D. Pediatric Medicine

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Pediatrician

Education:  

  • Dr. Carrie Ann Ranum grew up in Stillwater, Minnesota and obtained her bachelor of science from the University of Minnesota, received her medical degree from University of North Dakota School of Medicine, and completed her residency in Pediatrics at Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Specialties:

  • Board-certified pediatrician at West River Health Services. 
  • Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatrics (University of North Dakota School of Medicine & Health Sciences)
  • She is specially trained in the medical care of infants, children and adolescents. Her special interests include well-child visits, asthma, the treatment of ADHD, anxiety, depression and other behavioral issues.

Organizations:

  • American Academy Pediatrics.

Other:

  • She enjoys spending time with her family, playing tennis, sewing and traveling.
  • Serves WRHS Clinics in Hettinger, New England, Bowman, Mott and Lemmon traveling 1,240 miles a month.
  • Licensed to practice medicine in North Dakota and South Dakota.
Some of the providers are independent contractors and not acting as a facility employee or agent.

Jennifer L. Sheffield, M.D. Family Medicine

Dr. SheffieldJennifer L. Sheffield, M.D. Family Medicine
Physician

Education:  

  • A native of Platte, SD, Dr. Sheffield attended Trinity Bible College in Ellendale, ND and finished her bachelor of science degree at South Dakota School of Mines & Technology in Rapid City, SD. She received her medical degree from American University of Caribbean School of Medicine, St. Maarten Netherlands Antilles. She completed her internship and residency at UND Center for Family Medicine in Bismarck, ND.

Specialties:

  • Board-certified in Family Medicine with a special interest in women's health dermatology, and allergies.
  • Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Family Medicine (University of North Dakota School of Medicine & Health Sciences)
  • Family Medicine is total health care of patients and their families, regardless of age.

Organizations:

  • American Academy of Family Physicians
  • American Society for Colposcopy and Cervical Pathology

Other:

  • Hobbies: Traveling, crocheting, reading mysteries, outdoor activities as well as spending time with family and friends.
  • Serves WRHS Clinics in Hettinger, New England, Mott and Scranton traveling 790 miles a month.
  • Licensed to practice medicine in North Dakota.
Some of the providers are independent contractors and not acting as a facility employee or agent.

Kumari S. Singh, M.D. Family Medicine

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Kumari S. Singh, M.D. Family Medicine
Physician

 

Education:

  • A native of Waterloo, Ontario, Dr. Singh attended the University of Waterloo and received her bachelor of science degree in Science.
  • She received her medical degree from Windsor University School of Medicine, Saint Kitts and Nevis.
  • She is a second year resident at the UND Center for Family Medicine in Bismarck and will complete her second and third year residency at West River Health Services in Hettinger.

Specialties:

  • Dr. Kumari Singh is a family medicine physician.
  • Her special interests include family medicine.
  • Family medicine is total health care of patients and their families, regardless of age.

Other:

  • Outside of medicine she enjoys soccer, painting, dance, construction work, repairing bicycles, and hair designing salons.
  • She serves WRHS Clinic in Hettinger.
                                                                                                           Some of the providers are independent contractors and not acting as a facility employee or agent.

Frank A. Thorngren, M.D. Family Medicine

DrT09Frank A. Thorngren, M.D. Family Medicine
Physician

Education:  

  • A Minnesota native, Dr. Thorngren graduated as valedictorian from William M. Kelly High School in Silver Bay, MN. Graduated Summa Cum Laude from Gustavus Adolphus College, St. Peter, MN, received his medical degree from University of Minnesota, and completed his residency at San Bernardino County Medical Center, San Bernardino in Calif.

Specialties:

  • Dr. Thorngren has practiced at West River since 2001.
  • Family Medicine with a special interest in surgery and electrodiagnostic medicine and is a Fellow of American Academy of Family Practice.
  • Family Medicine is total health care of patients and their families, regardless of age.

Organizations:

  • American Medical Assn.
  • ND Medical Assn.
  • ND Academy of Family Practice
  • American Academy of Family Practice

Other:

  • Serves Hettinger, Bowman and Lemmon Clinics, traveling 1160 miles a month.
  • Licensed to practice medicine in North Dakota, South Dakota, Montana and Minnesota.
  • He enjoys hunting, golden retrivers and motorcycles.
Some of the providers are independent contractors and not acting as a facility employee or agent.

Stacie M. Wellman, M.D. Family Medicine

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Physician

Education:  

  • A native of Fort Benton, Montana, Dr. Wellman attended Montana State University in Bozeman and received her bachelor of science degree in Cell Biology and Neuroscience. She received her medical degree from UND School of Medicine and Health Sciences in Grand Forks.
  • She completed internship and residency at Idaho State University Family Medicine Residency in Pocatello, ID.

Specialties:

  • Dr. Stacie Wellman is a board-certified family medicine physician.
  • Clinical Assistant Professor of Family & Community Medicine (University of North Dakota School of Medicine & Health Sciences)
  • Her special interests include women’s health and obstetrics.
  • Family medicine is total health care of patients and their families, regardless of age.
Organizations:

  • American Academy of Family Physicians
  • American Medical Association
  • ND Medical Association

Other:

  • She enjoys playing and watching tennis, reading, scrapbooking, card making, and exploring new places.
  • Serves WRHS Clinics in Hettinger, Bowman and Lemmon, traveling 520 miles a month.
  • Dr. Wellman is licensed to practice medicine in North Dakota and South Dakota.
Some of the providers are independent contractors and not acting as a facility employee or agent.

Brian G. Willoughby, M.D., FACP Internal Medicine & Geriatrics

DrW09Brian G. Willoughby, M.D., FACP Internal Medicine & Geriatrics 
Physician

Education:  

  • Born in Deadwood, SD, Dr. Willoughby received his bachelor of science degree in Physical Science from Colorado State University at Fort Collins. He received his medical degree from St. Louis University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO, and did residency in Internal Medicine at St. Louis University Hospitals.

Specialties:

  • Board-certified in both Internal Medicine and in Geriatrics.
  • Clinical Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine (University of North Dakota School of Medicine & Health Sciences)
  • Geriatric physician are experts in the diverse presentations and unique problems of the elderly, who can practice comfortably in diverse environments including hospital, ambulatory and skilled nursing facility settings.
  • Internal Medicine is the diagnosis and nonsurgical treatment of disease. Internist see patients with allergies; disease of the heart and blood vessels; disorders of the digestive tract, diseases of lungs; diseases of joints; or disorders of the kidneys.
  • Certified in Facial Aesthetic Treatments
  • Dr. Willoughby has practiced at West River since 1984.

Organizations:

  • Fellow of the American College of Physicians
  • Medical Director of multidisciplinary diabetes clinic
  • Medical Director of Good Samaritan Nursing Home in Mott
  • ND Medical Association

Other:

  • Serves WRHS Clinics in Hettinger, Bowman and Mott, traveling 640 miles a month.
  • Licensed to practice medicine in North and South Dakota.
Some of the providers are independent contractors and not acting as a facility employee or agent.

 


Visiting Specialists

Mary O. Aaland, M.D., F.A.C.S. Associate Professor of Surgery

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Mary O. Aaland, M.D., F.A.C.S. Associate Professor of Surgery
Visiting Specialist

Education:  

  • A native of Northwood, North Dakota, Dr. Aaland attended the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks and received her bachelor of science in Zoology and bachelor of arts in Norwegian. She achieved her bachelor of medicine and medical degree at the University of North Dakota. She also attained a burn research fellowship from the Shriner's Burn Hospital in Galveston, Texas. Dr. Aaland completed her surgical residency at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria, Saint Francis Medical Center, Peoria, Illinois; University of South Dakota Medical School, Sacred Heart Hospital, Yankton, South Dakota; and Bridgeport Community Hospital, Bridgeport, Connecticut.

Specialties:

  • Board-certified in Critical Care
  • Board-certified in General Surgery

Organizations:

  • Fellow American College of Surgeons
  • Indiana Chapter American College of Surgeons
  • Midwest Surgical Association
  • American Trauma Society
  • Society of Critical Care Medicine
  • EAST
  • Southeastern Surgical Congress

Other:

  • Military Service: Major, United States Air Force, Surgical Mobilization Augmentation - Reserve Team
  • Active Duty Desert Storm
  • Current Academic Appointment: Director of Rural Surgery University of North Dakota
  • Associate Professor of Surgery - University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences
  • Director of Surgical Clinical Research University of North Dakota Department of Surgery
Some of the providers are independent contractors and not acting as a facility employee or agent.

Duncan B. Ackerman, M.D. Orthopaedic Surgeon

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 Duncan B. Ackerman, M.D. Orthopaedic Surgeon
Visiting Specialist


Education:

  • Dr. Duncan Ackerman joined The Bone & Joint Center in 2009. He is a board certified orthopaedic surgeon with additional fellowship training in hand and microvascular surgery.
  • A native of Minot, North Dakota, Dr. Ackerman received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota. He then attended medical school at the University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences where he received his Doctorate in medicine. Following medical school, he spent an additional five years training at the Mayo Clinic Orthopaedic Surgery Residency Program in Rochester, Minnesota. He subsequently completed a one-year fellowship in Hand and Microvascular Surgery at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.

Specialties:

  • Dr. Ackerman specializes in treatment of common and complex problems of the upper extremity including carpal tunnel syndrome, peripheral nerve injury, arthritis of the small joints of the hand and wrist, elbow and shoulder problems, and upper extremity trauma.

 

Locations of Practice:

Hettinger Clinic/West River Health Services
Hettinger, ND 

The Bone & Joint Center
Bismarck, ND 

The Bone & Joint Center
Dickinson, ND

Elite Health & Fitness
Williston, ND

St. Alexius Specialty Clinic
Minot, ND

General Information
701-530-8800
800-424-2663

Appointment Scheduling
701-530-8650
866-900-8650



Some of the providers are independent contractors and not acting as a facility employee or agent.







  






Timothy J. Bopp, M.D. Orthopaedic Surgeon

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Timothy J. Bopp, M.D. Orthopaedic Surgeon
Visiting Specialist

Education:  

  • Dr. Timothy Bopp joined The Bone & Joint Center in 1993 as a board certified orthopaedic surgeon with a specialty interest in reconstructive surgery of the hip and knee.
  • A native of St. Louis, Missouri, Dr. Bopp received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. He went on to complete his medical and orthopaedic training at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. Dr. Bopp currently sits on the governing board of CHI St. Alexius Medical Center where he serves as Chief of Staff. 

Specialties:

  • Dr. Bopp's expertise includes surgery for generalized arthritic conditions but he has a special interest and expertise in reconstructive surgery of failed hip and knee replacements.

Organizations:

  • Dr. Bopp's is a member and a former president of the North Dakota Orthopaedic Society. He is also a member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and the American Academy of Hip and Knee Reconstructive Surgeons.

Locations of Practice:
Hettinger Clinic/West River Health Services
Hettinger, ND 

The Bone & Joint Center
Bismarck, ND 

General Information
701-530-8800
800-424-2663

Appointment Scheduling
701-530-8650
866-900-8650

Some of the providers are independent contractors and not acting as a facility employee or agent.

Monte J. Leidenix, M.D., F.A.C.S. Ophthalmologist

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Monte J. Leidenix, , M.D., F.A.C.S. Ophthalmologist
Visiting Specialist

Education:  

  • Dr. Monte Leidenix grew up in McLaughlin, South Dakota. He graduated from South Dakota State University in Brookings with degrees in both Microbiology and Chemistry. He received his master's degree in microbiology / molecular biology from the University of North Dakota, and went on to receive his medical degree from the University of North Dakota, School of Medicine.
  • Dr. Leidenix conducted additional research as an Ophthalmic Pathology Research Fellow at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City. In addition, he completed his ophthalmology residency at the University of Texas Medical Branch. Dr Leidenix is board certified in Ophthalmology and is a fellow of the prestigious American College of Surgeons.

Specialties:

  • Cataract and lens implant surgery
  • Treatment for glaucoma and related disorders
  • Medical, surgical, and laser treatments
  • Corneal surgery and treatment for external diseases
  • Dr. Leidenix provides his cataract surgical patients with the most modern cataract techniques, including no-stitch clear corneal incisions and foldable intraocular implants.

Other:

Locations of Practice:
FOR APPOINTMENTS CALL: (800) 472-2620

Hettinger Clinic/West River Health Services
1000 Hwy 12
Hettinger, ND 58639
701-567-4561

The Eye Clinic of North Dakota
620 North 9th St.
Bismarck, North Dakota 58501
Toll Free: (800) 472-2620
Phone: (701) 255-4673
Some of the providers are independent contractors and not acting as a facility employee or agent.

Nicholas Mahr, M.D. Interventional Cardiologist

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Nicholas Mahr, M.D. Interventional Cardiologist
Visiting Specialist

Education:  

  • Dr. Nicholas Mahr is an interventional cardiologist at the CHI St. Alexius Health Heart & Lung Clinic. After receiving his medical degree from St. George's University in St. George, Grenada, Dr. Mahr finished a residency in internal medicine at Hackensack Medical Center, Hackensack, N.J. He completed a fellowship in critical care at Mount Sinai Medical Center, New York, N.Y., and a fellowship in cardiology at Mount Sinai Medical Center of Greater Miami, Miami Beach, Fla. In addition, he completed fellowships in noninvasive cardiology and interventional cardiology at Hartford Hospital, Hartford, Conn.

Specialties:

  • Dr. Mahr is board certified in internal medicine by the American Board of Internal Medicine and board certified in nuclear cardiology by the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology. He is board eligible in general and interventional cardiology as well as critical care medicine.

Organizations:

  • Dr. Mahr is a member of the American College of Cardiology, American Society of Nuclear Cardiology, American College of Physicians Society of Critical Care Medicine and American Society of Echocardiography

Other:

Locations of Practice:
FOR APPOINTMENTS CALL 1-800-932-8848

Bowman Clinic/West River Health Services
608 Hwy 12 W
Bowman, North Dakota 58623

Heart & Lung Clinic /CHI St. Alexius Health
310 North 10th Street
Bismarck, North Dakota 58501
Phone: (701) 530-7500
Toll Free:(800) 932-8848
Some of the providers are independent contractors and not acting as a facility employee or agent.

Boban Mathew, M.D. Interventional Cardiologist

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Boban Mathew, M.D. Interventional Cardiologist
Visiting Specialist

Education:  

  • After receiving his medical degree in India, Dr. Mathew finished a residency in internal medicine through University of Buffalo at Mercy Hospital and Sisters of Charity Hospital, Buffalo, N.Y. He completed a fellowship in cardiology at State University of New York (SUNY) Upstate Medical University, Syracuse, N.Y., and a fellowship in interventional cardiology at Lankenau Hospital, an affiliate of Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals, Philadelphia, Penn.

Specialties:

  • Dr. Boban Mathew is an interventional cardiologist with CHI St. Alexius Health Heart & Lung Clinic.
  • Dr. Mathew is board certified in internal medicine, cardiology, interventional cardiology, echocardiography and nuclear cardiology.

Organizations:

  • He is a member of the British Society of Echocardiography, American Heart Association and American College of Cardiology.

Other:

Locations of Practice:
FOR APPOINTMENTS CALL 1-800-932-8848

Hettinger Clinic/West River Health Services
1000 Hwy 12
Hettinger, ND 58639


Heart & Lung Clinic/CHI St. Alexius Health
310 North 10th Street
Bismarck, North Dakota 58501
Phone: (701) 530-7500
Toll Free:(800) 932-8848
Some of the providers are independent contractors and not acting as a facility employee or agent.

David Ness, Au.D. Clinical Audiologist

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David Ness, Au.D. Clinical Audiologist
Visiting Specialist

Education:  

  • Dr. Ness is a native of Bismarck, ND and a graduate of Louisiana Tech University. Before beginning his practice he was in Boise, ID, where he practiced at the Hearing and Balance Centers at the Elks.

Specialties:

  • Hearing evaluations for patients of all ages.
  • Treatment of hearing loss, including hearing aids and Frequency Modulation (FM) systems (assessments, fittings and verification measures)
  • Dizziness/vertigo evaluations and treatment.
  • Tinnitus (ringing in the ears) evaluations.
  • Works cooperatively with otolaryngology (ENT) and therapy services for those patients dealing with balance and dizziness/vertigo issues.

Organizations:

  • American Academy of Audiology

Other:

  • Hobbies: Hunting, fishing, golfing and skiing
Locations of Practice:
FOR APPOINTMENTS CALL 701-456-4200

Hettinger Clinic/West River Health Services
1000 Hwy 12
Hettinger, ND 58639

CHI St. Alexius Health Dickinson
2500 Fairway St
Dickinson, ND 58601

Some of the providers are independent contractors and not acting as a facility employee or agent.

 

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