Anderson joins Brainerd Lakes Health
Dr. Harvey Anderson, family practice, joined Brainerd Lakes Health.
Anderson is seeing patients at the Brainerd Medical Clinic. Anderson completed his medical education and residency at the University of Minnesota and St. John's Hospital. He grew up in the Twin Cities and is married with three young children.
Sonmor becomes registered professional
Widseth Smith Nolting's Chris Sonmor, professional engineer, became a registered professional engineer licensed in the state of North Dakota.
Dr. Harvey Anderson
Also registered in Minnesota, Sonmor has more than 10 years' experience in the engineering field.
Four providers join Riverwood Healthcare
AITKIN - Two physicians and two nurse practitioners recently joined the medical staff at Riverwood Healthcare Center in Aitkin.
Dr. Sweety Prethish, internal medicine physician, Dr. Cory Ecklund, family physician, along with Mary Mapes and Jennifer Weyer, both certified family nurse practitioners, joined Riverwood.
Prethish joins Dr. Joselito Burgos as Riverwood Healthcare Center's second hospital-based physician.
Before coming to Riverwood, Prethish completed a three-year residency as an internal medicine physician for Nassau University Medical Center in Long Island, N.Y.She began her medical career in India, where she served as the medical officer in two hospitals before coming to the United States.
Ecklund will see patients at Riverwood's Aitkin clinic.
He recently completed a three-year residency with a wilderness medicine focus at a family medicine clinic in Anchorage. Much of his training has focused on providing health care to rural and underserved communities, such as remote "bush" communities.
Graduating from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire in 2002 with Summa Cum Laude honors, Ecklund went on to complete medical school at the University of Minnesota, Duluth. He is a native of Lake City.
Mapes, certified family nurse practitioner, will see patients two days a week at the Garrison clinic and will take on a new role in hospital patient care as a nocturnist. Mapes will serve hospital patients several days a week during the evening and overnight hours of 7 p.m. to 7 a.m.
Mapes' experience as a registered nurse for Riverwood spans 13 years. She worked as a paramedic and critical care nurse for North Memorial Medical Transportation for the past 18 years. In 2009, Mapes completed her master's degree and training as a nurse practitioner at the College of St. Scholastica, Duluth.
Weyer will see patients at Riverwood's clinic in Aitkin. For the past five years, Weyer has worked as a registered nurse at Riverwood's hospital. She gained experience caring for patients in intensive care as well as those recovering from major illnesses and surgery. She developed an in-depth knowledge of holistic nursing that includes assessing, treating, referring and educating patients on a wide range of health issues.
Weyer's professional interests include all aspects of family medicine and chronic illness. She will devote part of her practice to intensive support for patients with chronic illnesses, helping them follow through with recommended treatments.
Weyer completed her master's degree and training as a nurse practitioner at the College of St. Scholastica, Duluth. She was honored in April 2009 with induction into Sigma Theta Tau International, Theta Xi Chapter, Honor Society of Nursing, at the College of St. Scholastica.
Nibbe gains appointment to project development engineer
The Minnesota Department of Transportation announced Robert Nibbe, Brainerd, was appointed as the District 3A project development engineer.
Nibbe began his career at MnDOT in 1987 in the agency's Right of Way office and has served in a variety of capacities including preliminary design, materials and hydraulics. In addition, Nibbe was manager for a number of construction projects including Cambridge and Brainerd bypasses, Highway 95/Cambridge, Highway 169/Grand Casino and Highway 210/Baxter.
Christopherson joins Alder Creek Custom Cabinets
MERRIFIELD - Alder Creek Custom Cabinets recently hired Michelle Christopherson as a project designer.
A graduate of Swanville High School, she atended Brainerd Tech College and St. Cloud Tech with degrees in bookkeeping, building construction drafting and estimating. She has 20 years experience in drafting, interior design and furniture design.
Simon joins Markus Hair Design & Day Spa
MOTLEY - Nancy Simon joined Markus Hair Design & Day Spa in Motley.
Previously at Great Clips in Baxter, Simon from Staples, was trained at the Wadena Technical College in cosmetology and massage therapy. She has more than six years of professional experience in these fields.
Brainerd Chapter IAAP elects leadership
The members of the Brainerd Chapter of the International Association of Administrative Professionals elected Colleen Jackson, Tanya Wiskow, Jean Pettis and Angie Mass to its leadership posts. Each will serve a one-year term.
Jackson, Brainerd, and will assume the position of president. A member of IAAP since 1984, Jackson currently serves as an accounting technician at Crow Wing County Social Services and has been in the administrative support field for 37 years.
Wiskow, Breezy Point, provides executive, human resource and administrative support at Landecker & Associates Inc. and has been a member of IAAP since 2008. She will assume the position of president-elect and chair the chapter's Membership Committee. She has more than 15 years of experience in executive and administrative support positions.
Pettis, Crosslake, has been the administrative assistant to the sales department at Madden's on Gull Lake since March of 2005 and has worked at Madden's in reservations and as conference room coordinator since March of 1997.
Mass, Ironton, will assume the position of treasurer. Mass is the administrator at Cascade Medspa and Laser Centre, Dermatology Professionals and Dr. Kurtis Waters, a position she has been in since October 2007.
Lakes Vybe hosts High Ropes challenge
DEERWOOD - Lakes Vybe, a Brainerd Lakes Chamber networking group for those age 21-40, invites business professionals age 21-40 to join them for an After Hours Social from 5:45 - 7:30 p.m. Sept. 24 at the Presbyterian Clearwater Forest, 16595 Crooked Lake Road in Deerwood, for a High Ropes Challenge.
The High Ropes Course experience provides individuals and groups the opportunity to challenge themselves in a safe and exhilarating setting, Lakes Vybe reported.
Cost to attend is $20/person. Pre-registration is requested. For more information, go online to www.explorebrainerdlakes.com or call 829-2838.
Nisswa Women's Club to host meeting Sept. 17
NISSWA - The Nisswa Women's Club will meet at noon Sept. 17, with a social time from 11:30 a.m. to noon at the Bar Harbor supper club, Lake Shore.
The program topic will be "Mom, What is MS?" presented by Karen Eitrheim Maas.
Hostesses for the meeting are Nancy Wangstad, Chair, Nancy Phillips, Pinky Holland, Maryann Erickson and Shirley Dullum. The inspirational will be given by Ann Grussing. Annual meeting and election of officers.
RSVP receives grant for "A Matter of Balance"
Central Minnesota Council on Aging recently awarded Horizon Health's RSVP Program a grant to help implement the program, "A Matter of Balance: Managing Concerns About Falls." This program will be from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. every Monday and Wednesday for four weeks, beginning Sept. 14 at the Little Falls Senior Center.
"A Matter of Balance," an award-winning program, is designed to reduce the fear of falling and increase activity levels among older adults.
The cost of the "A Matter of Balance" program is $5 and includes a workbook, refreshments will also be served. For more information, contact Tammy Jopp, RSVP director, at (320) 468-6451 or (800) 224-6451.
Occupational Therapy Forum planned
STAPLES - Lakewood Health System, Staples, is hosting an Occupational Therapy forum as part of its HealthBEAT 2009 speaking series at 7 p.m. Sept. 22 at Lakewood's main campus classrooms.
Janet Byland, occupational therapist, is presenting "What Now? Evaluating Cognitive Performance." Andrea Rhuby, speech therapist, will present "Swallow Evaluation and Therapies."
RSVP is requested by calling Kristen at (218) 894-8577.
'Active Aging' is part of Dine and Discover event
PIERZ - Faith in Action, a division of Horizon Health and Home Savings of America, and its Dine and Discover session, entitled "Active Aging" is planned from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Sept. 23 at Horizon Health's Community Room in Pierz.
This free event will take a look at the opportunities that Morrison County has for active seniors. A meal is included, but registration is required. For more information, call Doreen at Horizon Health at (320) 468-6451 or (800) 224-6451.
Central Lakes College offers welding course
Central Lakes College, Brainerd, scheduled a 42-hour welding course Sept. 22-Oct. 29 on Tuesday and Thursday evenings.
The fee is $399, including materials. Instructor is Craig Weigel.
The class meets in W100 from 5:30-9:30 p.m. Tuesdays and 5:30-8:30 p.m. Thursdays. For more information, call (800) 933-0346, extension 8142 or 855-8142.
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