Lakeville Medical News

Mark Mellstrom, MD, joins FamilyHealth

Mellstrom head shotMark Mellstrom, MD, has joined FamilyHealth Medical Clinic’s Family Medicine practice.

Dr. Mellstrom is a familiar face to many in Lakeville. For 14 years, he was part of a local independent practice. Prior to that, he practiced for 14 years with an independent group in Northfield and one year with Park Nicollet.

Dr. Mellstrom sees patients of all ages.

“I enjoy taking care of the whole patient, working with them to improve their physical and mental well-being,” Dr. Mellstrom says. “Over the course of my 29 years of practice, I have had the privilege of many long relationships with my patients and the opportunity to work with them as they navigate different stages of life.”

A graduate of Carleton College, Dr. Mellstrom received his medical degree from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, 1982. He completed his Family Medicine Residency at the Mayo Graduate School of Medicine.

Dr. Mellstrom’s experience and expertise complements the Family Medicine practice of Alice Mann, MD; Rhonda Meyer, FNP; Ashley Gilland, MSN, FNP-BC; and the specialty practices of pediatrician Kelly Meyer, D.O.; OB-GYNs Melanie Dixon, MD, and Dana Olson, MD; orthopedic surgeons Erik Stroemer, MD, and Hans Bengtson, MD; ENT specialist Gerard O’Halloran, MD; audiologist Jennifer Bormann, MS, CCC-A; Mayo Clinic allergist Nancy Ott, MD; and Mayo Clinic cardiologists.

For an appointment, call FamilyHealth Medical Clinic at 952-469-0500.





Food allergy experts to speak

Two experts on food allergies will provide a free educational session for parents Monday, Jan. 26, 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Dakota County Heritage Library in Lakeville, 20085 Heritage Drive.

Nancy Ott, MD, a Mayo Clinic pediatric allergist who sees patients at FamilyHealth Medical Clinic, and Nona Navaez, executive director of Anaphylaxis and Food Allergy Association of Minnesota (AFAA), will combine for a session called: “What Parents Need to Know.” They will provide an overview of food allergies, talk about the latest research, and offer helpful tips on how to handle emergencies.

Dr. Ott practiced at Southdale Pediatrics for 22 years before moving to Mayo Clinic to add teaching and research to her practice. Dr. Ott’s personal experience with childhood asthma has informed her work as a pediatric allergist.  At age 13, she spent nine months at National Jewish Hospital in Denver, Colorado, for asthma treatment.

A graduate of the University of Minnesota Medical School, she is board certified in Pediatrics and Allergy/Immunology.

Narvaez is a co-founder of AFAA and has served as its executive director since its inception in 2001. Under her direction, AFAA has grown to be the largest state food allergy organization in the United States. Narvaez has worked for the Minnesota Legislature and U.S. Congress as a policy research analyst, and has her M.A. (public affairs) and B.A. degrees from the University of Minnesota.

The session is sponsored by FamilyHealth Medical Clinic of Lakeville. FamilyHealth provides primary, specialty and urgent care services at its clinic at 9913 214th St. in Lakeville.


Nurse practitioner joins FamilyHealth

Ashley Gilland, MSN, FNP-BC, a family medicine nurse practitioner, will join FamilyHealth Medical Clinic December 1.

She will see a full range of patients of all ages. Her areas of professional interest include preventive medicine, women’s health and management of chronic diseases.

Healthcare has long been her calling. Prior to coming to FamilyHealth, Ashley spent nine years in nursing. She has worked in a variety of settings, including surgery centers, inpatient settings and home health.

Ashley has always been fascinated by the physiology of the human body. The advanced training as a nurse practitioner allows her to do more diagnostics work and problem-solving.

Her practice will revolve around preventive and maintenance care. She said she will promote vaccinations, regular screenings and healthy lifestyles. For those with chronic conditions, she will work to prevent further complications.

And she practices what she preaches. Ashley leads an active life that keeps her moving and being mindful of a healthy diet.

“I try to be active and live a healthy lifestyle,” she said, “and I want to share those goals with others.”

For an appointment, call 952-469-0500 for Lakeville, 507-646-1494 for Northfield or 651-460-2300 for Farmington.



Flu clinics announced

FamilyHealth Medical Clinic has established specific dates and times for seasonal flu clinics this fall.

In Lakeville, flu shots are available by appointment:
Monday, Oct. 20, 1 p.m.. – 6 p.m.
Thursday, Oct. 23, 2 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Monday, Oct. 27, 1 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, Oct. 30, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Monday, Nov. 3, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Tuesday, Nov. 4, 11 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 7, 5 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, Nov. 12, 11 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, Nov. 13, 5 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Monday, Nov. 17, 8 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Thursday, Nov. 20, 5 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Call 952-469-0500 and ask for a nurse only appointment.

For dates and times at other FamilyHealth clinics, go to for information for the clinic nearest you.

A flu vaccination is the first and best way to protect against getting this year’s seasonal influenza, according to public health officials.

The Centers for Disease Control and the Minnesota Department of Health are recommending anyone six months or older be vaccinated. Those most at risk for becoming seriously ill from the flu include:

  • people age 65 and older
  • young children
  • pregnant women
  • people with certain health conditions such as asthma, diabetes, and heart disease.

Other preventive steps to protect you from the flu are:

  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Germs spread this way.
  • Try to avoid close contact with sick people.
  • If you are sick with flu-like illness, CDC recommends that you stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone except to get medical care or for other necessities. (Your fever should be gone without the use of a fever-reducing medicine.)
  • While sick, limit contact with others as much as possible to keep from infecting them.

Sleep Center offers informational session

The Northfield Hospital Sleep Center will host a free informational session on sleep disorders Saturday, Nov. 1, 8 a.m. to noon in the Conference Center in the lower level of the hospital.

“Lights Out: The Path to Successful Sleep,” will feature presentations on the latest research and practices in the field of Sleep Medicine. Bryan Hoff, MD, Director of Northfield Hospital Sleep Center, will speak about “Shift Work and Circadian Rhythms; Gerard O’Halloran, MD, an ENT specialist with certification in Sleep Medicine, will speak about “Obstructive Sleep Apnea,” and Dr. William Hoekstra, a psychologist with Allina Medical Center, will speak about “What is Normal Sleep and Insomnia.” In addition, Robert Hoover, a representative from Allina Health Home Oxygen and Medical Equipment , will be there to speak about “Taking the Mystery Out of PAP Therapy.”

There will be time for questions and conversation with sleep specialists. Continuing education credits are available.

One in four people is at risk for sleep disorders, with 90 percent of those still unidentified. The Sleep Center can help patients uncover their specific barriers to sleep through clinical study.

The informational session is free, but pre-registration is required. To register, e-mail to:



Grief counselor to talk about ‘reclaiming hope’

Chris Dooley-Harrington, a grief counselor with Fairview Home Care and Hospice, will be the featured speaker at a bereavement informational meeting Wednesday, Sept. 17, 6:30 to 8 p.m. in the Northfield Hospital Conference Center.

Dooley-Harrington’s talk, “Living after a Loss: Reclaiming hope, joy, and resilience,” is a prelude to an optional six-week grief support group offered by Northfield Hospice. Both events are free and open to the public.

A licensed social worker, Dooley-Harrington works with children, adolescents, and adults who have lost a loved one to death. In addition to individual counseling, she runs support groups, grief education workshops, and mind-body-spirit grief retreats.

Chris founded and leads the Minnesota Children’s Grief Consortium which encourages grief professionals to share resources, referrals, and expertise in service to grieving children. She also serves on the Leadership Teams for Camp Erin, an annual summer camp for grieving children, and the Families Growing Through Loss Retreat, an annual grief retreat for parentally bereaved children and their families. 

 One and a half CEU credits will be available for the September 17th session. People can register that evening for their credits.

The six-week bereavement group will be facilitated by Katie Jacobi, Bereavement Social Worker for Northfield Hospice. It will begin on Wednesday, Sept. 24, 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. in Meeting Room A at the hospital and then will meet every Wednesday through October 29. Pre-registration is required. To register or for more information, call Katie Jacobi at 507-646-1037.  

The presentation is sponsored by Northfield Hospice and the Northfield Grief Support Coalition.


Northfield Hospital expands surgical practice

General surgeon Katya Ericson, MD, is joining Surgical Care Consultants, P.A., a general surgery practice that serves both Northfield Hospital & Clinics and Allina Medical Clinic.

A graduate of the University of Minnesota Medical School, Dr. Ericson comes to Northfield from Hennepin County Medical Center, where she recently completed a five-year residency in general surgery. She will work closely with Jose Fulco, MD, and Chris Nielsen, MD.

  Dr. Ericson performs a full range of general surgery services, including colonoscopies, upper endoscopies and advanced laparoscopic procedures. She will see patients at FamilyHealth Medical Clinic and perform surgeries at Northfield Hospital.

   “We are delighted to attract a surgeon of Dr. Ericson’s caliber to Northfield Hospital,” said Dr. Fulco.  “She will bring an element of diversity to our practice and provide greater access for patients, especially in the Lakeville and Farmington communities.”

    A native of Belarus, Dr. Ericson came to the United States at the age of 20. She knew she wanted to be a practicing physician.  A surgical clinical rotation in medical school convinced her she belonged in the operating room.

  “What attracted me to surgery is that the surgeon not only needs to know how to perform the procedures,” Dr. Ericson said, “but must also manage many conditions both before and after surgery.”

 The challenge and the opportunity to serve fuels Dr. Ericson’s passion for medicine.

“I like medicine because of the impact I can have on a person’s life,” she said. “And I love the
challenges that medicine presents.”

 Dr. Ericson is joining an established general surgery practice that provides around-the-clock surgical support for Northfield Hospital & Clinics. Dr. Fulco has practiced for 22 years, 14 of those in an academic setting. Dr. Nielsen has 18 years of experience and is certified in Critical Care Surgery. 



Pediatric pulmonology services available in Northfield

Paolo Pianosi, M.D., a pediatric pulmonologist from Mayo Clinic, now sees patients at FamilyHealth Medical Clinic in Northfield.

Dr. Pianosi offers expertise in the diagnosis, treatment and management of children with breathing disorders and lung diseases. His services are provided by Mayo Clinic Outreach.

Kathleen Meier, Clinic Services Administrator for Northfield Hospital & Clinics, said Dr. Pianosi’s practice expands the scope of services offered by FamilyHealth Medical Clinics.

“He will provide a higher level of service closer to home,” she said. “Our pediatric patients will not have to travel as far to get Mayo Clinic’s expert care.”

Dr. Pianosi earned his medical degree from the University of Toronto in Ontario, Canada. Following his Pediatrics Internship and Residency at the University of Ottawa in Ontario, Canada, he completed a Respirology Fellowship at McGill University in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Dr. Pianosi is certified by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons in Pediatric and Respiratory Medicine and is also certified in Pediatrics and Pediatrics Pulmonology by the American Board of Pediatrics. He is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at Mayo Clinic.

To request an appointment, contact your primary care provider or call 507-646-1494.


Welcom to Lakeville Dr. Alice Mann

Dr. Alice Mann joins FamilyHealth

 Alice Mann, MD, a Family Medicine physician, has joined FamilyHealth Medical Clinic, a service of Northfield Hospital & Clinics.

Beginning January 27, Dr. Mann will see a full range of patients at FamilyHealth’s Lakeville clinic. Her physician services are provided by Mayo Clinic Health System.

Dr. Mann is board certified in Family Medicine. She received her medical degree from Meharry Medical College in Nashville, Tennessee and performed her residency with Mayo Clinic Health System in LaCrosse, Wis. She has a special interest in women’s health, geriatrics, pediatric and adolescent care, management of chronic diseases, and sports medicine

Dr. Mann says she went into medicine to make a difference in the lives of people. A solid relationship built on trust and mutual respect is the foundation of good medical care, she says.

International health is one of her passions. She has spent time providing medical care in under-served populations around the world.

FamilyHealth Medical Clinic provides both primary and specialty healthcare through partnerships with a variety of premier providers. Specialties include pediatrics; orthopedics; OB/GYN; ear, nose and throat; and general surgery. It also offers Urgent Care at its Lakeville clinic.

For an appointment with Dr. Mann, call FamilyHealth Medical Clinic at 952-469-0500.

Hospital to open urgent care in Lakeville

Northfield Hospital & Clinics is bringing urgent care to Lakeville.

Beginning October 15, urgent care providers will be available to see walk-in patients at Urgent Care Lakeville, a service of Northfield Hospital & Clinics, at the corner of Jacquard and County Road 70. Hours will be noon to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. No appointments are necessary.

The new “urgent care” clinic services will be located side-by-side with the existing primary and specialty care clinics already in place at FamilyHealth Medical Clinic. Urgent Care Lakeville will be staffed by physicians who have backgrounds and experience in emergency medicine, which will be a benefit to diagnoses and to referrals, if they are necessary.

“We think the urgent care model meets a community need,” said Kathleen Meier, Division Administrator for Clinic Services. “Patients often can’t anticipate their need for medical care. This will give them an important option when the need is now.”

Urgent care is defined as the delivery of ambulatory medical care outside of a hospital emergency department on an unscheduled, walk-in basis. The scope of service is greater than that of a retail minute clinic, but more cost-effective and timely than a visit to a hospital emergency department.

Urgent care medical services are similar to those of a primary care clinic, but available even when your regular primary care provider is not. Urgent care is equipped with radiology and laboratory services. Procedure rooms allow for treatment of minor and moderate-severity lacerations

Urgent care is not designed as a replacement for developing a relationship with a primary care provider, Meier said. An urgent care center is a convenient option when someone’s regular physician is on vacation or unable to offer a timely appointment. Or, when illness strikes outside of regular office hours, urgent care offers an alternative to waiting for hours in a hospital Emergency Room.

In addition to urgent care, Northfield Hospital & Clinics also offers primary and specialty care at its clinic. Specialists include OB/GYNs, ENT, and orthopedics. For an appointment with any of these clinicians, call 952-469-0500.

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