Grand Itasca Doc Talk

Come hear Grand Itasca doctors speak about a different health topic each month! Doc Talk takes place on the third Tuesday of each month, 5:30pm-6:30pm at the Active Living Center Conference Room at the Itasca County Family YMCA. Doc Talk is free and open to the public. A free, light dinner will be served to all attendees. There is child care available at the Kid Zone free of charge to YMCA members and for a nominal fee to nonmembers.

Upcoming Topics:

January 17, 2017: Menopause – Dr. Derek Beyer

Join Dr. Derek Beyer as he talks about menopause and other common women’s health concerns. He will bring you the latest news flash on hot flashes, hormone therapy, and tips to help you manage your menopause symptoms so that you give a round of applause to menopause.

February 21, 2017: Alzheimer's Disease – Prevention, Treatment and Caregiver Fatigue

Join Kelly McKinnon and Carter Rohling, third year medical students from the University of Minnesota, for an informative talk on Alzheimer’s disease. They will touch on symptoms, prevention and treatment of Alzheimer’s disease as well as caregiver fatigue and available resources for caregivers. Kelly and Carter have been working with various Grand Itasca physicians as part of the nine-month Rural Physician Associate Program through the University of Minnesota.

Tuesday, March 21st: Colon Cancer – Dr. Lisa Owens

Tuesday, April 18th: Back Pain – Dr. Christopher Reilly

Tuesday, May 16th: Women’s Health - Dr. Kevin Gildner

Past Topics:

October 20, 2015: Preventive Care, 5:30 pm, Dr. Toni Youngdahl
Join Dr. Toni Youngdahl for an informative evening as she talks about what you can do to help prevent chronic diseases such as cancer, heart disease and diabetes. Dr. Youngdahl will also tell you about screenings you should have at each age to help you be proactive about your health and to stay healthy for years to come! Join us!

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November 17, 2015: Holiday Eating & Weight Loss, Dr. Tim Pehl
Join Dr. Timothy Pehl for an informative talk about weight loss and healthy eating, just in time for the holidays. He’ll talk about the basics of food and nutrition, how societal norms have changed over time and the ins and out of diets, medications and surgery as solutions for weight loss. Whether you’re interested in losing a few pesky pounds or you’re curious about more drastic solutions, such as surgery, this talk is for you!

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December 15, 2015: Caring for Upper Respiratory Infections, Dr. Phil Imholte
Join Dr. Phil Imholte as he talks about common illnesses, what causes them and how to prevent them. He’ll let you know what symptoms are cause for a visit to the doctor and when it’s better to just stay home. There’ll be lots of sanitizer on hand as you’re reminded how to keep your germs to yourself, especially in this season of illness.

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January 19, 2016: The Importance of Creativity in Overall Health, Dr. Anne Tofte and Dr. Patty Carlin-Janssen
Join Dr. Anne Tofte and Dr. Patty Carlin-Janssen for a talk about how engagement in creative activities can help improve your overall health. Whether you're a professional painter or struggle to draw stick figures, this talk will give you ideas for challenging yourself to think creatively.

February 16, 2016: Healthy Hearts, Dr. Jeremy Carlson
Dr. Jeremy Carlson will speak about ways to prevent and treat common heart concerns. He’ll discuss ways to optimize your heart’s performance and lower your chances of suffering any serious effects from poor heart health.

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March 15, 2016: Orthopedic Shoulder Surgery, Dr. Troy Erickson
Dr. Troy Erickson will explain the function of an often overlooked joint, the shoulder. He'll explain ways to keep your shoulders healthy, a joint venture between strength building and using precaution, and options for treatment of any acute or chronic problems.

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April 19, 2016: Aging Gracefully, Brent Schotl, Medical School Student
Brent Schotl, a third year medical student at the University of Minnesota, will talk about living younger than your age. He’ll touch on ways to prevent Alzheimer’s, diabetes, heart disease and arthritis. Brent has been working with various Grand Itasca physicians, as part of the nine-month Rural Physician Associate Program through the University of Minnesota.

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May 17, 2016: Caring for Your Wounds, Rose Villeneuve, GNP
Ever had a wound that you didn’t know how to treat? Or have a wound that just won’t go away? Rose Villeneuve, GNP is an Internal Medicine provider with a Wound Care Certification. She will discuss the difference between acute and chronic wounds, how to treat and recognize both, and the importance of seeing a wound care specialist when a chronic wound is identified.

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June 21, 2016: Joint Replacement: Stay Hip on What You Knee-d to Know, Dr. Kurt Possai
Dr. Kurt Possai, Grand Itasca Orthopedic Surgeon, will explain the ins and outs of total hip and knee joint replacement. He will talk about ways to keep your joints healthy and how to know when joint replacement is the best option for you.

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July 19, 2016: Protecting Yourself from Insect-Borne Illnesses, Dr. Stacy Holl
Join Dr. Stacy Holl for an informative talk on how to identify and protect yourself from insect-borne illnesses during these summer months. She’ll discuss the latest information on diseases spread by tick and mosquito bites including Lyme disease, Zika and other insect-borne illnesses.

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August 16, 2016: Immunizations– Protection at any age, Dr. Keith Murphy
Join Dr. Keith Murphy as he talks about immunizations for all ages and stages of life. He will talk about the abuse of prescription drugs, especially opioids, both locally and nationally and how it has become an epidemic. Whether you are sending kids back to school or preparing for cold and flu season, Dr. Murphy will explain what immunizations you need from childhood through adulthood to stay healthy, well and protected from illness and disease.

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September 20, 2016: Rx Drug Abuse, Dr. Jeremy Carlson
Join Dr. Jeremy Carlson for an informative talk on prescription drug abuse. He will talk about how the abuse of prescription drugs, especially opioids, has become an epidemic.

October 18, 2016: Venous Disease, Dr. Bill Johnson
Do your legs swell and ache? Join Dr. Bill Johnson, Radiologist at Grand Itasca, as he discusses common issues people experience related to their venous system. He’ll explain what causes disease of the veins and options for treatment, including minimally invasive options offered at Grand Itasca.

November 15, 2016: Urology 101, Dr. Ryan Novak
Join Dr. Ryan Novak, Grand Itasca Urologist, for an informative talk on men's urologic health. Dr. Novak will discuss prostate cancer, signs and symptoms to catch it in its earliest stages, and options for treatment.