Grand Itasca Doc Talk

Come hear Grand Itasca doctors and providers 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 is available to all attendees starting at 5pm. There is child care available at the Kid Zone free of charge to YMCA members and for a nominal fee to non-members.


September 17, 2019: Varicose Veins Explained  Quinn Carmichael, MD

Join Dr. Quinn Carmichael, Radiologist, for a talk about what causes and what you can do to treat venous disease and varicose veins. He'll discuss risk factors and signs and symptoms of venous disease as well as the minimally invasive treatment options offered at Grand Itasca. 

October 15, 2019: Breast Care: A Team Approach  Lisa Owens, MD & Dawn Hayes, RN 

Hear Dr. Lisa Owens (General Surgeon) and Dawn Hayes, RN (Breast Nurse Navigator) talk about how they approach breast care at Grand Itasca. They'll discuss recommendations for breast screenings, new tools for improved detection of breast cancer and treatment options right in our community. You'll learn why you, the patient, play the most significant role in the health care team!  

No Doc Talk in November - Happy Thanksgiving! 

No Doc Talk in December - Merry Christmas!   


August 20, 2019: Acupuncture: Let's Get to the Point  Eric Warne, DC

From treating headaches to lower back pain and even opioid addiction, acupuncture can benefit many people. Grand Itasca Chiropractor and Certified Acupuncture Practitioner, Dr. Eric Warne explains how acupuncture works, why it's used and who it can benefit. 

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July 16, 2019: Advanced Care Planning: It's Never Too Early to Start -  Danielle Smestad, NP

Grand Itasca's Danielle Smestad, Family Medicine Nurse Practitioner, shares what you should know when it comes to making plans for your final moments. She sheds light on the decisions you need to make, things to consider when making these decisions, and the required paperwork to make your wishes known.

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June 18, 2019: Protecting the Skin You are In  JJ Germscheid, MD

Grand Itasca's Dr. JJ Germscheid, General Surgeon, talks about sun safety. He discusses ways to protect yourself from the summer sun as well as symptoms and treatment options for skin cancer. 

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May 21, 2019: Sleep: Making the Most of Your ZZZZs -  Anne Tofte, MD

Do you lose sleep over losing sleep? Join Dr. Anne Tofte, Family Medicine, talked about the importance of getting quality sleep. She discussed options for getting to sleep and staying asleep without the use of medications. 

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April 16, 2019: Alternative Medicine: Keeping You Well -  Jimmy McCluskey & Logan Smestad, RPAP Students

Logan Smestad and Jimmy McCluskey, third year medical students from the University of Minnesota, gave an informative talk touching on a variety of subjects within ‘alternative medicine.’ Specifically they addressed updates and evidence of recommendations regarding vitamin, probiotic, and supplement use.

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March 19, 2019: Atrial Fibrillation: A Fib is No Fib -  Kristina Conner, FNP

Grand Itasca's Kristina Conner, Nurse Practitioner specializing in Cardiology, talks about cardia arrhythmia, also know as Atrial Fibrillation (A Fib). This condition often comes with no warning signs but affects more than 2.7 million Americans. Attendees learned about A Fib, prevention of stroke with A Fib, what you should do if you experience symptoms and options for treatment.

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February 19, 2019: How to Make Your Pharmacy Work for You -  Dave Johnson, RPh

Grand Itasca Pharmacist, Dave Johnson, RPh, talks about a few of the time-saving and cost-saving services offered by your local pharmacy. Dave explains the benefits of medication therapy management and medication synchronization, services commonly offered by pharmacies but not taken advantage of. He also explores the many resources available to those who are unable to pay for their medications. video

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January 15, 2019: Chiropractic Care: Top Ten Things to Know -  Eric Warne, DC

Join Dr. Eric Warne, Chiropractor, for a talk about the top ten things you should know about chiropractic care. He'll dispel myths and address misconceptions, leaving attendees with a better understanding of what they can gain from chiropractic care. 

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October 16, 2018: Preventing & Treating Kidney Stones -  Ryan Novak, MD

In the United States, one of every ten people will develop kidney stones in their lifetime. Want to learn how to avoid being in that unfortunate 10% of the population? Hear Dr. Ryan Novak, Urologist, talk on what causes kidney stones, how you can prevent them, and what to do if you get them.

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September 18, 2018: Artificial Intelligence: Transforming the Future of Medicine -  Scott Johnson, MD

Join Dr. Scott Johnson, OB/Gyn, talks about the future of technology in medicine, which includes the use of artificial intelligence (AI). Doctors will be able to focus on communicating with and caring for their patients while allowing AI to comb through data and research to diagnose and predict disease. Dr. Johnson breaks down the benefits of AI and allows for conversation about concerns. 

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August 21, 2018: Choosing Wisely: When Less is More in Medicine -  Dan Soular, MD

Join Dr. Dan Soular, Family Medicine Physician, talks about Choosing WiselyThe Choosing Wisely initiative is meant to encourage productive conversation between physicians and patients and engage patients in their health care decisions. Dr. Soular reviews some of the current recommendations for common health care concerns, spelling out what care decisions are supported by evidence, free from harm and truly necessary. This will make you feel empowered to have constructive conversations with your provider! 

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July 17, 2018: Appropriate Use of Rapid Clinic & Emergency Department -  Tim Pehl, MD

Have you ever had a medical issue and wondered if you should go to the Emergency Department, Rapid Clinic or wait until you could get an appointment with your doctor or provider in the clinic? Dr. Tim Pehl, Family Medicine Physician, spells out when it's most appropriate to run to the Emergency Department, walk to the Raid Clinic, or stay put until you can get a clinic appointment. This valuable information could save you time and money.

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June 19, 2018Diabetes Prevention & Management - Michelle Overbye, NP

Grand Itasca's newest Family Medicine Nurse Practitioner, Michelle Overbye, talks about diabetes prevention. She also covers recommendations and options for managing diabetes for those who have a pre-diabetes or diabetes type 2 diagnosis.

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May 15, 2018: Surviving Cancer - Shannon Petroske, NP

More than 15.5 million Americans have a history of cancer, meaning they are currently being treated for cancer or have survived cancer. That staggering statistic tells us what we already know, that most of us have been affected by cancer in one way or another. Shannon Petroske, Oncology NP talks about surviving cancer, as as patient and caretaker. She also talks about the new Cancer & Infusion Center, support groups and survivorship programs at Grand Itasca.

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April 17, 2018: Preventive Health, Keeping You Well - Jordyn Walter, RPAP Student

Jordyn Walter, third year medical student from the University of Minnesota, talks about preventive care. She discusses the most recent recommendations for vaccinations, screenings, vitamins and supplements to keep you healthy and well.

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March 20, 2018: Discovering and Fighting Pain - Dr. Chris Reilly

Grand Itasca Radiologist, Dr. Chris Reilly, discusses joint, back and neck pain and related minimally invasive treatment options. He also discusses new radiology services at Grand Itasca, including low dose CT screening for lung cancer and MR guided breast biopsy.

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February 20, 2018: Pelvic Floor Disorders: Common Female Concerns & Treatments - Dr. Katy Johnson

Ladies, do you pee when you laugh or have discomfort when urinating? You’re not alone. About 1 in 3 women experience these symptoms and others related to pelvic floor disorders. You may be suffering from incontinence or pelvic organ prolapse. Hear about causes, symptoms, and treatments for these common pelvic floor disorders from Grand Itasca OB/Gyn, Dr. Katy Johnson.

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January 16, 2018: GERD: When Heartburn Becomes a Headache - Dr. Shawn Olson

As many as four in 10 Americans have symptoms of gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD, and many depend on medications like Prilosec, Prevacid and Nexium to reduce stomach acid. Dr. Shawn Olson, General Surgeon presents on causes, symptoms and the latest in treatment options for those with reflux.

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Tuesday, Oct. 17th: Breast Cancer: Prevention, Detection & Treatment - Dr. Lisa Owens

Grand Itasca General Surgeon, Dr. Lisa Owens, talks about how to prevent breast cancer. She also discusses methods for detecting and treating what is now the most common cancer in women.

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Tuesday, Sept. 19th: Chronic Disease and Its Ties to Depression - Dr. Patty Carlin-Janssen

Dr. Patty Carlin-Janssen talks about treating depression alongside chronic disease. She presents research linking the two diseases and the importance of co-managing them for best patient outcomes. The presentation also includes tips on incorporating gratitude in your life as a way to manage depression.

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Tuesday, Aug. 15th: Food is Medicine - Dr. Philip Imholte

Dr. Phil Imholte gives a talk on how eating healthy food can help you reduce or avoid medications. He reviews research showing improvements in health by making better food choices and show you how you can start to implement this into your daily life.

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Tuesday, July 18th: The Ins & Outs of Heart Failure - Dr. Kristina Conner

Kristina Conner, Cardiology CNP, teaches you everything you need to know about heart failure. Learn about the signs and symptoms of heart failure and how you can live healthy!

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Tuesday, June 20th: Let's Get Chiro-practical! - Dr. Linnea Soular

Grand Itasca Chiropractor, Dr. Linnea Soular, 'adjusts' some perceptions about chiropractic care. She will discuss the many benefits of a drug-free, hands-on approach to health care.

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Tuesday, May 16th: Abnormal Bleeding Before & After Menopause - Dr. Kevin Gildner

Dr. Kevin Gildner, OB/Gyn, gives a talk on abnormal vaginal bleeding for women of all ages and stages of life. He discusses how to assess the bleeding as well as different pelvic cancer screenings to keep you healthy.

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Tuesday, April 18th: Back PainDr. Christopher Reilly

Grand Itasca Radiologist, Dr. Chris Reilly, gives an informative talk on spine-related pain. He discusses the causes and minimally-invasive treatment options for back and neck pain, as well as referred pain to the arms and legs

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Tuesday, March 21st: Colon Health Dr. Lisa Owens

Grand Itasca General Surgeon, Dr. Lisa Owens, for an informative talk on colon health during Colon Cancer Awareness Month. She will discuss how to keep your colon clean as well as how to prevent and catch colon cancer in its earliest stages.

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February 21, 2017: Alzheimer's Disease & Caregiver Fatigue - Kelly McKinnon & Carter Rohling, RPAP Medical Students

Kelly McKinnon and Carter Rohling, third year medical students from the University of Minnesota, give an informative talk on Alzheimer’s disease. They touch on symptoms, prevention and treatment of Alzheimer’s disease as well as caregiver fatigue and available resources for caregivers.

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January 17, 2017: Menopause – Dr. Derek Beyer

Dr. Derek Beyer talks about menopause and other common women’s health concerns. He brings 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.

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November 15, 2016: Urology 101, Dr. Ryan Novak

Dr. Ryan Novak, Grand Itasca Urologist, gives an informative talk on men's urologic health. Dr. Novak discusses prostate cancer, signs and symptoms to catch it in its earliest stages, and options for treatment.

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October 18, 2016: Venous Disease, Dr. Bill Johnson

Do your legs swell and ache? Join Dr. Bill Johnson, Radiologist at Grand Itasca, discusses common issues people experience related to their venous system. He explains what causes disease of the veins and options for treatment, including minimally invasive options offered at Grand Itasca.

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September 20, 2016: Rx Drug Abuse, Dr. Jeremy Carlson

Dr. Jeremy Carlson gives an informative talk on prescription drug abuse. He talks about how the abuse of prescription drugs, especially opioids, has become an epidemic.

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August 16, 2016: Immunizations– Protection at Any Age, Dr. Keith Murphy

Dr. Keith Murphy 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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July 19, 2016: Protecting Yourself from Insect-Borne Illnesses, Dr. Stacy Holl

Dr. Stacy Holl gives 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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June 21, 2016: Joint Replacement: Stay Hip on What You Knee-d to Know, Dr. Kurt Possai

Dr. Kurt Possai, Grand Itasca Orthopedic Surgeon, explains 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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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 discusses 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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April 19, 2016: Aging Gracefully, Brent Schotl, Medical School Student

Brent Schotl, a third year medical student at the University of Minnesota, talks about living younger than your age. He touches on ways to prevent Alzheimer’s, diabetes, heart disease and arthritis.

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March 15, 2016: Orthopedic Shoulder Surgery, Dr. Troy Erickson

Dr. Troy Erickson explains the function of an often overlooked joint, the shoulder. He explains 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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February 16, 2016: Healthy Hearts, Dr. Jeremy Carlson

Dr. Jeremy Carlson speaks about ways to prevent and treat common heart concerns. He discusses ways to optimize your heart’s performance and lower your chances of suffering any serious effects from poor heart health.

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January 19, 2016: The Importance of Creativity in Overall Health, Dr. Anne Tofte and Dr. Patty Carlin-Janssen

Dr. Anne Tofte and Dr. Patty Carlin-Janssen give 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.

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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November 17, 2015: Holiday Eating & Weight Loss, Dr. Tim Pehl

Dr. Timothy Pehl gives 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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October 20, 2015: Preventive Care, Dr. Toni Youngdahl

Dr. Toni Youngdahl talks about what you can do to help prevent chronic diseases such as cancer, heart disease and diabetes. Dr. Youngdahl tells 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.

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