Making the Rounds 5/17/17

posted May 17, 2017 9:37 a.m. (CDT)
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TEACHER OF THE YEAR: Dr. Andrew Calvin, a cardiologist with Mayo Clinic Health System, recently was voted Teacher of the Year for 2016-17 by UW Health Eau Claire Family Medicine residents.

The award was presented to Calvin by residency program director Dr. Joan Hamblin at the cardiac center staff meeting of Mayo Clinic Health System on April.

Calvin has been serving as a community preceptor in cardiology for the residency since the 2015-16 program year. Residents recognized his excellent knowledge base and love of teaching, and they value the exceptional learning experiences he provides.

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NEW PRACTICE: Dr. Kristie Gering has opened a new practice in Chippewa Falls called Spero Wellness Clinic in the south building of the Dove Healthcare-Wissota Health and Regional Vent Center campus.

Spero is a functional medicine clinic. Functional medicine differs from traditional medicine in that it searches for and treats the root cause of a health problem, rather than simply treating a symptom. Through the use of evidence-based testing and a holistic approach, Gering and her staff will work with patients to treat health problems at their source and help the body heal.

Along with Gering and her clinic staff, Spero also features Kris Greener, a certified health education specialist and a Functional Medicine Coaching Academy candidate. Greener is contracting at Spero as a health coach. 

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NEW POSTS: The following recently have joined area health care facilties:

• Dr. Thomas Lowry, an otolaryngologist, recently joined the ear, nose and throat department at Mayo Clinic Health System–Northland in Rice Lake.

Lowry earned his bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of Texas in Austin and completed medical school at Texas Tech University Health Science Center School of Medicine in Lubbock. He completed his residency at Willford Hall Medical Center, located at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio. He has been practicing in the Chippewa Valley since 2008.

Lowry is a member of the American Academy of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery, is certified by the American Board of Otolaryngology and is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons.

Lowry studied general surgery and worked as a United States Air Force flight surgeon before choosing to hone his skills in otolaryngology and head and neck surgery.

• Dr. Matthew Tomcik, a family medicine physician, sees patients at the Prevea Chippewa Falls Health Center.

Tomcik is certified by the American Board of Family Medicine. He graduated from medical school at Indiana University School of Medicine and completed residency at Saint Joseph Regional Medical Center in Indiana.

• Dr. Richard Yoon  recently joined the occupational medicine department at Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire.

Yoon earned his bachelor’s degree in biological sciences and liberal studies at the University of Delaware in Newark and completed medical school at Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia. Yoon is completing his master’s degree in public health from Rutgers University in Piscataway, N.J., where he previously completed an internal medicine residency and a fellowship in occupational and environmental medicine.

Prior to joining Mayo Clinic Health System, Yoon worked as the medical director of RWJ Barnabas Health Corporate Care in Toms River, N.J.

• Katelyn Voss, a nurse practitioner, recently joined the behavioral health department at Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire.

Voss earned her bachelor’s degree in nursing from UW-Eau Claire in 2009. She went on to receive her master’s degree in nursing in the family nurse practitioner program from Concordia University in Mequon in 2013.

Voss previously worked as a nurse practitioner at Mayo Clinic Health System’s emergency department. She has seven years of emergency medicine experience as a registered nurse and nurse practitioner. She also has 14 years of health care experience with the Wisconsin Army National Guard.

• Kristin Rubenzer, a family medicine nurse practitioner, has joined the Prevea Menomonie Health Center.

Rubenzer is board-certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center and is a certified medical examiner from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. She earned a master’s degree in nursing from UW-Eau Claire.

• Registered dietitian Laura Knudsen recently joined the diabetes education and nutrition departments at Mayo Clinic Health System–Red Cedar in Menomonie. Previously, she worked as a clinical dietitian at Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire.

Knudsen earned her bachelor’s degree in dietetics and her master’s degree in food and nutritional sciences at UW-Stout in Menomonie.

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PROGRAM DIRECTOR OF THE YEAR: Dr. Shawna Kovach, a former west-central Wisconsin resident, was named Program Director of the Year by the Horizon Health organization.

Kovach is the director of psychiatric and behavioral health services for Lakewood Health System in Staples, Minn.

“Dr. Kovach has a gift for seeing the big picture when it comes to department and system goals,” said Dr. Paul Davis, Lakewood psychologist in his nomination. “She also possesses a keen eye for details and has a knack for recognizing how the details need to be implemented to ensure attainment of big picture goals.”

From staff reports