Biz Buzz for Oct. 2, 2017
• LHB hired Rachel Johnson in the Duluth Office as a landscape architect designer. She holds a master's degree in landscape architecture from the University of Minnesota and has previous work experience as an urban designer.
• Essentia Health announced the following:
Nurse practitioner Angela St. Onge joined the geriatrics department at Essentia Health-Spooner Clinic. Previously, St. Onge was a registered nurse. She earned a master's degree in nursing from Maryville University in St. Louis, Mo., and is certified as an adult/gerontology nurse practitioner by the American Nurses Credentialing Center.
Dr. Gretchen Adams, a family medicine physician, joined Essentia Health-St. Mary's-Superior Clinic in Superior. Adams earned a medical degree from Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine in Kirksville, Mo., and completed a residency in family medicine at Eau Claire (Wis.) Family Medicine. She is certified by the American Board of Family Medicine in family medicine and the American Osteopathic Board of Family Physicians.
Dr. Grishma Bharucha, an ophthalmologist, joined Essentia Health-Duluth Clinic in Duluth. She earned a medical degree from Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine in Richmond, where she also completed a residency in ophthalmology. She completed a fellowship in cornea, external disease and refractive surgery at the University of Minnesota Medical School in Minneapolis.
Hospitalist Dr. Cara Moen joined Essentia Health-St. Mary's Medical Center in Duluth. She earned a medical degree at the University of Minnesota Medical School in Minneapolis and completed a residency in internal medicine at Abbott Northwestern Hospital, also in Minneapolis.
Dr. Olubisi Adesuyi, a hospitalist, joined Essentia Health-St. Mary's Medical Center in Duluth. She earned a medical degree from the American University of Antigua and completed a residency in internal medicine at Harlem Hospital Center in New York.
• St. Luke's Bay Area Medical Clinic in Duluth hired physician assistant Sally Spitzer. She earned a master's degree in physician assistant studies from the University of South Dakota in Vermillion. She previously was a medical laboratory technician and a plasma center technician.
• Brett Kinney was named vice president, business banking officer, at Frandsen Bank and Trust-Duluth/Cloquet. In his new position Kinney will focus his efforts on the continued development and expansion of the business loan portfolio in Duluth and the surrounding communities. Kinney most recently worked at Alerus Bank in Duluth as a relationship manager. He is active in Rotary 25 Club in Duluth, the Scottish Rite Language Clinic and AAD Shrine. He is board member for Duluth East Youth Hockey.
• Sweet Spot Indoor Golf hired Steve Barschdorf as their golf professional. Barschdorf, a Superior native, has been coaching for more than 12 years, including professional staff positions at Nemadji and Enger Park Courses. For the last six years he coached boys varsity golf at Duluth Marshall. He is an experienced player, participating in multiple State AM and State Match Play events, as well as a Pro State Open event. He works with junior, men and women golfers at beginner, intermediate and advanced levels.
• Halvor Lines in Superior was recognized with two safety awards this summer: a first place prize from the Minnesota Trucking Assoc. in their 2017 Fleet Safety Contest in the Truckload: Combined and Over-the-Road, over 1 million miles division; and the Wisconsin Motor Carriers Association 2016 Fleet Safety Award in the over 5 million miles category. Both awards are given based upon the average amount of accidents per mile driven in each state for the previous year. The MTA also recognized Halvor Lines with two certificates of achievement at their annual safety meeting: Improved Fleet Safety Record and Accident-Free Year for 2016. This marks the second consecutive year Halvor Lines was awarded the WMCA Fleet Safety Award in their division.
• St. Louis County emergency management coordinator Duane Johnson was honored by the Association of Minnesota Emergency Managers for outstanding performance in emergency management. Johnson has worked for the Sheriff's Office since 1995, beginning as a 9-1-1 emergency communications specialist and working his way up to various supervisory roles. He has served as the county's emergency management coordinator since 2015.
• The Hermantown Area Chamber of Commerce's Outstanding Ambassador Award recipient was Angie Dormanen, corporate sales manager for Holiday Inn and Suites Downtown Duluth and Holiday Inn Express Duluth North. Dormanen can often be found attending ribbon cuttings held by the chamber, personally reaching out to new and existing businesses in the Hermantown Area. She is also constantly willing to help chamber staff, whether it is volunteering to work registration at events to helping with set up to make sure the event is a success.
• The Continuing Education program in the University of Minnesota Duluth's Center for Economic Development announced Wendy Running of Enbridge earned her Frontline Leadership Certificate. The certificate is earned by completing 30 hours of course work in such areas as communication, conflict, business acumen and performance management.
• Age Well Arrowhead announced Lakeside Dental employees completed the Dementia Friendly at Work training: Dr. Todd Hansen D.D.S., Holly Ierino, Bridget Rebisehke, Jessica Anderson, Vicki Faegre and Melanie Ness. The customized training focused on creating a friendly environment, communication techniques with caregivers and customers, adjustments to billing, and making simple changes to help clients dealing with dementia.
• Jack Seiler, a partner in Security Jewelers of Duluth, wss recertified as a member of the American Gem Society and has retained the title of Registered Jeweler. Only about 1,100 jewelers in North America qualify for membership in the Society.
• Northwest Wisconsin Workforce Investment Board Inc. announced the election of the following officers: LeRoy Forslund of Superior, chairperson; Michael Bebeau of Ashland, vice chairperson; and Richard Nystrom of Superior, secretary.
• Madison-Nelson Family Dentistry has changed its name to Harborview Family Dental and moved to Suite 600 in the Medical Arts Building at 324 W. Superior St. in Duluth. Dentists Gary Madison and Garnt Nelson are both still practicing witht he company. The number is (218) 722-7831 and the website is www.harborviewfamilydental.com
• Life House in Duluth will host a ribbon-cutting and open house for its new emergency shelter from 3:30-5:30 p.m. today at 102 W. First St. Attendees will have the opportunity to see the newly renovated space before it opens for youth.
The new shelter, The Loft, is for youth ages 15-19, will house 10 youth and will open in October. The Loft is located on the top floor of the Life House building. Visit www.lifehouseduluth.org for information.
• Lakeview Behavioral Health and Rapids Counseling have merged to become Lakeview Behavioral Health Inc., effective Oct. 1. Rapids Counseling has provided substance use treatment to the community for more than 20 years, while Lakeview Behavioral Health offers an innovative approach to mental health. The combination will provide the community with improved care options. The new company has two locations in Grand Rapids: 516 S. Pokegama Ave. and 20 N.W. Third St. Go to www.lakeviewbh.com for more information.