From our administrative leaders to our health care providers, our team works together to provide the best care possible to our patients, while engaging in our community.
Dayle joined Lake Superior Community Health Center as its CEO in 2015 and brings to the position administrative and executive experience with an insurer, law firm, health care system, and a juvenile residential program. She has advanced degrees in English and Management and a life-long commitment to learning. She has a passion for working in the nonprofit sector, particularly with mission-driven organizations that serve the underserved. Dayle strives to be a servant leader and is an advocate for community health centers and the patients they serve. Dayle grew up in a town of 650 people in north central Minnesota where she learned the value of hard work, family, community, and relationships. She now resides in Duluth where in her free time she enjoys spending time at the lake, reading, rehabbing old furniture and spending time with family and friends.
Dr. Emily Anderson joined Lake Superior Community Health Center in 2013 as both provider and Medical Director. She graduated from the University of Minnesota Duluth Medical School and shortly after, completed the Duluth Family Medicine Residency Program. Her professional interests include preventive care for the whole family including women, children, and prenatal care. What she enjoys most about her job is hearing people’s life experiences. Her favorite health tip is that laughter is the best medicine.
Dr. Anderson is originally from Wentworth, WI. In her free time, she enjoys leisure reading, yoga, camping, and spending time with family and friends.
Dr. Barbara Hemenway is a board certified Family Practice physician who started with Lake Superior Community Health Center in 2014. She graduated from the University of Minnesota School of Medicine and completed residency at Hennepin County Medical Center. She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians.
Adam Wennersten earned his Bachelor's Degree in biology from the University of Minnesota Duluth. He completed his Physician Assistant training at Western Michigan University. Adam previously served at LSCHC from 2013 - 2017. He returned to the clinic in July 2018 because he missed the patients we serve. He strives to establish trust and to provide long-term care for patients. Adam enjoys offering a variety of care in his practice of medicine, including procedures and orthopedics. In his free time he enjoys spending time with his family, attending his daughters' sports activities, and exploring the outdoors.
Erin Sarkkinen, CNFP, has been a Family Nurse Practitioner for over 5 years and a Registered Nurse since 2002. She has extensive knowledge in Urology and is certified through the Board for Urologic Nurses and Associates. She also has experience in labor and delivery, NICU, and acute dialysis.
Brittany Hamm is a Certified Nurse Practitioner (CNP) licensed in Minnesota and Wisconsin. Board certified in the areas of primary care and psychiatric-mental health care, she works with individuals across the lifespan. Brittany’s area of expertise is supporting clients through a holistic model, where physical health and mental health concerns are addressed together. She became passionate about the service of community health centers in her role as an RN and served as Clinic Director and Quality Compliance Director before returning to school to become an NP and a dual certification as Family Nurse Practitioner and Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner.
Nikki Shockley is a certified family nurse practitioner. Nikki has worked in healthcare since she became a nursing assistant at 17 years old. Her goal was always to become a nurse practioner. Since achieving her certification, she has worked in a variety of comprehensive healthcare settings that provided her with invaluable experience. Her passion is taking care of people and helping them have a healthy life. In her free time she enjoys crafting, quilting and working with paper crafts. Her husband, who works at the 148th fighter wing and retires in 2021, and their two children love to camp and travel.
Jake Oestreich is a board certified family medicine physician. He has lived and worked in the greater Twin Ports area for over 20 years. He attended the University of Minnesota – Duluth Medical School and then participated in the Duluth Family Medicine Residency Program. After that, Dr. Oestreich worked for Lake Superior Community Health Center for six years before briefly departing to tackle other professional goals. He now returns with a strong commitment to the patients we serve. He also serves as the Director of Clinical Education for the PA Program at the College of St. Scholastica. He views his role as a family physician as that of a friend with highly specialized knowledge. As such, he approaches his practice with the compassion, commitment and seriousness that it deserves. He and his family love the Twin Ports Community and are committed to staying in the area for the long term.
Dr. Kara McGillivray joined the team at Lake Superior Community Health Center in 2020 following twenty-five years in private practice with her husband, Dr. Greg McGillivray. Dr. McGillivray graduated from Northwestern Health Sciences University in 1994. She holds post-graduate certification in spinal trauma. The highpoint of her profession is witnessing the positive impact chiropractic care achieves in the lives of patients. Improved well-being, health and quality of life are just some of the benefits enjoyed by those who avail themselves of this form of health care. Dr. McGillivray is excited to be part of an integrative health care system, collaborating with other providers for the betterment of each patient.
Kristie Hills holds master’s degrees in clinical psychology and developmental psychology. She has worked in community based mental health and has spent the past 8 years working in the mental health field including skills and therapeutic interventions. She has developed and presented training on suicide prevention and interpersonal relationships. Kristie is a lifelong resident of northern Minnesota.
Aaron Pust is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who began working at Lake Superior Community Health Center in 2012. He graduated from the University of Minnesota, Duluth. His professional interests include providing a safe environment to explore and bring balance to the whole person including mental, emotional, spiritual, and social elements using an individualized and non-judgmental approach. He works to provide help for Anger, Depression, Anxiety, Co-occurring Disorders (Mental Health and Chemical Dependency), Mood Disorders, Grief & Loss, Relationship Issues, Men's Issues, and Life Adjustment Issues. When asked what Aaron enjoys most about his job, he replied. “I enjoy working with our patients and consider it an honor to help individuals, couples, and families move towards healing and wholeness. I enjoy working with a very compassionate and talented staff at our clinic to meet the needs of our patients. Last, but not least, I enjoy working in a clinic that serves patients from many different backgrounds regardless of whether they have health insurance.” His favorite health tip is to practice being mindful of your thoughts, feelings, and moods each day. Try to stop negative self-talk and other negative elements by focusing on positive things including what you can be thankful for and can complement yourself about. We often do not give ourselves and those around us enough credit for the good in our lives.
In Aaron’s free time, he enjoys hiking, biking, reading, taking pictures, and spending time with family and friends.
Andrea Nelson is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker who joined Lake Superior Community Health Center in 2017 as a Behavioral Health Clinician. She graduated from the University of Minnesota Duluth in 2011 with a Masters of Social Work. She treats a wide range of mental health concerns in adults. Andrea has specialized training in EMDR, DBT and working with LGBTQ populations. Andrea finds value in helping people overcome their obstacles to meet their goals and feels honored by the relationships she has made with each of her clients. In her spare time, Andrea enjoys expanding her knowledge in her field, reading, traveling, researching, gardening, spending time with friends, family and her little dog Ziva.
JoEllyn Steele, MA-LMFT joined Lake Superior Community Health Center in 2018. She graduated from Argosy University with her Master’s degree in Marriage in Family therapy in 2013. She’s been working in the field of mental health for 19 years in a multitude of settings, giving her a comprehensive view of how the system works. Her professional interests include working with teens through adults, using a variety of modalities. She believes a strong, trusting relationship is the most important part of any therapy, and works hard to assure this is accomplished with all of her clients. She has had advanced training in sand tray therapy. She is also certified in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) for working with individuals who have experienced trauma. In 2016 she earned a Permanency and Adoption Competency Certificate from the University of Minnesota. In her free time you will find her outside hiking, camping, fishing, running or going on general adventures with her family and friends.
Michele joined Lake Superior Community Health Center in January, 2018. She brings with her experience as a Licensed Professional Counselor, with an emphasis on family counseling. She brings an array of previous work experience, including positions at Hazelden Pioneer House, Kodiak Council on Alcoholism, Kodiak Island Hospital The Recovery Center Superior, Lutheran Social Services, Superior Treatment Center, and HDC. She enjoys working with integrated health services and assisting patients with access to health care. Michele enjoys spending time with
family, horseback riding, and walking in the woods.
Paige Turri is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, and Licensed Professional Counselor who joined Lake Superior Community Health Center in 2018 as a Behavioral Health Therapist. She graduated from Liberty University in 2014 with a degree in Marriage and Family Therapy. She treats mental health concerns in children, adolescents and families. Paige has training in treating individuals who have experienced trauma, and is certified in providing Trauma Focused-Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. She enjoys working with members of the community, and helping them to meet their goals through a individualized and holistic approach. Paige is originally from southern Minnesota. In her free time she enjoys being outdoors, running, reading, and spending time with her family and friends (including her pets).
Rae-Jean Bergner is a Licensed Clinical Substance Abuse Counselor who joined the Lake Superior Community Health Center team in February 2018. Rae-Jean received her education at Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwa Community College (Associate’s of Art in Substance Use Disorder Counseling 2002) and University of Wisconsin-Superior (Bachelor’s of Science in Social Work 2006). Rae-Jean has worked for the last 16 years helping individuals and their families who suffer from addiction. She has a passion to help people to reach their potential by offering support, education and linking people with resources. She is currently studying Yoga Therapy and is hoping to be able combine this ancient philosophy with modern techniques to bring a holistic approach to recovery. In her free time you can find her outdoors, camping, hiking and playing with her grandkids.
Before starting my career in mental health, I served in the Air Force as a Signals Intelligence Analyst and Cryptologist. After I retired from the Air Force, I worked in sales and service with farm and industrial equipment in central MN for 8 years. In 2012, I followed my heart and went back to college to become a Clinical Social Worker and I couldn’t be happier! Kraig holds a BA in social work for the College of St. Scholastica and an MSW also from St. Scholastica.
I graduated from University of Minnesota- Twin Cities with a degree in Family Social Science in 2015. I then continued with my education at the U of M and graduated with my master’s degree in Social Work in 2015 with an emphasis in Clinical Mental Health; Health, Disabilities and Aging, and Integrated Behavioral Health. My past work experience includes clinical work with adults with severe and persistent mental illnesses in a community mental health setting, as well as therapy with children and families on the Autism Spectrum in the Twin Cities. I became a Licensed Graduate Social Worker in 2017 and have over 4 years of working with adults with SPMIs. As a therapist working in Community Health, I enjoy working side by side with individuals, families, and communities in building skills, resiliency, and understanding by using trauma-informed approaches.
Rich holds undergraduate degrees in Accounting and Computer Information Systems from UW- Superior, a Master of Science in Project Management from UW- Platteville, and a Master of Education in Counseling from UW- Superior. He worked for 23 years in Information Service before joining LSCHC. He found that his understanding of concepts related to technology could be translated into his work with therapy, and he learned how to communicate with people who are in a crisis. The Twin Ports area is special to him because he can participate in outdoor activities and remain close to his family and the close friends he has made.
Dr. Richard Oase started with Lake Superior Community Health Center in 2011. He graduated from the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry. His professional interests include preventive dentistry and implanted restorations. He enjoys helping people with their dental problems and helping them gain confidence in their oral health. His favorite health tip is to floss.
Dr. Oase is originally from Duluth, MN. In his free time he likes to garden, hike new places, work with his dog, upland bird hunt, swim, and do activities with his grandchildren.
Dr. Leila Jindeel started with Lake Superior Community Health Center in 2014. She graduated from the University of Southern California School of Dentistry.
Dr. Sharma started with Lake Superior Community Health Center in 2016. She graduated from Kasturba Medical College (College of Dental Surgery) in 1996.
Dr. Cao's education includes a Bachelor of Science degree in biology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, a Master of Dental Therapy degree from the University of Minnesota Twin Cities, and her Doctor of Dental Medicine degree from Midwestern University. Dr. Cao is passionate about community health care. She worked for 5 years as a dental assistant/dental therapist in Rochester, MN at a non-profit dental office. She is excited to be in the Twin Ports and to "improve access to dental care for under-served patients in the area." In her free time Dr. Cao enjoys spending time with her fiance and two dogs. She also enjoys cooking and exploring new places.
Dr. Wendy Peterson joined Lake Superior Community Health Center in July 2018. She graduated from the University of Kentucky College of Dentistry in Lexington, Kentucky in 2018. Prior to attending dental school, Dr. Peterson worked as a dental hygienist in a private practice in Duluth for 3.5 years. While in dental school Dr. Peterson completed a 1 month externship at an FQHC site in the Appalachian region of Kentucky. She looks forward to doing meaningful work on a daily basis at LSCHC. In her free time, Dr. Peterson enjoys traveling with her husband and children, and trying new recipes when at home. She also enjoys all things outdoors: running, biking, cross country skiing, canoeing, fishing, and hunting.
Dr. Eric Iwen started with Lake Superior Community Health Center in 2009. He graduated from Marquette University School of Dentistry in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The aspect of his job that he loves the most is improving his patient’s quality of life.
When Dr. Iwen has free time, he enjoys hiking, gardening, camping, cooking, reading, and spending time with family and friends. A health tip he approves is “Everything in moderation.”