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.
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.
Kate Everson, MSEd, LPC, LPCC joined Lake Superior Community Health Center in January 2018. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse with her bachelor’s degree in Therapeutic Recreation in 2001 and worked on an Inpatient Psychiatric Unit as a Recreation Therapist. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin- Superior in 2010 with her Masters Degree in Community Counseling. Her specialty areas include working with individuals who have experienced trauma and individuals who have autism or cognitive impairments. Kate is originally from the Twin Cities Metro area. Her interests outside of work include: photography,
nature, reading, and spending time with family.
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.
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.”