Northern Wisconsin

Harp therapy soothes the soul

Once every week, Callie Bates, from Manitowish, Wisconsin plays the harp in the hallways on the third and fourth floor medical / surgical units, at the Monticello entrance of Howard Young Medical Center and in patient rooms.

The harp’s soothing sounds help patients keep their minds off their conditions while listening to the relaxing sounds. It also provides a peaceful environment for the staff.

“I started playing when I was 10,” said Bates. “There’s something about the harp that really resonates with people, literally and metaphorically perhaps. When you play in the middle of a harp string, it supposedly creates the most perfect harmonics at infinitum on either side where you pluck the string. Maybe that’s part of the purity of sound and why people find it appealing.”

“I hear nothing but positive comments from patients and staff about our music therapy using the harp,” said Becky Demuth, hospital Elder Life Program coordinator for Ministry Howard Young Health Care. “We’re honored to have Callie playing for our patients. The sound of the harp is soothing and beautiful to listen to. She’s so talented. I really believe it’s a benefit to our patients. It allows them to relieve stress and relax while listening.”

Music therapy has been shown to help people of all ages with mental health needs, developmental and learning disabilities, brain injuries, physical disabilities, acute and chronic pain, Alzheimer’s disease and substance abuse problems in adults.

Patients do not have to have musical ability to appreciate music. The beats and melodies in the music promote healing and may even allow the brain to develop new neurological pathways.

For more information on harp therapy at Ministry Howard Young Health Care, contact Becky Demuth at 715.356.8305.

New Providers in Rhinelander

James Nnuro Frimpong, MD, provides general obstetrics and gynecology care with a focus on abnormal uterine bleeding and treatment, diabetes and hypertension in pregnancy at Ministry Medical Group located inside Ministry Saint Mary’s Hospital at 2251 North Shore Drive in Rhinelander.

Dr. Frimpong completed his residency at Howard University Hospital in Washington, D.C. He also provided care at Prince George’s Hospital in Cheverly, Maryland and Providence Hospital in Washington, D.C.

He received his medical degree and his undergraduate degree from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology-School of Medical Science in Kumasi, Ghana. Dr. Frimpong is board eligible and is a member of the National Medical Association and the American Society for Colposcopy and Cervical Pathology.

Dr. Frimpong believes in keeping patient’s first in everything we do. “I value patients’ safety and autonomy,” he said. “I value being a good listener and I pay attention to details.”

In his spare time, Dr. Frimpong enjoys soccer, traveling and reading.

To schedule an appointment with Dr. Frimpong at Ministry Medical Group in Rhinelander, please call 715.361.4700. The Clinic hours are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. to serve you and your family.

Mary Limback, MD, FACS, specializes in general surgery, including an emphasis on colon cancer screening, early detection and prevention at the Ministry Medical Group clinic located at 2251 North Shore Drive in Rhinelander.

She joins surgeons, Joe Bodensteiner, MD, Dean Pollnow, MD, Lisa Rasmussen, MD, and Brian Schultz, DO. She is available to see patients Mondays through Fridays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dr. Limback is currently accepting new patients.

Dr. Limback received her Doctor of Medicine degree from the Michigan State University College of Human Medicine in East Lansing, Michigan. Prior to joining Ministry Medical Group, she provided care at Aspirus Keweenaw Hospital in Laurium, Michigan from 2006 to 2012. She also worked as a surgeon for the Oscar G. Johnson VA Medical Center in Iron Mountain, Michigan and Portage Health System in Hancock, Michigan. She is board certified by the Fellow of the American College of Surgeons.

“I believe in taking care of my patients as though they are family members,” said Dr. Limback. “I’m a strong patient advocate and I will assist them as they navigate through the complexities of getting medical care with a team approach.”

In her spare time, Dr. Limback enjoys baking, sewing, staying active by walking in the summer and snowshoeing in the winter.

To schedule an appointment with Mary Limback, MD or another member of the surgery team in Rhinelander, please call 715.361.4700 or 800.866.8673.

Gary Chizever, MD, joined the Ministry Medical Group located at 2251 North Shore Drive in Rhinelander. Dr. Chizever specializes in general surgery, including an emphasis on digestive-tract endoscopic procedures. He is available to see patients Mondays through Fridays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and is currently accepting new patients.

Dr. Chizever received his Doctor of Medicine degree from Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and his undergraduate from The Pennsylvania State University. Prior to joining Ministry Medical Group, he provided care at Carbon County Surgical in Rawlins, Wyoming from 2008 to 2011. He also worked as a surgeon for Central Ohio Surgical. Dr. Chizever is board certified by the American Board of Surgery.

He believes in taking care of his patients as though they are family members. “Patients seeking care can expect skilled, conscientious and diligent treatment, based on the principle of treating patients as I would want for myself and family,” said Dr. Chizever. “I take interest in the whole continuum of care, from health screening, prevention and wellness promotion through diagnosis and treatment.”

In his spare time, Dr. Chizever enjoys spending time with his family, the outdoors and aviation.

To schedule an appointment with Gary Chizever, MD or another member of the surgery team in Rhinelander, please call 715.361.4700 or 800.866.8673.

New Providers in Tomahawk

Mateusz Jakub Zagata, MD, provides health care at Ministry Medical Group located inside Ministry Sacred Heart Hospital at 401 West Mohawk Drive in Tomahawk. His specialties include atopic dermatitis, allergy, and asthma management.

Prior to joining Ministry Medical Group, Dr. Zagata provided care for UW Health Wausau Family Medicine Clinic in Wausau, Wisconsin.

He received his medical degree from Jagiellonian University Medical College in Krakow, Poland and his Bachelor of Science degree in bioengineering from the University of Illinois – Chicago. Dr. Zagata is board eligible and is a member of the American Academy of Family Physicians and the College of Family Physicians in Poland.

Dr. Zagata values the concept of personalized care for patients. “I believe not only in treating my patients, but treating them as if they were my family,” he said.

In his spare time, Dr. Zagata enjoys sailing, boating, kayaking, swimming, playing musical instruments, history and traveling with his family.

To schedule an appointment with Dr. Zagata at Ministry Medical Group in Tomahawk, please call 715.453.7200. The clinic hours are Monday and Tuesday: 7 a.m. – 7 p.m., Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Saturday hours are 8 a.m. – 11 a.m. No appointment is necessary on Saturday. You can also schedule an appointment online.

Paul Samundsen, MD, provides care at Ministry Medical Group located inside Ministry Sacred Heart Hospital at 401 West Mohawk Drive in Tomahawk.

Dr. Samundsen has a special interest in internal medicine, pediatrics, urgent care, injuries, GYN, orthopedics, prenatal care and sports medicine.

Prior to joining Ministry Medical Group, Dr. Samundsen provided care for Aurora Health Care for 8 years in Valders, Wisconsin. He was a United States Army Major and worked as a family practice physician for the Martin Army Community Hospital in Fort Benning, Georgia for four years previously.

The Wisconsin native received his medical degree from Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine and his Bachelor of Science degree in Biomedical Engineering from Marquette University in Milwaukee. Dr. Samundsen is board certified and is a member of the Wisconsin Academy of Family Physicians, the North Dakota Academy of Family Physicians, the American Medical Association and the American Academy of Family Physicians.

Dr. Samundsen values personalized care for patients. “I believe in the concept of family medicine as a specialty and understanding issues that affect the whole family,” he said. “I think it’s important that people play a vital role in their own health care and that they understand why they are being recommended to do something.”

In his spare time, Dr. Samundsen enjoys boating, fishing, water sports, movies, the Packers and Badgers, spending time with family and their two spirited dogs.

To schedule an appointment with Dr. Samundsen at Ministry Medical Group in Tomahawk, please call 715.453.7200. The clinic hours are Monday and Tuesday: 7 a.m. – 7 p.m., Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Saturday hours are 8 a.m. – 11 a.m. No appointment is necessary on Saturday. You can also schedule an appointment online.

New Providers in Eagle River

Elmer Linboom, MD, cares for patients at Ministry Medical Group located at 930 East Wall Street Eagle River. Dr. Linboom has a special interest in family medicine, from well-child care to geriatrics and minor skin procedures.

Prior to joining Ministry Medical Group, Dr. Linboom provided care for Rush-Copley Family Medicine Center in Aurora, Illinois. His interests include family medicine, well-child care, geriatrics and minor skin procedures.

Dr. Linboom received his medical degree from the Ross University School of Medicine in Dominica, West Indies and his Bachelor of Science degree in Anthropology from Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, Illinois. Dr. Linboom is board certified and is a member of the American Academy of Family Physicians.

Dr. Linboom believes in the concept of personalized care for patients. “I value the opportunity to partner with my patients in their health care needs,” he said. “I’m compassionate, a good listener and very trustworthy.”

In his spare time, Dr. Linboom enjoys camping, hiking, boating, fishing, snowmobiling, all-terrain vehicles, and watching his favorite NHL team, the Chicago Blackhawks.

To schedule an appointment with Dr. Linboom at Ministry Medical Group in Eagle River, please call 715.477.3000. The clinic hours are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. to serve you and your family.

Aubrey Hoye, DO, recently joined the emergency departments at Ministry Eagle River Memorial Hospital and Howard Young Medical Center in Woodruff.

Prior to joining Ministry Health Care, Dr. Hoye was the Chief Emergency Medicine Resident for the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria/OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria, Illinois. Her interests include international medicine, aeromedical rescue and transport, wilderness medicine and airway management.

She received her medical degree from the Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine in East Lansing, Michigan, and her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology / Physiology from Northern Michigan University.

Dr. Hoye is certified in advanced trauma life support, pediatric advanced life support, neonatal resuscitation and advanced cardiovascular life support. She is a member of the American College of Emergency Physicians, Emergency Medicine Resident’s Association, Wilderness Medical Society and DOCARE International.

Dr. Hoye values the opportunity to provide emergency care for patients in Woodruff and Eagle River. “I believe I’m at my best when every second counts in an emergency situation,” she said. “I can remain calm and focused under the most adverse situations.”

In her spare time, Dr. Hoye enjoys cross-country and downhill skiing, kayaking, snowshoeing, mountain biking, swimming, pheasant hunting, and spending time with her husband and pets.

New Providers in Woodruff

Brett Masayesva, MD, joined the Ministry Medical Group clinic located at 240 Maple Street in Woodruff to care for families in the area. His interests include all aspects of family medicine.

Dr. Masayesva is certified in basic life support, advanced cardiac life support and pediatric advanced life support. He is a member of the American Academy of Family Physicians.

Prior to joining Ministry Medical Group, Dr. Masayesva provided care for Peter Christensen Health Center in Lac du Flambeau. He also worked in Red Lake, Minnesota on the medical staff for Red Lake Indian Health Service Hospital.

He received his medical degree from the University of Arizona College of Medicine in Tucson, Arizona and his Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Stanford University in Stanford, California.

Dr. Masayesva believes in personalized care for his patients. “I value patient involvement in their medical care,” he said. “I view medical care as a collaborative effort between patient and provider. Only with dedicated efforts of both individuals will treatment goals be reached.”

In his spare time, Dr. Masayesva enjoys golf, physical exercise, cooking, fishing, and spending time on the lake with his family.

To schedule an appointment with Dr. Masayesva at Ministry Medical Group in Woodruff, please call 715.356.8920. The clinic hours are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. to serve you and your family.

Light up December by placing a light on the LOVE-LIGHTS CHRISTMAS TREE in honor or memory of loved ones.

Make your Love-Lights reservation by December 5.

For a donation of $5 or more, you can reserve:

  • A WHITE light in memory of a loved one
  • A BLUE light in honor of a relative, family, friend or simply to express a Christmas greeting.

For more information, call Love-Lights at the Sacred Heart Hospital Foundation at 715.453.7770.

The name of your loved one will be listed in a special tribute in the Tomahawk Leader on Tuesday, December 11.

Join us for the light ceremony at Ministry Sacred Heart Hospital

Sunday, December 16, at 5:30 p.m.

Your participation in this Christmas project will be used by the Sacred Heart Hospital Foundation in its efforts to improve the health of the Tomahawk community.

 
 
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