Central Wisconsin

When weight gets in the way, there's hope
Choosing your doctor
Are you part of the CAST?
Ministry Medical Group welcomes new providers in Stevens Point
Anna Stockhausen, MD
Stephanie Mundt, NP-C, FNP
Belinda Nebedum, MD
Hien Vo-Hill, MD
Melissa Goetter, MD
Ministry Medical Group welcomes new providers in Plover
Kris Metz, APNP
Sumeet Goel, DO
Ministry Medical Group welcomes new providers in Weston
Amelia Aldrich, DNP
Ministry Saint Michael's Hospital welcomes new providers in Stevens Point
Mary Sarah Brandt, MD
Gavin Schaberg, PA-C
Winfred Kiamah, MD
Rafay Latif, MD
Muhammad Tariq, MD
Worth the wait

When weight gets in the way, there's hope.

Extra weight can be a burden on your body and your mind. But, if you are 100 pounds overweight, it's a burden that you may not have to carry around.

Weight loss surgery can help you look better, feel more energetic and help you enjoy your life again.

Just ask Sharon.

For years Sharon struggled with diets ... she would lose a few pounds and gain more back. The endless struggle with weight left her discouraged and unable to enjoy the world around her.

Then Sharon decided to take her life back and checked into weight-loss surgery. After extensive research, she decided that Ministry Medical Group's bariatric program at Ministry Saint Michael's Hospital in Stevens Point, was her best choice.

The bariatric program under the direction of Calvin A. Selwyn, Jr., MD, a fellowship trained advanced laparoscopic and bariatric surgeon and bariatric medical director, provided everything that Sharon needed to start her new life.

"Since childhood, I've struggled with weight-loss," Sharon said. "Getting out of a chair or even crossing my legs was hard for me. I had to do something."

Sharon experienced first-hand the reason Ministry's bariatric program has been recognized as a Center of Excellence in Metabolic Bariatric Surgery (COEMBS). The COEMBS program recognizes surgeons and facilities who demonstrate a track record of excellent outcomes in bariatric surgery as they continuously improve care, quality and patient safety. The program offers a unique approach to weight-loss surgery, from the two Ministry Saint Michael's hospital rooms designed specifically for bariatric patients to the surgical suite near the bariatric program offices.

"We have a complete bariatric program onsite," said Dr. Selwyn. "Everything that our bariatric patients need from pre-surgical counseling to post-operative recovery and support takes place within 200 steps of each other. It makes it convenient for me to visit with each of my patients while they are in the hospital.

"Our team of skilled nurses, psychologists, dietitians and exercise specialists work with and support each patient on an individual basis as they embark on their weight loss journey to better health," Dr. Selwyn said.

"Earning the Center of Excellence designation signifies our commitment to offer the safest, highest-quality care to bariatric surgery patients," said Dr. Selwyn. "With morbid obesity on the rise, we want to make sure our program is an excellent choice for people suffering from obesity and related health conditions."

It worked for Sharon.

Now 90 pounds lighter, Sharon spends her time biking, zip-lining, swimming and cross-country skiing. "Bariatric surgery has made it possible for me to experience and enjoy physical activity, which is something I haven't done for a long time," she said.


Calvin A. Selwyn, Jr., MD
Weight loss surgery is a life changing experience. That's why the staff of Ministry Medical Group's Bariatric Surgery department works with patients each step of the way to prepare them for the physical, emotional and psychological aspects of weight loss surgery. The staff of the bariatric program is also on hand after surgery to offer a lifetime of support as patients adapt to their new lives.

In addition to traditional surgical methods, Dr. Selwyn performs a single-incision lap-band surgery. "A single-incision surgical procedure makes recovery time faster and less complicated," said Dr. Selwyn. "It's the best option for my patients." Dr. Selwyn has performed over 1,000 bariatric procedures for his patients; ninety-five percent of those used minimally invasive surgical techniques.

You could be a candidate for bariatric surgery if you:

  • are between the ages of 18 and 65
  • have tried diets and other weight-loss therapies
  • have a body-mass index greater than 35
  • have type-2 diabetes, sleep apnea, high blood pressure, osteoarthritis, or gastroesophageal reflux disease

To register for an informational seminar or to learn more about bariatric surgery, call 877.295.5868 or visit www.MyGreatReason.com.

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Choosing your doctor – it's one of the most important decisions that you'll make.

Like a great coach or extraordinary teacher, your primary care provider can influence your life in a positive and life-changing way. Not only does your primary care provider have the medical knowledge to keep you well, he or she can also offer you encouragement and guidance to maintain a healthy lifestyle.

One of the best things that you can do for your health is to choose a primary care provider who understands and respects your values and healthcare preferences.

Things to consider when choosing a provider

When you are looking for a primary care provider, you may want to start by asking your family and friends for referrals to a provider based on your needs:

A family practitioner provides medical care for patients of all ages and can provide care for your whole family.

An internist provides care for patients 18 years old and older.

A pediatrician is specialized in the health needs of newborns, children and adolescents.

After you choose the specialty of your provider, there are a few other questions you will need to consider.

1) What type of provider are you most comfortable with:

  • A medical doctor (MD) practices allopathic medicine, which is focused on the diagnosis and treatment of diseases
  • A doctor of osteopathy (DO) practices osteopathic medicine, which takes more of a holistic approach to diagnosis and treatment
  • A nurse practitioner (NP) is a registered nurse with advanced medical education and clinical experience. An NP can diagnose and manage most common and chronic illnesses, perform diagnostic tests and prescribe medications
  • A physician assistant (PA) has an advanced medical education and can examine and treat patients, perform diagnostic tests and prescribe medications
  • They all offer comprehensive medical care.

2) Are you more at ease talking to a man or a woman?

3) What is the provider's care style? Does he or she order many medical tests or focus more on lifestyle and alternative methods?

4) Does the provider have a special interest or specialty that is important to you?

5) Does the provider communicate in a way that is comfortable for you?

6) Does the provider have a location convenient to your home or workplace?

7) Does the provider have privileges at your preferred hospital?

8) Does the provider accept your health insurance?

It's important that you feel comfortable sharing your health concerns with your provider, no matter how embarrassing the topic may seem for you.

To keep you healthy, your provider will schedule routine screenings to prevent and detect disease, follow-up on your existing health conditions, and encourage you to adopt healthy habits.

If you become ill and need a higher level of care, your provider will help you navigate the healthcare system and will work closely with any specialists or hospitalists that you see.

Your health is your most prized possession. It's important to have a primary care provider that you trust.

Visit www.ministryhealth.org/findadoctor to find a provider in your area.

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Are you part of the CAST?

Portage County has created the CAST of a lifetime. CAST is the acronym for Cardiac Arrest Survival Team, which is a collaborative effort between Saint Michael's Foundation, Ministry Saint Michael's Hospital and Portage County EMS, focused on making surviving cardiac arrest part of the community's culture.

Cardiac arrest often strikes people without warning. If the heart is not restarted quickly, brain damage and death can occur. Even the excellent response time of 10 to 15 minutes from Portage County emergency services can be too long. The loss of life and missed potential for families and the community can be devastating.

That's why CAST was formed. Often, survival depends upon CPR or having automatic external defibrillators (AEDs) on hand, along with people nearby who are trained and willing to use them.

When more AEDs are available and more people are trained to use them, more people will survive cardiac arrest.

CASTs' goals include:

  • training 70 percent of the citizens of Portage County to perform CPR
  • making sure communities have a first response standard of 8 minutes, 90 percent of the time
  • providing advanced training for public safety professionals

Would you like to be a part of this life-saving CAST? Contact Saint Michael's Foundation for more information at 715.343.3259.

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Ministry Medical Group welcomes new providers in Stevens Point


Anna Stockhausen, MD
Anna Stockhausen, MD, is an internal medicine physician joined Ministry Medical Group in Stevens Point. Dr. Stockhausen specializes in the prevention and treatment of adult diseases. She has a special interest in helping patients manage chronic diseases.

Anna received her medical degree from UW-Madison's School of Medicine and Public Health. She completed her residency at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, treating patients at University Hospital, the Veteran's Affairs Hospital and Regions Hospital. Her undergraduate degree is from Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin.

"I believe in developing a genuine relationship with my patients and their families," said Dr. Stockhausen. "This opens the lines of communication and allows for shared decision-making. I think it's also important for a physician to foster good relationships with the other members of the medical team. By working together, we can provide care that is both effective and efficient – a winning combination for patients."

When she's not taking care of patients, Dr. Stockhausen enjoys the outdoors, and she is an avid Badgers fan.


Stephanie Mundt, NP-C, FNP
Stephanie Mundt, NP-C, FNP, is a nurse specializing in occupational medicine. She works with business and industry to keep workers healthy by providing job-site evaluations and worker-safety training. She also works individually with workers who have been injured in the job setting.

Stephanie earned her master of science in nursing, family nurse practitioner from Concordia University – Wisconsin in Mequon. She holds a bachelor's in nursing from UW-Oshkosh, and a bachelor's in biology from Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas. She is certified in basic life support, advanced cardiac life support, and conscious sedation.

"When I work with patients, I ask a lot of questions," said Mundt. "I want to know more about their work, their life and their family. I believe that can provide the best care when I have the big picture perspective. My goal is to help the patient enhance their all around quality of all life."

When she's not taking care of patients, Stephanie enjoys the outdoors and being active in the community.


Belinda Nebedum, MD
Belinda Nebedum, MD, provides internal medicine services at Ministry Medical Group in Stevens Point. She is an internal medicine physician who specializes in the prevention and treatment of adult diseases. This includes everything from preventive medicine to treating acute injuries. She can help patients manage chronic conditions such as diabetes and hypertension.

Dr. Nebedum earned her medical degree from the University of Nigeria's College of Medicine in Enugu, Nigeria. She completed an internal medicine residency at St. John's Episcopal Hospital in Far Rockaway, New York. Dr. Nebedum is certified in basic life support and advanced cardiac life support.

"I believe in taking a holistic approach to medical care," said Dr. Nebedum. "I need to know about medical problems, but I also need to ask questions. I take the time to listen to what daily life is like for my patients. By understanding their lifestyle, I can help them make healthier choices and prevent illness. "

When she's not taking care of patients, Belinda enjoys singing, cooking traditional dishes, taking walks, and spending time with her family.


Hien Vo-Hill, MD
Hien Vo-Hill, MD, is an experienced, board-certified obstetrician and gynecologist who specializes in minimally-invasive gynecologic surgeries including laparoscopy, urogynecology, and hysteroscopy, with an emphasis in treating abnormal uterine bleed, urinary incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse. She also provides personalized obstetrical care in both normal and high-risk pregnancies at Ministry Medical Group in Stevens Point.

Dr. Vo-Hill received her medical degree and undergraduate degree from UW-Madison. She completed her residency at UW Hospital and Clinics in Madison, Wisconsin.

She is a Fellow Diplomat of the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.

"I believe that women deserve a true partnership with their health care provider," said Dr. Vo-Hill. "The relationship should be based on mutual trust and open communication. I strive to provide sound medical guidance and excellent care to all of my patients."

When she's not taking care of patients, Dr. Vo-Hill enjoys spending time with her husband and their two children. The family enjoys camping, fishing and biking. She also likes knitting, sewing, and learning to play piano.


Melissa Goetter, MD
Melissa Goetter, MD, joined Ministry Medical Group in Stevens Point to provide obstetric and gynecological services. Dr. Goetter provides comprehensive medical care for female reproductive health, pregnancy, childbirth, and can help prevent, identify and treat health and medical issues that face women of all ages.

She has a special interest in high-risk pregnancy care, with an emphasis on hypertensive disorders of pregnancy and diabetes complicating pregnancy.

Dr. Goetter received her medical degree from the American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine in St. Maarten, Netherlands Antilles. She completed her residency in obstetrics and gynecology at Marshall University Joan C Edwards School of Medicine in Huntington, West Virginia. Her bachelor's degree is from University of Minnesota in Minneapolis.

When she's not taking care of patients, Dr. Goetter enjoys music; reading classics, mysteries, fantasies; outdoor activities including biking, fishing, hiking, rollerblading, playing tennis and softball; winter sports including snowmobiling, skiing, and ice skating; travelling and exploring new cultures; and attending theatrical productions, musicals, and ballets.

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Ministry Medical Group welcomes new providers in Plover


Kris Metz, APNP
Kris Metz, APNP, provides family medicine services at Ministry Medical Group in Plover.

Metz, a family nurse practitioner, can help patients with most health issues. She can perform physical exams, diagnose and treat common medical problems, order and interpret diagnostic tests, diagnose and treat acute and chronic conditions, manage a patient's ongoing health care, and provide patient education and counseling. She is committed to practicing medicine using a whole person and family approach.

Kristine earned her master's in nursing from University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. She also holds a bachelor's in nursing from University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is certified in basic cardiac life support.

"I believe that personalized care is an essential element of the healing process," said Metz. "I am committed to providing extraordinary care to every person and family I touch. I enjoy getting to know my patients and creating a relationship where our common goal is health and well being."

When she's not taking care of patients, Metz enjoys exercising, especially biking and running. She likes to spend time with her three boys and cheer them on during their sports events. The family is very active in hockey, basketball, football and baseball.


Sumeet Goel, DO
Sumeet Goel, DO, is a family medicine provider at Ministry Medical Group in Plover.

Dr. Goel can take care of all your family's health needs through all the stages of your life. He can help patients manage acute and chronic conditions. He can perform a variety of outpatient procedures including joint injections, trigger point injections, and various dermatologic procedures including removal of skin lesions, moles, and warts.

Dr. Goel completed medical school at the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine on the campus of Virginia Tech. While there, he received the school's Leadership Award and was a finalist for the Student of the Year Award. He went on to complete a family medicine internship at Lewis Gale Hospital in Blacksburg, Virginia; and then completed his family medicine residency at Florida Hospital in Orlando, Florida. His undergraduate degree is from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.

When he's not taking care of patients, Dr. Goel enjoys watching sports – especially the Packers. He also enjoys travelling, and spending time in the community with family and friends.

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Ministry Medical Group welcomes new providers in Weston


Amelia Aldrich, DNP
Amelia Aldrich, DNP, provides pulmonology services at Ministry Medical Group in Weston. Aldrich helps patients with serious chronic lung disease manage their conditions to achieve the best possible quality of life.

Amelia received her received her Doctorate of Nursing Practice (DNP) from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities in Minneapolis. She also holds a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing from UW-Oshkosh. She is certified in basic life support.

"I believe in developing a unique and individualized partnership with my patients," said Aldrich. "When we achieve a true partnership based on trust, we are able to work together to maximize healthy outcomes for the patient."

When she's not taking care of patients, Amelia celebrates the animal-human bond. She enjoys riding and showing quarter horses, and spending time outdoors with her dog.

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Ministry Saint Michael's Hospital welcomes new providers in Stevens Point


Mary Sarah Brandt, MD
Mary Sarah Brandt, MD, is an emergency medicine physician at Ministry Saint Michael's Hospital who provides critical care for patients requiring treatment – from bumps and bruises to major trauma.

Dr. Brandt received her medical degree from the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee and her bachelor's degree from Whitman College in Walla Walla, Washington. Dr. Brandt is certified in advanced cardiac life support, advanced trauma life support, pediatric advanced life support, and neonatal resuscitation.

"The emergency department can be a stressful place," said Dr. Brandt. "I value providing calm, compassionate and competent care in all circumstances. I take the time to answer questions and make sure all concerns are addressed. My goal is to make sure that my patients – and their families – are satisfied with the care that they received in our department."


Gavin Schaberg, PA-C
Gavin Schaberg, PA-C, is a emergency medicine physician assistant who works with patients in emergency / urgent care, at Ministry Saint Michael's Hospital in Stevens point.

Schaberg sees patients in the pre-hospital setting and takes care of everything from bumps and bruises to major trauma.

He received his master's in physician assistant studies from UW-Madison. He holds a bachelor's degree from UW-Stevens Point. He earned a EMT / paramedic certificate from Midstate Technical College in Wisconsin Rapids. Schaberg is certified in basic life support, advanced cardiac life support, pediatric advanced life support and neonatal advanced life support. He is a licensed emergency medical technician-paramedic.

"It takes teamwork to achieve excellence in medicine – and I consider my patient to be a critical member of the team" said Schaberg. "I listen carefully to my patients so I can better customize their care. I value the unique perspective and story that each of my patients brings. Having grown up in central Wisconsin, it is an honor and a privilege to serve the people who have taught me so much."

When he's not taking care of patients, Schaberg enjoys being outdoors – fishing, hunting and gardening. He also likes listening to, playing and promoting old-time and bluegrass music.


Winfred Kiamah, MD
Winfred Kiamah, MD, Ministry Saint Michael's Hospital in Stevens Point to provide hospitalist services. Dr Kiamah specializes in prevention and treatment of adult diseases and taking care of patients who are admitted to the hospital.

Dr. Kiamah received her medical degree from St. Matthew's University School of Medicine in Grand Cayman. She completed her residency in internal medicine at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center in Tulsa. Winfred also holds a master's in health services administration from Saint Joseph's College in Standish, Maine. Her undergraduate degree is from the University of Texas at El Paso. She is certified in basic life support and advanced cardiac life support.

"I believe that in order to provide the optimum care for patients, a doctor should always strive to stay updated on recommended treatments, skills, and procedures," said Dr. Kiamah. "I also try to learn from patient encounters, the people I work with, and the healthcare system."


Rafay Latif, MD
Rafay Latif, MD, a hospitalist at Ministry Saint Michael's Hospital in Stevens Point provides internal medicine care to adults while they are hospitalized.

Dr. Latif earned his Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery degrees at Dow Medical College, Karachi, Pakistan. Dr. Latif completed his internal medicine residency training and worked as a hospitalist at Parkview Regional Medical Center / Parkview Randallia, Fort Wayne, Indiana as well as completing a residency at Harlem Hospital Center in New York City.

Dr. Latif also worked as an Extern in Psychiatry at North Shore Long Island Jewish Medical Center, Zucker Hillside Hospital, Long Island, New York and as an endocrinology intern at the UMDNJ, Robert Wood Johnson Hospital, Hamilton & South Ocean County Hospital, Manahawkin, New Jersey.

In addition, Dr. Latif was a Resident Medical Officer at the Azam Clinic in Pakistan, an elective student at the King's College Hospital in London, and completed a residency in the Civil Hospital Karachi, in Karachi Pakistan, with two six-month rotations, one in internal medicine and one in general surgery.


Muhammad Tariq, MD
Muhammad Tariq, MD, is a hospitalist, specializing in the prevention and treatment of adult diseases at Ministry Saint Michael's Hospital in Stevens Point.

Dr. Tariq is a hospitalist who helps patients manage chronic conditions such as high blood pressure, diabetes, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), asthma and congestive heart failure.

Muhammad received his medical degree from King Edward Medical University in Lahore, Pakistan. He completed an internship and residency in internal medicine with Columbia University's College of Physicians and Surgeons at Harlem Hospital Center in New York, New York. His undergraduate degree is from Punjab University in Lahore, Pakistan. He is certified in basic life support and advanced cardiac life support.

"In my spare time, I'm a hiker and a chess player – and I think both help me in my medical practice," said Dr. Tariq. "Whether I'm hiking at 1,000 feet, anticipating a chess move, or helping a patient with high blood pressure, my success depends on having an effective plan of action."

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Worth the Wait


Gina and her son Chael,
Ministry Saint Clare's
Family Birth Center
As a first-time mom, Gina trusted the Ministry team to get her to full term and deliver her baby boy.

Anticipating the birth of your baby is a wondrous time ... Ministry Health Care's childbirth and parenting classes can help you get ready for the arrival of your little one.

Visit www.minsitryhealth.org/events to find a class near you or set up a birth center tour.

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