Northern Wisconsin

When weight gets in the way, there’s hope
A new provider is accepting patients in Laona
New physician is interested in dermatology and wilderness medicine
Choosing your doctor
Staying healthy doesn’t have to be expensive

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 Lance and Michelle of Crandon.

For years, Lance and Michelle suffered with serious health issues related to their weight; they found even the simplest tasks challenging. After they got married, they knew they needed to make some changes so they could enjoy as many years together as possible.

Independently, Michelle and Lance researched bariatric surgery programs. Together, they decided that Ministry Medical Group’s bariatric program would be the right choice for both of them.

Calvin A. Selwyn Jr., MD
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 Michelle and Lance needed to start their new lives.

Michelle and Lance soon learned why Ministry’s bariatric program has been recognized as a Center of Excellence in Metabolic Bariatric Surgery. From rooms that are specifically designed for bariatric patients at Ministry Saint Michael’s Hospital in Stevens Point to the surgical suite located near the bariatric program offices, Ministry’s bariatric program offers a unique approach to weight-loss surgery,

"We have a complete bariatric surgery program onsite," said Dr. Selwyn. "Everything that our bariatric patients need from pre-surgery admissions to post-operative recovery and support takes place within 200 steps of each other. It makes it convenient to visit with each patient while he or she is 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 journey to better health," Dr. Selwyn said.

It worked for Michelle and Lance.

Michelle and Lance
Now 70 pounds lighter, Michelle enjoys exercising, while Lance, who has lost almost 100 pounds enjoys hunting and working in the couple’s gun shop. "It’s a complete lifestyle change for us," said Michelle.

"Dr. Selwyn and his team have given us both a new lease on life," said Lance.

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


A new provider is accepting patients in Laona

Ministry Health Care is pleased to welcome Ashley Seiler, NP, to family practice at the Ministry Medical Group (MMG) clinic located at 4876 Mill Street in Laona. Seiler will be providing care in Laona on Wednesdays and is currently accepting new patients.

Ashley Seiler, NP
Seiler joins fellow clinicians Amy Franti, APNP, and Susan Moore, MD, to support the Laona community. Seiler also provides care at Ministry Medical Group in Crandon.

Seiler graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh College of Nursing, Family Nurse Practitioner Program in May, 2010. Prior to joining Ministry Medical Group, she worked at Columbia St. Mary’s Hospital-Ozaukee County in Mequon, Wisconsin. She is a board certified family nurse practitioner through the American Nurses Credentialing Center, and is a member of the Wisconsin Nurses Association and the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners.

"I was born and raised in the Northwoods and am dedicated to helping make sure that people here have access to quality healthcare close to home," said Seiler. "I have a strong personal connection to this area and enjoy raising my family here."

In her spare time, Seiler enjoys being outdoors and spending time with her family and friends.

Not sure what a nurse practitioner does?

A nurse practitioner (NP) is your partner in health … providing high-quality primary, acute and specialty healthcare services similar to those of a physician.

Nurse practitioners are registered nurses with advanced education (most have master’s degrees) and advanced clinical training. They bring a unique perspective to health services by delivering a unique blend of nursing and medical care. Along with clinical services, NPs focus on health promotion, disease prevention, and health education and counseling, and guiding patients to make smarter health and lifestyle choices. Among their many services, NPs can order, perform and interpret diagnostic tests such as lab work and X-rays.

They can diagnose and treat acute and chronic conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure, infections, and injuries. They can prescribe medications and other treatments. Patients who are seen by NPs report an extremely high level of satisfaction with the care they receive.

To schedule an appointment with Ashley Seiler, NP, or another member of the Ministry Health Care medical team please call 715.478.3318 in Crandon or 715.674.5233 in Laona.


New physician is interested in dermatology and wilderness medicine

It’s fitting that Thomas Marren, MD, joined Ministry Medical Group (MMG)to see patients in Eagle River, Tomahawk and Woodruff.

Thomas Marren, MD
As a board-certified family medicine physician, Dr. Marren focuses on all family health needs through all stages of life. This includes everything from preventive medicine to treating acute injuries. He has a special interest in dermatology procedures and wilderness medicine.

Dr. Marren earned his medical degree from Loyola University Chicago’s Stritch School of Medicine in Maywood, Illinois. He holds a master’s degree in physics from Northeastern Illinois University in Chicago, and his bachelor’s degree is from Loyola University Chicago. Dr. Marren completed his residency at Adventist Hinsdale Hospital in Hinsdale, Illinois. He is certified in basic life support and advanced cardiac life support.

"I have always enjoyed archery because it’s never the same shot twice," said Dr. Marren. "You must consider all of the various factors and how they are changing. It’s the same way when I treat patients – it’s important for me to understand what’s going on with that individual in real time and to work collaboratively to develop a treatment plan. That gives us our best shot at better health."

In his spare time, Dr. Marren enjoys mountain biking, hiking, archery, fishing and spending time with his wife and children.

For more information, or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Marren, please call: 715.477.3000 in Eagle River; 715.453.7200 in Tomahawk; and 715.356.8920 in Woodruff.


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 to find a provider in your area.


Staying healthy doesn’t have to be expensive

Health fairs offer you an opportunity to receive free screenings that may include screening for non-fasting cholesterol, diabetes, PSA prostate, blood pressure, balance, hearing, breast exams, skin cancer, depression or anxiety, vision and body mass index.*

It’s a great time to check your numbers and determine your progress.

Here are a few opportunities to note on your calendar.

Saturday, April 26
Ministry Saint Mary’s Hospital
Health Fair
Call 715.356.8368 for more details

Eagle River
Saturday, June 14
Ministry Eagle River Memorial Hospital
Health Fair
Call 715.356.8368 for more details

Thursday, August 7
Howard Young Medical Center
Health Fair
Call 715.356.8368 for more details

Saturday, October 18
Ministry Sacred Heart Hospital
Health Fair
Call 715.453.7770 for more details


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