Who We Are
Gregory A. Plotnikoff, MD, MTS, FACP
& his colleagues
Professionals in the service of healing
To bring hope for people suffering
from complex, chronic illnesses
The Minnesota Personalized Medicine Team
We are professionals in the service of healing.
We strive to support you on your way to optimal recovery.
Nationally Certified Consultant in Sexual Health, Consultant in Complex Menopause
Gregory A. Plotnikoff, MD, MTS, FACP
Senior Consultant & Medical Director
Dr. Plotnikoff is a board-certified internist and pediatrician who has received national and international honors for his work in cross-cultural and integrative medicine. Before opening MPM, Dr. Plotnikoff served as an integrative medicine physician at the Penny George Institute for Health and Healing and as Senior Consultant at the Center for Health Care Innovation, Allina Health Care, Minneapolis, Minnesota. Dr. Plotnikoff is a graduate of Carleton College, Harvard Divinity School, and the University of Minnesota Medical School.
Dr. Plotnikoff, “Greg,” consciously chose to attend divinity school before medical school in order to deepen his understanding of suffering and of human responses to suffering. After eight years of medical school and residency training, he helped establish the Center for Spirituality and Healing at the University of Minnesota where he served as its first medical director. From 2002-2008, Dr. Plotnikoff served as an associate professor at Keio University School of Medicine where he studied, researched and taught the Kampo herbal medicine tradition in Japanese. While in Japan, he was active in East-West medical integration issues with the Japanese Society of Oriental Medicine, National Geographic, and the World Health Organization. He is the recipient of several international awards for research and teaching as well as the Early Career Distinguished Achievement Award from the University of Minnesota Medical School. Click here to see a sampling of his areas of expertise in the many medical journal articles that he has published.×
Integrator - Marketing & Communications
Pam Armour is a graduate of the University of Minnesota with a degree in Journalism & Mass Communication. After working in the Twin Cities advertising and marketing communities for years, she sought the opportunity to meld her professional background with her passion for wellness. That passion for wellness was fueled by her drive to see her family’s health flourish – especially the health of her two, young sons who were both diagnosed at a young age with life-threatening food allergies. Pam now works with patients to support their optimal healing and recovery by breaking down seemingly complex tasks into actionable steps, encouraging patients along their path to wellness. Pam also enjoys working closely with Dr. Plotnikoff to find ways to share his knowledge and leadership in the medical field and beyond.×
Carolyn Denton, MA, LN
As a Licensed Nutritionist, Carolyn’s work focuses on nutrition for general health and disease prevention and as a complementary therapy for existing chronic and degenerative diseases. Carolyn identifies underlying physiological imbalances that contribute to chronic health issues. What and how we eat is the natural solution to restoring balance. Stress influences the body in profound ways; digestion, sleep, mood, concentration and even how we store energy are all affected. Carolyn incorporates mindful eating and meditative practices to enhance vitality and reduce stress. She holds a Master’s Degree in Nutrition with an Emphasis/Nutrition and Aging.
For over twenty years, Carolyn has successfully partnered with a variety of clients to help them achieve optimal health and wellbeing. Areas of expertise include:
Integrative Nutrition ~ Holistic Nutrition ~ Blood sugar imbalances ~ Insulin resistance
Autoimmune diseases ~ Digestive problems ~ Anxiety and depression
Inflammatory conditions ~ Food sensitivities and intolerances ~ Fibromyalgia ~ Sleep issues
Perimenopause ~ Heart Heath ~ Skin conditions.
In addition to nutritional counseling, Carolyn has developed and implemented nutritional programs addressing specific health concerns. She has also designed and conducted numerous large-group patient education programs as well as presenting nutrition education in a variety of corporate settings.
Carolyn has published articles in various magazines and periodicals and wrote the nutritional content for the University of Minnesota’s Center for Spirituality and Healing Taking Charge of Your Health website focusing on personal health. She is a co-author of The Chemistry of Joy Workbook with Dr. Henry Emmons.
Currently, Carolyn practices nutritional therapy privately with Partners in Resilience in addition to seeing patients at Minnesota Personalized Medicine. She also teaches Functional Nutrition at the University of Minnesota.×
Cathy has been working as support staff in an integrative medicine environment for most of the last 10 years. Her clerical skills have been honed over years of practice, ranging from vacation bible school; to accounting offices; to fundraising. What she enjoys most is the opportunity to work with people seeking a better way of life.
Cathy is active in the recovery community and spends a great deal of time with her four daughters and their families. She is excited to become a part of the team at Minnesota Personalized Medicine and looks forward to continuing to be helpful in whatever way she can.×
Rev. Catherine Duncan, MA
Consultant in Integrative Spirituality
Catherine is passionate about whole person healing with a focus on emotional and spiritual health. With a reverence for exploring the sacredness and meaning of life, she companions individuals on their journey. She works extensively in chronic illness, life transitions, grief, loss and finding meaning and purpose.
Catherine received her Master of Arts in Theology and Spiritual Direction Certificate from St. Catherine University in St Paul, MN. She also holds a Master of Divinity equivalency from United Theological Seminary in New Brighton, MN. Catherine is an ordained minister with the United Church of Christ and a covenant member with Plymouth Congregational Church. She is a certified spiritual director, chaplain, energy healer, and tapping (EFT) practitioner and works with mind-body therapies and aromatherapy.
Catherine works with Newbridge Health and Wellness and also has her own private practice. She has served as a spiritual care provider with Fairview Home Care and Hospice, HCMC, and Good Samaritan.
Catherine speaks on Resiliency, Self-Compassion, and Self- Care in the community. She leads spiritual groups, retreats, and offers spiritual direction at Bethlehem Lutheran Church.
Her article on Prayer can be found at the Center for Spirituality and Healing’s site — Take Charge of Your Health. Catherine lives in Minneapolis with her husband and they have two adult children. Learn more at her website www.learningtolive.org.×
Erin Erickson, DNP, MPH, MA, WHNP-BC
Consultant in Women's Integrative Health
Erin is a board-certified women’s health nurse practitioner and a specialist in maternal-child health and integrative health. She has extensive experience speaking and writing on issues related to maternal-child health, women’s health and parenting. After completing her Master of Public Health (MPH) in Maternal-Child Health Epidemiology, Erin felt drawn toward direct patient care and decided to pursue a career combining her interests in coaching and nursing. She completed the Master of Nursing program, the Doctor of Nursing Practice program in Women’s Health, and the Master of Arts in Integrative Health and Wellbeing Coaching at the University of Minnesota and has worked to support women’s Integrative health and wellness since. During her doctoral studies, Erin received a George Family Foundation Fellowship, which allowed her to pursue studies in Functional Medicine and consciousness-based leadership and change theory through the Presencing Institute (Theory U).
In 2006, Erin co-founded Mom Enough®, an evidence-based parenting podcast (originally a radio program on the ABC FM-affiliate station FM107.1, now at www.momenough.com), with her mother, Dr. Marti Erickson. Mom Enough® currently reaches more than 160,000 people a month worldwide. In May 2016, Erin received the University of Minnesota’s School of Public Health Alumni Innovator Award for her work providing free, public health information to parents and others who care for children through Mom Enough®.
Erin has a passion for integrative health and wellbeing and is dedicated to sharing her understanding of the mind-body connection and mindfulness-based skills to help women become more reflective and intentional in their lives and health. She has a unique approach to supporting people in attaining optimal health and wellbeing – an approach that combines reflection, in-depth exploration, and scientific inquiry. Erin is excited to combine her training in nursing, integrative therapies, health coaching, and functional medicine to support women in attaining optimal recovery. Her goal is to help patients at MPM find their way to healing.×
Roberta shines in her interactions with others. Whether she’s helping a new patient settle into our clinic or reaching out to someone in need through her volunteer work, she has the grace and charm to do it all effortlessly.
Roberta is a lifelong Minneapolis resident. She was born and raised in southwest Minneapolis and still lives within six blocks of her childhood home. Community is extremely important to her.
In many ways, Roberta’s career has come full circle.
As a child, she wanted to be a nurse. She then raised three children and four grandchildren all while contributing to her volunteer work and school board involvement.
After becoming “hooked on real estate” for 40+ years and “failing” her subsequent retirement, she started the next leg of her journey with our team at Minnesota Personalized Medicine where she bridges the gap between patient and practitioner.
Her role here perfectly fulfills her desire to make a difference.×
Vicky J. Grossman, BS, BCTMB, CHWC, CA
Specialist in Integrative Therapies
Vicky is board-certified in therapeutic massage and bodywork. She graduated from Northwestern Health Sciences University and has worked for the Penny George Institute for Health and Healing at Abbott Northwestern Hospital.
Vicky’s education and career path has been long and varied beginning with her Bachelor’s degree in Mass Communication/Journalism. After earning her degree, she spent over four years in the U.S. Army and went on to work in retail, real estate and manufacturing sales. During this time, she also raised two children, now happy and productive adults.
Then just over a decade ago, Vicky moved into her current career realizing how nurturing and healing it felt to provide massage therapy.
Vicky’s gifts and talents for patients include guided imagery, aromatherapy, energy healing, acupressure, reflexology and pre-hospital coaching. As time has progressed, she has expanded her practice with additional courses including myofascial release – John Barnes approach; certification in health and wellness coaching via Wellcoaches LLC; and certification in aromatherapy through instructor Denise Joswiak/Essential Health.
Vicky has had the opportunity to teach in a variety of settings including a week-long conference provided by massage therapists at the Penny George Institute for students wanting to learn about being an integrative therapy provider in a hospital setting.
Vicky has also traveled to Guatemala as a volunteer to teach nursing students in various integrative modalities. She taught self-hypnosis to patients, and sometimes their caretakers, who were dealing with cancer symptoms and stress/anxiety via Journey to Wellness. She also taught hospital-based massage at CenterPoint school for Massage and Shiatsu.
Vicky greatly looks forward to working with patients who recognize how important it is for them to invest in their recovery, physical and emotional healing, and self-care.×
Kathleen Hopkins, DO, ACOFP, IFMCP
Consultant in Integrative & Functional Medicine
“If it were not for the great variability among individuals medicine might as well be a science and not an art.” – Sr. William Osler, MD (1849-1919)
Dr. Hopkins is board-certified in Family Medicine and Osteopathic Manipulative Therapy. She is also a certified practitioner for the Institute for Functional Medicine. Her passion for integrative medicine began over twenty years ago when she did fieldwork in Ayurvedic medicine as an Anthropology student at the University of Wyoming. It was then that she knew she desired to combine the philosophies used in Ayurveda, which is centered on one’s constitution, nutrition, meditation, movement, elimination, and connection to spirit and community; with the practices of family medicine which she experienced while growing up as the daughter of a Family Practice physician in a small town in Iowa.
By integrating these two philosophies of Ayurveda and family medicine into her own life, she was able to resolve her own lifelong struggle with gastrointestinal concerns and fatigue. Profoundly impacted by this healing, she committed to pursuing this integrative vision through her graduate work in Immunology at the University of Colorado and then back home to Iowa for medical school at Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine. She then went on to her Family Medicine residency at The University of Minnesota Medical School in Mankato.
While in medical school and residency, Dr. Hopkins also served in medical mission work both in the U.S., as well as on two trips to India.
Dr. Hopkins has been recognized as a “Top Doctor Rising Star” by Mpls St Paul Magazine in 2015, 2016, and 2017, as well as by Allina for their Summa Cum Laude Physician Communication Award in 2016 (Top 99%).
Throughout Dr. Hopkins’ training, her work with integrative medicine has continued to evolve with a strong interest in complex chronic disease with an emphasis in autoimmunity, specifically autoimmune thyroid disease and diseases of the gastrointestinal system. She has been able to combine her love of the patient’s narrative as a foundational piece of healing, as well as the evaluation of the microbiome, genetic make-up, and metabolomics with her training in Functional Medicine. She believes that health is a dynamic balance and that medicine should be patient-centered versus disease-centered.
Dr. Hopkins is thrilled to be a part of the collaborative group at Minnesota Personalized Medicine. She sees patients in-clinic, as well as in home settings.
Outside of work, Dr. Hopkins loves to do most things in the out-of-doors, as well as reading and spending time with her husband, son, two stepdaughters, and pets.×
June La Valleur, MD, FACOG
Nationally Certified Consultant in Sexual Health, Consultant in Complex Menopause
Dr. La Valleur is a board-certified obstetrician/gynecologist (OB/GYN) who has received honors for her work in medical education, menopause and sexual health. She is also the first medical doctor in the five-state region of Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa, and Wisconsin to be certified as a sexual health counselor by the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors, & Therapists (AASECT).
Dr. La Valleur is a graduate of the University of Minnesota Medical School and OB/GYN residency program. She has been the recipient of a Bush Fellowship and was the first recipient of the Early Career Distinguished Achievement Award from the University of Minnesota Medical School. Prior to entering medical school at the age of 41, she was an x-ray and lab technician and a Physician Assistant. Her career as a physician was at the University of Minnesota where she was an Associate Professor in OB/GYN and Director of the Mature Women’s Center.
Dr. La Valleur is passionate about people maintaining a healthy life throughout the lifespan including sexual health. This can be more difficult with aging and after menopause for women, after treatment for cancer, spinal cord or brain injury, as well other serious medical conditions. In 2014, Dr. La Valleur completed training at the Florida Post Graduate Sex Training Institute to enable her to manage sexual health issues for men, women and couples. Click here to see the work she has had published in medical journals.×
Angie Lillehei, PhD, MPH, RN
Angie is a practitioner, consultant, and health care leader, has worked in a variety of health care settings including clinical, health care systems, and medical technology organizations.
In seeking a more vibrant and rewarding place to assist others in healing and wellbeing, she returned to her interest in complementary and alternative healing through course work at the Center for Spirituality and Healing, University of Minnesota.
Through her studies, she became even more intrigued with clinical aromatherapy and energy healing as integrative healing modalities. These interests, along with her daughter’s struggle with sleep and the increasing awareness of sleep’s importance to health, led her to recently complete her Ph.D. with a successful study on the effect of Lavender for sleep.
Through her studies and working with others, she has become even more passionate about addressing health needs through integrative medicine with a focus on optimal healing and recovery. She is excited to use her clinical expertise along with her knowledge and expertise in integrative therapies and sleep to support patients coming to the Minnesota Personalized Medicine clinic. Her goal is to work with patients to co-create their optimal recovery program; to help make the experience exceptional; and to be a healing resource. Click here to see the work that she has had published in medical journals.×
Cindi Lockhart, RDN, LDN, IFNCP
Consultant in Integrative & Functional Nutrition
Check back soon for more on Cindi…×
Cary Marie Pizzo
Cary Marie thrives on being helpful to others. She takes great pride in her attention to detail, customer service, and her ability to communicate our vision at Minnesota Personalized Medicine to our patients.
Most recently, Cary Marie worked at the Penny George Institute for Health & Healing as a Provider Coordinator. Prior to that, she spent 25 years as a tour manager with a travel company that offered domestic and international destinations including Australia, New Zealand, Costa Rica, as well as several countries in Europe.
Cary Marie’s interests include travel, music, photography, snorkeling, and cooking. Inspired by her family’s heritage, she especially enjoys cooking Italian food. She is also passionate about her involvement in organizations that support women’s rights, the environment, and dog rescue, as well as her role in a non-profit organization that enables individuals with disabilities to pursue horseback riding in a safe, fun manner.×
PRP/Hair Restoration Specialist
Saga Stevin is a certified phlebotomist. She studied at Empire Medical for Aesthetic Uses of Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) and at the Orthobiologic Institutes PRP & Regenerative Medicine Symposium.
Since 2014, Saga has been working behind the scenes in the medical, cosmetic and veterinary communities as a PRP Technician. Being the visionary that she is, Saga has gone through extensive training around the medical and aesthetic regenerative uses for PRP to help bring this technology to the Twin Cities.
Saga’s passion in life is simple: clean, healthy, natural living. She believes the body is created to heal itself. Our job is to give it what it needs, so it can do what it does best. Additionally, Saga has an enthusiasm for food which includes creating recipes that are healthy, simple and divinely delicious. Ask her about her wickedly good, healthy, gluten-free chocolate cake!×
Lisa TerHaar, APRN, CNP
Consultant in Neurological & Cognitive Health
Lisa is a board-certified nurse practitioner in gerontology who has worked in the nursing profession in various roles since 1992. She received her Masters of Science in Nursing from the University of Minnesota in 2010 and was the recipient of the Allina Senior Care Scholarship. She has worked in the care of older adults since that time, both in sub-acute settings, as well as in primary care roles.
While caring for people living with chronic complex conditions, Lisa became increasingly concerned about the quality of life issues and the grief and loss experienced in families dealing with chronic cognitive decline. This led her to explore education from the Institute for Functional Medicine (IFM), which educates and equips providers to address the root cause of illness as opposed to focusing primarily on the symptoms of the illness.
The IFM has partnered with the Cleveland Clinic and developed a thriving Center for Functional Medicine, which has demonstrated the benefits of the whole person approach of functional medicine across specialties. In 2016, the Institute for Functional Medicine partnered with researcher Dr. Dale Bredesen to train providers in a functional medicine protocol for the prevention and reversal of cognitive impairment. The Cleveland Clinic will be the site for an upcoming clinical trial of the Bredesen Protocol, to demonstrate efficacy on a larger scale.
Lisa is passionate about helping individuals and families who have concerns about cognition. In preparation for this calling, she attended trainings with Dr. Bredesen and the IFM in December 2016 and March 2017. These trainings have provided Lisa with the credential to assess patient’s genetic predisposition for dementia, assess underlying root causes of cognitive changes, and create a personalized plan for preventing or reversing disease.
Having watched both of her parents struggle with complex medical issues in mid-life, including cognitive impairment, this calling is personal for Lisa, as well as professional. Since learning of successful interventions for the prevention and reversal of dementia, she is eager to put this information into actionable plans to help her family, as well as others to live more healthfully into their second half of life.×