Who We Are
We are a dedicated team
We are professionals in the service of healing
We bring hope for people suffering from
chronic, complex & severe illness
Your Minnesota Personalized Medicine Team
Dr. Plotnikoff is a board certified internist and pediatrician who has received national and international honors for... >>
Gregory A. Plotnikoff, MD, MTS, FACP
Founder & 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 in Japanese the Kampo herbal medicine tradition. 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.×
Tara Doyle, MD, FAIHM, ABOIM, ABIHM
Integrative & Functional Medicine Consultant
Dr. Doyle is board certified in Family Medicine and Integrative Medicine. Dr. Doyle is thrilled to be a part of the collaborative group at Minnesota Personalized Medicine, where she brings her commitment to ongoing learning and exploration to optimize the care of chronic medical conditions.
Dr. Doyle believes that each patient’s medical needs and well-being are a priority, no matter how complex or uncertain the condition. At MPM, Dr. Doyle’s goal is for each patient to receive care that works for their unique needs, so that they can live a happier and healthier life.
Before joining MPM, Dr. Doyle spent 15 years caring for primary care patients with an integrative approach at Allina Health. She attributes a strong foundation in Integrative Medicine to her parents, who instilled a life-long appreciation for the power of food, sleep and movement on well-being. As Dr. Doyle’s education brought her around the country, her appreciation for the importance and depth of this foundation has continued to grow.
Curious about the interplay of genes and health, Dr. Doyle completed her undergraduate thesis at Yale University with laboratory research on cancer causing genes and graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in biology. While at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, she worked to better understand the experiences of those she cared for by focusing on deepening medical student education of the patient perspective and experience.
Dr. Doyle completed her residency training in Family Medicine at Northwestern University’s St. Joseph Hospital in Chicago, where she served as Chief Resident. During her time in residency, she cultivated bonds with her patients and developed an interest in resident and staff education.
Dr. Doyle has continued to grow her passion for understanding the individual patient experience and crafting individualized health care plans to meet patients’ goals and needs through inclusion, acceptance and kindness. A life-long learner, Dr. Doyle joined the Academy of Integrative Health and Medicine’s inaugural fellowship class, and graduated with honors and an elective focus in epigenetics. She appreciated the fellowship’s inter-professional approach, and was able to expand her knowledge of healing arts to bring a larger skill set to her patient care.
Caring for others is intrinsic to Dr. Doyle, and in addition to her medical practice, she pursues this through multiple community service commitments. She was the founding Board Chair at Arete Academy, a school focused on wholistic education for bright K-12 students with learning differences, and she regularly volunteers with Yale College and the Blake School.
Outside of work, Dr. Doyle loves to focus on her family and friends. She enjoys reading, walking, cooking, puzzles, games and gatherings. Her husband, three children and Boston Terrier keep her busy and filled with gratitude and joy.×
A third-generation nurse, Lynn is excited to continue her lifework with Minnesota Personalized Medicine. >>
Dan is certified as a registered nurse, emergency medical technician (EMT), licensed practical nurse (LPN) and phlebo... >>
Lynn Foster, RN
A third-generation nurse, Lynn is excited to continue her lifework with Minnesota Personalized Medicine. It is at MPM that she shares her decades-long honed skills, passion for wellness and her mission of service.
Originally from the Midwest and a graduate of the nursing program at Luther College, Lynn’s nursing journey has taken her to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area as a Camp Nurse; to Baltimore, MD as part of the Lutheran Volunteer Corps to work in an inner-city clinic; and to Boston, MA where she cared for post-operative patients and those who had suffered extensive burns.
Lynn then found her way to the specialty of labor and birthing, where she had the honor of assisting women and their families in the miracle of birth. That experience then led her in work at the other end of the life cycle at a hospice in Tucson, AZ for a short time, before returning to Minnesota.
Along her journey, Lynn awakened to and embraced a more holistic and functional approach to healthcare while seeking out alternative therapies in the midst of addressing her own health challenges. This led her to obtain training and certification in Shiatsu therapy, as well as health and life coaching. She continues to learn about nutrition and enjoys gardening and healthy cooking.
It has been her privilege and honor to care for a variety of people with broad-ranging health challenges. She is especially passionate about supporting people in renewing their lives and has, thus, loved working as an infusion nurse in wellness clinics for more than13 years.
Lynn looks forward to supporting you on your healing journey.×
Dan Moraine, RN
Dan is certified as a registered nurse, emergency medical technician (EMT), licensed practical nurse (LPN) and phlebotomist. He attended Hennepin Technical College and graduated with an Emergency Medical Service Specialist certificate.
In addition to working as an EMT, Dan has worked for the Red Cross, a dialysis clinic, a pediatric clinic and most recently at a transitional care unit in Robbinsdale. His background is diverse and focuses on excellent patient care.
Dan is passionate about holistic and comprehensive patient care. He enjoys being part of the MPM team and going above and beyond on a daily basis with the level of complex care that is delivered. He strives to break away from the traditional approach to medicine and cultivate a more personalized and compassionate healing environment for patients.
Dan is always excited to learn and grow as a professional. He is passionate about building strong, restorative relationships with the patients that he has the pleasure to care for.
When not working, Dan enjoys the outdoors and most activities related to nature, such as hiking, camping, snowboarding and frisbee golf.×
PRP/Alopecia Treatment Specialist
Saga is a phlebotomist who is also certified through Empire Medical for Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) treatments and the Advanced Aesthetics Education Group (AAEG) for Advanced Collagen Induction Therapy. Additionally, Saga annually attends the Orthobiologic Institutes PRP & Regenerative Medicine Symposium.
Since 2014, Saga has been working in the medical, cosmetic, and veterinary communities as a PRP Technician and phlebotomist. 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.
Most notably, Saga mentored under Robert Brandt who, along with Dr. Joseph Greco, pioneered the use of PRP for alopecia or hair loss. Brandt and Greco received the largest research grant given by the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery (ISHRS) to study the effects of autologous growth factors for alopecia areata. The study demonstrated that growth factors in PRP turned on the dormant stem cells 60% of the time in alopecia areata. Saga uses Brandt’s patented process in the preparation of PRP for alopecia and continues to study under him learning the most advanced methods used today.
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!×
Catherine is an ordained minister with the United Church of Christ and a covenant member with Plymouth Congregational... >>
Cindi is board-certified as an integrative and functional nutrition consultant with over 27 years in professional pra... >>
Rev. Catherine Duncan, MA, BCC
Integrative Spiritual Consultant
Catherine is an ordained minister with the United Church of Christ and a covenant member with Plymouth Congregational Church. She is a board-certified chaplain, spiritual director, energy healer, tapping (EFT) practitioner and certified in neuroplasticity training. She also works with mind-body therapies and aromatherapy.
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 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 speaks on resiliency, self-compassion, and self-care in the community. Her article on prayer can be found at the University of Minnesota’s Earl E. Bakken Center for Spirituality & Healing website — Taking Charge of Your Health.
Catherine has served as a spiritual care provider with Fairview Home Care and Hospice, HCMC, and Good Samaritan. She also works with Partners in Resilience and has her own private practice. Learn more about her private practice at www.learningtolive.org.
Catherine lives in Minneapolis with her husband and has two adult children.
“I am not sure that there are sufficient words to explain how instrumental Catherine has been in my healing process. Her support, insight and encouragement have helped me, not only keep going through the tough times, but also to keep growing into the person I was meant to be! Emotional, physical and spiritual healing is definitely a process and I am blessed to have Catherine to guide me on my journey. I will be forever grateful to her.” – Barb×
Cindi Lockhart, RDN, LD, IFNCP
Integrative & Functional Nutrition Consultant
Cindi is board-certified as an integrative and functional nutrition consultant with over 27 years in professional practice. She optimizes one’s health and function by getting to the root causes of dysfunction through comprehensive assessments and coaching for a holistic lifestyle. Her coaching addresses nutrition, exercise, stress management, sleep optimization, supplementation and environmental toxin exposure.
Cindi completed her dietetics internship in Boston at Harvard’s Brigham & Women’s Hospital and then went on to her first clinical job in Chicago at Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke’s Medical Center. Although conventionally trained as a dietitian, Cindi quickly realized that a conventional approach did not fulfill her philosophy of optimizing one’s health and function. She felt then that it was vital for her to pursue an integrative and functional approach to nutrition and medicine.
Over the years, Cindi has achieved certifications and accreditations from Metagenics’ First Line Therapy program as a Certified Health Care Provider; from Wellcoaches as a Certified Health & Wellness Coach; from the Institute of Functional Medicine (IFM) for Applying Functional Medicine in Clinical Practice, Advanced Practice Modules for Hormones and Biotransformation/Detoxification; as well as from the Integrative and Functional Nutrition Academy (IFNA) as a Certified Integrative & Functional Nutrition Practitioner.
Cindi has extensive expertise in health issues including hormonal imbalances, infertility, thyroid dysfunction, autoimmunity and gut health. She often provides nutritional support to couples and families seeking combined optimal health and wellness.
Cindi collaborates with her patients on their wellness journey instead of simply prescribing a one-size-fits-all program. She teaches patients how to put newly learned skills into practice by being helpful in transforming patients’ kitchens, food shopping, food preparation and lifestyle modifications that fit her patients’ lifestyles, budgets and enjoyment. She provides these services on both a one-to-one basis, as well as a small group approach.
In addition to working with patients from Minnesota Personalized Medicine, Cindi has her own nutrition and lifestyle coaching business. Learn more about it at www.lockhart-wellness.com.
When Cindi isn’t delving into more practice-related reading material, she can be found hiking, practicing yoga, experimenting in the kitchen or gym, being out in nature or simply spending time with family and friends.×
Anna McConville, DPT
Integrative Physical Therapy Consultant
Anna is a physical therapist, intuitive energy worker and wellness coach. She is a respected expert in the field of holistic physical therapy and persistent pain conditions.
Anna integrates craniosacral and visceral therapy, pilates, biofeedback, movement therapy, and other energy medicine techniques as part of her mind-body approach to healing. She also recently completed a Pain Neuroscience Certification and Advanced Doctoral Musculoskeletal management degree. Overall, her training supports her life-long passion of working with people living with complex chronic conditions, such as Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (EDS), Chronic Lyme Disease, and Chronic Fatigue.
Anna began practicing mindfulness meditation 40 years ago to heal from a chronic life-altering condition. This was when she she discovered that what you eat, how you think, and how you move impacts your body, mind, and spirit. This discovery led her to also pursuing a minor in Dietetics while she pursued her Physical Therapy degree.
Anna has devoted more than 3,000 hours of post-professional education to obtaining skills that integrate Eastern and Western Medicine. This education allows her to enable her patients to find creative solutions to living with less pain and greater ease.
Anna is also a student of quantum physics and energy medicine. She is excited about the research that supports the premise that we can can change our health by changing our neural pathways. She is known to inspire her clients to re-wire their brains towards health and happiness.
In addition to her professional experience, Anna began her career as a professional mime and physical performer, which brings a unique perspective to how she practices. She blends mindfulness, humor, and laughter while guiding her clients on their own journey of healing and self-care.
Anna works with patients both individually, as well as leading self-care groups, allowing each person to understand their unique language of healing and teaching them the skills to enabling them to live with less pain, greater resilience, and more joy.
In her personal time, Anna loves to bike and hike and fuels her creativity with nature, fiber art, and writing.×
Pam is a graduate of the University of Minnesota Twin Cities with a degree in Journalism & Mass Communication. >>
Cezanne is a student at Smith College majoring in Neuroscience and is on the pre-med track. >>
Cathy has been working as support staff in an integrative medicine environment for most of the last 10 years. >>
Dr. Dobberstein has more than 25 years experience in the natural health field. She is a graduate of Northwestern Heal... >>
Roberta shines in her interactions with others. Whether she’s helping a new patient settle into our clinic or reach... >>
Cindy is energized by meeting new people and supporting them on their healing journey. >>
Eva is graduate from Iowa State University with a degree in Genetics. >>
Marketing & Communications Specialist
Pam is a graduate of the University of Minnesota Twin Cities with a degree in Journalism & Mass Communication. After working in advertising agencies and corporate marketing, 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 sons who were both diagnosed at a young age with serious food allergies.
Pam collaborates with the team at MPM to highlight their wealth of knowledge in both website content and patient communication in an effort to clearly describe the unique care patients receive at MPM. She also enjoys working closely with Dr. Plotnikoff to find ways to share his knowledge and leadership in the medical field and beyond.×
Beshoy graduated from the University of Northwestern St. Paul with a triple major in Biology, Biochemistry and Bible. Initially, Beshoy considered pursuing a fourth degree in Psychology, but changed it to a minor degree in order to pursue a full-time internship at the Mayo Clinic to study regenerative neurosurgery and neuro-oncology during his final year as a college senior.
As an undergraduate, Beshoy demonstrated his academic and leadership strengths by leading a group of ten other undergraduates in researching “The Effects of Methyl Mercury Chloride in Fetal Mammals.”
At his core, Beshoy yearns to become a physician.
Driven by his passion to learn, Beshoy pursued multiple avenues of exploration to further his understanding of what makes a doctor great. He shadowed live neurosurgeries at St. Mary’s Hospital; served individuals with developmental disabilities a local non-profit, LivingWell Disabilities; and volunteered at Children’s Minnesota in the operating room and emergency department. He also completed his emergency medical training at North Memorial Hospital and worked as an Emergency Medical Technician at Allina’s Mercy Hospital-Unity Campus.
Beshoy is now excited to enhance his academic and professional experience by working at Minnesota Personalized Medicine while completing his Masters of Medical Science at Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine. He looks forward to graduating from this same medical school as a fully-fledged physician someday.
In his personal life, Beshoy enjoys quality time with his family and his fiancé. Hiking, kayaking, skiing, horseback-riding and spending time just conversing with a loved one are a few of the ways he enjoys his free time away from work and school.×
Cezanne del Castillo
Cezanne is a student at Smith College majoring in Neuroscience and is on the pre-med track. She hopes to become an orthopedic trauma surgeon.
Cezanne is passionate about medicine, but especially the personal connections that can be formed through medicine and the support she can offer. She has been told she is a good listener and empathetic. She hopes to bring these skills to her job and the people she talks to.
Outside of school and her medical interests, Cezanne enjoys creative writing, photography, music, basketball and cooking.×
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.×
Linda J. Dobberstein, DC
Medical Literature & Evidence Specialist
Dr. Dobberstein has more than 25 years experience in the natural health field. She is a graduate of Northwestern Health Sciences University in Minnesota. She is a licensed Doctor of Chiropractic and is double-board certified in clinical nutrition with the American Clinical Board of Nutrition and the Chiropractic Board of Clinical Nutrition.
Dr. Dobberstein has published peer-reviewed literature. She writes highly researched, natural health articles for a weekly newsletter read both across the country and internationally. She has been recognized by her peers with Minnesota Monthly’s Top Chiropractors in Clinical Nutrition and America’s Top Chiropractors in Clinical Nutrition. Dr. Dobberstein has been in private practice for 20 years and has worked for a nutritional supplement company for over 25 years.
Dr. Dobberstein has a passion for digging deeper to help resolve health concerns from a natural perspective. She delves deep into medical literature seeking out cutting edge, nutritional applications to help a variety of concerns with the goal of finding solutions to complex puzzles. Her areas of interest include brain and neurological health, mitochondrial concerns, thyroid, adrenals, gut health and the microbiome, chronic infections, functional medicine, and the powerful interplay that occurs with nutrients and the amazing human body.
Prior to entering the health care profession, Dr. Dobberstein obtained a Bachelor of Music degree in Instrumental Music Education from St. Olaf College. She continues to enjoy playing her trumpet with Mike’s Brass, a brass quintet, and her church orchestra. When she is not busy with work, she enjoys taking care of the family farm in southern Minnesota and spending time with family.×
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.×
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Cindy Fraser-Johnson, CHTP
Cindy is energized by meeting new people and supporting them on their healing journey. Whether it’s though the support she provides at the front desk of Minnesota Personalized Medicine or the work she does personally to help others on their path to wellness, she believes in and understands the mind, body and spirit connection to healing and wellness. The balancing of health from the inside out, as well as honoring those connections are integral to Cindy’s beliefs.
For more than twenty years, Cindy has been dedicated to the studies of wellness and integrative medicine. Since 2001, Cindy has maintained her certification as a Certified Healing Touch Practitioner (CHTP) through continued education and practice. She has also studied qigong with Master Chunyi Lin and completed all levels of Spring Forest Qigong, including holding a certification to teach Level 1.
Joining the team at Minnesota Personalized Medicine has allowed Cindy to fulfill her desire to combine her healing knowledge with her background as a business professional in project management in the creative industries of marketing and printing. It has also allowed her to utilize the many skills she has built during her more than 20 years of co-managing a premier landscape company with her husband.
In her spare time, Cindy is actively involved in local and national integrative medicine communities and volunteers at local hospitals for staff and patient events. When she’s not busy at work, Cindy enjoys spending time with family and friends or perusing local art festivals.×
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Eva is graduate from Iowa State University with a degree in Genetics. It was during her time shadowing and working with genetic counselors that her interest in genetic testing grew. She has now made it her career goal to implement genetic testing into standard healthcare practice.
Following her graduation from Iowa State University, Eva is working to expand her knowledge of genetic testing in combination with personalized medicine while seeking her Master’s degree in Pharmacogenomics through Manchester University.
Eva is excited to grow with Minnesota Personalized Medicine where genomic work and testing is embraced and ahead of the curve.
In her free time, Eva enjoys being outside boating, hiking, traveling, and snowshoeing with her beloved Bernese Mountain dog Kevin. She grew up in Minnesota, but loves to explore what the world has to offer.×
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.×