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Minneapolis, MN 55403
Phone: 612.345.5029
Fax: 612.886.1147
eFax: 1.612.392.3957

Who We Are

Gregory A. Plotnikoff, MD, MTS,
FACP and his colleagues

Professionals in the service of healing

Bringing 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.

 

Gregory A. Plotnikoff, MD, MTS, FACP

Photo Credit: Caitlin Abrams for Mpls.St.Paul Magazine
Mpls.St.Paul Magazine has referred to Dr. Plotnikoff as a “Super Sleuth.”

Gregory A. Plotnikoff, MD, MTS, FACP
Senior Consultant & Clinic 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 8 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.

Erin Erickson, Consultant in Women's Integrative HealthErin 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.

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.

 

June La Valleur, MD, FACOGJune La Valleur, Consultant in Sexual Health
Consultant in Sexual Health, Complex Menopause & Soulful Aging

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. 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 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.

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.

Lisa TerHaar, APRN, CNP
Consultant in Neurological & Cognitive Health
Lisa is a board-certified nurse practitioner, 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.

  • MPM Integrator, Pam Armour Pam Armour
    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.

  • MPM Spiritual Facilitator, Doug Danderand Doug Dandurand
    Spiritual Health Facilitator

    Doug Dandurand, PhD, brings to Minnesota Personalized Medicine many years of experience in supporting persons in their quest for optimal health which includes a wellbeing beyond physical or emotional health.  He brings to this calling three masters degrees (an M.Div., an M.A. in Counseling Psychology, and an M.A. in Spirituality) as well as a Ph.D. in Transpersonal Psychology plus decades of practical experience. He is the co-author of the chapter on “Spiritual Care and Healing” for Rakel’s Textbook of integrative Medicine, the foremost textbook for progressive physicians.

    His resume includes several years as the Spiritual Health Facilitator at the Penny George Institute for Health and Healing. As a Catholic priest, he serves in parish ministry locally. As a group facilitator, workshop presenter and speaker, he addresses audiences nationally.

    He writes, “No matter one’s beliefs or faith practices or denominational membership, the health of soul or spirit is as critically important as the health of mind and body. It’s always my hope to assist one in facilitating his or her own spiritual health.”

  • Angie Lillehei Angie Lillehei
    Integrator

    Angie Lillehei, PhD, MPH, RN, 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.

  • Photo Coming Soon Judith Barran Maciag
    Welcome Specialist

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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.

Doug Dandurand, PhD, brings to Minnesota Personalized Medicine many years of experience in supporting persons in their quest for optimal health which includes a wellbeing beyond physical or emotional health.  He brings to this calling three masters degrees (an M.Div., an M.A. in Counseling Psychology, and an M.A. in Spirituality) as well as a Ph.D. in Transpersonal Psychology plus decades of practical experience. He is the co-author of the chapter on “Spiritual Care and Healing” for Rakel’s Textbook of integrative Medicine, the foremost textbook for progressive physicians.

His resume includes several years as the Spiritual Health Facilitator at the Penny George Institute for Health and Healing. As a Catholic priest, he serves in parish ministry locally. As a group facilitator, workshop presenter and speaker, he addresses audiences nationally.

He writes, “No matter one’s beliefs or faith practices or denominational membership, the health of soul or spirit is as critically important as the health of mind and body. It’s always my hope to assist one in facilitating his or her own spiritual health.”

Angie Lillehei, PhD, MPH, RN, 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.

Check back soon for more about Judith Barran Maciag…

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    Logistics Specialist

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  • Saga Stevin, Specialist Saga Stevin
    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!

  • Desiree an Integrator Desiree Trebesch
    Integrative Medicine Specialist

    Desiree Trebesch, MA, Health Coach, Certified Aromatherapist, has a passion for integrative medicine that began at the age of 12 when her parents gave her a natural remedies reference book. Since that day, she has turned to supplements, essential oils, massage therapy, chiropractic care, acupuncture, meditation, yoga, nutrition, and other natural therapies as a first line defense.

    Desiree earned a Masters of Arts degree in Counseling and Psychological Services from St. Mary’s University in 2006. After working as a therapist for a few years, Desiree decided to turn to research as a way of learning more about techniques that facilitate the greatest healing. She had the great opportunity to work for the Penny George Institute for Health and Healing at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in the research and training department. In the past year, Desiree has furthered her healing exploration by studying to be an integrative health coach and aromatherapist.

    Desiree’s skills and knowledge were put to use as Desiree was diagnosed with stage IV colon cancer in May 2015. Guided by her expert colleagues, she combined conventional medicine with holistic treatments (supplements, nutrition, exercise, meditation, sleep, acupuncture, massage therapy, essential oils) to strengthen her immune system, reduce the side effects of chemotherapy, and manage the emotional roller coaster natural to a life-altering diagnosis. She continues to utilize many facets of integrative medicine to help keep the cancer cells at bay as she maintains a remission status.

    Becoming a patient with a chronic health condition fuels her fire to help others navigate through the health care web as efficiently as possible while establishing new habits to support healing. Desiree is thrilled to combine her educational background, research and training experience, and personal journey to help others achieve optimal health. Her bright inner light and easy demeanor make her a great partner in your care.

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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!

Desiree Trebesch, MA, Health Coach, Certified Aromatherapist, has a passion for integrative medicine that began at the age of 12 when her parents gave her a natural remedies reference book. Since that day, she has turned to supplements, essential oils, massage therapy, chiropractic care, acupuncture, meditation, yoga, nutrition, and other natural therapies as a first line defense.

Desiree earned a Masters of Arts degree in Counseling and Psychological Services from St. Mary’s University in 2006. After working as a therapist for a few years, Desiree decided to turn to research as a way of learning more about techniques that facilitate the greatest healing. She had the great opportunity to work for the Penny George Institute for Health and Healing at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in the research and training department. In the past year, Desiree has furthered her healing exploration by studying to be an integrative health coach and aromatherapist.

Desiree’s skills and knowledge were put to use as Desiree was diagnosed with stage IV colon cancer in May 2015. Guided by her expert colleagues, she combined conventional medicine with holistic treatments (supplements, nutrition, exercise, meditation, sleep, acupuncture, massage therapy, essential oils) to strengthen her immune system, reduce the side effects of chemotherapy, and manage the emotional roller coaster natural to a life-altering diagnosis. She continues to utilize many facets of integrative medicine to help keep the cancer cells at bay as she maintains a remission status.

Becoming a patient with a chronic health condition fuels her fire to help others navigate through the health care web as efficiently as possible while establishing new habits to support healing. Desiree is thrilled to combine her educational background, research and training experience, and personal journey to help others achieve optimal health. Her bright inner light and easy demeanor make her a great partner in your care.