Providers Who Care
Our team offers compassionate service to each of their patients in senior communities across the Twin Cities.
Dr. Clemencia Rasquinha, MD, CMD
Dr. Rasquinha practices the true art of Geriatric Medicine. She loves to share her passion for geriatrics and aging by speaking on senior health topics to various organizations. Dr. Rasquinha graduated from Bangalore University in India, served her residency and internship at Bergen Pines County Hospital in Paramus, NJ, and completed fellowships in clinical nutrition, hospital leadership and is a board certified Geriatrician. She carries the title Certified Medical Director from the board of post-acute and long-term care medicine. She has served as medical director for home care, hospice, rehabilitation medicine and long-term care. She was instrumental in creating Clinical Pearls and Guidelines in Geriatric Medicine. Dr. Rasquinha is married to husband, Cecil Asher; she has two adult children and is a dog enthusiast and counts a Portuguese water-dog and a Puggle among her family members. She enjoys cooking, walking outdoors and always strives to keep her mind and body active.
B. Kim Quadling, M.B., Ch.B.
Originally from South Africa, B. Kim Quadling received her Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (equivalent to a U.S. Medical Degree) from the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, in 1992. Kim went on to complete postgraduate training in Internal Medicine and Rheumatology as well. She practiced in a public academic hospital for 10 years, prior to relocating to Minneapolis in 2003. In Minneapolis, Dr. Quadling completed an Internal Medicine residency and Geriatric fellowship at Hennepin County Medical Center. Drawn to the field of geriatrics early on by her grandfather, Dr. Quadling strives to improve the many different interconnected medical problems of older adults. Whether meeting patients in long-term care settings or assisting those who are transitioning home after a short hospital stay, Kim finds it rewarding to ensure that all her patients’ medical needs are met. When not seeing patients, Dr. Quadling likes to dabble in creative things like photography, drawing, listening to classical music and painting. You can find her often outside in nature with her daughter, or inside spending time with her two cats.
Dr. Silvia Hugec, MD
Silvia Hugec brings excellent primary care experience coupled with a gentle bedside manner to her work with patients. She received her Medical Degree from Pavol Jozef Safarik University Faculty of Medicine in Slovakia and completed her residency in Internal Medicine at Sound Shore Medical Center of Westchester in New York. Silvia has spent her career working in outpatient internal medicine where she’s always focused on making a positive impact on the lives of each of her patients while also providing the highest quality care and guidance. She strives to improve the health, well-being and happiness of each patient she works with. In her free time, Silvia enjoys gardening, running, swimming and spending time with her family.
Dr. Hannah Reimen, DO
Dr. Reimen brings a wealth of experience and knowledge in geriatrics to our team. She received her Bachelor’s degree from Middlebury College in Vermont and her Medical Degree from the University of New England – College of Osteopathic Medicine in Maine where she also received The Humanism in Aging award and was president of The American Geriatrics Society. During her residency, Hannah was also elected Chief Resident. She has worked in a variety of different settings including nursing homes, transitional care, and inpatient acute care. Hannah strives to build each patient relationship on the foundation of trust and ensuring their goals of care are being met. When not at work, she enjoys exploring the Twin Cities, riding her bike, walking her 3 dogs, and spending time with her family.
Steven Atkinson, PA-C, MS
Steven Atkinson is a Board Certified Physician Assistant specializing in Geriatric Internal Medicine. He has worked with Dr. Rasquinha for more than 15 years. He is adjunct faculty at the University of Utah and has done so since 1994; he has been involved in medicine since 1988. He is dynamic speaker and lectures both nationally and internationally. He is a published author in the area of Geriatric Pharmacology and has served on several boards related to geriatric medicine and care. He is an avid outdoors enthusiast and enjoys running in almost every destination he travels to. He enjoys working with the elderly and considers it his "passion" in life. His positive personality and energy have earned him several local awards in the arena of Geriatric Adult Medicine.
Jeannine Phillips, PA-C, MS
Jeannine, "Jeannie" to her patients, is a second career PA. She graduated from Marquette University with a Masters in Physician Assistant Studies in 2007 and began her PA journey in Mankato, MN in urgent care and family practice settings for four years. She then transferred to Sibley Medical Center/Ridgeview to develop a blended nursing home and clinic practice. It was during this interval that she realized that her true calling was to care for the geriatric population while educating and supporting their family members. Jeannie joined Twin Cities Physicians in March 2016. Her previous career, as a teacher, brought her overseas to England and Thailand. She received her Bachelors in Music education, Chemistry and Physical Science Education from Saint Olaf College in 1987. When not at work, Jeannie loves directing her church brass group, traveling, working on home projects, gardening, landscaping, enjoying the outdoors, and riding her motorcycle.
Nancy Strong, APRN, CNP
Nancy Strong is a board certified Adult Gerontological Nurse Practitioner certified by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing at Metropolitan State University in St. Paul, MN and her Masters of Science in Nursing (MSN) at the College of St. Scholastica in Duluth, MN. She is also a certified wound care nurse. Nancy began her career in the United States Army as a medic. Since then, her healthcare career has included a variety of experiences in long term care, hospital nursing, home care, private duty, and at a mobile blood bank. While working as a registered nurse, she became concerned with patients she cared for who were taking a plethora of medications both prescribed and over the counter. She found patients often did not know what they were taking or why. She decided to focus her energy on becoming a nurse practitioner, with a goal of helping patients manage chronic diseases through appropriate prescribing and treatments. She enjoys working collaboratively with other healthcare providers and patients to help them achieve optimum health. In Nancy’s spare time, she enjoys relaxing at her cabin, traveling, walking outdoors, and spending time with her family and her pampered pooch, Copper.
Heather Arechigo, MSN, AGNP-C
Heather Arechigo is a Nurse Practitioner who specializes in Adult-Gerontology. Prior to becoming a Nurse Practitioner, Heather worked in an Intensive Care Unit specializing in adult critical care & neurologic crisis. She holds a Master’s of Science degree in Nursing from Kaplan University where she graduated with honors & is still a member of the S.A.L.U.T.E honor society that recognizes academic excellence and leadership qualities. She also holds a Bachelor’s degree in Nursing from the College of Saint Catherine in St. Paul, MN. Heather was a student teacher of anatomy and physiology during her undergraduate nursing program. In addition to her professional career, Heather is a Combat Veteran having served in Operation Iraqi Freedom as a member of the US Army from 2001-2009. When not at work, she spends time with her husband and two beautiful daughters. Heather values family time, learning to speak Spanish as a family and active hobbies like snowboarding & running.
Tanya Eiffler, DNP, APRN, FNP-C, CFCN
Tanya is a Board Certified Nurse Practitioner focused on providing excellent care for senior adults. Throughout her career, she has worked in a variety of settings including assisted living communities, transitional care units, and long term care environments. Most recently she served as a Registered Nurse for the State of Minnesota. Tanya earned her Doctorate Nurse Practitioner Degree at the College of St. Scholastica in Duluth, MN. She loves providing care for the geriatric population and finds it very rewarding to make a difference in her patient’s lives while also advocating for their healthcare needs. She is also certified in foot care which is helpful when serving the senior population. In Tanya’s spare time, she enjoys traveling, gardening, camping, and spending time outdoors and with her husband.
Khoi Nguyen Khuong, MSN, AGPNP-C
Khoi Nguyen is a Board Certified Nurse Practitioner with a focus on providing primary care services to seniors in the comfort of their communities. She began her healthcare career in a nursing home setting with a focus on caring for patients with tracheostomies, Alzheimer’s disease, and dementia. Khoi Nguyen earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from St. Olaf College and her Master of Science in Nursing from Walden University. She is also a member of the honor society of nursing, Sigma Theta Tau. Khoi Nguyen has worked in a multitude of settings including hospitals and medical, surgical and intensive care units. Her favorite aspect about her job is having the opportunity to build a strong relationship with her patients and create an individualize care plan for everyone she serves. In her free time, Khoi Nguyen likes to spend time with her husband and family as well as staying active by running, biking, and walking.
Gayle Bauer, AGNP-C
Gayle is an Adult-Gerontological Primary Care Practitioner certified by the AANP and the ANCC. She graduated with her Bachelor in Nursing from St. Olaf College and attained her Maters of Science in Nursing from Kaplan University, holding many positions in healthcare along the way. For the past 25 years, she has spent her career as an Assistant Director of Nursing at the Northfield Hospital Long Term Care Center. Gayle believes that a person is never too old to learn and enjoys facilitating her patients and their families with creating a care plan that is more individualized for their needs. When not at work, Gayle enjoys the outdoors, and you can probably find her helping her husband at their farm, playing golf, or enjoying a bonfire.
Lucky Amedu, APRN, NP-C
Lucky Amedu is an Adult-Gerontological Nurse Practitioner certified by the AANP. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from Bethel University and his Master of Science degree in Nursing from Walden University. Lucky has previously worked in a variety of settings including hospitals, transitional care units, assisted living communities, long-term care facilities, and home care environments. His goal is to empower his patients and their families through education to ensure that they are equipped with the knowledge to make informed healthcare decisions. When not at work, Lucky enjoys spending time with his family and a variety of outdoor activities including landscaping and playing soccer.
Jill Kuethe, NP-C, ACHPN
Jill Kuethe is a Board Certified Nurse Practitioner with a focus on providing her patients with holistic care. She is also an Advanced Certified Hospice and Palliative Care Nurse and holds a Post-Master’s Certificate in Family Practice from the University of Massachusetts – Boston. Jill received her Bachelor of Nursing degree from the University of Iowa and attained her Master’s in Adult Nurse Practitioner from North Park University. She has served as a Nurse Practitioner in a variety of different clinical settings including Oncology, Dermatology, and most recently Palliative Care. Jill strongly believes in optimizing communication between patients, families, and the healthcare system. She strives to truly understand her patients in order to help them achieve their goals and enhance their quality of life. When not at work, Jill enjoys spending time with her family, friends, and dog. She also enjoys a variety of different outdoor activities including hiking and trail running.
Mehret Medhanie, APRN, CNP
Mehret is a Board Certified Nurse Practitioner with a focus on making meaningful connections with each of her patients. She received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree and Master of Science in Primary Care Nurse Practitioner degree from St. Catherine University. Mehret has worked with patients in a variety of settings including Surgical Trauma, Neuroscience, and Cardiac Short Stay units. Her goal is to bridge the gap between knowledge and delivery of quality healthcare for each person who she serves. When not at work, Mehret enjoys outdoor activities and spending time with her friends and family.
Kaia Scales, DNP, APRN, FNP-C
Kaia Scales is a Certified Nurse Practitioner with a focus on building lasting relationships with each patient and their families. She received her Bachelor of Nursing degree from the College of Saint Benedict and went on to complete her residency with the Mayo School of Health Sciences and received her Doctorate of Nursing Practice from Winona State University. Kaia has worked in a variety of different settings including Hematology, Oncology, Blood and Marrow Transplant, Palliative Care and Family Medicine. She is excited about starting her career in Primary Care and using new and innovative strategies to best serve her patients. When not at work, Kaia enjoys singing in her Church choir, hiking, biking and spending time with her family. She also spends her free time mentoring youth and serving as a companion to homebound elderly parishioners.
Heather Lepp, MSN, APRN, FNP-C
Heather is a Board Certified Family Nurse Practitioner with a focus on making each of her patient’s lives more meaningful. She received both her Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing and Master of Science Degree in Nursing from the University of North Dakota. Heather has worked in a variety of settings including Oncology, Medical/Surgical/Neurology ICU and Hospice. She is also a nurse in the MN Army National Guard. Heather strives to get to know each of her patients and their family members to better learn what motivates them. She is also passionate about providing care that will meet needs and goals of her patients in order to enhance their quality of life. When not at work, Heather enjoys spending time with family and friends as well as a variety of outdoor activities including fishing, camping, hiking and running.
Andrea Lima Morgan, DNP, APRN, CNP
Andrea is a Board Certified Nurse Practitioner that strives to provide compassionate and holistic care to each of her patients. She received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing from Calvin College and completed her Doctor of Nursing Practice / Adult-Geronotological Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Degree from the University of Minnesota. Andrea went on to complete the Mayo Clinic Nurse Practitioner Clinical Residency Program. She has worked in a variety of settings including long-term care, inpatient rehabilitation, medical-surgical specialties, and home care. Andrea strives to serve as a patient and family advocate as they navigate through the complexities of chronic illness and aging. She also has an interest in end-of-life care and shared decision making in advanced care planning. When not at work, Andrea enjoys hiking, water sports, skiing, and spending time with her family and friends.
Kaylin Hasselquist, DNP, APRN, CNP, AGPCNP-C, APHN-BC
Kaylin is a Double Board Certified Nurse Practitioner in Adult Geriatrics medicine and Holistic Practice. She strives to educate each of her patients on the importance of self-care. She received her Bachelor’s Degree from Metropolitan State University and her Doctorate Degree in Nursing Practice from the University of Minnesota. Kaylin also completed additional training in Yoga and Traditional Tibetan Medicine (TTM) during her studies with the U of M in India. She has worked in a variety of different settings including home care, medical/surgical/trauma and orthopedics. Kaylin enjoys learning what makes each of her patients unique and how they can best overcome personal barriers. She wants to educate her patients on the benefits of living a healthy lifestyle to prevent and manage both acute and chronic conditions. When not at work, Kaylin enjoys staying physically active, volunteering, traveling, and playing with her dog Jim.
Andrew Schock, PA-C
Andrew is a Board Certified Physician Assistant with a focus on guiding each of his patients to a place of better health. He completed his Bachelor’s Degree at Bethel College and his Master’s Degree in Physician Assistant Studies at Augsburg College. Andrew has worked in urgent care and neurosurgery settings prior to joining our team. He strives to develop personal relationships with each of his patients and their families in order to better understand their goals and provide them with the best care possible. When not at work, Andrew enjoys spending time outside with his family, owning & operating a clothing business with his wife, and leading medical mission trips.
Haley Luckew, APRN, CNP
Haley is a Board Certified Nurse Practitioner who strives to create an individualistic care plan for each of her patients. She received her Bachelor of Nursing Degree from Winona State University and completed her Master’s Degree at the University of Minnesota. Haley has worked in a variety of settings including home care, hospital, and a cardiac care unit. She loves creating a bond with her patients and their families to ensure each patient can manage their health and medications in the most positive way possible. When not at work, Haley enjoys spending time with her family, reading, and enjoying the Minnesota weather.
Anna Toth, BAN, RN, MSN, GNP
Anna is a Board Certified Geriatric Nurse Practitioner who wants to improve the quality of life for each of her patients. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Nursing degree from Gustavus Adolphus College and her Master of Science in Nursing degree from the University of Minnesota. Anna has worked in a variety of different settings including Medical/Surgical, Primary Care, SICU, and Outpatient. She is most excited about researching and educating her patients to customize and improve care. When not at work, Anna enjoys a variety of physical activities, hunting, camping, trying new foods, and spending time with her family.
Hannah Roy, PA-C
While playing soccer and competing in triple jump on the track and field team, Hannah Roy received a Bachelor of Science in Biology with a Chemistry Minor from the College of St. Scholastica in Duluth, MN. She went on to receive her Physician Assistant Master’s Degree from Bethel University. In her practice, Hannah loves building relationships with her patients as she works alongside them to better their quality of life. With experience working as a behavioral specialist for those with traumatic brain injuries (TBIs), Hannah also appreciates that her profession encourages her to be a life-long learner. Outside of medicine, you can find Hannah spending time with family and friends, playing soccer and basketball, and enjoying weekends that include baking and curling up with a good book.
Ashley received her undergraduate education in Duluth, MN and went on to become a board certified Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP-BC) after receiving her post-graduate education in Bemidji, MN. Ashley has since practiced in several healthcare settings including primary care, surgical services, and transitional care settings. Ashley has experience working as a Registered Nurse in cardiac and orthopedic units, though her passion remains in family practice. When asked what she enjoys most about being a provider for Twin Cities Physicians, Ashley points to being able to work with each patient to create an individualized plan to help them achieve their best health. When not working with patients, you can find Ashley studying and practicing preventative health and fitness, travelling, and spending time with family & her pets.
Hannah Graffunder, DNP
Hannah Graffunder received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from the College of Saint Benedict, and went on to complete her Master of Science in Nursing from St. Catherine University. Currently, Hannah is working to complete her Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) from St. Catherine University, and expects to graduate in May 2020. Prior to joining Twin Cities Physicians, Hannah worked on the Neuroscience/Spine Floor at St. Cloud Hospital for six months. She also has two years of experience working in a Level I Trauma/Specialty Care Center at North Memorial Medical Center, and three years of experience working in a Medical/Surgical/Cardiac Intensive Care Unit at Methodist Hospital. Hannah finds that the most enjoyable part of her profession is developing relationships with her patients and their families, and being an advocate for their needs. She hopes that by developing close relationships with her patients that she will have the ability to influence their health in a positive and meaningful way In her free time, Hannah enjoys traveling the world, spending time with her family and friends, practicing yoga, and trying new foods and restaurants.
Lena Hess, DNP, APRN, FNP-C
Lena Hess received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from St. Catherine University, and received her Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP), with a focus in Family Nurse Practice, from the University of Minnesota. She has previous experience working in both in-patient and out-patient facilities that specialized in GI/GU/GYN surgeries and procedures. Lena also has experience working in long-term home care, transitional care, and as an RN Care Coordinator at a colon and rectal surgery clinic. She enjoys developing relationships with her patients and their families to maximize their health potential and quality of life with their health care goals in mind. In her free time Lena enjoys woodworking, running, biking, golfing, baking, cooking, and eating!
Yankuba “Kuba” Sanyang, NP-C, MSN, AGNP
After earning his Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree from Metropolitan State University, Kuba Sanyang continued on to receive his Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree from Walden University. He specializes as an advanced practice nurse with a clinical focus on treating people from adolescents through advanced adult ages. He completed additional specialized education and clinical practicum requirements to be certified as an Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner (AGNP). Kuba has worked with patients with acute and chronic health needs in both hospital and clinic settings. Kuba’s favorite part of working with his patients is to see them recover from an injury or illness and move on to have high-quality lives. He also enjoys collaborating with his colleagues and other healthcare professionals. Outside of his work with patients, Kuba likes to spend time with friends, traveling, and trying new restaurants.
Chris Eatherton – Director of Operations
Chris is the Director of Operations for Twin Cities Physicians. Prior to his time in Minnesota, Chris served as the General Manager of Rocky Mountain Senior Care, an onsite primary care provider with a model of care similar to Twin Cities Physicians in Colorado. He knows that we stand in a unique position to care for those who cared for us and finds it very fulfilling knowing he has the opportunity to play a role in this care every day. When not at work, Chris enjoys water sports, spending time with his family, photography, and videography.
Meg Petrich – Operations Manager
Meg holds a Bachelor Degree in Healthcare Leadership from Bethel University and plays an important role as the Operations Manager with Twin Cities Physicians. Throughout her career, Meg has held roles within hospital, memory care, cardiac and orthopedic settings. Working with Twin Cities Physicians brings her joy because she knows the positive way she impacts the lives of our patients and their families. When not working, Meg enjoys reading, writing, playing board games, video games, and spending time outdoors.