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.
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.
Julie Goldfine, DNP, APRN, NP-C
Julie is an Adult Gerontology Nurse Practitioner board certified through the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. She graduated with honors from Bethel University with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree and received her Doctorate of Nursing Practice from the College of St. Scholastica. After spending over a decade in health care, she has realized her passion for working with the geriatric population by promoting quality of life and approaching care from a holistic model. Julie’s special interests in medicine include care for patients with heart failure, diabetic management, and end-of-life care, and she regularly shares her knowledge on these topics. In her free time, Julie enjoys being outdoors, running, playing tennis, and biking.
Ashley Milligan, PA-C
Ashley is a Board Certified Physician Assistant with Twin Cities Physicians. She completed her Bachelor Degree at the College of St. Scholastica and her Masters of Medical Science Physician Assistant at Midwestern University. She has worked in a variety of settings including clinics and hospitals. She also served as a Certified Nursing Assistant during throughout her schooling and appreciates the important role that CNAs play in the daily lives of their patients. Ashley loves being able to advocate for her patients. Ensuring that they feel safe and educated is very important to her. In Ashley’s free time, she enjoys reading, hiking and traveling internationally.
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.
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.
Dawn Williams, MA – Medical Assistant
Dawn is a Medical Assistant with Twin Cities Physicians. She graduated with her Bachelor Degree from the Minnesota School of Business and completed an internship with MD Care. Prior to her current role, she has worked in many different healthcare settings including Pediatrics, Urgent Care, Physical Therapy, and Geriatrics. In this role, she enjoys working with patients and their families to ensure that they receive the care they need while remaining comfortable wherever they call home. When not at work, Dawn enjoys being outdoors and spending time with her family and dogs.
Gyam Boampong, MA – Medical Assistant
Gyam holds her Bachelor’s Degree from Danylo Halysky Lviv National Medical University in Lviv, Ukraine and is a Medical Assistant with Twin Cities Physicians. Prior to working in the United States, she worked in a teaching hospital setting in Ghana. Gyam loves that she shares many of the same values of providing excellent patient care with her other Twin Cities Physicians team members. Outside of work, Gyam enjoys reading, listening to music, and trying out new recipes.
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.
Cindy Gilleland, RN, BSN, PHN – Clinical Liaison
Cindy is a Clinical Liaison with Twin Cities Physicians. She graduated from Minnesota State Mankato with her Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing and Public Health. Prior to working with Twin Cities Physicians, Cindy held leadership roles in skilled nursing and assisted living settings and most recently an RN consultant for a local pharmacy. She loves the ability to connect with each building and their residents to ensure they’re getting the services and care they deserve. When not in the office, Cindy likes to stay active and spend time with her family.