Providers Who Care
Our team offers compassionate service to each of their patients in senior communities across the Twin Cities.
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.
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.
Ellie Huynh, MD
Ellie received her Bachelor of Science in Microbiology from University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, and Doctor of Medicine from American University of the Caribbean. She completed her internal medicine residency at DMC Sinai-Grace Hospital where she was involved in caring for medically and socially complex patients in the Metropolitan Detroit area. Ellie also completed additional training in the Nephrology Fellowship Program at Hennepin County Medical Center (HCMC). Building relationships with patients and making a difference in their health are important goals for Ellie. When not in the office, she enjoys spending time with family and traveling.
William B. Ogden, MD
William received his undergraduate degree from Northwestern University in Evanston, IL. He went on to complete their Honors Program in Medical Education with highest honors at Northwestern University School of Medicine. His internship and residency were done at the University of Minnesota. He is American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) certified. His career has included owning a successful long-standing private practice in St. Paul that was sold and is now part of Allina Health. William enjoys forming strong relationships with his patients and working to improve their health. He likes the intellectual stimulation that often seems like detective work. He taught Internal Medicine to Family Medicine Residents every year of his nearly 43 year practice, winning innumerable Teacher of the Year awards. After he retired in January 2019, Dr. Ogden realized the hardest part of retirement actually was loss of patient contact and care. He joined TCP September 2019. When not in the office, William enjoys gardening, photography, and an occasional road trip. He is also fond of spending time with family, including his grandchildren. He and his wife are animal lovers, as his wife breeds and shows dogs.
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.
Erin Emerson Egginton, DO
Dr. Emerson received her undergraduate degree from St. Olaf College, Northfield, Minnesota and Masters of Public Health degree from Emory University-Rollins School of Public Health, Atlanta, Georgia. She completed medical degree from Des Moines University and residency through University of Minnesota Department of Family Practice-North Memorial Medical Center. Erin comes to Twin Cities Physicians with a plethora of experience working in private practices, skilled nursing facilities and transitional care units. Erin finds the flexibility for patient care the most enjoyable part of her profession. In her free time, Dr. Emerson enjoys being with family and gardening.
Sanjay Mishra, MD
Sanjay received his Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (M.B.B.S.) from G. S.V.M. Medical College in Kanpur, India. He participated in a transitional residency program at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Memphis, TN. He completed PGY-2 and PGY-3 in internal medicine at the Muhlenberg Regional Medical Center in South Plainfield, NJ. His career has included work in both clinical and hospital settings, including as an internal medicine physician, and a hospitalist. He is a member of the Minnesota Board of Medical Practice. Sanjay loves the unique combination of science and client interaction that are part of his medical work—interlaced with constant learning in both areas. When not in the office, Sanjay loves taking long walks, and enjoys travel.
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.
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.
Heather Anderson, 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.
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 Doctorate of Nursing Practice (DNP) 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.
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.
Betsy Krebsbach, MSN, AGNP-C
Betsy received her Master of Science in Nursing from the University of North Dakota, graduating as an adult-gerontology nurse practitioner. Before becoming a nurse practitioner, she worked as a registered nurse for 13 years at the University of Minnesota Medical Center intensive care unit, certified as a critical care registered nurse for most of her time there. With Twin Cities Physicians, She now enjoys caring for the same population of patients to help prevent hospitalizations and ICU admissions. As a nurse practitioner she has an appreciation for her nursing background, which compliments the medical knowledge gained while studying to become a provider. When not at work, Betsy enjoys traveling, photography, and watching her three children participate in their various activities.
Emma Dolphin, PA-C, MPAS
Emma received her Bachelor’s in Biology, with a minor in Chinese, from Butler University in Indianapolis, Indiana. She obtained her Master of Physician Assistant Studies from Gardner-Webb University in North Carolina. She has worked in long term care settings, as well as done research in Alzheimer’s and dementia care. Being of service to older adults remains one of her biggest passions as a provider, noting that “they paved the way for us!” Emma likes the career flexibility of being a medical professional. When not at work, she enjoys running, hiking, training her new truffle-hunting/agility dog, Mia, and spending time with family. She is also active as a volunteer in her church and community.
Angela Score, DNP, APRN, AGNP-C
Angela received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing from Illinois Wesleyan University. She obtained her Doctorate Degree in Nursing Practice from the University of Minnesota, having completed their Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (AGNP) program. Her professional experience has included time on a medical surgical stroke unit, as well as inpatient oncology work. Angela enjoys meeting new patients, learning about their life, and being able to work with them to make sure they can live a healthy, enjoyable life. When not in the office she loves to travel with her husband, read a good book, and enjoy a cup of coffee. She stays active by trail running, working out, and taking her dog, Kirby, to the dog park.
Becky Schaefer, RN, PHN, APRN, CNP
Becky received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing from Minnesota State University, Mankato, and her Master of Science Degree in Nursing from the University of North Dakota, Grand Forks. She completed an internship at St. Joseph’s Hospital in St. Paul in their oncology unit. Her previous experience includes work as a nurse practitioner in a long-term care setting, as well as critical care work at St. John’s Hospital in their intensive care unit and emergency room. She enjoys making meaningful connections with her patients and their families. Her goal is to work with patients and staff to help patients reach their desired goals. When not in the office, Becky enjoys going to concerts, listening to music, as well as a variety of outdoor activities. She also loves spending time with family, cooking, and eating great food.
Tony Frisk, DNP, APRN, CNP
Tony received his Bachelor of Science and Doctor of Nursing Practice, with an Adult-Gerontology focus, from the College of St. Scholastica in Duluth, MN. He has his certification from the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. Anthony has worked in settings that include long-term and transitional care, ambulatory and tertiary care, complex care management, and nursing leadership. He enjoys the opportunity to work with patients to understating their healthcare needs, and to help them as they establish specific goals. Areas of clinical interest include clinical nutrition and pharmacology, and wound care. When not at work, Tony likes spending time with friends and family, bird watching, being out in the garden, and raising monarch butterflies and native bees.
Brianna Kvanli, APRN, AGNP-C
Brianna Kvanli initially received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from Winona State University, and then went on to study Adult-Gerontology Nursing Practice at St. Catherine University where she received her Master of Science in Nursing, and is now currently working on her Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP). Her previous experience includes working as an RN for two and a half years at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, and at the Indiana University Medical Center as an RN in a progressive ICU for two and a half years. Brianna enjoys collaborating with each of her patients to achieve their most optimal, holistic outcomes, and uses her experiences to practice integrative medicine by combining and offering both traditional and complimentary alternative treatments to help meet her patients’ needs. She also loves getting know the history, experiences, and life aspirations of her patients to help them develop their personalized plan of care. In her free time, Brianna enjoys staying active by hiking and collecting fossils. She also enjoys relaxing at her parent’s cabin, socializing with friends, and exploring different countries around the world.
Madeline McDonald, MSN, APRN, FNP-C
Madeline received her Bachelor of Arts in Biochemistry from the University of Minnesota Duluth. She then received nursing degrees from Regis College in Weston, MA, after having completed an accelerated Direct-entry Master of Science in Nursing program. Madeline started her career in home health care, and also worked in a public school system in the Boston area. She has done clinical work in occupational health, geriatric primary care, and college and adolescent health. While completing her Nurse Practitioner training, she participated in a service-learning project in Grenada. Madeline enjoys getting to know her patients, and often their families, on a personal level. As a provider, she feels it is a privilege to get to foster these strong relationships and enrich their lives. When not in the office, you can catch Madeline reading, listening to a variety of podcasts, or baking and cooking. Always up for a board game or trivia.
Jessicah Gabrielson, APRN, FNP, CNP
Jessicah Gabrielson received her Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing (BSN) from the College of St. Scholastica in Duluth, MN and went on to receive her Master of Science degree in Nursing (MSN) from Saint Luke’s College of Health Sciences in Kansas City, MO. She has experience working in several settings including an emergency room and an intensive care unit (ICU). Throughout her career as a nurse and nurse practitioner, Jessicah finds that forming relationships with patients and helping them lead healthier lives is the most fulfilling part of her role.
Outside of her work, Jessicah enjoys reading, travelling, and being outdoors with her husband and children.
Jennifer Sisell, MSN, AGNP-C
Jennifer Sisell received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from Winona State University and went on to receive her Master of Science degree in Nursing degree (MSN) from the University of North Dakota. Jenn has experience in transitional care, long-term care, and long-term acute care in a hospital setting. Now a certified Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner (AGNP-C), Jenn enjoys building relationships with her patients and helping each one be as healthy as possible, or return home safely from an injury or illness.
In her free time, Jenn enjoys spending time with her family and new baby along with doing anything outdoors with her two coonhounds.
Malinda Lynch, DNP, FNP
Malinda received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Walden University in Minneapolis, MN. She then pursued her Doctorate of Nursing Practice (DNP) at Metropolitan State University in St. Paul, MN. She is certified as a Family Nurse Practitioner through the American Association of Nurse Practitioners. Malinda has provided nursing care to clients in a variety of settings—including independent and assisted living senior communities, as well as private homes—through her work for a prominent Twin Cities’ home care and hospice agency. She enjoys improving the quality of life for others through a holistic approach, in often dynamic and challenging environments. When not in the office, Malinda enjoys fishing, hiking in nature, and spending time with her family.
Anna Dudzik, DNP, APRN, FNP-C
Anna received her Bachelor of Arts in Biology and Norwegian language from St. Olaf College. She then completed her Master of Nursing and Doctorate of Nursing Practice (DNP) from the University of Minnesota. As part of her studies, Anna was an intern at Wilder Foundation in St. Paul, providing primary care for clients needing mental health services. She is also certified as a Family Nurse Practitioner through the American Association of Nurse Practitioners. Anna began her nursing career in long term care and memory care settings. She has also worked in acute care medical-surgical, and adolescent, adult and geriatric mental health environments. Anna enjoys getting to know patients and their families, and becoming their partner in healthcare decisions. She seeks to individualize a plan for each patient in order to promote their highest quality of life. When not in the office, Anna enjoys spending time with family—including her two pugs. She loves being outdoors for walks and gardening, as well as being at home working on various home improvement projects.
Andrea Dickinson, MSN, APRN, AGNP-C
After working as a Registered Nurse for 14 years, Andrea decided to go back to school to become an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) and received her Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree from Concordia University Wisconsin. During her schooling, she fell in love with geriatrics and obtained certification as an Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner (AGNP-C). One of the most important pieces of Andrea’s practice is to provide individualized care for her patients. She strives to make connections with her residents and their families and develop a plan of care together. When not at work, Andrea spends her time relishing each season in Minnesota. During the warmer seasons, you can find her gardening, hiking, and biking. During winter, you can catch Andrea snowboarding with family and friends
Gina Schmit, PA-C, MPAS
Gina received her Master’s in Physician Assistant Studies from Concordia University Wisconsin in Mequon, WI. She has experience working in a variety of settings including primary care practices, outpatient clinics, and long-term-care communities. Gina likes having the knowledge to safely treat and provide better care for her patients. She finds that building relationships with her patients helps improve communication and continuity of care to achieve the highest possible quality of life. Outside of work, Gina loves spending time with her family and friends, staying active, reading books and playing board games. She’s got a soft spot for a good puzzle and enjoys travelling, too!
Amber Keyes-Benner, DNP, APRN, CNP
Amber received her bachelor’s degree in English from Northern Illinois University. She went on to earn her Master of Nursing (MN) and Doctorate of Nursing Practice (DNP) from the University of Minnesota. Amber has a background working in urgent care and operating room settings, and brings her experience serving as an Arabic Linguist in the US Marine Corps to her practice. She enjoys collaborating with patients and their families/caregivers to develop wellness goals, and gets great satisfaction providing high-quality, holistic, person-centered care to older adults. Outside of her work as a nurse practitioner, Amber likes to spend time hiking, canoeing, & backpacking along the North Shore.
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.
Christine Beneke – Office Manager
Christine received her Medical Assistant Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree from Anoka Technical College and her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree from Metropolitan State University. She has experience working in a wide variety of healthcare settings, including multiple specialty, dermatology, cardiology, and orthopedic practices in both private and large health care organizations. She also has worked in the hospital rehabilitation and cardiology departments. Christine enjoys navigating the continual challenges health care faces while ensuring that all patients receive the highest quality care using a whole-person approach. Outside of her duties as an office manager, Christine likes to enjoy everything Minnesota has to offer – from long walks to spending time in, on or near water, and exploring different biking trails to gardening. Christine also likes, reading, photography, and spending quality time with my husband, two boys, family and friends