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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Alicia Minnis, MSN, RN, AGNP-C
Alicia earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree from Winona State University-Rochester and her Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree at St. Catherine’s University in St. Paul, MN. She has experience working at the Mayo Clinic-Rochester and in one of the Medical Cardiology Progressive Care Units at St. Mary’s Hospital in Rochester, MN. Alicia finds the most enjoyable part of her profession is the wide variety of people she works with and building relationships with her patients and their families. She has a passion for geriatric and palliative care, finding value in each patient’s individual needs. In her free time, Alicia enjoys spending time outdoors with her husband, daughter, and rat terrier. Some of her favorite activities include gardening, boating, fishing, and camping.
Angela Bradford, MSN, AGNP-C
Angela is a Board-Certified Adult Gerontology Nurse Practitioner who enjoys creating great connections with those she cares for. She graduated with her bachelor’s degree from The College St. Scholastica and attained her Master of Science in Nursing degree from St. Catherine University. Angela’s experience in the operating room, PACU, med-surg, home care, and nursing home setting across the country gives her a breadth of knowledge that helps her follow her patients wherever they call home. When not at work, Angela enjoys spending time working in her garden, baking, and working on projects with her husband.
Alyssa Flatmoe, PA-C, MPAS
Alyssa holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish as well as a Bachelor of Science degree in Health Sciences from the University of Northwestern and earned her Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies from St. Catherine University. Previously working in memory care and group home settings, Alyssa has extensive experience working with the aging population outside of her Physician Assistant role. She is passionate about connection making, ensuring her patients feel heard, and helping them in the ways they need it most. Outside of the office, you can find Alyssa spending time with her husband and friends, gardening and renovating her home, or volunteering with her local church.
Lisa Barnes, PA-C, MPAS
Lisa received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Classical Languages from Macalester College and went on to earn her Master of Science in Physicians Assistant Studies from St. Catherine University. She is passionate about her patients and understands the importance of shouldering some of their burdens to better provide them the care they need. Outside of work, Lisa enjoys spending time with her fiancé and their pets, staying active by running and playing Ultimate Frisbee, and watching horror movies.
Alexandra Buelow, DNP
Alexandra Buelow received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing from Gustavus Adolphus College and obtained her Doctorate of Nursing Degree from The College of St. Scholastica. Previously working as a registered nurse, Alexandra has expertise in many departments, including: neurology, neonatal intensive care, urgent care and pediatric home care. Her vast experience makes her a great resource to build better bonds and advocate for her patients and their families. When not working, Alexandra enjoys staying active and playing hockey, as well as spending time with her friends and family.
Cory Muonio, NP-BC
Cory earned his Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree as well as his Master of Science in Nursing degree from Walden University. Previously working in Urgent Care, Clinic, and OB/GYN settings has helped him gain valuable skills and insights that can be seen in his work in Primary Care. He enjoys successfully building relationships with his patients and their families to ensure they receive the care and resources they need for the best outcomes. When not working and caring for his patients, you can find Cory spending his time with his wife and three children.
Sarah Marti, PA-C, MSPAS
Sarah received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Music from St. Olaf College and earned her Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies from Augsburg University. Working in memory care, hospital, hospice, and laboratory settings has helped lay a great groundwork of skills that makes Sarah a valuable addition to our team. She enjoys helping her patients figure out what quality of life means to them and finding ways to help reach their goals. When not working and seeing her patients, you can find Sarah spending time with her dog, baking, or playing the piano or violin!
Justina Queeglay, NP
Justina received her education as a Nurse Practitioner through Walden University and completed internships through Twin Cities Physicians and Noble Parkway Clinic. Previously working in cardiac and telemetry settings, she understands the need for looking at her patients as a whole and truly understanding how she can help provide the best quality care. Justina has a desire to bring on positive change in her patients’ lives and believes that we are able to build better relationships and connect with those around us through dedication, compassion, empathy and education. When not working, she enjoys walking, exercising and spending time with her family.
Veronicah Chweya, AGCNP
Veronicah is a Board-Certified Adult Gerontology Nurse Practitioner who strives to make a difference in her patient’s lives by providing high quality care and focusing on their overall health and well-being. Previously working as a Registered Nurse in hospital, TCU, long-term care, and home care settings, her experience helps her better connect with her patients and their families. Veronicah’s passion in lending a helping hand to those needing medical attention has always assisted her in developing closer relationships with those around her. When not working with her patients, you can find Veronicah spending her free time with her family, reading, and traveling.
Serena Akyol, NP
Serena received her education as a Nurse Practitioner at the University of Cincinnati. Her experience working in several settings including long-term care, transitional care, and acute care gives her a wide variety of skills that help her connect and build better relationships with those she works with. Being a Nurse Practitioner has been a long-time dream of hers and she enjoys being able to make a difference in her patient’s health and well-being through quality care and a whole person approach. When not working and seeing her patients, you can find Serena cooking, reading, or playing her accordion!
Nicola Forcha, MSN, NP-C
Nicola obtained her Bachelor’s Degree from Chamberlain University and earned her Masters of Science in Nursing degree from St. Catherine University. Prior to becoming a Nurse Practitioner, Nicola spent most of her career as a Registered Nurse in Intensive Care settings which has given her a variety of skills that help her deliver the best care to her patients. She believes in letting her patients make their own decisions and has a true passion for providing education so they are able to have the best quality of life. When not working or seeing her patients, you can find Nicola spending her free time with her family!
Valerie Lessard, PA-C, MPAS
Valerie graduated from the University of Minnesota Duluth with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Cell and Molecular Biology and a minor in Hispanic Studies. After graduating college, she became a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) and worked as a home health aide in memory care and skilled nursing units. Valerie completed her Master’s of Physician Assistant Studies at St. Catherine University in St. Paul, MN. She has since gained experience in outpatient settings, interventional spine care & pain management. At Twin Cities Physicians, she enjoys the opportunity to provide continued care for older adults, build relationships, and explore their life experiences. Valerie views it as a blessing to reach an older age and there is a lot to learn from each patients’ stories. Outside of work, Valerie likes spending time in Northern Minnesota, going for boat rides, reading by the water, biking, & taking walks with her husband & puppy “Archie”.