This community has always felt like one big family. From Starbuck, Jessica headed to California after high school but wanted to raise her own family here one day. After living on the west coast for seven years, Jessica returned to the Glenwood area with her husband and their young children.
Jessica has always had a passion for helping others and found that healthcare is a perfect fit. She began working as a Certified Nursing Assistant at Minnewaska Lutheran Home in Starbuck. Upon earning her bachelor’s degree in nursing from Rasmussen College, Jessica worked as a Registered Nurse at Glacial Ridge Hospital for five years. She thoroughly enjoys caring for patients of all ages and the diversity of conditions. Her experience in emergency care, obstetrics, gastrointestinal procedures, and critical care areas ignited her desire to strive for more.
After completing her clinical practicum hours through Glenwood Medical Center, Jessica earned her master’s degree as a family nurse practitioner through Maryville University. Experiencing firsthand the culture of caring at Glacial Ridge Health System and the organization’s growth, Jessica knew she wanted to stay. Jessica transitioned from hospital RN to medical staff and is now seeing patients at Glenwood Medical Center.
As a family medicine provider, Jessica provides care for all ages – from babies to great-grandparents. Her special interests are dermatology, pediatrics, and women’s health. “I have seen firsthand how each person is different and unique. My approach to medical care is individualized and patient-centered.” She desires to help others and impact her patients the same way that Glacial Ridge providers have for her and her family.
Their two sons keep Jessica and her husband, Mark, busy with activities. As a family, they like to camp, fish, and relax on the lake. The four of them may also be spotted riding fat-tire bikes through the red dirt of the Cuyuna Lakes Mountain Bike Trails in the Northwoods. Family road trips often lead west to visit family in California.