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Integrated Care Team

Emily Folz, PA-C

“I strive to provide compassionate and holistic care to patients by helping them make well-informed choices about their health so they can be at their best and continue to lead full, independent lives. I believe that practicing with an empathetic, honest and patient-centered approach is essential to promoting overall health and well-being that works for each individual patient and their unique circumstances.” – Emily Folz, PA-C  
  • Certified Physician Assistant
  • Master of Science, Physician Assistant Studies – Saint Catherine University, St. Paul, Minnesota
  • Bachelor of Arts, Physiology – University of Minnesota Twin Cities, Minnesota

Paul Talarico, PA-C

"Every life is unique. I try to find a connection with each patient I serve to help better understand their individual health goals. Helping patients find ways to invest in their health has been one of my biggest career rewards.” — Paul Talarico, PA-C
  • Certified Physician Assistant
  • Physician Assistant Program Augsburg College, Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Bachelor of Science, Genetics/Cell Biology University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Marit Meland, MPAS, PA-C

"I enjoy working with this population because I believe I can learn something important about life and living from each of them. I want my patients to be involved in their own healthcare and to know that their voice matters.” Marit Meland, MPAS, PA-C
  • Certified Physician Assistant
  • Master of Science, Physician Assistant Studies University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa
  • Bachelor of Science, Biological Sciences University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa

Sarah Kane, PA-C

"I believe that every person is a valuable member of our community and is worthy of compassionate care. As a physician assistant, I am honored to have the opportunity to provide quality care that is responsive to each patient’s preferences, needs and values.” —Sarah Kane, PA-C
  • Certified Physician Assistant
  • Master of Science, Physician Assistant Studies Augsburg College, Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Master of Arts, Management College of Saint Scholastica, Duluth, Minnesota
  • Bachelor of Arts, Management College of Saint Scholastica, Duluth, Minnesota

Richard Grode, CNP

"Providing healthcare to patients in an environment that is familiar to them allows me to see the whole picture of health. I am better able to provide consistent quality care to the whole person.” —Richard Grode, CNP
  • Certified Advanced Practice Nurse Practitioner
  • Master of Science, Nursing – Nurse Practitioner, University of Wisconsin Eau Claire, Eau Claire, Wisconsin
  • Bachelor of Science, Nursing Bethel University, St. Paul, Minnesota

Lisa Howe, PA-C

"The science of medicine is always interesting but the best part of providing health care is the connection with people. We all have our own stories and experiences. Interacting and caring for people provides a space for those stories to intersect. That convergence allows for deeper understanding and transformation, each time changing me, always with the goal of improving the other person's life.” —Lisa Howe, PA-C
  • Certified Physician Assistant
  • Master of Science, Physician Assistant Studies Oregon Health and Sciences University, Portland, Oregon
  • Master of Science, Library and Information Science University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Champaign County, Illinois
  • Bachelor of Science, Physician Assistant Program University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa
  • Bachelor of Science, Biology Cornell College of Iowa, Mount Vernon, Iowa

Marisa Felker, PA-C

"My mission as a provider has always been to be a stable caregiver with a focus on compassion, integrity, and open communication. In my previous experiences I have learned that this is essential to developing strong relationships and providing quality care. It is such a privilege to continue to advocate and strive for patient autonomy in my career with Bluestone.” —Marisa Felker, PA-C
  • Master of Science, Physician Assistant Studies University of Wisconsin Madison, School of Medicine and Public Health, Madison, Wisconsin
  • Bachelor of Science, Biology, Society, and Environment University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Heather Pett-Taylor, M.D.

“I believe knowing a patient’s story allows me to better understand each person's health needs. By meeting our patients in their homes, we are able to enrich that story and further partner with them, their families and the health team to achieve the goals the patient chooses.” —Dr. Pett-Taylor
  • Board Certified, Family Medicine
  • Duluth Family Medicine Residency Program, Director
  • Residency, Duluth Family Practice Residency Program
  • Doctor of Medicine, University of Minnesota Medical School, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Joy Adams, PA-C

“After working as a group home staff member for over five years, my perspective and values were radically altered by the residents I served. They taught me to appreciate the little things in life that truly matter, such as seizing the moments that we’re gifted with and discovering opportunities for laughter. I am genuinely humbled to once again come alongside this community so that I can attend to them with honor as a result of the impression they have left on me.” —Joy Adams
  • Certified Physician Assistant
  • Master of Science, Physician Assistant Studies, Augsburg College, Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Bachelor of Science, Bethel University, Roseville, Minnesota

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