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Winegar joins Brainerd dental practice

Joe Winegar, dentist, joined the practice of dentists Robert Bender and Carol Winegar in their offices on South Sixth Street in Brainerd.

Winegar’s father, David, is also a dentist and he is the nephew of Carol Winegar and the practice’s peridodontist Pat Kingston. Raised in McGregor, Winegar attended dental school at the University of Minnesota. He worked two years in a community clinic in Lakewood, Wis. and a year in the metro area, while looking for an opportunity to return to the lakes area.



CLC names Hirsch director of admissions

Jennifer K. Hirsch of Brainerd is the new director of admissions at Central Lakes College (CLC), Brainerd and Staples.

She will be the lead worker in admissions and advising at CLC, charged with operational management of admissions and recruiting efforts. Nick Heisserer, director of enrollment services, is the supervisor to staff in the department.

Hirsch has been an admissions representative at CLC since 2010, first as a recruiter and more recently as an admissions adviser. She has experience developing and implementing internal and external communications for University of Phoenix online and ground campuses. She has served as director of student services at the Academy of Natural Therapy, Greeley, Colo. Hirsch was an enrollment adviser and team leader for University of Phoenix in Fort Collins, Colo.

She earned her master of arts in education/adult education and training from University of Phoenix after receiving a bachelor’s degree with honors from Minnesota State University, Mankato, in 2002.



Licensed social worker joins Lakewood Health System

STAPLES — LuAnn Gammon, licensed independent clinical social worker, joined Lakewood Health System’s psychiatry team.

Gammon graduated from St. Cloud State University with a bachelor of social work degree. She also earned a master’s of social work degree from Augsburg College in Minneapolis. Gammon, Little Falls, has a special interest in child and adolescent anxiety and depression and children’s mental health.



Kangas is named CLC registrar

Michelle Kangas of Baxter was named registrar at Central Lakes College (CLC).

Kangas has been a senior customer service specialist at CLC since 2004 and from 1997-2004 was a cashier. From 1993-97 she was a Financial Aid Assistant at CLC.

A native of Menahga, Kangas earned her bachelor of science degree in elementary education from St. Cloud State University and has completed many courses from Bemidji State University, Minneapolis Community and Technical College, and CLC.

She has experience as a classroom teacher and a corporate administrative assistant.

Beth Adams, CLC dean of students, noted Kangas’ experience and said Kangas has been a valued member of the records and registration department for nearly a decade and part of the college community for the past 19 years. Kangas began her new assignment at the community and technical college on Sept. 26.



Anesthesiologist joins Lakewood Health System

STAPLES — Dr. Patricia Gordon joined Lakewood Health System’s anesthesiology team.

Gordon, Detroit Lakes, graduated from Loma Linda University Medical School in California and completed an anesthesia residency at Western Reserve Care System in Youngstown, Ohio. She is a member of the American Society of Anesthesiologists.

Dr. Patricia


Prahm joins Essentia Health

Obstetrician and Gynecologist Dr. Alicia Prahm is joining the Essentia Health-Baxter Specialty Clinic in October.

Prahm said she enjoys taking care of women and their growing families in both the clinic and surgical setting. She’s especially interested in minimally invasive gynecologic procedures.

Prahm received her medical degree from the University of North Dakota. She completed her residency at the University of Minnesota. Prahm is board certified in obstetrics and gynecology.

She will see patients at the Essentia Health-Baxter Specialty Clinic in Baxter and Essentia Health-St. Joseph’s Good Beginnings OB Clinic on the fourth floor of the hospital in Brainerd.

Dr. Alicia


Tapani, Wolden join Initiative Foundation Board

LITTLE FALLS — The Initiative Foundation named Traci Tapani and Wayne Wolden to its regional board of trustees.

Both will serve a renewable three-year term.

Tapani is co-president of Wyoming Machine based in Stacy. She manages the company’s sales, production and quality departments. Tapani became an owner of Wyoming Machine in 1994 and has shared the president position with her sister, Lori, since 1997.

Kathy Gaalswyk, Initiative Foundation president, said Tapani’s enthusiasm for manufacturing combined with her community involvement, and Wolden’s public service along with his business and community development expertise made them excellent additions to the board as it addresses challenges facing central Minnesota businesses and communities.

Traci earned a bachelor of science degree in business from the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota. She is actively involved in volunteer activities that promote math and science education, technical training and careers in manufacturing.

Wolden is mayor of Wadena and business manager-purchasing director at Minnesota State Community and Technical College. Wolden is a graduate of Wadena Area Vocational Technical Institute (AVTI).

Gorron, Luhrs present at national Mary Kay seminar

Renee Gorron and Deb Luhrs, both of Brainerd, joined more than 32,000 Mary Kay independent beauty consultants from the U.S. and around the world at the company’s annual seminar July 18 to Aug. 4 in Dallas.

Gorron and Luhrs participated in classes on team building, leadership development, time management, proven sales tips and balancing a career around a lifestyle. The event included motivational speakers. This year’s theme was “Dare to Dream.”

The Gorron unit was recognized in the $300,000 Circle of Achievement.

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