Business Notes - March 26

CAREER Henry-Socha teaches at Intervention Pain Conference Essentia Health Interventional Pain Specialist Dr. Nancy Henry-Socha, recently instructed physicians on Regenerative Medicine techniques at a national review course and cadaver workshop i...

Dr. Nancy Henry-Socha
Dr. Nancy Henry-Socha


Henry-Socha teaches at Intervention Pain Conference

Essentia Health Interventional Pain Specialist Dr. Nancy Henry-Socha, recently instructed physicians on Regenerative Medicine techniques at a national review course and cadaver workshop in Memphis, Tenn.

She was invited by Dr. Lax Manchikanti, CEO of the American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians, which sponsored the course. Dr. Henry-Socha was an instructor for the cadaver workshop.

The three-day event was designed for physicians interested in being certified by the American Board of Interventional Pain Physicians in Regenerative Medicine. It was also open to physicians interested in incorporating Regenerative Medicine into their practices and those looking to enhance their existing skills.


Regenerative Medicine focuses on techniques that assist the body's natural healing capacity to help it heal more effectively, such as in chronic tendon injuries, including golfer's elbow, tennis elbow and plantar fasciitis. Regenerative Medicine can also provide longer duration of pain improvement with mild to moderate osteoarthritis in the knee. Treatments include use of the patient's own platelet rich plasma for less severe injuries, and stem cells from bone marrow for more severe issues.

Henry-Socha is board certified in physical medicine and rehabilitation and subspecialty certified in pain medicine. She works at the Essentia Health St. Joseph's-Brainerd Clinic.

Kramer becomes board certified

Cuyuna Regional Medical Center Obstetrician/Gynecologist Dr. Christina Kramer in December became board certified by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology demonstrating her exceptional knowledge, experience and skills to provide quality healthcare.

To become board certified, Kramer passed a written test that demonstrates she has obtained the special knowledge and skills required for medical and surgical care of women. She also showed experience in treating women's health care and underwent an oral examination by a team of well-respected national experts. The exam tested Kramer's skills, knowledge and ability to treat different conditions.

Kramer has practiced at CRMC and Riverwood Healthcare in Aitkin since August 2014. She is originally from Maple Plain and earned her doctor of medicine degree at the University of Minnesota Medical School in Minneapolis. She completed her Residency in New York at the University of Buffalo Sisters of Charity Hospital Obstetrics and Gynecology.

Haslam joins Borden, Steinbauer, Krueger & Knudson

Borden, Steinbauer, Krueger & Knudson, P.A., announced Erik M. Haslam has joined the firm as an associate attorney.


Haslam, an Eagle Scout, earned his bachelor's degree from the University of Utah, cum laude, and is a member of Phi Beta Kappa. Haslam, Baxter, earned his law degree from the University of Minnesota Law School, where he worked as a civil mediator and competed nationally in moot court. Prior to attending law school, Haslam managed the technical support department for a multinational software company. His practice focuses on family, real estate, landlord/tenant, estate planning, and probate law.

He resides in Baxter with his wife, Dara, and their two children.

Youth Volunteer Opportunities Available at St. Cloud VA

The St. Cloud VA Health Care System is currently seeking young people to participate in our Summer Youth Volunteer Program.

This experience is open to anyone 13 years of age and older by June 1, 2017, and who can commit to a recurring schedule this summer.

The program enables students to serve veterans while building new skills, gaining valuable work experience, making new friends and creating a lasting contribution in their community. Volunteering is a great way to gain valuable experience for college and future careers; scholarship potential exists for some volunteers who qualify.

Many different assignments are available in areas including but not limited to: escort service, pharmacy, recreation therapy, adult day health care, Veterans Canteen Service, music therapy, and entertainment and companion services.

To obtain an application package or to ask questions, please contact St. Cloud VA HCS Voluntary Service at 320-255-6365 or email .


Applications are due by May 15, 2017.

Financial counseling offered to farmers

The University of Minnesota Extension announced it will begin offering one-to-one financial counseling to farmers in serious financial stress.

"We know that due to a variety of factors, including ongoing low prices, some farmers find themselves facing difficult circumstances," said Bev Durgan, Extension dean in a news release. "With our new program, Extension offers distressed farmers help in understanding their financial situation and exploring options to keep their farms functioning as a viable enterprise."

To set up a confidential appointment with an Extension farm financial analyst, farmers can call the Farm Information Line at 800-232-9077.

The Extension program is expected to run for two years and will be modeled after similar services offered in states including Kansas and Iowa. It will augment services currently available in Minnesota, including the Farmer-Lender Mediation program, which is overseen by Extension, and the state Department of Agriculture's Minnesota Farm Advocates assistance.

Cuyuna Lakes Chamber makes donation to Cuyuna Range Food Shelf

Gary Zgutowicz from the Cuyuna Range Food Shelf in Crosby accepted a check in the amount of $182 and food donation from Jessica Holmvig, executive director of the Cuyuna Lakes Chamber.


Members donated cash and food for the Food Shelf at the recent Business After Hours held at The Office Shop in Brainerd.

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