GENERAL PRACTICE PROVIDERS
Our Local CCMH Physicians, Nurse Practitioners, and Physician Assistants
Elizabeth Sillers, Certified FNP – Elizabeth Sillers is a Nurse Practitioner at Cavalier County Memorial Hospital. Originally from Calvin, North Dakota, she currently resides in Langdon with her husband, Jason, and twin daughters. She has practiced as an NP for nearly ten years and has a special interest in type 2 diabetes management. Liz graduated from the University of North Dakota with a BSN in 1996 and MSN in 2001. She is board certified by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners and belongs to the North Dakota Nurse Practitioner Association as well. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, spending time with her family and reading.
Dr. Lynne Didrikson, M.D. – Dr. Lynne Didrikson was raised in Madelia, in southern Minnesota with 4 siblings. She attended Hamline University in St. Paul, receiving a degree in Chemistry. She attended the University of MN-Duluth for 2 years, was a student with the Rural Physicians Associate Program in Canby, MN and graduated from the University of MN School of Medicine. She did her residency in Family Practice in Grand Forks, ND. Dr. Didrikson is married to Roger Didrikson, who farms near Badger, MN. They have 4 grown children, 2 girls and 2 boys, and 3 grandchildren with one on the way. She practiced in Roseau, MN for 22 years and Cook, MN for 7 years. She is a member of AMA, AAFP and NPWA. She also received a fellowship from the AAFP and a graduate certificate in Integrative Medicine from MMI. She has helped on the farm, and is a lifetime member of Girl Scouts and PEO. She loves to sew, quilt, read, flower garden, swim and do paper crafts in her spare time. Dr. Didrikson is excited to begin her practice in Langdon. She has special interests in Women’s Health, provides prenatal and newborn care, well child care, and care for skin disorders. Aside from delivering babies (which she did for 22 years), she practices a full spectrum of Family Medicine. Dr. Didrikson has been approved as a Clinical Instructor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at UND.
Ashton Fischer-Hedger, Certified PA – Ashton Fischer-Hedger is a board certified Physician Assistant at Cavalier County Memorial Hospital. She graduated from North Dakota State University, where she received a BS of Zoology in 2012, and then attended graduate school at Wichita State University, where she received her Master's of Physician Assistant in 2015. Her Physician Assistant training included 14 months in the classroom setting and 12 months in the clinical setting at 11 different clinical rotation sites. She has extensive clinical experience in family medicine as well as training in several specialties, including dermatology, orthopedics, pediatrics, general surgery, and emergency medicine. Prior to her acceptance into PA school, Ashton worked as a certified nurse aide for 4 years, and then worked with children and adults who had disabilities for 1 year.
She is board certified by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants, belongs to the North Dakota Academy of Physician Assistants and Kansas Academy of Physician Assistants, and is certified in ACLS and BLS. She has a special interest in family medicine, dermatology, pediatrics, orthopedics, and preventive medicine. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her husband, family and friends, going to the lake, attending Bison football games and reading. Ashton is very excited to move back to Langdon and start providing quality healthcare to her hometown community and surrounding areas.
Rachel Faleide, FNP-C – Rachel Faleide is a Family Nurse Practitioner at Cavalier County Memorial Hospital. Rachel grew up in Munich, ND and currently resides in Langdon with her husband, Nathan. She obtained her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, ND. She obtained her Master of Science in Nursing from Maryville University, St. Louis, MS. She is currently pursuing her Doctorate of Nursing Practice (DNP) through Maryville University. She is a board certified Family Nurse Practitioner through the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. She is a member of the North Dakota Nurse Practitioner’s Association and the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners.
Prior to becoming a nurse practitioner, Rachel worked as a nurse in inpatient cardiology, emergency department, and medical surgical settings. While practicing as an emergency room nurse, Rachel received specialized training as a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) for adult and pediatric cases. Her certifications include ATLS, ACLS, BLS, and PALS.
In her spare time, Rachel enjoys golfing, working in her garden, and traveling. Langdon is a special place for Rachel. She is looking forward to being an active member of the community and caring for the residents of Cavalier County. As a nurse practitioner, Rachel is trained to provide preventive and family medicine to the entire family; from babies to geriatrics and everyone in between.
Dr. “Trey” Emerson, M.D. – Dr. “Trey” Emerson was raised in Jackson, Mississippi and has spent most of his adult professional life in Nashville, Tennessee. He graduated from Vanderbilt University in Nashville with a B.A., Magna cum Laude in English while taking his pre-medical courses as well. He graduated from medical school at the University of Mississippi in Jackson, where his younger brother was also in school. He returned to Vanderbilt University for his internship in OB/GYN and then to the University of Kentucky for residency. Dr. Emerson is a fourth generation M.D. and has been in practice now for over 20 years. He is married to the incredible Cindy Emerson and they have an energetic blended family of seven children, the youngest 3 of which will live with them in Langdon. Dr. Emerson’s career has covered multiple areas of practice from family practice to OB/GYN to minor surgery and cosmetic procedures. Dr. Emerson enjoys fishing, sports, writing and spending time with his family. He is passionate about medical missions, and has served abroad in countries including Haiti, India the Czech Republic and Jamaica.
Dr. Mary O. Aaland
By Lisa Nowatzki, Cavalier County Republican
This article is reproduced with permission and was originally published in the Sept. 4, 2017 issue of the Cavalier County Republican in Langdon, ND.
Dr. Mary O. Aaland is a native of Northwood, North Dakota. She returned to North Dakota from Fort Wayne, IN, where she owned and operated a private medical practice for more than twenty years.
Langdon, Cavalier County Memorial Hospital (CCMH), and the surrounding areas are fortunate to have Dr. Aaland. She comes to our community with an impressive resume. Dr. Aaland graduated with honors from the University of North Dakota School of Medicine in 1982.
She has more than 30 years of experience, especially in general surgery and critical care. She completed her general surgery residency rotations at Yale Affiliated Regional Surgical Residency Programs, University of South Dakota in Vermillion, SD, and University of Illinois at Peoria, Ill.
Dr. Aaland was also a burn research fellow at Shriner’s Burn Institute and a JD Martin trauma fellow at Emory University.
She is board certified by the American Board of Surgery – Surgical Critical Care and by the American Board of Surgery – General Surgery. While in Fort Wayne, IN, she served as president of the Indiana chapter of the American College of Surgeons.
Dr. Aaland began her career as a physician in 1982 and became a surgeon in 1989. Eventually, she decided she wanted to do more for isolated communities by setting up a trauma center in rural areas where it could become a regional facility to care for the injured.
Then, in 2014, Dr. Aaland moved back to North Dakota to head-up the Rural Surgery Support Program (RSSP). Though she is only in Langdon two days a month, she envisions the program growing as more baby boomers get older and retire. “I am there 2 full days a month and will work until the work is done. As the program grows, the number of days will be increased,” she said. Dr. Aaland also reports that the America College of Surgeons and the University of North Dakota’s Department of Surgery both fully support the development of infrastructure to provide more surgical services locally.
The reason that Langdon is such a good fit for the RSSP, Aaland believes, is that Langdon has a referral area that supports the presence of a surgeon. She also wants to increase public awareness about outpatient surgery. According to Aaland, 65 percent of all general surgery is done on an outpatient [basis]. For this reason, Dr. Aaland hopes to train a surgical team, invest in the necessary resources, and eliminate the need for long distance travel for surgical care for rural patients.
The goal of the program is to develop a surgical team locally to perform a variety of outpatient procedures safely and effectively with local staff. The team will be able to perform not only endoscopy but also outpatient procedures such as gall bladder removal, hernia repairs, moles, and soft tissue tumors. The hospital is already set-up to do moles and soft tissue tumors.
Dr. Aaland believes that CCMH has most of the elements for a great trauma team already. She said the required needs include a superb staff, an updated operating room, and administrative support.
The other component of the Rural Surgical Support Program is to become part of the local community. Dr. Aaland is available to discuss the program and to provide educational programs without charge at anytime while she is in the area. She asks that if anyone has any other questions, please call her at 218-779-5760.
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At CCMH, our caring and knowledgeable Physical Therapists are dedicated to helping you achieve your goals so you can return to the activities you love.
Dr. Sarah Badding, PT, DPT, CSCS – Dr. Sarah Badding graduated from the University of North Dakota in 2003 with her Doctorate of Physical Therapy degree. She has continued her professional growth by becoming a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (NSCA), certified STOTT PILATES® instructor in mat and reformer, trained in Graston Technique® and trained in Postural Restoration®. Dr. Badding works with all types of patients, including back and neck pain, headaches, TMJ, orthopedics, chronic pain, post-surgical rehabilitation, pediatrics, vertigo and neurological disorders.
Dr. Jessica Waslaski, PT, DPT – Dr. Jessica Waslaski grew up in Hannah, ND with her parents and older brother. She graduated from the University of North Dakota in 2014 with her Doctorate of Physical Therapy degree. From there, she has continued to grow her professional knowledge and is trained in Graston Technique®, and has begun training in Postural Restoration®. Dr. Waslaski sees a variety of different diagnoses and works with all types of patients, including back and neck pain, headaches, geriatrics, orthopedics, chronic pain, post-surgical rehabilitation, pediatrics, vertigo, and neurological involvement.
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Robert Dicken, M.D. – Dr. Robert Dicken is an ophthalmologist and provides care and treatment for cataracts and other eye disorders, including outpatient surgery. Dr. Dicken attended University of Minnesota, Minneapolis. His internship was completed at North Memorial Medical Center, Robbinsdale, MN, in family practice. Dr. Dicken then attended the Department of Ophthalmology at University of Minnesota, Minneapolis.
Alisha Johnston, D.P.M. – Dr. Alisha Johnston provides podiatry care. She diagnoses and treats foot and ankle conditions and focuses on preventative health to keep you on your feet and moving. Dr. Johnston attended Arizona Podiatric Medicine Program, completing her Doctor of Podiatric Medicine degree. She completed her residency at Madigan Army Medical Center in Fort Lewis, Washington. Dr. Johnston grew up in the Devils Lake area and is excited to care for patients in the region.
Jason Go, M.D. – Dr. Jason Go is board certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine in Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Disease, and Interventional Cardiology. He received his medical education from University of Santo Tomas, Manila, Philippines, and completed his Internal Medicine residency at Creighton University Medical Center in Omaha, Nebraska. Dr. Go received a Cardiovascular Disease Fellowship from Creighton University Medical Center and an Interventional Cardiology Fellowship from John Ochsner Heart & Vascular Institute, Ochsner Clinic Foundation, New Orleans, Louisiana.
Michael Kruger, M.D. – Dr. Michael Kruger provides orthopedic care with a subspeciality in sports medicine, trained in musculoskeletal and sports medicine. He provides care in fracture management and arthritis management and completes orthopedic evaluations. Dr. Kruger attended UND Medical School and then completed his family practice residency in Grand Forks. His fellowship was completed at Hennepin County Primary Care Sports Medicine.
Kimber-Lee Osowski, LICSW – Kimber-Lee Osowski is a Master Level Clinical Therapist with over 15 years of experience providing therapy and diagnostic evaluations to children, adolescents and adults. Kim is a graduate of the University of North Dakota. Kim provides individual, couple, family and group therapy. She utilizes psychodynamic, cognitive behavioral, and strengths-based approaches to therapy. She provides insight-oriented therapy with emphasis on utilizing positive coping skills, improving social functioning and communication skills.
Kevin Panico, M.D. – Dr. Kevin Panico is a specialist in hematology and oncology, working with blood disorders and cancer. He earned his medical degree from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center and completed an internal medicine residency at SUNY Health Science Center. He has also completed fellowships in pain and palliative care.
Rory Trottier, M.D. – Dr. Rory Trottier provides more advanced care and surgical out-patient procedures in the area of routine gynecological care. Dr. Trottier specializes in preventative care and annual exams, normal and high-risk obstetrics, infertility, menopausal care and has special training in pelvic surgery. Dr. Trottier received his medical degree from UND and completed his residency in Phoenix, AZ.
Scott Charette, M.D. - Dr. Scott Charette, general and vascular surgery, is board certified in surgery and specializes in aortic aneurysm, carotid disease and vascular surgery. He earned his medical degree from the University of North Dakota and was a surgical resident with the University Of North Dakota Department Of Surgery. He completed a vascular fellowship with the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center in Denver.