Genevive

Our mission is to provide expert, compassionate care to everyone we touch.

Today’s health system wasn’t designed to serve the needs of aging patients. In caring for the elderly, providers too often rely on research based on very different populations and training protocols designed for less complex patients. While well intentioned, these practices are as likely to harm as to help — with serious consequences for patients’ wellbeing and quality of life.

Genevive is changing the outlook. By applying the best medical knowledge with compassion and respect, our model has been shown to improve lives and health outcomes. From recruiting to training to service delivery, we are raising the standard of accountability for geriatric providers in Minnesota and beyond.

To us, this work is a privilege. We wouldn’t think of doing anything else.

Our mission is to provide expert, compassionate care to everyone we touch.

Today’s health system wasn’t designed to serve the needs of aging patients. In caring for the elderly, providers too often rely on research based on very different populations and training protocols designed for less complex patients. While well intentioned, these practices are as likely to harm as to help — with serious consequences for patients’ wellbeing and quality of life.

Genevive is changing the outlook. By applying the best medical knowledge with compassion and respect, our model has been shown to improve lives and health outcomes. From recruiting to training to service delivery, we are raising the standard of accountability for geriatric providers in Minnesota and beyond.

To us, this work is a privilege. We wouldn’t think of doing anything else.

Our History


Genevive was founded as Geriatric Services of Minnesota in 2003 as a division of North Clinic. Dr. Nick Schneeman, Renee Doering GNP, Alaina Lerfald RN, and Kathie Surma LPN were the original employees. Today we are pursuing the same mission with a team of over 115 people including Physicians, Nurse Practitioners, Nurses, and Social Workers deployed throughout the Twin Cities and greater Minnesota.

Our Leadership


Dr. Nick Schneeman
MD, CEO Medical Director and Attending Physician

Amanda Tufano
MHA, CMPE, CPPM, Chief Operating Officer

Cheri Montgomery
RN-BC, Director of Clinical Operations

Ruby Schoen
APRN, CNP, Associate Medical Director

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Dr. Nick Schneeman

MD, CEO Medical Director and Attending Physician


After completing 13 years of practicing full service Family Medicine in 2003, I found my vocational home at Genevive. It is a distinct privilege to help care for this great generation of Minnesotans.

Like Family Medicine, the practice of Geriatrics includes teamwork and building relationships, which I really enjoy. I also like reading medical journals and discussing patient care with my wonderful colleagues at Genevive. I pride myself on being a good critical thinker and listener. I hope to help build a better health care system for the frail elderly and am grateful for the chance to be part of our leadership team.

https://www.linkedin.com/in/nickschneeman

Board Certifications / Re-certifications

  • Diplomate, Added Qualifications in Geriatric Medicine, American Board of Family Practice, 1994-2004, Recertification 2004, 2013-2023
  • Diplomate, American Board of Family Practice, 1990, Recertification 1997, 2004, 2011
  • Diplomate, National Board of Medical Examiners, 1988

Professional Interests

  • Patient Care
  • Family Conferences
  • Polypharmacy
  • Mentoring
  • Speaking
  • Leadership

Education

  • Chief Resident, Overlook Hospital Family Practice Residency, 1989 - 1990
  • Overlook Hospital Family Practice Residency, major teaching affiliate of the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, July 1987 - June 1990
  • University of Minnesota Medical School, Doctor of Medicine, September 1983 - June 1987
  • University of Notre Dame, Bachelor of Arts in Sociology, August 1976 - August 1980
  • Senior Class President, University of Notre Dame, 1980

Lectures

  • Urine Testing in the Elderly is Complex
  • Geriatric Services of Minnesota: A Frail Tale of Innovation
  • Achieving Clinical Excellence and Fiscal Health in Geriatrics
  • Atypical Antipsychotics and Behavioral & Psychological Symptoms of Dementia: Deconstructing this Preferred Prescribing Pathway
  • Community Based Geriatrics; Finding Your Inner Marcus Welby
  • Doctor, Don’t Just Do Something, Stand There!
  • Asymptomatic Bacteriuria
  • A Rock and a Hard Place: Where the Transitional Care Patient is Caught
  • Engaging Physicians into Care Coordination
  • Beyond DNR/DNI: Planning for Acute Illness
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Amanda Tufano

MHA, CMPE, CPPM, Chief Operating Officer


I started as the Director of Business Operations with Genevive in 2012. This position allowed me to improve the operations within Genevive to better support the fantastic mission focused work our providers and clinical staff do each day. After helping to transition the company into standalone business operations, I became the Chief Operating Officer in January 2015. I have thoroughly enjoyed growing our internal business structure and building a network among other small businesses that support health care. In May 2017, I became credentialed with the Medical Group Management Association (MGMA) as a Certified Medical Practice Executive (CMPE).

Professional Interests

  • Medical group management
  • Small business management
  • Value-driven care models
  • Working with the geriatric population

Education

  • Master of Healthcare Administration, University of Minnesota 2010
  • Bachelor of Arts, Government, University of Texas
  • Bachelor of Science, Radio-Television-Film, University of Texas
  • Interdisciplinary Certificate, Cultural Studies, University of Texas
  • Certified Professional Project Manager, University of St. Thomas, 2012
  • Six Sigma, Green Belt Certified, University of St. Thomas, 2011
  • Lean Flow Certified, St. Paul College 2010

Publications

  • Abraham, J., B. Sick, J. Anderson, A. Berg, C. Dehmer, and A. Tufano. “Selecting a Provider: What Factors Influence Patients’ Decision-Making?” March/April 2011, Journal of Healthcare Management, 56(2): 99-114.
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Cheri Montgomery

RN-BC, Director of Clinical Operations


Cheri has worked as a nurse for over three decades and all of this time only with the Geriatric population. Her passion is and always has been geriatrics. The first 26 years of her career was at a LTC/TCU facility in a variety of positions. Cheri became Director of Clinical Operations in 2008.

Board Certifications / Re-certifications

  • American Nurses Credentialing Center-Geriatrics Certification 1995

Education

  • Anticoagulation Therapy Management, University Southern Indiana 2014
  • Nurse Leadership, University of St Thomas, MN 2012
  • Associate of Science in Nursing, North Hennepin Community College, MN 1985
  • Licensed Practical Nurse, Hennepin Technical College, MN 1981
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Ruby Schoen

APRN, CNP, Associate Medical Director


I have been working across the care continuum in the geriatric population for over two decades. This includes interests in healthy aging, functional health, management of chronic conditions, palliative care and end of life planning. I discovered providing care to older adults with complex health problems is highly challenging, exciting, and rewarding.

I love working with the geriatric population, this is something I really enjoy. In fact, the more I do it, the more I enjoy it. What I love most about my work are the relationships I establish with patients and their families and the differences I can make in their lives.

I have a professional and personal interest in palliative, dementia care, and leadership. I enjoy palliative and dementia care, because the goal is not to cure, but to provide comfort and maintain the highest possible quality of life for as long as life remains. I enjoy the role of Associate Medical Director because it is an opportunity to inspire, support, and mentor. It’s a privilege to help develop others and enable people to go beyond their individual limitations and achieve great things.

Board Certifications / Re-certifications

  • American Association of Nurse Practitioners Certified Adult Nurse Practitioner
  • American Association of Nurse Practitioners Certified Geriatric Nurse Practitioner

Professional Interests

  • I have a professional and personal interest in palliative and dementia care. I enjoy palliative and dementia care, because the goal is not to cure, but to provide comfort and maintain the highest possible quality of life for as long as life remains.

Education

  • Masters in Science in Nursing, Metropolitan State University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Metropolitan State University

Our Providers


Shelly Alfson
APRN, CNP

Rita Anderson
APRN, CNP

Melanie Ashfeld
APRN, CNP

Mary Carlson
APRN, CNP

Momodou Ceesay
APRN, CNP

Brian Dixon
MD

Renee Doering
APRN, CNP

Scott Fairbairn
MD

Angela Farrington
APRN, CNP

Amy Foster
APRN, CNP

Ruth K. Fothergill
MD

Robert Helgren
MD

Marcia Hoffman
APRN, CNP

Betsy Kearney
MD

Joy Laansma
DNP, APRN, CNP

Barry Larson
MD

Steven Lawler
MD

Joan Luknic
APRN, CNP

Krista Naber
APRN, CNP

Ngum Ngwa
APRN, CNP

Bari Resnick
APRN, CNP

Janice Roetzel
APRN, CNP

Nick Schneeman
MD, CEO, Medical Director, and Attending Physician

Ruby Schoen
APRN, CNP, Associate Medical Director

George Schoephoerster
MD

Melissa Sorenson
APRN, CNP

Debra Stassen
APRN, CNP

Liz Toth
APRN, CNP

Doug Watkins
MD

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Shelly Alfson

APRN, CNP


Caring for the elderly has been my lifelong passion, dating back to high school when I cared for elders as a certified nursing assistant in my hometown nursing facility. I have hospital experience in critical oncology care, as well as managing complex medical care of the geriatric population in Assisted Living, Transitional Care, and Long Term Care settings. I believe this specialized care we deliver as geriatric providers is a gift, and definitely my calling in life. I aim to care for each unique individual and their family with compassion and dignity to promote the best quality of life possible by utilizing the latest geriatric medicine principles and standards of care.

Board Certifications / Re-certifications

  • American Nurses Credentialing Center Geriatric Nurse Practitioner

Professional Interests

  • End of life care
  • Managing multiple complex medical conditions

Education

  • Master's of Arts in Nursing, College of St. Catherine, 2000
  • Bachelor of Arts in Nursing, College of St. Catherine, 1994
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Rita Anderson

APRN, CNP


As a Geriatric Nurse Practitioner, I enjoy working with older adults to help them manage and live with chronic medical conditions. My goal is to promote and enhance quality of life while maintaining the older adult’s dignity and comfort. I enjoy the history and wisdom each older adult possesses and am committed to meeting their ever-changing health care needs.

Board Certifications / Re-certifications

  • American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certified Adult/Geriatric Nurse Practitioner

Professional Interests

  • American Academy of Nurse Practitioner's
  • American Medical Directors Association

Education

  • Master of Science in Nursing , Metropolitan State University
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Melanie Ashfeld

APRN, CNP


Passionate about providing medical care for adults and elders in the long term care setting to maintain the highest quality of life based on my patients personal goals of care.

Board Certifications / Re-certifications

  • American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certified Adult Nurse Practitioner
  • Geriatric Nurse Practitioner

Professional Interests

  • Dementia
  • Advanced Care Planning
  • Wound Care
  • Chronic Disease Management

Education

  • Master of Science in Nursing, St. Catherine University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing, St. Cloud State University
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Mary Carlson

APRN, CNP


After living and working in the same small town for over 20 years, each person I care for is someone’s neighbor, family member, or friend. They each deserve the same kind of care I would give to my own father or mother.

Board Certifications / Re-certifications

  • Certified Adult Gerontological Nurse Practitioner

Professional Interests

  • Palliative care
  • Mental health issues
  • Older adults

Education

  • Master of Arts in Nursing, College of St. Catherine, 1992
  • Adult Nurse Practitioner Certification, College of St. Catherine, 1985
  • B.S. in Nursing, St. Olaf College, 1982
  • B.A. in Religion, St Olaf College, 1981
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Momodou Ceesay

APRN, CNP


I immigrated to the United States in 1992 from a small country in West Africa called Gambia. I went straight into nursing caring for the elderly as a nursing assistant in long term care settings across the country. I never looked back. Went back to school for my advance degree in geriatrics in order to continue to deliver the best evidence based practice for my elderly clients.

I’m a lifelong learner when it comes to improving the care for the elderly population. Working in health care this long also provided me great experience on how unique we are as individuals. I’m very passionate in improving the quality of life for all those who entrust me with their care.

Board Certifications / Re-certifications

  • American Nurses Credentialing Center Certified Gerontological Nurse Practitioner

Education

  • Master of Science in Nursing, University of Minnesota
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Excelsior College, Albany, New York
  • Associate of Science in Nursing, North Hennepin Community College, Minnesota
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Brian Dixon

MD


If primary care doctors are the “people doctors,” then seniors are by far my favorite people. Getting to know my patients and their families is something I value highly. Guiding them through the decisions and complexities that arise in their health care is also highly rewarding. It is at GENEVIVE, helping the frailest of these patients manage chronic disease, acute illness and end-of-life transitions, where I believe a physician can have the greatest impact in primary care.

Board Certifications / Re-certifications

  • Diplomate, American Board of Internal Medicine

Professional Interests

  • Atrial fibrillation
  • Congestive heart failure
  • Advanced care planning
  • End of life care

Education

  • Internal Medicine Residency, Hennepin County Medical Center, Minneapolis, MN
  • Doctor of Medicine, University of Minnesota Medical School (Twin Cities)

Articles

  • Arch Intern Med. 2005 Sep 12;165(16):1877-81. Principal atrial fibrillation discharges by the new ACC/AHA/ESC classification. Dixon BJ, Bracha Y, Loecke SW, Guerrero MA, Taylor RD, Asinger RW.
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Renee Doering

APRN, CNP


I really enjoy my work and working with older adults. I love hearing all the life stories, and working in a team environment like the nursing home. It is a privilege getting to know residents and their families, and I’ve taken care of a lot of people from the same families over the years. Sometimes I get to work with residents and their families for decades, other times just weeks. Either way I try to help them along their journey, and get to know what is important to them.

Board Certifications / Re-certifications

  • American Nursing Certification Center Board Certified Geriatric Nurse Practitioner, 1997

Professional Interests

  • Diabetes
  • Congestive Heart Failure

Education

  • Masters of Science in Nursing, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, 1997
  • Bachelor of Arts in Nursing, Luther College, 1992
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Scott Fairbairn

MD


As a provider I feel I can bring empathy, understanding and caring as well as the expertise of over 20 years in Geriatric Medicine. I want to become a present and constant person in the life of my patients and their families.

Board Certifications / Re-certifications

  • Diplomate, American Board of Family Medicine
  • Member of the American Medical Association
  • Member American Academy of Family Practice
  • Member Hennepin County Medical Society

Professional Interests

  • Geriatrics and Palliative Care
  • Working with Families
  • Patient Interaction

Education

  • Family Practice Residency, Mercy Medical Center, Denver, CO, 1990
  • Doctor of Medicine, Creighton University Medical School, Omaha, NE, 1987
  • Bachelor of Science, Creighton University, Omaha, NE, 1983
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Angela Farrington

APRN, CNP


I have held several roles as an NP including a practice in long term care, short term rehab, on line telemedicine, and I have also had a leadership/management role supervising and leading 20 NPs. I prefer the bedside care of patients in long-term care and specifically enjoy managing chronic health conditions and helping patients and families with end of life decisions and comfort.

My primary focus is in honoring patient’s dignity and getting to know and understand their life history, work, passions and desires and what has brought them to the long term care setting. One of the most rewarding aspects of my career is the relationships that develop in caring for someone at the end of their journey in life.

Board Certifications / Re-certifications

  • American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certified Geriatric Nurse Practitioner, 1999

Professional Interests

  • End of Life Care
  • Precepting

Education

  • Masters of Science in Nursing, St. Catherine University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing, University of Minnesota
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Amy Foster

APRN, CNP


I have always loved working with the geriatric population. Working with Genevive allows me to provide personalized care to the elderly and their families. As part of the primary care team I am able to provide care at the nursing facility allowing the elder to receive care at their home where they are comfortable.

Board Certifications / Re-certifications

  • American Nurses Credentialing Center Certified Family Nurse Practitioner

Professional Interests

  • Dementia
  • Advanced Care Planning

Education

  • Masters of Science in Nursing, Minnesota State University, Mankato, MN
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Saginaw Valley State University, Saginaw, MI
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Ruth K. Fothergill

MD


For over 20 years I have practiced Family Medicine, with a special focus of caring for those most disabled and frail. Now my practice has been exclusively caring for those of all ages living in the Long Term Care environment. Genevive has given me the opportunity to use my skills, experience, and knowledge of geriatric and family medicine in a very exciting way. I spend all of my time truly getting to know the folks I care for, their families, and the nursing staff and others involved in their daily lives. I feel this allows me be the best Primary Care Doctor for my patients that I can be. I enjoy learning, both about each person I care for and about the larger body of knowledge now available to us that comes from up to date medical science.

When I started my career, we were told there was no science to guide us in caring for older people. Much has happened in 20 years and now we know more about the aging process and how it effects one’s ability to respond to a variety of stresses. This knowledge gives us the bases to think clearly about all realms of a person’s wellbeing personalizing their care to their specific diseases, values and experiences. What I do is not easy, but I am impressed by how being present in the Long Term Care setting can improve people’s lives. I am grateful for the opportunity to learn and care through my work with this practice.

Board Certifications / Re-certifications

  • Diplomate, American Board of Family Medicine
  • American Geriatrics Society Member
  • American Medical Director Association Member
  • Minnesota Medical Director Association Member

Professional Interests

  • Community Geriatrics
  • Home Visits and House Calls
  • Cross Cultural Healthcare

Education

  • Family Practice Residency, Cook County Hospital, Chicago, IL, 1991
  • Doctor of Medicine, Tufts University, Boston, MA, 1988
  • Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology, Temple University in Philadelphia, PA
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Robert Helgren

MD


I am an Internal Medicine physician who values providing compassionate quality care to my patients. The last 25 years as an Internist has prepared me for my true niche – which is to partner with my senior patients and their families, to care for them with dignity and respect.

Board Certifications / Re-certifications

  • Diplomate, American Board of Internal Medicine

Professional Interests

  • Care planning for patients with complex diagnoses
  • Patient home visits
  • Listening to patients

Education

  • Internal Medicine Residency, University of Minnesota, 1989
  • Doctor of Medicine, Wayne State University School of Medicine
  • Bachelor of Science, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
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Marcia Hoffman

APRN, CNP


I have a passion for caring for the elderly. I have been a nurse for 30 years with the majority of my experience in the ICU before advancing my education to become a Geriatric Nurse Practitioner in 2000. My goal in working with the elderly is to maximize their health by using appropriate medications and other interventions.

Board Certifications / Re-certifications

  • American Nurses Credentialing Center Certified Geriatric Nurse Practitioner

Education

  • Masters of Arts in Nursing, College of St. Catherine
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing, University of Minnesota
  • Associate of Science in Nursing, Anoka Ramsey Community College
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Betsy Kearney

MD


My focus as a Genevive provider is on quality and compassionate care in the long-term setting. I enjoy learning the life story of each of my patients through discussions with them and their families. These relationships are important to me. I feel privileged to guide them through complex medical decisions that often arise in the later stages of life. I aim to provide care that ensures dignity and comfort at all times.

Board Certifications / Re-certifications

  • Diplomate, American Board of Internal Medicine, 2002, 2012

Education

  • Chief Resident Internal Medicine, Abbot Northwestern Hospital
  • Abbot Northwestern Hospital Internal Medicine Residency
  • University of Minnesota Medical School, M.D.
  • University of Minnesota Medical School, Ph.D. Immunology
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison, Bachelor of Science
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Joy Laansma

DNP, APRN, CNP


It is a privilege to practice in an area of my passion. My interest for geriatric medicine stemmed from earlier years working as a nursing assistant who saw a profound need for compassion and holistic medicine in a geriatric setting. This desire continued throughout my nursing career at nursing homes and hospitals from hospice to critical care areas.

Recognizing a patient’s uniqueness and individuality, my desire is to seek a balanced care plan that parallels a geriatric patient in their current circumstances through assessing areas that necessitate care service, planning for the implementation, and evaluating the effectiveness. Therefore, my Mission Statement is to provide ethical and compassionate care while promoting a healthy lifestyle with utilization of collaborative resources. I promise to faithfully and full heartedly provide remarkable care that advocates, protects, promotes, and optimizes health and comfort for the long-term care population.

Board Certifications / Re-certifications

  • American Nurses Credentialing Center Certified Gerontological Nurse Practitioner, 2012
  • Sigma Theta Tau Member, 2009
  • Advanced Cardiac Life Support - 2013
  • Basic Life Support – 2013
  • Certified Nursing Assistant - 1980

Education

  • Doctorate of Nursing Practice, Concordia University Wisconsin, Mequon, WI, 2016
  • Master of Science in Nursing, Concordia University Wisconsin, Mequon, WI, 2012
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Bethel University, St. Paul, MN, 2009
  • Associate of Science in Nursing, Normandale Community College, Bloomington, MN, 1996
  • Legal and General Education, North Hennepin Community College, Brooklyn Park, MN
  • General Education, Northwestern College, St. Paul, MN
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Barry Larson

MD


I have been with Genevive since June of 2010. I have 25 years of experience in family medicine and have chosen to spend the latter portion of my career working with this very special population and their families.

It’s a privilege for me to work with seniors who have lived full lives and have experienced so much, and who have done so much for our country. I learn so much from them every day and often feel at the end of the day that I have received much more than I have been able to give. I am blessed to be able to work with a great team of caregivers that enables us to give the best care possible.

Board Certifications / Re-certifications

  • Diplomate, Added Qualifications in Geriatric Medicine, American Board of Family Practice, since 1994
  • Diplomate, American Board of Family Practice, since 1988

Professional Interests

  • Primary Caregiving in Long Term Care and in Medical Direction
  • Serve as a Medical Director at one of my facilities
  • Team practice of Medicine
  • Integration of teaching with caregiving

Education

  • Family Medicine Residency, University of Minnesota, Duluth, 1985-1988
  • Doctor of Medicine, University of Minnesota Medical School, 1985
  • Bachelor of Science, Gustavus Adolphus, St. Peter, Minnesota 1981
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Steven Lawler

MD


I love being a Family Practitioner because I believe that the best care comes from being able to put a person’s medical issues in the context of the rest of her life. I spent the first dozen years of my practice providing full-spectrum primary care in a clinic setting, and time and again, my experiences there reinforced the importance of looking at the big picture.

For the last few years, I’ve focused on taking care of seniors in long-term care settings, and I’ve continued to apply that approach. I try to get to know each of my patients – not only his medical history, but also his hobbies, his career, his family life, his goals and hopes.

Each patient is unique, and getting to know the whole person helps me provide the best care possible.

Board Certifications / Re-certifications

  • Diplomate, American Board of Family Practice

Professional Interests

  • Medical Director, Northfield Care Center - Northfield, MN

Education

  • Family Medicine Residency, United Family Medicine, St. Paul, MN
  • Doctor of Medicine, University of Iowa College of Medicine, Iowa City, IA
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Joan Luknic

APRN, CNP


I have extensive experience in a variety of healthcare settings working with patients across the lifespan with special interest in the geriatric population. I value a collaborative approach to care that deeply involves patients, families and the inter-disciplinary care team in providing individualized services to adults and the elderly. I also pride myself on ensuring that patients and families are well educated on disease processes and trajectories.

Board Certifications / Re-certifications

  • American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certified Primary Care Adult Nurse Practitioner
  • Memberships in American Association of Nurse Practitioners, Minnesota Nurse Practitioners, American Medical Directors Association, American Geriatrics Society

Professional Interests

  • Managing chronic diseases like diabetes, heart failure, COPD, high blood pressure, dementia and related problems

Education

  • Masters of Science in Nursing, Johns Hopkins University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Augsburg College
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Krista Naber

APRN, CNP


I have been a nurse practitioner in geriatrics for 15 years. I love the work that I am privileged to do each and every day. Geriatrics was easy for me to choose. I used to walk to the nursing home in my hometown as a kid to visit all of my “adopted grandparents” and enjoyed spending a lot of quality time with my Grandma as she grew older.

The thing I like most about my job is not only getting to know my patients, but getting to know their families as well. I enjoy feeling part of their lives, even if briefly. I enjoy the communication and contact with staff and caregivers alike. I feel we all need the most care when beginning life and again as we prepare for our final journey.

Board Certifications / Re-certifications

  • American Nurses Credentialing Center Certified Gerontological Nurse Practitioner

Professional Interests

  • Dementia/Alzheimer’s Disease
  • Neuromuscular Disorder

Education

  • Masters of Art in Nursing, College of St. Catherine
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Ngum Ngwa

APRN, CNP


My interest in working with the geriatric population grew from my personal, work and educational experiences. I have come to embrace the holistic approach that is needed to care for adult and geriatric patients. This has enabled me to grow in other areas, such as being patient, being a great team player, and taking time to listen.

I enjoy hearing the life stories my patients and families have to share. Though some days are challenging, the reward of making a difference in the life of my patients, small as it may be, far outweighs anything else. The more I am involved in the care of older adults, the more I count myself as privileged to be caring for such a special group of people.

Board Certifications / Re-certifications

  • American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certified Adult Nurse Practitioner
  • Member of American Medical Directors Association, MN Nurse Practitioners Association, American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, MN Medical Directors Association

Professional Interests

  • Volunteer to provide my medical knowledge through non-government organizations, church groups and such, in service to the poor and under privileged both here and abroad

Education

  • Masters of Science in Nursing, Metropolitan State University
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Bari Resnick

APRN, CNP


Since 2001, I’ve worked with the geriatric population in the hospital setting, Long Term Care, Transitional Care, and with our specialized Home Visit Program. I find caring for the elderly population both fascinating and extremely rewarding. I especially love to hear their life stories, which helps me understand who they are, in order to help care for them better.

Older adults have complex medical conditions that require an approach of listening and compassion, while utilizing current geriatric standards of medical care. My goal is to promote quality of life and dignity for my patients that reflects individual hopes and values.

Board Certifications / Re-certifications

  • American Nurses Credentialing Center Certified Adult Nurse Practitioner
  • American Nurses Credentialing Center Certified Geriatric Nurse Practitioner

Professional Interests

  • Dementia
  • End of Life Care
  • Congestive Heart Failure (CHF)

Education

  • Masters of Arts in Nursing, College of St. Catherine, 2007
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing, College of St. Catherine, 2003
  • Bachelor of Arts in Communications, University of Hartford, 1992
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Janice Roetzel

APRN, CNP


Some years ago I was present for my mother on her journey in and out of nursing homes due to chronic illness and aging. Through that experience I came to appreciate the strength, humor and resiliency of the many elders I met.

It has been my privilege to work with elders throughout my nurse practitioner career. Since 2008, I have been exclusively practicing in nursing homes. I take to heart the Genevive philosophy of caring for each patient as if he or she were my own parent.American Nurse Credentialing Center Board Certified Adult Nurse Practitioner 1990
American Nurse Credentialing Center Board Certified Gerontological Nurse Practitioner 2011

Board Certifications / Re-certifications

  • American Nurse Credentialing Center Board Certified Adult Nurse Practitioner 1990
  • American Nurse Credentialing Center Board Certified Gerontological Nurse Practitioner 2011

Professional Interests

  • Geriatric Syndromes in the Frail Elder and Transitional Care Patients

Education

  • Master of Arts in Nursing, St Catherine University, St Paul, 2000
  • Adult Nurse Practitioner Certification Program, St Catherine University, St Paul, 1990
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Winona State University, Winona, 1977
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Nick Schneeman

MD, CEO, Medical Director, and Attending Physician


After completing 13 years of practicing full service Family Medicine in 2003, I found my vocational home at Genevive. It is a distinct privilege to help care for this great generation of Minnesotans.

Like Family Medicine, the practice of Geriatrics includes teamwork and building relationships, which I really enjoy. I also like reading medical journals and discussing patient care with my wonderful colleagues at Genevive. I pride myself on being a good critical thinker and listener. I hope to help build a better health care system for the frail elderly and am grateful for the chance to be part of our leadership team.

https://www.linkedin.com/in/nickschneeman

Board Certifications / Re-certifications

  • Diplomate, Added Qualifications in Geriatric Medicine, American Board of Family Practice, 1994-2004, Recertification 2004, 2013-2023
  • Diplomate, American Board of Family Practice, 1990, Recertification 1997, 2004, 2011
  • Diplomate, National Board of Medical Examiners, 1988

Professional Interests

  • Patient Care
  • Family Conferences
  • Polypharmacy
  • Mentoring
  • Speaking
  • Leadership

Education

  • Chief Resident, Overlook Hospital Family Practice Residency, 1989 - 1990
  • Overlook Hospital Family Practice Residency, major teaching affiliate of the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, July 1987 - June 1990
  • University of Minnesota Medical School, Doctor of Medicine, September 1983 - June 1987
  • University of Notre Dame, Bachelor of Arts in Sociology, August 1976 - August 1980
  • Senior Class President, University of Notre Dame, 1980

Lectures

  • Urine Testing in the Elderly is Complex
  • Geriatric Services of Minnesota: A Frail Tale of Innovation
  • Achieving Clinical Excellence and Fiscal Health in Geriatrics
  • Atypical Antipsychotics and Behavioral & Psychological Symptoms of Dementia: Deconstructing this Preferred Prescribing Pathway
  • Community Based Geriatrics; Finding Your Inner Marcus Welby
  • Doctor, Don’t Just Do Something, Stand There!
  • Asymptomatic Bacteriuria
  • A Rock and a Hard Place: Where the Transitional Care Patient is Caught
  • Engaging Physicians into Care Coordination
  • Beyond DNR/DNI: Planning for Acute Illness
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Ruby Schoen

APRN, CNP, Associate Medical Director


I have been working across the care continuum in the geriatric population for over two decades. This includes interests in healthy aging, functional health, management of chronic conditions, palliative care and end of life planning. I discovered providing care to older adults with complex health problems is highly challenging, exciting, and rewarding.

I love working with the geriatric population, this is something I really enjoy. In fact, the more I do it, the more I enjoy it. What I love most about my work are the relationships I establish with patients and their families and the differences I can make in their lives.

I have a professional and personal interest in palliative, dementia care, and leadership. I enjoy palliative and dementia care, because the goal is not to cure, but to provide comfort and maintain the highest possible quality of life for as long as life remains. I enjoy the role of Associate Medical Director because it is an opportunity to inspire, support, and mentor. It’s a privilege to help develop others and enable people to go beyond their individual limitations and achieve great things.

Board Certifications / Re-certifications

  • American Association of Nurse Practitioners Certified Adult Nurse Practitioner
  • American Association of Nurse Practitioners Certified Geriatric Nurse Practitioner

Professional Interests

  • I have a professional and personal interest in palliative and dementia care. I enjoy palliative and dementia care, because the goal is not to cure, but to provide comfort and maintain the highest possible quality of life for as long as life remains.

Education

  • Masters in Science in Nursing, Metropolitan State University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Metropolitan State University
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George Schoephoerster

MD


After providing full spectrum family medicine for over 25 years, I was given the opportunity to focus my energy on the frail elderly. I now provide care for short stay and long term care nursing home residents in greater central Minnesota, and serve as Medical Director in some of those homes. I function as part of a team providing primary care. We focus on the needs of our patients in a manner that meets of their goals and is consistent with their values, which then allows families to spend quality time with their loved one in the twilight of their life.

Board Certifications / Re-certifications

  • Diplomate, American Board of Family Medicine with added qualifications in Geriatrics

Professional Interests

  • For the past 10 years, I have had an interest in health care reform in Minnesota, in particular, in the transformation of primary care. My primary interests are in improving the value of care provided to Minnesota seniors. To advance that work, in addition to my work role in Genevive, I serve in many volunteer roles that provide me the opportunity to improve the quality of care provided to the frail elderly, with a particular focus on those with dementia.

Education

  • Family Medicine Residency, Akron General Medical Center, Akron, Ohio
  • Doctor of Medicine, University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa
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Melissa Sorenson

APRN, CNP


I have worked in long term care settings since 1992. Initially, I started as a floor nurse and then a manager. Understanding the value of on-site medical team visits, I became a Geriatric Nurse Practitioner. I enjoy my patients’ individuality and their life wisdom lessons they have to teach us.

Because this job is full of challenges, fascinating people, and interesting complex medical situations, I expect to be a nurse practitioner for the geriatric populations for many years to come.

Board Certifications / Re-certifications

  • American Nurses Credentialing Center Certified Geriatric Nurse Practitioner
  • Minnesota Medical Director Association Member

Professional Interests

  • Palliative Care
  • Individualized Treatment Plans

Education

  • Masters of Science in Nursing, University of Minnesota
  • Bachelor of Arts, College of St. Catherine
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Debra Stassen

APRN, CNP


My choice to become a nurse practitioner stems from my desire to make a positive difference in the lives of those who live in the long term care setting by providing on-site medical care, personal attention and prompt conversation with families on a routine basis and as needed.

Genevive patient/family interactions are relaxed, with time taken to prioritize any patient/family concerns, while keeping patient goals of care in mind at all times.

Board Certifications / Re-certifications

  • American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certified Adult Geriatric Nurse Practitioner

Professional Interests

  • Polypharmacy
  • End of life care and comfort

Education

  • Masters of Science in Nursing, University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, ND
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Liz Toth

APRN, CNP


I have been involved in the field of nursing for over 25 years. I began my career as a nurse in hospital acute care. After completing my Masters Degree in Nursing at the College of St. Scholastica as an Adult and Geriatric Nurse Practitioner, I decided to devote my advanced nursing practice caring for the geriatric and adult population in the long-term care setting.

I believe my mission in this occupation is to be open, honest, accessible and approachable making the relationship with the resident and family/loved one a personable and comfortable experience. I am truly blessed to work in the field of Geriatrics. It is an honor and a privilege for me to focus on quality health care for this patient population.

Board Certifications / Re-certifications

  • American Nurses Credentialing Center Certified Adult and Geriatric Nurse Practitioner
  • American Medical Directors Association
  • Minnesota Medical Directors Association
  • American Association of Nurse Practitioners
  • Gerontological Advanced Practice Nurses Association

Professional Interests

  • I have a special interest in the frail elderly population and devoting attention to quality of life. I have a passion for palliative/hospice services, wound care, pain management and educating all involved in the care of the resident. I enjoy precepting student advance practice nurses and advocating for the geriatric field.

Education

  • Masters of Arts in Nursing, College of St. Scholastica
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Northern Illinois University
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Doug Watkins

MD


In approximately 2005, after 15 years of clinic-based practice, I found myself becoming more and more deeply dissatisfied with that style of practice. The physician’s role was evolving to meet the challenges to computerize the practice of medicine, and to be more “productive” — to see more patients more rapidly, resulting in the focus shifting to less on the patient and more on the computer.

After assessing the factors of medicine that were most rewarding to me, I came to realize they were all associated with caring for the older segment of the population. I enjoyed the mental challenge of caring for the multiple medical problems that accumulate with age, interacting with people whose perspectives have been fully formed by the experiences of a lifetime, and dealing with people (and their families) who were more appreciative of what I had to offer.

These realizations lead me to the full time practice of geriatric care in the nursing home setting in 2006. Subsequently I completed work to become a Certified Medical Director, and now am the attending physician to the majority of the residents in five nursing homes, serving as Medical Director in four of those homes.

Board Certifications / Re-certifications

  • Diplomate, American Board of Family Practice

Professional Interests

  • Medical Director serving:
  • Lake Ridge Care Center, Buffalo MN
  • Park View Care Center, Buffalo, MN
  • Sterling Park Care Center, Waite Park, MN
  • Talahi Care Center, St Cloud, MN

Education

  • Family Medicine Residency, Duluth Graduate Medical Education Council
  • Doctor of Medicine, University of Minnesota Medical School/ University of Minnesota-Duluth School of Medicine