Mind, body and spirit: Dr. Lindblom

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What is osteopathic medicine?

Osteopathic medicine focuses on the body as a unified system. To truly help someone, an osteopathic doctor will treat the whole person, not just the symptoms. This approach is a more holistic form of care that emphasizes the connection of mind, body and spirit. This form of care primarily uses physical manipulation of the musculoskeletal system, but the overall outcome depends on the patient living a healthier life.

The mind, body and spirt are treated collectively in osteopathic medicine.

John Lindblom, DO

John Lindblom, DO, has dedicated his life to the pursuit of improving the lives of others from the ground up. His style of care is as unique as his discipline. Meeting with Dr. Lindblom for the first time goes beyond simple evaluation and measurements. Osteopathic medicine is about the whole body, the mind, and the spirit that guides it. During an initial meeting with Dr. Lindblom, he gets to know the whole you.

“I love taking things apart and putting them together. In high school, my desire to help people steered me toward medicine. My hands-on nature and my drive to help others came together with osteopathic medicine.” – Dr. Lindblom

Osteopathic medicine health treats the whole body, including the mind and spirit.

John Lindblom, DO


A core tenant of osteopathic medicine is prevention. Treating the mind, body and spirit is about building a person up to stave off illness in the future. Dr. Lindblom is all about helping you today so that you can be healthy tomorrow! Regular appointments with Dr. Lindblom can assist with a wide range of ailments. Aches and pains are common reasons for scheduling an appointment, but osteopathic medicine can help with far more complex issues. In some cases, it can even prevent the need for invasive procedures.

Dr. Lindblom is from the Fergus Falls area and has a strong passion for the outdoors. He enjoys metalworking, welding and exploring the wilderness of Minnesota with his trusty metal detector.

To schedule an appointment with Dr. Lindblom, please call 218-631-3510. To learn more about our providers, please visit tchc.org/primarycare and follow Tri-County Health Care on social media for regular updates.

Fight the flu!

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Necessary prevention

“I never get the flu shot.” How many times have you heard that? Avoiding this crucial vaccination seems to be a point of pride for some people. It shouldn’t be a proud choice to leave yourself vulnerable to illness during a pandemic. This year, help yourself, your family, and the ailing healthcare systems across the nation. Join us and fight the flu!

Every year the flu does immense damage to the population, resulting in many hospitalizations. Over the years, the flu has become another obstacle we deal with, but we can’t take the risk this year. With beds filling rapidly, hospitals and clinics may not have the resources to stave off the flu effectively. Help them fight back and get the jab.

Do it for you too!

There are many reasons to get the flu shot aside from lending a hand to nurses, doctors and other medical staff. Here are our top three:

  1. Healthy holidays

Getting sick on Christmas or Thanksgiving is pretty crumby. We’ve all experienced that woeful Thanksgiving where the rest of the family enjoys a delicious dinner while you struggle to keep down warm soup. Do yourself a favor and don’t let the flu stifle your plans to enjoy the holidays.

  1. Preserve time off

Wouldn’t you like to enjoy a day off doing something you love? Having to use up all of your vacation days battling the flu is no fun. Don’t let the flu dictate your days off, miss work for something fun and fight the flu.

  1. Do it for the immunocompromised

Fight the flu! Don't let the flu stifle our COVID-19 treatments.Some people can’t get the vaccine due to medical complications and allergies. We can help them by reducing the amount of illness in the population. Remember them when offered the flu shot at your next appointment.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have released updated information regarding this year’s flu season. Visit their website for more details.

Upcoming flu shot clinics

Tri-County Health Care will be hosting several flu shot clinics during September and October. Clinics will be available in Wadena, Bertha, Henning, Ottertail and Sebeka.

Wadena              218-631-3510

Saturday              Oct. 2                   7-12 p.m.            all ages

Saturday              Oct. 16                 7-12 p.m.            all ages

Bertha                  218-924-2250

Wednesday         Sept. 29               7-4:15 p.m.        65+ day

Wednesday         Oct. 13                 7-4:15 p.m.         all ages

Henning              218-583-2953

Wednesday         Oct. 20                 8-4:15 p.m.         all ages

Ottertail               218-367-6262

Tuesday               Oct. 26                 8-4:15 p.m.         all ages

Sebeka                 218-837-5333

Wednesday         Oct. 6                   8-4:15 p.m.         all ages

Tri-County Health Care offers a significant discount for individuals paying at the time of the flu shot clinic. Medicare Advantage Plans, Humana, Medicare, Medicaid and many other commercial insurances are accepted. Please confirm with your insurance company before the clinic. Pre-registration is strongly encouraged, but walk-in appointments are available.

Colonoscopies & Care: The importance of regular screenings

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Colonoscopies are often a topic of debate, with many people dismissing them as overly invasive and even an invasion of privacy. However, it doesn’t need to be dreaded and avoided. During Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, organizations across the United States, including Tri-County Health Care, are taking a stand against colorectal cancer. Our mission is to educate and spread awareness about one of the most preventable forms of cancer.

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Susan Marco

Susan Marco, an employee at Tri-County Health Care, is especially passionate about early prevention screening. Her story about family and early prevention truly illustrates the importance of testing. She is no stranger to colonoscopies and felt sharing her story would greatly alleviate how many feel when they hit the recommended screening age.

“It was the early discovery that saved her life,” said Susan when discussing her mother’s cancer diagnosis. At 50, Susan’s mother was diagnosed with colon cancer during a routine colonoscopy. Without the screening, she most likely would have died. Since then, Susan has felt it was her duty to embrace early prevention screening and encourage others to do the same. She recently completed her third colonoscopy in January 2021.

The preparation

The most difficult part about a colonoscopy according to Susan is the preparation. The procedure itself went fine but the preparation does require some steps. After a consultation with her doctor, she had to take an over-the-counter laxative that would clear her colon. The medicine is typically mixed with a sports drink.

The next morning, she visited Tri-County Health Care and was checked in for her appointment. The nurses made her stay comfortable and prepared her for surgery. She was sedated for the procedure. The entire process only took about half a day to complete.

“The preparation and procedure are such small things and take up such a small amount of time, so why wouldn’t everyone do this in order to avoid colon cancer?” said Susan when asked about her experience.

My family cared for me

“I work at Tri-County Health Care, so people asked if it was uncomfortable for me to have my co-workers take care of me during the procedure. It wasn’t uncomfortable at all! It felt like my family caring for me,” said Susan. Tri-County Health Care provides this type of environment for everyone. Comfortability is paramount to the team during such a delicate process.

Dr. Timothy Monson. colonoscopies

Timothy Monson, M.D., MBA, FACS

Susan is a recruiter, and it’s her job to find the best medical talent out there. She actually recruited Dr. Monson who conducted her colonoscopy. According to Susan, Dr. Monson is a remarkable provider and a kind man that approaches every surgical scenario with poise and professionalism. He is literally perfect for Tri-County Health Care and Susan knew she was in capable hands. The colonoscopy went well and Dr. Monson played a pivotal role in Susan’s continued good health.

Prevention is key

During her previous colonoscopies, Susan expressed that she felt like just a number. Her procedure was always met with cold sterility, far from the family-like atmosphere she experienced at Tri-County Health Care.

In many cases, colon cancer shows no symptoms, but routine screening can prevent and detect this type of cancer. Most people should begin receiving routine screening around age 45 and Tri-County Health Care offers multiple colon cancer screening options. Regardless of where you choose to have such a procedure, please join Susan in the fight against colorectal cancer and for March. Visit TCHC.org for more information about screening, and call 218-631-3510 to schedule an appointment.

COVID-19 Requires Unified Response

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We have reached a serious and critical point in our efforts to battle COVID-19. COVID-19 requires a unified response now. This virus is not only affecting those overseas or in densely populated areas; it has made its way to rural central Minnesota and is currently spreading quickly right here in our own backyard. Cases of COVID-19 have surged in recent weeks. The trajectory of these cases is predicted to increase throughout the holiday season.Tri-County Health Care COVID Todd County Wadena County Health Partners Germs Hand Hygiene

Healthcare facilities and their respective staff have watched as larger regional hospitals within the state have been overrun. Bed space has been depleted; there is no more room. That means COVID-positive individuals that may have otherwise been transferred to a larger hospital must seek care locally, increasing the strain on our local hospitals which are also near capacity. If this trend continues, this crisis will quickly increase and affect our ability to provide care to those who need it. People who could have been saved may succumb to COVID-19.

As the holidays draw near, healthcare leaders in the area have come together to plead that you celebrate responsibly this holiday season. These gatherings can be a significant source of spread and risk the lives of family members and friends. It may not be easy, but we ask you please try to find safe alternatives to these gatherings. Stay home. Call your loved ones or use video chat to communicate.

Fighting this virus requires a unified front, not just from hospitals but from every single individual. Everyone needs to practice physical distancing, wash your hands regularly, only leave home when absolutely necessary and wear a mask when in public.

COVID-19 is not a hoax or conspiracy. It is a very real virus affecting us all. The recent COVID-19 surge requires unified response. Please take this message seriously. For us to return to normal life as soon as possible, it must be earned with great effort and genuine care for others.

Thank you and stay well,

Daniel J Swenson
Administrator, CentraCare – Long Prairie

Joel Beiswenger
President & CEO, Tri-County Health Care

Tim Rice
President & CEO, Lakewood Health System

Jackie Och
Director, Todd County Health & Human Services

Cindy Pederson
Director, Wadena County Public Health

Let’s talk lice: Q&A with a school nurse

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By Guest Blogger Amy Yglesias, Wadena-Deer Creek Elementary School Nurse

A four year old boy scratching his  itchy scalp from head lice

Let’s face it. Lice are gross, they’re inconvenient, and there’s a real possibility that your child could come home one day with a scalp infested with them.

But don’t worry! Aside from the “yuck!” factor, a case of lice isn’t all bad news. The symptoms are mild, and reliable treatment exists. You may even be able to ward them off.

Here are some quick tips and common questions to put your mind at ease:

What is the best way to prevent lice?

Lice are spread by head-to-head contact, so avoid touching your head to others. One way we do this all the time is for pictures. Be careful when taking those selfies with others! Also, do not share combs, brushes, hair ties, helmets or hats with others. Lice DO NOT jump or fly to another person.

What are signs of lice to watch out for?

Parents should watch their children for itching of the head and neck.

What causes/attracts lice?

Lice have no preference over which head they land on, clean or dirty. They are attracted to our specific body temperature and humidity of the human scalp. Anybody can get lice.

Are lice harmful?

Lice do not carry disease and do not pose a significant health risk.

If your child’s classmate has lice, what should you do?

Check your child’s hair frequently. Remind your child to avoid head-to-head contact. The smell of tea tree oil has been known to repel lice. Put a couple drops in hair detangler or a water bottle and spritz hair. Also, lice do not like the smell of coconut. There are over-the-counter preventive items you can buy.Mother using a comb in child's hair to look for head lice

What should parents do if they find out their child has lice?

Do not freak out. It will be OK.

Check all family members/people that live in your house. Treat everyone who has lice all at the same time.

Decide which treatment you will use. There are prescription, over the counter and natural treatments. Some people chose to go to a lice clinic to be treated. If needed, your doctor could help you decide which treatment is best for you. Click here for the Center for Disease Control and Prevention treatment guidelines.

Follow the product directions carefully. With most products, you will need to treat again in seven to 10 days. Removing the nits, or eggs, is an important part of the treatment of lice. Continue checking the head and combing hair daily for two weeks. If all nits within 1/4 inch of the scalp are not removed, some may hatch and your child will get lice again.

Wash clothing worn in the last three days, bedding and towels in hot water and dry in a hot dryer for at least 20 minutes before using again.

Stuffed animals, backpacks and other cloth items can be put in a plastic bag for two weeks. Vacuum carpets, upholstered furniture, mattresses and seats in the car thoroughly.

Is there anything else you think parents should know about lice?

If your child gets lice, it is not the end of the world and certainly nothing to be ashamed of. It can happen to any family.


family photo of the author of the blog story with her family.

Amy and her family.

About the Author: Amy Yglesias is the school nurse at Wadena-Deer Creek Elementary School. She has been a licensed practical nurse for 18 years and just started her fourth year at the school. Before that, she worked at the TCHC Wadena Clinic. Yglesias is married and has two daughters, a sixth grader and a third grader, and a spoiled mini schnauzer named Princess.

I-CAN Prevent Diabetes

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Pat Lorentz (in red) celebrates Christmas with her children and grandchildren.

Pat Lorentz (in red) celebrates Christmas with her children and grandchildren.

With a family history of diabetes, Pat Lorentz was worried about her health. When she received her pre-diabetes diagnosis and was advised to take prescription medications to help her avoid being diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, the Wadena native knew she had to make some lifestyle changes. After hearing about a new, free program called I-CAN Prevent Diabetes (offered by Tri-County Health Care in partnership with the University of Minnesota Extension) she decided to give it a try.

Utilizing a group approach, participants in the ‘I CAN Prevent Diabetes’ program find support and offer encouragement to one another. The trained program facilitator educates participants about pre-diabetes and shares practical approaches on how to feel better and become more active in every part of their life.

The class met for 16 weeks and continued with individualized monthly support and additional learning sessions to round out a year of support.

Within 16 weeks of weekly sessions, Pat lost 12% of her weight, nearly double from the original goal shared by Marilyn Hofland, U of M program coordinator. She is down two dress sizes and with daily walks at Sunnybrook, Blacks Grove and the Maslowski Wellness and Research Center she continues to lose weight.

“The sessions were very informative and motivational,” said Pat. “Most days I get a minimum of 60 minutes of exercise a day, instead of the 60 minutes of weekly exercise I was getting prior to this program.”

In addition to losing weight, Pat was very proud to learn at her last appointment that her A1C had gone down enough for Shaneen Schmidt, MD, to take her off her pre-diabetes medications. “It is nice when other people notice the weight loss,” said Pat. “But, the main thing is that I am off my medications and I can tell a difference. I want to be healthy and watch my grandchildren grow up.”

Each session consisted of a weigh-in, a healthy snack and general information and sometimes exercise activities. Pat’s favorite part was the accountability that came from meeting others with the same battle. The group supported each other, celebrated accomplishments and kept one another accountable.

Pat Lorentz loves spending time with her grandchildren. They are one of her reasons for participating in the “I-Can Prevent Diabetes” program and her motivation for staying healthy.

Pat Lorentz loves spending time with her grandchildren. They are one of her reasons for participating in the “I-Can Prevent Diabetes” program and her motivation for staying healthy.

“I have learned that label reading, portion control and journaling what we eat is very important for consistent weight loss,” said Pat. “The main thing was being aware of what we were eating and being less nonchalant about the food in our mouth. I learned when times were stressful to make better food choices.”

Pat believes that we should be accountable for what we put in our mouth, but that doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy our food. She is an advocate of the 90/10 philosophy – 90 percent of what you eat should be good for you. “And, if you don’t enjoy it, don’t eat it!”

If a doctor is telling you that your numbers are creeping up, or if you are pre-diabetic, Pat encourages you to learn more about “I Can Prevent” program. “There is so much to live for, and these sessions are held in a positive environment and really focus on teaching us to make balanced choices. It made a huge difference for me,” said Pat.

icanpreventRisk Assessment:

Do you think you may be at risk for diabetes? Take this short, 10-question CDC (Center for Disease Control) questionnaire to assess your risk. Always speak with your doctor about any medical decisions.

About this program:

Tri-County Health Care is pleased to partner with the University of Minnesota Extension to offer the ‘I CAN Prevent Diabetes’ Program. In this FREE program, participants learn how to create a healthier lifestyle and to help them prevent the onset of diabetes. Participants will meet with a trained life-style coach to learn how to lose weight, eat healthier and increase physical activity.

The I-CAN Prevent Diabetes program will be kicking off with a new group later this fall. You are invited to be part of this exciting opportunity! If you are interested in participating, please contact Sara Stone, TCHC Medical Social Services Manager at sara.stone@tchc.org.

Watch other participants speak about the program…