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Optimal Health Podcast by Hudson Physicians will discuss topics to get you back to optimal health when you are feeling sick, stressed, overwhelmed, or run down.
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Optimal HealthMay 25, 2021

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A Glance Inside New Richmond Medical Center With Dr. Harrold

A Glance Inside New Richmond Medical Center With Dr. Harrold

In this episode, the Medical Director of New Richmond Medical Center, Dr. Stephen Harrold himself, joins host Pete Waggoner to discuss the upcoming open house event this February 2nd. From the physicians who will be joining Dr. Harrold's team and their backgrounds in medicine to the variety of specialty services that will be available, the two explore everything that New Richmond Medical Center has in store for the community.

Pete and Dr. Harrold also put emphasis on how the new facility will be adopting Hudson Physicians' patient-centered culture and focus on providing high-quality care to the people of New Richmond and its neighboring communities that do not currently have access to specialized medical services.

Tune in now to learn more about this exciting event!

Takeaways: Setting up medical facilities takes not only a team of skilled professionals, but also an unwavering dedication to providing the best possible care. Fostering connection between the hospital and its community is essential in order to build a trusting relationship and ensure that everyone receives the care they need. In this episode:

[1:02] Pete dives right into the conversation by asking Dr. Stephen Harrold what people should expect from the open house event and how their team is preparing for it. Dr. Harrold emphasizes how they plan on bringing Hudson Physicians' patient-centered culture to the New Richmond Medical Center.

[5:12] Dr. Harrold provides an overview of the team that will be joining him in the new medical facility. He shares the background and his own experiences working with the four other physicians and how their expertise will be beneficial for the community.

[12:04] Pete and Dr. Harrold talk about the other tenants and healthcare providers of Hudson Physicians who will be offering their specialized services at the new medical center such as Associated Eye and Hudson Imaging.

[18:10] Dr. Harrold shares how witnessing the construction of the Hudson Medical Center has made the planning much easier for the New Richmond Medical Center. He also mentions how they made sure the new facility has enough room for the staff who will be assisting the patients before they meet their physician.

[20:38] Dr. Harrold and Pete discuss how the location of the New Richmond Medical Center is strategically placed to ensure that surrounding communities that do not have access to specialized medical services will be able to receive the care they need.

Resources:
New Richmond Medical Center Dr. Stephen Harrold Dr. Nyquist podcast  Associated Eye Care Hudson Imaging Read Transcription Quotes: "That's why I'm here. I don't want patients to feel like a number. The doctors that are joining me in New Richmond have that same mindset as well as the doctors here at Hudson Physicians." - Dr. Stephen Harrold "This is not just putting up a medical center to be in competition with others. There is truly a need, definitely in New Richmond, but probably even more so in some of the surrounding communities that may be a long enough drive to Hudson." - Dr. Stephen Harrold
Feb 07, 202323:02
Cancer Care and New Treatment Options With Oncologist Timothy Toonen

Cancer Care and New Treatment Options With Oncologist Timothy Toonen

In this episode of the Optimal Health Podcast, host Pete Waggoner is joined by Dr. Timothy Toonen of Minnesota Oncology to share his expertise and knowledge about cancer care. They discuss the role oncologists play in helping cancer patients find the right treatment options while alleviating the fear that comes along with a cancer diagnosis. Dr. Toonen also talks about how his team plans on providing the people of Hudson with even more comprehensive care through their new facility at the Hudson Medical Center which will be opening its doors to the public this January 12, 2023.

Takeaways:

There is support and help available for cancer patients. Helping people battle and survive cancer involves a comprehensive approach to treatment, including emotional and physical support.

In this episode:

[2:19] Pete Waggoner asks Dr. Timothy Toonen to talk about his early life and what led him to become an oncologist. Dr. Toonen shares how meeting a group of community-based oncologists has inspired him to pursue a career in cancer care.

[5:36] Dr. Toonen defines oncology and explains the role oncologists like him play in helping cancer patients find non-surgical and non-radiation care options and curate treatment plans that best fit the patient’s needs.

[11:03] Pete and Dr. Toonen talk about how cancer treatment has evolved over the years and how there are now better supportive care medications tailored especially for patients with fear of getting chemotherapy.

[14:25] Dr. Toonen provides insight into Minnesota Oncology's comprehensive, full-circle care and how the new Hudson Medical Center can help its team provide the appropriate treatments to patients all within the Hudson area.

[18:00] Dr. Toonen talks about how their team along with other healthcare providers such as Associate Eye Care and Twin Cities Orthopedics are eager to bring independent, physician-driven healthcare practices to the Hudson community through the new medical center.

Resources

Hudson Physicians Medical Center Minnesota Oncology Timothy Toonen Associated Eye Care Twin Cities Orthopedics

Quotes

"We might not have all the answers, certainly a lot of times we don't on the first visit. But I think it gives patients a sense that we care." - Timothy Toonen, MD

Jan 19, 202319:31
The Hudson Medical Center Opens Its Doors to the Hudson Community

The Hudson Medical Center Opens Its Doors to the Hudson Community

In this episode, Hudson Physicians' CEO Matt Brandt joins host Pete Waggoner on the Optimal Health Podcast to discuss the Hudson Medical Center's upcoming public open house on January 12, 2023. They talk about the nitty-gritty details of the event, from its location to what services and amenities people can expect. They also get into the process of making the plan come to life and how their desire to bring as many services possible to the growing community of Hudson has been a major goal.

This is an invitation for everybody in the Hudson community to come and experience the quality care that Hudson Medical Center has to offer. Tune in to find out more about this exciting event.

Takeaways:

A lot of planning, thought, and care goes into building a medical center that caters to a community. Anything's possible with the right people, resources, and the drive to make it happen.

In this episode:

[1:35] Pete starts the discussion by asking about the logistics of moving and how the Hudson Physicians team plan on relocating to their new medical center. Matt details their target schedule and how this would allow them to stay fully operational during the move.

[3:18] Matt shares what the public can expect from the open house event. From the tours of the medical center's facilities to the discussions of key services, Matt and Pete discuss how the open house offers a chance to get to know what Hudson Physicians has prepared for the community better.

[7:49] Matt puts emphasis on their goal to bring more healthcare services to the growing community of Hudson and the mindset of being local providers as driving forces in the changes they've made.

[12:25] Pete asks Matt about the parts of the medical center that turned out exactly how they envisioned it and the ones they would have done differently.

[15:58] Pete closes the episode by sharing his final thoughts and emphasizing how a lot of thought and planning by a team of dedicated people goes into making a medical center that caters to the needs of its community.

Resources:

Hudson Physicians Matt Brandt, CEO Hudson Physicians Hudson Medical Center Associated Eye Care Hudson Imaging Minnesota Oncology Valley Surgery Center Read Transcript

Quotes:

"It's been interesting to watch how everybody's really adapted to their profession, and being professionals about that adaption has been really (kind of) a breath of fresh air for the public...I think that your facility and your work is leading that charge." - Pete Waggoner

Dec 06, 202217:51
Foot Care 101: Understanding Podiatry with Dr. Nyquist

Foot Care 101: Understanding Podiatry with Dr. Nyquist

In this episode, Doctor of Podiatric Medicine Allie Nyquist sits with host Pete Waggoner to discuss foot health and care. She also shares how at the young age of 15, she knew she wanted to enter the medical field and become a podiatrist. Dr. Nyquist and Pete talk about different foot problems that people experience such as toenail fungus and how they can be addressed and avoided. They also explore the relation of one's foot health to their whole body and overall well-being.

This is a must-listen for anyone who wants to learn more about not just foot care, but also how the condition of our feet can be an indication of other underlying health problems.

Takeaways:

While it's often overlooked, taking care of our feet is important for our overall health and well-being. Problems with our feet can be an indication of other underlying health issues. From the shoes we wear to our hygiene habits, there are many factors that can contribute to foot problems. By understanding more about foot care, we can help prevent and address different issues that may arise.

In this episode:

[3:37] Pete asks Dr. Nyquist to talk about how at the age of 15, she knew she wanted to enter the field of podiatry. Dr. Nyquist shares her love for science and how a mentoring program she was involved in during high school sparked her interest in medicine.

[8:13] Pete and Dr. Nyquist transition the conversation to the importance of having a healthy foot. Dr. Nyquist mentions the different checkboxes they use when assessing one's foot health such as blood flow, signs of infection, and nerve responses.

[11:43] Dr. Nyquist talks about the complexity of the foot and how it relates to the rest of the body. She gives examples of underlying health problems that can manifest through foot problems such as poor blood flow and potential heart conditions.

[17:25] The two talk about toenail fungus and how it's one of the most difficult problems to completely address. Dr. Nyquist shares some treatment options they usually offer their patients and how they come up with a plan of care.

[24:44] Dr. Nyquist puts emphasis on the importance of wearing the right shoe. She also provides tips on how one can balance between fashion and comfort when it comes to choosing the right footwear.

Resources

Hudson Physicians Dr. Allie Nyquist Read Show Transcript

Quotes

"I just fell in love with podiatry. It's one of these really incredible fields where you get to spend a lot of time with the patients—talking to them about their problems and helping them to find solutions. But it's also a really, really diverse way to practice medicine." - Dr. Allie Nyquist "The right shoe for the right foot is one of (probably) the best things any individual person can do for their overall foot health." - Dr. Allie Nyquist
Oct 31, 202229:33
Living with Diabetes: Tips for Optimal Health with Sara Harris

Living with Diabetes: Tips for Optimal Health with Sara Harris

In this short yet information-packed episode, host Pete Waggoner interviews Sara Harris about her profession as a registered dietician and a specialist in diabetes care. Sara shares her firsthand experience managing diabetes and provides helpful tips on maintaining optimal health while living with this chronic condition. She puts emphasis on how small lifestyle and diet changes can significantly impact one's health for the better.

This episode is sure to leave listeners feeling inspired and motivated to make positive changes in their lives amidst the challenges posed by diabetes.

Takeaways:

Small changes in lifestyle and diet can have a big impact on health. There is no one-size-fits-all approach to managing diabetes. Working with a healthcare provider and creating a personalized plan is key.

In this episode:

[1:18] Sara Harris talks about how she became interested in the field of dietetics and diabetes care. She mentions how she grew up on a farm and got diagnosed with diabetes later on when she was already working as a dietician.

[6:04] Pete asks Sara to explain the key differences between type 1 and type 2 diabetes. Sara talks about how these two are often confused and how each type requires a different approach when it comes to management.

[8:40] Sarah gives a glimpse of what patients can expect when they go to the Hudson Medical Center for diabetes care. She talks about how they begin with a comprehensive assessment and then develops an individualized care plan based on the patient's needs.

[11:11] Pete and Sara discuss the importance of making lifestyle changes when living with diabetes. Sara shares some personal insights on how to make small yet impactful changes in diet and physical activity.

[14:45] Sara shares some takeaways and final tips for listeners. She emphasizes the importance of working with a healthcare provider and discussing one's specific goals in managing diabetes.

Resources

Hudson Physicians Sara Harris Read Show Transcript

Quotes

"This diabetes business doesn't have to be so challenging. Let's make this doable where people do not feel frustrated, they don't feel like failures, and they don't judge themselves. We got this, we can do this. And I'm gonna help you." - Dr. Sara Harris
Sep 30, 202217:26
A Glimpse Into Hudson Imaging and the World of Radiology With Dr. David Wicklund

A Glimpse Into Hudson Imaging and the World of Radiology With Dr. David Wicklund

In this short yet insightful episode, Dr. David Wicklund of Minneapolis Radiology sits with Pete Waggoner to talk about radiology, specifically how it works and what goes on behind the scenes of the newly formed Hudson Imaging. They discuss how radiologists keep tabs on the rapidly changing technology and how this helps them in diagnosing and treating more patients quickly. Dr. Wicklund also shares his own experience in radiology and how he got interested in the field. Plus, he talks about how their team, along with the Hudson Physicians, have started working together with the goal of providing better access to care in the community through Hudson Imaging.

Takeaways:

With the power of technology and experienced healthcare providers, radiology is able to help diagnose and treat patients quickly and effectively. Radiologists need to be experienced and up-to-date with the latest technology in order to provide accurate diagnoses.

In this episode:

[1:41] Dr. Wicklund shares his path toward radiology and the things that made him interested in the field. He also tells a bit about his background as a healthcare provider and his father's expertise which he was exposed to from a young age.

[3:26] Pete asks Dr. Wicklund how their team stays updated with the latest technology that they use in the field. Dr. Wicklund provides an overview of what they do to further improve the quality of their services and how their work differs from other medical imaging providers.

[8:37] Pete and Dr. Wicklund talk about how technology can help in diagnosing and treating patients more quickly. Dr. Wicklund also shares the story behind Hudson Imaging and how they started working with the Hudson Physicians to possibly provide better access to care in the community.

[11:33] Dr. Wicklund talks about how their team will fulfill their commitment to providing personalized care to the new business that's about to open. He shares about the efforts and initiatives they have in place to ensure that each patient receives the best possible care.

[14:05] Dr. Wicklund looks back on his career thus far and shares how his over 17 years of experience have been. He also leaves a message for the listeners about Hudson imaging and what they can look forward to in the near future.

Resources:

Hudson Physicians Dr. David Wicklund Read Show Transcript

Quotes:

"...Your ability to actually get scanned and diagnosed more quickly (hopefully) will get you on the road to improvement more quickly." -Dr. David Wicklund "The patients can feel very comfortable and that they're in good hands with us." -Dr. David Wicklund on what people can look forward to from their team
Sep 09, 202217:07
A Look Into Preventive Care, Obesity, and Medical Marijuana With Dr. Stephen Harrold

A Look Into Preventive Care, Obesity, and Medical Marijuana With Dr. Stephen Harrold

In this episode, Pete Waggoner and Dr. Stephen Harrold of the Hudson Physicians delve deeper into routine patient visits and preventive care. They talk about the importance of screenings in diagnosing and preventing severe health concerns including cancers, heart attacks, and strokes. They also discuss obesity and how one's diet can be one of the most important preventive measures against developing chronic diseases.

Towards the end of the episode, they chat about medical marijuana and its potential drawbacks such as physical addiction and withdrawal, especially for those who start using it at a young age. Dr. Harrold also provides more updates on the New Richmond Medical Center that is set to open in February 2023.

Takeaways:

Preventive care offers many benefits in diagnosing and preventing diseases. A person's diet and lifestyle choices are some of the most important preventive measures against developing chronic diseases.

In this episode:

[1:15] Host Pete Waggoner welcomes Dr. Stephen Harrold to the show by asking him about how he got interested in family medicine and why he decided to pursue a career in the field. The two transition the conversation shortly after to talking about preventive care and its importance in early detection and treatment of various health conditions.

[8:22] Pete shares about his personal experience with obesity and asks Dr. Harrold to provide more information on the topic, including its link to severe health concerns including the risks of heart attack and multiple cancers. Dr. Harrold also talks about the Mediterranean diet and why it is proven to be one of the most effective in maintaining a healthy weight and preventing chronic diseases.

[16:16] The two discuss strength training and whether it can help in lowering cholesterol levels. They then shift the conversation to the benefits of working at a physician-owned medical facility and how it can provide more comprehensive care for patients.

[22:49] Pete and Dr. Harrold talk about medical marijuana and the danger of physical addiction and withdrawal, especially for those who are in their late teens and late 20's. Dr. Harrold also mentions cannabinoid hyperemesis syndrome (CHS), a condition that is associated with excessive vomiting due to regular or long-term marijuana use.

[30:13] Dr. Harrold gives a glimpse into the New Richmond Medical Center and provides more specifics such as their target opening date, the specialties that will be offered, and the hours of operation.

Resources

Hudson Physicians Stephen Harrold, MD Hudson Medical Center New Richmond Medical Center Read Show Transcript

Quotes

"It's not as glamorous as some other professions or other specialties, but I felt like I could save the most lives by working in family medicine." - Dr. Stephen Harrold
Aug 16, 202232:21
Staying Fit & Healthy with Hudson Physicians' Self-Paced Challenges

Staying Fit & Healthy with Hudson Physicians' Self-Paced Challenges

In this quick episode, Pete Waggoner gets us up to speed on the latest updates on Hudson Physicians' self-paced health challenges. He talks about how these challenges are the perfect way to foster and experience a sense of community while also maintaining optimal health. He also gives some insight on the benefits of joining these challenges, including the incentives provided by the Hudson Physicians through the program.

Takeaways:

Keeping track of our health goals doesn't have to be boring. Joining challenges can help us become grittier and better understand other people's motivations.

In this episode:

[0:40] Host Pete Waggoner gets right into it and talks about what Hudson Physicians' health challenges are. He touches on the two types of challenges that they offer namely, the quarterly and self-paced challenges.

[2:32] Pete explains how joining health challenges can help in nurturing one's gratitude and compassion, as well as sharpening grit. He goes on to talk about how grit can be beneficial in other aspects of our lives and why we should strive to further develop it.

[3:24] Pete mentions the different health challenges launched by the Hudson Physicians in the past two years including the 5-Day New Year Challenge, Women's Health 6-Day Challenge, and so on. He also discusses how joining such challenges brings the community together and allows people to better understand what each other is going through.

[5:07] Pete shares about the page on the Hudson Physicians' website where people can register for the different challenges. He talks about the incentives program wherein one participant gets chosen every month to win a KwikTrip gas gift card.

Resources:

Hudson Physicians Hudson Physician's Self-Paced Challenges Help with Headaches with Dr. D'Souza Podcast KwikTrip Read Show Transcript

Quotes

"There are plenty of benefits to the challenges and what we do know about them is that you're stronger and more capable than maybe you give yourself credit for."- Pete Waggoner

Jul 11, 202206:34
Hudson Medical Center: A Look at the New Hudson's Anticipated Ambulatory Surgery Center

Hudson Medical Center: A Look at the New Hudson's Anticipated Ambulatory Surgery Center

In this episode, host Pete Waggoner is joined by Hudson Physicians' CEO Matt Brandt, Dr. Jonathan Susa, Dan Zismer, and Dr. Gary Schwartz of Associated Eye to discuss Hudson Medical Center's new ambulatory surgery center that is set to open in April of 2023. They get into what the center will offer patients and how it will benefit the community through providing greater access to surgical care. They also provide a  glimpse into the design process of the center and what unique features this new facility will have for the people of Hudson. This episode is both an insightful and exciting look at what the new center has to offer and why it matters for the future of healthcare in Hudson.

Takeaways:

Having the physicians directly involved in the decision-making process when it comes to the construction of healthcare facilities can help to ensure that the end product meets the needs of both the patients and the community with efficiency. Healthcare facilities like hospitals and ambulatory surgery centers can play a pivotal role in improving the health of a community by increasing access to affordable and quality care.

In this episode:

[1:19] Host Pete Waggoner begins the discussion by asking about the progress of the New Hudson Medical Center. CEO Matt Brandt provides some updates on the construction process and shares that the project is right on schedule.

[5:08] The group talks about how communities have particular staples such as schools and churches, and how this new ambulatory surgery center can be the next big step for Hudson in terms of providing quality care for its citizens. The guests also give a more vivid description of the center's facilities such as its operating and procedure rooms.

[6:54] Pete continues the conversation by asking about the specific surgeries that will be available in the center. Dr. Susa and Dr. Schwartz share how the ambulatory surgery center will provide a broad range of services and allow a 23-hour stay for patients who will need more time to recover post-surgery.

[10:07] Dan Zismer explains what the word 'ambulatory' means and how ambulatory surgery centers differ from actual hospitals. Pete asks the physicians how the recovery times for surgeries have reduced over the years and if there are any new technologies that have contributed to this.

[19:55] Dan Zismer shares the group's target dates for the opening of the center and their marketing efforts to get the word out about this new facility.

Resources:

Hudson Physicians Hudson Medical Center CEO Matt Brandt Dr. Jonathan Susa Associated Eye Care Dan Zismer Dr. Gary Schwartz Read Show Transcript

Quotes

"With everybody involved cooperatively in the design, we believe that we can provide a superior patient experience, cost-effectively for everybody involved." - Dan Zismer, President of the Surgery Center
May 30, 202222:59
Help with Headaches with Dr. D'Souza

Help with Headaches with Dr. D'Souza

Summary

In this episode, Dr. Jacqueline D’Souza joins host Pete Waggoner to talk about headaches. They discuss the difference between simple and complex headaches, what causes them, and how they are diagnosed. Dr. D’Souza also details how she develops her patients' treatment plan and the major role that lifestyle plays in managing headaches. This episode will be helpful for anyone who suffers from occasional or chronic headaches and is looking for more information on how to manage them.

Takeaways:

Listen to your body and trust your gut--if you think your headache may be more than just a simple tension headache, see a doctor. An open communication between the patient and the physician is key in developing an effective treatment plan.

In this episode:

[1:16] Dr. D'Souza shares how growing up with her grandfather who was a physician inspired her to become a doctor herself. She talks about how even in his retirement, her grandfather would still see patients to help them with their concerns and how this influenced her desire to be a physician who makes a difference in her patients' lives.

[10:13] Host Pete Waggoner asks about the difference between migraine headaches vs. those that are caused by sinusitis. Dr. D'Souza shares how 90% of what patients believed to be sinus headaches actually meet the criteria of migraine headaches.

[12:58] Dr. D'Souza gets into detail about how she develops her patients' treatment plan. She puts emphasis on the importance of working hand in hand with her patients and having an open communication in order to find the root cause of their headaches and develop an effective plan that fits their lifestyle.

[20:36] Dr. D'Souza shares a real-life story of one of her patients who had experienced severe, recurring headaches despite being young and otherwise healthy. She talks about how this patient's story is not uncommon and how people should trust their gut and not wait until their headache is unbearable to see a doctor.

[26:13] Host Pete Waggoner begins to wrap the episode up by asking Dr. D'Souza how Botox treatment works for chronic migraines. Dr. D'Souza explains the details of the process and how they determine if a patient is a candidate for this treatment.

Resources:

Hudson Physicians Dr. Jacqueline D’Souza International Headache Society

Quotes

"It came out of love, it came out of kindness, and it came out of a deep understanding of how to care." -Dr. Jacqueline D’Souza on her decision to become a physician as influenced by her grandfather. "Trust your gut. If you think something is off, get medical treatment." - Dr. Jacqueline D’Souza "Live your best life now." - Dr. Jacqueline D’Souza
Apr 19, 202230:56
Getting To Know Sports Medicine with Dr. Jason Lee

Getting To Know Sports Medicine with Dr. Jason Lee

In this Optimal Health episode, Dr. Jason Lee, a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine, sits down with host Pete Waggoner to discuss all things sports medicine. Dr. Lee offers an in-depth explanation of what sports medicine is, how physicians like him work with the local athletic community, and the kinds of injuries they encounter through their work. He also gets candid about how working in the field allows him to stay connected to the world of sports he has always been passionate about. The episode provides an all-encompassing overview of sports medicine and how it impacts athletes, families, and the community.

Takeaways:

Every person working in the field of sports medicine has their own unique set of skills and experiences that they bring to the table. No two sports injuries are exactly alike, so it is essential to scrutinize every injury and have a variety of specialists working together to treat an athlete properly.

In This Episode:

[2:50] Dr. Jason Lee defines what sports medicine is and illustrates their usual clinic setting and operations. He also stresses that sports medicine is a broad field encompassing many different aspects of care apart from treating joint and tendon injuries. [9:33] Host Pete Waggoner asks about how sports medicine can be utilized in a preventative fashion and how athletes can benefit from it. Dr. Lee then discusses the importance of understanding an athlete's injury history and taking a holistic approach to help them avoid future problems and come up with long-term solutions. [10:14] Dr. Lee talks about the anticipation of the new Hudson Medical Center that's about to open and how its facilities can benefit their team and the whole community. [14:23] Dr. Lee emphasizes the importance of team trainers and how they are often the first line of defense for athlete health. He shares some of his own experiences and how he's come to appreciate the trainers' vital role in the sports medicine field. [18:35] Host Pete Waggoner concludes the episode by asking Dr. Jason Lee about the highlights or the best parts of his job in the field of sports medicine. Dr. Lee talks about the sense of gratification he gets from being able to help athletes and see them return to the playing field to continue doing what they love.

Resources:

Hudson Physicians Hudson Medical Center  Dr. Jason Lee
Mar 31, 202220:08
Managing Sports Concussion with Dr. Likness

Managing Sports Concussion with Dr. Likness

In this episode, host Pete Waggoner interviews Dr. Lincoln Likness, the pioneer of Hudson Physicians' sports concussion program. They discuss how the sports medicine team of the Hudson Physicians works with the schools, parents, and coaches to prevent and manage sport-related injuries, especially concussions. Dr. Likness also recounts his personal experiences as a physician specializing in the said field and shares how his passion serves as a driving force in his work. The episode provides an insightful overview of the complex world of sports concussion management, and offers an enlightening perspective on the role of both the schools and the physicians in preventing and managing such injuries.

Takeaways:

Preventing and treating sports injuries entail a multidisciplinary effort that includes close collaboration between medical professionals, coaches, and parents. A patient's recovery journey must be a collaborative effort with an honest, open dialogue between the patient and their care team.

In This Episode:

[03:15] Dr. Lincoln Likness talks about how the Hudson Physicians' sports medicine team coordinates with the local schools, coaches, and parents in developing programs that aim to prevent sports injuries and make the healing journey of the young athletes easier. [05:52] Host Pete Waggoner asks Dr. Likness about how the technology and practices utilized by their team have evolved over the years into a "state-of-the-art" sports concussion program that's been helping young athletes for 11 years. [13:00] Dr. Likness goes into detail about how their team performs baseline testing in coordination with the schools, and how they use the data to help manage injuries and concussions. [29:23] Dr. Likness shares how the whole process of sports concussion treatment goes—from diagnosis to rehabilitation and post-treatment tests. He also stresses the importance of an open communication between the patient, their parents, and their care team to speed up the healing process. [31:43] Pete Waggoner and Dr. Lincoln Likness wrap up the episode by discussing what's new on the horizon for the Hudson Medical Center's sports concussion program and how the developments they've been working on will make their services much more accessible in the near future.

Resources:

Hudson Physicians Hudson Medical Center  Dr. Lincoln Likness Healthy Roster
Mar 01, 202235:03
Concrete Evidence: The Sturdy Construction of the Hudson Medical Center

Concrete Evidence: The Sturdy Construction of the Hudson Medical Center

When a prominent new building is being constructed, it is the end result that catches the attention of neighbors and patrons. They might notice progress along the way, but rarely give thought to what is happening step-by-step. For those passing by the new Hudson Medical Center location, there is now a very large crane on-site. This means a highly efficient and important segment of the project is happening. The crane belongs to Wells, one of the largest precasters in the United States, who have paired with Hudson Physicians leadership and other designers/craftsmen to create an attractive, extremely safe, and immensely functional clinic to benefit Western Wisconsin’s medical needs. Jace and Nathan from Wells explain about precasting and prefab concrete, and how it is helping to significantly speed up the building process of the Medical Center. They also delve into metal-looking concrete, the unimaginable logistics of using a crane (even indoors!), and how there is a good chance you’ve already hunkered down on their work (think football…). 

Take a listen to the Wells Optimal Health podcast episode and see how Wells’ involvement with the construction of the Hudson Medical Center will provide the community with craftsmanship of the highest and sturdiest quality.

Episode Links: 

https://www.wellsconcrete.com

https://hudsonphysicians.com/hudsonmedicalcenter/

Follow the progress of the building: https://hudsonphysicians.com/hudson-medical-center/

Mar 01, 202233:54
New Richmond Medical Center

New Richmond Medical Center

In this episode, Hudson Physicians CEO, Matt Brandt sits with our host, Pete Waggoner, to share the exciting news about Hudson's new medical center in New Richmond. Matt gets candid about the design and scope of services that will be offered, as well as where they plan to find providers to help staff it. Plus, they touch on Associated Eye's continued partnership with Hudson Physicians, and their expanding presence in the area powered by their goal to fill the void in primary health care services.

Takeaways:

CEO Matt Brandt's commitment to making primary health care services more accessible shows how the overall wellness of a community can be boosted through constant medical center expansions and updates. The goal of filling the void in health care is only possible by building relationships amongst different physician groups in the area, which is something Hudson strives to do.

In This Episode:

[01:15] Hudson Physicians CEO Matt Brandt shares the big announcement of the brand new medical clinic in New Richmond and talks about the specifics of the facilities and the number of physicians who will be on site. [04:57] Brandt talks about the "next few big things" they plan to build in order to fill the gap in health care needs. He discusses future plans with other physician groups and how they plan to keep an open mind to what is good for the community. [06:03] Host Pete Wagner asks Matt Brandt about the possibility of Hudson not going beyond their current scope if they had not made their expansion, and what it would have meant for the community. [08:08] Brandt talks about their continued partnership with Associated Eye and how they plan to bring more primary care services to the area. [12:22] Matt Brandt gives a summary of what the community of New Richmond can expect from their new medical center come February 15, 2023.

Resources:

Hudson Physicians Matt Brandt Associated Eye
Feb 22, 202213:21
Twin Cities Orthopedics

Twin Cities Orthopedics

Discover how the new Twin Cities Orthopedics location in the Hudson Medical Center can help the community get a leg up on their musculoskeletal health. Podcast with Orthopedic Surgeon, Dr. Andrew C. Ockuly, D.O.

One of Hudson’s very own has come home to provide the community with top-notch sports medicine care and expertise. Dr. Andrew C. Ockuly, D.O., born and raised in Hudson, is thrilled to find himself back on familiar ground with his return to the area. And the best part is he truly knows his patients – they are his former classmates, their kids, and sometimes even their grandparents! That personal connection makes this reunion even more valuable.

Dr. Ockuly, of Twin Cities Orthopedics, is a sports medicine orthopedic surgeon specializing in open and arthroscopic treatment of joints. He will be practicing out of TCO’s most recent location in the new Hudson Medical Center (opening January 2023), where he is eager for in-person, cross-collaborations between doctors – a benefit that he believes will bring a better level of care to patients. The convenient, new location will also enable him to handle more specialized situations, provide additional services, and allow for growth.

In his podcast, Dr. Ockuly discusses how the growing community led him back home and how he will be able to assist with their musculoskeletal health. He also touches upon weekend warrior injuries, the health of young athletes, advancements in surgeries and physical therapy, the UW-River Falls Falcons, and pirouetting senior citizens (really!).

Learn more about the Hudson Medical Center, opening in January 2023. 

Feb 04, 202220:11
Foot Health & Podiatry
Jan 06, 202224:09
Associated Eye Care

Associated Eye Care

Learn how the new Western Wisconsin Eye Center of Excellence can assist the community with cradle-to-grave medical and surgical eye care.  Podcast with Associated Eye Care ophthalmologist, Dr. Gary S. Schwartz.

Annual medical exam?  Check.  Bi-annual dental appointment?  Scheduled.  Yearly eye exam?  No?  You don’t need glasses?  The clinics are all too far away?  There is an ophthalmologist you need to meet – Dr. Gary Schwartz from Associated Eye Care.

Dr. Schwartz explains how Associated Eye Care will be relocating from a small, one-doctor office on the Hudson Hospital campus to a large 4-doctor office in the new Hudson Medical Center in early 2023.  He calls this new location their Western Wisconsin hub, where they will provide local communities with more convenient, comprehensive vision and eye care services.

In this podcast, Dr. Schwartz discusses how their move will positively affect Western Wisconsin and what is new in eye care.  He tackles topics such as being a cradle-to-grave practice, why perfect vision isn’t necessarily the same thing as perfectly healthy eyes, “not-your-parents” eye care, the impact COVID-19 has had on children’s vision, and more!

Jan 01, 202231:45
The Use of Emerging Technology to Streamline Healthcare Design
Dec 21, 202120:50
Hearing Loss & Early Prevention

Hearing Loss & Early Prevention

Meet our Audiology provider, Kirsten Daniels, AuD, in today’s podcast about health and your hearing.

She discusses hearing loss & early prevention and primarily works with adults.

In this episode you'll discover: 

What age you should get a baseline and screening.

What are signs & symptoms that you might need a screening.

Strategies for hearing difficulties while wearing a mask.

What a comprehensive evaluation entails.

Easy ways to tell if your AirPods are too loud.

Learn more on our audiology page

Dec 14, 202133:02
Hudson Medical Center

Hudson Medical Center

See how we are expanding to serve our community better. Hudson Physicians is building a 3-story multi-tenant facility, Hudson Medical Center, with medical offices and outpatient services. 

Nov 16, 202118:17
How To Pick the Appropriate Therapist for Your Child

How To Pick the Appropriate Therapist for Your Child

Children have ongoing changes based on their age and development. Here are some things to consider when reaching out for your child regarding mental health services.

What you’ll learn:

• Who are mental health providers and what do they do.

• Who’s trained and what skills do they provide.

• How much training is required for certain providers.

• Questions you should be asking, when looking for a mental health provider for your child.

Sep 24, 202138:16
Returning to the Classroom

Returning to the Classroom

Dr. Concepcion and Lauren Knapp discuss going back to school and the feelings you and your kids may be having. What you can expect, things you can do, and what signals you can look for in kids at different ages. 

Aug 09, 202145:33
More than Vericose Veins

More than Vericose Veins

Dr. Schneider discusses when veins have trouble sending blood from your limbs back to the heart, which is known as venous insufficiency.

Listen to the podcast to learn about signs and symptoms to look for, as well as treatment options.

Jul 22, 202125:35
Electronics - The Good, The Bad, The Ugly
Jun 25, 202157:56
Anxiety in Childhood (Mental Health series)
May 25, 202141:07
Behavioral & Mental Health Program Introduction
Apr 08, 202126:14
Feb 19, COVID-19 Vaccine Update

Feb 19, COVID-19 Vaccine Update

COVID-19 Vaccine Update with CEO, Matt Brandt. Recorded on February 19, 2021. 

We are keeping risks low while continuing to treat medical issues via telemedicine.

Telemedicine - 715-531-6800 (option #1)

It’s best to start with a telemedicine appointment and then determine if it should be converted into an in office visit.

We keep our website updated with COVID-19 resources, as well as information about telemedicine visits.

Feb 19, 202117:29
COVID-19 FAQ's

COVID-19 FAQ's

Dr. Ryan McFarland and Hudson Physician's CEO Matt Brandt discuss frequently asked questions regarding COVID-19.

Jul 09, 202025:17
Colon Cancer

Colon Cancer

Dr. Druffner discusses symptoms, screening methods, treatment, surgery, and genetic risk relating to colon cancer. Dr. Ade specializes in GI services.

Jul 03, 202020:02
April 28, COVID-19 & Community Outreach
Apr 28, 202030:46
April 3, COVID-19 Update

April 3, COVID-19 Update

COVID-19 podcast update with CEO, Matt Brandt, and Dr. Ryan McFarland. Recorded on April 3, 2020.

It’s important to stay on top of your routine appointments.

We are keeping risks low while continuing to treat medical issues via Telemedicine.

Telemedicine - 715-531-6800 (option #1)

It’s best to start with a telemedicine appointment and then determine if it should be converted into an in office visit.

We keep our website updated with COVID-19 resources, as well as information about telemedicine visits.  

Apr 03, 202027:28
COVID-19 and Virtual Telemedicine Appointments

COVID-19 and Virtual Telemedicine Appointments

New COVID-19 podcast with CEO, Matt Brandt and Dr. Keith Bratulich. Recorded on March 19. 

Learn more about Virtual Telemedicine Appointments as well. 

Mar 19, 202020:59
Incontinence and Pelvic Floor Support with Dr. Barnum
Mar 13, 202012:08
Heart Health & Cardiovascular Disease with Dr. Young
Feb 28, 202016:51
What you can expect from Hudson Physicians in 2020.

What you can expect from Hudson Physicians in 2020.

CEO, Matt Brandt, talks about what you can expect from Hudson Physicians in 2020.

Feb 14, 202016:48