Health Program Information


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Administration | Ambulance Service || Community Health
Purchase/Referred Care (formerly Contract Health) | Dental Clinic | Medical Clinic | Cardiovascular Program | Diabetes Program | Nutrition Education | Maternal Child Health/ New Lives |Vermilion Family Wellness Center | Indian Child Welfare

Address: Bois Forte Health Services
5219 St. Johns Drive
Nett Lake, MN 55772





Health: 218-757-3295

Nett Lake Clinic: 218-757-3650

Fax: 218-757-0234
Dental: 218-757-3431

Health: 218-757-0222
Clinic: 218-757-0234


Vermilion Clinic: 218-753-2182

Fax: 218-753-2188


Address: Bois Forte Health Services
1613 Farm Rd. South
Tower, MN 55790


Fax: 218-753-2183



The Administration staff is responsible for all aspects of day-to-day functions of the Health Services division through accurate accountability, decision-making, communication, problem solving, teamwork and motivation. Top priorities include: client and patient satisfaction, health and safety issues and most importantly confidentiality.

Employee Name Title Email
Vacant Director of Health  
Vacant Bookkeeper  
Angela Geshick Administrative Assistant Email


The Bois Forte Ambulance Service consists of 15 EMTs and 5 certified Drivers. This unit provides 24-hour services to residents of the Nett Lake Community and surrounding areas through Mutual Aide agreements with Orr, Cook and Littlefork. EMT's are trained to provide basic life emergency care in a wide array of emergency situations. The ambulance is equipped with up­dated technology such as: automatic defibrillator, trauma stabilization, etc. Medication variances to treat cardiac and allergic reactions are in place and as well as medication that treats asthma and diabetic emergencies. Clients are transported to the Cook Hospital located 35 miles away, with medical direction as needed by satellite phone.

Employee Name Title Email
Mike Connor Ambulance Director  


 Phone: 218-757-3295     Fax: 218-757-3335

Services provided include weekly Elder home visits, Medication pick-up and delivery, medical transports, Vol. Driver Transport set up, monthly WIC Clinics,medication box set ups, services to Nett Lake School as needed, referrals to outside agencies as needed.

Employee Name Title Email
Teri Morrison, R.N. Community Health Nurse Email
Roxanne Goggleye Community Health Representative Email
Ashley Goodsky Community Health Representative  
Rebecca Adams Community Wellness Educator Email
Earl Villebrun Tobacco Policy & Development Coordinator  



Services provided are: Client home visits, Medication set-ups, Health Education, monthly WIC Clinics, Elder Exercise Program, Wisdom Steps Program, Car Seat Program, medication delivery, medical appointment transport and transportation arrangement.

Employee Name Title Email
Jill Schuchard, R.N. Maternal Child Health Nurse  
Bessie Medicine Community Health Representative  
Terry Defoe Community Health Nurse  



The Bois Forte Purchase/Referred Care formerly known as Contract Health Services Program is the payer of the last resort of medical and dental costs for eligible participants for services that cannot be administered at the Bois Forte Medical and Dental Clinics. Persons must reside in counties covered by CHS, which include St. Louis, Koochiching and Itasca. Applications must be completed yearly to determine eligibility. Applications for Medical Assistance and other county programs can also be completed with the Contract Health staff.

Employee Name Title Email


Lynette Tahtinen Supervisor  
Amanda Goggleye Certified Medical Coder  
Christie Swanson Finance & Data Specialist  
Davelle Jones Finance & Data Specialist  
Jeanine Whiteman Patient Benefits Case Manager - Nett Lake Email
Kristal Strong Patient Benefits Case Manager - Vermilion Email
Tracey Dagen Purchased Referred Care Clerk  


The following dental services are provided, dentures, crowns & bridges, cleanings, fillings, root canal, oral surgery, patient education and prevention programs, Headstart exams, referrals to specialist as required.


Employee Name Title Email
Steve Roberts Tribal Dentists


Andrew Jones

Tribal Dentists


Kelli Fena Hygienist Email
Patricia Jones Registered Dental Assistant Email
Sue Carlson Registered Dental Assistant Email
Michelle Long Registered Dental Assistant Email



The following services can be provided at the clinic, pediatric care, immunizations, urgent care including eye exams, medication management, nutrition counseling, diabetic foot care, laboratory services, Diabetic care, podiatry clinics, preventive care, obesity evaluation and management, Physicals: sports, school, pre-ops and truck driving physicals, pharmacy services, Elderly care, pregnancy counseling and referral, retinal photography, Gynecology services including pap smear, breast exams, colposcopy, birth control, and family planning, management of chronic diseases: thyroid, diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, etc., Electrocardiography (ECG), joint injections, minor surgery on lacerations, warts, skin cancers, incision and drainage, casting and splinting, Audiology clinics, toenail removal, wound and burn management.


Employee Name Title Email
Charles Helleloid, M.D. Physician Email
Shanna Vidor, M.D. Physician  
Vacant Physician's Assistant Certified  
Doris Isham Diabetes Program Coordinator Email
Sigrid Casey Physician's Assistant Certified  
Melissa Hawk Nursing Supervisor  
Elina Transcheff Licensed Practical Nurse Email
Dennis Cote Licensed Practical Nurse Email
Vacant Licensed Practical Nurse  
Ericka Cote Certified Medical Assistant  
Susan Larson Clinic Manager
Crystal Lobe FNP  
Julie Skoglund Pharmacist  
Megan Flannigan Pharmacist- Vermilion  
Paula Barnes Medical Lab Technician Email
Vacant Third Party Billing and Purchased Referred Care Supervisor  
Vacant FNP  
Oneka Wilkerson Pharmacy Tech  
Aaron Villebrun Pharmacy Tech-Vermilion  
Chris Shulze On-Call Pharmacy Tech  



Services offered by the Cardiovascular program include Elder Exercise, Heart Health education, PACE program (People with Arthritis Can Exercise), SPARK program (Sports, Play, Active Recreation for Kids), Cardiovascular disease risk factor screenings, Body composition assessments, individual or group weight management and body composition programs, Community cardiovascular assessment.Native Hearts Fitness Center is located at 13085 Nett Lake Road, Nett Lake, MN 55772 (218) 757-0087 fax (218) 757-0197

Employee Name Title Email
Kristen Strong Fitness Center Manager Email
David Morrison Jr. Fitness Center Insturctor Email



Open to the general public, the Vermilion Wellness Center offers first class amenities such as men and women locker rooms, sauna, cardio and weight equipment, dumb bells and free weights and benches. There are a, wide variety of fun and flexibly services to help guests become and stay healthy. The only fitness center on Lake Vermilion, the Wellness Centers programs include Weight Watchers, NIKE Walk the Rez and Wisdom Steps. The full size gym is open for use by local school sports teams as well as community rec teams. The Center is located at 1615 Farm Road South, Tower, MN 55790. Call for open hours and special tournaments 218-753-2843.

Employee Name Title Email
Kristen Strong Fitness Center Manager Email
Kyle Littlewolf Fitness Instructor Email



The Diabetes Program provides services to all Native American people who are diagnosed with diabetes or are being treated for insulin sensitivity or glucose intolerance. Diabetic services are available 4 days a week at the Nett Lake clinic and 1 day a week at the Vermilion Clinic. Clients receive equipment and supplies to monitor their blood sugar levels. Other services provided include medication management, diet and exercise education, baseline EKG, lab services to monitor HbA1c, cholesterol, electrolytes, CBC and glucose. Clients are kept up-to-date on services that are required annually, such as immunizations, podiatry and optometry care. The Special Diabetes Program works closely with the Nett Lake Elementary School to provide diabetes prevention activities such as the Work Out Low Fat program, which teaches the importance of exercising and teaches healthy eating.

Employee Name Title Email
Doris Isham, RN Diabetes Nurse Educator Email




The MCH New Lives Program offers services to Native American families, prenatal women, and children up to age 8. The program provides home visits from a Public Health Nurse and trained Community Health Representatives. Services include but are not limited to: education and information on prenatal care, labor & delivery, breastfeeding, parenting, growth & development.  New Lives offers incentives to participants based on the home visiting schedule which includes a home safety assessment with safety items provided to the family. New Lives also offers monthly meetings with a variety of educational and fun topics and activities to any interested Native American families with children 0-8.

Maternal Child Health & Community Health team up to provide the community with a Car Seat Program, the car seat program has specific guidelines and criteria of eligibility, must call for details. 218-757-3295

Employee Name Title Email
Jill Schuchard
Maternal Child Health Nurse Email