Health Program Information

Vermilion Clinic



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Administration | Ambulance Service | Community Health |

Purchase/Referred Care (formerly Contract Health) | Dental Clinic |

Medical Clinic | Pharmacy | Diabetes Program | Wisdom Steps| Maternal Child |

Health/ New Lives | Native Hearts Fitness | Vermilion Family Wellness Center |



Nett Lake

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


Health Office/Clinic: 
Human Services: 






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






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
Donna Hoffer Health & Human Services Director
Angela Geshick Administrative Assistant






Lynette Tahtinen Supervisor
Amanda Goggleye Certified Medical Coder
Christie Swanson Finance & Data Specialist
Davelle Jones Finance & Data Specialist
Mallory Manick Finance & Data Specialist


Rachel Thompson Medical Registration Clerk - Nett Lake
Tyla Adams Clinic Administrative Assistant - Nett Lake
Cheryl Debelak Clinic Administrative Assistant - Vermilion
Belinda Fazio Clinic Administrative Assistant - Vermilion



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  
Mike Connor Ambulance Director  



Nett Lake

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



Services provided are: Client home visits, Medication set-ups, Health Education, monthly WIC Clinics, medication delivery, medical appointment transport and transportation arrangement.


Employee Name Title
Bessie Medicine Community Health Representative
Terry Defoe R.N 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


Kristal Strong Patient Benefits Case Manager - Vermilion
Jeanine Whiteman Patient Benefits Case Manager - Nett Lake
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
Steve Roberts Tribal Dentist

Andrew Jones

Tribal Dentist
Kelli Fena Hygienist
Patricia Jones Licensed Dental Assistant
Sue Carlson Licensed Dental Assistant
Michelle Long Expanded Function Licensed Dental Assistant



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
Susan Larson Clinic Manager
Charles Helleloid, M.D. Physician
Shanna Vidor, M.D. Physician
Wendy Long Family Nurse Practioner
Crystal Lobe Family Nurse Practioner
Melissa Hawk Director Of Nursing
Brenda Edmundson Licensed Practical Nurse
Elina Transcheff Licensed Practical Nurse
Dennis Cote Licensed Practical Nurse
Lynne Tomczak Licensed Practical Nurse
Ericka Cote Certified Medical Assistant / X-Ray Tech
Paula Barnes Medical Lab Supervisor / X-Ray Tech
Brooke Yernatich Lab Tech \ X-Ray Tech





Pharmacy services are available at both the Nett Lake and Vermilion Clinics, with a pharmacist and a technician at each location. They provide prescription and over-the-counter medications. Pharmacists provide counseling on all new prescriptions and are available from 8:00-4:00 Mon-Fri (closed 12-1) to answer any questions you may have about your current medications. Pharmacists can also provide medication therapy management (MTM) services, which includes a full medication review for indication, effectiveness, safety and convenience of therapy. MTM appointments aim to optimize your current drug therapy and improve therapeutic outcomes for you.  If you are interested in receiving an MTM consultation please contact your pharmacist to set up an appointment!


Employee Name Title
Pharmacy Direct 218-757-0230
Julie Skoglund Pharmacist - Nett Lake
Megan Flannigan Pharmacist- Vermilion
Oneka Wilkerson Certified Pharmacy Tech- Nett Lake
Aaron Villebrun Pharmacy Tech-Vermilion
Chris Shulze On-Call Pharmacy Tech




Native Hearts Fitness Center offers a state of the art facility with stationary and cardiovascular equipment, racket ball court, men’s and women’s lockers & saunas is open five days a week, Monday thru Friday from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm for Band Members, resident tribal members, Bois Forte Tribal Government and Nett Lake School employees to use free of charge. The 24 hour access cards is available for purchase at $30.00 per month per individual and allows the purchaser to use the facility 24 hours/day 7 days/week according to their own schedule. Trained Fitness Staff are available during work hours to provide individual or group weight management and body composition programs. Staff are certified in Advanced CPR and First Aide and are trained to assess blood sugars, blood pressure with exercises. Various tournaments, health challenges, elders exercise, youth sports, health walks, yoga and other events are planned to get people of all ages to get moving. The Native Hearts Fitness Center is located at 13085 Nett Lake Road, Nett Lake MN 55772. Phone (218) 757-0087.


Employee Name

Kristen Strong Fitness Center Manager
David Morrison Jr. Fitness Center Insturctor




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. The Vermilion Wellness Center is open from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm for free use of Band Members, resident Tribal Members and Bois Forte Tribal Government Employees. The only fitness center on Lake Vermilion, the Wellness Center offers a 24 access card that can be purchased by the general public for $30.00/month and use of the facility that fits your own schedule. Customers of the Fortune Bay Resort and Casino are welcome.  Other programs offered at the Vermilion Wellness Center include: elders activities, yoga instruction and youth activities.  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. Phone 218-753-2843.


Employee Name Title
Kristen Strong Fitness Center Manager




The Diabetes Program provides diabetes education and direct care to patients of the Bois Forte Clinics. Services are available 5 days a week by appointment at Nett Lake or Vermilion Clinics. In home services may be provided as appropriate. The Diabetes Nurse provides foot care, wound care, and monitors charts to ensure compliance with the Diabetes Standards of Care that includes: Labs, eye exams, foot exams, dental exams, medications management, immunizations and social support. Clients receive preventive education in Heart disease, Stroke, diabetes complications, healthy life style changes and Cancer Screenings. This nurse administers the Off Reservation Indian Health Grant that provides disease prevention, awareness and health screenings to off reservation American Indians in surrounding cities with a high population of Bois Forte Members. This grant helps to pay for optometry and podiatry for off reservation Bois Forte members who are not eligible for private health insurance and supplements the reservation pharmacies with diabetes supplies. The nurse supervises staff at the Native Hearts Fitness and Vermilion Wellness Center.


Employee Name Title
Doris Isham, R.N Diabetes Nurse Educator




The Wisdom Steps Program encourages Elders to actively participate in programs that promote health screenings, health education, healthy living activities and evidenced based health programs. The program was developed by elders for elders and facilitated by the State of Minnesota. Elders who become members of the Wisdom Steps Program and complete a minimum of 46,000 steps per year and who complete the health screenings and exams become eligible to attend the annual Wisdom Steps Conference free of charge.  Participants earn incentives and recognition at the conference for their work towards becoming healthy and the number of steps that they walk during the year through a Tier system. The Wisdom Steps Program is facilitated by a Board of Directors comprised of tribal elders from Minnesota Tribes and who are appointed by their Tribal Government. The Bois Forte Tribal appointed member is Gloria Love 1-800-992-7529 and the alternate is Doris Isham 218-757-3650. Gloria Love receives administrative support from Doris Isham, RN.


Employee Name Title
Doris Isham, R.N Diabetes Nurse Educator
Gloria Love Wisdom Steps Member




New Lives/MCH programs provide home visits to support positive Lifestyles and improved pregnancy out comes through coordination of holistic health services. Native American families, prenatal through age 8, living on or near Bois Forte reservation are program eligible. New Lives offers information in several topic areas such as: Breastfeeding, labor, safe sleep, parenting, infant growth and development, home safety, health and nutrition, car seat safety, potty training, and many more.

Active participants are eligible for program incentives, pack-n-plays, car seats, breast pumps, home safety supplies, strollers, and much more. Families are welcome to join our New Lives luncheon held the 4th Wednesday in Nett Lake, and 4Th Thursday in Vermilion of each month. For More program information please call for details. 218-757-3295.


Employee Name Title
Jill Schuchard, R.N.

Maternal Child Health Nurse