Medical Staff


Here at Lac Vieux Desert Health Center, our family of medical practitioners are dedicated to providing primary care and walk-in services to patients of all ages. We are staffed by board-certified physicians, a nurse practitioner and a physician assistant who believe that the health of our community depends on providing the best health care and treatment to all. Our philosophy is simple: We believe in partnering with you to deliver health care in a respectful, caring manner, and guide healthy decisions to improve your quality of living. Welcome home!

Board Certified Nurse Practitioner
After graduating from school in Madison, Jess ventured to Chicago where she worked in social work, education, and business. She enjoyed her jobs, but never felt fulfilled in her work. She did some self-reflection and found that her true calling was medicine. Going back to school to become a nurse practitioner was one of the best decisions she has ever made.   Jess spent four years working as a registered nurse at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago, IL. There she gained experience working as float nurse in a hospital with 894 beds. Working as a registered nurse, prior to becoming a nurse practitioner, taught her the importance of compassion, prevention, patient education, and holistic care.   Jess is proud to be living and working in Northwoods, where she grew up.   In her free time she enjoys travelling, cooking, and spending time with family and friends.   PAST EXPERIENCE: Staff Nurse, Float Pool, Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Chicago, IL Staff Nurse/Charge Nurse/Interim Clinical Coordinator, Pulmonary Unit, Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Chicago, IL   EDUCATION: Master of Science in Nursing, Loyola University-Chicago Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Loyola University-Chicago Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Integrated Liberal Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison     PROFESSIONAL SOCIETIES American Nursing Association Member of The National Society of Collegiate Scholars Member of Tau Sigma   STATE LICENSES Michigan Wisconsin
Mark came to LVDHC after working as a hospitalist for 2 years where he gained valuable experience in managing acute and chronic conditions in hospitalized patients. He is excited to work in the primary care setting and looks forward to providing exceptional health care to the community. Before becoming a Physician Assistant, Mark had a successful career as a Medical Service Corps Officer in the U.S. Army. During his time in the military he was deployed to Iraq and Kuwait and was honorably discharged at the rank of Captain. After his time in the military, he lived and worked in Peru for 2 years as an environmental and health Peace Corps volunteer. Mark’s medical interests are in primary care, preventative medicine, as well as integrative and naturopathic medicines. He enjoys spending his free time engaged in outdoor activities, exercising, and reading. He is also interested in gardening, identifying plants and mushrooms, and hopes to soon raise chickens and bees in his backyard. Certifications  NCCPA Board Certified FCCS, Fundamentals of Critical Care Support ACLS, Advanced Cardiac Life Support BLS, Basic Life Saver   Education 2017       Duke University, Physician Assistant Program, Master of Health Sciences   State Licenses  Michigan Wisconsin   Languages Professional Spanish
Physician Assistant
Lisa came to LVDHC with experience in family practice from Peter Christensen Health Center in Lac du Flambeau and Marshfield Clinic Minocqua. She also has some experience in emergency room care, as well as in the hospital setting at Ministry Group. Lisa has a special interest in prevention and management of chronic disease care, focusing on a healthy lifestyle and smoking cessation. Lisa appreciates working in a small community so she has the ability to get to know her patients and working in family practice allows her to see patients of all ages. In her spare time, Lisa enjoys hiking, biking, reading, fishing, cross-country skiing, running and spending time with her husband, daughters and two dogs. CERTIFICATIONS Basic Life Support (BLS) Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) NCCPA Board Certified Physician Assistant EDUCATION 2015 UW Madison – Master’s Degree Physician Assistant studies PROFESSIONAL SOCIETIES American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) STATE LICENSES Michigan
Physician & Medical Director
Dr. Gary came to LVDHC in 1993, when he began filling in for us, and the community embraced his authentic care and unique approach to their healthcare needs. In a short period, it became apparent to both the Tribal leadership and Dr. Gary that he was where he was meant to be, “Home”. Throughout the years serving LVD, Dr. Gary truly values the qualified team at the health center and promotes the common goal of providing the best care for each and every patient that comes through the door. He has strong passion for his family, friends, music and food. He feels blessed to share his life with wife Katy, and four successful children, Kristine, Jessica, Nicholas and Samantha. In his spare time he enjoys being in the outdoors hunting, fishing, skiing, snowshoeing with his sidekick, Thor, Labrador retriever. PAST EXPERIENCE Co-Founder CEO and Medical Director, Paradise Genomics, Inc. Emergency Room Director, Eagle River Memorial and Grandview Hospital Regional Medical Director of Emergency Medical Services, State of Wisconsin Medical Director for Sokaogon Chippewa Health Center Medical Director of Forest County Potawatomi Health Center EDUCATION Gunderson Medical Foundation, 1987 – 1988 Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, 1983 – 1987 Illinois Benedictine College, Undergraduate degree in Biology, Lisle, IL -1983 PROFESSIONAL SOCIETIES American Medical Association 1988 – Present STATE LICENSES Wisconsin and Michigan
Physician
Dr. “Dan” Hadley came to LVDHC from Colorado, with nine years of family practice and hospital experience. Dr. Dan, originally from the lower peninsula of Michigan, chose to work at the LVDHC for the opportunity to work alongside a great health care team serving the area and population of expanding need and medical services in the rural mid-west. He appreciates the welcoming family-like atmosphere at the clinic and is impressed with the teamwork as well as each person’s responsibility for their role in making the clinic an excellent place for medical care. In his spare time he enjoys skiing, hiking, biking, fishing, spending time with family, grilling, and following University of Michigan and Detroit sports teams. PROFESSIONAL INTERESTS High quality general primary care Skin Procedures Musculoskeletal disorders EDUCATION Bachelor of Science, University of Michigan, 2000 Medical School, Indiana University School of Medicine, 2004 Internship, University of Colorado, Rose Family Medicine Residency, 2005 Residency, University of Colorado, Rose Family Medicine Residency, 2007 PAST EXPERIENCE 9 years in private practice in Boulder, CO practicing inpatient (until 2013) and outpatient family medicine. PROFESSIONAL SOCIETIES American Academy of Family Physicians BOARD CERTIFICATIONS American Board of Family Medicine, 2007 STATE LICENSE Michigan


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Our clinic offers exceptional care for the entire family. The clinic is open to the public and accepts most types of insurance. New patients are always welcome!