Heidi Klingelhofer, a third year medical student at Des Moines University, began a 4-month clinical rotation at Riverwood Healthcare Center the first week in August.
She will spend eight weeks seeing family medicine patients with Dr. Erik Bostrom, Dr. Melissa Herbranson and Dr. Don Hughes; then four weeks with OB/GYN specialists Drs. Michael and Rachel Cady, Dr. Christina Kramer and Dr. Marie Nelson; and four weeks in internal medicine with Dr. Joselito Burgos, Dr. Sweety Prethish and Physician Assistant Faith Nyberg.
“I loved growing up in a rural area,” Klingelhofer said. “Family medicine appeals to me because I will have the opportunity to follow patients for a long period through different ages and life stages. I also like treating the whole person and having the opportunity to improve health for the community overall.”
Klingelhofer is pursuing a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO) degree at Des Moines University. Osteopathic physicians are trained to teach patients how to prevent illness and injury by maintaining a healthy lifestyle and looking at the whole person to reach a diagnosis without focusing just on symptoms. DO physicians are specially trained in the nervous system and the musculoskeletal system (muscles and bones).
Klingelhofer earned a bachelor’s degree in biokinetics (exercise science) from Bethel University in the Twin Cities. During her medical studies, she will also complete a master’s degree in Public Health. She is a graduate of Aitkin High School and her parents, Becky and Scott Klingelhofer, reside in Aitkin.