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Our story begins with a headline in the White Bear
Free Press from Tuesday, April 8th 1980. The headline read, "Dr.
Hustad plans to open office in pediatrics."
Dr. Hustad, a native Minnesotan hailing from Duluth,
came to St. Paul's Macalester College and graduated with a bachelor's
degree in biology. In 1976, she graduated from the University
of Minnesota Medical School. After the completion of specialty
training in pediatrics and residency at the Children's Mercy
Hospital in Kansas City, Missouri, she returned to Minnesota
and worked in Apple Valley before opening the White Bear Lake
When Dr. Hustad hung out her shingle in White Bear
Lake in 1980, there were not any pediatric practices in the area.
Her clinic was the first to keep the office open later during
the week to accommodate working parents.
In 1991, we opened an additional office in Shoreview.
This office served us well until 2009 when the building owner
decided to sell the property to a developer who had plans to
put a pharmacy at that location.
We became Northern Lights Pediatrics in
October 2004. Our group was complete with Dr. Hustad, Dr. Knapp,
Dr. Tuohy, Dr. McCabe, and Dr. Joseph. The five physicians working
as one had collaborated to continue to uphold the commitment
to the community. Now not only were we open evenings we added
Saturday morning and Sunday afternoon office hours.
After 28 years in practice, Dr. Margaret Hustad
retired in January 2008. She passed on the care of her patients
the clinics and the community to her partners, Dr. Knapp, Dr.
Tuohy, Dr. McCabe, and Dr. Joseph.
We welcomed two new doctors to our group, Dr. James
Marquardt in October 2006 and Dr. Suchitra Rondla in January
2008. You can read more about their individual training and
interests under the "Doctors" tab.
2009 was an exciting year for us at Northern
Lights Pediatrics. After closing both our White Bear Lake
and Shoreview offices, we opened two brand new offices. The
first to open in June of 2009 was our beautiful much larger Vadnais
Heights office, located just 3 miles west of the old White Bear
Lake office. September 14th brought about our much anticipated
and long overdue opening of our Hugo clinic. We are so happy
to be servicing the Hugo area and would like to thank all those
that waited for us to come to their community.
In April 2010, Northern Lights Pediatrics celebrated
our 30th year in practice! Thinking back, we have watched thousands
of kids move into adulthood. We have even seen some of our former
patients return to our clinic with their own children. April
also brought about another milestone for us. We had a new physician
join our practice. Dr. Jason Cook was very excited to be joining
our group and moving back to Minnesota where he grew up.
2013 was a very interesting time for all of us
at Northern Lights Pediatrics. We joined the electronic
age and began keeping an electronic medical record (EMR) for
each patient instead of paper charts. Although at times it was
challenging, we managed to learn what we needed to succeed, and
are embracing the new changes. We look forward to adding more
features to our EMR in the future.
Dr. Rondla and Dr. Joseph have both completed a
mini-fellowship through the Mayo Clinic in psychopharmacology
specializing in ADHD, anxiety and depression, with an emphasis
on behavioral problems.
As we approach our 5th year at our new location
in Vadnais Heights and Hugo, we are thankful for our wonderful
staff and our exceptional physicians. We want to thank all of
our patients for their referrals of family, friends, co-workers,
This site is for information only. The information
contained on this site should NOT replace the advice recommended
by your doctor. No medical questions will be addressed from this
website. If you have a medically related question or concern,
please call our office at (651) 770-2124 or contact us by fax
at (651) 770-3701.
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