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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 clinic.

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, and neighbors.



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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