Meet our team at Northern Lights Pediatrics! Please take a few moments to learn about our skilled practitioners and our friendly, nurturing staff.
At Northern Lights Pediatrics, we consider it both a great joy and responsibility to care for children. Most of us are parents ourselves, so we strive to be understanding and available to the families we are privileged to serve. We are honored that you have chosen us as your child's primary medical provider and are confident that you will be pleased with the quality of care and service that we can provide you and your family.
A vital part of our service to children begins with our outstanding staff who works hard to manage and maintain a professional, caring and supportive environment for our patients in a timely manner. Our doctors are lifelong learners. Not only have they received advanced medical training in pediatrics, they continually pursue ongoing education to stay abreast of the latest in child health care.
Your child's health is as important to us as it is to you. We look forward to providing you with excellent medical care your child deserves.
Bachelor of Science: John Carroll University
Medical School: Ohio State University College of Medicine
Internship (Pediatrics): Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital/University Hospitals, Cleveland, OH
Residency (Pediatrics): Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital/University Hospitals, Cleveland, OH
Certification: American Board of Pediatrics
I have also completed two additional years of fellowship training at Cleveland Metropolitan General Hospital and St. Louis Children's Hospital in pediatric infectious diseases.
I am board certified in pediatrics and have practiced general pediatrics with pediatric groups in St. Louis, MO and Memphis, TN before moving to the Twin Cities in 1992 when I joined this practice.
I am married to John Schwerkoske, MD, an Oncologist/Hematologist with Minnesota Oncology/Hematology. We have three sons.
Bachelor of Arts: Randolph-Macon Woman's College
Medical School: University of Minnesota
Internship (Pediatrics): University of Minnesota
Residency (Pediatrics): University of Minnesota
Certification: American Board of Pediatrics
I have been with PACE Pediatrics/Northern Lights Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine since January 2001. My special interests have been allergies and asthma. I also enjoy being a part of the education process for families as they raise their children and adolescents.
My husband and I have two sons and a daughter. We enjoy golfing, boating, gardening in the summer, and ice skating in the winter.
Bachelor of Science: University of Wisconsin-Madison
Medical School: Medical College of Wisconsin
Internship/Residency: Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Ohio
I completed medical school at Medical College of Wisconsin and residency training at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation. I practiced since 2003 in Ohio and Illinois before joining Northern Lights.
I have special interests in ADHD, depression, and anxiety in children and adolescents.
I'm originally from Roseville, MN and enjoy spending summers waterskiing with my 3 children. I am also learning to play the Djembe, an African drum sometimes known as the "healing drum".
Bachelor of Science: Biology, University of St. Thomas, St Paul, MN
Master of Physician Assistant Studies: Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI
I practiced in pediatrics for 4 years at a clinic central Illinois while fulfilling a commitment to the National Health Service Corps before deciding to return home to Minnesota and join Northern Lights Pediatrics. I chose pediatrics because I love following with families from birth onward and being able to see kids grow and develop. I enjoy the preventative aspects of medicine and early childhood development and have special interest in breastfeeding/nursing and treating conditions such as asthma, allergies and ADHD.
My husband and I both grew up in Andover. We have two sons and enjoy music and being outside as much as possible. We love to swim, boat, sled, downhill ski and build things.
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: St. Catherine University, St. Paul, Minnesota (2013)
Master of Science in Nursing, Pediatric Nurse Practitioner: Duke University, Durham, North Carolina (2018)
License: Minnesota Board of Nursing, Advanced Practice Registered Nurse
Certification: Pediatric Nursing Certification Board (Primary Care Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (CPNP-PC)
Prior to joining Northern Lights Pediatric & Adolescent Medicine as a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, I gained valuable pediatric nursing experience through my work at the University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital caring for critically-ill infants, children and adolescents.
As a pediatric primary-care provider, I am incredibly excited to have the opportunity to positively influence the health and wellness of our community’s children. I am passionate about providing individualized family-centered care and giving kids the tools they need to build healthy and happy lives. While I enjoy all aspects of pediatric practice, I have special interests in early infant and child development, nutrition and healthy lifestyle promotion, adolescent health, as well as behavioral and mental health care. I also serve as a board member on the Minnesota Chapter of the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners to advocate and promote quality health care for children and their families in our Minnesota communities.
My husband, Adam, an orthodontic resident at the University of Minnesota, and I live in Minneapolis. We enjoy daily walks around St. Anthony Main with our beloved golden retriever, Ollie, and being active together as a family. We love spending time with friends and family, learning new hobbies, going on outdoor adventures and traveling.