Experience

2004 – current

Classic Health Care, LLC, Minneapolis, MN

Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine

Integrative Health Care

2004 – 2019

Bethlehem Lutheran Church Twin Cities, Minneapolis, MN

Parish Nurse

Established and coordinate Healing Touch program

Consultation and health education in complementary therapies

Coordinate Mental Health Connect program

Coordinate Parish Visitor program

2008 – 2014

Axis Medical Center, Minneapolis, MN

Acupuncturist, Adult Nurse Practitioner

Primary and urgent care in community clinic with large East African population

Sole acupuncturist as part of integrated clinic services

1991- 2007

Evercare, Division of UnitedHealth Group, Golden Valley, MN

Adult/Geriatric Nurse Practitioner

Provided primary care to residents of long-term care and assisted living facilities; collaborated with geriatrician and other health team members

1987 – 1996

Cooperative Older Adult Ministry (COAM), Minneapolis, MN

Executive Director

Founding executive director for a 501c3 corporation which provided programs and services for older adults through a coalition of churches

Developed volunteer model of parish nursing, health promotion resources and community health education programs

Co-authored/ edited “AgeRight! Self-Care for Older Adults” – ten audio-visual kits on health promotion and disease prevention for use by older adult groups

Procured and administered 34 grants

1976 – 1988

Park Nicollet Medical Center, St. Louis Park, MN

Senior Health Services Program Director and Adult/Geriatric Nurse Practitioner

Developed and implemented infection control programs in eleven nursing homes; taught infection control seminars statewide

Developed award-winning “Over Fifty and Fit” exercise program for older adults

Received YMCA Leadership Recognition for development of programs for the elderly

1972 – 1975

Hennepin County Medical Center, Minneapolis, MN 

Staff Nurse

Gretchen Porter, RN, LAc

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