Mary 3I grew up in the suburbs of Chicago and was inspired to become a doctor by my pediatrician father. I attended Medical School at the University of Chicago graduating in 1990. I moved to Minnesota to attend a residency in Internal Medicine, which I completed in 1994. I was drawn to Minnesota after spending summers as a s child visiting relatives in southwestern Minnesota where my mom grew up on a farm. I moved to the Bemidji area in 1994 to work for the Indian Health Service in Cass Lake, only intending to stay a few years. However I loved both caring for my patients there and living in this area and have stayed ever since. My life partner, Candy, and I have two boys age 11 and 12. I enjoying being outdoors in the north woods, canoeing, hiking and cross country skiing.

I left my practice with the Indian Health Service after 21 years to begin my own practice at True North Health. I am excited to have a patient-centered practice that is responsive to patients’ needs. As an Internal Medicine specialist, I care for adult patients especially those with complex health problems. I enjoy caring for the elderly and making nursing home visits. I love that I am able┬áto use my father’s “Doctor’s Bag” to make house calls just as he did 50 years ago. By working together with my patients, I hope to help both them and myself be healthier.

Services Provided Include:


Mary with Family on a canoe trip

  • Primary Care for Adults
  • DOT Physicals
  • Urgent Care visits
  • Nursing Home care
  • Consultations
  • House Calls
  • Joint injections


Mary S. Salter, MD

Phone: 218-444-7172

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