MEET OUR STAFF
At True North, we have a passionate, caring team of people working hard to help you find your direction to better health.
DIANE PITTMAN, M.D.
Dr. Pittman is a physician board certified in Family Medicine. She served the people of the Leech Lake Band of Chippewa through Indian Health Service for almost 30 years before retiring to start her own practice in 2014.
She began her study of acupuncture with the Helms Institute in 2008, pursuing an interest in Chinese medicine piqued as a teenager when Nixon’s trip to China opened a western window to eastern medicine. Growing dissatisfaction with conventional medicine’s symptom based pharmaceutical approach and a fascination with holistic, systems based understandings of health and disease led her to in depth study of integrative medicine. She became a Diplomate of the American Board of Integrative Holistic Medicine and the American Board of Medical Acupuncture in 2011. She completed the University of Arizona Fellowship in Integrative Medicine in 2014 and became an Institute for Functional Medicine Certified Practitioner in 2016. She is currently a student in Dr. Tierona Low-Dogs Herbal Medicine program.
Lyme disease was the root cause of a break in her own health in 2012. The long path to diagnosis, treatment, and healing has been a profound teacher deepening her understanding of what it means to live with an invisible chronic disorder.
She is a lifelong cycling enthusiast and advocate, sharing this passion with her community by supporting Bike Bemidji’s Loop the Lake Festival, the Multiple Sclerosis Ride Across Minnesota, and Shifting Gears, a non profit dedicated to getting bikes to low income people. She lives in rural Bemidji with her husband and varying numbers of geese, chickens, and wild critters.
MARY SALTER, M.D,
I 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 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 partner Candy and I have two boys age 13 and 14. I enjoy being outdoors in the north woods, canoeing, hiking and cross country skiing.
In 2015, I left my practice with the Indian Health Service after 21 years to begin my own practice at True North Health. 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 using my father's "Doctor's Bag" to make house calls just as he did 50 years ago.
As a General Internist I provide comprehensive care to adult patients throughout their lives. I believe in caring for the whole person and enjoy having longstanding relationships with my patients and their families. I care for both acute problems as well as severe chronic illness. I make referrals to specialists when necessary and help my patients interpret the specialist’s recommendations in the context of their health issues and personal wishes. I work collaboratively with my patients to help them improve their health and prevent disease. I also help them with the sometimes difficult process of making plans for the end of life.
My name is Tammi Hagen and I am the Office Manager at True North Health, where I have worked for six years.
I am a Bemidji State University graduate with a degree in Applied Psychology. I am certified as a Recreational Therapy Director and a Certified Dementia Specialist. I also worked as a manager in Long Term Care for 16 years, and had the great privilege of facilitating the local Alzheimer's support group for as many years. I'm an ambitious self-starter, and love supporting people on their journey to better health and wellness.
My husband James and I have always lived in the Bemidji and Nebish area. Outside of work, I enjoy hunting, fishing, genealogy, geocaching and gardening, and my greatest joy in life are my two children, seven grandchildren and one great-grandchild!
I am a certified Advanced Directive and POLST facilitator.
My name is Collette Cole. I am the receptionist at True North Health—the first smiling face you’ll see when you walk in our door! I have lived in the Bemidji area for most of my life, and have worked at True North for over three years. I’ve worked in a number of occupations over the years, from bank teller to travel agent, but working at True North feels like home now.
Outside of work, I love spending time with family and friends, fishing, 4-wheeling, gardening, and otherwise enjoying the slower pace of life here in the North.
True North Health provides a home for small independent health related businesses to help people achieve their best possible health.
Itasca Naturopathic Clinic
Rachel Oppitz, ND
Dr. Rachel Oppitz, ND (Doctor of Naturopathy), specializes in cardiovascular disease, pediatrics, diabetes, women's health, cancer, autoimmune disease, asthma/allergies/eczema, and ADD/ADHD/Autism utilizing nutrition, homeopathy, supplements, and diagnostic testing.
Light Mountain Healthworks
Jamie Listebarger, RN, MT
Light Mountain Healthworks offers full spectrum therapeutic massage and bodywork. Jamie, an experienced massage practitioner, specializes in treating musculoskeletal pain and injuries along with providing overall relaxation.
Northland Nutrition Counseling, LLC
Kelly Jo Zellmann, RD
Kelly Jo offers a holistic, non-diet approach to nutrition and weight management and believes in an integrative and functional perspective. There are no "good" or "bad" foods, rather a well balanced diet includes variety, moderation and she believes we should have a positive relationship with food. Eating should be a fun and an enjoyable experience!
Kelly Jo's passion is to empower people to make healthy lifestyle changes that allows them to live and feel their best, healthiest life by meeting their own personal nutrition and wellness goals one step and one bite at a time.
Tonya Hanson Massage
Tonya Hanson, LMT
Tonya is an experienced Licensed Massage Therapist who utilizes an integrative approach to help relieve pain from injuries, stress, accidents, and bodily discomfort, as well as to provide good bodily and mental health. She specializes in deep tissue, Swedish, and Prenatal therapeutic techniques, and utilizes Cranial Sacral Therapy when appropriate..
Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction
Geri Wilimek, MSW;LICSW
Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) teaches a set of skills that help people more effectively address chronic pain, issues with sleep, work, family and medical stress. It teaches new skills addressing anxiety and everyday concerns and worries. Anyone who wants to establish a meditation practice will benefit from an MBSR course.
Advocates of the Bemidji Area
Advocates of the Bemidji Area is a 501(C)3 nonprofit agency and member of the True North Collaborative. Our mission is to work with individuals and families to grow a healthy community.
Karen AMBIKA Filardo
I've been a lot of things (several of which I still am) - They've all helped define me:
Wife, Mom, Grandma, BFF, Hippie, Health Nut, Scandinavian, First Born, Advocate, Daughter, Granddaughter, Big Sister, Cousin, Niece, Favorite Aunt, Techophobe, Cat Lover, Dancer, Gardener, Psych. Major, Nordic Skier, Politics Junkie, Artist, Teen Model Drop Out, Neatnick, Counselor, Buddhist, Marathon Runner, Parent Educator, Minnesotan, Human Service Worker, Traveler, Theatre Buff, Free Spirit, Comedian... I think I'm pretty funny.
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Donna Morris, RN DrPH, NBCR
Reflexology is based on the principle that reflexes on the ears, hands and feet connect to all parts of the body through neural pathways. That is, by working the various reflexes, messages are sent via the nervous system to the brain and to the organs and systems of the body. Energy work (Reiki and Healing Touch) involves healing energy channeled from the “universe” to the client. I also perform Raindrop Technique, which uses 9 essential oils to balance energy, release toxins, and facilitate the flow of energy throughout the body. All sessions are customized to the individual’s needs.
Sarah L. Baker
Sarah Baker, LICSW
Sarah Baker is a provider established in Bemidji, Minnesota and her medical specialization is counselor (mental health) .
MS. SARAH LEE BAKER LICSW
1006 BIRCHMONT DR NE
Phone: (218) 751-8601
Blue Stem Behavioral Health Group, LLC
Lora J Bertelsen has a PhD in Counseling Psychology, is a Licensed Psychologist and Somatic Experiencing® Practitioner. She combines traditional talk therapy with Somatic Experiencing (SE) to aid in decreasing distress and facilitating a sense of safety, mastery, and empowerment. Her experience includes work in tribal mental health, community mental health, college counseling and eating disorders. Lora provides individual sessions in person and by telehealth. She does not contract with insurance companies, but can provide clients with a superbill they can submit for reimbursement from health savings accounts and some private insurers.
Birch Lake Counseling
Carol Horsager, MEd, LMFT, SEP, EFT
Birch Lake Counseling is here for you and your loved ones. We are about “providing hope & healing for individuals, couples and families.” We realize that people sometimes experience difficulties in their relationships and lives. Unexpected events or perpetual problems can often be navigated through the encouragement and help of a professional therapist. We want to see you experience happiness and growth in your life and are committed to helping you!