Another Nurse Practitioner on staff

By Mary Rains

Angela Stowell is the latest provider to join the Mille Lacs Health System family of care. Stowell is a Nurse Practitioner who grew up in Bemidji. She relocated to the Mille Lacs area after graduating from both Bemidji State University with a degree in nursing, and then getting her Master’s degree in nursing from University of North Dakota at Grand Forks. Angela worked for the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe at the Ne-Ia-Shing Clinic as a family nurse practitioner for 3 years prior to coming to MLHS.

Stowell says she loves the rural feel of Onamia and the surrounding communities and is impressed with the amount of outreach – as well as hospital and Emergency services ¬– Mille Lacs Health System offers patients. “And there are many opportunities for me as a provider here,” Stowell says. “The fascinating part of medicine is that it is ever-changing – you never have the same day twice.”

MLHS’s new Nurse Practitioner says she enjoys educating her patients on their diseases, as well as promoting good health. “I very much believe in encouraging them to be involved in their care. And I am easily able to adapt my care according to my patients' needs or cultural beliefs.” Stowell adds that as a medical professional, it’s important to collaborate with many resources and peers to keep her knowledge base up to date. “This allows me to treat my patients with the newest guidelines and recommendations.”

Diabetes is a disease Stowell feels especially drawn to. “It’s a complex condition that really takes several different disciplines and teamwork to manage all aspects.” Stowell also says that treating her patients in a wholistic way, and taking all of the variables they share with her to provide the best care for their individual situations, is a philosophy of care she believes in.

Angela Stowell will be seeing patients in all the MLHS clinics.