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20-Year Anniversary
Chaska Clinic Open House
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Top19 Minnesota Oncology Physicians Named "Best Doctors" by Minnesota Monthly


Congratulations to the 19 Minnesota Oncology providers who have been selected as 2014 Best Doctors by their peers in the October issue of Minnesota Monthly magazine. These outstanding physicians make up more than half of the honorees in the various oncology sub-specialties included.   


See the full list here. 

StaffMinnesota Oncology Adds Two New Providers


Meet the two new providers recently added to our multidisciplinary care team.


A warm welcome to Megan Schoeberl, PA-C, who recently joined the team at our Coon Rapids clinic. Megan holds master of physician assistant studies from Rocky Mountain College in Billings, Montana, as well as a bachelors of science in biology from the University of Wisconsin, La Crosse. Megan comes to us from the CentraCare Health System in St. Cloud. 


"I am a strong believer in treating the whole person and not just the disease, and place a strong emphasis on patient education and communication," said Megan. "It is my goal to have each patient leave their appointment feeling that they were able to express all of their concerns and that their objectives for the visit were met."


New to the Minneapolis clinic is Kerstin Lappen, CNS. Kerstin has a special interest in palliative and supportive care and comes to us from Abbott Northwestern Hospital where she most recently served as a clinical nurse specialist in palliative care.


Kerstin holds both a master of science degree and a bachelor of science degree from the University of Minnesota School of Nursing and has completed the Program in Palliative Care Education course at Harvard Medical School in Boston.


"Patients and their families are the center of the care team," says Kerstin. "Attentive focus on early symptom management can support people and their caregivers through their illness journey. Working as part of an interdisciplinary team, we can provide emotional support and help in clarifying what's most important to people in reaching their goals."

MaplewoodMeet Minnesota Oncology's Saint Paul Physicians


Get to know some of Minnesota Oncology's Saint Paul physicians, such as Dr. Timothy Toonen, by viewing their introductory videos on our YouTube channel.

AnniversaryNurse Practitioner Celebrates 20-Year Anniversary



Marynne Kopischke, oncology nurse practitioner, was recognized in September by our Edina Clinic for 20 years of service. As the first nurse practitioner hired at Minnesota Oncology in 1994, Marynne has seen many advances in cancer care over the past two decades and has a passion for our patients and supportive care programs. 


"Marynne lives and practices 'Patient First' at all times," remarked Clinic Manager Linda Johnson. "Whatever our patients need, she is there for them."


"After 20 years, I cannot imagine doing anything but this, anywhere but here," says Marynne. "I feel like I am the lucky one; I have had the opportunity to work with the best-of-the-best and have learned everything I know from the physicians in Edina."  

ChaskaChaska Clinic Holds Open House

Our newest clinic is now up and running in Chaska! The community got its first look at our beautiful new facility during the Lakeview Professional Building Open House on September 13. Staff and physicians were on hand to greet the public and give clinic tours. 


"We had a great turnout from local physicians and the public, and have the opportunity to work in a beautiful new building with a gorgeous view from our third floor suite overlooking Lake Grace," said Clinic Manager Julie Tyren"Our Oncologists and staff members are on site Monday through Friday and ready to make a difference in the west metro community."


Come visit us!

110105 Pioneer Trail W, Suite 302

Chaska, MN 55318


View more photos of the Chaska Clinic here.

CommunityMinnesota Oncology In the Community


Minnesota Oncology physicians and staff have had a busy fall, participating in numerous community events. 


MOCA HOM Teal Strides 5K

On a beautiful autumn morning at Roswell Park in Edina, hundreds of survivors, family and friends joined the Minnesota Ovarian Cancer Alliance (MOCA) to raise funds for research and education in the fight against ovarian cancer. Minnesota Oncology's Dr. Cheryl Bailey was a featured speaker at the event. Many thanks to Lisa Thelemann and her volunteer team who represented Minnesota Oncology at the event. Our teal bandannas were visible everywhere, on strollers, heads, necks - and some proudly worn by a few family pets. 


Blaine Wellness Day

On September 13, Minnesota Oncology hosted a booth at the Blaine Wellness Day during the first annual Wellness Day 5K and Kids 1-Mile Road Race featuring Nordy, the Minnesota Wild mascot. The day's activities also included a blood drive, kids' games, vendors, and great speakers. A special thank you to Lindsey Sumstad, who ran the 5K, and volunteers Dawn Dushnell, Therese Sumstad, Lindsey Sumstad, and Elizabeth Watterson.


Zero Prostate Cancer Run

There was a great turnout for the Zero Prostate Run/Walk at Lake Nokomis on September 20. Our volunteer staff met many wonderful people - current patients, survivors, and a man who had just been diagnosed two days prior to the race. 


Light the Night

Target Field was the site for this year's Light The Night Walk. The annual fundraising campaign for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society brings together families and communities to honor blood cancer survivors and those lost to these diseases, and shine a light on the importance of finding cures and providing access to care.


Minnesota Oncology volunteers offered free glow necklaces to participants at our table, which added to the many lanterns and other points of light shining throughout the night. Funds raised by Light the Night participants will help promote more breakthrough therapies for blood cancer patients. 


Becoming Well Within Conference



September 27 was a day of inspiration, learning, exploration and connections for hundreds of cancer survivors at Well Within's second annual Becoming Well Within conference. Minnesota Oncology volunteers were on hand to greet attendees and answer questions about the services we offer. Nationally recognized humorist Scott Burton was featured speaker at this event.

Our mission is to combine the strength of hope with the power of science, one patient at a time.