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U of M Physicians opens a comprehensive, integrated clinic for women

Leaders at the new clinic include Carolyn Torkelson, M.D., Carrie Ann
Terrell, M.D., Ann Forster Page, M.S., C.N.M., and Diana Drake, W.H.N.P.

A new University of Minnesota Physicians clinic offers women a convenient health care model that focuses on a comprehensive array of treatment options.

The Women’s Health Specialists Clinic in January opened as a “one-stop shop” for women looking for a single location for their health care needs. It combines services previously located across the University campus.

Now located in the Riverside Professional Building alongside the University of Minnesota Medical Center, Fairview on the University’s West Bank, the clinic offers health care to women throughout their lifespans. It provides access to obstetrical care, gynecological specialists, and primary-care doctors as well as integrative services including acupuncture, nutritional counseling, and health coaching.

“Our clinic is about the philosophy of health care,” says Carolyn Torkelson, M.D., medical director of integrative care at University of Minnesota Physicians, the group practice for University of Minnesota Medical School faculty members. “It’s about wellness, healing, and being selfempowered to take care of yourself—body, mind, and spirit.”

This multidisciplinary and integrated approach is part of a growing trend.

“It’s really part of a consumer-driven, national paradigm shift to more preventive and integrative care,” says the clinic’s Diana Drake, a women’s health nurse practitioner. “If you want to broaden your health care options, we’re providing those options here.”

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