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Jody Mikkelson, PA-C | PA of the Year

Friday, March 20, 2020  


Jody Mikkelson, PA-C is a 2000 graduate of Midwestern University. She practices in family medicine at Voyage Healthcare (formerly North Clinic) in Maple Grove. Here are excerpts from what two of her patients said when they nominated her:
"Jody remembers your individual personal issues and always asks about them. She takes the time to listen when you're troubled or concerned. She is down to earth, kind, precise, and has a good sense of humor. She makes me feel safe. I am 73 years old and have never had a provider that I trust this much."

"I have seen Jody for 19 years. She has always listened to me and has been proactive with my care. She is such a compassionate person with her true feelings of how much she appreciates you and your concerns. She is trustworthy and honest."

Some comments from her medical support staff, Kate Hoiland:
"She is great at explaining a diagnosis to her patients and they are so grateful for that!  Jody listens to her patients and they trust her.
Jody has built a great rapport with her patients and has taught me to do this as well. Together we have cried tears over deaths of loved ones, celebrated births, seen them grow up and celebrated anniversary dates of disease survivors. She is truly an amazing provider and deserves this award!"

Some comments from a fellow PA at Voyage, Caitlin Burk, PA-C:
"I have had the honor to work with Jody for the last 5.5 years and she is a joy to work with. She has an upbeat spirit and is friendly to all, co-workers and patients. She is willing to collaborate on patient care when needed with other providers in the clinic, a team-player. I am glad she received this award, as it is much deserved for her."

Some comments from a fellow PA at Voyage, Laura Kramer, PA-C:
"I am thrilled to hear that MAPA will be awarding Jody the 2020 PA of the Year award. I feel blessed to have worked alongside her for nearly 18 years. Without question, Jody's commitment to the health and well-being of her patients is unwavering. As a colleague, I admire her confidence and consistent work ethic. Jody is passionate about her work as a PA and understands the sacrifices that accompany a career in medicine. I feel honored to work with Jody and extend my praise both as a colleague and a friend. Congrats Jody!"

And from her physician partner, Dr. Jerome Merkel, shared:
"Working side by side with Jody, I have marveled at her skills which include so much more than her keen diagnostic capabilities and vast medical knowledge. As Jody works with patients, she has this beautiful gift of being able to communicate clearly and with compassion. It is always a joy, pleasure and frankly positive learning experience for myself, other providers and the staff to be able to work with Jody each day. Along with this opportunity for many of us to work with Jody over 20 years, the true reward has been for her patients whom she has always taken care of with enthusiasm, devotion, and the utmost compassion. Congratulations to Jody on this honor and award."


Message from Jody:
"I would like to thank MAPA for choosing me to receive this special honor and recognition as PA of the year. Over the past 20 years as a family practice PA, my purpose has been to help patients be the best version of themselves and work with others to make positive changes in their community. Being involved in community groups and helping others has always been a passion of mine. I have done this thru being a Girl Scout troop leader, volleyball coach, parent coordinator and first aid mom for the Champlin Park Marching Band.

Working with families in the clinic and groups in the community has helped me become a better PA and has really enriched my life. I am so proud to work with such an extraordinary group of family practice physicians, PAs, OB/GYNs, podiatrists, rheumatologist, and colon and rectal surgeons at Voyage Healthcare. Our philosophy at the clinic has been where caring is a tradition.

As a patient of the clinic since birth, my family doctor Marty Weems planted the seed and interest in medicine and was most instrumental with me becoming a physician assistant. When I graduated from PA school, I knew that I wanted to work for the group that I knew so well. Our philosophy has changed with growth in our practice to “health begins here” to provide care at every stage in life with a professional yet personal touch. I have embraced this philosophy when caring for patients and precepting medical residents and PA students.
The most two important things I’ve learned along the way is to be an empathetic listener and to be proactive with patient health. What has been so rewarding is to have several patients want to become a PA after my experiences with them, much like how I became interested in medicine. To date, I have four patients that have become PAs. I always try to surround myself with greatness and great things will come my way. Every day brings new life and I enjoy providing care every step of the way."

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