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Gordon Lester, M.D

Gordon Lester came to KMHC in 2009 as a Locum. He attended Macalester College (B.A.) and the University of Minnesota Medical School (M.D.). He is Board Certified in Family Medicine. He has been a clinical teaching professor at the University of Minnesota Medical School and for 20 years he has helped train over 100 family doctors practicing in the Midwest region.

Dr. Lester sees patients of all ages at the clinic in Hallock.

Julie Johnson, RN MS, CFNP

Julie Johnson Certified Nurse Practitioner, joined KMHC in 2006. She is a graduate of UND College of Nursing (MS-2003). She holds certificates in advance cardiac life support and works a lot with diabetes, cholesterol, acne, HTN, etc...

Julie treats and provides well exams for patients of all ages. She has been practicing in our area since 2003; she primarily serves the clinic in Hallock and the hospital's emergency room.

James Surdy, M.D

Dr. Surdy joined KMHC permanent medical staff in April of 2011. He is Board Certified in Internal Medicine and has over 25 years experience. Dr. Surdy is a 1989 graduate of the University of Minnesota-School of Medicine , and he completed his intern medicine residency training at Abbott northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis in 1992.

Dr. Surdy sees patients primarily at the clinic in Hallock and on limited basis in Karlstad, MN.

Karen Warner, PA-C

Karen Warner, Certified Physician Assistant started at KMHC as an LPN in 1984, RN 1987 and as a Physician Assistant in 1999. She received her LPN from AVTI in EGF, her RN at Northland TRF, and her PC from UND. She has a background in family medicine. Karen has completed additional training in advanced trauma life support.

Karen enjoys serving patient of all ages. Her primary location is the Kittson Memorial Clinic of Hallock and she also takes hospital and emergency call rotation.

Thomas Lohstreter, M.D.

Dr. Thomas Lohstreter, M.D. has been with Kittson Memorial since 2008. He completed his medical degree from the University of Minnesota and completed his family practice residency at the Naval Hospital in Pensacola, FL.

Dr. Lohstreter has practiced over 30 years and is a Board Certified Family Practice Physician. Besides his family practice expertise, he is also well versed in emergency medicine. He practices full-time at Kittson Memorial's clinic in Hallock, MN as well as the emergency room and hospital rotation.

In-House Practitioners

Amanda Pinnock, RN, MS, NP-C

Amanda Pinnock is a 2014 graduate of the University of North Dakota Family Nurse Practitioner Program with a Master's of Science Degree in Nursing. Prior to her FNP degree, Amanda worked for 5 years as an emergency room nurse at Altru Hospital in Grand Forks, ND. Amanda's last 2 years at Altru she was a patient care coordinator in the Emergency Room Department. Amanda is originally from the Walhalla, ND, area.

Amanda sees patients of all ages in both the Hallock and Karlstad clinics. Amanda enjoys getting to know her patients and their families.

Kittson Memorial Healthcare Center

Paul R. Anderson, PA-C

Paul Anderson, Certified Physician Assistant joined KMHC in 2001 and has been staffing Kittson Memorial clinic in Karlstad. He received his Associates R. N from Thief River Falls in 1997; BS Registered Nurse and Physicians Assistant degrees at UND in 2000. He is certified in advance cardiac life support and advance trauma support.

Paul is a former Karlstad native that enjoys serving patients of all ages for their primary care needs. He is the main provider at the Karlstad clinic, but periodically provides emergency room coverage at KMHC in Hallock.