The Siouxland area is blessed with a variety of gifted primary care doctors, but when a patient’s health care needs become more specialized, the physicians and surgeons on Midlands Clinic, P.C. in Dakota Dunes have the skill and experience to pick up where primary care leaves off.
This team of seven board-certified general surgeons, two endocrinologists, a dermatologist and three physician assistants have built a reputation as a diverse practice ready to tackle health problems ranging from diabetes to obesity, rashes, wrinkles, and cancer, all within a compassionate and efficient environment.
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When it’s time for surgery, you probably don’t know what questions you should ask – or even much about the person wielding the scapel. Nick Hytrek caught up with Dr. Mike Wolpert, director of trauma at Mercy Medical Center and private practice general surgeon, and did some digging.
1. What made you want to be a eon?
My dad was a primary care physician in Onawa. My intent was to join my father in practice. At the time it was three years residency for general care physicians and with four years of residency you can be a surgeon. With all the automobile accidents on I-29, I figured that would be helpful. My father died three to four months before I graduated from my residency program, and my brother Paul had a general surgery practice in Sioux City so I decided to join him.
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For some unknown reason one evening in 2002, Rick Wollman put his hand to his neck, discovering a swollen area just above his collar bone.
After seeing the bulging area in the mirror, he made a trip to the emergency room. A series of tests and X-rays showed a mass growing on his thyroid.
The funny thing, Wollman said, was that he felt fine.
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