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2019 Board of Directors
Matt Loichinger, DO

Matt Loichinger, DO; MPO President, Minnnesota Perinatal Physicians

Dr. Loichinger grew up in the small town of North Lake, WI and subsequently went to college at The University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. He graduated with honors with a degree in biology and minors in both biochemistry and general chemistry. He then went to medical school at the Virginia College of Osteopathic Medicine in Blacksburg, VA on the campus of Virginia Tech, where he graduated with honors. From there, Dr. Loichinger went back to his home state of Wisconsin for residency at The Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee. He then moved on to the University of Hawaii, John A. Burns School of Medicine for his fellowship training in Maternal-Fetal Medicine. His areas of interest include hypertensive disorders of pregnancy, maternal complications of pregnancy, and preterm birth prevention.

Yasuko Yamamura, MD

Yasuko Yamamura, MD; MPO Past President, University of Minnesota

Dr. Yamamura is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Women's Health at the University of Minnesota. She completed her residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN and a fellowship in Maternal-Fetal Medicine at the University of Minnesota.

In addition to being an active clinical partner in the University MFM practice, she also serves ACOG District VI Champion for FASD Prevention and is the Maternal-Fetal Medicine Fellowship Director at the University of Minnesota. Her primary interests are medical education and preterm birth prevention. Dr Yamamura is board certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology and has a subspecialty certification in Maternal-Fetal Medicine.

Pankaj Nagaraj, MD

Pankaj Nagaraj, MD, MPO President-Elect, Children's Minnesota

Dr Nagaraj is part of the neonatal physician care team at Children's Minneapolis and St Paul. He also serves as Medical Director of the Neonatal Care Unit at Ridgeview Medical Center, Waconia & Special Care Nursery at St Francis Regional Medical Center, Shakopee. He completed his fellowship in Neonatology at Georgetown University Hospital and served as the Medical Director of the NICU at Unity Point Health - Allen Hospital in Waterloo, IA for eight years prior to joining the team at Children's. 

He also has a Master's in Public Health in Epidemiology and is certified in Physician Leadership from the American Academy of Physician Leadership. His past leadership experiences include being part of the Physician Governance Council, Cultural Advisory Council, and Medical Executive Committee at Unity Point Health. He has been an active member of a 7-million dollar fund raising campaign for the Labor and Delivery and NICU expansion at Unity Point Health - Allen Hospital. 

His clinical interests include neonatal ventilation, neurodevelopmental outcomes, and health care simulation. 

Susan Boehm, RN, BSN, MS

Susan Boehm, RN, BSN, MS; MPO Executive Director/Treasurer

Susan has been a Clinical Nurse Specialist in Women's Health for over 30 years. She has a long history with MPO as a volunteer, conference presenter, planning committee member, and has served on the Board of Directors. She is currently the Executive Director and is actively involved in the development of the Minnesota Perinatal Quality Collaborative (MNPQC). 

She enjoys the outdoors, hiking and kayaking, and loves the solitude of their cabin in the Boundary Waters.

Bonnie Hansen

Bonnie Hansen, MPO Business Manager/Board Secretary

Bonnie is an Independent Meeting & Event Planner, and has worked for MPO since 2004. She grew up on a small farm in Central MN and enjoys reading, volunteering, traveling, and biking. 

Bonnie and her husband have three children and five grandchildren. They reside in Cold Spring. 

Todd Amunrud, DO, FAAP

Todd Amunrud, DO, FAAP; Northfield Hospital & Clinics, MPO Board Member

Dr Amunrud is a pediatrician at Northfield Hospital and Clinics. He grew up in Owatonna and moved back to Minnesota after his residency in Nebraska. 

He and his wife, Joy, have been married for 20 years and live in Northfield with their children, Jane and Jens, and two wonderful dogs. Their ideal long family weekend is camping the Superior Hiking Trail.

Laura France, MD

Laura France, MD; HealthEast, MPO Board Member

Dr France is a general obstetrician and gynecologist who enjoys both aspects of what she does. She finished residency in 1997 and continues to be happy with her choice of professions. She has had medical experience in many places - medical school at the University of Minnesota, Syracuse for residency training, and practices here and din Pittsburg - and with different practices models - academic medicine, large mulitspecialy group practice, and solo private practice. She believes that these varied experiences have enhanced her ability to better take care of women as she has been exposed to many different situations and styles. 

Overall, Dr France believes it's important to listen to her patients as well as keep up with new information on medical conditions, medications, and treatment options.

She enjoys cooking and baking, working in the yard, and shoe shopping.

Candice (Candy) Hobbs, NNP

Candice (Candy) Hobbs, NNP; Mayo Clinic, MPO Board Member

Candy has been in neonatal medicine since 2002, and a Neonatal Nurse Practitioner since 2010. She currently practices at Mayo Clinic in a Level II and III NICU. She has been there her entire 21 year career. 

Candy is also in school to obtain a Doctorate of Nursing practice with a goal to teach college courses one day. She lives in a small town in southeast Minnesota on an acreage. She has been married to her husband, Marvin, for 23 years. They have three children: two boys, Hunter and Broden, and daughter, Parker. She enjoys serving as a board member. 

2019 Planning Committee

Jill Bauer, MA, PHN, RN; Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota
Alicia Belay; March of Dimes
Susan Boehm, RN, MS; Minnesota Perinatal Organization
Emily Cooper; Gillette Children's Specialty Center
Nancy Fahim, MD; MHealth
Bonnie Hansen; Minnesota Perinatal Organization
Candy Hobbs, NNP; Mayo Clinic
Sandra Hoffman, MS, RN, CNS, BC; Mother-Baby Center, Allina Health & Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota
Jacqueline Hoyhtya; CentraCare Health
Sarah Huffman, RN, BAN
Tess Jentink, RN; Minnesota Perinatal Physicians
Cresta Jones, MD, FACOG; MHealth
Liv Kittelson, RNC-MNN; Fairview Ridges Hospital
Cindy Koslowski, FNP, MBA, MSN, RN; MHealth
Jennifer Kouri; Star Legacy Foundation
Missy Larson; Allina HomeCare
Shauna Libsack, BA; Star Legacy Foundation
Jeanne Mrozek, MD; Minnesota Neonatal Physicians
Deb Peters, CNNP; Essentia Health - Duluth
Erin Plummer, MD; Children's Hospital
Phillip Rauk, MD; University of Minnesota
Jennifer Stieve; Proof Alliance
Lindsey Wimmer, RN, MSN, CPNP, CPLC; Star Legacy Foundation
Yasuko Yamamura, MD; MHealth

2019 Minnesota Perinatal Organization

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