For the wheelchair bound, simply accessing a dental chair can be extremely challenging and prevents many from seeking care.
NorthLakes Community Clinic is a safety-net for Turtle Lake and surrounding area’s most vulnerable populations; accepting dental patients with Medicaid and offering sliding-fee discounts and payment plan options. In its current location on Maple Street, they lacked the space to house a wheelchair operatory to care for dental patients. However, the construction of its new clinic on 125ThAvenue will include a wheelchair-accessible operatory with a wheelchair lift. Due to the additional expense they have been asking community partners to help NorthLakes serve this region’s need. One of its newest donors is The Lions Club of Turtle Lake.
NorthLakes received a 1:1 matching (every dollar raised, Delta Dental matches up to $50,000) grant from Delta Dental towards this wheelchair operatory, which enabled the Turtle Lake Lion’s Club generous donation to be doubled. Recently Delta Dental extended the deadline for this match to December 31, 2018. NorthLakes is grateful for the other donations received so far from the Turtle Lake PTSA, Christopher Reeves Foundation, David Bounk, Betty Rogers, Polk Burnett Electric. NorthLakes Community Clinic still needs the community’s help. If you or your company would like to contribute toward this project, please text or call Madelaine Rekemeyer, NorthLakes Development Director, at 651-792-5534.
NorthLakes Community Clinic has 11 clinic locations in Ashland, Balsam Lake, Birchwood, Hayward, Iron River, Minong, Turtle Lake, and Washburn. NorthLakes locations offer: medical, dental, behavioral health counseling including substance use disorder counseling, recovery services, psychiatric services, chiropractic, pediatric speech therapy, pediatric occupational therapy, and prescriptions for patients. Clinics are open Monday through Friday. For more information visit http://northlakesclinic.org. NLCC is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.
Written by Jennie Zelenak, MS, CCC-SLP;
Speech Language Pathologist, (Published 2018)
NorthLakes Community Clinic, Ashland, WI
While kids are off school for summer vacation, parents can continue to foster language development, expand vocabulary learning and listening comprehension through storybook reading at home. No matter how young the child, storybook reading is an important piece to build into daily routine. If a child is below age level to begin reading, parents can foster pre-literacy skills: following words across the page, reading left to right, and turning pages, which can assist the child in becoming a stronger reader later on. By consistently reading to your children every day, they will begin to learn to concentrate and sitting still for longer periods of time, which may assist in their ability to attend to structured tasks at school later on. Through storybook reading, parents can expose their children to a variety of vocabulary not typically used in day-to-day conversation, assisting in diverse expansion and knowledge of language.
Written by Erick Anderson, DC;
Chiropractor, (Published 2018)
NorthLakes Community Clinic, Iron River, WI
Stand in front of a mirror. With your eyes level move only your head to the right. Did you notice your entire spine and pelvis move? This is not a normal posture. But it does become a ‘normal’ abnormal posture for many people. The position of your head relative to the top of spine is extremely important to your overall function. This area is called the upper cervical complex (Atlas & Axis related to the head). Correcting misalignments of the upper cervical complex has become my chiropractic focus.
Written by Kiana Abel, Marketing & Communications Specialist
NorthLakes Community Clinic (Published 3/2018)
March is the month of spring in most of the United States. The signs of color, life and vitality begin to slowly come out of hiding. While we may be able to witness spring popping into other parts of our nation, I suggest we Northerners focus not on when we will see green, but on refreshing our personal health routine. Yes, a spring clean of your health routine! As your local promoter of community health – and firm believers in preventative care – we have 5 tips for cleaning up (or inspiring you to start) a revitalized health routine.
Photo and Article by Natalie Gustafson;
Marketing and Communications Manager
NorthLakes Community Clinic (Published 03/2018)
Iron River, WI. NorthLakes Community Clinic would like to thank Our Savior’s Lutheran Church of Iron River for donating $1200 towards NorthLakes’ Re-Entry Program.
Our Savior’s Lutheran Church has a commitment to serving the needs of their community. They recognize the value of the Re-Entry Program in doing important work to help members of the community who have been harmed by addiction.
NorthLakes’ Re-Entry Program provides mental health assessments and basic life skills to men and women while they are incarcerated in county jails and after their release; and has been successful supporting re-entry into the community and workforce: key factors in combating recidivism.
Written by Natalie Gustafson, Marketing & Communications Manager
NorthLakes Community Clinic (Published 1/2018)
The NorthLakes Community Clinic Board of Directors, which is made up mostly of patients of the Health Center, has established a mission that requires staff to get outside the walls of our clinics to work towards the health of our communities. “The Board has been clear, says Reba Rice, CEO. In effect, they have said, ‘Our clinical services must be top notch! But you can’t just offer those – you’ve got to go out and address the root cause of what makes people sick.’”
Written by Natalie Gustafson, Marketing & Communications Manager
NorthLakes Community Clinic (Published 12/2017)
Heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, high cholesterol, asthma, kidney disease and arthritis; these are examples of chronic diseases. Chronic diseases continue over a long period of time and affect millions of Americans every year. Although they usually cannot be cured completely, they are often preventable.
According to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), chronic diseases and conditions are among the most common, costly, and preventable of all health problems. Seven of the top 10 causes of death in 2014 were chronic diseases. As of 2012, one in four adults had two or more chronic health conditions.(*) We continue to see the number of people with chronic conditions rapidly increasing.
Written by Tami Nelson, OTR/L, Registered Occupational Therapist
NorthLakes Community Clinic- Ashland Downtown Clinic & Iron River Clinic
NorthLakes Community Clinic (Published 10/2017)
Have you ever noticed your child having challenges with attention? How about trouble completing motor tasks or sensitivity to sensory input like loud noises or certain textures? If so, your child may benefit from skilled occupational therapy services. So now you may wonder, “where can I take my child to get these services without having to drive too far?” Pediatric occupational therapy services are offered through NorthLakes Community Clinic at our locations in Iron River and Ashland.
Occupational Therapy (OT) addresses the occupations of an individual’s life that they require assistance with. At NorthLakes our occupational therapist works with pediatric patients to assist them with activities of daily living, including learning academics, self-care, social skills and peer interactions.