Our Team

Holly Girdeen

MSN, APRN, CNP

Holly has over 30 years nursing experience. In 2021, she obtained her master’s degree in nursing with an emphasis in adults and geriatrics.  She is passionate about educating patients about all aspects of care and is committed to caring for NLH patients in southeastern Minnesota.  Outside of caring for her patients, Holly helps her husband on their Wisconsin trout farm.  She also enjoys crafts, cooking/baking, gardening, and spending time with her 3 dogs; a basset hound, English Setter, and chocolate lab.



Samuel Goblirsch

MD

Sam grew up in Minnesota, moved to San Diego for college and after graduating was a rural public health Peace Corps Volunteer in Ecuador.  Prior to starting medical school, he lived in Boston where he taught high school biology and chemistry.  Sam’s wanderlust continued through medical school and his internal medicine-pediatrics residency during which he spent time working and living in Juarez, Mexico, Kampala, Uganda, and Pavia, Italy.  He lives in St. Paul with his wife and two kids.  When he is not working, he enjoys volunteering at their schools and with their activities.

Melissa Hill

MSN, APRN, FNP-BC

Melissa Hill is a self-motivated, hard-working registered nurse who is Master’s- prepared with a specialization in Family Nurse Practice. Ms. Hill is ANCC board certified. Offering 30 years of traditional long-term care as well as transitional care unit nursing experience, both hands on and administrative in nature. Melissa has excellent communication skills and a proven track record of achieving and exceeding performance goals. Melissa is a wonderful nurse practitioner who takes time to listen to her patients and families. She is caring, kind, and intelligent. Melissa enjoys spending time with her family and friends, as well as traveling.


Sean Lejonvarn

DNP, APRN, FNP-BC

Sean is certified as a Family Nurse Practitioner and Wound Care Practitioner. He graduated from The College of St. Scholastica and enjoys forming relationships with his patients to promote optimal health outcomes.  He believes that putting the patient first can empower them to take control of their healthcare. When Sean is not working, he loves spending time with his family while being outdoors and on the water.



Joey Mitchell

MSN, AGNP-C, CNP

Joey joins Northern Lights Health with 10 years of patient care experience and is excited to share her lifelong passion for the geriatric population. She graduated with a Masters degree in Nursing in 2023. In her spare time, Joey enjoys spending time with her family, including her 4-year-old daughter. Together, they enjoy visiting the zoo, camping, traveling, and watching movies. In Spring 2024, they plan to start a hobby farm.

 


Ibrahim Mujir

MD

Dr. Ibrahim Mujir has nearly 4 decades of experience in geriatrics. He enjoys the challenge of working with patients who have complex medical problems and strives to make the aging experience as smooth as possible for his patients.  Dr. Mujir is married and has 3 children and it is very important for him to spend time with his family outside of work.  Additionally, he enjoys reading and woodworking.  His woodworking projects focus on Arabic calligraphy and he donates his work to several mosques throughout the Twin Cities area.  

 

Judy Pauletich

MSN, APRN, AGNP-BC

Judy is a native of Minnesota, with over 30 years of experience in the medical field. She is a graduate of Walden University of Minneapolis. This is where she received her Masters of Science degree in Nursing. Judy chose to specialize in Adult/Geriatric Care. This includes the care of the elderly with an emphasis on dementia and behavioral health management. 

She has a true passion for older adults and their healthcare needs. Judy loves to travel with her family and friends. She also enjoys cooking and baking 

Tiffany Radke

MSN, APRN, AGACNP-BC

Tiffany attended Illinois Wesleyan University for her undergraduate degree in nursing and University of Illinois Chicago for her advanced degree, where she also completed a fellowship in acute care. She is a certified Adult and Geriatric Nurse Practitioner. 

Tiffany has extensive experience working in a variety of settings, including both hospital and community. Tiffany is also board certified in wound care and loves to heal others as a wound care consultant. Another past time includes reading medical journals and keeping up to date on evidence.

Tiffany enjoys coffee, running and spending time with her three children. She looks forward to working with you!

Nicole Siddons

DNP, APRN, FNP-C

Dr. Siddons is a graduate from the University of Minnesota School of Nursing in both the Family Nurse Practitioner and Health Innovation & Leadership doctoral tracks. There she also received a certificate for Healthcare Design. She currently works in urgent care, long-term care, transitional care units and also assisted living. 

Dr. Siddons is passionate about patient safety and quality, which has lead her to be involved in the University of Minnesota’s Regional Training Center for TeamSTEPPS. She remains actively engaged in improving the health of patients through partnership and collaboration.

She loves spending time with her family and friends in the great outdoors and traveling.


Kate Babcock

Systems Navigator

Kate’s career began in the telecommunications industry in both HR & billing, protecting organizations from internal fraud and securing billing systems.  She took a detour by volunteering and working in an elementary school for the past several years.  She is excited to return to her systems roots with Northern Lights Health and looks forward to evolving in her career while still meeting her family needs!  Kate values her family time most of all by spending it with her husband, daughter, son, and two dogs. 

 

Lisa Callais

Care Navigator

Lisa has joined the Northern Lights Health team as a Care Navigator. She will be working with Nikki Siddons and with the patients at Woodlyn Heights and Highland Chateau. The teams there are very excited to have her support and knowledge! Lisa is an LPN with a strong background in long-term care. 

Lisa has been a traveling nurse for the past year and a half. Before that she worked as a nurse manager. She has a wealth of experience in long term care communities and has worked in various positions in centers across the metro area. She loves spending time with her granddaughter and loves Florida!


Michelle Chavez

Systems Navigator

Prior to joining Northern Lights Health, Michelle worked in medical and merchandise sales.  She grew up in California and moved with her family to Minnesota in 2016.  She is excited to contribute to the services offered by Northern Lights Health!

Michelle has been married to her husband, Anthony, for 28 years and appreciates how he makes her laugh every single day!  In her spare time, Michelle loves to cook, travel, read, and walk the best dog, Macy.  She also enjoys spending time talking to one or more of her three beautiful children.  


Laura Christensen

Care Navigator

Laura has been on her nursing journey for over 17 years.  She started out in massage therapy and most recently added health coaching to her repertoire of skills.  These certifications along with other professional experiences allow her to fulfill her passion for patient education and advocacy.   Laura lives on a farm in southern Minnesota with her husband, two children, a dog, and two cats. In her spare time, she enjoys going to the lake, gardening, painting, and spending time with her family.

 

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Chelsie Dickenson

Care Navigator

Chelsie’s love for working with the elderly began in 2013 as a CNA. She wanted to advance her role so she worked to become an LPN in 2017.  Chelsie feels very fortunate to enjoy this passion by working with older people. She loves to have podcasts playing in the background and outside of work she enjoys reading, cooking, fishing, and spending time on Lake Kabetogama.  Basically, anything she can do with her daughter, husband, and spunky goldendoodle named Harlow.  Chelsie is excited to support the NLH team working with patients at Guardian Angels.


Holly Drag

Care Navigator

Holly is a Registered Nurse (RN) with 8 years of experience in the pediatric and neonatal intensive care units.  Her entire career has been in the hospital setting so she is excited for the change that Northern Lights Health has to offer!  She will be primarily working with our team providing care to patients at Trillium Woods. Holly is passionate about being a wife and a mother.  Additionally, she likes to crochet, cook, and spend time with her friends and family.  



Bonnie Eder

Care Navigator

Bonnie joined Northern Lights Health with 28 years professional experience; 18 years in corrections and 10 years in project management. She is excited to utilize her broad range of skills to serve the patients and providers of Northern Lights Health.  Outside of work, Bonnie enjoys spending time with her family, boating, and traveling. 

 

 


Haley Jacobsen

Care Navigator

Haley joined Northern Lights Health with over 10 years’ experience in communication and coordination. Haley earned her B.S. in Broadcast Communication with a minor in acting and directing.  She is excited about working with patients and providers. In her spare time, Haley is passionate about serving her community through adaptive recreation, creative projects, and high school speech.  If she is not spending time serving, you can find her out on the water kayaking, attending concerts, or finding adventures with her dog, Hatch! 

 

Julie Johnson

Julie Johnson

Operations Manager

Julie has a varied professional background to include travel, education, healthcare, and a small food business entrepreneur. Her most recent professional experience included a 7-year tenure as a continuing education specialist for an eLearning company dedicated to the long-term care industry. Her primary responsibility was helping her team ensure the organization met all accreditation criteria through the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC).

She has been married to her hilarious husband, Chris, for over 19 years and she is passionate about raising her triplet boys! Since her husband maintains a vigorous business travel schedule, she jokingly refers to herself as the Chief Household Officer (CHO).

In her spare time, Julie enjoys the outdoors, fitness and wellness, cooking, reading, traveling, gardening, volunteering, and spending time with her closest friends and family.


Kristine Jones

Systems Navigator

Kristine joined Northern Lights Health in Spring 2024. She has been a realtor for 18 years and also has 20 years of group home experience.  Kristine has been married to her husband, Jason, for 28 years.  Together, they have two adult children and are enjoying life as empty nesters.  Outside of work, Kristine enjoys time with family and spending summers at the cabin. Her favorite activities at the cabin are hammocking and boating. 

 

 


Sami Jones

Systems Navigator

Sami joined Northern Lights Health with a wealth of knowledge and experience in the healthcare field.  She is a chiropractor and has several years experience working in a group home. Sami is excited to share this knowledge with our patients and providers.  In her spare time, she loves to walk outside, spend time with her family and friends, and spend weekends at the cabin during the summer.



Kari McEnelly

Systems Navigator

Kari has worked in a variety of customer service roles in Minnesota over the past several years. She joined Northern Lights Health in Spring 2023 and is dedicated to supporting our providers. Kari is married with 4 children and recently became an empty nester. Outside of work, Kari enjoys watching her two boys wrestle; one at Augustana University and one at the University of Minnesota. She also enjoys reading, boating, traveling, and spending time with family and friends!

 


Kelly Payette

Systems Navigator

Kelly has worked in various industries as a project manager in Minnesota, Boston, and Salt Lake City.  She returned to Minnesota in 2004 to be closer to family.  Kelly and her husband have a son who lives nearby and a daughter who lives in Salt Lake City, UT. She is enjoying her “empty nester” life and loves to travel, venture out on her E-bike, and spend time with family and friends. Kelly is excited to be part of a team that helps deliver medical services to patients across Minnesota!

 


Vici Scheuble

Systems Navigator

Vici joined NLH with over 25 years experience as a Senior Executive Assistant working collaboratively with every level of executive in the healthcare field.  She is an outstanding and technically skilled business professional.  Vici has a very versatile administrative support and customer service skill set developed through experience as an executive assistant, office manager, and small business owner. 

 

 


Jody Schochenmaier

Care Navigator

Jody is excited to join the healthcare field to utilize her strong organizational and communication skills while serving the patients and providers of Northern Lights Health. Her professional background includes office management and event planning. She dabbles in photography and loves capturing high school seniors and families. Jody loves spending time with her family and friends at the lake, hanging out with her kids, traveling to new places, DIY projects and interior design!

 


Angie Schuch

Care Navigator

Angie joined Northern Lights Health with a strong customer service background.  Most notably, she was a veterinary technician for over 15 years.  She was excited to utilize her strong customer service skills in a different capacity while serving NLH patients in multiple facilities.  Angie is a proud mom of twins – one boy / one girl and is definitely a pet enthusiast with cats and a small dog for pets.  Her hobbies include hiking or spending time outdoors, watching movies, and listening to music.  She is native to St. Paul, MN.

 


Shari Serafin

Care Navigator

Shari joined Northern Lights Health with 19 years of professional experience as Operations Supervisor and Business Technology Analyst. Shari is eager to utilize her strong communication and organizational skills to provide a high quality of care for the patients and providers at Northern Lights Health. She enjoys spending time with her husband, 2 teenage daughters and 2 dogs up north when she is not watching her youngest at the hockey rink. Shari also loves to travel and spend quiet time reading a good book. She enjoys spending her free time watching her children participate in activities. 


Gail Shephard

Care Navigator

Gail is originally from New Jersey. After four amazing years in the Army, she relocated to the Midwest in order to pursue her nursing degree and start her family.  Gail has spent most of her career specializing in geriatric care, wound care, and end of life care.  She has three adult daughters and five grandchildren.  Outside of work, Gail enjoys traveling, spending time with her family, going for walks, and playing with her cat, Bella.

 

Erin Vacek

Medical Records and Insurance Navigator

Erin Vacek is the medical records and insurance navigator for Northern Lights Health. She is responsible for maintaining patient medical records as information is received or requested from various sources. In addition, Erin is responsible for verifying insurance for our patient population. She enjoys spending her free time watching her children participate in activities. Erin also loves boating, golfing, reading, traveling, and walking her dog Rudy.


RJ Whyte

Care Navigator

RJ has 35 years of cumulative work experience in healthcare.  During this tenure, she has achieved EMT, TMA, CNA, and CMA certifications. Currently, she works with patients at Bayview Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Red Wing and Elysian Senior Homes of Lake City.   She is extremely dedicated to her work and is a pleasure to have on the Northern Lights Health team!  In her spare time, she loves photography with an emphasis on wildlife and scenery.  

 

 


Chynna Yang

Care Navigator

Chynna joined Northern Lights Health in 2023.  Although she started her career in healthcare as a nursing assistant for 3 years, she took a break and diverted to education as a Special Education Paraprofessional working with students who have Autism and other emotional behavioral needs.  She is excited to return to healthcare as part of the Northern Lights team and looks forward to working with our patients!  In her spare time, Chynna loves swimming, camping, spending time with her family, trying new restaurants, and riding ORVs.

 

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