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Larry D. Christensen, MD

Specialty Family Medicine
About Dr. Christensen has been practicing medicine in Pipestone since 1978 when he moved to set up a family practice clinic.  He attended college first at Union College in Lincoln, NE, and then at Loma Linda University in Loma Linda, CA where he earned his M.D.  He and his wife Barb have three grown children.

Michael L. Lastine, MD

Specialty Family Medicine
About Dr. Lastine has practiced medicine in Pipestone since moving here in 1978.  He is a graduate of Union College in Lincoln, NE, and a medical graduate of Loma Linda University in Loma Linda, CA.  He is board certified with the American Academy of Family Practice.  Dr. Lastine has five children.

Frederick K. Ness, MD

Specialty Family Medicine
About Dr. Ness began his family practice in Pipestone in May 2018.  He earned his Medical Doctor degree from the University of North Dakota School of Medicine in Grand Forks, ND in 1985.  He completed his residency at the University of North Dakota Family Practice Center in Grand Forks.  Dr. Ness speaks fluent Spanish and has a particular interest in diabetes care and weight loss management.

Jodi Scott, MD

Specialty Obstetrics/Gynecology
About Dr. Jodi Scott is an Obstetrician & Gynecologist who joined our practice in late 2018.  She received her medical degree from the University of South Dakota School of Medicine in Vermillion, SD and completed her OB/GYN residency at the University of Missouri Hospitals and Clinics in Columbia, MO.  She is certified with the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

Before joining PCMC Avera, she worked as an OB/GYN Laborist at Avera McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls, SD.  Dr. Scott provides expert obstetric and gynecological care for women of all ages.  Her expertise includes:

Obstetrics - 
  • Routine prenatal care
  • Prenatal care for twin gestations
  • High-risk obstetrics
  • Office non-stress testing
  • Office ultrasound
  • Cesarean deliveries
  • Preconceptual care
Gynecology - 
  • Annual well-woman exams
  • Abnormal uterine bleeding
  • Abnormal pap smears
  • Menopause
  • Hysterectomies
  • Endometrial ablations
  • Complete contraceptive management
  • Vulvar pathology
  • Urinary incontinence
  • Pelvic organ prolapse
  • Permanent sterilization
  • Basic infertility

Nicholas Harms, MD

Specialty General Surgery
About Dr. Nicholas Harms joined Pipestone County Medical Center in July of 2014.  Dr. Harms is originally from near Dell Rapids, SD.  He attended college at the University of Nebraska in Lincoln, NE and South Dakota State University in Brookings, SD.  He attended the Sanford School of Medicine at the University of South Dakota in Vermillion, SD and received his medical degree in May of 2009.

Dr. Harms completed his internship and residency in general surgery at Michigan State University in East Lansing, MI in 2014.  He was a clinical instructor for the MSU College of Human Medicine and the College of Osteopathic Medicine from 2009 until 2014.  He received the Outstanding Resident Teacher award in 2011 and was the Chief Resident of Surgery during 2013-2014.  While at MSU he performed research involving parathyroid disease, carotid vascular disease, and single incision laparoscopic surgery.

Dr. Harms is an American Board of Surgery board-certified general surgeon.  Dr. Harms is certified in Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS) and the Fundamentals of Laparoscopic Surgery (FLS).  To schedule an appointment with Dr. Harms, call 507-825-7330.

Procedures and diagnoses Dr. Harms has expertise in include:

  • Single-incision laparoscopic surgery for cholecystectomy (gallbladder)
  • Colorectal procedures including treatment of hemorrhoids and laparoscopic colon surgery
  • Hernia - laparoscopic and open repair of inguinal, ventral, and hiatal hernias
  • Thyroid nodules and thyroid surgery
  • Hand operations for carpal-tunnel syndrome, trigger finger, and cysts
  • Chemotherapy port access
  • Parathyroidectomy for hypercalcemia
  • Acute abdominal problems such as appendicitis, diverticulitis, and cholecystitis
  • Endoscopy - colonoscopy and EGD
  • Skin nodule and skin cancer treatment including the Mohs surgical technique
  • Breast surgery
  • Cesarean section, tubal ligation, and vasectomy
  • Central lines
  • Chest tubes

Dustin Stewart, MD

Specialty Family Medicine
About Dr. Stewart joined our medical staff in August 2019.  He earned his Doctor of Medicine degree from the West Virginia School of Medicine in 2014.  He lives in Pipestone, MN with his wife and three children and enjoys time with family, music, and sports.

Jackie Anderson, DO

Specialty Family Medicine
About Jackie Anderson, DO, practices at Pipestone County Medical Center & Family Clinic Avera in Pipestone, MN.  Along with being a family medicine physician, she is also ready to support all your women’s health needs.  She offers complete OB/GYN services, including care during pregnancy, labor, and delivery.  She also provides wellness exams, surgery, general biopsies, nutrition and exercise counseling, and primary care services.

Originally from rural Minnesota, Dr. Anderson chose medicine so she could come back to her home community and support the hard-working society she loves with excellent health care.  She decided to practice family medicine for its wide variety and focus on women’s health because she believes it’s the core of a healthy family unit.

Her advice to patients is “work out and stay active as long as possible,” and she lives out her advice by exercising in her free time.  Dr. Anderson can be found participating in half marathons with her husband, doing CrossFit, biking, and being outdoors.  She also loves traveling, reading, decorating, and organizing—including do-it-yourself projects. 

Dr. Anderson is a graduate of Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine in Parker, CO. 

Kathleen Savio, DO

Specialty Family Medicine
About

Katie Savio, DO, is a primary care provider who’s the perfect physician for you and your family at Pipestone County Medical Center & Family Clinic Avera in Pipestone, Minnesota.  Dr. Savio serves southwest Minnesota patients in the areas of pregnancy and delivery (vaginal births only), women and men’s health, pediatrics, and geriatrics.

As a physician in primary care, Dr. Savio is dedicated to treating patients of all ages, from birth through end of life.  She encourages strong relationships between herself and her patients, and she loves promoting patient education and health issue discussions.

In her free time, Dr. Savio enjoys playing volleyball and softball, cooking, visiting wineries, reading historical fiction novels, and spending time with family.  Originally from Fremont, Nebraska, she is also an avid Nebraska Cornhusker fan.

Dr. Savio graduated from Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine in Erie, PA.

Myles F. Zephier, DO

Specialty Family Medicine
About Dr. Zephier joined our medical staff in August of 2009.  His Doctorate of Osteopathic Medicine is from Des Moines University in Des Moines, IA and he completed his residency at the Sioux Falls Family Residency Program through the Center for Family Medicine in Sioux Falls, SD.  Dr. Zephier and his wife Melissa have three sons and one daughter.

Rachelle VandeGriend, CNP

Specialty Family Medicine
About Rachelle, a Certified Nurse Practitioner, joined our medical staff team in January 2019.  She graduated from Maryville University in St. Louis, MO in 2018 with her Family Nurse Practitioner degree.  Rachelle is passionate about providing holistic care to patients of all ages.  She and her husband live near Edgerton, MN and have three children.

Daniel Woldt, PA-C

Specialty Family Medicine
About Dan joined the Pipestone Family Clinic as a Physician Assistant in May 2013.  He graduated from the University of Nebraska Physician Assistant Program in 2002.  He lives in Slayton, MN with his wife and five children and enjoys time with family, volunteer coaching, fishing, camping, reading, travel, and scuba diving.

Jillian Nedved, PA-C

Specialty Obstetrics/Gynecology
About Jillian assists both the OB/GYN and General Surgery practices.  She is available for specialty clinic appointments, hospital rounds, and surgical care assist.  She joined Pipestone Family Clinic as a Physician Assistant in January 2016.  She graduated from the University of South Dakota Physician Assistant program in 2012.  Jillian lives in Dell Rapids, SD with her husband and children.

Maricia Pronk, PA-C

Specialty Family Medicine
About Maricia joined Pipestone Family Clinic as a Physician Assistant in December 2014.  She graduated from the University of South Dakota in Vermillion, SD with a Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies.  She and her husband have two children.  She enjoys spending her time with her family and friends, going to the lake, and being outdoors.

Meet The Team

Larry D. Christensen, MD Family Medicine
Michael L. Lastine, MD Family Medicine
Frederick K. Ness, MD Family Medicine
Jodi Scott, MD Obstetrics/Gynecology
Nicholas Harms, MD General Surgery
Dustin Stewart, MD Family Medicine
Jackie Anderson, DO Family Medicine
Kathleen Savio, DO Family Medicine
Myles F. Zephier, DO Family Medicine
Rachelle VandeGriend, CNP Family Medicine
Daniel Woldt, PA-C Family Medicine
Jillian Nedved, PA-C Obstetrics/Gynecology
Maricia Pronk, PA-C Family Medicine