Tower Medical Clinic
Hours: Monday – Friday 8-5
415 N. 2nd Street, Suite 2, Tower, MN 55790
Phone (218) 753-2405 Fax (218) 361-3288
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Amy Banks, MD
Dr. Amy Banks grew up in Mt. Iron, MN. She received her degree in engineering from the University of Minnesota in 1996 and her medical degree in 2003. Dr. Banks completed her residency in Family Medicine at North Memorial Hospital in Robbinsdale, MN. The next 12 years she worked as a physician in Salt Lake City before moving back to the Iron Range in 2019. Dr. Banks loves being a mom and spends most of her free time trying to reign in her wild young kids, enjoying great Minnesota outdoors together. Dr. Banks practices full-scope family medicine including geriatrics, women’s health, pediatrics, and acute and chronic care. She especially enjoys the “teaching” part of practicing medicine: helping patients feel informed and empowered about their health.
Ben DeVries, PA
Ben DeVries grew up in Albert Lea, MN and graduated from Albert Lea High School in 2005. He spent ten years working as a Firefighter/Paramedic in rural South Dakota and Minnesota. He attended the University of North Dakota’s School of Medicine and graduated with a Master of Physician Assistant Studies in May 2021. As a Physician Assistant in rural Minnesota, he is looking forward to providing care for those throughout the entire life span, pediatrics to geriatrics. Ben and his wife, along with their two children, spend time enjoying everything northern Minnesota has to offer along with traveling to new places.
Celin Williams, LICSW
Celin Williams grew up in Ely, MN. She obtained her undergraduate degree in social work from Bemidji State University in 2009 and her graduate degree in social work from the University of North Dakota in 2010. She began her career working as a nursing home social worker in Minneapolis before moving home to work as a therapist for Range Mental Health in Ely and Virginia. She started with Scenic Rivers in 2018, practicing in the Cook and Bigfork Medical clinics. With her history in gerontology, she especially enjoys working with our elders. Celin spends her time cross country skiing, snowboarding, quilting, swimming, watching Netflix, eating sushi, and spending time with family. She is a volunteer coach with Ely’s MYSL program teaching cross country skiing to children. Celin is available to address all mental health concerns with children ages six and older and adults of all ages.
Charles Tietz, MD
Charles Tietz, MD joined Scenic Rivers after years of practice in Virginia, MN. He received his undergraduate degree from St. Olaf College, and attended medical school at the University of Chicago. After an internship at the Hennepin County Medical Center, he went on to train at the University of Minnesota’s Residency in Obstetrics, Gynecology and Women’s Health. Dr. Tietz brings with him a wealth of knowledge in women’s health, and he practices in gynecology and minimally invasive surgeries in Cook and Tower. When he is not at work, he and his wife Vicki enjoy biking and gardening at their home.
Cynthia Sandberg, APRN, FNP
Cindy Sandberg, APRN, FNP and her husband moved to the Vermilion area after spending many years vacationing up here. Cindy comes with a wide variety of experiences as a Family and Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, having worked as the medical provider on a large inpatient mental health unit and chemical dependency treatment program, as well as a chronic pain clinic.
Cindy graduated from the College of St. Benedict with a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing in 1978, earned her Master’s degree in Nursing (Pediatric Nurse Practitioner) at the University of St. Catherine in 1998, then post-Masters Family Nurse Practitioner at Mankato State University in 2001 once her six children were all in school.
Cindy is excited about living and working in this pristine natural area, to enjoy real winters, and beautiful summers. In her spare time, she enjoys walking miles, gardening, fishing, spinning on her spinning wheel, knitting and spending time with their grandchildren.
Cindy practices at the Cook Medical clinic.
Emily Hadrava, CNP
Emily Hadrava, CNP obtained her undergrad in nursing from the University of North Dakota in 2005, and went on to get her Masters of Science Degree as a Family Nurse Practitioner from St. Scholastica in 2009. After graduating, she worked at Essentia Health in Virginia, MN, specializing in family practice for all ages, while also focusing on women’s and children’s healthcare. She is a life-long resident of the Iron Range and has deep roots in the culture of the area. She and her husband, along with three children, enjoy all that the northland has to offer, especially time spent on Lake Vermilion. Emily has been with Scenic Rivers since February of 2016 and sees patients of all ages.
Emily practices at the Eveleth Medical clinic.
Erin Thielbar, FNP-C
Erin was born and raised on the Iron Range and loves the area. Starting as a registered nurse in 2005, Erin worked as a floor nurse, and in surgery and clinical informatics. She then received her master’s in Family Nurse Practitioner from the University of North Dakota and is AANP board-certified. Erin is passionate about providing care to the community where she lives. Her goal is to provide safe, quality healthcare and preventative education. In her free time, Erin enjoys being with her two children and spouse at Lake Vermilion for fishing, campfires, and cabin time.
Kiara Westendorf, LGSW
Kiara Westendorf grew up in Duluth, MN, and has recently moved to the Iron Range. She attended the College of St. Benedict for her undergraduate degree in Psychology. During that time, she worked with a children’s mental health program which taught social, leisure, and relaxation skills to elementary-aged kids. Her passion for helping people inspired her to attend and graduate from the College of St. Scholastica with her Master of Social Work degree. While obtaining her degree requirements, Kiara worked in a community mental health setting with at-risk youth and teens connecting them with and providing therapeutic services. She also has experience working in an adult inpatient mental health unit, an adult partial hospitalization program, and outpatient therapy. She has a range of experiences working with elementary children, teens, and adults with a variety of mental health needs.
Nicholas Vidor, MD
Nicholas Vidor, MD, grew up in International Falls and graduated from Falls High School in 2000. He attended Rainy River Community College graduating with an Associate of Arts Degree and later attended the University of Minnesota Duluth. After earning undergraduate degrees at UMD in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and Cell Biology, he attended UMD for a Masters in Chemistry. He readily finished his graduate degree in 2007 and attended UMD Medical School graduating in 2011. He completed his medical training in Duluth at the Duluth Family Medicine Clinic. He started working in medicine as an EMT on the Falls Ambulance Service when attending RRCC. He enjoys living in Northern Minnesota fishing, hunting, and enjoying the outdoors. He is excited to bring quality healthcare to rural Northern Minnesota with interests in Family Medicine and Emergency Medicine. He loves being out on Lake Vermillion chasing the elusive walleye.
Rachel Beldo, APRN, CNP
Rachel Beldo, APRN, CNP grew up in Eveleth, MN. She obtained her nursing degree from the College of St. Scholastica in Duluth in 2007, and her DNP from the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities in 2013. She worked at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN for 10 years, four of which were in Family Medicine. She recently relocated to northern Minnesota, and is looking forward to spending time fishing on Lake Vermilion, hiking with her dog Lena, and being closer to her family. She provides medical care to patients of all ages.