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



Amy Banks, MD

Amy Banks, MD, grew up in Mt. Iron, Minnesota. 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. For 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.

Amy practices at the Cook Medical and Tower Medical clinics.

Celin Williams, LICSW

Celin Williams, LICSW, grew up in Ely, Minnesota.  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. Celin 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 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. Celin is available to address all mental health concerns with children ages six and older, and adults of all ages.

Celin practices at the Cook Medical, Tower Medical and Eveleth Medical clinics.

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. When he is not at work, he and his wife Vicki enjoy biking and gardening at their home.

Dr. Tietz practices at the Cook Medical, Tower Medical and Eveleth Medical clinics.  Dr. Tietz also practices minimally invasive surgeries in Cook and Tower.

Emily Wild, CNP

Emily Wild, CNP, grew up in Duluth, Minnesota and attended Bethel University in 2010 where she received her Bachelor’s degree. She started her career as a registered nurse in 2014 at United Hospital in St. Paul, MN. Emily returned to school in 2018 at Metropolitan University to pursue becoming a Nurse Practitioner, where she graduated in May 2022 with a Doctor of Nurse Practice (DNP) degree. Emily is excited to begin her career at Scenic Rivers. She is passionate about providing holistic care for patients and assisting them on their own path to health and well-being.

Emily practices at Cook Medical and Tower Medical clinics.

Erin Thielbar, FNP-C

Erin Theilbar, FNP-C, 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 degree 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 spending quality time with her two children and spouse at Lake Vermilion for fishing, campfires, and cabin time.

Erin practices at Cook Medical and Tower Medical clinics.

Kiara Westendorf, LGSW

Kiara Westendorf, LGSW, grew up in Duluth, Minnesota and moved to the Iron Range in 2022. She attended the College of St. Benedict for her undergraduate degree in psychology.  During that time, Kiara worked with elementary aged children in a mental health program in Sauk Rapids. She then moved back to Duluth to attend and graduate from the College of St. Scholastica with her Master of Social Work degree. During her graduate program, Kiara worked in a community mental health setting with at-risk youth and teens. 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. Kiara is also trained in Accelerated Resolution Therapy (ART), which is used to treat trauma, in addition to many other mental health concerns. In her spare time, Kiara enjoys hiking, reading, and spending time at her cabin.

Kiara practices at Cook Medical, Tower Medical, and Eveleth Medical clinics.

Rachel Beldo-Rosa, DNP, APRN, CNP

Rachel Beldo-Rosa, DNP, APRN, CNP, grew up in Eveleth, Minnesota. 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. Rachel worked at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota for 10 years, four of which were in Family Medicine. She lives in Tower with her husband, Andrew, dogs Sven and Lena, and cat Ole. Rachel loves spending time outside and on Lake Vermilion. She provides medical care to patients of all ages.

Rachel practices at the Tower Medical and Cook Medical clinics.