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.
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.
Emily Wild, CNP
Emily grew up in Duluth, MN and attended Bethel University in 2010 where she received her Bachelor’s. She started her career as a registered nurse in 2014 at United Hospital in St. Paul, MN. She returned to school in 2018 at Metropolitan University to pursue becoming a Nurse Practitioner. She graduated in May 2022 with a DNP degree and 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.
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.
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.
Rachel practices at the Tower Medical clinic.