Meet the dedicated providers of Sawtooth Mountain Clinic.
Sandy Stover, MD
I was born in the Twin Cities, and did my college years at UMD; Medical School at the University of Minnesota; and returned to Duluth for Residency. I am interested in end-of-life/palliative care. I have lived in Grand Marais since 1990. I’m married to Ralph Larsen and we have two daughters. I knit, read and sail when weather permits.
Paul Terrill, MD, FAAFP
I’ve been a physician at SMC since 1991. I received my medical degree from the University of Minnesota and completed graduate training in Family Medicine at the Duluth Family Practice Center. My practice includes the performance of no-scalpel vasectomy and colonoscopy. Lake Superior Medical Society 2010 Physician of the Year honoree.
Jenny Delfs, MD
I graduated from the University of Iowa medical school in 1991 and married Jeff Kern a week later. We lived in Duluth where I did my residency before moving to Grand Marais in 1996. We have two sons. I enjoy being a part of this lively community and taking care of my friends and neighbors. I love working with the team at SMC to care for patients through the full spectrum of their lives. I am especially interested in helping patients with chronic conditions manage their disease.
Michael Sampson, MD
Family Medicine Physician, hired in October, 2009. Attended University of MN medical school and practiced medicine for 16 years in Vermont, prior to returning home to Minnesota.
Milan Schmidt, MD
I started at SMC full time as of August 1, 2011. I and my wife Carolyn have purchased a house in Croftville and also have had a cabin in Hovland for over 15 years. I am interested in weight loss and wellness and helping people make healthy lifestyle changes.
Kurt Farchmin, MD
Dr. Kurt Farchmin attended medical school in Duluth, MN as a part of the Rural Physician Expansion Program (RPEP) and completed his residency in Souix Falls, SD. “I’ve always known I wanted to settle in a small town,” Farchmin said, “I liked Duluth, but I wanted to be part of a community, a smaller clinic.” In 2013, Dr. Farchmin shadowed Dr. Terrill and Dr. Stover as a part of his residency requirement. “They were great providers to work with,” he said “and Dr. Nancy Rova and Dr. John Wood, who I knew through medical school, spoke very highly of Sawtooth Mountain Clinic. I knew the Federally Qualified Health Center model that SMC operated under would allow me to practice medicine instead of business. That was a big draw.” When asked what drew him to medicine, Farchmin said “My mom inspired me to be a doctor, she was a family physician.”
In addition to his work as a doctor, Dr. Farchmin enjoys being active outside, regularly cross-country skiing, biking, canoeing and hiking. “I’ve hiked a majority of the Superior Hiking Trail over the years. In fact, the first time I saw Grand Marais, it was via the hiking trail. The view was spectacular.” Also a mandolin player and a woodworker, Farchmin hopes to get involved in the area’s thriving art community. “I’m really glad to be here,” he said. “Cook County and Sawtooth Mountain Clinic feel like a great fit for me.”
Lisa Zallar, CNP
I graduated from the College of St. Scholastica as a Certified Family Nurse Practitioner in 2007 and began working at the Sawtooth Mountain Clinic in June of that year.
Jane Asay, LICSW
I am a Clinical Social Worker licensed in the state of Minnesota. I completed my Masters in Social Work from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities and joined the team at the Sawtooth Mountain Clinic in the Fall of 2017.
I am originally form the Pacific Northwest. Although I love and miss the ocean, I am so grateful to call the shores of the Big Lake my new home. I believe that the most profound healing occurs when we are able to support the whole person (mind, body, spirit, heart, and community) and I am excited to be a part of an integrated care system that is also committed to this work!
I work with clients using a collaborative and holistic approach in order to cultivate the hope and courage to heal and grow. I provide short term and long term therapy for individuals, families, and couples across the lifespan with a wide variety of concerns. I highly value research and professional growth and am committed to staying well-informed of research and complimentary healing modalities to incorporate into my practice.
Sarah Dragswiek, LICSW
I was raised in the Twin Cities but attended college and graduate school in Los Angeles, obtaining my MSW from the University of Southern California. I practiced in Minneapolis for 10 years at Washburn Center for Children before moving to Grand Marais with my husband and two sons in June 2016. The North Shore has been a favorite place of ours to visit for years, and I am so excited to now call it home.