Meet the dedicated providers of Sawtooth Mountain Clinic.
Melissa Brooks, FNP
I became a Nurse Practitioner in 2013. I practiced in Alaska and Washington prior to joining the SMC team in May 2022. I love living and working in rural/remote areas with my family where we can explore, forage, and appreciate nature. I enjoy working with a variety of patients of all ages. I particularly enjoy women’s health, children, and teens.
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. I additionally see patients at Grand Portage Health Services.
Kaylan Dix, CNP
I started at Sawtooth Mountain Clinic as a nurse practitioner in 2021, and I have been a registered nurse since 2007. In 2018 I did a clinical rotation and scholarship project at SMC, which is how I got to know the clinic and grow to appreciate the community and lifestyle in Cook County. I truly enjoy caring for and connecting with people of all ages. I feel so lucky to be situated in this place of natural wonder and wonderful people.
Kurt Farchmin, MD
I have been a physician at Sawtooth Mountain Clinic since 2015. I received my medical degree from the University of Minnesota Duluth and completed residency through the Center for Family Medicine in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. I practice full scope family medicine including prenatal care.
Catherine Hansen, MD
I started at Sawtooth Mountain Clinic in October 2018. I attended University of Minnesota Medical School and completed residency at the University of Minnesota – North Memorial program in Minneapolis. My professional interests include full spectrum family medicine, women’s health, mental health, and addiction medicine. Outside of work I enjoy traveling, hiking, ceramics, and spending time with my dog.
Michael Sampson, MD
I have been a family medicine physician at SMC since October, 2009. I attended University of MN Medical School and practiced medicine for 16 years in Vermont, prior to returning home to Minnesota. In addition to my practice at Sawtooth Mountain Clinic I also serve patients at Grand Portage Health Services.
Allison Stolz, MD
I started on a part-time basis at SMC in 2022. My husband and I have a cabin in Cook County, but we live the rest of the time in the Twin Cities where our kids are finishing up high school. I graduated from the University of Minnesota medical school in 2000 and did my family medicine residency through Fairview-University hospital. My areas of clinical interest include pediatric and adolescent health, preventive health, eating disorders, and mental health.
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 colonoscopies. Lake Superior Medical Society 2010 Physician of the Year honoree.
Behavioral Health Staff
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 in 2012. I joined the team at the Sawtooth Mountain Clinic in the Fall of 2017.
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.
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. Once a month I see patients at Grand Portage Health Services.
James Zimmer, LGSW
I grew up in Grand Marais and graduated from Cook County High School. I joined the army right after high school which I served for over 20 years and retired before moving back to Grand Marais. I attended the University of Louisville where I was awarded my Master in Science in Social work. I have worked as a mental health and chemical dependency case manager for Cook County Public Health and Human Services before coming to the Sawtooth Mountain Clinic. It has always been my dream to be able to come home to Cook County and serve the community in which I grew up.