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10 Southeast Fifth Street
Cook, Minnesota 55723
Phone: (218) 666-5945
Toll Free: 1-866-324-5945
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Bruce D. Garbisch, MDBruce D. Garbisch, MD
Dr. Garbisch is a 1974 graduate of the University of Minnesota Medical School and served his residency in family practice at Ramsey Hospital, St. Paul. He is board certified by the American Board of Family Practice and is a member of the American Academy of Family Practice. He holds a certificate of added qualification in geriatrics. Dr. Garbisch came to Cook in 1977. He currently serves as Medical Director for the Cook Ambulance and as Nursing Home Medical Director at the Cook C&NC Unit. He holds privileges at Cook Hospital.
Harold D. Johnston, MDHarold D. Johnston, MD
Dr. Johnston is a graduate of the Western Michigan University and received his medical degree from the University of Michigan Medical School, Ann Arbor. He completed a rotating internship at St. Benedictís Hospital, Ogden, Utah a one year Family Practice Residency at St. Benedictís and a third and final year in Family Practice residence in Peoria School of Medicine, Methodist Hospital of Central Illinois, Peoria, Ill. He is licensed by the State of Minnesota Medical Board. Dr. Johnston began his practice in Cook in 1974. He holds privileges at the Cook Hospital, and courtesy privileges at Fairview Range Medical Center, Hibbing and Virginia Regional Medical Center, Virginia. He has served as Cook Area Health Services Medical Director, Cook Hospital Chief of Staff, Nursing Home Director, Cook and Orr Ambulance Director, and is the Fortune Bay First Responders Director.

Wendy Long, CFNP Wendy Long, CFNP
Long is a graduate of The College of Saint Scholastica, received her bachelorís in nursing from Bemidji State University, and Nursing at the College of Saint Scholastica, and has received her Masters in Arts and licensed as a Family Nurse Practioner. She began practicing in Virginia from 2007-2011 and then started in Scenic Rivers at Cook (holds privileges at Cook Hospital) At the Cook Hospital she serves as a Board Member. Wendy is married, has three sons, and enjoys outdoor activities.

Matthew Holmes, MD Dr. Matthew Holmes grew up in Angora, Minnesota, and graduated from Virginia High School. He moved to Duluth for his undergraduate degree at the College of St. Scholastica and attended medical school at the University of Minnesota Duluth. He completed his residency at the Duluth Family Medicine Center.

Dr. Holmes thoroughly enjoys northern Minnesota, which is why he stayed close to ďhomeĒ for all of his medical education and training. He spends most of his free time outdoors hunting, fishing, and snowmobiling with his wife, Kimberly. who originally hails from Tower, Minnesota. When Dr. Holmes isnít outdoors, he can usually be found in his garage tinkering with ATVís, snowmobiles, or pretty much anything else with a motor.

Nicholas Vidor, MD Dr. Nicholas Vidor grew up in International Falls graduating from Falls High School. While working as an EMT on the Falls Ambulance Service, 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, Dr. Vidor attended UMD for a Masters in Chemistry. He readily finished a graduate degree in 2007 and attended the UMD Medical School graduating in 2011. Dr. Vidor completed medical training at the Duluth Family Medicine Clinic.

Dr. Vidor enjoys living in northern Minnesota, fishing, and hunting. He is excited to bring additional quality healthcare to rural northern Minnesota with interests in Family Medicine and Emergency Medicine.
Josie Lopez, MD Dr. Josie Norberg-Lopez is a 2009 graduate of Loyola University Chicago and trained for residency at West Suburban Medical Center in Oak Park, IL. Dr. Lopez has been employed by Scenic Rivers Health Services since 2015. She has special interests in maternal child health, including prenatal care, inter-conception care, and pediatrics; diabetes; geriatrics; poverty medicine; and international health. She volunteers in rural Guatemala providing care at a nursing home and indigenous villages. She is a member of the Physicians for Human Rights Asylum Network. Her hobbies include swimming, canoeing, and camping. Dr. Lopez is fluent in Spanish.

Other physicians currently on active status are:
  • Dr. Tom Uncini, Pathologist
  • Dr. Dan Courneya, Radiologist
  • Dr. Dan Vechell, Radiologist
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