Our team is comprised of seasoned healthcare professionals, including physicians and nurse clinicians, who are uniquely familiar with the special needs of patients who have suffered a traumatic injury.
Mark Ahrendt, MD, has served as a trauma surgeon at North Memorial since 1993. He has a clinical special interest in initial Emergency Department evaluation and continued hospital care of all types of traumatic injuries.
Alan Beal, MD, is a trama surgeon and Director of the Trauma/Neuro ICU at North Memorial, where he has served for 18 years. He is also the Surgical Education Director for surgical residents and medical students. Dr. Beal has a clinical special interest in trauma surgery, surgical critical care and acute care surgery, and evaluating and treating complex patients with injuries or surgical problems that also require care in the ICU.
Jonathan Gipson, MD, is the Medical Director of Trauma Services and the Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery Program at North Memorial. Dr. Gipson has a special interest in the surgical management of trauma and the care of patients requiring emergent and urgent general surgical procedures. His non-emergent clinical focus is on the surgical treatment of gastrointestinal diseases and bariatric surgical procedures, including laparoscopic gastric bypass and laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy.
Dr. Eric Irwin has served as a trauma surgeon for eleven years and is currently the medical director for the pediatric trauma program at North Memorial. He has special clinical interests in the care of injured patients and acute care surgery as well as general vascular surgery.
Wendy Dellich is a registered nurse with certification in neuroscience. Her clinical special interests include caring for trauma and acute care surgery patients and their families.
Jennifer Kling, FNP, is a board-certified family nurse practitioner whose clinical special interests include caring for patients in Trauma Services from admission to discharge, and in follow-up care.
Michaela McLain is a nurse practitioner whose clinical special interests include rehabilitation, trauma and urgent/emergent care. She enjoys caring for the patient as a whole and working with patient's families as well.
Patty Reicks, RN, is the pediatric trauma coordinator and research coordinator for North Memorial Trauma Services. She holds certifications in critical care and neuroscience.
Melanie Smalley is an orthopedics-certfied RN whose special interests include caring for orthopedic trauma patients and their families. from admission through discharge.
Lisa Sorenson, RN, is a certified plastic surgical nurse - the only one on staff at North Memorial. She has 17 years of orthopedic experience and 21 years of plastic surgery experience.
Melissa A.L. Thorson MS, RN, CCRN, CCNS is the trauma program manager for North Memorial Trauma Services. She is a clinical nurse specialist with special interests in trauma, acute care surgery and critical care.