About Us

Dedicated to Providing Superior Care

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Our History

Grow Pediatrics has served the Twin Cities community for over 30 years. Dr. Jane VanRoekel, the clinic's founding pediatrician, believed that healthcare should be delivered in a family-focused atmosphere where a strong relationship exists between provider and family.

 

That’s how we've quickly become one of the best pediatricians in St. Paul. Throughout our existence, Grow Pediatrics has always stayed small to truly provide that level service, especially when large corporations and private practices consolidated to increase profits at the expense of their patients.

 

In 2010, Lindsey Deeb, RN, CNP, Dr. VanRoekel's daughter-in-law, took over ownership and operation of the clinic and continues the tradition of family-focused healthcare. Not all pediatric providers in Minneapolis/St. Paul will strive to build a relationship with your family, but here at Grow Pediatrics it’s our top priority.

A Trusted Pediatric Clinic

As a parent, you want to ensure that your child gets the best pediatric care Minneapolis/St. Paul has to offer. As a trusted pediatric clinic, we are proud to say that we truly provide better care, shorter wait times, and a superior atmosphere than any other clinic in the state. Our comprehensive, low cost pediatric services include holistic checkups and urgent care

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Meet the Team

Our Providers

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Lindsey Deeb
APRN, CNP

Team Member since: 2010

Lindsey is a board certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner and Lactation Educator.

Lindsey's past pediatric experience includes several years working with behaviorally and emotionally challenged children and adolescents, and several years working as an RN and case manager for children with cancer and heart problems.

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Michelle Ohnstad
DNP, APRN, CNP

Team Member since: 2016

Michelle is a board certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner and Lactation Educator.

Her past pediatric experience includes several years as a Registered Nurse at Children's Hospital of Minnesota where she cared for patients in the cardiac intensive care unit.

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Brett Mortenson
DNP, APRN, CNP

Team Member since: 2017

Brett is a board certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner.

He enjoys caring for children of all ages. His goal is to help children and families lead healthy and well-rounded lives. This includes being an advocate for mental and physical health.

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Linnea Sorensen
APRN, CNP

Team Member since: 2021

Linnea is a board certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

and Lactation Educator.

Linnea's past pediatric experience includes several years as a Registered Nurse in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at Mayo Clinic. 

She enjoys caring for patients of all ages with a focus on patient and family centered care.

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Amber Benson
APRN, CNP

Team Member since: 2020

Amber is a board certified Family Nurse Practitioner and Lactation Educator.

Amber’s past nursing experience includes working many years as an intensive care and medical surgical nurse. Most recently she has worked in pediatric primary care, providing well and illness care to newborns through young adults.

Meet the Team

Our Staff

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Nicole Howe

Medical Assistant
Team Member Since: 2015

Favorite part about working here: My favorite part about working at Grow Pediatrics is our commitment to great patient care!

Fun Fact: I have been working as a Medical Assistant in a pediatric setting since 2004. I have two kids and an amazing husband. We love being outdoors and spending time with family.

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Kao Song Yang

Medical Assistant

Team Member since: 2008

Favorite part about working here: Getting to know the families by name.

Fun Fact: I played on a volleyball league where I was the tallest person on my team. (standing tall at 5' 2)

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Heather Cummings

Medical Assistant

Team Member Since: 2017

Favorite part about working here: Coming soon!

Fun Fact: Coming soon!.

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Sandy Xiong

Medical Assistant

Team Member Since: 2019

Favorite part about working here: Coming Soon!

Fun Fact: Coming Soon!

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Coming Soon!

Registered Nurse

Team Member Since: 2021

Favorite part about working here: Coming Soon!

Fun Fact: Coming Soon!

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Jenny Crider

Front Desk / Administrative Assistant

Team Member Since: 2006

Favorite part about working here: Getting to know the families that come in on a more personal level. And of course, my coworkers!

Fun Fact: I am married to the love of my life and we have 3 kids, all 5 years apart in age. We love having bonfires, watching movies and spending time with family and friends.

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Deb Heyers

Billing Coordinator

Team Member Since: 1990

Favorite part about working here: I enjoy working for Grow Pediatrics because it is a small practice, watching the kids grow, and become parents themselves.

Fun Fact: I love my granddaughter coming for visit on weekends. I enjoy walking by the lake and doing lots of crafts.