Sanford Health welcomes Kirstin LeSage, MD, to its palliative care team – Bemidji Pioneer

Sanford Health in Bemidji welcomes Kirstin LeSage, MD, to the palliative care team at Sanford Joe Lueken Cancer Center.

dr. LeSage received her bachelor’s degree in psychology and attended medical school at the University of Minnesota, Duluth, MN. She gained additional experience during her residency with Gunderson Health System’s internal medicine program and fellowship with the Providence Alaska Medical Center Palliative Care Program in Anchorage, AK. dr. LeSage is certified in internal medicine, hospice, and palliative care from the American Board of Internal Medicine.

Before joining Sanford Health, Dr. LeSage medical director of the Essentia Health Supportive and Palliative Care Program in Duluth, MN.

In her new role at Sanford Health, Dr. LeSage patients with serious illness, including diseases such as cancer, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), congestive heart failure, kidney disease, dementia, liver disease, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), and Parkinson’s disease. disease. She works with a patient’s healthcare team, providing symptom management and support for emotional, spiritual, and physical needs of patients and their families.

dr. LeSage wants everyone to know that “Palliative care is delivered on an emergency basis, not a prognosis basis. It can be delivered at any stage of serious illness.”

When asked about the care she provides, Dr. LeSage: “I believe that communication, listening and respect for personal choices are the most important components in developing a successful plan of care, especially when faced with a diagnosis of a serious illness.”

“This can be a very scary, vulnerable and confusing time for some. That is why palliative care focuses on understanding what is important to each patient and their family by putting forward their values, beliefs, hopes and goals; develop the medical care plan based on those wishes.”

“Severe illness often puts a lot of stress on the individual and their support system. Through expert symptom management, my goal is to alleviate the physical, psychosocial, and spiritual stress that many people experience during serious illness, regardless of the prognosis. I am passionate about educating the community, my colleagues, patients and their families about this often misunderstood specialty.”

In addition to her practice, Dr. LeSage loves getting out into nature, kayaking, canoeing, fishing, camping and hiking every chance she gets.

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