New family medicine provider joins MCHS in Springfield
Valerie Folkens, nurse practitioner, is the newest member of the family medicine team at Mayo Clinic Health System in Springfield. As a nurse practitioner, Folkens helps care for people of all ages with preventive treatment and illness evaluation, including the prescription of medications. She started seeing patients Jan. 14.
“As a nurse practitioner, my goal is to partner with my patients,” says Folkens. “I’m able to look at the whole patient, addressing their needs and provide the tools to help enhance their health.”
Folkens received her medical training from South Dakota State University in Brookings, South Dakota. Prior to joining the Family Medicine Department, she worked as a nurse practitioner in the Emergency Medicine Department at Mayo Clinic Health System in Springfield. Folkens is a member of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners.
“I enjoy engaging in honest conversations with my patients,” says Folkens. “Together we discuss any goals for their health. I want to make sure they’re comfortable with any plan we develop to support their future health.”
“We’re excited to welcome Valerie to our team of family medicine providers,” says Stephanie Kivi., medical director at Mayo Clinic Health System in Springfield. “She is an experienced nurse practitioner, who is a strong advocate for her patients and their health needs.”
Call 507-723-6201 to schedule an appointment. Learn more about Mayo Clinic Health System at mayoclinichealthsystem.org.