​"I love my job! On a daily basis I get to encourage and educate families. Plus, I work with a great team that goes above and beyond in the care of our patients."

          - Connie Blackwell, CNP, Co-Founder

"I love getting to know the families when they come in."

                                  - Nicole DuBose, MA

"The commitment, genuine concern and teamwork for the children and their families is what has drawn me to work here at North Metro Pediatrics. This is what having a healthcare home is all about!" I am thankful to a part of this AMAZING team of professionals.

 - Kris Ziebarth, Receptionist

Connie Blackwell, Co-founder and Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

Connie, a certified nurse practitioner, co-founded North Metro Pediatrics in 2005 and has been heart and soul of the organization’s mission since then.  As a Registered Nurse she worked in Hospital Neonatal and ER units.  She then worked with Aspen Medical group in Triage nursing and in the Urgent care.  In 2002 she received her Masters Degree from St. Kate's and was certified as a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner.  Shortly after, she co-founded this clinic and has applied her experiences from over 30 years in Pediatric Nursing to build a model of care centered around Prevention and Educating families.

Cheri Friedrich, Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

Cheri received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Masters of Science, and her Doctorate of Nursing Practice, all from the University of Minnesota.  She completed her Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Certification from the College of St. Catherine and she is also a certified lactation consultant. Currently Cheri teaches in the pediatric nurse practitioner area of study at the University of Minnesota and she has maintained a clinical practice for the past 20+ years.  She joined the wonderful interprofessional care team at North Metro Pediatrics in 2011.  She loves caring for kids and their families from infancy to young adulthood, and the extended time for patient visits at North Metro Pediatrics allows for meaningful and personalized care.

Kate Estrada, Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

Kate studied Biology at the St. Mary's University of Minnesota before receiving her Masters in Nursing in Primary Care Pediatrics at Vanderbilt University in Nashville.  She has over ten years of experience in pediatrics in several settings including rural clinics, home visits, and telemedicine.  Kate loves to educate not only patient families, but also new nurses and providers.  She is interested in health care business, as she was part of a healthcare start-up.  She has lived all over the US, but is glad to be back home in Minnesota with her husband and 3 young girls.  She joined North Metro Peds as a Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner in 2017 and loves building relationships with families and working with infants.

Nicki Ahles-Moses, Pediatric Nurse Practitioner and Lactation Consultant

Nicki has been a certified pediatric nurse practitioner since 2007. She received her Bachelor of Science in nursing from St. Catherine University in 2001 and obtained her Masters of Science in Nursing from the University of Pennsylvania. She is also an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant and enjoys assisting new and experienced mothers with breastfeeding concerns. Nicki enjoys caring for children and their families from newborn to young adulthood, and the extra time she is able to spend with families during their visit. 

Barb Hoglund, Family Nurse Practitioner

Barb Hoglund, a certified Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) since 1996, joined North Metro Pediatrics in 2007. Barb enjoys seeing children of all ages for well-child visits, acute and chronic illness care, sports physicals, and common mental health concerns. She was instrumental in developing North Metro Pediatric’s ability to care for children and adolescents with uncomplicated ADHD, anxiety, and depression – kids who often find good medication management for these concerns lacking in other clinical settings.  She is also a seasoned nurse educator and holds a doctorate in higher education with expertise in curriculum development; Barb has taught nursing at Metropolitan State University and Bethel University for many years.

Laura Hurrins, Registered Nurse

Laura joined the team at North Metro in 2012 and is now an integral part our Health Care Home program acting as Care coordinator.  In this role she helps families navigate systems of care including coordinating with school, specialists, and other family resources.   She is also a trained asthma educator.  The positive relationships she builds with the families seen here at NMP is something very dear to her heart. 

Jeff Lundgren, Executive Director

Jeff joined the North Metro team in January 2017 taking over leadership of the clinic.  He is a former member of the Board of Directors (2007 – 2010) and helped get the first annual golf tournament off the ground.  He received his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management with an Emphasis in Entrepreneurship from St. Cloud State University, and spent over 9 years in Customer Solutions and Supply Chain for General Mills before joining the team.  His favorite thing about working for North Metro is knowing we make a difference in the lives of our families and hearing children call the staff members by name.

Kris Ziebarth, Receptionist

Kris joined North Metro Pediatrics in August 2016 as a receptionist. She has worked alongside North Metro Pediatrics for the past 12 years and has a extensive history with working with children and their families.

Kelly Wittman, Development and Marketing Coordinator

Kelly joined North Metro Pediatrics in December 2017. She comes to us with more than five years of non-profit marketing experience and is looking forward to sharing the North Metro Pediatrics story! When she's not at NMP, Kelly enjoys spending time outdoors with her husband and their two black labs.

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