Published on December 07, 2018

Essentia Weight Management Physician to see patients in Bigfork

Mark Gustafson, Weight Loss (non-surgical)

Dr. Mark Gustafson, a weight management physician who cares for patients in Deer River and Virginia, will also see patients at Bigfork Valley Hospital, 258 Pine Tree Drive, Bigfork, beginning Jan. 3. Dr. Gustafson joined Essentia in January 2018 after practicing family medicine for 27 years.

"I'm very interested in the relationship between nutrition and its effects on health, so this specialty is a great fit for me," he explains. "I saw a lot of chronic disease and preventable conditions in my family medicine practice, and my hope is that by helping patients optimize their dietary and lifestyle choices, they will be able to reverse those chronic diseases, lose weight and lead healthier lives."

Dr. Gustafson earned a medical degree from the University of Minnesota School of Medicine in Minneapolis. He completed a residency in family medicine at Appleton Medical Center in Appleton, Wisconsin. He is certified by the American Board of Family Medicine in family medicine.

"I find this area of medicine to be extremely rewarding," says Dr. Gustafson. "By educating patients about how the foods they choose impact their health, they become empowered as they discover that they can really improve their quality of life."

To schedule an appointment in Deer River or Bigfork, call (218) 246-8275 To schedule an appointment in Virginia, call (218) 749-7800