Author: Jennifer Peterson, CNP

Jennifer is a Certified Family Nurse Practitioner who joined Williams Integracare in January 2016. Jennifer is certified through the American Association of Nurse Practitioners to see patients across the lifespan from children to the elderly. Jennifer easily makes connections with patients to help them identify their healthcare needs and goals with a caring, holistic approach to their healthcare needs.

Do I Have a Mental Illness? And Other Mental Health FAQ

Mental illness is much more common than many people think, and despite the name, is capable of causing physical health problems too. Just like any physical illness, mental illnesses require proper diagnosis and treatment, and most people would benefit from having more information under their belts about these conditions. Learning to recognize the signs and symptoms of mental illness could save yourself or a loved one, so here’s what you need to know.

5 Reasons to Never Miss your Annual Exam or Physical

The annual physical exam plays an important role in your health, and there are a number of reasons why you should book and attend a physical every year. Specifically, regular physicals are essential for overall good health and to screen for and prevent disease. No matter who you are or what your medical records look like, here are five great reasons to never miss an adult physical exam.

Breast Cancer: Awareness at All Levels

This time of year is unlike any other. The leaves are almost finished falling, the kids are excited about trick-or-treating, and hearty meals like soups and stews are making their way to the dinner table. At the moment, I’m looking forward to the end of raking leaves, counting how many Disney princesses ring my doorbell October 31st, and having honest, genuine conversations about breast cancer.

Five Tips for a Healthy Start to the School Year

Summer is a wonderful time of year. And, summer in Central Minnesota is unrivaled. As fun as summer can be, it is also a time when routines and schedules tend to go out the window as children enjoy a welcome break from school. As you prepare your children to go back to school, it can be helpful to have tips to help guide you in getting your children ready for the fall. If you want your kids to have a healthy return to school, consider following these helpful tips for a strong start to your student’s educational calendar year.