Patient Stories: Overview

Abi and Ani

Abi and Ani

Starting with obstetrics care at Park Nicollet Clinic–St. Louis Park and delivery at Park Nicollet Methodist Hospital, my daughter Ani and I have received great care and experiences every step of the way.



Melrose Institute offered the ideal methods and schedule for inpatient and outpatient treatment. I needed to detox from all of my behaviors associated with my eating disorder. I loved the structure Melrose provided.

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"I was ready to take control of my weight once and for all. The informational sessions provided by the Park Nicollet were so interesting and provided enough information to get me started in my journey towards weight-loss surgery."


The on-call neurologist, Dr. Nance, explained the CT scan and MRI revealed I had a brain tumor in my upper-left skull. I was scheduled for brain surgery with Dr. Baimeedi the following Wednesday afternoon. During my brain surgery, Dr. Baimeedi removed the meningioma (which was benign). The surgery went swiftly, and two days later, I remember meeting this delightful surgeon.


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“My biggest fear about the surgery, besides the chance of finding cancer, was the recovery period,” Bonnie says. “I had laparoscopic surgery the year before to remove an ovary and it took three weeks before I felt better. But just four days after my da Vinci hysterectomy, I had very little pain and was walking on the treadmill at the gym.”



"I wasn’t patient number four; I was Carissa, who was getting her first chemotherapy on her birthday."


"At every phase of my care, I experienced professional, compassionate and caring interactions. I moved through the entire process in a timely manner and was treated as a whole patient, not just a diagnosis."



“Some mornings I can do the crossword puzzle, others I can’t. Sometimes I can hold my book to read, sometimes not.” After living with Parkinson’s for nearly 15 years, Don has no doubts about its effects. “It’s a whimsical and capricious disease. It takes away your spontaneity. You feel helpless.”

Jeff, Bariatric Surgery patient, playing football with family


"The extra weight started to affect the rest of my body. I developed painful arthritis in both knees, which made it impossible for me to exercise."

Bariatric Judy


"About seven years ago, I met with Dr. George Logan, and he put me on a new medicine. I have not had a flare up since, nor have I had any symptoms of the disease. Dr. Logan is a great doctor and very passionate – he changed my life."

Judy, outdoors in front of Frauenshuh Cancer Center

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"I've learned that patients with cancer have personalities and souls that cancer can't take away."



I recently had my second baby, Fletcher, with Park Nicollet and Methodist Hospital. I truly feel that Park Nicollet offers the best care and support for new families. Park Nicollet always keeps the patient first and makes the experience the best it can be. And I say this as both a patient and care team member.  My family also goes to Park Nicollet and has been thrilled with the care they've received. 

Kathy, breast center patient


Kathy Eagan’s 40th birthday was a time to celebrate, get ready for the upcoming school year for her three children and cheer on her favorite football team, the Green Bay Packers. At this milestone in her life, Kathy never thought of breast cancer – even though her grandmother and father had it. “I imagined I might get it in my 60s or 70s. When I was diagnosed, I thought, ‘Well, the forties aren’t what they’re cracked up to be!’”        

Kathy and Mel

"I felt compelled to write you regarding the care my newborn, my family and I received during my recent stay in the labor, delivery and postpartum areas of your hospital. Your nursing staff was tremendous!"

kathy and grandson

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"I used to snack all day. I couldn’t pass up the cookies, donuts and treats that are always around in my workplace. But now, food is not on the forefront of my thinking at all."

Ken and Kathleen and Lily

"We were not sure what to expect as Kathleen’s pregnancy was reaching our due date. That is, in terms of what would happen when we made it to Methodist Hospital and it was 'go time.' Sure, we took the prep classes but, as you know, nothing compares to the actual birth."

Kristen hugging her dog


31-year-old medical student Kristen Kallestad noticed her heartbeat “started feeling strange” last summer, and couldn't ignore it.

Laura and story


"I realized I was watching my family live instead of living with them. The very next day on the way home from work, I heard a radio ad for Park Nicollet Bariatric Surgery Center."


"I am so grateful to the Park Nicollet staff who carefully and gently guided me through the entire process."


"I’ve begun to realize that there is so much of life left after cancer and looking to that for inspiration makes the process easier to deal with."


"Overcoming breast cancer has made me a stronger person and taught me to live life to the fullest every day."

Marjorie smiling with cute red hat on


"I felt betrayed by my body."


I was scared to death, but now know it was the best thing I have ever done. I highly recommend this facility; everyone was very kind and professional.



“I had never experienced chronic pain before,” Mary said. “It started to affect my walking and my work.” As a nurse, Mary was always on her feet. But the pain made it nearly impossible to get through the day. An X-ray showed that she had no cartilage remaining in her left hip after years of wear-and-tear that led to arthritis.


During my surgery and recovery at Park Nicollet, I was extremely impressed. Dr. Baimeedi checked in with me every day and his no-nonsense attitude and bedside manner was just what I needed to keep myself positive and recover quickly. There is no question in my mind that I would refer anyone to Dr. Baimeedi as my experience was top notch!



“Even with diabetes, I stay active. It doesn't keep me from my love of acting or drama. Due to the pump, I can’t do some things other kids take for granted, like wear skinny dresses. However, I still play softball and tennis. Having Dr. Criego has been great; she helps me manage my diabetes and cares about me as a person.”



"I've had lots of pulmonary problems; I recently was in the hospital four times in five weeks for fluid in my lungs. My doctors at Park Nicollet decided to put me on Prednisone, and it has made all the difference in the world. I'm doing much better now."


I am a wife and mother of three very active girls, plus I’m employed full time. Our lives are very busy. One day in early January, I woke up with a pain in my neck running into my shoulder. I thought it was a knot and it would go away in a few days, but it didn’t. After two weeks, numbness started running down my right arm and into my thumb. This completely put me in a panic; I thought I was having a stroke.


Within a week after surgery, I stopped needing any pain medication. Within a couple weeks, I was walking at the same pace as before I was injured. I consider the surgery to have been very successful in treating my injury.


When I first walked into Neurosurgery, I had minimal function and strength in my right arm. Today, it’s as if there had never been a problem. I have complete use and strength again! I am so grateful to my care team, especially Dr. Baimeedi, for giving me back a life without limitations.

Heart and Vascular patient, Steve Guzzi


“It wasn’t like in the movies,” he says. “I felt strange, and had some minor chest pain. I had a feeling something wasn’t right. A neighbor took me to Methodist Hospital. Within minutes, I was in the cath lab with a stent in my heart.”

Steve and Aimee

"My husband and I cannot imagine going through pregnancy and labor without the this program."

Tammy and Joe on a motorcycle

Tammy and Joe

"One thing that hasn't changed since the surgery is our weekly date nights. Joe just bought a Harley, so we get on the motorcycle and go for a ride every Tuesday night."

Tom and Marla, Cancer Center patients

Tom and Marla

"Cancer is quite a shock, but part of the rollercoaster of life." – Tom

Wayne healthy eating


"When our family relocated to Minnesota for work, I decided I wanted to sort out my health issues. My general practitioner recommended I contact Park Nicollet Bariatric Surgery Center, and the rest, as they say, is history."