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Ken is a full-time chaplain at Abbott Northwestern Hospital having worked there since 2011. Ken holds a Master of Divinity degree in cross-cultural ministry and is certified through the Association of Professional Chaplains. He also works as an on-call chaplain at Children's Hospitals of Minnesota. Ken teaches a weekly Wellness Class at Abbott in the cardiology unit and conducts bi-monthly Wisdom Legacy Circle sessions at The Waters on 50th Senior Living Community. He has served 25+ years as a pastor in churches in Philadelphia, PA, Upstate NY, New Hope, MN and Northfield, MN. He has suffered through the sudden death of his wife in 1999 and teaches grief recovery from his own experience and through the incorporation of helpful related materials.
Abbie has been an interfaith chaplain with Allina since 2016 serving at various locations and providing spiritual care to a wide variety of patient populations. She received her Masters of Divinity from Harvard Divinity School in 2015 and did her clinical chaplaincy training at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston. One of Abbie's professional passions is thinking about and providing care around the unique challenges of being a frontline healthcare worker in the United States in the 21st century. In her non-working life, Abbie enjoys tending to her wood pile, cooking and baking, and finding creative ways to commute to work, including biking, canoeing, and even one very long morning of cross country skiing. She lives in Minneapolis with her beloved wife and son.
Kyle has served across the Allina Spiritual Care and Pastoral Education Department since 2003, working with advanced heart failure and mental health patients in particular. He is currently the manager of the East Region and is based at United Hospital. He is a Clinical Pastoral Educator and enjoys working creatively with interns and residents as they find their way into soulful care in the complex modern healthcare setting. In addition to his spiritual care practice, Kyle is a marriage and family therapist, specializing in Internal Family Systems and other models that promote self-compassion and understanding.
Deanna is a Staff Chaplain at Mercy Hospital in Coon Rapids and has been a Chaplain with Allina Health since 2016. She has a Masters of Divinity degree and previously served as an adjunct professor. Deanna specializes in the care of patients and families in the Intensive Care Unit as well as Neurology and Oncology floors where she believes in the importance of working as an interdisciplinary team and of offering presence, hope and strength to those affected by illness, grief, and loss.
Rev. Reid Olson, M.Div, is a graduate of Vanderbilt University Divinity School, where he focused his degree on grief, counseling, trauma, psychology, and practical theology. Reid has been with Allina Health for nearly three years, and is currently located as Mercy Hospital - Unity Campus and the Cambridge Medical Center. When he is not on the job, he can most often be found baking bread in the kitchen, painting, doing carpentry, and trying to figure out just what his kitten has gotten into now.
Aaron Unseth is a staff chaplain at Mercy Hospital in Coon Rapids. Aaron especially enjoys learning about how spiritual care and mental health care can work together to promote healing. Aaron has a Masters of Divinity degree and spent 12 years as a parish pastor before stepping into the health-care field.
David wants to live in a world where peace exists for everyone, where donuts and ice cream burn calories, and where kids do their chores without giving excuses or complaining. As a chaplain with ten years of clinical work, he has previous experience at Regions Hospital and North Memorial, and joined Abbott last year after leaving a staff position in Grand Forks. It was in Grand Forks that he received numerous invitations to speak at local businesses, public health meetings, and regional health care conferences on matters of diversity and self-care. When he's not at work, he�s fixing up meals or his house for his wife, dog, and two teenage sons, enjoying the creativity of the Marvel and DC universes, or looking for a quiet place to read or draw. David is a Twin City native who is thrilled to be back home where his extended family still lives. He and his family live near Lake Nokomis.
Crystal has been providing spiritual care to people along the spectrum of life. The majority of her work has been with maternal health, but she���¢�¯�¿�½�¯�¿�½s also spent time working with patient���¢�¯�¿�½�¯�¿�½s near the end of life and those going through rehab after a major health event. As she���¢�¯�¿�½�¯�¿�½s worked with these diverse populations Crystal has noticed the theme of grief and resiliency as she comes alongside people in her role. She is currently serving as a Chaplain at United Hospital in St. Paul with the majority of her work revolving around the Mother Baby Center. She has her Masters of Theological Studies degree with an emphasis in pastoral care and counseling from Bethel Seminary.
Katie Oxley works as a chaplain at Buffalo Hospital where she has the honor of witnessing the courage, beauty, and wisdom of those experiencing physical pain, emotional upheaval, and spiritual discernment. She has a Masters in Theology and Culture and is a certified Spiritual Director.
Ian is a board certified Staff Chaplain at Mercy Hospital - Unity Campus working with diverse populations to include those struggling with addiction and mental health. He has served in the U.S. Army for almost 20 years and is currently the chaplain for a Combat Operational Support Control detachment, which provides outpatient mental health services to service members. Ian received both a M.A. in Pastoral Counseling and Master of Divinity from Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary.
Brian Brooks has been a chaplain at St. Francis Regional Medical Center since 2017. Brian has 25 years of chaplain experience with a background in pediatrics, oncology and grief. Brian has an interest in how people adjust to life crisis and the meaning and purpose they assign to crisis. Brian graduated with a BA from Evangel University and an MDiv. from Bethel Seminary. Brian is married and has one high school aged son. Brian's interest include the Minnesota Wild and hockey, fantasy sports, astronomy and flying RC helicopters.
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Kiki is a Staff Chaplain at United Hospital, where she works primarily on the mental health, neurology, and oncology units. She studied Religion and English at St. Olaf College and received her Master of Theological Studies from Harvard Divinity School, where she focused on the intersection of trauma, spirituality, and storytelling as a resource for healing. Outside of work, Kiki finds joy in creative writing, bike commuting, cooking, and taking long walks with loved ones.
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