Providers Who Care
Our team offers compassionate service to each of their patients in senior communities across the Twin Cities.
Dr. Clemencia Rasquinha, MD, CMD
Dr. Rasquinha practices the true art of Geriatric Medicine. She loves to share her passion for geriatrics and aging by speaking on senior health topics to various organizations.
Dr. Rasquinha graduated from Bangalore University in India, served her residency and internship at Bergen Pines County Hospital in Paramus, NJ, and completed fellowships in clinical nutrition, hospital leadership and is a board certified Geriatrician. She carries the title Certified Medical Director from the board of post-acute and long-term care medicine. She has served as medical director for home care, hospice, rehabilitation medicine and long-term care. She was instrumental in creating Clinical Pearls and Guidelines in Geriatric Medicine. Dr. Rasquinha is married to husband, Cecil Asher; she has two adult children and is a dog enthusiast and counts a Portuguese water-dog and a Puggle among her family members. She enjoys cooking, walking outdoors and always strives to keep her mind and body active.
Steven Atkinson, PA-C, MS
Steven Atkinson is a Board Certified Physician Assistant specializing in Geriatric Internal Medicine. He has worked with Dr. Rasquinha for more than 15 years. He is adjunct faculty at the University of Utah and has done so since 1994; he has been involved in medicine since 1988. He is dynamic speaker and lectures both nationally and internationally. He is a published author in the area of Geriatric Pharmacology and has served on several boards related to geriatric medicine and care. He is an avid outdoors enthusiast and enjoys running in almost every destination he travels to. He enjoys working with the elderly and considers it his "passion" in life. His positive personality and energy have earned him several local awards in the arena of Geriatric Adult Medicine.
Jeannine Phillips, PA-C, MS
Jeannine, "Jeannie" to her patients, is a second career PA. She graduated from Marquette University with a Masters in Physician Assistant Studies in 2007 and began her PA journey in Mankato, MN in urgent care and family practice settings for four years. She then transferred to Sibley Medical Center/Ridgeview to develop a blended nursing home and clinic practice. It was during this interval that she realized that her true calling was to care for the geriatric population while educating and supporting their family members. Jeannie joined Twin Cities Physicians in March 2016. Her previous career, as a teacher, brought her overseas to England and Thailand. She received her Bachelors in Music education, Chemistry and Physical Science Education from Saint Olaf College in 1987. When not at work, Jeannie loves directing her church brass group, traveling, working on home projects, gardening, landscaping, enjoying the outdoors, and riding her motorcycle.
Nancy Strong, APRN, CNP
Nancy Strong is a board certified Adult Gerontological Nurse Practitioner certified by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing at Metropolitan State University in St. Paul, MN and her Masters of Science in Nursing (MSN) at the College of St. Scholastica in Duluth, MN. She is also a certified wound care nurse.
Nancy began her career in the United States Army as a medic. Since then, her healthcare career has included a variety of experiences in long term care, hospital nursing, home care, private duty, and at a mobile blood bank. While working as a registered nurse, she became concerned with patients she cared for who were taking a plethora of medications both prescribed and over the counter. She found patients often did not know what they were taking or why. She decided to focus her energy on becoming a nurse practitioner, with a goal of helping patients manage chronic diseases through appropriate prescribing and treatments. She enjoys working collaboratively with other healthcare providers and patients to help them achieve optimum health.
In Nancy’s spare time, she enjoys relaxing at her cabin, traveling, walking outdoors, and spending time with her family and her pampered pooch, Copper.
Heather Arechigo, MSN, AGNP-C
Heather Arechigo is a Nurse Practitioner who specializes in Adult-Gerontology. Prior to becoming a Nurse Practitioner, Heather worked in an Intensive Care Unit specializing in adult critical care & neurologic crisis. She holds a Master’s of Science degree in Nursing from Kaplan University where she graduated with honors & is still a member of the S.A.L.U.T.E honor society that recognizes academic excellence and leadership qualities. She also holds a Bachelor’s degree in Nursing from the College of Saint Catherine in St. Paul, MN. Heather was a student teacher of anatomy and physiology during her undergraduate nursing program. In addition to her professional career, Heather is a Combat Veteran having served in Operation Iraqi Freedom as a member of the US Army from 2001-2009. When not at work, she spends time with her husband and two beautiful daughters. Heather values family time, learning to speak Spanish as a family and active hobbies like snowboarding & running.
Julie Goldfine, DNP, APRN, NP-C
Julie is an Adult Gerontology Nurse Practitioner board certified through the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. She graduated with honors from Bethel University with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree and received her Doctorate of Nursing Practice from the College of St. Scholastica. After spending over a decade in health care, she has realized her passion for working with the geriatric population by promoting quality of life and approaching care from a holistic model. Julie’s special interests in medicine include care for patients with heart failure, diabetic management, and end-of-life care, and she regularly shares her knowledge on these topics. In her free time, Julie enjoys being outdoors, running, playing tennis, and biking.