After 35 years as a doctor serving our small towns, it is with a grateful heart that I announce my retirement from Welia Health, with my last day being Friday, February 10, 2023.
I am extremely appreciative to have had such a rewarding medical career, one which allowed me to care for you and your families while practicing a wide spectrum of medicine. Each interaction has affirmed my decision to become a doctor.
Throughout my career, I have been fortunate to witness and experience remarkable advancements in healthcare. Technology like MRIs and electronic health records, for example, have changed the way we treat and manage patients. I have witnessed the advent of coronary angioplasty and stenting procedures, laparoscopic surgeries and advancements in care of diabetes, heart failure and cancer care. These have saved countless lives over recent decades. I’ve been fortunate to see these advances impact the lives of my own patients here in rural Minnesota.
I first learned of Mora when I was a third-year medical student participating in the Rural Physician Associate Program (RPAP) at the University of Minnesota in the Twin Cities. Drs. Larry Brettingen and Terry Theil were my mentors at the time. They taught me to always keep the patients’ best interests in mind. Five years later, I started my practice here in Mora and was given the opportunity to mentor new RPAP students, 32 to be exact, over the course of my career. It’s a gift to remain in contact with many of them to this day.
Thank you for allowing me to serve you and for welcoming and supporting me and my family in these great towns! I am looking forward to spending many hours with my grandchildren, fishing, going for morning bike rides, and travelling to the National Parks.
As I transition to retirement, I leave you in the caring hands of my colleagues. You can schedule with a family medicine provider by calling 320.679.1313.
And if I may offer one more bit of doctorly advice. Never underestimate the importance of daily exercise and healthy foods and their impact they make on your overall health.
Peter Donner, MD