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Published on August 17, 2017


Small-town medicine provides big-time benefits

Mike and Lindsay Tuszynski's careers in horticulture and exercise science took them to Philadelphia after college. They enjoyed big-city life for about 10 years, but when children started entering the picture, Mike and Lindsay longed to be closer to family. In 2008, they moved their then-family of four, including daughters Ada and Nola, to Westby.

"We really enjoy living here in a smaller community and getting back to our roots of growing up in small Midwestern towns," states Lindsay.

One of the unexpected perks of small-town living, say the Tuszynski's, has been receiving healthcare at the Gundersen Viroqua Clinic.

Word of mouth first led Lindsay to certified nurse midwife Kim Dowat, PhD, CNM, RN, for women's health and Mike to John Porter, DO, in Family Medicine. When the couple got pregnant with their third and fourth children, Eli and Willa, Lindsay also began seeing Jennifer Eissfeldt, CNM, RN, and Rachel Bassett, MD, for prenatal care.

"Coming from Philadelphia where we had our first two children, it was such a large hospital. Our prenatal visits and deliveries felt rushed, kind of impersonal. What is so neat about the provider group here in Viroqua is that they really want to get to know you and how they can help you through this process. They really listen to you. They have a way of empowering, encouraging, enlightening and giving you confidence that, yes, you can do this."

After enduring back labor with her first two children, the Viroqua OB providers suggested Lindsay try different labor positions and breathing techniques, which she says definitely eased the pain. Being able to get out of bed, without an epidural, was one of the best things she could do for back labor.

"It didn't matter who delivered our babies because they are all so awesome. They have a holistic approach to health, which I find really refreshing. Instead of being so clinical, they focused on what really matters—bringing a new life into the world and embracing what your body is supposed to do," says Lindsay, who also had the opportunity to experience water birth with Willa.

"The coolest thing about them is that they're not just providers. They really want to get to know families. We've developed what I hope will be life-long friendships with them," says Lindsay.

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Kim Dowat, RN, CNM | Jen Eissfeldt, RN, CNM | Rachel Bassett, MD | Michael Kalinosky, DO | John Porter, DO

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