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Published on October 10, 2016

Doctor comes home to practice medicine

In some ways, Lucas Hammell has come a long way since getting into mischief with his friends from Caledonia and Spring Grove as a kid. In other ways, he's right back where he started.

Lucas Hammell, DO

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Lucas Hammell is now Dr. Hammell, a respected and experienced Family Medicine physician. He's also a husband (wife Heather) and has two young children (Myles and Liam). Originally from Caledonia, Minn., Dr. Hammell is happy to be bringing his medical skills back home to the area where he grew up.

Dr. Hammell has joined the Gundersen Spring Grove Clinic. He is replacing the recently retired Robert Breitenbach, MD, Family Medicine, who cared for patients at the clinic for many years.

At the Gundersen Spring Grove Clinic, Dr. Hammell sees patients for a full range of Family Medicine services, including:

  • Annual checkups and osteopathic manipulation
  • Pediatric visits and immunizations
  • School and sports physicals
  • Concussion care and ImPACT testing for concussions
  • Care for illnesses, injuries and chronic health conditions 
  • Speciality services such as vasectomies, skin excisions and joint injections
  • Mental health care

The wonder years
Growing up in Caledonia, Dr. Hammell was involved in 4H, band and sports. "We often played against, or played with, kids in Spring Grove," recalls Dr. Hammell. "I have great friends and a lot of fond memories growing up here. My father had a branch law office in Spring Grove, I took trumpet lessons here and I especially remember eating pie at the diner on Main Street."

He adds, "I am excited to work and live closer to my family and friends. My parents still live in Caledonia and I have brothers, their kids and a lot of cousins in the area, so it feels great to be here."

Back in the area where he grew up, he also looks forward to pursuing some of his favorite pastime activities including hunting, riding ATV, apple picking and working on the family farm.

The making of a doctor
Dr. Hammell earned his Doctorate of Osteopathic Medicine from the Des Moines University in Iowa and did his Family Medicine internships and residency at the University of Minnesota in Mankato, Minn.

He went on to serve as an Air Force flight surgeon for 12 years. He was the primary care doctor for flight crews, with interest in the effects of low-pressure, in-flight environments. He flew in more than 30 combat missions and served as part of a medical transport team, preparing wounded troops for evacuation from Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan to Germany.

Dr. Hammell started at Gundersen Health System in La Crosse in Family Medicine four years ago. Most recently he helped establish the new Family Medicine Residency Clinic, mentoring new Family Medicine doctors.

"I was excited when the opportunity came up to practice medicine in Spring Grove. I look forward to working with a wonderful staff and caring for patients in this community…my community," says Dr. Hammell.

For an appointment with Dr. Hammell or his colleagues Randi Berg, MD, or Jennifer Hansen, NP, call the Spring Grove Clinic at (507) 498-3302 or (866) 343-1681.

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