Author Archives: Dr. Susan Mathison

Wellness on Purpose at Work, and In Life


Monday morning, I took a break from my clinic schedule and attend Dakota Medical Foundation’s P5 Worksite Wellness Training. It was time well spent, and the future looks bright for new healthy opportunities in our region. Led by Dr. David Hunnicutt, PhD, former CEO of WELCOA, the largest global worksite health company, the DMF staff…



“Sit up at the dinner table. Stand up straight. Shoulders back. No slouchers in my house!”  I imagine many of you recall Mom or Dad encouraging good posture. And once again, our parents were right. The benefits of good posture are boundless, and it makes you look better too. And since we are becoming a…

De-cluttering For the Health of It

My Grandma Agnes met my Grandpa at the roller rink. They later married and moved to Pelican Rapids. I remember her wrists decorated with rubber bands, “to help her remember,”  she said. The drawer in the kitchen contained thousands of rubber bands, all saved, none new. My Grandpa was a barber, and never met an…

Dealing with Pain: Compassion and Caution

I remember my first personal experience with death and pain. While I was home on a much-needed vacation during my first year of medical school, my grandfather Hans died. He was 91 years old, and a long-time smoker. He ran a little barber shop in Pelican Rapids, Minnesota and cut hair almost to the end….

How to Heal A Broken Heart


Valentine’s Day is long gone, so how do you feel? Kudos to you and your sweetheart if this special day was an authentic expression of your love. For many, it’s a commercial holiday, with forced expectations, overpriced gifts, and crowded restaurants. And for those recovering from a failed relationship, it might even feel like torture….



I had the privilege of attending and chairing the Dakota Medical Foundation annual meeting this past week. As you might know, DMF is a regional health foundation started along with Dakota Hospital back in the 1960’s.  When the hospital was sold in the late 1990’s, part of the proceeds came to the foundation, which has had…

5 New Spins on New Year’s Resolutions

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The new year often inspires a renewed sense of possibility, purpose, determination, and hope. It’s the new year, new year vibe. It’s a time when you put the past behind you and begin new adventures. A time to reexamine your life and figure out what changes you’d like to make.Yet, the controversy continues every year…….

Mighty Mitochondria


I hazily remember back to high school biology (Hi Mr. Larson! So grateful to you!) as we were learning about the structures of cells. The nucleus, the cell membrane, and a few floaty things outside the nucleus. One of these floaty items was usually depicted as maroon in color, had wavy membranes inside, and was…

How to Save Your Own Life


Some say the holidays were invented to inject some cheer into the darkest days of the year. But the truth is, dark days can hit us any time of year. From natural disasters, business failures, health problems, divorce, job loss, even death, we never know what dark valley lurks around the next corner. As I…

How to Save a Life


How to Save A Life. As a doctor, I’ve had the honor of helping to save a few lives. Some have been trauma cases in the ER, a few have been long-term saves in the clinic, but the most memorable have been surprises. A young man collapsed while playing the annual Thanksgiving family tag football…

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