Staff Directory

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Cynthia Woods

Position: Interim CEO/Medical Director

Dr. Woods is a board-certified internal medicine physician. She attended medical school at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and completed residency at Penn State Hershey Medical Center.

She has special interests in chronic disease management, preventive care, medically supervised weight loss, and substance use disorder. She is certified to provide medication assisted treatment for substance use disorders. Dr. Woods’ goal is to educate and empower patients to become active decision-makers in their own care.

Dr. Woods is a member of the American Medical Association and American College of Physicians. In her free time, she enjoys traveling abroad with her husband, and learning French.

Dr. Woods looks forward to serving the Saint Paul community. She is currently accepting new patients.

Cynthia Woods

Interim CEO/Medical Director

Dr. Woods is a board-certified internal medicine physician. She attended…

Candice J. Menge

Position: Executive Administration Officer

Candice is a Certified Executive Coach and adjunct instructor with a Master’s degree in Business Management with a concentration in Human Resources.  As a MN native, she is active in various community events and accepts any opportunities to help and serve others; particularly those that may be under represented and/or underserved.  Recognized as a “roll up your sleeves” servant leader, Candice is a ‘doer’ and works alongside of her team while offering innovative strategy assistance.  She has a keen ability to influence without authority with a collaborative approach allowing her to navigate complex and diverse situations and deliver successful results.  With a track record of successful organization development and design, Candice has been able to improve employee engagement and optimize a positive culture while implementing new or improved processes and procedures.  In her spare time Candice enjoys cooking, entertaining and spending time with her family and friends.

Candice J. Menge

Executive Administration Officer

Candice is a Certified Executive Coach and adjunct instructor with…

Kate Hollenbach

Position: Eye Clinic Director

Dr. Kate Hollenbach is a residency trained primary care optometrist with special interest in ocular disease. She is originally from Cedar Rapids, IA and completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Minnesota. Dr. Hollenbach completed her optometric degree at the New England College of Optometry in Boston, and her residency at the Columbus VA Healthcare System. She returned to Minneapolis with her husband in the summer of 2019. Every other year Dr. Hollenbach travels to Peru for one week to help give free exams to hundreds of patients in need; she has a passion for healthcare and education. In her free time, Dr. Hollenbach likes to read, travel, explore the Twin Cities, and play volleyball with her husband. Her current life goals are to improve her Spanish language skills and hike Kilimanjaro!

Kate Hollenbach

Eye Clinic Director

Dr. Kate Hollenbach is a residency trained primary care optometrist…

Archana Alegaonkar

Position: Dental Director

Dr Archana Alegaonkar is a licensed dentist in the state of Minnesota, and she has been a practicing dentist for over 18 years now. She has been working in the twin cities since 2008. Dr Alegaonkar believes that a healthy smile and mouth is a vital part of overall wellbeing and as such preventative dentistry, comprehensive care and overall patient wellness are very important to her. Over the years she has worked in various dental settings from large group practices to public health clinics. She has experience working with patients from diverse and under-resourced communities. She enjoys informing and educating patients about their oral health while delivering compassionate quality care. She always strives to make the dental visit a positive experience for each and every patient.

During the COVID 19 pandemic, she has made patient & staff safety as her highest priority and has enabled OCHC to continue to safely offer dental services to the patients.

Dr. Alegaonkar lives in the twin cities metro area with her husband and kids aged 9 and 13 and 3-month old English Labrador. In her free time she enjoys practicing yoga, reading, art journaling, gardening and travelling with her family.

Archana Alegaonkar

Dental Director

Dr Archana Alegaonkar is a licensed dentist in the state…

Vanessa Ng

Position: Behavioral Health Director

Dr. Vanessa Ng, PsyD, LP joined Open Cities Health Center as a Clinical Psychologist and Director of Behavioral Health in 2014. She earned her undergraduate degree at the University of Minnesota and her doctorate at the Minnesota School of Professional Psychology. Dr. Ng is experienced working with patients with complex histories to provide a safe, culturally sensitive environment to support their overall health needs. She is especially interested in providing integrative care by looking at the overlap between physical and mental health and considering creative strategies to help people flourish. Dr. Ng provides health consultation, individual therapy for adults, couples and family therapy, and psychological evaluation. She works with people living with chronic illness and pain, depression and anxiety, trauma, grief and loss, as well as other needs. Her therapy style is patient-centered, interpersonal/psychodynamic, and employs cognitive-behavioral and emotions-focused strategies. Dr. Ng also has competencies in clinical supervision and provides training for students in graduate programs towards clinical licensure.

Vanessa Ng

Behavioral Health Director

Dr. Vanessa Ng, PsyD, LP joined Open Cities Health Center…

Mark Garnett

Position: Chiropractic Director

Dr. Mark Garnett is a 2001 graduate of Northwestern Health Sciences University. Since graduating, he has owned and operated two private practices and is currently the department head and treating Chiropractic Physician at Open Cities Health Center. His mission: to serve and educate humanity by providing the highest quality of medical care available regardless of race, creed or socio-economic status. Clinically, his interests include a wide variety of topics that include neuromusculoskeletal dysfunction & injury, autoimmune disease, functional medicine, pediatrics, geriatrics, nutrition, physical rehabilitation and exercise science. His professional and business organizations affiliations include: Ramsey County Community Health Advisory Committee, American Chiropractic Association, Minnesota Chiropractic Association, Black Chiropractors of Minnesota and the Selby Avenue Business Association. He is currently serving as the Chiropractic Alumni Board Chairman at Northwestern Health Sciences University.

Mark Garnett

Chiropractic Director

Dr. Mark Garnett is a 2001 graduate of Northwestern Health…

Medical

Lauren Peterson

Position: Assistant Medical Director/Physician Assistant

Lauren Peterson is a Family Medicine Physician Assistant. She has a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition from St. Catherine University and a Master’s of Science in Nutrition at University of Nevada Reno. She earned her Master’s degree in Physician Assistant studies from St. Catherine University. Lauren Peterson is board certified with the National Commission of Certification of Physician Assistants and Minnesota Board of Medical Practice. Her special interests include preventative medicine, women’s health, and diabetes. Her professional affiliations include American Academy of Physician Assistants, Minnesota Academy of Physician Assistants and Physicians for a National Health Care Program Minnesota Chapter.

Lauren Peterson

Assistant Medical Director/Physician Assistant

Lauren Peterson is a Family Medicine Physician Assistant. She has…

Michael Kamp

Position: Internist

Dr. Michael Kamp in a board certified internist with a special interest in the underserved, refugee and immigrant population.  He is on staff at Regions Hospital and has been a clinical professor at the University of Minnesota, a staff physician with Health Partners at the Center for International Health, and a medical director of a large inner city health clinic.

He is married with two sons.

When he has time he enjoys biking, mountain climbing, music, reading and basketball

Michael Kamp

Internist

Dr. Michael Kamp in a board certified internist with a…

Samuel Boadu

Position: Nurse Practitioner

Dr. Samuel Y Boadu is a licensed/certified family nurse practitioner (APRN) since 2006. He obtained his MSN at Metropolitan State University in 2006. He received his doctor of nurse practice (DNP) at the University of Minnesota in 2008. He also has an academic degree as MD, PhD from the University of Science, Arts, & Technology (USAT), College of Medicine, Montserrat in 2018. Dr. Sam Boadu’s professional experience includes retail walk-in clinic, urgent care, occupational health care, correctional health care, primary care, and MAT-Buprenorphine provider. He is one of the few primary care providers who provide HIV care. Dr. Sam Boadu is married with three children.

Samuel Boadu

Nurse Practitioner

Dr. Samuel Y Boadu is a licensed/certified family nurse practitioner…

Ijeoma Ogbonnaya

Position: Family Nurse Practitioner

  • Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) at Briar Cliff University, Sioux City, Iowa
  • Masters of Science- FNP from Walden University, Saint Paul, Minnesota

Ijeoma Ogbonnaya

Family Nurse Practitioner

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) at Briar Cliff University, Sioux…

Guillermo Chang

Position: OB-GYN

  • Residency at St. Paul Ramsey Medical Center
  • Graduated in 1981
  • From Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia Facultad de Medicina Alberto Hurtado

Guillermo Chang

OB-GYN

Residency at St. Paul Ramsey Medical Center Graduated in 1981…

Selase Agudu-Morgan

Position: Nurse Practitioner

Selase Agudu-Morgan is a Family Nurse Practitioner with a practice focus in family medicine and primary care. Selase earned her Master of Science in Nursing degree from the Purdue University Global. She also has a Master of Public Health from the University of Minnesota and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from the John’s Hopkins University.

Her special interests include pediatric and adolescent health, women’s health, preventative care, geriatric and palliative care, with a focus on quality care with compassion. Her approach to practice is to help patients manage their acute and chronic concerns, along with their preventive care through shared decision-making, advocate for a diverse patient population, varying in age, race and sex, ensuring that they are well informed, and feel empowered to make their own health care decisions.

In her free time, Selase enjoys travelling and volunteering in underserved and resource constrained communities both locally and internationally.

Selase Agudu-Morgan

Nurse Practitioner

Selase Agudu-Morgan is a Family Nurse Practitioner with a practice…

Dental

Thomas Spray

Position: Dentist

Dr Spray Graduated from University of Minnesota School of Dentistry in 2000 and has practiced in the Twin Cities ever since. He and his wife and 6 kids live in St Paul. Dr Spray has practiced dentistry in many settings: large group practices and various public health clinics serving patients in retirement facilities, children in a pediatric setting, North Minneapolis residents, and his current position in St Paul. He’s well trained in treating all age groups and providing most dental services but has settled in at Open Cities managing much of the oral surgical services there. Hobbies: spending time with family, music, and tinkering with carpentry projects.

Thomas Spray

Dentist

Dr Spray Graduated from University of Minnesota School of Dentistry…

Eye

Jessica Schara

Position: Optometrist

Dr. Jessica Schara completed her Doctor of Optometry degree from Illinois College of Optometry. Her interest in pediatrics led her to complete a residency in pediatrics and binocular vision through the Illinois Eye Institute. Dr. Schara returned back to her native Twin Cities of Minnesota where she resides with her husband and two children. She is a member of the Minnesota Optometric Association and the Neuro-Optometric Rehabilitation Association. She also serves on the Traumatic Brain Injury Advisory committee for the state. Every summer she looks forward to volunteering as a Clinical Director for the Special Olympics Opening Eyes program. In her spare time, she enjoys reading.

Jessica Schara

Optometrist

Dr. Jessica Schara completed her Doctor of Optometry degree from…

Behavioral Health

Rachel Freyberger

Position: ARMHS Program Manager and Clinical Therapist

Dr. Rachel Freyberger obtained her Doctorate in Counseling Psychology from Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota. She has been working primarily with populations that have experienced both interpersonal and community violence since 2012. Her specialties include narrative therapy interventions and strengths-based approaches that incorporate a multicultural lens. Rachel values patients for who they are and what they bring into the therapy room, and tends to take a holistic approach to her work as well, focusing on how a patient’s physical, emotional, and spiritual health are impacted.

Rachel Freyberger

ARMHS Program Manager and Clinical Therapist

Dr. Rachel Freyberger obtained her Doctorate in Counseling Psychology from…

Jill Helgemoe

Position: Clinical Therapist

  • Doctorate of Psychology, University of St. Thomas, Minneapolis, MN
  • Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy, St. Mary’s University of Minnesota
  • Psychotherapist and Psychological Assessments/Evaluations: individual, couple, family and group psychotherapy; psychological evaluations
  • 7+ years community mental health experience
  • 15+ years crisis intervention, advocacy, and supportive service experience for individuals and families in crisis

Jill Helgemoe

Clinical Therapist

Doctorate of Psychology, University of St. Thomas, Minneapolis, MN Master’s…

Nicole Terlouw

Position: Clinical Therapist

Counseling is Nicole’s passion and her purpose. She seeks to provide a safe, compassionate, and nurturing environment that inspires growth, transformation, recovery, and healing. She has worked with children, adolescents, adults, and couples for over ten years. However, she has a special heart for adolescents and young adults. This passion grew from her early work with teens in the foster care system and was furthered by seven years at a counseling center in Georgia. She specializes in the areas of transition, relationship problems, anxiety, depression, self-harm, anger, identity, and trauma. She takes a psycho-educational approach, blending different evidence-based treatment approaches while incorporating humor, media, and art which she tailors to the needs of the individual. She approaches health holistically; addressing the spirit, mind, and body. She completed her undergraduate and graduate studies at the University of Minnesota. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Family Social Science and a Master’s degree in Social Work and earned her clinical licensure in 2009.

Nicole Terlouw

Clinical Therapist

Counseling is Nicole’s passion and her purpose. She seeks to…

Crystal Ford

Position: Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor and Mental Health Counselor

  • Attended Argosy University for her Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees
  • Licensed Drug and Alcohol Counselor (LADC) and Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC). 
  • History of working in the social services field with disabled adults and in foster care. 
  • Over 5 years of experience working with adults in a mental health and substance use clinic and in a hospital setting to address complex co-occurring disorders 
  • Trauma-informed therapist while weaving in education
  • Well-versed in Cognitive Behavioral, Motivational Interviewing, Solution Focused, and Narrative models of therapy

Crystal Ford

Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor and Mental Health Counselor

Attended Argosy University for her Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees Licensed…

Azia Berhe

Position: Practicum Therapist

  • Current doctoral-level Practicum Therapist in the Behavioral Health Department training under Dr. Vanessa Ng
  • Second year of school at Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota where she is studying to receive her Psy.D in Counseling Psychology
  • Completed her M.A. in Counseling and Psychological Services also from Saint Mary’s
  • B.A. in Psychology from North Park University in Chicago
  • For the future, she sees herself teaching as a professor in either the undergraduate or graduate level and working as a Health Psychologist within a hospital or prison setting

Azia Berhe

Practicum Therapist

Current doctoral-level Practicum Therapist in the Behavioral Health Department training…

Aarti Patel

Position: Practicum Therapist

  • Behavioral Health Intern
  • Currently a second-year doctoral student studying counseling psychology at the University of St. Thomas
  • Interested in learning more about how psychology can be integrated within primary care and other healthcare fields

Aarti Patel

Practicum Therapist

Behavioral Health Intern Currently a second-year doctoral student studying counseling…

Rebecca Hove

Position: ARMHS Practitioner

  • Undergraduate studies at the University of Minnesota in the spring of 2020, majoring in Psychology and a minored in Sociology
  • Pursuing graduate school to obtain a social work license in the coming years
  • Passionate about helping adults (of any age) to manage their mental health and reach their goals

Rebecca Hove

ARMHS Practitioner

Undergraduate studies at the University of Minnesota in the spring…

Cindy Hlee

Position: ARMHS Practitioner

  • Graduated from Brigham Young University majoring in Child Development
  • Works with adults on building life skills
  • Bilingual in Hmong and English

Cindy Hlee

ARMHS Practitioner

Graduated from Brigham Young University majoring in Child Development Works…

Chiropractic

Ghazala Usman

Position: Chiropractor

Dr. Usman has dedicated her life to healing and restoring balance to people’s lives not only through her formal Western education as a Doctor of Chiropractic, but also intuitively drawing on her Eastern upbringing and experiences. She enjoys treating patients young and old, from all walks of life, with acute or chronic musculoskeletal conditions by diagnosing the underlying biomechanical dysfunction.

Ghazala Usman

Chiropractor

Dr. Usman has dedicated her life to healing and restoring…

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