Nikita Fetter, Athletic Trainer, reminds us to fall in love with the sport again

Cancelled games and postponed seasons are not enough to squelch the enthusiasm of Nikita Fetter, Athletic Trainer at Prairie Ridge Health in Columbus.

Nikita, who started at Prairie Ridge Health in 2017, provides athletic training services for high school athletes at Fall River Schools and Wayland Academy in Beaver Dam. As experts in their fields, athletic trainers focus on the prevention of injury, diagnosis and evaluation, rehabilitation and nutrition, and provide emergency care onsite.

Sports that Nikita provides services for include volleyball, football, baseball, basketball, softball, and soccer. She also sees athletes who participate in swimming, track and field, cross country, and tennis. In a typical school year, she attends games and is at the schools twice a week for office hours.

“If an athlete is hurt, I evaluate and treat them onsite as necessary,” said Nikita.

Common ailments that Nikita treats are general overuse pain, back and shoulder pain, calf tightness, hamstring tightness, and knee pain.

“Many times, overuse pain can be the cause of not doing anything in the summer and then starting back up in a sport with multiple practices a week and games,” she explained. But Nikita anticipates that this school year will be even more strenuous on the athletes due to the shortened seasons, cancelled practices and postponed games.

“When we do get into the season, the athletes are going to be putting a lot of games into a short amount of time. I’m hoping that kids are being active right now and not being sedentary sitting on the couch,” said Nikita.

So how do these young athletes become motivated?

“Get out there and enjoy nature. Walk, take the dog for a walk, hike at state park, swim with your friends. Be active and get outside,” said Nikita. “You don’t have to spend a lot of money on home exercise equipment. Use what you have at home and get creative!”

“It never hurts to throw around a ball or shoot hoops with your friends or family,” she added.  “Take the time to remember why you like the sport. Find a way to have fun.”

Nikita suggests researching YouTube classes and phone apps for workout ideas. Nikita’s favorites are Yoga by Adriene and Beach Body On Demand, a HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) style workout.

“Or reach out to your coach or athletic trainer to come up with a plan specified for you,” she said.

Nikita offers a few tips for high school athletes to get ready for the season:

  1. Strengthen your core. Strong core, gluts, and hips prevent injuries. You want to make sure these are strong. A lot of injuries happen because of not strengthening the core. Doing lifts one to two times a week will build muscle and strengthen your core.
  2. Practice balance – Working on balance each day can prevent injuries in the long run.
  3. Be aware of mental health – Think about what you want to see yourself accomplishing this year. Imagining yourself achieving it and doing it will help you in the long run.
  4. Focus on water intake – Especially if you play a fall sport. Electrolytes are important.
  5. Be mindful of what you are eating – It’s not about calories. Ask yourself, “Is this going to make me feel good or sluggish?”
  6. Fall in love with the sport again – Just because you are not able to play the sport right now, find a way to fall in love with the sport again. Keep enjoying the sport you are playing and hopefully soon enough you will be able to play again.

For more information about the Athletic Training Program at Prairie Ridge Health call 920-623-2200 or visit

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As early as middle school, Leslie Alzuhn-Hansen, MD, FACOG*, knew that she wanted to pursue a career in healthcare. Today, as the first doctor in her family, she has dedicated her practice to helping women.

Dr. Hansen grew up in Waukesha, Wisconsin. She received her B.A. in Pre-Medicine and Biology from Augustana College in Rock Island, Illinois and her M.D. from the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee. “In college I worked the front desk of a fertility clinic. That experience really solidified my decision to keep going into healthcare,” said Dr. Hansen.

She completed her Residency at Oakwood Hospital and Medical Center in Dearborn, Michigan. Dr. Hansen decided to move back to Wisconsin, practicing in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Door County Memorial Hospital – Ministry Health OB/GYN in Sturgeon Bay, Mayo Clinic Health System in Menomonie, Revitalize MD, S.C. in Green Bay, and Door County Medical Center in Sturgeon Bay.

In July of 2019, Dr. Hansen joined the healthcare team at Prairie Ridge Health in Columbus where she specializes in obstetrics and gynecology. “I a.m. happy with my decision to focus on women’s health,” said Dr. Hansen. “I’ve been able to make an impact on young women with menstrual issues, watch families grow through childbirth, assist older women going through menopause, and be there for women diagnosed with cancer.”

Getting to know her patients and their families is a priority for Dr. Hansen. “I like to develop a good relationship with my patients and get to know them as a person, not just someone coming in for medical care. I want to help people find treatment right in their community instead of having to travel. I try to be helpful in suggesting ways to modify lifestyle and be aware of non-traditional options.”

Dr. Hansen is accepting new patients at Prairie Ridge Health Clinic in Columbus. For more information, call 920-623-1200.
For some, the third time is a charm, but for Rob Eddy, Sous Chef at Prairie Ridge Health, it was the second.

“I was not in the top four, but I will be next year,” said Rob in 2018. And he was. In the summer of 2019, Rob clinched the title of top chef at the Premier Culinary Creations Contest in Nashville, Tennessee. The contest included 47 chefs nationally. Of those entrants, 10 were chosen as top chefs, which is where Rob finished in 2018.

This time Rob was named the winner at the Culinary Creations Dinner with his recipe for Gardener’s Pie. “I had several people come up to me and say that they never thought of using cauliflower or chickpeas that way,” explained Rob.

The Culinary Creations Contest is an opportunity for Premier’s food service members to honor their peers by selecting who they consider to be top chefs in the food service industry. The theme, Classic Entrée with a Twist, challenged food service members to take a fresh approach to traditional recipes that maximized fresh ingredients, used minimally processed foods, and reflected an overall healthier profile.

The four chefs in the final round prepared, presented, and served their dishes to over 200 Premier food service members. “The room was filled with people from across the country,” said Rob. “We went up on stage, spoke about our dish and the audience could ask questions.”

After the presentations, the audience voted and determined Rob’s recipe to be the top recipe in the nation. “When thinking of what dish to make, I think about the audience I a.m. cooking for and what they would like. This dish is doable, anyone can make it,” said Rob, who used toasted almonds rather than salt to adhere the low sodium nutritional guidelines of the contest. “And at the end of the day, it just tasted good.”

Are there plans for a repeat? “I plan to enter the contest again next year,” said Rob, who already has ideas for his next dish.

Rob’s many culinary creations will be available at The Ridge Café at Prairie Ridge Health, the new kitchen cafeteria and servery opening in the late summer of 2020. The Ridge will feature ample seating with a scenic view, patio seating, pleasing artwork, and accessibility via two entrance points (the hospital’s main entrance and the south parking lot entrance).

For more information regarding The Ridge Café and other Nutrition Services programs at Prairie Ridge Health,
visit www.PrairieRidge.Health.
Making a difference one patient at a time

Growing up, Asghar Marwat, MD, was surrounded by role models in the medical field. From his aunt who is an Internal Medicine and Pulmonology physician in Wisconsin, to his uncle who is an Orthopedic Surgeon in England.

But it is his ability to connect with patients and a desire to improve their quality of life that brought him to Columbus, Wisconsin.

“I really like the personal care that you can give to patients in a smaller setting,” said Dr. Marwat. “You get to know your patients and can actually make a difference. You are more accessible.”

Dr. Marwat grew up in Islamabad, Pakistan, a town of about 700,000 people.

“I liked biology, math and physics in high school,” said Dr. Marwat, who specializes in Internal Medicine at Prairie Ridge Health Clinic in Columbus. During his high school years, he would visit Wisconsin where he shadowed Internal Medicine providers. “Columbus is not new to me. I’ve been visiting here since I was a teenager.”

After high school, Dr. Marwat attended the Shifa College of Medicine in Pakistan. He completed his residency in Internal Medicine at Conemaugh Memorial Center/Temple University in Johnstown, Pennsylvania where he was named Best Intern of the Year.

Dr. Marwat also did rotations in New York, Mt. Sinai, and Chicago. “My rotations in General Preventative Health, Critical Care, and Rheumatology have given me well-rounded experience to care for my patients,” said Dr. Marwat.

Following his residency, he accepted a position on the Medical Staff at Prairie Ridge Health in Columbus.

Dr. Marwat plans to provide relationship-based care with consistent follow-up. “I’m looking forward to keeping people out of the hospital with preventative medicine. If I know what my patients need on a personal basis, I can help them not only medically, but as a whole person.”

For more information call Prairie Ridge Health - Columbus Clinic at 920-623-1200.