Essentia Health welcomes weight management physician in Deer River and Virginia

Dr. Mark Gustafson, a weight management specialist, has joined the Essentia Health-Deer River Clinic in Deer River. He will also care for patients at the Essentia Health-Virginia Clinic in Virginia.

Dr. Gustafson
After caring for patients as a family medicine physician for 27 years, Dr. Gustafson looks forward to focusing his practice on weight management.

“I’m very interested in the relationship between nutrition and its effects on health, so this specialty is a great fit for me,” said Dr. Gustafson. “I saw a lot of chronic disease and preventable conditions in my family medicine practice, and my hope is that by helping patients optimize their dietary and lifestyle choices, they will be able to reverse those chronic diseases, lose weight and lead healthier lives.”

Dr. Gustafson earned a medical degree from the University of Minnesota School of Medicine in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He completed a residency in family medicine at Appleton Medical Center in Appleton, Wisconsin. He is certified by the American Board of Family Medicine in family medicine.

“I find this area of medicine to be extremely rewarding,” said Dr. Gustafson. “By educating patients about how the foods they choose impact their health, they become empowered as they discover that they can really improve their quality of life.”

To schedule an appointment with Dr. Gustafson in Deer River, call (218) 246-8275, or in Virginia, call (218) 749-7800. To see his full profile, visit and click on “Find a Medical Professional.”

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