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State Physician Assistants group honors Paynesville pair

PAYNESVILLE -- Jennifer Dean-Dwyer and Jackie Osterhaus, physician assistants for Paynesville Area Health Care System, were honored by the Minnesota Academy of Physician Assistants at the annual meeting March 2 to 4 in Bloomington.

Dean-Dwyer, who has 32 years of experience as a physician assistant, received the Physician Assistant of the Year Award. The award is presented to a physician assistant who exemplifies the commitment of the profession to quality patient care and community service.

Dean-Dwyer, a medical provider for Paynesville Area Health Care System at the Chain of Lakes Medical Clinic in Cold Spring, has volunteered for many years in her community, provided international medical mission work and assisted with language skills for immigrants.

Dean-Dwyer was praised by her children for the role model standards she set and the influence in their lives.

She served as a Girl Scout leader, PTA president, mentoring students entering the PA profession and other leadership opportunities on a local, state, and national level. She served three terms as MAPA president and serves as public relations committee chairperson.

Osterhaus, a 1997 Augsburg graduate, received the President's Award for outstanding contributions to her patients, military, family and MAPA. She has 14 years of PA experience and served as president, newsletter editor and human resources committee chairperson.

Also, she is active in community health events and American Heart and Diabetes Association speaking opportunities and cancer research fundraising. Osterhaus, a captain in the U.S. Army, joined the military in 1999 and served on medical deployments to Iraq. She is president of the Minnesota Chapter of the Reserve Officers Association.

Osterhaus, who works at the Eastside Medical Clinic in Belgrade, was praised for her courage, grace and commitment in all areas of her life while exemplifying the dedicated service of the PA profession.

Business Awards

RE/MAX North Central held an honors banquet in St. Paul recently to present accomplishment awards to the following local Realtors with RE/MAX Preferred Realty.

Randy Ryan was awarded Platinum Club.

Paul Ryan, Jane Vikse, Jon Anderson and Lisa Walhof received the 100% Club award.

Lacey Aalderks, Kathy Haen and Joe Haen received the Executive Club award.

All of these awards were presented to identify the level of real estate sales in 2010.

RE/MAX Preferred Realty has offices in Willmar, Spicer and Olivia.