Dr. Mike Wilcox, CEO, Medical Director
Michael Wilcox, MD is a Board Certified Family Practice Physician who has practiced in rural Minnesota for 38 years. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree at the University of Minnesota and his Doctor of Medicine Degree at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis. Dr. Wilcox took his post graduate training at Hennepin County Medical Center, in Minneapolis and completed his Bush Medical Fellowship in Critical & Emergency Care in 1985.
Dr. Wilcox is the Coordinator at the Emergency Care Plus Program for North Memorial Medical Center in Minneapolis, and Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Emergency & Family Medicine, University of Minnesota. Dr. Wilcox is the Medical Director for Rural EMS Services, as well as Medical Director at the Community Paramedic Program at Hennepin Technical College.
An early architect of community paramedicine, Dr. Wilcox offers clinical skills training and oversight, CME/curriculum development, the development of policy and protocol, outcome analysis and quality assurance initiatives. Also a national conference speaker, he is a gifted ambassador of community paramedicine.
Dr. Wilcox offers to serve in a contract medical director capacity for clients launching their own community paramedic programs.
Debbie Gillquist has thirty years of leadership and entrepreneurial experience of which she has devoted fifteen years to healthcare. Gillquist serves as the Executive Director for the Minnesota Ambulance Association, President of the national non-profit, Take Heart America and recently as Community Paramedic Coordinator for Hennepin Technical College.
Gillquist began her career in healthcare as a paramedic for one of Minnesota’s largest ambulance services where she quickly rose to the position of Clinical Services Director and led oversight of quality, risk, legal, training & education, employee engagement, customer service, research and participation in numerous local and national committees and programs. She conceptualized, organized and implemented the organization’s first-ever Cardiac Care Conference for EMS which is now in its 6th year. She volunteers on numerous boards, committees and activities for dozens of non-profit organizations such as The Make-A-Wish Foundation, Susan B. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, American Red Cross and others.
Gillquist brings significant experience in management, program development, grants, research, and project oversight with an innovative approach.
Kai Hjermstad, AAS, NREMT-P, CP, began his EMS career as an EMT for HealthEast Transportation while attending paramedic school at St Cloud. He has since worked as a paramedic in ALS and critical care ambulances, and in 2005 he became Assistant Director of Mdwakanton Emergency Services and helped the tribal service acquire their ALS 911 license.
Hjermstad has served as the Emergency Preparedness Specialist for Scott County Public Health, Scott County Public Health’s Emergency Preparedness Specialist, and Customized Training EMS Coordinator for Hennepin Technical College. It was there that he began the work to implement a Community Paramedic training program. In 2010 Kai was one of eight paramedics that were part of the pilot Community Paramedic program in Minnesota.
Hjermstad has been instrumental in building the curriculum and training programs to advance the community paramedic workforce in high demand across the nation. He fulfills numerous requests to speak at conferences nationally and internationally every year.
Brian grew up in Northfield, Minnesota, and attended the University of Wisconsin–Stout earning a Bachelor’s degree in Vocational Rehabilitation and Special Education in 2005. In 2011, Brian earned his Master’s degree in Special Education at the University of St. Thomas. Brian has devoted ten years of his life to the education field, teaching children with special needs while working with families to provide the best possible education for their child.
After experiencing the health care needs, services, and facilities provided to his grandparents, Brian committed himself to serving the needs of families with aging parents. Since 2009, Brian has worked as a Long Term Care Specialist for Long Term Care Advisors educating, advising, and developing Long Term Care plans designed to protect family assets and provide peace of mind knowing that the health care needs and financial status of aging family members are covered.
Golden Heart Senior Care is the newest professional chapter in Brian’s life. It is his goal to establish strong relationships with his clients and provide them with the education of senior care services and ultimately help them to develop a care plan that provides high quality senior care at all levels.