Supporting Those Who Serve Us
Provicta’s mission is to provide a menu of critical health and wellness services to police, fire and EMS personnel delivered onsite by qualified professionals who possess a complete understanding of first responders and their needs.
Further, Provicta is aligned with premier healthcare systems that offer a direct pipeline into concierge care plans allowing for primary and specialty services provided by medical professionals who are trained on how to best serve first responders.
Provicta’s patent pending technology also optimizes the performance of police, fire and EMS personnel during stressful encounters that builds resilience and improves their long-term health resulting in safer communities.
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Meet The Team
Strategic Partner Providers:
Provicta has established key partnerships with clinicians and providers who thoroughly understand the first responder community.
Dr. Paul Nystrom, Medical Director
Dr. Paul Nystrom finished his Emergency Medicine residency at Hennepin County Medical Center in 2012. He then completed a 2 year EMS Fellowship which included the police academy at Hennepin Technical College. He now works in the Emergency Department and as an EMS medical director, and also as a part-time police officer. His main interest outside of EM/EMS is wellness among public safety personnel.
Throughout his medical career, he has witnessed first hand how most of Big Medicine is focused on downstream consequences and chronic conditions. Very little attention is paid to prevention and working upstream of the problem. That has led him to focus his own continuing education on interventions that would have the most long term impact and ongoing benefit. This includes Better Nutrition, Prioritizing Sleep, Smarter Exercise, and Being Community. Dr. Nystrom has been sharing these ideas with public safety personnel, primarily law enforcement, for the past 10 years. He has become well-known in the metro area and even outstate Minnesota for presenting at local departments, regional trainings, and statewide conferences.
He is originally from MN, went to medical school at the University of Iowa, and spent four years on active duty in the U.S. Navy. One year was spent doing a Transitional Internship in Portsmouth, VA. He then completed six months of Dive Medical Officer/Undersea Medical Officer training in Groton, CT and Panama City, FL. Just prior to his residency, he was stationed in San Diego, CA with Naval Special Warfare Group ONE.
Marie Ridgeway MSW, LICSW, CCTP, RYT
Marie Ridgeway MSW, LICSW, CCTP, RYT is a Master’s Level mental health clinician with a specialty in treating stress injuries (PTSD) and the secondary challenges that commonly occur (anxiety, depression, panic attacks, substance abuse, relationship challenges). Marie and her staff of occupationally competent clinicians focus on working with Public Safety personnel through training, individual therapy sessions, wellness consulting for agencies, mental health check-ups, critical incident check-ins, peer support team development and consultation, and Crisis Negotiation Team clinical consultation. Marie has worked in the field for over 14 years, she has trained hundreds of law enforcement officers across the state, and has worked with hundreds of LEOs and first responders in her practice. Marie brings knowledge and skills from her diverse work experience that includes child protection and a county psychiatric crisis response team. Marie utilizes a variety of methods for trauma treatment including eye movement therapy and she will soon be trained in Biofeedback. Marie is honored to be providing specialized care and consultation to those in public safety who serve our communities. She is passionate about striving to overcome barriers to mental health care for first responders and providing care that assists in building resiliency, increasing quality of life, and supporting the sustainability of the career. Outside of work, Marie is active and outdoors as much as possible running, hiking, and traveling with her two children (ages 11 and 13) and her significant other who is a law enforcement officer. Marie is assisted by her German Shepherd therapy-dog-in-training named Charlie.
Lois James Ph.D, Assistant Professor
Lois James is an assistant professor in the Washington State University (WSU) College of Nursing, where she focuses on bias, stress, sleep, and performance in “high stress” populations such as police officers, military personnel, nurses, and top tier athletes. She is one of a handful of research advisors for the International Association of Chiefs of Police, has received multiple honors and awards for her work, and is internationally recognized as a leading expert in her field. Dr. James’s simulation-based research on the impact of bias on police decision making has significantly advanced what is known about how suspect race and ethnicity (as well as other factors) influences police officers during critical encounters with the public. She is the founding director of Counter Bias Training Simulation (CBTsim), a novel and innovative simulation-based implicit bias training program that has been featured in National Geographic and the recent feature-length documentary “bias.” Dr. James’s work has been published extensively in academic journals, practitioner magazines, and mainstream media such as the New York Times and the Washington Post. During her time at WSU, James has brought in approximately $6,000,000 of extramural funding, making her an important contributor to WSU’s “Drive to 25” goal of being recognized as one of the nation’s top 25 public research universities, preeminent in research and discovery, teaching, and engagement by 2030.
Max Lipset, The Power House
Max Lipset was born on September 11 in San Diego, California. His life, like many others, changed profoundly in 2001 because of the terrorist attacks on New York City. Witnessing the response of the police, firefighters, EMT’s and medical personnel on that day, Max gained an unwavering appreciation for our nation’s public servants.
After attending college with a focus on medicine in California, Max had the opportunity to play professional soccer and traveled the US and South America pursuing that passion. In 2007, Max started working as a strength and conditioning coach, training mostly other professional and collegiate soccer players. From 2007 – 2013, Max trained dozens of professional athletes and worked in many of the top strength and conditioning facilities in the country. In 2013, Max founded his own health & fitness company with his wife Jill, The Power House MN, focused on reaching a bigger population while also providing facilities and expert coaching for any level of athletic pursuit. During the past 6 years, Max and Jill have worked with dozens of public service people. For the public servant, being healthy and fit are minimum requirements to do their best work. Beyond health and fitness, controlling one’s physiology while under stress or in a stressful situation, is something that can be trained and Max is passionate about teaching these skills and techniques to public servants who need this vital skill now more than ever. With over 15 different certifications and credentials and a team of experts behind him, Max brings a multifaceted approach to human performance that is effective, efficient, and customized for each person and group he works with.
Dan Athmann, Thrivent Financial
As a financial professional, Dan specializes in helping police officers, first responders, and their families by leveraging his combined law enforcement and financial services experience to help guide individuals and families with their protection, investment, and retirement income planning needs. Prior to his career at Thrivent, Dan’s law enforcement career spanned 25-years with the Burnsville Police Department where he worked in many capacities, finishing his career as an Investigative Sergeant in 2014.
Having lived the law enforcement “life,” Dan knows what it takes to survive your specific career challenges – the ebbs and flows, and at times the emotional strain. Dan also knows the importance of preparing for today and preparing for tomorrow. Your career will pass more quickly than you think, and you deserve a sense of confidence in your financial future. Dan can help you identify strategies to get you there.
Dan Athmann is a Financial Associate of Thrivent and has been in the financial services industry since 2016. Dan has FINRA certifications Series 7 and 66 and holds an Individual Life and Health Insurance Producer License in his home state of Minnesota, as well as non-resident licenses in Wisconsin and California. Dan has extensive training and widespread knowledge with insurance products, investment solutions and retirement income planning strategies. He graduated from St. Cloud State in 1989 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Criminal Justice, and from the University of St. Thomas in 1996 with Master’s Degree in Public Safety Education and Administration.
Dan lives with his wife, Jackie, in Lakeville and have they three adult children – all UMD Bulldogs! Dan is involved in a variety of causes within the Minnesota public safety community, including the Minnesota Police Chief’s Association, Minnesota Corrections Association, Backing the Blue Line, the Frontline Foundation, National Latino Officers Association and the Minnesota Juvenile Officers Association. Dan is a member of the Board of Directors for the Minnesota Police Chief’s Foundation.
Dan is available to do group trainings or individual meetings on a variety of financial topics. Contact him directly at Dan.Athmann@thrivent.com to learn more!
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