Michael Sparacino, M.D., joined the Family Medicine Department at River’s Edge Hospital and Clinic in St. Peter, MN. In addition to his time at the St. Peter facility, he’ll also work at the River’s Edge clinic in Le Center. He previously worked at Immanuel-St. Joseph (ISJ) Hospital in Mankato, MN, as a family medicine clinician and program director for the family medicine osteopathic residency program at ISJ. He’s served as chief of emergency medicine for the 51st Tactical Fighter Wing at Osan Air Base in the Republic of Korea, medical director of high-risk obstetrics at St. Louis University’s Deaconess Hospital and as assistant adjunct professor of family medicine at St. Louis University. He’s also served as program director of Mercy Family Medicine Residency in Mason City, IA, professor of clinical family medicine at Des Moines University, associate professor of family medicine at the University of Iowa, clinical associate professor of family medicine at the University of Minnesota and emergency room physician at Wapiti Medical Group in Milbank, SD. Sparacino’s interests include end-of-life and palliative care, medical humanities and teaching of various subjects. In his spare time he enjoys playing, writing and recording music, medical and nonmedical writing, history, woodworking, martial arts and outdoor sports, especially archery and target shooting. He and his wife Liz reside in North Mankato and have one grown son who is a professional musician.