About Us

Our mission is to improve access to quality dementia care in our community.

About D-CAN

Dementia Community Action Network and our supporting partners are on a mission to improve access to quality dementia care in Central Minnesota. We believe that collaborating with a patient, their family and their dementia clinician can slow progression of dementia symptoms leading to more life to live. We start with a thorough dementia risk assessment and evaluation in our office, then formulate a diagnosis and management plan. A patient’s referring primary care or specialty clinician remains in charge of their care, but we partner with them to provide a more thorough and successful management. Through personalized recommendations for diet, exercise, sleep, relaxation, personal connection, health habits, and therapeutics can be effective in slowing progression.

Together, we are ending the fear of dementia.

D-CAN Team

Patrick Zook, MD

Patrick Zook, MD

Founder & Board Chair

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Originally from Cleveland, Ohio and medically trained at Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska, Pat and his wife, Penny have lived in St. Cloud since 1977.  As a family physician there for over 40 years, he has seen and learned a lot from the great relationships he was privileged to enjoy with his family, patients, colleagues and neighbors. These relationships and his own family’s dementia story with both his parents have instilled in him a passion to make sure that our community’s dementia care system provides the best care for our older adults living with dementia and for their families. His brother, sisters and he lived with the gaps in care that still exist today, but our community now has the power and talent to change that kind of story with our Central Minnesota Dementia Community Action Network (D-CAN) nonprofit. Our mission is to improve access to quality dementia care in our community. With the resounding community support we have felt so far, he is now very optimistic about our prospects for transformation to a better, more hopeful model of community dementia care that we have been working on for the past 3 years.

Tami Kolbinger, BS, ADC/MC, CDP, CADDCT

Tami Kolbinger, BS, ADC/MC, CDP, CADDCT

Care Navigator/Educator

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I am so thrilled to become the first care navigator/educator for D-CAN at the new Dementia Resource Center.  I look forward to continuing my work and passion in helping people diagnosed with dementia and their care partners and helping to educate and provide resources to those whose lives are affected by dementia.

Tami has worked on the front lines of dementia care for 14 years in socialization, education, and consulting for people living with dementia in memory care, assisted living, and long-term care community settings. She is a Certified Dementia Practitioner, and a Certified Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia Care Trainer. She is a trained support group facilitator. She was the Co-chair for the St. Cloud Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s for two years, the lead for Act on Alzheimer’s in Becker, MN, a regional member of the Act on Alzheimer’s (Central Minnesota) group, and President of the Becker Area Senior Center Board. She was a care partner for her father for five years on his journey with Alzheimer’s disease and is currently a caregiver for her father-in-law on his journey with Parkinson’s.

Cristina Rodriguez, CDP, CADDCT

Cristina Rodriguez, CDP, CADDCT

Care Navigator/Educator

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Cristina has worked and advocated for those living with dementia and their care partners for over 20 years in care planning, socialization, education, and consulting. She is a Certified Dementia Practitioner, and a Certified Validation Associate, as well as a Dementia Champion of Minnesota. She is currently a local Dementia Support Group Facilitator. She was involved for over 10 years the Co-chair for the St. Cloud Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s for two years. Cristina has sat on many local Alzheimer’s and Dementia related community boards. She has a personal connection with dementia, as a current professional caregiver and family caregiver for her grandmother that is living with Alzheimer’s Disease.

Kristina Woischke

Kristina Woischke

Community Health Worker

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Kristina graduated from St. Cloud State University with a Bachelor of Science in Community Health and has a personal connection that sparked her interest in dementia care. Through her position as a Community Health Worker, she looks forward to the opportunity to helping educate and support those whose lives have been affected by dementia.

Katrina Sand, OTR/L

Katrina Sand, OTR/L

Occupational Therapist

Independent Contractor

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Katrina is an independent contractor, occupational therapist who is passionate about helping individuals with dementia live their lives to their fullest potential. Occupational therapists strive to maximize safety and independence with daily activities, and Katrina is excited to join the Central Minnesota Dementia Community Action Network (D-CAN) care team where she will provide the Cognitive Performance Test (CPT). This standardized, objective, task-based assessment is unique in that it allows clients, their care partners, and their medical providers to better understand the individual’s real-life, every day care needs so his or her independence and safety can be best supported. The CPT addresses many common concerns such as safety with medication management, safety with cooking and household management, and recommendations for level/type of care needed.

Katrina has ten years of clinical experience with special interests in home safety, cognitive assessment, and dementia care. When she’s not at D-CAN, she can often be found chasing around her three young children, or driving along the back roads of rural Central Minnesota where she provides home health OT services. Katrina lives in Albany, Minnesota with her family and enjoys reading, singing in the car, and baking (where chocolate is measured with the heart, of course!).

Katrina has a BA in Communication Studies from Luther College in Decorah, IA, and a Master of Arts in Occupational Therapy (MAOT) from St. Catherine University in St. Paul, MN.

Becky Hoffman, MS, LMFT

Becky Hoffman, MS, LMFT

Marriage and Family Therapist & Clinical Trauma Professional

Independent Contractor

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Becky has her own private practice- Rebecca Hoffman PLLC, is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Certified Clinical Trauma Professional. Becky received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Community Psychology with a minor in Human Relations and Multicultural Education and completed her Master of Science Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from St. Cloud State University. Becky is a member of the MN Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, and a MN Board of Marriage and Family Therapy Supervisor, and serves as a preceptor for psychiatric nurse practitioners obtaining their counseling skills

Becky is a client centered and strengths based therapist and specializes in providing therapeutic services to individuals, couples, and families impacted by trauma, transitional/life changes, anxiety and depression. Becky is a PREPARE/ENRICH facilitator; and has completed advanced training in EMDR; TF-CBT; discernment co​​​​​unseling; Brief Solution Focused Therapy; Dementia, Alzheimers and Caregiving; alternative conflict resolution strategies- including coaching, peace circle, and mediation. Becky uses her training and clinical experiences to assist individuals experiencing toxic conflict, trauma and change in their relationships to communicate more effectively, move toward resolution, and experience a more optimal level of well being.

D-CAN Board of Directors

Chris Tacl, MD

Chris Tacl, MD

Medical Director/Board Member

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Chris is a semi-retired family physician who grew up in Minnesota. He completed his undergraduate work at St. Thomas, medical school at the University of Minnesota, and residency at St. Mary’s Hospital in Madison, Wisconsin. For 21 years, he served as president of St. Cloud Medical Group and continues to work part-time with CentraCare. Chris’s interest in dementia stems from his father’s personal battle and the many interactions with patients and families over the past 40+ years. His practice grew to have a large geriatric component providing additional motivation to become involved in providing a vital community resource for those with dementia and their families. He is excited to be part of the team delivering this model of community dementia care. Chris has lived in St. Cloud with his wife, Karen, since 1983.

Karin Pauly

Karin Pauly

Board Director

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Karin Pauly is the founder of Caring for Nancy, a website resource for family and informal caregivers. Karin is passionate about the journey and challenges of caregivers as she was the primary caregiver for her mother for 14 years. Karin is a volunteer community educator for the Alzheimer’s Association, and is certified for Advanced Dementia Capability Training by the Minnesota Board on Aging. Karin is a Director of Marketing for Microbiologics, Inc. and the co-owner of Bluestone Grill in Monticello, MN.

Bradley W. Hanson

Bradley W. Hanson

Board Director

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Brad Hanson is a shareholder at the St. Cloud law firm of Quinlivan & Hughes. He has been practicing for over 30 years and concentrates in the areas of estate planning, probate and trust administration; income, estate, gift and generation skipping transfer tax planning; family business succession planning; medical assistance and nursing home planning; charitable giving and non-profit organizations. Brad’s interest in dementia comes from his experience working on estate plans for clients with dementia and their caregivers. Brad has had a personal exposure to dementia in watching his mother experience the effects of dementia for many years.

Tami has worked on the front lines of dementia care for 14 years in socialization, education, and consulting for people living with dementia in memory care, assisted living, and long-term care community settings. She is a Certified Dementia Practitioner, and a Certified Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia Care Trainer. She is a trained support group facilitator. She was the Co-chair for the St. Cloud Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s for two years, the lead for Act on Alzheimer’s in Becker, MN, a regional member of the Act on Alzheimer’s (Central Minnesota) group, and President of the Becker Area Senior Center Board. She was a care partner for her father for five years on his journey with Alzheimer’s disease and is currently a caregiver for her father-in-law on his journey with Parkinson’s.

Marie Primus, CPA, CGMA

Marie Primus, CPA, CGMA

Board Director

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Marie was born and raised in Pierz, Minnesota and now resides in Sartell, Minnesota with her husband (Jason) and two children (Sienna and Landry). Marie has been a CPA for over 18 years and works exclusively with not-for-profit organizations at BerganKDV, in St. Cloud, Minnesota. We are so fortunate to have so many great organizations locally, including Central Minnesota Dementia Community Action Network (D-CAN). In 2019, she was approached by Pat Zook about becoming involved with D-CAN and from the start she knew his passion and the strong network he had created had the potential to significantly change the dementia care system. The mission of D-CAN is personal as well, her dad’s oldest sister has dementia. She’s seen first-hand how quickly lives change for those with dementia, as well as those caring for them. She is proud to be a part of the team that will provide necessary and improved dementia care resources to our community.  

Rick Tanler

Rick Tanler

Board Director

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Rick Tanler admits to loving data. His vision is to merge Medical Care data with Personal Health data to improve population Health Outcomes. Tanler managed a data analytics venture from start-up to a successful IPO, earning him recognition as the Entrepreneur of the Year by Ernst  & Young. He also is author of a book that described how analytic systems would migrate to the Internet, the Intranet Data Warehouse. Tanler has a passion for helping people who struggle with dementia. His passion was sparked by working with the University of Minnesota on a project “Care to Plan”, an online tool offering tailored support to Dementia caregivers.  

Eric Linn

Eric Linn

Board Director

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Born and raised in central Minnesota, Eric and his wife (Joyce) both grew up on farms. They also raised their two children on a small farm near Avon. Joyce and Eric are both small business owners. He served in their community as a fire fighter for 22 years, and Fire Chief for 15 of those years. Their family has become advocates of those with dementia and their caregivers. They have strived to always take the time to listen to the stories of families and support them any way they can. Eric’s mother, Irene, was diagnosed at age 58. Her young age, and the challenges they faced, made them realize the great need for all affected to have a clear path to navigate such a difficult journey. He is forever grateful to have met Pat several years ago. Eric shares Pat’s passion and the mission of D-CAN to improve access to quality dementia care in the Central Minnesota community.

Bob Mahowald Sr.

Bob Mahowald Sr.

Board Director

Dani Protivinsky DrPH, MPH, MBA

Dani Protivinsky DrPH, MPH, MBA

Board Director

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Dani Protivinsky DrPH, MPH, MBA

Dani currently serves as a Senior Director in Population for CentraCare supporting departments in Community Health Improvement, Coordinated Care, and Correctional Care. She has worked in the health field for the last 15 years in Central Minnesota dedicated to areas of health prevention and equity, education, and outreach.

She has worked in clinical health and local Public Health prior to joining CentraCare and has works to bridge quality clinical services with community needs. She has been a trusted community partner to help drive initiatives in community health improvement and prevention related to health equity.

Dani has a background in Public Health Prevention and is a Doctor of Epidemiology. She also has a background in organizational leadership and development.  As a strategic partner in the communtiy and leader at CentraCare, Dani has worked to redesign and implement strategies that align with our larger focus of improving health in all ages across communities served. Dani’s work fosters critical connections for health improvement across many systems, and dementia care is one of those important systems.

Through innovative thinking and a team-based approach, Dani and her teams are bringing community facing assets together to expand access and connection to increase pathways for patients and communities.

Community Partners

We are thankful for the support and engagement from representatives of Alzheimer’s Association, Central Minnesota Council on Aging, St. Cloud State University, Stearns County Social Services, St. Cloud Veterans Hospital, Diocese of St. Cloud, Congressman Tom Emmer’s office, United Health Care, St. Cloud Hospital, Whitney Senior Center, ACT St. Cloud, Minnesota Medical Association and Foundation, and others.

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Candid 2023 Silver Seal

D-CAN has earned a Candid Silver Seal of Transparency on GuideStar. We are excited to share the work our nonprofit does.

Central MN Dementia Community Action Network

3701 12th Street North, Suite 103
St. Cloud, MN 56303

Call: (320) 640-6726
Fax: (320) 774-1238
Email: contact@dcan-mn.org
Hours: by appointment only

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