Northwoods doctor receives Alzheimer’s Association award
For the Tomahawk Leader
WISCONSIN DELLS – The Alzheimer’s Association, on Tuesday, May 30, announced that a Northwoods doctor had been recognized for his dedication for supporting those with dementia.
Chris Koeppl, MD, Aspirus Medical Group, was awarded the 2023 Alzheimer’s Association Professional Award at the 37th Annual Wisconsin State Conference, held in Wisconsin Dells on Sunday, May 21 and Monday, May 22.
The award is bestowed upon and individual who “brings a dedication to her/his employment that serves as a model to others in the field,” a release from the Alzheimer’s Association said.
“Dr. Koeppl is well-known as the ‘expert of the Northwoods’ when it comes to supporting those on a journey with dementia,” the Alzheimer’s Association said.
Dr. Koeppl was instrumental in beginning the Northern Wisconsin Memory Diagnostic Clinic in Rhinelander in 1998, one of the first memory diagnostic centers to be established outside of Madison or Milwaukee. Since that time, the clinic has seen over 1,200 patients facing cognitive challenges.
The Alzheimer’s Association said Dr. Koeppl is known for spending time with each patient to explain the diagnosis and answer detailed questions, never rushing families.
“He also reinforces a clinic model in which healthcare professionals work hand-in-hand with organizations who offer services, such as the Alzheimer’s Association, so education and resources are present at diagnosis,” the Alzheimer’s Association stated.
“It is thanks to Dr. Koeppl that so many people in northern Wisconsin have access to diagnostic services close to home,” said Julie St. Pierre, Alzheimer’s Association Program Manager. “He is passionate about patient care and gives families a voice. It is a great comfort to many families that they can go through this difficult process in their own community with providers they are familiar with and without having to travel hundreds of miles.”
The Professional Award is coordinated by the Alzheimer’s Association as part of their annual statewide conference. The state conference highlights innovative approaches to Alzheimer’s care, examines critical research initiatives and facilitates the sharing of ideas among dedicated professionals and family members.