A member of our Ear, Nose and Throat team, Robert Fischer, MD, is an otolaryngologist, dedicated to providing high-quality, up-to-date care to adults and children with ear, nose and throat conditions. Dr. Fischer is board-certified in Otolaryngology with three decades of ENT experience. He is well-equipped to provide medical and surgical care for the full range of disorders, from ear and sinus problems, to head & neck surgery and facial plastic surgery. A magna cum laude graduate of the University of Wisconsin, Dr. Fischer earned his medical doctorate from the Medical College of Wisconsin and completed his Otolaryngology residency at Portsmouth Naval Hospital in Virginia as part of a 10-year association with the U.S. Navy Medical Corps. After discharge, he practiced at Duluth Clinic in Minnesota and Wind River ENT in Lander, WY, before joining Trinity Health in 2015. He practiced four years with Sanford Health in Bemidji, MN, before returning to Trinity.
Alexandra Radu, DMD, MD
Alexandra Radu, DMD, MD, is an oral and maxillofacial surgeon, well qualified to provide comprehensive oral and maxillofacial care for the full range of oral and facial conditions. Her expertise includes dental implants, orthognathic surgery, dentoalveolar surgery for problems affecting the teeth, jaw, and supporting structures; and jaw movement disorders (TMJ). She also has experience treating oral and facial trauma, having trained at a level 1 trauma center. Dr. Radu holds doctorate degrees in both dentistry and medicine. She earned her Doctor of Medicine in Dentistry from the University of Pennsylvania, where she received honors for her clinical and research work. She completed her medical doctorate at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland and did her residency in Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery at University of Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center, an adult and pediatric level 1 trauma center. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, hiking, camping, and spending time outdoors.
Alycia Coutts, FNP-C
A board-certified nurse practitioner, Alycia Coutts, FNP-C, cares for patients as a member of our Ear, Nose & Throat team. She works with otorhinolaryngology surgeons and other team members to manage the care of children and adults with acute and chronic ENT conditions such as ear infections and other concerns, sinusitis, head & neck problems, and sleep issues. Alycia received her Master of Science degree in Family Nurse Practice from Simmons University. Prior to that she earned an Associate of Science Degree in Nursing from Williston State College and worked as an RN at Trinity Health as a family practice nurse and a charge nurse in Labor & Delivery. A member of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, and the North Dakota Nurse Practitioner Association, Alycia enjoys spending time outside with her family and watching hockey.
Dwight Remington, DNP, FNP-C
Dwight Remington, DNP, FNP-C, is a board-certified family nurse practitioner and a member of our Pulmonary/Critical Care team. A Minot native, he received both his bachelor’s and doctorate degrees in Nursing from the University of Mary in Bismarck. Prior to becoming a nurse practitioner, Dwight worked as an RN for Trinity Health starting February, 2000, and practiced in various critical care departments, including the adult and newborn intensive care units, the cardiac catheterization lab, and as a flight nurse with NorthStar Criticair. Dwight provides treatment and support to patients in all stages of pulmonary disease and cares for critically ill patients in the ICU. He is a member of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners.
Jeffrey Verhey, MD
Dr. Verhey is board certified in three specialties. He is board certified in Pulmonary Medicine, Critical Care Medicine and Internal Medicine. His training gives him expertise in treating patients with respiratory and lung conditions. He also is trained to care for those critically ill patients in the Intensive Care Unit. Dr. Verhey has been with Trinity Health since 1996, and serves Trinity in many capacities. He is the Medical Director for Home Health/Hospice, ICU, Respiratory Therapy and NorthStar CriticAir. He has served as Trinity’s Chief of Staff from 2002-2008. He is a Clinical Professor of Medicine for UND School of Medicine and has been honored as the Teacher of the Year at the Northwest Campus several times including three years in a row from 2012-2015. Dr. Verhey received his medical degree from the University of South Dakota-Vermillion, and did his Internal Medicine Residency and Pulmonary Critical Care Fellowship at the University of Missouri-Columbia. Dr. Verhey is a native of Madison, South Dakota. He and his wife, Janelle, have four children.
Rob Thomas, MD
A specialist in Ear, Nose and Throat Medicine (Otolaryngology) and Head and Neck Surgery, Dr. Thomas provides medical and surgical care for children and adults with ear, nose, and throat conditions, including ear infections, snoring, sleep apnea, hearing loss, dizziness, voice evaluation and surgery, and thyroid and salivary gland disorders. He earned his medical degree from Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, Nashville, where he was named a member of Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society in recognition of scholarship and professionalism. He completed a five-year residency in Otolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery at the University of Florida, Gainesville. He’s a member of the American Academy of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery.
Heidi Bender, FNP-C
Heidi A. Bender, DNP, FNP-C, is a board-certified family nurse practitioner and a key member of our Pulmonary/Critical Care team. A Minnesota native, she received her Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing from Concordia College, Moorhead, MN, and completed her Master’s in Advanced Practice Nursing from South Dakota State University, Brookings. In 2018, she received her doctorate in Nursing from the University of North Dakota. As an RN, Heidi practiced in Emergency Departments at MeritCare in Fargo, Avera St. Luke’s in Aberdeen, and at St. Luke’s Regional Medical Center in Sioux City, IA, where she also served as the department’s staff educator. She was an RN in Trinity’s ICU before completing her nurse practitioner training and joining Pulmonary/Critical Care specialist Jeffrey Verhey, MD, in his practice in 2007. Heidi is a member of Sigma Theta Tau Nursing Honor Society, Emergency Nurses Association, American College of Nurse Practitioners, and the American Association of Critical Care Nurses.