Partners at Cascade Bluff

Navigating the Currents of Change

Who We Are

CEO (Chief Engagement Officer) Val Ulstad, MD, is board-certified in Internal Medicine and Cardiology and practiced in academic, private and safety-net hospital settings for over 25 years, including as chief of a division of her subspecialty. An award-winning teacher, she received a lifetime Teaching Award from the University of Minnesota Medical School in 2005, and was named a Luminary of Twin Cities Medicine by MetroDoctors. MetroDoctors. She has a Masters in Public Administration with a focus on Leadership from the Kennedy School at Harvard, where she was a student of Dr. Ron Heifetz, as well as a Masters in Public Health from the University of Minnesota. Dr. Ulstad is a certified Coach from the Hudson Institute in Santa Barbara, and is a trained Facilitator for the Center for Courage and Renewal, which promotes the work of Parker Palmer and the Circles of Trust approach. Read more about Dr. Ulstad's work with Circles of Trust in health care, click here.

CCO (Chief Creativity Officer) Kathleen Ogle, MD, is board-certified in Internal Medicine, Medical Oncology and Palliative and Hospice Medicine and practiced in academic, private and safety-net hospital settings for more than 25 years, including as chief of her division of Hematology-Oncology, Chief of Bone Marrow Transplantation Services, Director of Cancer Programs, and Medical Director of Hospice. Dr. Ogle is certified as an Integral Master Coach™ through Integral Coaching Canada and offers executive, professional and transitional coaching to individuals. A writer by avocation and profession with publications in the medical and general press including The New York Times Science Pages, Dr. Ogle is also responsible for written, visual and electronic materials for Partners at Cascade Bluff.

Read more about us here: New Kind of Heart Practice

Kathy Ogle and Val Ulstad at their off-the-grid home in northern Minnesota

Why Cascade Bluff?

We are partners in life as well as in work, and are lucky enough to spend at least half of our time at a magical place called Cascade Bluff. Perched partway up a ridge in the boreal forest of northern Minnesota, our property is intersected by a designated wild stream, Cascade River, and looks out over a spectacular view of forest, valleys and Lake Superior in the distance. On a clear day our view is over 100 miles to the opposite shore, the Apostle Islands and the upper peninsula of Michigan. Our home is entirely off the electrical grid (though well connected, through a signal-enhanced cell phone and wireless modem, to the communications grid) and we produce all our own electricity using solar power. A model of sustainable and energy efficient design, our home at Cascade Bluff is a physical manifestation of the concepts we love to learn about and teach: the renewing grace of being in nature, balancing priorities, acknowledging competing commitments, accounting for the long term, and honoring our deepest dreams and beliefs.

For a look at Cascade Bluff, visit our personal website: Kathy and Val's New World 

10551 Morgan Ave South, Bloomington, MN

10551 Morgan Ave South
Bloomington, Minnesota 55431
mobile 612 719 0635
fax 877 644 7324

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