Family Practice

Care From Our Family To Yours

Rainy Lake Clinic is your home for comprehensive family medical care.

Located within Rainy Lake Medical Center’s hospital campus, our clinic provides accessible family healthcare for International Falls and surrounding communities via in-person and telehealth visits. Whether you need an annual checkup or specialized care for injury or illness, we’re the healthcare home for everyone in your home.

Our Trusted Team

  • Darci Pelland, NP-C

    FAMILY NURSE PRACTITIONER

    Darci Pelland, NP-C


    Darci Pelland, NP-C, received her Bachelor of Science degree in nursing in 2002, and her Master of Science for nurse practitioner in 2011, both from the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks. Pelland’s primary role will be based in the specialty clinic, where she will care for her patients. Additionally, she will work closely with Dr. Scott Johnson, OB/GYN, to enhance and expand women’s health services at RLMC. Pelland joined the Rainy Lake Clinic team in 2023. 

  • Shailynn Shipley, MSN, APRN, CNP

    FAMILY NURSE PRACTITIONER

    Shailynn Shipley, MSN, APRN, CNP


    Shailynn Shipley, MSN, APRN, CNP, attended Minnesota State University Mankato for her Master of Science in nursing and family nurse practitioner degrees. Shipley serves as a hospitalist for Rainy Lake Medical Center inpatients, but also sees patients at Rainy Lake Clinic. Shipley joined the team in 2023.

  • Elizabeth Lessard, DNP, FNP

    FAMILY NURSE PRACTITIONER

    Elizabeth Lessard, DNP, FNP


    Elizabeth Lessard, DNP, FNP, obtained her license of practical nursing from Rainy River Community College in 2001, and graduated from Hibbing Community with a registered nurse, associates of science degree in 2003. Elizabeth went on to further her education at Bemidji State University, graduating with a bachelor’s of science in nursing degree in 2010. She then obtained a doctorate in nursing practice from St. Scholastica in 2014, and has been working as a nurse practitioner ever since. Elizabeth joined the Rainy Lake Clinic team in 2023.

  • Nicki Busch

    Family Nurse Practitioner

    Nicki Busch


    Nicole Busch is a Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) at Rainy Lake Clinic, where she treats patients of all ages. Most of her 21-year career has been with the Littlefork Medical Center, mainly in geriatrics, and as Assistant Director of Nursing from 1999-2011. She received her FNP from the University of North Dakota in 2013.

  • Amber Biondich

    Family Nurse Practitioner

    Amber Biondich


    Amber Biondich is a board-certified Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP-BC) with an
    Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) license earned in 2015. She holds a
    master’s degree and a Bachelor of Science, Nursing (RN) degree, and has worked as a Registered Nurse at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Cardiovascular Telemetry as well as in the Birthing Center, and at Children’s Hospital in Minneapolis on a surgical floor. She will be working in the RLMC Clinics and urgent care, and assisting in the ER when needed.

  • Brad Reiners

    Physician Assistant

    Brad Reiners


    Brad Reiners is a physician assistant in our Rainy Lake Clinic. His main focus is family
    practice and he enjoys taking care of patients of all ages and conditions. Brad graduated from Augsburg College in 1999 after doing his clinical rotations in International Falls. After two years with the Mayo System, where he worked in a small clinic and busy ER, Brad felt the call of Rainy Lake and moved back in 2007. In 2009, Brad obtained his Master’s Degree from the University of Nebraska.

  • David Moyer

    Family Doctor

    David Moyer


    Dr. David Moyer has been a board-certified family medicine practitioner for over 20
    years and has overseen the RLMC Hospitalist program since its inception. He graduated medical school from the University of Minnesota and completed his residency at the University of North Dakota. He is a native to the Iron Range area and most recently worked at CMH in Cloquet, MN as a hospitalist.

  • Nancy Burmeister

    Family Nurse Practitioner

    Nancy Burmeister


    Nancy Burmeister is a board-certified nurse practitioner in family practice. She provides a holistic approach for health promotion and disease prevention, as well as the assessment and management of common acute and chronic illnesses and injuries occurring throughout a patient’s life. Nancy earned her Associate Degree in Nursing in 2003, her Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 2006 and a Master of Arts in Nursing at The College of Saint Scholastica in 2009. She’s worked for Falls Memorial Hospital from 2000-2009 as a nurse and was a primary care provider in both Littlefork and Nett Lake. Nancy has experience in providing urgent care in International Falls, Roseau, and Virginia, as well working as an ER/Hospitalist in Baudette.

  • Dr. Jay Knaak

    Family Doctor

    Dr. Jay Knaak


    Dr. Jay Knaak is board-certified in family medicine and earned his undergraduate degree from Gustavus Adolphus College with dual majors in chemistry and psychology. He graduated from the University of MN Duluth/Minneapolis School of Medicine in 1990, after which he served as the chief family medicine resident in Marquette, Michigan. He has worked in primary care in International Falls, Nett Lake and briefly in South Australia serving the indigenous Aboriginals and has practiced emergency medicine at Rainy Lake Medical Center for 8 years. Since 2014 he has practiced family medicine at the Rainy Lake Clinic.

We're Here For You


If you have an emergency, dial 9-1-1. If you have a general question or concern, please call us at 218.283.4481.
RLMC Nurse Line 24/7: 800.206.6991.