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Rainy Lake Clinic


1400 Highway 71
International Falls, MN 56649

Heather Cook, D.O.

Dr. Heather Cook, RLMC’s staff general surgeon, studied at Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine. She pursued a general surgery emphasis while doing her internship and residency at Metro Health Hospital in Michigan. She became board certified with the American Osteopathic Board of Surgery in 2008. She has worked as a general surgeon in Michigan and Colorado. Dr. Cook specializes in state-of-the-art laparoscopic surgery and minimally invasive surgery, creating smaller incisions and resulting in shorter patient recovery times.

Kimberly VerSteeg, OB/GYN

Dr. Kimberly VerSteeg is RLMC’s OB/GYN. She attended medical school at Des Moines University and did her residency at Medical College of Wisconsin. She is board certified with the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.

She has been married for 19 years and she and her husband have three children (and two dogs!). She is an avid cyclist, averaging 1,500 miles per year.


At Rainy Lake Clinic, we are committed to providing safe, quality care to our patients, including when they need smaller surgical procedures. Dr. Heather Cook, our surgeon, and Dr. Kim VerSteeg, our OB/GYN, also do consulting and perform small surgical procedures in the Rainy Lake Clinic exam rooms.

The strength of our department shows with our diverse staff. Whether your procedure is large or small, previously scheduled or an emergency, you’ll be comforted to know that our on-staff surgical team is available. They each bring unique experiences and skills to the table.

The full RLMC surgical team available for procedures performed in the surgical center consists of surgeons, certified nurse anesthetists, a certified surgical first assist, a certified orthopedic physician’s assistant, peri-operative RNs, LPNs, surgical technologists, and a full time surgery center manager.

Procedures performed in Rainy Lake Clinic include:

  • Skin and smaller soft tissue biopsies
  • Abscess drainage
  • Endometrial biopsies
  • Cervical biopsies for abnormal pap smear results
  • Removal of vulvar lesions
  • IUD insertion
  • IUD removal


Open Monday–Friday, 7:30 am–5:00 pm
Please call (218) 283-5503 to schedule an appointment. Same day appointments may be available.

For after-hour medical care, visit RLMC’s 24-Hour Emergency Room.