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William J. LaRock, MSN, FNP, graduated in May 2010 from SUNY Upstate Medical University receiving a Master of Science degree in Nursing, majoring in Family Nurse Practitioner with a minor in education. He received his nursing degree with honors at SUNY Plattsburg in 1996. Bill has been employed as a nurse by Samaritan Medical Center for 16 years, the majority of that time in the emergency room, joining North Country Urgent Care in October 2010. His philosophy is to provide compassionate patient centered care, always placing the patient first, focusing on health promotion, education and wellness.

Bill enjoys spending quality time with family, SCUBA diving, hunting, fishing and snowmobiling.

Linda M Dietsche , FNP-BC, received her post graduate FNP degree from St John Fisher College in 1996. She retired from the Veteran’s Administration in 2005, and then was mobilized by the U.S. Navy to serve as the East Coast Medical Officer for mobilization. She returned in June 2006, and then went to work per diem for the Canandaigua Veteran Administration Center. She presently is an independent contractor for the VAMC and for North Country Urgent Care. She retired with 23 years of service from the U.S. Navy in May 2008.

Her interests include her 3 granddaughters, fishing, cross country skiing, and New York Yankee baseball.


Samuel S. Verbeck, R-PA, graduated from the US Army Physician's Assistant program in 1989. He also received a Bachelor of Science degree, with honors, from the University of Oklahoma. Prior to P.A. training, Sam was a Military Medic/EMT for 11 years. He served as an Army P.A. in assignments in Korea, Ft. Drum, Ft. Knox, Ky, and again at Ft. Drum. Upon Retirement from the Army Sam worked for Family Practice Associates of Carthage and Watertown for seven years. He joined North Country Urgent Care in 2005.

Sam has a major interest in Sports Medicine and was elected to the Watertown Red and Black Hall of Fame in 2006.


Walter A. Minaert, MD, F.A.C.S, attended Phillips Exeter Academy, from 1959 to 1962, graduating with honors. He received a B.S. in Chemistry from Dartmouth College, and his MD degree from the University of Vermont in 1970. He pursued a rotating internship and one year of surgical residency at St. Joseph's Hospital in Syracuse, NY. He then served two years as a medical officer in the U. S. Navy. He completed his surgical residency from July 1974 to June 1977, followed by his establishment of his Watertown general surgery practice in 1977. Thirty years later Dr. Minaert closed his hospital practice to concentrate on North Country Urgent Care, which had been in operation about 4 years at that time. While at Samaritan Medical Center Dr. Minaert served as ICU Director, Chief of Surgery, and was a member of the Board of Trustee’s for three years.

He is an avid gardener who also enjoys traveling and woodworking.


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