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PrairieCare and PrairieCare Medical Group were founded in 2009 by Stephen R. Setterberg, MD. The organizations are now jointly owned by Dr. Stephen R. Setterberg and Dr. Joel V. Oberstar, both of whom are practicing child, adolescent and adult psychiatrists. Since the beginning, the organizations have grown by 35% each year by patient visits. PrairieCare currently provides services at 10 locations in Minnesota, with plans for continued expansion to meet the mental health needs of the community. PrairieCare has nearly 600 employees and PrairieCare Medical Group has over 200 clinicians and independent contractors. PrairieCare Medical Group is one of the largest groups of child and adolescent psychiatrists in the Midwest. Below is a brief timeline of the evolution of PrairieCare since 2005:

  • 2005: Opened Minnetonka Clinic & PHP (founded as Prairie St. John’s)
  • 2006: Opened Woodbury Clinic & PHP (founded as Prairie St. John’s)
  • 2007: Moved Minnetonka services to Edina
  • 2009: Founded PrairieCare and PrairieCare Medical Group as separate and distinct legal entities. No longer a part of Prairie St. John’s. Established formal affiliation with University of Minnesota Medical School
  • 2011: Opened 20-bed Maple Grove Hospital and PHP
  • 2012: Expanded Edina and Woodbury locations
  • 2013: Opened After-School IOP’s
  • 2014: Opened Chaska Clinic and PHP, Rochester Clinic and IOP, Psychiatric Assistance Line (PAL)
  • 2015: Opened PrairieCare Institute
  • 2015: Opened 50-bed Brooklyn Park Hospital
  • 2016: Opened PrairieCare Maplewood Clinic and PHP
  • 2016: Founded the PrairieCare Child & Family Fund, non-profit 501(c)3
  • 2017: Opened the PrairieCare Medical Group Center for Neurotherapeutics offering Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation and First Episode Psychosis services
  • 2017: Permission received to expand inpatient offerings, adding 21-beds for a total of 71-beds.
  • 2017: Opened PrairieCare, Brooklyn Park Medical Office Building which houses an expanded PHP and added Adult IOP and Clinic services (relocating services from Maple Grove)
  • 2017: Opened PrairieCare Medical Group programming in Mankato offering Intensive Outpatient Services for youth
  • 2019: Expanded services in Rochester and Mankato

Press Releases

August 3, 2021 – PrairieCare Names Asfia Qaadir, DO, Clinical Consultant to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.

June 30, 2021 – PrairieCare Announces Minnesota’s Largest Expansion of Inpatient Psychiatric Care. To download a copy, click here.

October 28th, 2019 – Psychiatric Assistance Line (PAL) receives award for Innovative Models in Integrative Care from the Association of Medicine and Psychiatry.

October 4th, 2019 – Psychiatric Assistance Line (PAL) receives the Community Gold Award from the American Psychiatric Association.

March 27th, 2018 – PrairieCare and Science Museum of Minnesota partner to bring Mental Health Exhibit to the Twin Cities – Mind Matters Press Release

August 1st, 2017 – PrairieCare Medical Group opening in Mankato – Click here for additional information

July 31st, 2017 – First Episode Psychosis Services Now Offered at PrairieCare Medical Group Center for Neurotherapeutics in Edina –Click here for additional information

November 4th, 2015 – PrairieCare Medical Group Psychiatric Assistance Line (PAL) recognized for innovation by Health Partners. For more information about the awards click here.

September 9th, 2015 – London Psychotherapist and Cultural Commentator, Dr. Aaron Balick, Presents to Local Therapists on the Psychological Impacts of Digital Media at Minneapolis’ new Center for Applied Psychoanalysis at the PrairieCare Institute.

September 1st, 2015 – New facility to offer lifesaving hope for families


Minnesota Physician, April 2020
Life in a global pandemic: Helping patients cope
By: Todd Archbold, LSW, MBA
On Feb. 11, the World Health Organization (WHO) announced the name of COVID-19, the novel coronavirus that had spread terror throughout Asia and Europe, and by then had already claimed the lives of thousands. Efforts to slow the spread to the United States was a topic of alarm and uncertainty. We knew little about COVID-19, which seemed shrouded in mystery, so far untreatable, and highly discriminatory to the elderly and those with weakened immune systems…

Minnesota Physician, December 2019
Minnesota’s Leading Edge: Creativity and collaboration
By: Todd Archbold, LSW, MBA

Our nation is amidst a mental health crisis. For the last decade we have seen an increase in the prevalence of psychiatric conditions, deaths from opioid overdoses, and suicide rates, coupled with a drastic increase in people with mental illness who are homeless or incarcerated. All too often, barriers to accessing care result in individuals and families enduring crisis and experiencing traumatic events that could have been prevented. We are also facing a substantial shortage of psychiatrists as well as access to inpatient beds and specialized psychiatric care. Studies demonstrate a public perception that mental illnesses are linked to dangerousness or violence. Funding strategies are constantly shifting at the federal and state levels, and the insurance reimbursement for psychiatrists is, on average, 21% less than for primary care physicians…
Minnesota Physician, February 2016
Change Management: Anticipation vs. Reaction
By: Todd Archbold, LSW, MBA
It was the Greek philosopher Heraclitus who was known for his doctrine that change is central to the universe. Among his many writings, he stated that nothing remains the same and everything changes. Now, nearly 2,500 years later, managers in all aspects of business continue to philosophize about the best ways to understand and manage change. We could say that one thing has in fact remained unchanged, and that is our constant struggle to understand and manage change. Managing change has traditionally been characterized by using psychological and behavioral tactics to manipulate processes or systems, such as using the “carrot and stick” method of motivation. However, change is more successfully managed through thoughtful multi-dimensional assessments and using tactics deployed through understanding and engineering technical measures…
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Minnesota Medicine, March 2015
Psychiatric Assistance Line: One Solution to the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Crisis
By: Todd Archbold, LSW, MBA
Having timely access to mental health care is critical for children with psychiatric disorders. Because there is an extreme shortage of child and adolescent psychiatrists in the United States, initial assessment and treatment of children with psychaitric disorders often occurs in primary care settings. To increase the likelihood of positive health outcomes for these children, primary care physicians need to be better equipped to meet children’s mental health needs. One way is to offer them easier access to child and adolescent psychiatrists…
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Minnesota Physician, January 2015
Integrative Mental Health Strategies for Kids
By: Tim Culbert, MD
Rates of neurodevelopmental/behavioral/emotional disorders in kids, including ADHD, autism spectrum disorders, anxiety, learning disorders, and depression, continue to rise in the United States. In fact, a 2014 study in Pediatrics that reviewed data from 2001 to 2011 concluded that childhood disability increased from 6.9 percent in 2001 to 7.9 percent in 2011…
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Minnesota Physician, October 2014
Psychiatric consultations for children: Practical, convenient, and free resources for primary care
By Todd Archbold, LSW, MBA, and Linda Vukelich
For decades, the shortage of child and adolescent psychiatrists (CAPs) and other specialized mental health practitioners has resulted in the challenge of meeting the overwhelming mental health needs in communities all over the country. These needs include managing chronic illnesses like depression, anxiety, and other mood disorders; to triaging and treating acute disorders, like suicidality, that rise to the level of a psychiatric…
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Notable Presentations

PrairieCare Medical Group and the University of Minnesota translating evidence based practices into practice settings. Behavior Development and Healthy Emotions Programs offered at PrairieCare
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PrairieCare in the Community

August 18th, 2015 PrairieCare hosted a full field of golfers at Rush Creek Golf Course in Maple Grove Minnesota. Net proceeds from the event, nearly $50,000 will benefit NAMI-MN, MACMH, and MPSI.
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