Main Clinic - Fargo/Moorhead

Denise Cota - Director of Client Services

Denise Cota, RN, Director of Client Services

Denise graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from University of Mary in Bismarck. Her experience includes maternal and fetal medicine working at St. Alexius in Bismarck before relocating to Fargo.

Lisa Swan - Nurse

Lisa Swan RN, Nurse

Lisa Swan received her BSN from UND and has worked in Cardiac Surgery ICU at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. After moving to Fargo, she worked in endoscopy and CV Diagnostics.

Renae Setter RN, Nurse

Renae Setter is a registered nurse with 20+ years of experience as a psychiatric nurse. Renae has served as Staff Nurse for FirstChoice Clinic since 2001.  Renee is a pregnancy counselor and also trained in limited ultrasound.

Renee Johnson RN, Fertility Care Nurse

Renee Johnson joined FirstChoice Clinic in September 2006, with experience as a public health nurse and OB nurse. As a Fertility Care Nurse, she has daily interaction with clients and is also trained in the Marquette System of Natural Family Planning.

Deb Roesler RN, Client Educator and Nurse

Deb Roesler is a registered nurse and has experience in OB/GYN, Intensive Care Nursery and Pediatric Home Health Care.  Deb is working as the Earn While You Learn Coordinator/Client Educator at FirstChoice.

Lora Miller, Office Manager

Lora Miller joined FirstChoice in 2006 and is the Office Manager for FirstChoice Clinic. She has an Associates Degree as a Medical Administrative Assistant in 2000.

Patti Allex, Administrative Assistant

Patti Allex joined FirstChoice Clinic’s team as the Receptionist/Administrative Assistant in February of 2008.  Patti is the first person that meets our clients when they come through our doors. She is also the one who processes all the donations for all 3 sites.

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Mona Franck, Outreach Coordinator

Mona Franck joined the FirstChoice Clinic team in the spring of 2012. Her past experience includes 25 years in the business world and experience working with customers, clients and vendors, along with advertising experience.

Tom Frei, Executive Director

Tom Frei joined FirstChoice Clinic as Executive Director in August of 2012. Tom most recently worked for the Diocese of Fargo as the Secretary of Education and Formation for 16 years. He holds a graduate degree in Educational Leadership from NDSU.


Lake Region – Devils Lake

Luanne Krein, Administrative Assistant

Luanne Krein has been the Administrative Assistant  at FirstChoice Clinic-Lake Region, since it opened in 2008.

Pam Kenner LPN, Client Nurse

Pam Kenner, is a client nurse at our Lake Region site where she worked previously as a nurse. She lives in the Devils Lake area on a farm with her husband.


Meg Nelson RN, Nurse Manager

Meg Nelson is a RN with 18 years experience in OR and Endoscopy.  She joined FirstChoice in January of 2013 as Nurse Manager.

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West – Bismarck/Mandan

Wendy Schmidt RN, Center Director

Wendy Schmidt, RN joined the FirstChoice Clinic West team in 2012 and is a graduate of University of Mary with a degree in nursing and theology.  She has experience working as a labor and delivery nurse in Fargo, Wichita, St. Paul and most recently Bismarck.


Danette Heinle, RN, Nurse

Danette Heinle, RN, is one of the staff nurses here at First Choice Clinic. She joined the team in 2013. She has 7 years of experience working in the OB/GYN  area as a nurse.

Katie Vidmar, Outreach Coordinator

Katie Vidmar holds a B.S. in Liberal Arts from the University of North Dakota and a M.T.S. in Biotechnology and Ethics from the Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Studies in Marriage and Family.  She brings her experience in higher education and administration to FirstChoice where she serves as Outreach Coordinator promoting the mission of FirstChoice Clinic in western North Dakota.



Contact FirstChoice Clinic

701-237-6530 or Toll Free 1-888-237-6530 
FirstChoice Clinic · 1351 Page Dr., Suite 205 · Fargo, ND 58103