Theodore James

Theodore James

CEO
Executive Director

Meet Mr. James
Theodore James came to Axis with a business degree from the University of Minnesota, a background in finance at IDS Financial Services, and three decades of experience as a successful entrepreneur. At Axis, he has implemented a series of important reforms and initiatives that have restored the clinic to financial solidity, doubled the number of patients, integrated Electronic Medical Records, and restored the health center’s reputation and standing in the community.
Crispin Semakula M.D.

Crispin Semakula M.D.

Endocrinologist
Founder, Board Chair

Meet Dr. Semakula
Dr. Semakula received his medical degree from University of Dar es Salaam Faculty of Medicine, with an Internal Medicine Residency at the University of Minnesota Department of Medicine, where he also received advanced training as an Endocrinology Fellow. With specializations in Endocrinology, Diabetes, and Metabolism, he brings unique and highly valuable expertise to the health center, diagnosing and treating conditions that are related to the endocrine system, the glands and hormone production.
Dr. Obsa Hassan

Dr. Obsa Hassan

Internal Medicine
 

Meet Dr. Hassan

Dr. Hassan is an Internal Medicine specialist, also called internist. He attended and graduated from the University of Minnesota Medical School in 2012. He then completed internal medicine training at Abbot Northwestern Hospital in 2015 and has over 7 years of diverse experience, especially in Internal Medicine. He is affiliated with many hospitals, including Fairview Southdale Hospital, Maple Grove Hospital and Mercy Hospital. In addition, he volunteers at Hadi Clinic, a free health clinic in Brooklyn Center. He is also a community health activist and served on many organization boards. He is one of the volunteers of Internal Oromo Health Professionals Association in serving the community with health awareness and education.

Dr. Juan Lewis

Dr. Juan Lewis

Family Medicine
Internal Medicine

Meet Dr. Lewis
Dr. Lewis received his medical degree from the University of Texas Medical Branch, where he graduated with honors. He performed his residency at Hennepin County Medical Center and his internship at the EA Conway Medical Center. He brings two decades of experience attending to the diverse health needs of children and families, including immunizations, influenza, bronchitis and other upper respiratory tract infections, hyper tension, weight loss and general wellness, contraception and family planning.
Dr. Bruce McCarthy

Dr. Bruce McCarthy

Family Medicine

Dr. Jack Mutnick

Dr. Jack Mutnick

Allergist & Immunologist
Lake Street Clinic

Meet Dr. Mutnick
Dr. Mutnick brings critically-needed expertise in Allergy, Asthma and Immunology to Axis, all primary causes for emergency visits in Minnesota. He received the prestigious American Society for Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics (ASPET) for benchtop research, and has multiple publications on drug allergies and drug desensitizations to his credit. Dr. Mutnick oversees Axis’s cutting-edge best practices, helping people of all ages, from newborns and children, to teens and geriatric patients.
Dr. Michael Nyantaroka

Dr. Michael Nyantaroka

Family Medicine DNP

Dr. Zahra Roble

Dr. Zahra Roble

Gerontologist
Nurse Practitioner DNP

Meet Dr. Roble
Dr. Roble graduated with honors from the University of Saint Catherine’s program in medicine with specialization in Gerontology and Adult Health. Her focus on the specific health needs of the local community includes an important study in Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori), a condition that disproportionately affects populations of East African origins. H. pylori elimination is critical for cancer prevention, and Dr. Roble’s work puts Axis and the Axis community at the center of medical research and treatment.
Hodo

Hodo

Executive Assistant

Zillehuma

Zillehuma

Chief of Operations

Jonathan James Ph.D.

Jonathan James Ph.D.

Epidemiologist
Public Health Expert

Meet Dr. James
Dr. James brings many years’ experience in medical science research, clinical education, and clinical project management, and is published in the Journal of Pharmaceutical Research. His collaboration with the Minnesota Department of Health on brain trauma led to important public health reforms in the Minnesota State Legislature. He now directs a prestigious research partnership between Axis and the Minnesota Department of Health to develop systemic improvements in community-wide health.
Nou Yang

Nou Yang

Head of Patient Services & Satisfaction

Meet Nou Yang
Nou Yang, the Director of Patient Services has over seven years of FQHC experience at People’s Center and Axis Medical Center. Nou oversees all aspects of the patient experience, from scheduling, front desk, and patient feedback and satisfaction, to quality control and compliance in areas ranging from emergency procedures to after-hours care. She also brings to this position experience as an interpreter (speaking, reading, and writing fluently in Hmong) and as such, has invaluable insight into inter-cultural communication and sensibilities. Because the independent interpreting corps is key to patient relations and service at Axis where most of our patients report that they are better served in a language other than English, Ms. Yang’s experience and leadership in this area is critical to accurate, satisfactory, and comprehensive patient services.
Nicole

Nicole

Project Manager

Asma

Asma

Referral Specialist

Abass

Abass

Physician Assistant

Amin

Amin

Physician Assistant

Meet Amin Yousuf

Amin Yousuf received an undergraduate education from the University of Minnesota with a Bachelor of Science degree in Clinical Laboratory Science. He then completed Master of Physician Assistant Studies from Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Science (MCPHS) University. Amin Yousuf has extensive clinical experience serving diverse patient population in the emergency room, hospital medicine and critical care in both urban and rural healthcare settings in the Twin Cities and surrounding communities. For example, over ten years he gained valuable skills and experience while serving patients at the Hennepin County Medical Center ER, University of Minnesota inpatient services and critical care, as well as Ridgeview Sibley Medical Center.

Ifrah

Ifrah

Nurse Practitioner

Sadiya

Sadiya

Nurse Practitioner

Elise

Elise

Family Nurse Practitioner

Aisha

Aisha

Registered Nurse

Hassan

Hassan

Nurse

Jawahir

Jawahir

Nurse

Elsa

Elsa

Nurse

Hodan

Hodan

Medical Assistant

Melat

Melat

Medical Assistant

Nyimatoulie

Nyimatoulie

Medical Assistant

Lula

Lula

Medical Assistant

Der

Der

Medical Assistant

Safia

Safia

Care Coordinator

Nimco

Nimco

Patient Services

Sirad

Sirad

Patient Services

Samsam

Samsam

Patient Services

Fartun

Fartun

Patient Services

Najma

Najma

Patient Services

Besrat

Besrat

Patient Services

Abditu

Abditu

Patient Services

Asha

Asha

Patient Services

Anisa

Anisa

Clinic Support

Roble

Roble

Clinic Support

Ahmed

Ahmed

Clinic Support – Medical Assistant

Gemechu

Gemechu

Clinic Support

Mohammed

Mohammed

Clinic Support

Kinfe

Kinfe

Clinic Support

Sonia

Sonia

Clinic Support

Iftin

Iftin

Housekeeping

Abdulaziz

Abdulaziz

Clinic Support

Tahir

Tahir

Clinic Support

Salma

Salma

Clinic Support

Tamirat

Tamirat

Clinic Support

Abdalla

Abdalla

Clinic Support

Jnanendra

Jnanendra

Clinic Support

Hawa

Hawa

Clinic Support