Stephen McDonough, MD

Joy  Froelich is an experienced family physician who has practiced in Columbia Missouri and Bismarck/Mandan for several years.  She graduated from the University of North Dakota School of Medicine in Grand Forks.  She finished her internship in Bismarck and completed residency in Columbia Missouri.  She practiced in Columbia Missouri for several years and then moved home to be closer to family.  She then began practicing in Bismarck/Mandan in 2013.  She grew up on a ranch in south central North Dakota.  She is a board certified by the American Board of Family Medicine and has been licensed to practice medicine in North Dakota.

Dr. Froelich focuses in wellness and health in her practice.  She is interested in providing care to infants, children and adults.  She has excellent listening and diagnostic skills and enjoys spending time with her patients. 

In addition to being a full time family physician, she is a wife, mother of 5, and a grandmother.  She has a passion for family and medicine.  As a busy physician and mother, hobbies take a back seat to spending quality time with family.

Christina Gisvold FNP-c

Meet the Doctors & Nurse Practioner

​​Joy Froelich, MD

Stephen McDonough is a board certified pediatrician who has worked in the Bismarck-Mandan community for thirty-two years.  He graduated from the University of Minnesota School of Medicine in Minneapolis and completed his pediatric residency at the University of Colorado in Denver.  He has been licensed to practice medicine in North Dakota since 1980.

Dr. McDonough believes that every child and family is unique and that health care should be individualized.  He likes working with all families, especially with children who have special health care needs.  He strongly supports community programs including early intervention, speech, physical and occupational therapy.

He was the first physician to receive the Bismarck Sanford Physician of the Year Award in 2013.  He was the first pediatrician to be appointed to the President's Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition in 2010.  He was appointed by the Secretary of Health and Human Services to the Advisory Committee on Heritable Disorders in Newborns and Children in 2011.  He has served 4 North Dakota Governors on advisory boards or commissions.

Dr. Steve is married and father to three adult children.  He has three golden retrievers who he exercises daily.  His hobbies include nature photography and wildlife conservation. He published his first children's book, "Foxy Babies" in 2016 and authored "The Golden Ounce" a history of public health in North Dakota in 1989.

Located at
Horizon Clinic

4535 Northern Sky Drive Bismarck

Bobbi Rae Thuen, MD

Bobbi Rae Thuen is a family physician born and raised in North Dakota. She graduated from the University of North Dakota School of Medicine and completed her residency in Bismarck at UND Center for Family Medicine. She spends part of her week practicing at Standing Rock Indian Health Service. She grew up on a ranch in Minot ND, spending most of her days riding and training horses along with following the rodeo trail.  She is Board Certified by the American Board of Family Medicine and has been licensed to practice medicine in North Dakota. 

Dr Thuen has interests in children, women's health, but enjoys taking care of all ages. Loves the variety that comes with being a family practice physician and getting know patients and their families. 

Bobbi Rae is married and has 2 horses and a chocolate lab. She enjoys spending time with family, hunting, fishing, and riding horse.

Christina Gisvold is a family nurse practitioner born and raised in North Dakota. In 2004, she completed her Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing and in 2012 she went on to obtain her Master of Science degree as a Family Nurse Practitioner, both from the University of Mary. She is accredited by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. She is also a member of the North Dakota Nurse Practitioners Association & the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners.

Christina looks forward to providing care for your family, as if you were her own. She will take the time to get to know you and individualize your care.

Christina is married & a mother to two children. She enjoys providing a happy and healthy home for her family.

Welcome to Independent Doctors.  We are physicians dedicated to your health.  We work closely with you and take plenty of time to address your health care needs.  We love to provide care to babies, children, families, adults and the elderly.  Helping you to achieve your best health is our top priority.


Health care is constantly changing but we believe that family centered primary care is best for everyone.  You are in charge of your health decisions and it is our job to give you the best information as you make your decisions.  We believe that you should be able to see your own physician when you go to the clinic.  This is why we are a close knit group of excellent providers who work together for your good health.

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Denise McDonough is an experienced family physician who has practiced in the Bismarck-Mandan community for twenty years.  She graduated from the University of North Dakota School of Medicine in Grand Forks and completed her family practice residency in Bismarck.  She has lived her entire life in North Dakota.  She is board certified by the American Board of Family Medicine and has been licensed to practice medicine in North Dakota since 1996.

Dr. McDonough emphasizes health promotion in her practice.  She is especially interested in providing care to women, infants and children.  She has provided health care internationally and has an interest in travel medicine.

She likes to get to know her patients and their families.  She is very thorough and takes the necessary time to get things done.  She treats her patients as she would like to be treated.

Denise is married and mother to three adult children.  She has three golden retrievers.  Her hobbies include gardening, cooking and exercising her puppies.

Denise McDonough, MD