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.

Meet Our Family

Independent Doctors at Horizon Clinic Hours

Monday-Friday 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Joy Froelich, MD

Family Medicine

Denise McDonough, MD

Family Medicine

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.

Stephen McDonough, MD

Pediatric Medicine

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.

William Cornatzer, MD


Morgan Reese, PA


Laura Schield, MD

Behavioral Health

Laura Schield has practiced psychiatry throughout North Dakota for over 20 years. Dr. Schield is a North Dakota native. She graduated with an undergraduate degree in English from the University of California/Riverside. She attended two years of medical school at the University of North Dakota, but transferred to the University of South Carolina after getting married.

Dr. Schield graduated from the University of South Carolina School of Medicine, where she also completed her general psychiatry residency in addition to a child/adolescent fellowship. She is board certified through the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in both areas and maintains membership in the American Academy of child and Adolescent Psychiatry and the North Dakota Medical Association.

Laura Schield

Joining us this fall

Josh Seil, PA

Josie Senger, FNP