Ruby W Tam, DO
Dr. Tam is a board-certified family-medicine doctor, and a certified Perrin Technique Practitioner. She graduated from Des Moines University Osteopathic School of Medicine in 2009, and completed a family-medicine residency at University of Minnesota, Park Nicollet Methodist Hospital in 2012.
From 2012 to 2022, Dr. Tam practiced full-spectrum family medicine at Northwest Family Clinics. She came across the first chronic fatigue patient in 2015. Since then, Dr. Tam has been reading and learning about the disease. Dr. Lucinda Bateman has graciously provided support and answered questions that arose over the years. Dr. Tam retired from her salary position in 2023, and started MECFS Clinic MN to volunteer her time to treat people with ME/CFS. Beginning in May 2023, she has the honor to serve on the Scientific and Medical Advisory Board of #MEAction to help promote advocacy and clinician education of ME/CFS and Long COVID.
"Patients suffering from Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome have been dismissed, under-represented, mistreated and ignored by the current medical system. They deserve equal access to good and affordable medical care like anyone else."
Jessica Puchalski, PAC
Jessica is a board-certified physician assistant. She received her Bachelor of Science in Biology at the University of Minnesota with high distinction in 2013, then her Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies at Augsburg University in 2017.
While working at Northwest Family Clinics, Jessica managed many complex illnesses including ME/CFS, Fibromyalgia, Orthostasis, etc. She is now a hospitalist physician assistant at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis.
Jessica has been involved in many community projects throughout the years. She had a Spanish minor in college and volunteered at Ebenezer Care Center to be a Spanish companion; at Shriners Hospitals as a Child LIfe Associate; at Urban Venturers as a tutor; and at Epiphany Covenant Church doing children's ministry. She believes in empowering the next generation with knowledge by taking budding physician assistant students under her wings and teaching them how to become a patient-centered, attentive yet thorough physician assistants.
"Patients with ME/CFS are often not validated and not heard because their symptoms are so vague and complex. I strongly believe that they deserve a chance to receive good care and be understood."
Ginny is a recently retired journalist of more than 40 years and has been an editor at top papers in seven states during her career, including The Star Tribune, Colorado Springs Gazette, Miami Herald and St. Paul Pioneer Press. A Texas native and graduate of the University of Texas , she also owned her own website design and marketing business in Colorado Springs. She has lived in the Twin Cities since 2012. She was a medical writer at MSP Communications and is thrilled to be volunteering at the MECFS Clinic MN to help promote this essential service. She looks forward to playing a role in Dr. Ruby's amazing humanitarian efforts.
"When I learned of Dr. Ruby's clinic for those suffering from chronic fatigue, I knew I wanted to help in her pursuits, even if simply a communications position. More potential patients, donors and others in supportive roles need to hear Dr. Ruby's message: That everyone is entitled to treatment so that they can get their lives back. The hand-on approach to chronic fatigue that Dr. Ruby practices at her clinic is a fascinating and time-honored alternative to expensive drugs and treatments that the patients cannot cannot tolerate."