DR. MIKE & HIS FAMILY INSPIRE WHILE HELPING OTHERS LOCALLY
ST. CHARLES–Dr. Michael Fremgen became a family physician in 1982 and began in Geneva at Fox Valley Family Physician’s office in 1985. His wife, Mary became a dietitian in 1983. They moved to Fox Valley from Rockford where Mike was completing his residency and Mary was coordinator of the WIC (Women, Infants and Children) program.
They came to St. Charles for a medical conference at Pheasant Run and loved the Fox Valley, so after several interviews around the country, they decided the best place for home was near family and friends. They moved to Geneva for three years, then on to St. Charles for the past 30 years, where they raised their three children, Michael (32), Matthew (30), and Molly (28).
When Dr. Mike is not busy at his family practice office in Geneva, he spends his free time on the golf course, biking and with family. Mary is Board President of Fox Valley Food for Health in Geneva and a private practice dietitian. Her free time is spent golfing, biking, gardening and cooking. Together they love traveling and spending time with family and friends.
Being in the health industry, both Mike and Mary learned rather quickly that nutrition is personal. Mary’s grandmother passed away after struggling with obesity and diabetes for years and her father was diagnosed with colon cancer. She has learned that beliefs and approaches vary according to so many individual factors, including experiences and upbringing with food.
“Food brings joy, even to doctors and dietitians,” she says. “It is OK to choose fries instead of a salad every now and then; it is about balance and moderation. People need to consider what works best for their lifestyle and understand how positive changes can influence and impact family history, genetics and long-term wellness.”
The Fremgen family believes in living a happy and healthy life.
-Kristen Kucharski, Photo by Mike Mantucca
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