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Astera Health – Wadena Clinic
421 11th St. NW
Wadena, MN 56482
Astera Health – Verndale Clinic
102 Farwell St. S.
Verndale, MN 56481

Ben Hess



Family Medicine, Pediatrics


Verndale Clinic, Wadena Clinic

Board certification
Family Practice
Other specialties
Vasectomy procedure
Medical school
University of Minnesota School of Medicine
- Minneapolis, MN
- 2006
Center for Family Medicine
- Sioux Falls, SD
- 2009
In his free time, Dr. Hess enjoys hunting, fishing, bowling and listening to public radio. Dr. Hess and his wife have three girls. Dr. Hess was born and raised in Verndale, MN, and his family has made their home there again.
What inspired you to get into medicine?
I wanted to be challenged with something different every day and feel like what I was doing would make a difference. I wanted to work with people, and medicine seemed to bring it all together.
What do you enjoy most about working in medicine?
I really enjoy getting to know my patients and their families and helping them live the fullest life they can!
What can patients expect from you when coming in for an appointment?
I will listen. I may not always be able to help in the way they want but they will know I listened and we will work together to find the best outcome.
What do you like to do in your downtime?
A perfect day outside of work would include a nice steak on the grill with a cold drink in hand looking over my freshly mowed lawn. It would end with a nice fire and the company of friends and family.
What is one interesting, unique or fun thing that most people may not know about you?
Every year during deer hunting, my family hunts and camps outdoors in a canvas tent in November. I’ve been going since about age 10. There’s no cell phone service or other towns for 20 miles in some directions. You need to know how to get along in the woods if you get lost.

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