We are a Direct Primary Care Clinic that donates at least 55% of our services to care for uninsured patients consistent with Catholic health care tradition.
OLHC was founded by doctors Michael Kloess and Anne Volk Johnson in the spring of 2009. The clinic was established to address the issue of lack of primary medical care for the uninsured in our community, in addition to the lack of authentically-Catholic medical care. While Dr. Johnson resigned in late 2011, Dr. Kloess remains our attending physician and Executive Director.
Since we first opened, OLHC has made some important strides by increasing the number of free services we are able to provide; all while keeping in our Pro-life mission, as well as remaining fiscally responsible. In the summer of 2012, blood draws became available at our on-site laboratory. At that time, our clinic established a relationship with Madison’s St. Mary’s Hospital, in which the Hospital’s laboratory tests our patient’s samples, and returns the results to Dr. Kloess, free of charge. Our partnership with St. Mary’s has proven to be very positive, and the Hospital has consistently renewed it every year.
Our clinic gives away over 55% of our clinic visits to our uninsured recipient patients. This is due, in part, to our generous donors. However, the majority of our financial support comes from our Member patients. The consistent growth of our members has allowed the clinic to add a second provider in April of 2019.
In today’s culture, it can be difficult to find physicians who accept their patients’ faith and morals.
With increasing frequency, secular doctors push the birth control pill on teenagers—often without parents’ consent. Married couples’ thoughtful decision to forgo contraception is often disparaged. And patients are left to wonder whether their family doctor participates in abortion, in vitro fertilization and other practices that desecrate the dignity of human life.
Our Lady of Hope Clinic offers a family practice clinic where families can feel safe and respected. Our doctor practices medicine consistent with his Catholic faith, while remaining committed to serving patients of all faiths. The providers of Our Lady of Hope Clinic welcome the opportunity to discuss with the patient faith issues and how the patient’s faith can impact their health.
Patients know upfront where their doctor stands on issues of medical ethics. Our physician chooses to not participate in abortion, sterilization, euthanasia, in vitro fertilization, or write prescription of contraception. But at Our Lady of Hope Clinic, we know that building a Culture of Life isn’t just about what we don’t do. Dr. Mike helps empower married couples to achieve or postpone pregnancy naturally by offering natural family planning medical consultations and NaProTECHNOLOGY services. For more information, click here.
Dr. Michael Kloess, a family practioner, is our medical provider and our member’s personal physician. Dr. Mike, as he is affectionately known to his patients, will work with your entire family to create a preventative and healthy lifestyle plan that is tailored to your specific needs. You and your doctor are in charge of your health—not your medical insurance provider because Our Lady of Hope Clinic does not accept or bill for medical insurance. This Direct Primary Care model of care empowers patients - not insurance companies - to take charge of their own care. Busy schedules, high co-pays, and costly premiums are no longer obstacles to excellent primary care. And patients never receive a bill or pay a co-pay at Our Lady of Hope Clinic. Members pay only an annual fee, which may be paid in monthly instalments.
Bachelor of Science
Southern Illinois University, 1995
Summa Cum Laude
Department of Psychology
Doctor of Medicine,
Southern Illinois University, 2000
Family Practice Residency,
Siouxland Medical Education Foundation
Sioux City, Iowa, 2000-2003
Board Certified, American Academy of Family Physicians, 2003 to present
Catholic Medical Association Member
Creighton Model FertilityCare® System NFP Medical Consultant, 2005 to present
At the completion of his training, Dr. Kloess worked as a family practice physician in Richland Center, Wisconsin for three years. Following his work in Richland Center he joined the Marshfield Clinic where he worked in urgent care from 2006 to 2009. Dr. Kloess's medical interests include natural family planning, women’s healthcare, wilderness medicine and medical ethics. He also participates in medical mission trips to Central America.
Dr. Kloess and his wife Laura have seven children. They enjoy family time by being involved in their parish, bike riding, hiking, and downhill snow skiing.
We are pleased to announce the addition of Dr. Elizabeth Larson to the staff of Our Lady of Hope Clinic beginning on April 1, 2019.
Dr. Larson is a member of the Catholic Medical Association and is a board-certified physician with the American Board of Family Medicine. Dr. Larson practices Family Medicine with Obstetrics and has a full spectrum of experience in caring for patients in all stages of life, from before birth to hospice. Until January of this year, she maintained a solo independent clinic in Columbus, Wisconsin and held full privileges at Columbus Community Hospital since graduating residency at UW Fox Valley Family Medicine Residency Program in Appleton, WI in 2012.
She has experience in caring for many chronic diseases such as diabetes, congestive heart failure and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Her full spectrum practice included full admitting privileges where she cared for hospitalized patients of all ages. Dr. Larson served as medical director of several hospice agencies and currently serves as a medical director for Generations Hospice.
In addition to providing the full range of Direct Primary Care to our member patients and providing medical care to our uninsured recipients, Dr. Larson will also provide obstetrical care for our members. Dr. Larson will be available at our Odana Road location on Monday and Tuesday each week. She will also operate OLHC’s satellite location, 1235 Park Ave, Columbus, WI on Thursdays from 2:00 - 6:00 pm. This location will be open to member patients only. Members may call 608-819-8544 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Larson at either location.
Please note that as Dr. Larson will be joining OLHC on a part-time basis, she will be accepting a limited number of member patients. However, any of our members are welcome to schedule an appointment with her, any time she is in clinic.
Mon. July 15
Tues. July 16
Wed. July 17
Thurs. July 18(Madison)
Thurs. July 18(Columbus - members only)
Fri. July 19
Are you ready to become a member? Great! We’re excited to have you on board. Just fill out the form to get the ball rolling and we’ll be in touch.
Still want to learn more about direct primary care or our practice? Reach out! We’re happy to chat and answer questions, at no obligation to you.