About North Star Family Medicine
with Dr. Kristy Lelcu


North Star Family Medicine is a medical office in the Brainerd Lakes Area whose focus is to establish the physician-patient relationship.


The mission of North Star Family Medicine is to provide comprehensive, outpatient medical care which empowers patients to improve their health based on a strong patient-physician relationship.


Creating a welcoming, relaxed, fun culture where patients feel they can speak openly to a physician about their healthcare issues and concerns to develop a plan which meets their individual goals and needs.
Dr. Lelcu

Dr. Kristy Lelcu, MD

Dr. Kristy Lelcu, a Board Certified Family Medicine Physician, was born in Atchison, Kansas and moved to Minnesota as a child. Her father was a miller for Pillsbury Flour in Minneapolis and her mom was a homemaker. She graduated from Park Center Senior High School with honors.

Dr. Lelcu graduated from the State University of New York at Buffalo with a degree in Psychology. Following college, Dr. Lelcu worked in business at GE Capital and TransAmerica. A few years later, she felt a calling to work with people and returned to school to complete her pre-medical courses at the University of Missouri Kansas City. A graduate of St. James School of Medicine, Dr. Lelcu completed a Family Medicine residency in Pueblo, Colorado at St. Mary-Corwin Hospital Southern Colorado Family Medicine program. She participated in a medical mission to Ecuador and focused on preventing Childhood Obesity while in residency.

Following residency, she moved to the Brainerd Lakes Area and worked for Essentia Health. Dr. Lelcu participated in programs to help reduce opioid use in the community while at Essentia Health. She went on a medical mission to Romania, where she met her husband, Vlad Lelcu.  After 4 years, she transitioned to Urgent Care in St. Cloud with CentraCare. Dr. Lelcu found she missed the connection made with patients in clinic setting, so she opened a private medical practice, North Star Family Medicine, to offer the Brainerd Lakes Community a place to obtain medical care that focuses on the patients’ needs.

In her spare time, Dr. Lelcu enjoys traveling with her husband, riding motorcycles, reading, and spending time with her 4 pets – Judah, Daisy, Snowflake and Ser Pounce A Lot. She enjoys Red Dirt Country music and is a football fan.  

Susan Heyning, CNP

Susan Heying is a Certified nurse Practitioner joining the great team at North Star Family Medicine.

Susan has been a Registered Nurse since graduating with her Bachelor’s degree in 1991. She worked at CentraCare mainly in Cardiology until she graduated from Minnesota State University, Mankato in 2008 with her Master’s degree. Susan has been a Certified Nurse practitioner working in a Family Medicine setting since that time. Susan also spent time in an Urgent Care setting as a Locum from 2017 through 2021.

Susan is married and has two college-aged boys. She also has two dogs. She enjoys baseball, reading, and gardening during her spare time.

“I am looking forward to working at North Star Family Medicine and helping you on your road to health!”

Susan Heying - CNP

Vlad Lelcu, Administrative Assistant

Vlad Lelcu is the Administrative Assistant at North Star Family Medicine. He has an AAS degree in Automotive Technology from Central Lakes College in Brainerd, Minnesota. He specializes in marketing, networking, supply management, accounting, and human resources, assisting the managerial side of running the practice. He enjoys reading, fast cars, and guns in his spare time. He is here to take care of all the nonmedical side of running a clinic.

What's in a Name?

The name North Star Family Medicine was created by Dr. Lelcu’s husband, who remembered the North Star was present in the Minnesota State Capital.

As a symbol, “The North Star is the anchor of the northern sky. It is a landmark, or sky marker, that helps those who follow it determine direction as is glows brightly to guide and lead toward a purposeful destination. It also has a symbolic meaning, for the North Star depicts a beacon of inspiration and hope to many.”

The goal of North Star Family Medicine is to provide an anchor and beacon to patients to guide them toward a healthier, more productive life in which they are involved in their decisions to create an individualized healthcare plan.

Member American Association of Family Physicians
Certified by American Board of Family Medicine
Brainerd Family Practice

The North Star Family Medicine Staff

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