In a time where public health questions have become normal dinnertime discussions, one of Citizen Potawatomi Nation’s own has received recognition for her work in the medical sphere. As a result of her accomplishments and service in the public health and medical fields, Oklahoma Magazine’s recently named Kassie Roselius M.D., MPH, as a prestigious 40 Under 40 award recipient.
Dr. Roselius is a member of the Vieux family and originally from Choctaw, Oklahoma. Like many Tribal members, she utilized the CPN college scholarships to help pay for parts of her education. Following graduation from Southern Nazarene University with a bachelor’s in science, she completed a master’s of public health at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. She graduated from the University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences and later completed her residency at Clarkson Family Medicine in Omaha, Nebraska.
Dr. Adam Vascellaro, CPN Health Services medical director, specifically recruited Dr. Roselius to the Nation due to her academic background.
“From day one, she has not only been a practicing board-certified family physician, but she was also given the leadership role of CPNHS Public Health Coordinator, and she has excelled at both,” he said.
She currently serves in three capacities for the Citizen Potawatomi Nation Health Services as medical professional director, public health coordinator and a family physician.
“Dr. Roselius is a proud member of the CPN and is a shining example of the good that can come from our Tribe’s investment in our younger generations,” said Tribal Vice-Chairman Linda Capps. “It is important that our young people, especially Native Americans, can see people with their shared heritage and background succeeding and working in their communities.”
Vice-Chairman Capps cited Dr. Roselius’ recognition as one of Oklahoma’s 40 Under 40 as evidence of her success managing multiple roles and enhancing CPNHS offerings.
“Overseeing these responsibilities at such a young age only further proves the Nation has more than recouped its investment. We are proud to have her on staff serving our people,” Vice-Chairman Capps said.
The professionals honored in Oklahoma Magazine’s 40 Under 40 Class exemplify leadership, both at the office and in the community. These are Oklahoma’s mavericks — innovators who go the extra mile, disrupt the status quo, push to improve the state and guide others by unwavering and fierce example. These leaders come from a wide array of professions, from an entrepreneur, nurse and professor to doctors, lawyers and company presidents.