Dr. Conor Ryan Discusses Neurology & COVID-19

Board Certified neurologist and specialist in Child Neurology, Dr. Conor Ryan, met with both Childrens Minnesota and St. Gabriel’s Family Medical Center in recent weeks to discuss the neurological impacts of COVID-19. Watch the video below to see the latest webcast with St. Gabriel’s Family Medical Center on September 8, 2020.


For more information about Dr. Conor Ryan, you can visit his web bio here: Dr. Ryan Conor Bio


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Join us for a Free Virtual Seminar focusing on DBS!

Join us for a virtual seminar to learn more about Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) Therapy for the movement symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease and Essential Tremor! Hear from neurologist and movement disorders specialist Dr. Eleanor Orehek, Neurosurgeon Dr. Kyle Nelson, and an individual who has had DBS therapy and can share a firsthand experience. There will be time for questions at the end of the seminar.

This free event is scheduled to take place on Friday, July 24, 2020 at 10:00AM.

Be sure to RSVP to Anushka at anushka.mohideen@allina.com to receive your registration and Zoom event link.

Printable Event Flyer: 2020 DBS Therapy Flyer

We hope to see you there!

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Mask Donation Drive

Update 8/25/2020:

Thank you!

We are so appreciative of all of the donations that have come in over the summer, and are very grateful to share that we are no longer in need of mask donations. Thank you to everyone who offered their time, resources, and generosity in donating masks to our clinics for staff and patients. 


Hello Noran Clinic Community,

We are so appreciative of everything our staff and providers have done to so quickly adapt to the effects of the coronavirus on the healthcare field, our patients, and all of your families. Like all medical groups seeing patients at this time, we are persistently working to acquire the Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) that is needed for us to continue to see patients in a manner safe for our physicians, APPs, nurses, and other in-clinic staff – and most importantly, our patients. While PPE is a must for any patient facing role, most clinics in the area are allowing non-patient facing staff and patients to wear homemade masks as a safety precaution when in clinic, while preserving critical PPE. As we look at how the careful reopening of the state and Noran Clinic services will impact onsite staff and the number of patients being seen in person, we want to be sure that every one of our staff – and patients – have access to a mask.

With this in mind, we are joining so many other clinics in asking for donations of masks.

We are pleased to share that we have already reached out to our own internal Noran Clinic staff, and have had a great response. We have current employees, family members, and even retired employees who have already donated, or are currently making/collecting donations as we speak! These are individuals who are demonstrating their commitment to the safety and care of their coworkers and our patients, above and beyond the important work that is part of their career with our clinic. All of us at Noran Neurological Clinic couldn’t be prouder, and are so very grateful for their personal extra time and effort.

Even with this wonderful start, our goal is to expand our collection of masks so that we can maintain an ongoing supply to offer our patients for as long as masks are needed. Those who may not have a reusable homemade mask of their own can be given one to wear while they are at a Noran Clinic appointment and then take it home to keep and continue to use. We are already asking patients scheduled to be seen in person that they bring one from home, but understand that not everyone has been able to access a homemade or other mask. We have already added important policies for the health and safety of our staff and patients during this time, and want to include this added level of protection. Many neurological patients have conditions that affect their immunity and/or have existing health conditions, but must still travel in person to receive essential treatments. Masking everyone is an additional level of protection for these vulnerable patients, as well as for all of the others in our clinics and communities.

We are now also asking our online Noran Clinic community to help assist in meeting this important need. 

Many of you may already be sewers and crafters who have been making masks for friends, family, or donation. Some of you may not be making them yet, but have the skills and willingness to do so. Maybe you don’t sew yourself, but know of another family member or friend who is making/donating and might be willing to offer a few in support.

We are suggesting the mask styles recommended by other health systems, as shown here:

Basic Face Mask Instructions – Adult and Child
Advanced Face Mask Instructions

We see both adult and pediatric (child) patients, and are in need of both sizes. Any mask donations are welcome, and will help in protecting our neurological community of patients, staff, and providers.

Donations can be dropped off at our clinic locations in Minneapolis, Blaine, or Lake Elmo/Woodbury. Donation boxes are located just outside the doors to our clinic lobby.

They can also be mailed to:
Noran Neurological Clinic
Attn: M. Bergman
2828 Chicago Ave., Suite 100
Minneapolis, MN 55407

For questions about mask donations, please use this contact form.

We sincerely thank the many providers and employees who have already gone above and beyond in supporting each other over the last several weeks. We recognize that we have all been working incredibly hard to adapt to the changes in our world, clinic, and personal lives amidst the pandemic while staying committed to serving patients with neurological needs that shouldn’t wait to be addressed.

Again, thank you! Let’s work to stay healthy, and let’s get through this together.

With Gratitude,

Noran Neurological Clinic
Doctors, APPs, Nurses, and Staff

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Check out APDA Let’s Keep Moving Fitness Series

April is Parkinson’s Disease Awareness Month!

Many of those impacted by PD may be wondering how the current pandemic could impact their lives in the context of PD. Check out an excellent and frequently updated FAQ list about PD and COVID-19, by Dr. Rebecca Gilbert, shared by the APDA: https://www.apdaparkinson.org/article/questions-about-pd-and-covid-19/.

Whether you are are meeting up with friends under normal circumstances, or looking for ways to safely keep moving while social distancing, the APDA and other organizations regularly coordinate sessions and events to support individuals with PD. Check out some great opportunities to participate in live fitness events, as well as resources to find videos to move to at home.

APDA Let’s Keep Moving Fitness Series:
The APDA National Rehabilitation Resource Center for Parkinson’s Disease at Boston University will be hosting live fitness-focused sessions on Wednesdays at 1pm ET. These will be short (approximately 20 minutes) sessions that offer education/instruction and the opportunity for the public to ask questions. These will be available via Zoom, and also live-streamed to APDA’s Facebook page. We will promote and encourage registration via social media.

The schedule is currently as follows:

  • April 8: Be Active at Home: Exercise tips for people with PD
  • April 15: How to Stay Motivated for Physical Activity with Social Distancing
  • April 22: Setting up for Success at Home: Creating an Exercise-Friendly Area
  • April 29: Stepping into Spring: Keep your step count up with a walking programRegistration link: CLICK HERE TO REGISTER
    Meeting ID: 886-872-142


APDA’s Greater St. Louis Chapter’s YouTube channel

  • Archived classes that feature tai chi, yoga, interval training, kickboxing, chair exercises and more.
  • Additional classes are being filmed nearly every day.
  • New classes will also be live-streamed to the YouTube channel.

Dance for PD

  • Specialized dance classes hosted by the renowned Mark Morris Dance Group
  • Archived classes available
  • Also host Sing for PD classes as well
  • Check out the schedule and links for the live online classes

Tai Chi for PD

APDA Massachusetts has worked with Jane Arsham, founder and principal instructor of Moving Easy, on various programs for people with PD.  Although they usually take place in person, Jane will deliver the classes remotely on a weekly basis until it is safe for the community to gather in person. There is time built into each session for the students to connect and share. These free online classes are open to all no matter where you live.

  • Mondays, 1:00 -2:00 PM:  Starting Monday March 30, 2020
  • Wednesdays, 11:30 – 12-30 PM: Starting April 1, 2020

To Register:  Contact Jane Arsham at 339-707-0277 or taichi.janea@gmail.com


Parkinson Voice Project

  • An effective program that combines education, individual speech therapy (SPEAK OUT!), and ongoing group sessions (The LOUD Crowd).
  • SPEAK OUT! home practice videos available online


For more information about Parkinson’s Disease and to find local resources, visit the American Parkinson’s Disease Association, Minnesota Chapter. https://www.apdaparkinson.org/community/minnesota/

If you or a loved one have been showing signs of a possible movement disorder, or have been diagnosed and are seeking a neurologist for management of the disease and symptoms, call Noran Neurological Clinic at 612-879-1500 to make an appointment with a neurologist experienced in the diagnosis and treatment of movement disorders. We are currently available for both in person and telemedicine appointments.

If you are considering exploring Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) as a treatment option, ask for Dr. Eleanor Orehek. As an expert in Parkinson’s Disease and other movement disorders, Dr. Orehek is also very involved in Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) in the treatment of symptoms in appropriate surgical candidates.

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FOX9 News Interviews Sleep Expert Dr. Friday About Mental Well-Being During the Pandemic

On Tuesday, March 31, 2020, Fox 9 News interviewed experts regarding the stress and anxiety that many people are feeling as they adjust to day to day life during the COVID-19 pandemic. One of the experts interviewed was board certified neurologist and sleep medicine doctor, Tacjana Friday, MD.

“I would encourage people to try to find some routine in their daytime, nighttime to try to help with their mental health and sleep patterns,” said Dr. Friday.

It’s also important to find ways to wind down in order to keep up with all we are dealing with in the day.

“I would encourage people the hour or two before bed [to use] relaxation techniques, reading, relaxing music, meditation sometimes even journaling can help relieve some of those worries,” said Dr. Friday.

Watch the video of the piece below, or read the story online on the Fox 9 News website:
Stressed? Experts share strategies for mental well-being amid pandemic

If you or a loved one are experience difficulty sleeping at night or excessive daytime sleepiness that may indicate a sleep issue, you can call 612-879-1500 to schedule an appointment with a one of Noran Neurological Clinic’s board certified Sleep Specialists. We understand that at this time routines have changed for many people, and it is very important to practice social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic. In an effort to be sure that those who shouldn’t wait to see a neurologist don’t have to, many of our appointments are now offered as video visits using Telemedicine. Call us for more information at 612-879-1000,.

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“But what is love?” Dr. Tarrel speaks to KARE 11 about how love activates different parts of the brain.

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, KARE 11 spoke to Dr. Ron Tarrel of Noran Neurological Clinic and Abbott Northwestern Hospital on Friday, February 14th, about love in the brain.

“When you are in love, it is likely the person who has your heart
can make the coldest day, warm.

But what is love?

Dr. Ron Tarrel is a neurologist with Noran Neurological Clinic at Abbott Northwestern. He says different parts of the brain activate love.

“Love is really complex emotion. It  is based on the utility of the love that helps you survive through a world and through  an entire life but it is also based on comfort and satisfaction and reward,” he said.

So, what is happening in the brain when we fall in love?”

What is love? KARE 11 NEWS, Feb. 14, 2020

Click the link above to read and watch the full news interview at KARE 11 online. Watch the interview below:


To learn more about Dr. Tarrel, a Noran Clinic board-certified neurologist, hospitalist, and stroke specialist, visit his bio page.

If you have a neurological concern or are looking for answers regarding neurological symptoms, feel free to contact Noran Neurological Clinic to schedule an appointment with an experienced neurologist at 612.879.1500. Dr. Tarrel sees inpatients at Abbott Northwestern Hospital only, but has colleagues who see patients in clinic at Noran Clinic locations.

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Congratulations to Drs. Steven Janousek, John Damergis & Mark Young for being honored as MN Monthly Magazine’s Top Doctors for 2019!

Congratulations to Drs. Steven Janousek, John Damergis & Mark Young for being honored as MN Monthly Magazine’s Top Doctors for 2019!

Dr. Mark Young

Dr. Steven Janousek


Dr. John Damergis

A note from MN Monthly Magazine & their Top Doctors selection process:
The 23rd edition of our Top Doctors list includes 819 doctors in 45 specialties. Here’s how we put it together. When compiling a list that’s as relied upon as our annual Top Doctors list, research is essential. We asked physicians to nominate one or more doctors (excluding themselves) to whom they would go if they or a loved one were seeking medical care. From there, candidates were grouped into 45 specialties and evaluated on myriad factors, including (but not limited to) peer recognition, professional achievement, extensive research, and disciplinary history. Doctors who had the highest scores from each grouping were invited to serve on a blue-ribbon panel that evaluated the other candidates. Only doctors who acquired the highest total points from the surveys, the research, and the expert physician review panel were selected to this list. Of course, no list is perfect. Many qualified doctors who are providing excellent care to their patients are not included on this year’s list. However, if you’re looking for exceptional physicians who have earned the confidence and high regard of their peers, you can start your search here. In addition, this year’s crop of Top Doctors will join a prestigious group of doctors from more than 20 cities around the country who have been selected to Super Doctors, the full list of which you can find at superdoctors.com.

If you are interested in learning more about the Top Doctors selection process, please feel free to visit https://www.superdoctors.com/about/selection_process.html

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Dr. Tarrel Comments on ASMR – Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response

On August 19, 2019, WCCO looked at a popular, fast growing genre of Youtube videos online: ASMR videos. Although there is not a lot of research on ASMR, which stands for Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response, Dr. Ronald Tarrel of the Noran Neurological Clinic compares it to a more familiar term in neurology: synesthesia. As followers of ASMR videos on Youtube will attest to, certain senses can “cross over” and stimulate other senses. In the case of ASMR, some people say that the sounds can create a relaxed feeling, or cause a tingling sensation.

From Allina Health in the News:

What is ASMR?

[WCCO-TV, August 19, 2019] ASMR stands for autonomous sensory meridian response. The videos that induce that response are among the fastest growing genres online. They’re mostly on YouTube, and show people doing everything from whispering, to brushing their hair, to tapping their desks, or drawing on paper. YouTube’s most popular ASMR-tist has seven million followers online. Others have around two million each.

There hasn’t been much peer-reviewed research on ASMR — just 11 studies since 2015. But some of the more recent research has shown the regions of the brain that are most active with ASMR are similar to the regions activated in the connections between parents and infants.

“It’s not that new of an idea,” says Dr. Ron Tarrel, a neurologist with the Noran Clinic and Abbott Northwestern. Dr. Tarrel says there’s something in neurology called synesthesia, where certain senses can cross over and make an impression on other senses.

Watch the WCCO news clip, with Dr. Ronald Tarrel’s comments from a neurologist’s perspective, below.

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CANCELLED: Join us for a free DBS Seminar in September

Due to unforeseen circumstances, this event has been cancelled.
However, we will be planning another event in the near future so keep an eye out for the next free DBS event!



Join neurologist and movement disorder specialist Dr. Eleanor Orehek (Noran Neurological Clinic) and neurosurgeon Dr. Kyle Nelson (Metropolitan Neurosurgery Associates) as they present an educational seminar on Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) Therapy for the movement symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease and Essential Tremor.

Date: Monday, September 23, 2019
Time: 5:30PM Registration, 6:00-7:00PM Presentation
Place: Metropolitan Ballroom & Clubroom
5418 Wayzata Boulevard
Golden Valley, MN 55416 Google Directions

To RSVP, call 651.241.8297 or register online at 923.dbs.eventbrite.com 

Printable Flyer PDF:
DBS Event 9.23 PDF

Are you not able to attend but interested in listening in? Listen to a recording and/or read the transcription of last fall’s educational seminar here.

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Dystonia Zoo Walk Twin Cities 2019 on June 22

Bring the family out for some fun at the Como Zoo Park & Conservatory on Saturday, June 22nd! The Dystonia Medical Research Foundation is hosting a community event to awareness and funds for dystonia research. The fee is $25 for adults and $15 for children. In addition to supporting Dystonia research, the cost includes access to the zoo, refreshments, and a walk T-Shirt. If you gather and register a team of 10 or more by June 10, you get a customized team t-shirt!

Visit the event website here: https://twincitiesdystoniazoowalk.swell.gives/
Printable PDF of the event flyer:Twin Cities Zoo Flyer 2019 02-26

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