An Evening with Dr. Bennet Omalu

Dr. Omalu Bennet, photo from

Dr. Omalu Bennet, photo from




An Evening with Dr. Bennet Omalu: Don’t miss this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity!






Noran Neurological Clinic is pleased to serve as a promotional partner for the next installment of the Inspiring Minds Speaker Series on Thursday, February 25th, at Beth El Synagogue in Saint Louis Park. Dr. Omalu brings to the stage a rare combination of humility and fervor, as he shares his story of becoming one of the biggest disrupters in the history of sports and medicine. Beth El is pleased to work in collaboration with the Minnesota Brain Injury Alliance on this important evening, embracing their mission to work towards a world where all avoidable brain injuries are prevented, all non-preventable brain injuries are minimized, and all individuals who have experienced brain injury can maximize their quality of life. Commissioner Ed Ehlinger, MD, MSPH will moderate a Q&A with Dr. Omalu as part of the evening following the general presentation. Seating is limited. More information and tickets are available at or by calling 952-873-7300.

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Nora Clinic Receives 2015 Angie’s List Super Service Award

2015 Angie's List Award

We are pleased to announce that Noran Clinic has received the Angie’s List Super Service Award! This award is given to companies that have achieved and maintained a superior service record on Angie’s List. Approximately 5% of companies on Angie’s List meet the minimum eligibility requirements to be considered. Eligibility requirements include maintaining an “A” rating overall, receiving a minimum number of reviews and not have been in the “Penalty Box” for failure to respond to an Angie’s List member’s complaint. As you may know, Angie’s List is a website that aggregates verified consumer reviews of service companies as a way to “capture word-of-mouth wisdom”.

Angie’s List helps facilitate happy transactions between more than three million consumers nationwide and its collection of highly rated service providers in more than 720 categories of service, ranging from home improvement to health care. Built on a foundation of more than 10 million verified reviews of local service, Angie’s List connects consumers directly to its online marketplace of services from member-reviewed providers, and offers unique tools and support designed to improve the local service experience for both consumers and service professionals. The concept behind the website is to certify their data collection process by only allowing paid and registered subscribers to access the website to prevent anonymous or biased reviews.

We are proud to have received this award again, and appreciate that patients have been sharing their Noran Clinic experiences with others!

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Sleep and Alzheimer’s Disease in the News

The announcement of a human study on the relationship between sleep quality and Alzheimer’s Disease was explored by NPR in a story early this month that has been getting a lot of attention. According to NPR,

“The first finding emerged in 2009, when researchers at Washington University in St. Louis showed that the sticky amyloid plaques associated with Alzheimer’s develop more quickly in the brains of sleep-deprived mice.
Then, in 2013, Iliff was a member of a team that discovered how a lack of sleep could be speeding the development of those Alzheimer’s plaques: A remarkable cleansing process takes place in the brain during deep sleep, at least in animals.”

-Lack Of Deep Sleep May Set The Stage For Alzheimer’s : Shots – Health News : NPR

Animal studies have already suggested that the link between sleep disturbances and Alzheimer’s
Disease is not solely that Alzheimer’s causes changes in the brain that disrupt sleep, but rather that
poor quality sleep may hamper processes in the brain which then contribute to the development of
diseases like Alzheimer’s.

As a neurological clinic that treats both patients with sleep disorders as well as dementia and
Alzheimer’s, two of our sleep medicine specialists were recently asked to comment about this
connection. If you missed the interviews, you can listen and watch here:

Dr. Okeanis Vaou discusses Sleep and Alzheimer’s with WCCO Radio on Jan 9th, 2016:


Dr. John Damergis discusses Sleep and Alzheimer’s with Fox 9 News on Jan. 12th, 2016:


To read or listen to the original NPR story, visit the NPR website here:
NPR: Lack Of Deep Sleep May Set The Stage For Alzheimer’s

If you or someone you love are experiencing sleep disturbances that are affecting day to day life and
would like to schedule a consult with a sleep specialist, please contact Noran Neurological Clinic at



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BNA: Brain Network Activation

BNA™ (Brain Network Activation) Testing is a new, EEG-ERP electrophysiology technology that has been developed and evaluated over the past several years as a potential means of objectively analyzing brain functionality. BNA™ is an FDA- cleared tool capable of measuring and mapping brain network activity. Noran Neurological Clinic utilizes this technology as part of our concussion management services.

BNA™ Testing utilizes non-invasive Electroencephalogram (EEG) – Evoked Response Potentials (ERP) based technology to identify patterns of neuronal networks activated during a specific brain function, such as memory or attention, which can assist physicians in making personalized clinical decisions. BNA™ has the potential to impact an estimated two billion people worldwide living with neurological and psychiatric disorders, such as Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, depression, and ADHD.

Noran Neurological Clinic is proud to be partnering with the National Dizzy and Balance Center in the use of this cutting edge technology in our concussion management programs.


For more information on BNA testing through the National Dizzy and Balance Center, visit the BNA information page on the NDBC website here:
BNA Testing with the National Dizzy and Balance Center 

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Dr. Ronald Tarrel Discusses Concussion with KSTP


As awareness surrounding concussion continues to increase, and movies like the upcoming “Concussion” draw further attention to head injuries in sports, more people are wondering how it will affect their families. What is the new research saying? Should I be concerned about my child playing football? Dr. Tarrel discussed concussion in a recent interview, which aired on KSTP on Saturday, December 19th, 2015.

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Lewy Body Dementia in the News

Unless you have had first hand experience with a loved one’s diagnosis, many people have not heard of Lewy Body Dementia – even though it is the second most common dementia after Alzheimer’s Disease. It has been covered in the news since the late Robin Williams’ wife recently shared that this was his primary diagnosis prior to his passing. As sad as this news is, it has helped to increase awareness and raise questions about what LBD is and how it is being addressed in health care.

Two of Noran Clinic’s neurologists were interviewed in the past few days about Lewy Body Dementia, and explain what this disease is and what we know about it right now.

You can listen to Dr. Okeanis Vaou’s interview with WCCO Radio-AM Radio from Thursday, November 5th, here:


You can watch Dr. Tacjana Friday’s interview with the Fox 9 Morning Show from Sunday, November 8th, here:


If you are concerned about the symptoms of a loved one and are seeking an evaluation with a neurologist, you can reach Noran Neurological Clinic at 612-879-1500. Although we do not have any doctors who specialize in Lewy Body Dementia or Alzheimer’s Disease specifically, all of our neurologists are familiar with these conditions and are able to evaluate and treat them.

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Dr. Tacjana Friday interviews on Sleep

In preparation for a seminar on sleep hosted by Dr. Friday in conjunction with Abbott Northwestern Hospital this past Thursday, October 15th at the Galleria in Edina, Dr. Friday was invited to talk a little bit about sleep: how to get it, how it impacts your health, and who needs how much at different times in life. Check out her interviews from the past week with WCCO News Radio, Fox 9 News, and Kare 11 News. Thursday night was a great event and a full house, but if you missed it, she still shared some helpful information throughout the week!

On Tuesday, Oct. 13th, Dr. Friday spoke with WCCO Radio:
Dr. Friday Sleep Interview on WCCO Radio

On Wednesday, Oct 14th, Dr. Friday spoke with Fox 9 News on “The Buzz”:


Finally, the afternoon prior to the event, Dr. Friday spoke with Kare 11 News:


If you are interested in learning more about Dr. Friday, you can visit her webpage bio here:
Dr. Tacjana Friday

To learn more about the Noran Clinic Sleep Center, you can visit us online at

If you or a loved one are concerned about possible sleep issues and would like to schedule an appointment with a neurologist board certified in sleep medicine, you can contact Noran Clinic Sleep Center at 612-879-1500.


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Dr. Tarrel talks work and stroke on KMSP

The Buzz from Fox 9 News talks about a new stroke study linking heavy work hours with an increased risk of stroke. Dr. Ron Tarrel of Noran Neurological Clinic, neurologist and stroke specialist, weighs in on what the study means for people working more than 40 hours a week.

For more on Dr. Tarrel, visit his bio page here: Dr. Ronald Tarrel, DO

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Tour our new Lake Elmo office!

If you haven’t been out to our new Lake Elmo clinic yet, take a moment to take a slide show tour!

Find directions and more for the Lake Elmo location here: Noran Clinic – Lake Elmo

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Welcome Dr. Wexler to Noran Clinic!




We are proud to announce our newest addition to the Noran Clinic pediatric neurology team, Dr. Erika Wexler! 




Dr. Wexler earned her medical degree from the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry. She completed her pediatric and pediatric neurology residencies at the University of Rochester Medical Center, followed by additional fellowship training through a NIH grant focusing on pediatric stroke.

Dr. Wexler is board certified in child neurology. Her clinical interests include general child neurology, seizures, headaches, pediatric stroke, tics and Tourette syndrome.

She sees patients at the Noran Clinic offices located in Minneapolis and Lakeville.

With the recent additions of Dr. Ronald Spiegel in Lake Elmo and Dr. Erika Wexler in Lakeville, we are now able to offer pediatric neurology appointments at five of our six locations – Blaine, Lake Elmo, Lakeville, Minneapolis, and Plymouth. We are also able to accommodate pediatric appointments in a timely manner with openings as soon as same week at some locations. For an appointment with one of our pediatric neurologists, please call 612-879-1500.

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