We are now seeing patients in Lakeville!

We are excited to be seeing patients at our new Lakeville location as of today! Remember, if you were previously seeing your provider at the Burnsville office, that office has moved to our new home in Lakeville!

Noran Clinic Lakeville
16372 Kenrick Avenue, Suite 100
Lakeville, MN 55044

Find our location information on the Noran Clinic website:


Lakeville building photo

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Join us at the Woodbury Area Community EXPO this upcoming Sat, April 25th!

Expo Flyer 2015 - 1

Expo Flyer 2015 - 1

The Woodbury Area Chamber of Commerce invites you to bring your family to the Community EXPO, a fun, “Main Street for a day”- atmosphere with FREE admission!  Visit booths of more than 175 local businesses and sample tasty food by local restaurants.

Sing and dance to the Enchanted Frozen Sisters, The Bazillions and other great entertainment on the main stage plus enjoy performances by local organizations on the community stage.  Enjoy kids’ activities such as science experiments, face painting, a bounce house, crazy scientist hair and more for the entire family.

Visit the vehicle fair featuring a fire truck, police squad, big and small trucks, donate at the Red Cross Blood drive and catch a puppet show put on by Woodbury Parks and Recreation.  Register to Win Gift Cards from Byerly’s in Woodbury, Valley Creek Shopping Mall and $1,000 cash from the Woodbury Area Chamber of Commerce.

In honor of Noran Neurological Clinic’s new location opening in Lake Elmo this summer, we are happy to be sponsoring the Entertainment Stage during the EXPO! If you are a part of the east metro community, be sure to stop in, meet other partners in health in the Woodbury and surrounding areas, and enjoy some great performances for free!

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Have you heard? Our Burnsville Office has found a new home – in Lakeville!

Lakeville Map

We are excited to share that we are putting the finishing touches on a new clinic location for the south metro, due to open next week! We are moving out of our current Burnsville location, and into a newly remodeled, larger clinic space in Lakeville. All of our Burnsville doctors will start seeing their patients in Lakeville as of April 20th!

Check back in for pictures of our new office!

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Join the Minnesota Stroke Association & Dr. Tarrel on May 7th for Strike Out Stroke with the Twins!



On May 7th, 2015, the Minnesota Twins play against the Oakland Athletics at Target Field. As in years past, this game in the month of May brings extra inspiration for those who attend – and participate.

From the Minnesota Stroke Association:

Strike Out Stroke is presented each May during Stroke Awareness Month in partnership with the Minnesota Twins baseball team. At its heart, the event honors stroke survivors from the previous year. The 2015 Strike Out Stroke day will take place on Thursday, May 7.

Area hospitals are invited to bring stroke survivors who are honored at a rally prior to an afternoon Twins game. After a brief address, each hospital presents its patients and says a few words about their journey back from stroke. This is also a time to highlight the work of the Minnesota Stroke Association.

Prior to the game, stroke survivors sing the national anthem. Also, a health professional speaks briefly about stroke, and information on stroke is shown on the stadium’s screen.

Tarrel_Ronald_webWe at Noran Clinic are proud that once again, one of our neurologists as well as a stroke specialist for Abbott Northwestern Hospital, will be among those addressing the crowds this year. We hope that you will join us, Dr. Tarrel, and the Minnesota Stroke Association at this year’s Strike Out Stroke Twins game in support of Stroke Awareness, and to honor some phenomenal survivors.

For more information on tickets: Strike Out Stroke 2015



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Great News! Pediatric appointments in 2 weeks!

With the recent addition of Peds Neurologist Dr. Spiegel, we have pediatric neurology appts available within 2 weeks !






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Training Update for the Bike MS 150 mile ride – Ryan & Noran Clinic

Ryan McCartney takes his training outside for the first time during a winter warm stretch

Ryan McCartney takes his training outside for the first time during a winter warm stretch

Our first update from Ryan McCartney, our very own Noran Clinic Employee who has signed up to complete the Bike MS Challenge this summer and raise some money for a wonderful cause, dear to many of our patients!

MS 150 training (1)Training has officially started! January 31st 2015 was my first outdoor training session to get back to that feeling of biking outside with the wind on my face and cool air in my lungs. While it’s still cold and snowy I’m only putting in an hour or so outdoors to compliment my stationary bike at home or at the gym, keeping a weekly goal of 5 hours per week. As we get closer I will be spending more time outside and bumping up that weekly goal – it’s all about getting a lot of good “seat time.” :)

MS 150 training (3)Team Noran Clinic is still looking for more team members and support donations! If Team Noran Clinic can reach our goal of $1,000 in support we will be given yellow jerseys to wear during the race and will be supporting MS as Golden Gear Club members. The National MS Society makes sure that more than 79 cents out of every dollar raised goes to improve the lives of people living with MS – Help us reach our goal and stand out from the crowd while we raise awareness and support for all those living with MS!

~Ryan McCartney

Check out more information on the MS 150 Event in our first blog post here: Noran Clinic Employee to Represent in the Bike MS

You can also check out the Noran Clinic Team page and support Ryan here: Noran Clinic Bike MS Team Page

You can also start your own team and support those with Multiple Sclerosis, or go cheer them on throughout the course! Be sure to watch for more updates!

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Dr. Vaou Discusses Depression and Parkinson’s Disease on the Mary Hanson Show

Dr. Okeanis Vaou, neurologist at Noran Clinic and fellowship trained in sleep medicine and movement disorders, was interviewed by the Mary Hanson show previously to discuss the non-motor symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease. Mary Hanson and her viewers were interested in hearing more detail about one of these non-motor symptoms in particular: depression in Parkinson’s. Watch the video below of her the interview and learn more about this important, invisible symptom of Parkinson’s Disease with Mary Hanson and Dr. Okeanis Vaou.

You can find the original video posted on Mary Hanson’s YouTube page here: Mary Hanson Interviews Dr. Vaou About Depression and Parkinson’s.

You can also watch the previous interview with Dr. Vaou from 2013 here: Mary Hanson Interviews Dr. Vaou About the Non-Motor Symptoms of Parkinson’s.

To learn more about Dr. Vaou, visit her bio page here.



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Noran Clinic employee to represent in the Bike MS: CH Robinson Challenge 2015!


We are excited to share that our very own Ryan McCartney has signed up to complete the Bike MS C.H. Robinson Challenge in June of this year! This is a fundraiser for Multiple Sclerosis that asks its participants to complete a 150 mile trek from Duluth to the Twin Cities:

“Bike MS: C.H. Robinson MS 150 Ride 2015 is a two-day, fully supported cycling adventure that starts in Duluth and finishes in the Twin Cities. Nearly 4,000 cyclists travel the scenic Willard Munger Trail and celebrate their halfway victory at a festive overnight in Hinckley, Minn. The ride covers approximately 150 miles and is open to cyclists of all levels of expertise.”

Many of you may remember past years when we were a major sponsor of this event. Although we are no longer able to be a title sponsor, we are proud to have employees who are willing to represent us in this great event for a cause that benefits so many of our patients!

For more information, to register to join Ryan’s team in the ride, or to support him in his fundraising efforts, you can visit his team page at:


Please join us in cheering on Ryan as he completes the Bike MS C.H. Robinson Challenge this summer for Noran Clinic!

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Meeting of the Minds Dementia Conference 2015

Meeting of the Minds 2015

We would like to hare information that was sent to us from the Alzheimer’s Association Minnesota-North Dakota Chapter on the upcoming Meeting of the Minds Dementia Conferencein March 2015. Find details here and register soon for early bird rates!

The Meeting of the Minds Dementia Conference is the premier dementia conference for people with Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI) or early dememntia, families, friends and professionals. The conference is a collaboration between the Alzheimer’s Association Minnesota-North Dakota Chapter and Mayo Clinic, who work together to create a day to engage attendees with speakers and exhibitors and connect them with informational tools.


Saturday, March 14, 2015

8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.


Saint Paul RiverCentre

175 West Kellogg Boulevard

Saint Paul, MN 55102

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Sponsor and Exhibitor Info

2015 registrationGeneral Conference registration will open on January 5, 2015 at 9 a.m. Individual registrations will not be accepted prior to that date. Registration fees are as follows:

Families/Friends/Students and People with MCI or Early Dementia 

Early Bird (1/5/15 – 2/6/15)

$80 online ($90 via phone)

Standard (2/7/15 – 3/9/15)

$100 online ($110 via phone)

Family Scholarships will be available beginning January 5, 2015. 

Call 952.857.0548 for more information.


Early Bird (1/5/25 – 2/6/15)

$140 online ($150 via phone)

Standard (2/7/25 – 3/9/15)

$160 online ($170 via phone)

Group Discount for Professionals

When 5 or more professionals register from the same company/organization, a discount of $20 is applied to each registration. To take advantage of this discount, professionals must register and pay together by selecting “add another person” during the registration process. The person registering the group will need to have all session selections prior to starting the registration process. The group discount is automatically applied during the check-out process.

2015 keynote speaker

Michael W. Weiner, M.D.

Professor of Radiology, Medicine, Psychiatry, and Neurology, UCSF, SFVAMC Center for Imaging of  Neurodegenerative Diseases  

Dr. Weiner has been doing research for over 45 years and is the Principal Investigator of the Alzheimer’s Disease Neuroimaging Initiative (ADNI), a 10-year national longitudinal study of over 1,500 subjects which is aimed at validating biomarkers for Alzheimer’s disease.

He has also launched the BrainHealthRegistry.org which is an internet based registry with the overall goal of accelerating development of effective treatments for brain diseases. This website registry recruits, screens, and longitudinally monitors brain function on thousands of subjects all over the USA. Dr. Weiner’s overall research goal is to participate in the development of effective treatments and methods for early detection of Alzheimer’s disease and other brain disorders.

Dr. John Zeisel, Ph.D.

President and co-founder of the I’m Still Here Foundation 

and Hearthstone Alzheimer Care, Ltd.

Dr. Zeisel received his Ph.D. in Sociology from Columbia University, was a Loeb Fellow at the Harvard School of Design, and has taught at the University of Minnesota, Harvard and Yale Universities, and in Montreal at McGill and the University of Quebec at Montreal.

He is Scientific Advisor to the Salford Institute for Dementia in the UK and is a member of the Comité Pedagogique de l’enseignement at Paris VI, the Pierre & Marie Curie University in Paris. Dr. Zeisel is the author of I’m Still Here: A Breakthrough Approach to Understanding Someone Living with Alzheimer’s.



For more information about the Meeting of the Minds Dementia Conference 2014, contact

Deborah Richman, Director of Education & Outreach:

By phone: 952.857.0551

By email: drichman@alz.org

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Myasthenia Gravis – a Q&A with Adam Todd MD


Adam Todd MD is a Board Certified Neurologist with Noran Neurological Clinic.  As a certified electromyographer, he additionally performs EMGS for both his own patients and for other providers’ patients when ordered.  He has special interests in neuromuscular disorders, epilepsy, and stroke. In this Question and Answer session, Dr. Todd answers some common questions about Myasthenia Gravis.




Myasthenia Gravis

Question: What is myasthenia gravis?

Answer: Myasthenia gravis is an autoimmune disorder affecting the neuromuscular junction. As the name suggests, the neuromuscular junction is link between nerve and muscle. This link is established through chemical transmission. To move your muscles, a specific chemical neurotransmitter by the name of acetylcholine is secreted by the nerve. Acetylcholine clings to receptors on the muscle cell, stimulating them and resulting in muscle contraction. In myasthenia gravis, an antibody, a protein made by our own immune system blocks the receptors, effectively disconnecting the nerve from the muscle. This leads to weakness.


Question: What are the symptoms?

Answer: Premature fatigue, weakness, droopy eyelids and double vision are common presentations. Symptoms can be severe enough to cause weakness in muscles associated with breathing and swallowing. These symptoms are potentially life-threatening and require immediate medical attention.


Question: How is it diagnosed?

Answer: The diagnosis is based on a combination of clinical, laboratory and neurodiagnostic tests. When the clinical history is suggestive, a blood test is often obtained to look for antibodies specifically associated with myasthenia gravis. Electrodiagnostic testing is sometimes performed which can include nerve conduction studies and, less commonly, single fiber EMG. There is a close association between myasthenia gravis and tumors of the thymus gland. Therefore, a CT scan of the chest is often performed.


Question: How is it treated?

Answer: Myasthenia gravis is treated based on its severity. Milder symptoms may only require symptomatic treatment with an oral medicine called Mestinon (pyridostigmine). When generalized symptoms are present, daily steroids are often administered for a time. When long-term steroid use is anticipated, a steroid-sparing immunomodulating agent is used such as azathioprine, mycophenalate mofetil or cyclosporine . Some people can experience a “myasthenic crisis” which involves severe worsening of symptoms that is potentially life-threatening. This requires hospitalization and close medical monitoring. It is typically treated with either intravenous IVIG or plasmapheresis.


Question: What is the prognosis?  How does it affect a person’s life in the long run?

Answer: In the past, myasthenia gravis had a mortality rate as high 20-30%. With today’s medical knowledge and treatments, the prognosis is much better and most people can expect a normal life span. Some cases can go into remission with return of strength and can be safely taken off medications.


Thank you Dr. Todd for providing us with some great information!

To learn more about Dr. Adam Todd and how he works with his patients, visit his video bio at:


If you have additional questions about myasthenia gravis and would like to schedule an appointment with a neurologist experienced in the management of your condition, please contact Noran Neurological Clinic at 612-879-1500.

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