Welcome Dr. Oliver Ni to Noran Neurological Clinic!

Noran Neurological Clinic takes pleasure in welcoming Oliver K. Ni, MD!

Oliver K. Ni, MD

Doctor Oliver Ni completed a three year fellowship at Washington University in St. Louis, where he received post graduate training in neuromuscular diseases, clinical neurophysiology and neuromuscular pathology. He also obtained a Master of Science in Clinical Investigation from the Washington University School of Medicine during his time in St. Louis. Doctor Ni joins the Noran Clinic with over 10 years of practice experience, including his previous roles as director of the multi-disciplinary Muscular Dystrophy Association clinic, neuromuscular pathology laboratory, and EMG/NCS/neuromuscular ultrasound laboratory with exemplary accredited status.

Doctor Ni is board certified in neurology by the American Academy of Neurology, with subspecialty certification in neuromuscular medicine. He is also board certified by the American Association of Neuromuscular and Electrodiagnostic Medicine in the subspecialty of electrodiagnostic medicine (EMG/nerve conduction studies). Doctor Ni’s practice focus will include general neurology, neuromuscular disorders and EMG/NCS with neuromuscular ultrasound. He also has expertise in botulinum toxin injection procedures with EMG and ultrasound guidance for a variety of disorders, including cervical dystonia, limb dystonia, upper and lower limb spasticity, blepharospasm, hemifacial spasm, sialorrhea, hyperhidrosis and chronic migraine.

In addition to his outpatient practice at Noran Clinic, Doctor Ni will also have a joint appointment at Hennepin County Medical Center in the neuromuscular pathology laboratory. He enjoys cooking, running, anything related to basketball, and spending time with his wife, children and dogs.

Doctor Ni will practice at our Lake Elmo and Lakeville offices.

You can visit his bio page here: Dr. Oliver Ni
View or print a PDF copy of Dr. Oliver Ni’s Welcome Announcement

To schedule an appointment with Dr. Ni, call the Noran Clinic scheduling line at 612.879.1500.

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Dr. Tarrel Discusses a Recent Study on CTE with WCCO Radio

In a recent, revealing study published in JAMA at the end of July, 99% of deceased NFL players’ brains donated to scientific research showed signs of Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy, or CTE. It was found in 110 out of 111 former NFL players. As the surprisingly high numbers are shared with the public, many have questions about the causes of CTE, what the symptoms are, and if it can happen to more casual football players. On July 26th, 2017, Dr. Tarrel joined WCCO Radio to discuss these questions and study. If you missed it, you can listen to the interview below:

You can find the original article here: CTE found in 99% of studied brains from deceased NFL players

Dr. Ronald Tarrel, DO

Dr. Ronald Tarrel, DO

 

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

If you or a loved one have experienced a concussion or traumatic brain injury (TBI) and have questions or are looking for next steps in your recovery, feel free to contact Noran Neurological Clinic to schedule an appointment with an experienced neurologist at 612.879.1500.

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Dr. Tarrel Joins KARE 11 to Discuss Stroke During Stroke Awareness Month

May was Stroke Awareness Month, and Dr. Ronald Tarrel, DO, board-certified neurologist with Noran Neurological Clinic and hospitalist/stroke specialist with Abbott Northwestern Hospital, took a few minutes to speak with KARE 11 news about stroke and the importance of knowing what to do should you suspect someone is having a stroke. He also shares that the FAST acronym (Face-Arms-Speech-Time) many of us are familiar with has recently been updated to BE FAST:
B – Balance: Watch the person stand or move – are they having a difficult time keeping their balance?
E – Eyes: Ask the person about their sight – are they experiencing loss of vision, double vision, blurriness, or some other vision problem?

F – Face: Ask a the person to smile – does one side of the face droop?
A – Arms: Ask the person to raise both arms – does one arm drift down?
S – Speech: Ask the person to repeat a simple phrase – is their speech slurried or strange?
T – Time: If you see any of these signs, call 9-1-1 immediately. The sooner a stroke is treated, the better the outcome.

If you missed the May 25th, 2017 interview, you can watch it below:

 

Dr. Ronald Tarrel, DO

Dr. Ronald Tarrel, DO

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

If you or a loved one may be experiencing possible symptoms of a stroke, do not call your doctor – call 9-1-1 immediately. If you have experienced a stroke and have questions or are looking for next steps in your recovery, feel free to contact Noran Neurological Clinic to schedule an appointment with an experienced neurologist at 612.879.1500.

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Dr. Orehek Discusses 23andMe with WCCO

You may have seen the news last month about the at-home genetic testing company 23andMe recently receiving approval from the FDA to provide genetic testing for genes associated with risk of 10 different diseases or conditions, including late-onset Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s Disease. Board-Certified Neurologist and Movement Disorder Specialist Dr. Eleanor Orehek discussed what this means and the implications of testing for your genetic risk factors with WCCO radio on April 18th. If you missed her interview, you can listen to it below.

 

For more information, read this breakdown from the Alzheimer’s Association on this new at-home test:
FDA Approves At-Home Test for an Alzheimer’s Disease Risk Gene: What You Need to Know

Orehek_Eleanor_webFor more information on Dr. Orehek, visit her bio page: Dr. Eleanor Orehek

If you or a loved one may be experiencing possible symptoms of a dementia, Parkinson’s, or another neurological disease, feel free to contact Noran Neurological Clinic to schedule an appointment with an experienced neurologist at 612.879.1500.

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Spring Parkinson’s Symposium on May 13th, 2017

5.13 Spring PD Symposium

 

Dr. Eleanor Orehek, board-certified neurologist and movement disorder specialist at Noran Neurological Clinic, will join other local specialists in an educational conference on Parkinson’s Disease on May 13th. For more information or to register, call Anushka at 651-241-8297 or visit udall.umn.edu.

Printable PDF Flyer: 5.13 Spring PD Symposium

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Dr. Friday Joins Jodi Ricatta to Explore Dementia on “Inside Health Care”

Dr. Tacjana Friday, board certified neurologist, was recently interviewed on Inside Health Care as a guest neurological expert on dementia. She and host Jodi Ricatta discuss dementia, including touching on early dementia as has been mentioned in the case of David Cassidy, as well as some of the treatable causes of memory difficulties. If you missed the March show, you can watch it below.

You can also find the original video on the OLTV19 YouTube channel here:
Inside Health Care March 2017

For more information and interviews from Dr. Tacjana Friday, visit her bio page at Noran Clinic’s website: Dr. Tacjana Friday

If you or a loved one may be experiencing symptoms that could be indicators of dementia, speak with your primary care doctor or contact Noran Neurological Clinic at 612-879-1500 to schedule an appointment with a neurologist specializing in dementia and other memory concerns.

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Dr. Tarrel Shares Early Warning Signs of MS with KARE 11 News

March is Multiple Sclerosis Awareness Month, and we were happy to see the news take a few minutes to draw attention to this neurologic disease. Dr. Ronald Tarrel, DO, board-certified neurologist with Noran Neurological Clinic and Abbott Northwestern Hospital, met with the KARE 11 News team on Monday, March 20th, to review some of the risk factors and early warning signs of Multiple Sclerosis. If you missed it, you can watch the brief but important interview below.

For more information on Multiple Sclerosis

Dr. Ronald Tarrel, DO

Dr. Ronald Tarrel, DO

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

If you are concerned that you or a loved one may be exhibiting early signs of multiple sclerosis or another neurologic disorder, all neurologists at Noran Neurological Clinic are experienced in the evaluation and diagnosis of this and other conditions. Several neurologists have developed additional sub-specialty interest in working with Multiple Sclerosis patients, and we encourage you to visit the Noran Clinic Multiple Sclerosis page to learn more. Call us for more information or to schedule an appointment at 612.879.1500.

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Dr. Richard Golden Discusses Dementia with WCCO

Dr. Richard Golden, MD, board-certified neurologist with Noran Neurological Clinic, joined both WCCO radio and WCCO TV for discussions about dementia in light of the recent story about David Cassidy’s diagnosis. If you missed them, below are the news interviews.

Dr. Golden spoke with WCCO News Radio on Feb. 23rd, 2017:

 

Dr. Golden also spoke with WCCO News in person on Feb. 25th, 2017:

 

In Dr. Golden’s interviews, he mentions the 10 early signs of dementia from the Alzheimer’s Association. To read more, visit the Alzheimer’s Association’s page “Memory Loss & 10 Early Signs of Alzheimer’s“. He also talks about risk factors, ways to reduce your risk, and the guidelines from the Academy of Neurology when it comes to driving safety for those with dementia. For information about driving and dementia, read the AAN’s “Driving With Dementia: Understanding the Safety Risks“. As Dr. Golden explains, there are other conditions that can sometimes mimic symptoms of dementia that are treatable. If you have concerns about yourself or a loved one, it is always good to talk to your doctor – the sooner the issue is identified, the better the chance of making changes or starting treatment that may help.

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Richard Golden, MD

 

 

For more information and interviews with Dr. Golden, visit his bio page:
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If you or a loved one may be showing signs of memory loss or dementia, talk to your primary care provider or call Noran Neurological Clinic at 612.879.1500 to make an appointment with a neurologist.

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Dr. Vaou Discusses Deep Brain Stimulation on the Mary Hanson Show

Dr. Okeanis Vaou, board certified neurologist at Noran Clinic and fellowship trained in sleep medicine and movement disorders, has been a recurring guest on The Mary Hanson Show to discuss the non-motor symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease. As an expert in Parkinson’s Disease and other movement disorders, Dr. Vaou is also very involved in Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) in the treatment of symptoms in appropriate surgical candidates. In a recent interview that aired November 26th, 2016, Mary Hanson and Dr. Vaou discuss this important and life-changing option for those living with Parkinson’s and essential tremor. Watch the video below of her interview and learn more about Deep Brain Stimulation 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 Deep Brain Stimulation.

You can also watch the previous interviews with Dr. Vaou:

Mary Hanson Interviews Dr. Vaou About the Non-Motor Symptoms of Parkinson’s (2013)
Mary Hanson Interviews Dr. Vaou About Depression and Parkinson’s (2014)
Mary Hansen Interviews Dr. Vaou About Dementia and Parkinson’s (2016)

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

 

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Dr. Friday Discusses Exercise and the Brain with Fox 9

 

In case you you missed it, Dr. Friday joined Fox 9 on Oct. 2nd to discuss the effects of exercise and the brain in light of a new study that recently came outExercise has both direct and indirect impacts on the brain, and regular exercise can help boost or maintain these benefits. To hear Dr. Friday explore the connection, watch the video above.

Here is the original study article from Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience Hippocampal and Cerebral Blood Flow After Exercise Cessation in Master Athletes

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