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When it comes to your health and the health of your loved ones—you want only the best. The best health professionals are not only confident, competent, and skilled with technical know-how, but also listen to your concerns, inform you of every possible option, treat you with dignity and respect, show compassion and empathy for you as a patient and as an individual, and work with you to achieve the best outcome. We showcase health care professionals who demonstrate these ideals within their fields; many of them named a "Best Doctor for Women."
Charles E. Crutchfield III, M.D., is the only Dermatologist to be selected every year as a “Top Doctor for Women” by Minnesota Monthly magazine. He has also been a recipient of Mpls.St.Paul Magazine’s “Top Doctor Award” for the past 10 years. Additionally, Dr. Crutchfield has been recognized as one of the leading physicians in the United States and is among 4 percent of physicians selected as one of the “Best Doctors in America.” Crutchfield Dermatology offers over ten years of experience treating medical and aesthetic skin issues. “Beautiful, healthy skin can have a profound effect on self-esteem and personal performance.
“There are many options for skin care,” explains Crutchfield, the first recipient of the Medica-Kare 11 Physician Healthcare Hero Award, “but nothing can compare to the quality, care and expertise of an experienced, board-certified dermatologist.“
A graduate of the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine, Crutchfield is a clinical professor at the University of Minnesota Medical School and Carleton College. He teaches medical students, residents and other physicians, and is a recent recipient of the Minnesota Medical Association Foundation’s Minority Affairs Meritorious Service Award. He is the dermatologist for the Minnesota Twins, Vikings and Wild professional sports teams. Crutchfield has co-authored a dermatology textbook, and children’s book on skin-care titled, Little Charles Hits A Home Run!. He has published more than 100 skin-care articles and has an award winning website CrutchfieldDermatology.com. Dr. Crutchfield is a regular expert contributor to many Twin Cities’ newscasts, radio programs, newspapers and magazines. His latest medical endeavor is an initiative requiring automobile, cell phone and insurance companies to equip cars with mandatory technology disabling texting while driving. Visit crutchfielddermatology.com/safetexting for more information.
Charles E. Crutchfield III, M.D., (in the framed photo at age 3, with his parents as they graduated from the University of Minnesota Medical School in 1963) has been a recipient of Mpls.St.Paul magazine’s “Top Doctor Award” for the past 11 years. Additionally, he has been the only dermatologist to be selected every year as a “Best Doctor for Women” by Minnesota Monthly magazine. He was recently recognized by Minnesota Physician as one of “100 Influential Healthcare Leaders” in the state of Minnesota. Dr. Crutchfield has also been distinguished as one of the leading physicians in the United States, and is among 4 percent of physicians selected as one of the “Best Doctors in America.” Crutchfield Dermatology offers over 10 years of experience treating medical and aesthetic skin issues. “There are many options for skin-care,” explains Crutchfield. “But nothing can compare to the quality, care, and expertise of an experienced, board-certified dermatologist.”
A graduate of the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine, Crutchfield is a clinical professor at the University of Minnesota Medical School and Carleton College. He teaches medical students, residents and other physicians, and is a recent recipient of the Minnesota Medical Association Foundation’s Minority Affairs Meritorious Service Award. He is the dermatologist for the Minnesota Twins, Vikings and Wild professional sports teams. Crutchfield co-authored a dermatology textbook and a children’s book on skin care, Little Charles Hits A Home Run! He has published more than 100 skin care articles and has an award-winning website, CrutchfieldDermatology.com. Dr. Crutchfield is a regular expert contributor to many Twin Cities’ newscasts, radio programs, newspapers and magazines, and was recently recognized by The Grio, a division of NBC news, as one of the “Top 100 Newsmakers Making History in the United States” for 2013. Dr. Crutchfield was also selected as the first recipient of the “Medica-Kare 11 Physician Health Care Heroes Award.” His latest endeavor is to implement a new initiative he has been petitioning. The objective of this initiative is to require automobile, cell phone, and insurance companies to equip cars with mandatory technology that disables texting while driving. Visit http://www.crutchfielddermatology.com/safetexting/ for more information.
Awarded Mayo Clinic’s “Karis Humanitarian Award,” Dr. Crutchfield embraces the Mayo brothers’ philosophy: “First and foremost, do what is best for the patient.” Dr. Crutchfield designs a custom skin care program that incorporates treatments at the forefront of medicine. His clinic is an Acne, Psoriasis, and Aesthetic Care Center of Excellence that includes a newly expanded medi-spa. The first “Expert Injector” In Minnesota, Dr. Crutchfield is also the founding member of “Doctors for the Practice of Safe & Ethical Aesthetic Medicine (safeandethicaldoctors.org).” Named one of Minnesota Business magazine’s 100 Best Companies to Work For, Crutchfield Dermatology’s attentive and caring staff reflect the integrity and professionalism of the clinic, where satisfaction is paramount. The reception area is graced with fresh-cut flowers, a generous bowl of free skincare samples, and complimentary wireless Wi-Fi for patient productivity. When wary pediatric patients are presented with Crutchfield’s huge trademark rubber ducks, apprehension dissolves into delighted smiles.
“I treat each patient personally with the highest quality care possible. If you have a skin care problem, I dedicate myself to solving it. My staff and I treat our patients with courtesy, dignity and respect. We make our patients look good and feel great with beautiful skin. At Crutchfield Dermatology, we truly believe that ‘Experience Counts and Quality Matters’.”
What You Should Know
• Only dermatologist selected every year as a ‘Best Doctor for Women’ since the inception of the Minnesota Monthly survey
• Clinical professor of dermatology, University of Minnesota Medical School
• Personally performs all Botox, Juvéderm and Selphyl treatments
• Recognized by Minnesota Physician as one of the “100 Most Influential Health Care Leaders in the state of Minnesota”
1185 Town Centre Drive, Suite 101
Eagan, MN 55123
651.209.3600 • crutchfielddermatology.com
Sometimes—despite a person’s best efforts to stay healthy—they’re thrown curve balls. Rather than living with debilitating pain, or becoming reliant on pain medication, specialty clinics such as Total Healthcare & Physical Medicine, PLLC exist to offer treatment without the use of any lasers, narcotics, acupuncture, pills, or surgery. Good candidates include anyone who experiences peripheral neuropathy in their feet, characterized by “numbness, burning, tingling, pins and needles, or sharp/shooting pains,” says Dr. Joshua Norine, owner of the clinic. The problem can start as a funny feeling in your toes, progressing with time to spread to feet, ankles, shins, calves, knees, and thighs.
On staff is Dr. Norine, Dr. Adam Locketz, the medical director of the clinic, a trained medical doctor specializing in physical medicine and rehabilitation, a physician assistant with 37 years of experience, two physical therapists, and a medical assistant.
The 6-12 week program works for just about everyone, even diabetic patients, says Dr. Norine. Oftentimes Medicare with a secondary insurance company covers 100 percent of the cost. The treatment is safe, FDA-cleared, and highly effective. “There are up to 150 medical clinics in the country that offer this program,” says Dr. Norine. “We brought it here to Minnesota. We are the only clinic in the state to do this program full-time.”
In addition to reporting less pain, many patients commonly say they have less tingling, and a return of feeling to their feet, leading to an improvement in sleep, balance, and mobility.
According to one patient, “I was diagnosed with neuropathy five years ago. My feet hurt all the time, sometimes tingling, sometimes throbbing. Within weeks of starting treatment, I could feel a difference ... and now my pain level has decreased 90 percent.”
Patients also make appointments for the clinic’s osteoarthritis knee program (bone-on-bone and/or arthritis in the knees), back and neck pain, and shoulder conditions, but the main focus is on treating peripheral neuropathy. “Everyone deserves an opportunity to improve their quality of life,” says Dr. Norine, whose own mother began struggling with neuropathy 24 years ago in 1990, inspiring his career path. “Most people that have peripheral neuropathy have lost hope. They have accepted that they are the unfortunate ones chosen to live with this condition, and so they modify their life and give up the things they love the most because of their declining health. Now they can try our program and potentially get their life back.”
Total Healthcare & Physical Medicine
2151 Hamline Ave. N. #111
Roseville, MN 55113
651-636-5560 • www.stpaulpainreliefcenter.com
“Today, patients are unwilling to accept poor vision as a natural part of aging,” says Dr. Y. Ralph Chu, founder and medical director of Chu Vision Institute and Chu Surgery Center in Bloomington. Chu says, “They not only want a better visual outcome, but also less dependence on distance and reading glasses. And most people are unaware of just how many options now exist, and continue to evolve, to reduce the need for prescription eyeglasses. The Victus femtosecond laser technology was designed to meet this demand and delivers outstanding visual results and ultimate patient experience in cataract and LASIK procedures.”
Chu Vision Institute is among the first ten sites in the country, and the only site in the Midwest, to offer the Victus femtosecond laser. This innovative laser platform provides significantly improved accuracy, precision and reproducibility in performing some of the critical steps of cataract and LASIK surgery and is approved for both cataract and corneal flap procedures.
“With the Victus platform, we are able to automate some of the steps that we have commonly performed manually,” says Dr. Chu. The Victus platform offers real-time, three-dimensional imaging of the eye to aid in planning and monitoring the operation. “While we have performed thousands of successful LASIK and cataract surgeries, we feel this technology is essential to providing our patients with the best outcomes possible.”
Dr. Chu is a fellowship-trained corneal specialist in cataract, refractive and corneal surgery. He stays on the leading edge of technology through his participation in over 55 clinical evaluations or FDA clinical trials. Three of Dr. Chu’s current projects include working on the next generation glaucoma stent, helping patients reduce or eliminate their need for reading glasses with a corneal inlay and corneal cross-linking for patients with keratoconus or ectasia after refractive surgery.
Dr. Chu serves on numerous editorial boards and on the Board of Governors for the Children’s Theatre Company of MN and he has lectured around the world. At the end of the day, though, it is always about the patients he sees at his Bloomington clinic.
“It’s important to all of us at Chu Vision Institute and Chu Surgery Center that our patients not only have access to the latest technologies but that we provide the education necessary so each of our patients can make an informed decision regarding their eyecare,” says this dedicated eye surgeon. Dr. Chu concludes, “We provide the knowledge, expertise, and options tailored to individual lifestyles to reduce the need for reading glasses and to help improve vision at all distances. We are dedicated to improving the vision of our patients so that they can positively transform their lives.”
Chu Vision Institute
9117 Lyndale Ave. S.
Bloomington, MN 55420
952-835-1235 | 866-400-EYES (3937) • chuvision.com
Dr. Jamy Antoine’s patients often seek him out after trying—without success—traditional therapy and treatment for bulging, herniated, or degenerative discs in the neck and lower back. Many have tried adjustments, epidural injections, steroid shots, acupuncture, muscle relaxers, massage, icing, and special stretches, with no long-term relief. They are tired of not being able to sit, stand, or walk without noticing pain or numbness. They want to feel “normal” again, while avoiding surgery if possible.
Dr. Antoine has been in practice for over 11 years, consulting with thousands of patients from around the country.
He listens carefully, sympathizes (several years ago, before he switched gears in his practice—he sought relief for his own severe neck pain, due to six bulging/herniated discs in his neck—with little to no relief), and then educates his patients so they can take control of their health.
“As research shows, the discs in the body can heal, if given the right tools,” he explains.
As a non-surgical disc specialist at the Minnesota Disc Institute, the sole facility in Minnesota providing the advanced, effective, gentle, and safe non-surgical Disc Oscillation Therapy™ for the treatment of damaged discs in the neck or low back, sciatic pain, and numbness or tingling in the arms, hands, legs, or feet, he is fully invested in helping his patients get back to feeling normal again, without drugs, without injections, and without surgery, therapies that often just “mask the pain.”
When the discs are allowed to heal and repair, he says, many patients will gain more long-term pain-free years than they will in the short-term by having surgery. (Although he is quick to point out that there is a time and a place for surgery, too.)
The Disc Oscillation Therapy Program™ works because it gets to the real problem that other treatments miss or fail to address. It creates a new possibility, thinking outside the “standard of care” box.
“We don’t offer just another form of physical therapy, traditional chiropractic care, or medications and/or shots designed just for pain management” he says,” he says. “Our program is a trademarked disc-care program, using state-of-the-art equipment and patented technology specifically designed to help the disc heal and repair.”
The non-surgical procedure results in a lasting solution without side effects or recovery time, is pain-free, and has an over 95 percent success rate for qualified candidates. It worked for Dr. Antoine’s neck pain, helping him to avoid spinal surgery. “I’m pain-free today,” Dr. Antoine says. “And the chances of me having surgery for my past disc problems are non-existent.”
His patients speak highly of their results.
As one patient said, “When I came in, my pain level was at a 10. I could barely walk. After just a few sessions the pain has dropped, I’m more mobile, and things are looking a lot better. I’m so grateful to have found the Minnesota Disc Institute.”
Minnesota Disc Institute
7300 France Ave South, Suite 350
Edina, MN 55435
952-500-8090 • mndiscinstitute.com
Just about any qualified physician can perform a physical exam on a woman. A gynecologist, however, has been trained to deal with every specific detail associated with women’s health and wellness.
The all-female providers at Adefris & Toppin Women’s Specialists in Woodbury, Dr. Wanda Adefris, Dr. Barbara Toppin, Dr. Lauren Callahan, Dr. Amy Engebretson, and Dr. Alixandra Crepeau, provide comprehensive medical care for women, by women in a comfortable, friendly, and efficient manner. As mothers, daughters, sisters, and wives, these compassionate board-certified physicians have a personal understanding of the joy of childbirth—and take great pride in working with pregnant women every step of the journey. They also understand the unique challenges of a woman’s body, and help patients navigate the rollercoaster ride of infertility, discuss options for birth control, and treat hormonal changes due to menopause, urinary incontinence, and reoccurring miscarriages (and work hard to prevent a future loss). As skilled laparoscopic surgeons, they also treat heavy periods, fibroids, ovarian cysts, pelvic prolapse, and endometriosis.
When asked what they love most about what they do, all five doctors said it’s deeply gratifying to form long-term, meaningful relationships with their patients and families. Their goal is to keep women healthy—physically and emotionally—throughout their reproductive years and long into the future.
Adefris & Toppin Women's Specialists
1875 Woodwinds Drive, Suite #110
Woodbury, MN 55125
(651) 686-6400 • www.adefrisandtoppin.com