A Guide to Specialty Clinics
Whether you’re making an appointment to confirm a diagnosis or looking up a specialist for a specific treatment or procedure, know your options.
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Alenov Wellness Center
Natural and alternative health care
If you’ve been feeling tired, irritable, and anxious, you’re having a hard time falling (or staying) asleep, you can’t figure out why you’re gaining weight, or you have some questions about mainstream medicine, visit Alenov Wellness Center, located in Woodbury. The philosophy at Alenov is centered around treating the root cause, treating the whole person, and seeking the most natural and conservative approach first. The goal is to heal, empower, and educate.
Director of the center, Dr. Nikolai “Nick” Alenov, is a leader in natural and alternative health care. Since 2002, he has been stressing the benefits of natural living through nutritional education, chiropractic care, applied kinesiology, and pulsed electromagnetic field (PEMF) therapy—the first clinic in the state to bring this to the wellness market.
This therapy works, he explains, “in the same way that physical exercise stimulates our muscles to make them stronger.” Only in this case, a pulsed magnetic field stimulates cells to create more energy, like a battery charge. Benefits of PEMF therapy can include pain reduction, faster healing of acute and/or old injuries, more energy, and better sleep. Anyone interested in learning more can schedule a complimentary consult and session.
The wellness center is also home to studioA, an innovative personal training and yoga studio that is open to the public.
Nationally-recognized as a leading dermatologist, Dr. Charles E. Crutchfield III, a clinical professor of dermatology at the University of Minnesota Medical School and the founding member of Doctors for the Practice of Safe and Ethical Aesthetic Medicine (www.safeandethicaldoctors.org), provides quality care to patients of all ages at Eagan-based Crutchfield Dermatology. He is so committed to helping his patients see positive results, people will travel from other states to be seen at his clinic. The clinic offers a full-range of dermatologic care, both medical and aesthetic—including the latest breakthroughs in skin care.
Advanced Skin Therapeutics
Dermatology & Cosmetics
Advanced Skin Therapeutics in Edina is a comprehensive dermatology, cosmetic, and dermatological surgery clinic founded by board-certified dermatologist Dr. Elizabeth Briden in 1997. “We offer cosmeceutical products that are not available in department stores, drug stores, or even by prescription,” she says.
Physician-exclusive skin care product lines—such as Neostrata and Skinceuticals—offer powerful, effective, active ingredients to reverse the signs of aging.
Dr. Briden has been in dermatology for over 20 years. She’s a dermatologic surgeon, assistant clinical professor at the University of Minnesota, consultant for Glamour and Cosmopolitan magazines, and an international authority on skin rejuvenation and chemical peels.
“The thing that sets us apart is that we will spend time doing a comprehensive skin care evaluation,” says Dr. Briden. “We’re then able to offer a full treatment plan tailored to that indvidual’s needs.” The evaluation shows any sun damage and how your skin is aging; products are then recommended based on specific goals and skin type.
Samples are offered when available, allowing for a “try-it-before-you-buy it” approach.
Chu Vision Institute
The latest technological advances in state-of-the-art ophthalmology and vision corrective surgery are offered at Chu Vision Institute in Bloomington.
A fellowship-trained corneal specialist in cataract, refractive and corneal surgery, Dr. Y. Ralph Chu has 18 years of experience and is committed to educating his patients on the myriad of options that now exist–and continue to evolve–that can reduce the need for reading glasses.
“We take a comprehensive approach to addressing our patients’ needs,” he explains. “We strive to understand our patients’ lifestyle needs so that we can match whatever technologies we have so our patients can achieve improved function in their lives.” There are numerous options for reducing the need for glasses, including LASIK surgery, cataract surgery and corneal flap procedures (performed with the state-of-the-art Victus femtosecond laser). Chu Vision Institute is one of the first ten sites in the country to offer the precision of the Victus. Chu Vision Institute is also a Center of Excellence for Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) therapy for dry-eye syndrome.
The clinic is professional, patient-focused, and educational. There are no hoops to jump through; no question left unanswered. “We help our patients navigate the sometimes confusing world of health care,” Dr. Chu says. “Our goal is to help them feel empowered, offering our patients the best vision possible throughout all stages of life.”
Noran Neurological Clinic
For more than 40 years, Noran Neurological Clinic has provided comprehensive adult and pediatric neurological services for patients at six metro locations in Blaine, Burnsville, Edina, Maplewood, Minneapolis, and Plymouth. All neurologists are board-certified; many trained and certified in the subspecialty areas of neurology such as epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, stroke, and Parkinson’s disease (to name a few). Patients receive the benefits of state-of-the-art technology and personalized care from highly trained and experienced providers—who take a team approach to patient care—in one setting. “We have frequent discussions regarding neurological conditions, advancements in the field, and patient care,” says Dr. Steven Janousek. “This collaborative approach results in the best possible treatment plans for our patients.”
They collaborate with neurologists at Mayo Clinic and academic institutions across the country.
The clinic also offers sleep studies, EEG, EMG, neuro-psychology, infusion and diagnostic imaging.