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.

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.


Crutchfield Dermatology


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

Vision Correction

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.



Multicare Associates

A New Approach

Multicare Associates is a physician-owned multispecialty clinic, where the physicians work for their patients, not the hospitals or insurance companies.

All three clinics—in Fridley, Roseville, and Blaine—utilize Multicare Direct, a new insurance-free pay plan for primary care.

“We wanted to make the old-fashioned private doctor affordable again,” says Matt Brandt, CEO. “The goal was to create a plan that was driven by patient care, not corporate profit. This happens by working with our patients on proactive medical planning and offering tools to keep them healthy and happy for life, rather than simply being there for ‘fixes.’ We created a new, non-insurance based plan with limitless doctor access that is unlike anything offered in the area. This is a unique business model and a whole new way to think about healthcare coverage – where each patient has a private doctor, focused specifically on their needs.”

The plan is $118 a month for the first member and is all-inclusive, since they work outside of the insurance system.

“We work directly for our patients to provide primary and preventative care services,” he says. “This allows our doctors to do what they love—practice medicine—instead of filling out lengthy insurance paperwork.”


Minnesota Disc Institute

Disc Treatment

When it comes to bulging, herniated, and/or degenerative discs in the neck or lower back, there is a time and a place for surgery. Often, though, surgery can be a temporary band-aid, with problems returning down the road.

“If the disc is allowed to heal and repair, many patients will add more long-term pain-free years than they will gain in the short-term by having surgery,” says Dr. Jamy Antoine of Minnesota Disc Institute, the only clinic in the area specializing 100 percent in the non-surgical NSD Method™ 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. “Most patients are told that the disc(s) cannot heal, and this is simply not true. Like any damaged tissue—in most cases—if a disc is given what it needs, it can heal,” he says. “If you qualify for our care, I’m confident we can help you improve and avoid surgery.”


Midwest Spine Institute

Orthopedic & Spine

An independent orthopedic and neurosurgery spine practice, Midwest Spine Institute consists of a team of experienced spine surgeons, mid-level providers, physical therapists, and interventional pain physicians that provides non-surgical, interventional, minimally invasive or traditional surgical treatments to help people return to everyday life.

“We look at the patient as a whole and offer a wide range of treatment options and—in turn—use scientific, evidence-based practices to determine whether a patient’s condition needs to progress from conservative care and injections, up to and including surgery,” says Dr. Stefano Sinicropi, a board-certified spine surgeon.  

While various minimally-invasive surgical treatments are available, there are more conservative, nonsurgical measures that can be tried first, such as bracing, core strengthening, exercises, and/or injections. Fewer than 15 percent of patients ultimately go on to surgical treatment.

And unlike many practices, patient outcomes are routinely tracked, providing continuity throughout the care cycle.  


Hennepin County Medical Center

Pediatric Intensive Care

It’s a parent’s worst nightmare: Their child injuring themselves badly enough to warrant a trip to the ER. Whether it’s a nasty fall, sports injury, hot liquid or severe burn, motor vehicle crash, or bike accident, the experienced trauma teams and surgical sub-specialists at Hennepin County Medical Center, a pediatric level I trauma center, are more than qualified to handle the situation.

“We established the first pediatric intensive care unit (PICU) in the state,” says Dr. Julia P. Joseph-DiCaprio, chief of pediatrics, Hennepin County Medical Center.  “Our pediatric brain injury program has been the model for pediatric brain injury programs across the country.”

Little ones receive top-notch care in a new, state-of-the-art pediatric ICU, with spacious private rooms, soothing family-friendly features, and the latest technology—including in-room monitors that display real-time patient data, allowing parents to track their child’s progress throughout the day.

HCMC is also able to treat whole families in one building, on the same floor—the adult ICU is only steps away from the new PICU, making the coordination of family support much easier and less stressful during an already challenging time.