Andros ENT & Sleep Center
If you feel fatigued all the time, have difficulty getting to sleep, have difficulty staying asleep, and wake up not feeling rested (despite your morning jolt of caffeine), you may actually have an unrecognized sleep disorder. Not only do sleep ailments leave many people feeling groggy throughout the day and frustrated at night—they can pose serious health hazards. Sleep deprivation can lead to nodding off at the wheel while driving, in addition to health consequences of depression, weight gain, anxiety, high blood pressure, even cardiovascular disease and stroke.
The National Academy of Sciences estimates that 50 to 70 million Americans suffer from a “chronic disorder of sleep and wakefulness.” That’s a lot of people counting sheep.
Board-certified in sleep medicine and otolaryngology (the study of the ear, nose and throat), Dr. Inell Rosario, founder of Andros ENT & Sleep Center in Inver Grove Heights, is well-versed in the many factors that can cause chronic sleep difficulties, including insomnia, parasomnia (sleep walking, sleep talking), sleep apnea, shift work disorder, snoring, and narcolepsy. Dr. Rosario’s approach to the management of patients with sleep disorders is based on the expert input from many disciplines—she works closely with her colleagues in pulmonary medicine, neurology, psychiatry, and dentistry to provide the best possible care to her patients.
A state-of-the-art sleep center is available for overnight sleep studies, with registered sleep technicians coordinating patient care between the clinic and the sleep lab for a seamless care experience.
Dr. Rosario also provides general ENT care for the management of tinnitus, hearing loss, ear infections, vertigo, difficult nasal breathing, sinusitis, salivary gland tumors, thyroid tumors, sleep apnea, scar revisions, and ear lobe repair. There’s a calming ambiance at the clinic, and everyone—from children to adults—is treated with respect and compassion.
“Most patients visit our office because they want their concerns addressed without feeling like just another number,” says this dedicated doctor, who takes the time to personally call patients with results from their visit and answer any follow-up questions. “As a clinic we have built our reputation on providing superior, attentive, interactive care that has patient outcome at the core.” androsent-sleep.com
Back in Balance Chiropractic Clinic
For years, athletes have been using chiropractor care to edge out the competition. Athletic legends Tiger Woods, Jerry Rice, Wayne Gretsky, and Michael Jordan have all mentioned the importance of going to chiropractors for optimal performance. Aaron Rodgers credits his dad’s occupation as a chiropractor—and getting regular adjustments—for helping him “win in life and on the field.”
Board-certified chiropractic sports physician and owner of West St. Paul-based Back in Balance Chiropractic Clinic, Dr. Scott Mooring helps athletes of all ages and abilities, as well as patients suffering from neck pain, back pain, headaches, numbness, sciatica, or repetitive motion injuries.
A member of the University of Minnesota Athletics Department staff, Dr. Mooring has an in-depth understanding of identifying and treating injured athletes. “Our goal is to help you achieve your goals,” Dr. Mooring comments.
He helps patients achieve their goals through chiropractic adjustments and fast, effective, and non-invasive procedures that help patients “get better faster and stay better longer.”
“I use joint manipulation to improve function to the spine and extremities, and soft tissue mobilizations to ensure that the muscles rehabilitate properly,” he explains. “I also recommend corrective exercises to help reduce future recurrence of a patient’s condition.”
His philosophy of practice is to focus on, allow and facilitate the body’s natural healing processes through natural, non-surgical methods. The most common soft tissue mobilizations at Back in Balance include an instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization Graston Technique® and the Active Release Technique,® a highly successful approach to diagnosing and treating the root cause of pain and dysfunction in muscles, tendons, ligaments, and nerves without unwanted side effects from medication. ART is different from conventional massage or muscle work in that it treats not only the tissue, but the exact area of scar within the tissue. Dr. Mooring has been specially trained in hundreds of precise protocols for treating every muscle, tendon, ligament, fascia and nerve in the body—a safe and effective treatment for low back pain, neck pain, elbow tendinosis, rotator cuff tendinosis, knee pain, heel pain, shin splints and carpal tunnel syndrome. backinbalancemn.com
Board-certified dermatologist Charles E. Crutchfield III, medical director of Crutchfield Dermatology in Eagan, believes in providing five-star service to his patients. “It’s what they expect and deserve,” he says.
Examples of this five-star treatment include Dr. Crutchfield personally seeing every patient, making every diagnosis, and prescribing every treatment plan, not allowing assistants, injectors or ancillary nursing or staff to perform important cosmetic procedures, and treating every patient with courtesy, dignity, and respect.
“Many of my patients have expressed that they are pleased that I always give my honest opinion and a very fair, appropriate recommendation to achieve their results. I believe “less is more,” and that approach gives our patients beautiful and natural-looking results,” he says.
The clinic offers a full line of cosmetic dermatology services, including Botox, Restylane, Mesotherapy treatments for cellulite, Javani “age defying” facials and other minimally invasive cosmetic procedures. Medically, Dr. Crutchfield specializes in the treatment of psoriasis, acne, atopic eczema, vitiligo and ethnic skin concerns, but sees patients for a wide range of skin conditions. “My goal is to provide the highest-quality skin care in a gentle, natural manner so patients look confident, refreshed, and content,” he says. “I don’t want my patients to look different than their age, just great for their age.”
When it comes to your health, experience counts and quality matters, points out Dr. Crutchfield. Do your homework. Check credentials. Dr. Crutchfield is not only a skilled dermatologist, but also a clinical professor of dermatology at the University of Minnesota Medical School, a distinguished Benedict Professor of biology at Carleton College, a national lecturer, and a mentor in the University of Minnesota’s Future Doctors of America Program. His medical students at the University of Minnesota Medical School have honored him three times as “Teacher of the Year.” He’s a respected leader in the dermatology field.
“We are not a strip mall spa or office pretending to be a medical practice,” he says. “We are a true dermatology office offering a wide range of skin care treatments available only by physicians.” crutchfielddermatology.com
Most people schedule an annual checkup with their physician, but how many people schedule an annual exam with their dermatologist?
“Everyone should see a dermatologist at least once a year, more frequently if there’s a history of skin cancer,” says Dr. Matthew Larson, a board-certified dermatologist with Dermatology Consultants. “Too often people wait until they notice a change in a mole or growth rather than scheduling preventive checkups. Skin cancer, one of the most common forms of cancer in the U.S. with one in five Americans affected in their lifetime, is one of the most preventable forms of cancer when caught in the early stages.”
May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month—the perfect time to schedule a skin cancer screening with one of 16 board-certified dermatologists at Dermatology Consultants, with offices in Eagan, St. Paul, Vadnais Heights, and Woodbury.
Early detection is crucial when it comes to treating skin cancer. When it’s spotted in the earliest stages, treatments can be more effective. The dermatologists are trained to screen for abnormalities before a person presents symptoms, not only through a visual inspection of your scalp, fingernails, back of your neck, and every other inch of your body, but with Digital Mole Mapping advanced technology, a painless noninvasive tool using digital photography to track changes in moles.
If surgery is necessary, surgeons fellowship-trained in the Mohs surgical technique can precisely remove skin cancer. Mohs surgery has the highest success rate of any cancer treatment while sparing the greatest amount of healthy tissue. They also have their own pathology lab at Dermatology Consultants, reducing the wait time for lab results and diagnosis. In addition, the courteous and professional staff can provide advice and the latest treatments to help correct the effects of sun damage.
The reality is that the sun never takes a break—you can still get sunburned, even on cloudy days, and people of all ages can be diagnosed with skin cancer. In order to protect the skin you’re in, wear a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher (one blistering sunburn can double your risk of getting skin cancer), avoid tanning booths, seek the shade during midday hours, exam your skin head-to-toe once a month in a well-lit room, and see a dermatologist once a year for a professional skin exam. dermatologyconsultants.com
Arthritis, back pain, tendon, muscle or joint strain, carpal tunnel, sports injuries, and other orthopedic challenges can wreak havoc on a healthy, active lifestyle. There’s no reason to “just deal with the pain.” At Summit Orthopedics, specialists work with patients to isolate the problem, narrow down the cause of the issue, and explain advantages and disadvantages of different treatment options. Surgery is only considered as a last resort.
“One of the most common misconceptions about orthopedic care that I hear—that actually causes some patients to put off seeking care—is that we are all about surgery,” says Michael Forseth, M.D., a hand specialist at Summit Orthopedics. “This is simply not the case. I spend a great deal of time educating patients that they can be treated with other conservative options such as physical therapy or injections.”
A staff of board-certified and fellowship-trained physicians, physician assistants, physical and hand therapists, and specialty-trained sports medicine professionals work together to provide the most compassionate and comprehensive care, from treating simple strains to the most complex conditions.
Another point of pride for Summit Orthopedics is their OrthoQUICK walk-in bone and joint injury clinics open seven days a week. Patients come in when it fits into their schedule and receive same-day care, no appointment necessary. Convenient access is also evident in the new Vadnais Heights destination center, a one-stop location for physician consultations, diagnostics, surgery, and physical therapy. The private care center features upscale on-site recovery suites—on the same floor as the surgical center. Benefits include a deep reduction in costs (compared to a hospital stay), sophisticated anesthesia techniques, and the only Secure Tracks system in the Midwest, allowing patients to walk upright, fully supported and protected from falls just hours after knee and hip replacements.
“Surgery patients can recover in luxurious private suites just down the hall from their surgery room—with subspecialty-trained nurses and physical therapists to care for them,” explains Dr. Daniel Hoeffel, an orthopedic surgeon and medical director at Summit Orthopedics. “It is wonderful to be able to offer safer, more sophisticated surgeries with luxurious recuperation suites and highly specialized care at a significant cost savings.”
From conservative approaches to advanced surgical techniques, patients can trust the full spectrum of care delivered at Summit. summitortho.com
Surgical Specialists of Minnesota
According to the new england journal of medicine, finding an experienced surgeon with stellar technical skills translates into fewer postoperative complications and lower rates of reoperation, readmission, and visits to the emergency department. Bonus if that surgeon also has a compassionate touch.
You’ll find skilled, experienced, and compassionate surgeons—highly respected in their various fields of expertise—at Surgical Specialists of Minnesota. Their core values are “care, innovation,
“We offer a full spectrum of general surgery, from routine hernia repairs to complicated gastroesophageal reflux disease surgical procedures,” explains Dr. Eric M. Johnson. In addition to general surgery, the surgeons perform advanced oncologic (cancer) surgery, bariatric (weight loss) surgery, and acute care surgery. They work closely in collaboration with gastroenterologists, oncologists, and other specialties to provide the best care for their patients.
Many surgeries are performed by minimally-invasive techniques to limit postoperative pain and shorten recovery time; some can even be performed on an outpatient basis. Laparoscopic, robotic and open surgical techniques are used for many types of surgeries, including esophagectomies, gastrectomies, and colectomies. Surgical Specialists of Minnesota also has a robust endocrine practice including thyroid, breast cancer, and melanoma.
During the initial meeting, providers discuss options and answer questions, providing patients with the information they need to make informed decisions regarding their care. In a recent patient survey, Surgical Specialists of Minnesota ranked the highest in the survey categories: “shows respect for what you say,” “doctor listens carefully to you,” “gives easy-to-understand information,” and “treated with courtesy and respect.”
Their motto sums up what they believe and how they practice: “Caring for our patients, supporting our community, accepting only excellence.” surgicalspecialistsmn.com