SPECIAL ADVERTISING SECTION
With an overwhelming number of specialists, sub-specialists, and sub-subspecialists out there, it’s hard to know who to see and why they excel at what they do. Whether you’re making an appointment with a specialist to confirm a diagnosis, or looking up a specialist for a specific treatment or procedure your general practitioner can’t provide, we help narrow down your options by featuring some of the top specialty clinics in the area. Make sure you find the specialty clinic that’s right for you.
In the past, having an orthopaedic injury meant driving to one location for diagnosis, another for an MRI, another for surgery, and yet a different clinic for rehabilitation. TRIA Orthopaedic Center has brought all the elements of orthopaedic care under one roof— diagnosis, imaging, treatment, surgery, and rehabilitation—supported by leading research. Everything about TRIA, located in Bloomington at 494 and France, is unique-from the nationally-recognized specialists who focus on specific conditions and areas of the body: hand, wrist, elbow, shoulder, foot, ankle, knee, hip, and spine—to the spa-like environment; from the no-appointment-necessary Acute Injury Clinic to the helpful staff who take the time to truly listen. The experts at TRIA also offer free prevention “Smartbody” seminars several times throughout the year. On Aug. 19, Dr. Joel Boyd, team physician for the Minnesota Vikings and Minnesota Wild, will present “Straight Talk for Parents: More than Just a Cheerleader.”
TRIA Orthopaedic Center • Bloomington • www.tria.com
Whether you’re hoping to treat a serious dermatological condition or you’re interested in improving your appearance with an anti-aging procedure, seeing a dermatologist can have an immense affect on your personal and professional life. For 59 years now, the staff at Dermatology Consultants, P.A.—one of the largest dermatology clinics in Minnesota—has been making a positive difference in the lives of their patients. The 15 skilled board-certified physicians at Dermatology Consultants offer experience, professionalism, straightforward answers, and various treatment options. They believe that just as no two people have the exact same skin, there is no one treatment that’s right for everyone. Because of this philosophy, they will only recommend products and treatments that are appropriate for each individual’s unique skin. The range of medical, surgical, and cosmetic dermatology treatments offered at Dermatology Consultants, with locations in Vadnais Heights, St. Paul, Woodbury, and Eagan, vary from the Mohs Micrographic Surgery for skin cancer to biological therapy for psoriasis to Botox injections.
Dermatology Consultants, P.A. • Vadnais Heights, St. Paul, Woodbury & Eagan • www.dermatologyconsultants.com
When it comes to your heart, you don’t want to take chances. You want a skilled cardiologist, cutting-edge technology, and effective treatments. For these reasons—and then some—women are turning to the Women’s Heart Clinic at the Park Nicollet Heart and Vascular Center for testing, diagnosis, and treatment. Why, some may ask, is there a heart clinic devoted solely to women? There are differences between men and women, that’s why, differences that can affect the diagnosis and treatment of women with heart disease. The seven women cardiologists at the Women’s Heart Clinic make sure no one slips through the cracks.
Women’s Heart Clinic at the Park Nicollet Heart and Vascular Center • St. Louis Park • www.parknicollet.com
OBstetrics & gynecology
Personalized patient care isn’t just a slogan at OBGYN West, it’s actually what happens—a rarity in the modern hustle-and-bustle world of obstetrics and gynecology. “We get to really know our patients, and that’s a good thing for everyone,” explains Dr. Wes Grootwassink. “At some clinics, doctors are coached by financial people that they only have seven minutes with each patient. That’s not how we work. If you’re talking about an issue that takes some time, we take the time.”
The nine independent physicians at OBGYN West are kind, supportive, understanding, attentive, and accessible.
For example, Dr. Grootwassink explains, when one of his patients goes into labor, he immediately knows about it and makes every effort to be there.
“In the last three months, I’ve missed two of my patient’s deliveries,” he says. “That’s not how it is at every clinic.”
Whether it’s your first exam, your first child or your first signs of menopause, you’ll find a doctor you can trust in a place you’ll feel safe at OBGYN West.
OBGYN West • Minnetonka (Ridgedale) & Eden Prairie • www.obgynwest.net
The obstetricians and gynecologists at Clinic Sofia provide health care for women from the beginning of fertility to the end of the reproductive years and beyond. It is their philosophy to give women the tools they need to stay healthy, so that their circle of influence will be healthy and happy too. Many of Clinic Sofia’s services focus on medical milestones that touch women’s lives-first menstruation, pregnancy, childbirth, and menopause-important events that set women apart. The staff at Clinic Sofia goes above and beyond in supporting women through these life-changing events in a comforting, safe, warm environment. “Patients have also told us that they like the fact that everyone knows who they are,” says Dr. Donna Block. “Everyone who works here is dedicated to taking care of the patient.” Plus, she adds, “We deliver the cutest babies!”
Clinic Sofia • Edina • www.clinicsofia.com
Adefis and Toppin Women’s Specialists, located in Woodbury, covers a wide variety of women’s health issues including well women’s care, prenatal care, high risk obstetrics, routine gynecology, and exploration of menopausal complaints. The caring, compassionate staff knows that the many health issues and choices facing women today can be frustrating and frightening. They are prepared to help through thoughtful planning, creating meaningful doctor-patient partnerships, and providing excellent care.
Adefris & Toppin Women’s Specialists • Woodbury • www.adefrisandtoppin.com
Spine and Cranial Surgery
When most people think of neurosurgeons, they think of brain surgery, which is really only part of a neurosurgeon’s job. The rest of their job includes treating neck and spine problems. The board-certified neurosurgeons and extremely qualified mid-level practitioners at Neurosurgical Associates, Ltd. provide state-of-the-art surgical and non-surgical care while focusing on the comfort and well being of each individual. They treat patients at numerous clinic and hospital sites for lower back pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, spine surgery, pinched nerves, epilepsy, deep brain stimulation, brain aneurysms, tumors of the brain and spinal cord, damaged or worn out discs, and chronic pain (among other reasons). Neurosurgeons receive an extraordinary amount of complex surgical training to become board-certified in that specialty (there are only around 3,500 board-certified neurosurgeons, worldwide). Many patients choose Neurosurgical Associates, Ltd. for the extra measure of safety when undergoing treatment.
Neurosurgical Associates, Ltd. • Minneapolis, Edina, Burnsville, Maple Grove, Waconia, Willmar • www.neurosurgicalassoc.com
Health and Wellness
Different people have different preferences as to how they approach their individual journey toward wellness, health, awareness and consciousness, and Lyndall Johnson, president and founder of The Aslan Institute in Eagan, is respectful of this. Whether it’s counseling and psychotherapy, body-related services, spiritual direction, or a psycho-educational class, workshop or retreat, “we provide opportunities for people to enter into the process of growth in whatever modality best suits their temperament and preference.”
The psychologists, therapists, chiropractors, acupuncturists, body workers, hypnotherapists and social workers at Aslan believe in a multi-faceted holistic approach toward health and wellness—an alternative to traditional health care. The two-story building looks more like a warm, cozy home than a clinic, and that’s exactly the point. “We’re on a wooded lot, overlooking the Minnesota River Valley, and clients often comment on how peaceful and relaxed they feel,” Johnson says. Those working at the private health and wellness clinic “recognize the worth and dignity of all people and their capability to reach their fullest potential as creative beings,” Johnson comments. “We nurture internal and external healing, harmony, and wholeness.”
The Aslan Institute • Eagan • www.aslaninst.com
The Marsh, A Center for Balance and Fitness, was built on the foundation of providing a comprehensive, integrated approach to wellness, going beyond diet and exercise to focus on balance, rest and awareness—all factors that can lead to happier, healthier lives. Pioneers in the integration and programming of complimentary care and conventional medicine, The Marsh also has board-certified physician Dr. George H. Kramer on staff. Dr. Kramer practices non-surgical orthopedics and musculoskeletal pain medicine. A specialist in physical medicine and rehabilitation, he uses prolotherapy and other specialized techniques to successfully treat pain associated with degenerative joint diseases and previous injuries. “I have spent years treating people with difficult pain problems, and prolotherapy is a treatment that can truly cure and heal chronic pain, not just temporarily cover up or manage the pain,” he comments. Prolotherapy involves specialized injections to strengthen ligaments and stabilize joints, especially for chronic conditions, sports injuries, joint instabilities, degenerative arthritis, and back or neck pain. He is one of only a handful of doctors trained in this type of therapy. To learn more visit www.georgekramermd.com or call 612-706-1418.
The Marsh, A Center for Balance and Fitness • Minnetonka • www.themarsh.com
Minnesota Eye Consultants is the proud vision of its partners and surgeons — Drs. Richard L. Lindstrom, Thomas W. Samuelson, David R. Hardten, Elizabeth A. Davis , William J. Lipham, and Patrick J. Riedel. This consortium of some the most recognized leaders in ophthalmology today is dedicated to providing superior patient care while pursuing significant research in LASIK laser vision correction, refractive surgery, cataract surgery and glaucoma treatment, oculoplastics, and total eye care.
Minnesota Eye Consultants • Bloomington, Coon Rapids, Gaylord, Maplewood, Minneapolis, Mora, New Prague, North Branch, Plymouth, Prior Lake, Sandstone, Sartell • www.mneye.com
Laser Hair Removal, skin rejuvenation, body contouring
Experts in laser hair removal, skin rejuvenation, skin tightening, cellulite reduction and body contouring, the medical advisory team at American Laser Centers believes in providing patients with the newest, fastest, and most effective technologies. The seven metro-area clinics offer doctor-supervised regimens and deep experiences in non-invasive aesthetic treatment, allowing patients to rest easy in the hands of professionals. Services include energy-based hair removal treatments, cellulite reduction and body shaping (the first FDA-approved treatment), skin rejuvenation, skin tightening, and the Affirm treatment for sun damaged and acne-scarred skin. According to Meredith Hennessy, Woodbury clinic manager, “Our customers consistently remark that their confidence has improved as a result of their treatments at American Laser Centers.”
American Laser Centers • Maple Grove, Burnsville, Blaine, Woodbury, Eagan, Eden Prairie & Edina • www.americanlaser.com