Our Clinical Advisory Board consists of movement disorder neurologists and supporting medical team members from major clinics serving the Parkinson’s community throughout Minnesota and surrounding areas. These volunteers work together on strategic initiatives in the health care community to support patients and families. Their work and resources are featured in the Medical Corner.
Linda Anderson | Essentia Health
Linda Anderson, R.N., C.N.P., sees patients at Essentia Health’s Duluth Clinic. She is board certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center as a gerontological nurse practitioner. She earned her master’s in nursing from the University of Minnesota and her bachelor’s from Bemidji State.
Gwen Cressman | Essentia Health
Gwen Cressman, R.N., is the clinical nurse manager for Essentia Health’s Neurology, NeuroDiagnostics and Patient Transport services. (more details and photo coming soon.)
Joan Gardner | Struthers Parkinson’s Center
Joan Gardner R.N., B.S.N., is the clinic supervisor at the Struthers Parkinson’s Center and serves as coordinator of this National Parkinson Foundation (NPF) Center of Excellence. As part of the Struthers leadership team, Gardner is responsible for the maintenance and advancement of interdisciplinary team programs. She is a strong advocate for client wellness and empowerment and provides nursing assessment and education to patients and families. She also co-produced TULIPS©, a toolkit to help care facilities and community organizations provide better care to people with Parkinson’s . In addition, Gardner is a resource to the Parkinson’s community nationwide, answering medical questions for the NPF Helpline, 1-800-4PDinfo.
Tanya Harlow, M.D. | Sanford Health
Dr. Harlow is a neurologist with Sanford Health in Fargo, N.D. She earned her medical degree at the University of North Dakota School of Medicine in Grand Forks, N.D., and completed her residency in neurology and a fellowship in movement disorders at the University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics in Iowa City, Iowa. In addition, she is a graduate of the College of St. Benedict in St. Joseph, Minn.
Julia Johnson, MD | HealthPartners
Dr. Johnson is a board certified neurologist with an interest in movement disorders. During her neurology residency at the University of North Carolina, she developed a passion for caring for patients with Parkinson’s disease, which led her to complete a fellowship in movement disorders and Parkinson’s disease at Duke University. Subsequently, she joined the neurology faculty at Duke University and focused on clinical research in Parkinson’s disease.
As the Clinical Director of the HealthPartners Parkinson’s Center, her goal is to provide patient care with a focus on education and communication.
In her free time, she enjoys swimming, running and spending time with her family.
She is also a member of the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) and the Movement Disorder Society (MDS).
Jon McIver, M.D. | HealthPartners
Dr. McIver has specific clinical interests in functional neurosurgery including deep brain stimulation Parkinson’s and other movement disorders. Prior to completing his neurosurgical residency at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., Dr. McIver earned his medical degree from the Loma Linda University School of Medicine. While at the Mayo Clinic, he was also a clinical research scholar in their Center for Patient Oriented Research. He completed his neurosurgery fellowship in stereotactic and functional neurosurgery at the University of Toronto in 2007.
Bryan Klassen, M.D. | Mayo Clinic
Dr. Klassesn is a neurologist at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester. He earned his medical degree fromthe University of Nebraska College of Medicine in Omaha, Neb., while his residency and deep brain stimulation fellowship were at the Mayo School of Graduate Medical Education in Rochester. Dr. Klassen’s fellowship in movement disorders was at Mayo’s School of Graduate Medical Education in Scottsdale, AZ. He is board certified in psychiatry and neurology.
Scott Lewis, M.D. | Minneapolis VA Health Care Center
Dr. Lewis is a neurologist and researcher in the Parkinson’s Center at the VA Health Care Center in Minneapolis. He is a graduate of the University of Minnesota Medical School and completed his residency and fellowship at the University of Michigan. His clinical interest is in movement disorders.
Laura Li, M.D. | Capistrant Center for Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders
Dr. Li attended medical school at Capital University of Medical Sciences in Beijing, China, and received her Ph.D. in physiology and biophysics at Indiana University School of Medicine. She completed her internship at the University of Kentucky, her residency at the University of Minnesota, and her clinical neurophysiology fellowship at Duke University. She is board certified in neurology and psychiatry and in the sub-specialty of neurophysiology. She has been practicing neurology in the east metro area since 2003 and has been a partner at the Neurological Associates of St. Paul, P.A. since 2006. Dr. Li is the medical director for Neurology and Brain Injury Services a Bethesda Hospital, and the medical director for the Capistrant Center for Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders. Dr. Li is an adjunct assistant professor in the department of Neurology University of Minnesota. She enjoys teaching medical students and residents at the University of Minnesota. In 2011, she pioneered the Bethesda Neuroscience Patient registry (which includes a subgroup for the Capistrant Center for Parkinson’s Disease and Movement disorders) to advance our understanding of neurological conditions, thereby, to explore new therapeutic and diagnostic capacities.
Martha Nance, M.D. | Struthers Parkinson’s Center
Dr. Nance has been the medical director of the NPF Center of Excellence at Struthers Parkinson’s Center since 2000. She graduated from Yale University in 1980, and received her medical degree from Virginia Commonwealth University/Medical College of Virginia in 1984. She received training in both Neurology and Clinical Genetics at the University of Minnesota, and is board-certified in both specialties. In addition to her clinical and administrative duties, she is active in clinical research, with 97 research publications on her resume, and is a member of the Scientific Review Committee of the Parkinson Study Group. She has won awards from Park Nicollet Health Services as Researcher of the Year (2004), Educator of the Year (2009) and Community Service (2010).
Tsega Orcutt | University of Minnesota
Tsega Orcutt, M.S.N., C.N.P., is a certified adult nurse practitioner with the Unversity of Minnesota Physicians Outpatient Neurology Clinic. She received her bachelor’s degree in nursing & master’s in science with adult/geriatric nurse practitioner education in 2010 from Metropolitan State University. She has 12 years of acute care nursing experience and serves people with Parkinson’s and other movement disorders
Sotirius Paroshos, M.D.,P.H.D | Minneapolis Clinic of Neurology
Ann St. Jacques | Minneapolis VA Health Care Center
Ann St. Jacques is a speech therapist in the Parkinson’s Center at the VA Health Care Center in Minneapolis.
Maren Sharland | Essentia Health
Sharland is a physician’s assistant in the neurology clinic at Essentia Health in Duluth. She is certified by the National Commission on the Certification of Physician Assisntants and earned her master’s degree from Beaver College in Glenside, Penn.
Kari Tonsager | Minneapolis Clinic of Neurology
Kari Tonsager, MSPT, is the lab/practice development manager at the Minneapolis Clinic of Neurology (MCN). She has been with MCN since 1995 and initially worked as a physical therapist evaluating and treating the wide variety of neurological outpatients seen at MCN. She now oversees MCN’s neurodiagnostic labs, marketing efforts, including patient/caregiver and physician education events, and the, approximately, 40 outreach clinics MCN neurologists visit to provide neurological care to rural communities in central Minnesota and western Wisconsin. In addition to her work at MCN, she continues to enjoy work as a physical therapist providing on-call P.T. for Big Stone Therapies at the Trinity Care Center in Farmington, Minn., and the Zumbrota Care Center in Zumbrota, Minn., and as an independent physical therapist.
Paul Tuite, M.D. | University of Minnesota
Dr. Tuite is the director of the Movement Disorders Center at the University of Minnesota. He believes in providing specialized movement disorders expertise in a collaborative fashion with a focus on medication and surgical options, with an emphasis on complementary rehabilitative approaches, including BIG and LOUD therapy. The team gives sophisticated guidance on a variety of issues that may arise during the course of one’s condition. Our patients have access to the latest treatments and research studies. Dr. Tuite earned his degree in medicine at Indiana University in 1989 and did his residency: in neurology at Indiana University from 1990 to 1991 and at McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, from 1991 to 1993. He completed a movement disorders fellowship at the University of Toronto.
Okeanis Vaou, M.D. | Noran Clinic
Dr. Vaou is a board certified neurologist with a special interest in Parkinson’s disease, Dystonias, Essential tremor, Autonomic Nervous System Disorders and Sleep-related disorders. She earned her medical degree from Semmelweis University of Medicine and was the neurology chief resident at New York Medical College. In 2011 she completed a movement disorders fellowship at Boston University Medical Center and then returned there in 2012 for a sleep medicine fellowship.