I believe in spine restoration. I have chosen to focus my practice on disc replacement not fusion. An artificial disc allows me to cure pain associated with a back or neck injury while still maintaining full range of motion. This is a new and up & coming field. I am proud to be the first neurosurgeon in Minnesota to complete successful low back artificial disc surgery as well as the first surgeon in the state to do two level artificial disc surgery in the neck. I am working with the top artificial disc companies in the world. I have attended training and have been certified by each company as having mastered the procedure specific to their products.
I love teaching. I give lectures to nurses, chiropractors, lawyers, fellow surgeons & pretty much anyone who will listen about the benefits of artificial disc surgery in lieu of a fusion. There are some cases which need a fusion. If I can help my patient with their pain & maintain their full mobility, I will do it every time.
"I never said it would be easy, I only said it would be worth it"–anonymous
I have lived by this motto my entire life, from the multiple adventures moving around the world with my family to the struggles of surviving an intense residency as a woman in a male dominated field. I continue to live by this motto today as I attempt to raise three beautiful children while still growing my practice and focusing on patient care.
As a medical student, I was streamlined into a pediatric practice. However, as I went through my training I realized how much surgery and the nervous system truly intrigued me. A bold decision to drastically change my field of practice has led to a happy professional life. I have combined my interests to allow me to become an adult and pediatric neurosurgeon. Private practice was an easy decision for me as it allows me to maintain my independent style and avoid excessive bureaucracy from large hospital systems. I still have access to excellent ICUs, specialists, and hospital equipment as needed. My practice is now made up of the patients I like to see and the procedures I excel at.