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Location Information
Struthers Parkinsons Center
6701 Country Club Dr.
Golden Valley, MN 55427


Struthers Parkinson’s Center offers a full range of medical management and quality-of-life services for people with Parkinson’s disease and related movement disorders and their families. Our experienced staff uses a team-based approach to provide specialized Parkinson’s care – physical, social, emotional and spiritual – to maximize your function and quality of life.

Our expert team includes neurologists, nurses, occupational therapists, physical therapists, music therapists, speech pathologists, social workers, chaplains and activities professionals.

Physician Services

  • Consultation with neurologists specialized in movement disorders
  • Deep brain stimulation (assessment and after-care) 
  • Full-day team assessment
  • Ongoing care management

Rehabilitation Services

  • Full-day team assessment
  • Occupational therapy
  • Physical therapy with LSVT BIG and PWR certified therapists
  • Specialty clinics for falls prevention, healthy eating and coping with thinking and memory changes
  • Speech therapy with LSVT LOUD certified therapists

Support Services

  • Advance care planning
  • Club CREATE
  • FOCUS program for recently diagnosed patients
  • Nursing assessment and education
  • Social worker support
  • Support groups in five state area
  • Therapeutic day program
  • Wellness and exercise program

Struther's Parkinsons Care Network

The Struthers Parkinson’s Care Network (SPCN) brings the expertise and experience of Struthers Parkinson’s Center to independent, assisted living and long-term care facilities. This unique relationship gives facilities additional insight into the complexities of Parkinson’s symptoms through the advanced training and ongoing education provided by Struthers Parkinson’s Center.

Caregivers and staff are trained to recognize and understand the complex and often-changing symptoms of Parkinson’s, leading to better communication and enhanced care. In addition, facilities receive specialized training in medication management and falls prevention. SPCN facilities also offer education, resources and support for patients and their families, including support groups and special activities.

For more information about SPCN and partner facilities, call 952-993-5495.

2018 Caregiver Skills Building Class Schedule

3rd Tuesday of each month, 1:30-2:30 p.m.

These free caregiver skills building classes are designed to help you learn skills for caring for your loved one. Attend classes for a particular topic of interest, or each month – no registration necessary.

Each class is held in Struthers Parkinson’s Center.

Date Topic Facilitator
January 16 Organize your home for greater ease & safety Lori McManus, OTR-L
February 20 Thinking changes: What to say, things to do Suzanne Burnett, MA – SLP- CCC
March 20 The ABC’s of medication management Sarah Donley, RN, BSN
April 17 Assisting movement: How to help safely & effectively Jess Buss, DPT
May 15 Providing mealtime assistance Lori McManus, OTR-L
June 19 So What Does “Self- Care” Mean to You? Joan Hlas, LISW
July 17 Addressing changes in motivation: Ideas & suggestions Sandi Holten, MT, BC
August 21 Maintaining nutrition, weight and wellness Sarah Donley, RN, BSN
September 18 Reducing falls risk & what to do if someone falls Rachel Kaufenberg, DPT
October 16 Discussing Transitions with Your Loved One Joan Hlas, LISW
November 20 Managing bladder problems & concerns Rick Vandendolder, OTR-L
December 18 Tools for resilience while coping with loss Beryl McHale, NACC

2018 FOCUS classes

Were you or a loved one diagnosed with Parkinson's disease (PD) in the past year?

Learn more about PD in this free three hour class, offering an overview of Parkinson's disease, including facts about early symptoms, treatment and coping strategies.

Classes are held on Saturdays at Struthers Parkinson's Center. Call 952-993-5495 to register.

9 a.m. to 12 noon on the following dates:

  • January 27
  • April 28
  • July 28
  • October 27

2018 Progress and Possibilities

Progress & Possibilities 2018 Saturday, September 29, 2018

Minneapolis Marriott Northwest, Brooklyn Park MN

9:00 AM– 3:00 PM (Registration and exhibits start at 8:30)


Time Topic
8:30 AM Registration / Exhibits / Continental Breakfast
9:00 Welcome / Announcements / Updates
9:30 Driving in Parkinson’s Disease by Dr. Ergun UC, University of Iowa, Iowa City IA Keynote address highlighting Dr. Uc’s research on this important topic.
10:30 Be Well Moment by SPC Rehab Team Members
10:40 Break / Exhibits
11:00 Frequently Asked Questions by Jessica Buss, DPT, Kelsey Cadwallader, RN, Dr. Sotirios Parashos, Dr. Egun Uc and Catherine Wielinski, MPH. An interactive panel discussion addressing some of the most common questions received by health professionals at Struthers Parkinson’s Center.
12 Noon Lunch / Exhibits
12:45 PM Move to 1 PM Breakout Session
1:00 PM Breakout Sessions
  • PD Basics – Dr Martha Nance, Struthers Parkinson’s Center
    New to Parkinson’s disease (PD) or need a “PD 101” Review? Join Dr. Nance for this session on the basics!
  • Practicing Mindfulness in Everyday Life – Heather Boeser, LICSW and Sandi Holten, MT-BC
    Explore ways to become more fully present and less overwhelmed by daily commitments and activities.
  • Maintaining Balance and Preventing Falls – Jessica Buss, DPT and Lori McManus, OTR-L
    Practical strategies to stay safe and improve balance skills.
1:45 Move to 2 PM Breakout Session
2:00 PM Breakout Sessions
  • DBS Update – Dr. Jon McIver, HealthPartners Neuroscience Center
    An update on technology and techniques used in deep brain stimulation surgery for PD.
  • Determining Strengths and Vital Needs for Family Carepartners – Joan Hlas, LISW
    Opportunities to explore your individual profile in this interactive session for carepartners.
  • Important Lessons Learned for Living Well with Parkinson’s – Joan Setterlund, Duluth Support Group
    Facilitator; Mel Mitchell, Leader of Parkinson’s Foundation P-PAC; Jill Johnson, Member of Struthers
    Parkinson’s Center Community Advisory Board. Insights from people living with PD
2:45 Program Evaluations / Conference Wrap up

$25 per person / $50 for health professionals seeking CEUs

(Includes conference, continental breakfast and lunch)

To Register: Mail registrations to: Struthers Parkinson’s Center, 6701 Country Club Drive Golden Valley MN 55427; Email Or Call 952-993-0216

Registration form and agenda

Deep brain stimulation informational classes

Deep brain stimulation surgery (DBS) may be an option for some people with Parkinson's disease. Learn more about this procedure, including:

  • How DBS surgery may help PD symptoms
  • Who is a good candidate for DBS
  • Tests needed before undergoing surgery
  • Follow up treatment
  • Individual and family support
  • Personal experiences from people who had the surgery

A free three hour class is offered several times during the year on Saturdays at Struthers Parkinson’s Center from 9 a.m. to 12 noon. Call 952-993-5495 to register.

2018 class dates are:

  • March 24
  • May 19
  • August 25
  • November 17


Struthers Parkinson's Center recognizes the important role family members play in helping patients overcome obstacles and live well with Parkinson’s. Patients and care partners can benefit from these services.

  • Care partner support groups
  • Clinical research opportunities
  • Educational classes and conferences for patients, care partners and health professionals
  • Respite care through Club CREATE
  • Skills-building classes for family care partners 
  • Social services
  • Wellness activities for care partners and people with Parkinson's