For experienced and compassionate care related to conditions of the brain, spine and nervous system, look to Karen Garnaas, MD a neurologist at Avera Medical Group Neurology in Sioux Falls, SD.
Brain, Spine & Nervous System Expertise
As a general neurologist, Dr. Garnaas diagnosis and treats a wide variety of neurologic conditions.
With fellowship training and additional board certification in electromyography and neuromuscular disorders, she offers expertise in treating a wide variety of neuromuscular disorders. A particular passion of hers is for caring for patients and families affected by amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). She was also involved in the development of Avera Brain & Spine Institute's multidisciplinary ALS clinic – South Dakota’s only ALS Association Recognized Treatment Center.
You can also count on Dr. Garnaas for specialty expertise and interest in the treatment of multiple sclerosis (MS), and the use of botulinum toxin for treatment of a variety of movement disorders, spasticity and spasms. She currently serves as the chief of staff for Avera McKennan Hospital & University Health Center.
When you work with Dr. Garnaas, you’ll benefit from not only her expertise, but also her compassion. “When someone has a nervous system condition, it can bring a lot of fear of the unknown and questions,” she says. “I try to meet patients right where they are, break everything down into something that’s easy to understand, dispel some fears and offer reassurance.”
“I love what I do,” adds Dr. Garnaas. “The best part is being able to develop relationships with my patients over time.”
In her free time, Dr. Garnaas enjoys spending time with her husband and five kids. She also likes traveling and exploring – especially while snorkeling on tropical beach vacations. “It’s so fascinating to see the beauty and variety of the sea. It testifies to an amazing Creator,” she says.