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Published on June 15, 2016

Avera Medical Group Welcomes Neurology Associates 

SIOUX FALLS – Avera Medical Group announces Neurology Associates, P.C., of Sioux Falls and its physicians will join Avera Medical Group, and the clinic will come under Avera ownership in June.

“The physicians of Neurology Associates have been on the medical staff of Avera McKennan Hospital & University Health Center for a number of years, and have served the neurology needs of Avera patients with high quality care,” said David Flicek, Chief Administrative Officer for Avera Medical Group. “We are proud to welcome them as members of Avera Medical Group.” The neurology clinic is located in Plaza 2 on the Avera McKennan campus. The practice also has a Headache Center located at 6709 S. Minnesota Ave.

The name of the practice will change to Avera Medical Group Neurology. The physicians in the practice include Carol Nelson, MD; William Rossing, MD; Todd Zimprich, MD; Lisa Viola, DO; Karen Garnaas, MD; Jeffrey Boyle, MD, PhD; and Warren O.V. Opheim, MD. All are board certified in neurology. Several have advanced subspecialty education in such areas as epilepsy, headache medicine, movement disorders, neuromuscular disease and sleep. They also have special interest in Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, stroke and other conditions that are difficult to diagnose. Together, they comprise the largest neurology practice in South Dakota.

“This group of neurologists has been instrumental in the high quality of care delivered through the Avera Brain & Spine Institute,” Flicek said. This includes the Stroke Center at Avera McKennan, which is certified as a Primary Stroke Center by the Joint Commission and is nationally recognized for excellence, a specialized neurosciences unit at Avera McKennan, Balance and Dizziness Center, and Autonomic Testing Lab. “Now having the neurologists as part of Avera will bring an added measure of comprehensiveness and cohesiveness to our overall neurosciences program,” Flicek said.

“My colleagues and I have enjoyed close collaboration with Avera over the years, and we have appreciated their support in the development of advanced neuroscience care. We closely identify with the Avera sense of health ministry and mission, and are excited to become part of Avera Medical Group and the wider Avera family,” said William Rossing, MD, Neurologist who also serves as director of the Stroke Center at Avera McKennan. 

Avera Medical Group Neurology is the largest neurology practice in South Dakota. The 35 employees of Neurology Associates will become employees of Avera. “We are looking forward to positioning both Avera and Neurology Associates for the changes that are coming through health care reform,” Flicek added.

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