Ruan Neurology Clinic

At Mercy Ruan Neurology Clinic, experienced providers and staff work with patients in an outpatient clinical setting to evaluate, diagnose and develop a treatment plan for many different neurological disorders— diseases of the brain, spine and nerves. Using the latest research and technologies, we utilize the most advanced therapies to better serve our patients. We participate in numerous clinical research trials and are committed to advancing care in the neuroscience field.  

Our neurologists partner with Mercy Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, as well as Mercy Neurosurgery to make your care seamless if you require therapy services or surgery as part of your treatment plan.

We’re proud to have specialized neuroscience nurse educators on staff to advocate for patients and their families and provide one-on-one support throughout the treatment process. Along with general community educational events and seminars, we facilitate many support groups to connect patients with others experiencing similar diseases in our area.

Mercy Neurologists

Meet our expert team of neurologists. With many years combined experience and a dedication to the field of neurology, they use the latest advances in medicine to provide the most up-to-date care for you.

Neurological Conditions 

Neurological conditions are diseases of the brain, spine and nerves. There are over 600 diseases of the nervous system— ranging from more common to extremely rare. The conditions we see most often in our office are:

  • Alzheimer's Disease
  • Memory Disorders
  • Headaches/Migraines
  • Epilepsy
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Parkinson's Disease
  • Movement Disorders
  • Neuropathy
  • Stroke

Educational Resources and Support Groups 

Our educational resource nurses provide one-on-one patient education, community educational events and facilitate disease-specific support groups. For more information about any of the support groups listed below, contact Valerie Stickel-Diehl at (515) 358-0002 or vstickel-diehl@mercydesmoines.org.

Parkinson’s Disease Support Group

This meeting starts with some exercise and then features a guest speaker focusing on a range of topics pertaining to Parkinson ’s Disease. Patients, family members and care givers are all welcome to attend.

First Wednesday of each month (March through November)
1:30 – 3:00 p.m.
East Tower Conference Center
Mercy Medical Center – Des Moines

Epilepsy Support Group                              

Guest speakers cover a range of topics that relate to epilepsy patients— including employment, transportation, advocacy, medications, pregnancy, legal issues, parenting, safety and financial issues.

Fourth Tuesday of each month (January 2018 through November 2018)
11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
East Tower Conference Room 3
Mercy Medical Center – Des Moines

Multiple Sclerosis Round Table

This group meets to discuss updates in MS care and treatment and to connect with others that have MS. A light lunch is provided by the MS Society.

Second Thursday of each month
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
East Tower Conference Center
Mercy Medical Center – Des Moines

Alzheimer’s Disease Support Group

Newly diagnosed and early stage Alzheimer’s patients are invited to attend this meeting to connect with others experiencing similar journeys. Caregivers and families are invited to attend.

Third Thursday of each month
4:00 – 5:30 p.m.
Northcrest Community - Fireside Room
1801 20th St. | Ames, Iowa

For more Alzheimer’s support groups in your area, visit the Alzheimer’s Association Community Resource Finder.

Community Resources

For more information about the community organizations that support neurological conditions, please visit their sites:

(515) 247-3121
1111 6th Avenue
Des Moines, Iowa 50314

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