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ACMC Physicians & Advanced Practice Providers

Merlin V. Nelson, MD



(320) 231-6722
(888) 225-6580 (Toll-free)

Additional Outreach Location
Chippewa County Montevideo Hospital

Education & Training

Undergraduate: Pharmacy, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM
Graduate School: Pharmacy, University of Minnesota
Medical School: Wayne State University, Detroit, MI
Internship: Transitional, Oakwood Hospital, Dearborn, MI
Residency: Neurology, Henry Ford Hospital, Detroit, MI
Fellowship: Clinical Neurophysiology, Henry Ford Hospital, Detroit, MI

Certifications & Licensure

American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
Subspecialty certification in Clinical Neurophysiology
American Board of Electrodiagnostic Medicine

Professional Associations & Activities

American Medical Association
Minnesota Medical Association
American Academy of Neurology
American Association of Electrodiagnostic Medicine
American Headache Society
American Stroke Association

Scope of Practice

The Department of Neurology specializes in disorders of the brain, spinal cord, and nerves providing comprehensive evaluation and treatment of a variety of neurological problems. These include:

  • Epilepsy
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Parkinson's disease
  • Peripheral neuropathies
  • Stroke

The physicians and nurses coordinate and manage care of adult patients in conjunction with primary physicians and other specialists. The department maintains an active electrophysiology laboratory that performs:

  • Electroencephalography (EEG)
  • Electromyography (EMG)
  • Nerve conduction studies (NCS)

These studies investigate a wide variety of pathologic processes involving the brain, peripheral nerves and muscles. Botulinum toxin (Botox) services are also provided for a variety of conditions including dystonia, torticollis, and hemifacial spasm.


I have practiced general neurology at ACMC since 1998. I am a firm believer in patient education. We moved to Willmar to raise our three children in a small town. I enjoy spending time with family and friends as well as reading and photography.