2020 Top Doctors Recognized by Mpls.St.Paul Magazine


The health and wellness of our community is North Memorial Health’s main focus. And during the current pandemic, the work our healthcare heroes do every day has never been more important. Our doctors and advanced practice providers do an amazing job with the “big things” they’re expected to do in order to keep our neighbors healthy. But what makes their approach different than most is their focus on doing the “little things” that make patients feel like members of our family. And it hasn’t gone unnoticed.

Each year Mpls.St.Paul Magazine recognizes the area’s Top Doctors as nominated by their peers and North Memorial Health is proud to have seven different physicians selected.

“Our focus on customer service is exemplified in the work these physicians do every day,” said Dr. J. Kevin Croston, North Memorial Health CEO. “I am so proud of their ability to combine unmatched clinical expertise with an attention to detail for the little things that make our patients feel special. Their approach to providing care is truly raising the bar.”

North Memorial Health is proud to celebrate with our doctors who have been recognized as Top Doctors by Mpls.St. Paul Magazine. Thank you to all North Memorial Health doctors for going above and beyond in treating our patients like family.

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North Memorial Health “Top Doctors”

Lex A. Nerenberg, MD – Internal Medicine
North Memorial Health Internal Medicine – Maple Grove
Dr. Nerenberg strives to deliver exceptional service and compassionate care to all his patients.

Mark Prebonich, MD – Internal Medicine
North Memorial Health Internal Medicine – Maple Grove
Dr. Prebonich specializes in providing comprehensive care to adults with multiple, complex medical problems. He has a special interest in musculoskeletal ultrasound evaluation and in performing ultrasound guided joint aspirations and injections.

Jennifer L. Woodland, MD – Family Medicine
North Memorial Health Clinic – New Hope
Dr. Woodland aims to embrace the “family” part of being a family physician, dutifully fulfilling her role to take care of the entire family. With a focus on guiding her patients to successful healthcare decision-making, Dr. Woodland works to provide them with the most up-to-date information and advice to coach them along. She prides herself in supporting them through not only the best experiences, but also the toughest times when they need her help the most.

Dr. Woodland’s practice involves pediatrics, OB/GYN, women’s health, mental health, internal medicine and geriatrics. She offers office procedures including mole removal, contraceptive options (such as Nexplanon, Mirena and Skyla IUDs), and evaluation and treatment of abnormal pap smears with colposcopy and LEEPs.

Charles H. Horowitz, MD – Brain and Neurology, Rehabilitation
North Memorial Health Hospital
Dr. Horowitz is a neurologist who listens to his patients so he can provide the most accurate diagnosis and best care possible. He believes they are the most successful when they collaborate in a trusting and respectful manner.

Leslie A. Baken, MD – North Memorial Health Infectious Disease
In her over 25 years of experience as an infectious disease physician, Dr. Baken has learned the importance of listening. She strives to hear her patient’s facts, fears and experiences. By uncovering their needs, she is able to learn things about her patient’s experiences and issues that critically affect their health.

Frederick R. Arnason, MD – North Memorial Health Premier Health
North Memorial Health – Minnetonka Medical Center
Dr. Arnason specializes in concierge medicine and believes recognizing and identifying his patients’ individual health and fitness goals is essential in developing a plan to reach them. He provides preventive and acute medical care along with chronic disease management. Dr. Arnason emphasizes the importance of nutrition, fitness and work/life balance while including recognized standards for cardiovascular and cancer screening prevention. He addresses acute medical concerns in a timely fashion to help patients feel well again. He also manages chronic diseases like hypertension, diabetes, asthma and depression.

Crispin J. Semakula, MD, MSc – North Memorial Health Endocrinology
North Memorial Health – Blaine North
Dr. Crispin J. Semakula approaches patient care by taking the entire person into perspective as well as gaining a thorough understanding of everyone’s medical and socioeconomic needs. He works to develop a personal connection with each patient in order to improve outcomes through individualized care and evidence based medical practice.