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David E. Olson, MD

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Family Medicine, Board Certified Sports Medicine Fellowship Sports Medicine Subspecialty Certification

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Areas of Focus

Foot & Ankle Care
Hand & Wrist Care
Hip Care
Knee Care
Pediatric Care
Shoulder & Elbow Care
Sports Medicine

David E. Olson, MD

Practice Overview

David Olson, MD, is a primary care sports medicine physician specializing in a wide range of sports medicine concerns, including the diagnosis and management of concussions and acute and chronic musculoskeletal issues. Dr. Olson is an experienced sports medicine physician who has worked with various levels of athletes, from professional/elite athletes to the weekend warrior.

TCO Tribune by Dr. Olson: Concussion Care: The Complete GuideLearn More

Clinical Interest

Ankle Care

Elbow Care

Foot Care

Hand Care

Hip Care

Knee Care

Pediatric Care

Shoulder Care

Sports Medicine, including Family Medicine Sports Medicine

Wrist Care

Dr. Olson’s clinical interests also include the Diagnosis and Management of Concussions.

Education

Certifications
Board Certified, American Board of Family Medicine
Subspecialty Certification in Sports Medicine

Fellowship
Fellowship in Sports Medicine from South Bend Primary Care Sports Medicine in South Bend, Indiana

Residency
United Family Practice Residency in St. Paul, Minnesota

Medical Degree
University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Hospital & Surgery Center Affiliations

North Memorial Medical Center – Residency Program

Professional Affiliations

American Medical Society for Sports Medicine, Member
American College of Sports Medicine, Member
ACSM Medical Education Committee (2013 – Present)
AMSSM, Diversity Committee (2004 – Present)
NFL Team Physician Society, Member
Sports Health Journal, Editorial Board Member (2008 – Present)
Twin Cities Marathon, Course Chair

Educational Appointments

University of Minnesota, Twin Cities Campus Department of Family Medicine and Community Health

Achievements & Awards

Top Doctor: Voted a Top Doctor by his peers in Mpls.St.Paul Magazine (2010, 2012 – 2017)
Minnesota Monthly Top Doctor (2017 – 2019)

 

Sports Affiliations

Team Physician: Minnesota Twins
Team Physician: Minnesota Vikings
Medical Director and Team Physician: University of St. Thomas
Team Physician: Roseville High School
Team Physician: U.S. Weightlifting
Team Physician: U.S. Soccer
Team Physician: Milwaukee Wave (MISL Soccer), (2002 – 2003)
Fellow Team Physician: University of Notre Dame (2001 – 2002)

       

Staff

Chris Ashton, ATC
Clinical Assistant

Patient Testimonials

June 8, 2020

Abby M.

We thought we understood concussions. They seem pretty common in athletes—almost a rite of passage. You get hit in the head, have a headache for a few days, rest, and resume play. No big deal. Wow, were we wrong!

Abby’s concussion affected absolutely every corner of her life. For five months, school, friendships, family, free time, sleep, nutrition, exercise and volleyball were impacted. This invisible injury took her life on detour we wish on no one. She couldn’t make it through a full day of school. Her friends and teammates didn’t understand so her relationships suffered. She couldn’t sleep but was exhausted by everything. Her headaches and confusion made it difficult to function. Volleyball, of course, came to a slamming halt. This concussion was evil. It was isolating. It was long. It was consuming. And, as a parent, helping your child navigate through a head injury was like traveling in the dark without a map. We didn’t know what to do to help Abby recover. There were days we weren’t sure IF she would recover.
It was clear we needed help. Fast.

We got that amazing help and expertise from Chris Ashton, the Concussion Program Coordinator at TCO. He, along with Dr. David Olson, and physical therapists Mike Steiner and Jake Wendt worked together to put a recovery program together to help Abby heal. Chris started by carefully assessing Abby to determine the type of concussion she had, taught us about the complexities of concussions and put together a comprehensive program to help Abby move forward. He patiently answered absolutely every question we had that first day and throughout the entire recovery process. Every email and every phone call were met with Chris’ calm, confident advice. He rode every “roller coaster moment” with us and was a positive beacon for us throughout Abby’s treatment.  Chris coordinated vestibular and ocular therapy with Mike and Jake at TCO’s Physical Therapy locations in both Eagan and Woodbury. Mike and Jake share an expertise in concussion recovery that is hard to find elsewhere. This was not your average-joe physical therapy. They put together a program to help Abby’s eyes work together again to improve her balance, headaches, and fatigue. Although the exercises were definitely not fun, Abby enjoyed working with both therapists. They made her smile while encouraging hard work and pushing her brain to heal.

Fast forward five months. Abby was just cleared to play volleyball again. School has improved, she’s sleeping well, and she’s able to spend time with friends. She got her life back. Thank you, Chris, Dr. Olson, Mike, and Jake for giving us a road map to recovery! Thank you for standing with us—especially on the bad days. Thank you for sharing your amazing expertise to give Abby the opportunity to continue pursuing her dreams. You. Are. Awesome.

May 3, 2017

Tara

After an unfortunate shuffleboard (yes, really) injury, I had gone to several orthopedics with no real answers other then to continue to do physical therapy. I decided I wanted one more opinion and reached out to TCO. I’m so thankful I ended up with Dr. Olson and his assistant Chris. They really took the time to listen to my concerns and evaluate what was going on inside my knee. While there wasn’t a quick fix option, they really worked with me and provided some options to try. We’ve been making progress and I couldn’t be happier! They are on time, always willing to fit me into their schedule and are a pleasure to work with. You can really tell they love their jobs and their patients and it shows!

April 3, 2017

Will B.

I suffered my third and likely worst concussion during the 2016 High School football season. My symptoms simply would not go away. I would have good days and then very, very bad days. My Baseline test seemed okay and even though I was not feeling like myself all the medical help I received deemed me ‘okay to compete.’

After being put in contact with Dr. Olson and Mr. Ashton, they quickly identified where I was struggling and directed me to work with Mr. Steiner to improve my vestibular awareness. After, only a few sessions I was feeling immensely better. The staff at TCO was able to quickly identify the specific problem that I was having. And they were able to help me get the therapy that I so desperately needed.

Many Thanks, TCO!

January 18, 2017

Dan K. ( PT, DPT )

Dr. Olson, You recently saw one of my patients, Tara K., based upon my referral. She has had a very tough go-around with her right knee, between doctors, PTs, chiros, among many. I wanted to take the time to sincerely thank you for taking such good care of her. Not only did your recognize her frustration and the time she has spent trying to get better, but you took the time to talk to her, listen to her, and develop a good game plan for her. I know how busy and hectic our schedules can get so taking that extra time + energy really advocate for a patient like you did does not go unnoticed. It is a sign of a good, caring doctor. If this is how you treat your patients you will always have my support, respect and definitely future referrals. Moral of the story… I am impressed and very thankful. Tara is now progressing very well! Keep up the good work!!

January 18, 2017

Stacy N.

Dr. Olson, Thanks for the fantastic appointment! My daughter Kaylee was so upbeat after meeting with you. As for me, I was so impressed with all of the information you fed us and appreciated the timeline you set up. You have no idea how much it is appreciated. Thanks again! 

 

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