Ray Sandford has identified his main psychiatrist as Dr. Dean K. Knudson of Minnesota. As well as working for Allina, Dr. Knudson works for Nystrom & Assoc. Ltd., which identifies itself as a “Christian based mental health clinic.” Brian Nystrom is CEO, and has been appointed by Governor Pawlenty to the Minnesota Board of Marriage and Family Therapy.
Name: Brian Nystrom, CEO/President of Nystrom & Assoc. Ltd
City/State: Office is in New Brighton, Minnesota.
Connection to Ray’s case: Ray’s psychiatrist Dr. Dean Knudson practices out of both Allina Behavioral Health Svc and Nystrom & Associates.
describes itself as a “Christian based mental health clinic with specialized counselors and psychiatrists who deal with depression, anxiety, medication management, marriage and family therapy, child/adolescent counseling and psychiatry, and we deal with a wide variety of other issues.”
The president/CEO of Nystrom is Brian Nystrom.
According to news reports from the Minnesota government, Governor Pawlenty has in the past appointed and re-appointed CEO/President Brian Nystrom to Minnesota’s Board of Marriage and Family Therapy.
Please note: While Dr. Knudson is Ray’s main psychiatrist and oversees his forced electroshock, the psychiatrist who administers the actual procedure in Mercy Hospital has, according to Ray, been Bernard M. Coelho, MD. So Dr. Knudson approves and sets the schedule, and Dr. Coelho pushes the button.
Public position on Ray Sandford’s forced outpatient electroshock: Brian Nystrom employs Dr. Dean Knudson, Ray’s main psychiatrist who approves forced electroshock.
Public position in general on outpatient involuntary electroshock over expressed wishes of subject: Brian Nystrom employs Dr. Dean Knudson, Ray’s main psychiatrist who approves forced electroshock.
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To contact Brian Nystrom of Nystrom & Assoc.:
You may e-mail CEO/President Brian Nystrom at:
Phone New Bright office at: (651) 628-9566 – wait to speak to an operator.
You may also write:
Nystrom & Associates
1900 Silver Lake Rd NW, #110
New Brighton, MN 55112 USA
Nystrom & Associates web site:
Additional Information About Nystrom
You may read the news report from the Minnesota government about how Governor Pawlenty has in the past appointed and re-appointed CEO/President Brian Nystrom to Minnesota’s Board of Marriage and Family Therapy here:
“Brian Nystrom, of Andover, is an owner of Nystrom & Associates, Ltd., a Christian-based outpatient mental health system employing over 135 people. Nystrom & Associates has four Minnesota offices located in Apple Valley, New Brighton, Baxter and Duluth. Nystrom has been a licensed and practicing marriage and family therapist in Minnesota since 1989. Nystrom received a M.S.W. from the University of Minnesota and a B.A. in Social Work/Behavioral Sciences from Bethel College. He is appointed to a board position for a licensed, practicing marriage and family therapist. Nystrom was first appointed to the board in 1992, and is reappointed to a four-year term ending January 7, 2008.
“The Minnesota Board of Marriage and Family Therapy is responsible for licensing and disciplining marriage and family therapists. The board is made up of seven members appointed by the Governor.”
Disclaimer: The above is the opinion of the author, based on reports from Ray Sandford and allies, to the best of their knowledge. If there is any dispute of the facts, please let MindFreedom know.