Laura Speltz

Assistant Professor


Dr. Speltz graduated from the University of Minnesota Medical School. She completed her pediatric and neurology training at Northwestern University in Chicago, Illinois. She is board certified in neurology with a special qualification in child and adolescent neurology. She is also board certified in epilepsy. Dr. Speltz enjoy taking care of children with developmental delays, cerebral palsy, hypotonia, autism, epilepsy, headaches, tics, ADHD and a variety of neurological conditions. She has a passion for global health work, refugee health, and adoption medicine. She has lectured locally and globally about cerebral palsy, epilepsy, and pediatric migraines. She enjoys using medical technology and new therapeutics to treat both epilepsy and migraines.


MD, University of Minnesota Medical School
BA, McGill University
Major: Psychology and Neuropsychology

Fellowships, Residencies, and Visiting Engagements

Fellowship in Medical Ethics, Fellowship
University of Chicago
Chicago, Illinois
Pediatric Neurology Fellowship, Fellowship
Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago
Chicago, Illinois
Pediatric Residency , Residency
Children's Memorial Hospital
Chicago , Illinois, United States

Licensures and Certifications

Registration – Retail Pharmacy, Hospital/Clinic, Practitioner, Teaching Institution, or Mid-Level Practitioner, Drug Enforcement Agency
Neurology with Special Qualification in Child Neurology, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
Physician & Surgeon Medical License, Minnesota Board of Medical Practice
Epilepsy, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology

Honors and Recognition

Walter H. Judd International Graduate Fellowship


Selected Publications

Selected Publications

Yang, R., Walder-Christensen, K. K., Lalani, S., Yan, H., Díez García-Prieto, I., Álvarez, S., Fernández-Jaén, A., Speltz, L., Jiang, Y. H., 2019. Neurodevelopmental mutation of giant ankyrin-G disrupts a core mechanism for axon initial segment assembly. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 116 (39): 19717-19726.
Selected Presentations

Selected Presentations

Speltz, L. C. "Migraines in the Teenage Years ", Grand Rounds at Boynton Health, Boynton Health at the University of Minnesota , Minneapolis , Minnesota, United States. October 15, 2019.
Speltz, L. C., (Author & Presenter) "Parálisis Cerebral", IX Jornada de Neurología Clínica, American Academy of Neurology , Guayaquil , Ecuador. July 31, 2019.
Marinelli, T., (Author & Presenter), Garrett, M., (Author), Speltz, L. C., (Author) "Pathophysiology and Treatment of Neonatal Epileptic Encephalopathy Caused by Mutations in the KCNQ2 Voltage Gated Potassium Channels", PRESS 2019 Poster Session at University of Minnesota Twin Cities, University of Minnesota, Twin Citites, Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States. April 05, 2019.
Speltz , L. C., (Presenter) "Cerebal Palsy for Primary Care", Annual Updates in Neuroscience for Primary Care, University of Minnesota Department of Neurology , Bloomington, Minnesota, United States. March 30, 2019.
Speltz, L. C., (Advisor) "NMDA receptor encephalitis and Acute flaccid Myelitis", Tropical Medicine Seminar, University of Minnesota, Twin Citites, Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States. January 16, 2019.
Speltz, L. C., (Presenter), Dawson-Hahn, E., (Presenter) "Pediatric Neurology for IOM Physicians ", 2018 CDC-IOM Middle East Regional Panel Physicians Workshop, International Organization on Migratoin , Amman, Jordan. December 11, 2018.


Administrative Contact


Maplewood: 651-221-9051
Woodbury Pediatric Specialty Clinic: 651-265-7575

Academic Administrative Assistant

Hope Amundsen