We found 5 neurologists who accept Sharp Health Plan HMO near Escondido, CA.
Dr. Mark Nespeca is a specialist in pediatric neurology. Dr. Nespeca is affiliated with Rady Children's Specialists of San Diego. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Sharp Health Plan. He attended Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Colorado Denver for residency. Dr. Nespeca has received the distinction of San Diego Super Doctors.
Dr. Jennifer Friedman is a neurology (brain & spinal cord disease) specialist in Escondido, CA, Murrieta, CA, and San Diego, CA. She is professionally affiliated with Rady Children's Specialists of San Diego. Before performing her residency at a hospital affiliated with Harvard Medical School, Dr. Friedman attended Stanford University School of Medicine. Dr. Friedman is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Sharp Health Plan, in addition to other insurance carriers.
Dr. John Crawford is a physician who specializes in pediatric neurology and neuro-oncology. He is affiliated with Rady Children's Specialists of San Diego. Dr. Crawford accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Sharp Health Plan, as well as other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts Medical School.
Dr. Sonya Wang is a pediatric neurologist and neurophysiologist. Dr. Wang is professionally affiliated with Rady Children's Specialists of San Diego. She honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Sharp Health Plan, in addition to other insurance carriers. She graduated from Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. For her professional training, Dr. Wang completed a residency program at Floating Hospital for Children.
Dr. Michael Zimbric is a medical specialist in pediatric neurology. He is affiliated with Rady Children's Specialists of San Diego. Dr. Zimbric graduated from the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Sharp Health Plan, in addition to other insurance carriers.
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Neurology is the study of the brain and nervous system, including the spinal cord and nerves. Disorders of the nervous system can affect many parts of the body, and a neurological exam must be quite thorough. A neurologist examining a new patient will check for any issues with:
- motor skills (the way your brain and muscles work together)
- sensory skills (sight, hearing, taste, touch and smell)
- nerve function
- coordination and balance
- changes in mood or behavior
A neurologist can order different kinds of tests to check the function of the brain and nerves. These tests may include a head CT scan (a type of 3-dimensional x-ray), an electroencephalogram (which measures the electrical impulses inside the brain), an MRI (a detailed image of the brain or spinal cord), or electromyography (which uses electricity to test nerve function). The results of the exam and the tests help neurologists diagnose and form treatment plans for disorders like multiple sclerosis, tremors, stroke, and migraine headaches.
Some neurological problems, such as certain brain tumors, may require surgical treatment. Since neurologists do not perform surgery, they will refer patients who need operations to a surgical subspecialist, such as a neurosurgeon. Beyond surgery, a neurologist might recommend any of the following treatments:
- medication (such as interferon for MS or topiramate for migraines)
- laser therapy (class IV laser treatment is sometimes used to alleviate peripheral neuropathy pain)
- physical therapy (stretches and exercises can increase balance and range of motion, helping patients to move more easily and with less pain)
Therapies such as these can improve quality of life for patients dealing with neurological disorders. Neurologists help their patients sense and interact with the world at their very best.