We found 5 neurologists who accept Blue Shield of California HMO near Eureka, CA.
Dr. Donald Iverson specializes in neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). Patients gave Dr. Iverson an average rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. He accepts the following insurance: Blue Shield, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medicare. He graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine.
Dr. Thomas Krenek's specialty is neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). He takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Shield, Anthem, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. He attended medical school at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), School of Medicine.
Dr. Kurt Osborn is a specialist in neurology (brain & spinal cord disease) and sleep medicine. Dr. Osborn studied medicine at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. He accepts Blue Shield, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medicare insurance.
Dr. John Gambin specializes in neurology (brain & spinal cord disease) and sleep medicine and practices in Eureka, CA. Patient reviews placed Dr. Gambin at an average of 3.5 stars out of 5. He honors Blue Shield, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medicare insurance. He studied medicine at the University of California, Irvine, School of Medicine.
Dr. Melissa McKenzie is a neurologist. She is an in-network provider for Blue Shield, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medicare insurance. Dr. McKenzie graduated from Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine.
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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.