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We found 4 neurologists who accept Aetna Signature Administrators near Santa Cruz, CA.

Dr. Michael Alexander Gansaeuer, MD
Specializes in Neurology
1661 Soquel Drive; Suite F
Santa Cruz, CA
 

Dr. Michael Gansaeuer is a neurologist in Santa Cruz, CA. Dr. Gansaeuer (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: German and French. His clinical interests encompass peripheral neuropathy, stroke, and neurological disorders. Dr. Gansaeuer is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Maternity and Surgery Center of Santa Cruz, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. He attended medical school at the University of Cologne Faculty of Medicine. Dr. Gansaeuer's medical residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Davis. Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, and more. Dr. Gansaeuer is accepting new patients.

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Clinical interests: Migraine, Myasthenia Gravis, Stroke, Epilepsy, Neurological Disorders, Memory Loss, Alzheimer's ... (Read more)

Dr. Josh P Novic, MD
Specializes in Neurology
1661 Soquel Drive; #d
Santa Cruz, CA
 

Dr. Josh Novic, who practices in Santa Cruz, CA, is a medical specialist in neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). Dr. Novic's areas of expertise include neurological disorders. He is rated highly by his patients. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at Stanford University School of Medicine, Dr. Novic performed his residency at Stanford University Medical Center. Dr. Novic (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Spanish, French, and Dutch. He is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Maternity and Surgery Center of Santa Cruz, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. Dr. Novic welcomes new patients.

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Clinical interests: Vagus Nerve Stimulation, Migraine, Myasthenia Gravis, Nerve Conduction Studies, Spine Problems, ... (Read more)

Dr. Brian T Brunelli, MD
Specializes in Neurology
1661 Soquel Drive; #d
Santa Cruz, CA
 

Dr. Brian Brunelli practices neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). Areas of expertise for Dr. Brunelli include neurological disorders. Patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Brunelli accepts. He obtained his medical school training at Tufts University School of Medicine and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Tufts University. His professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. Dr. Brunelli has an open panel.

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Clinical interests: Vagus Nerve Stimulation, Myasthenia Gravis, Evoked Potential Test, Nerve Conduction Studies, ... (Read more)

Dr. Grant Andrew De La Motte, MD
Specializes in Neuromuscular Medicine, Neurology
1661 Soquel Drive; Suite D
Santa Cruz, CA
 

Dr. Grant Delamotte is a specialist in neuromuscular medicine and neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). His clinical interests include neurological disorders. Dr. Delamotte's average patient rating is 4.5 stars out of 5. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, and more. He attended Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) School of Medicine and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) for residency. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Maternity and Surgery Center of Santa Cruz, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. Dr. Delamotte has an open panel.

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Clinical interests: Neuromuscular Disorders, Migraine, Myasthenia Gravis, Dementia, Spine Problems, Stroke, Epilepsy, ... (Read more)

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What is Neurology?

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.