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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 medical specialist in neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). Dr. Gansaeuer has a special interest in peripheral neuropathy, parkinson's disease, and stroke. He is rated 4.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. He takes Health Net ELECT POS, United Healthcare Plans, and United Healthcare EPO, in addition to other insurance carriers. After attending the University of Cologne Faculty of Medicine for medical school, he completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Davis. Dr. Gansaeuer (or staff) speaks German and French. He is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Maternity and Surgery Center of Santa Cruz, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. He is accepting new patients.

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Clinical interests: Migraine, Myasthenia Gravis, Movement Disorders, Stroke, Epilepsy, Neurological Disorders, Memory ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Josh Novic is a neurologist. Dr. Novic graduated from Stanford University School of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Novic completed a residency program at Stanford University Medical Center. His areas of expertise include neurological disorders. His average patient rating is 4.5 stars out of 5. Health Net ELECT POS, United Healthcare Plans, and United Healthcare EPO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Novic honors. Dr. Novic (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Spanish, French, and Dutch. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Maternity and Surgery Center of Santa Cruz, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. He is open to new patients.

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Clinical interests: Migraine, Myasthenia Gravis, Nerve Conduction Studies, Stroke, Neurological Disorders, Memory Loss, ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Brian Brunelli sees patients in Santa Cruz, CA. His medical specialty is neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). Areas of expertise for Dr. Brunelli include neurological disorders. He is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. He studied medicine at Tufts University School of Medicine. He completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with Tufts University. Patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Brunelli is in-network for Health Net ELECT POS, United Healthcare Plans, and United Healthcare EPO, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is accepting new patients.

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Clinical interests: Myasthenia Gravis, Evoked Potential Test, Nerve Conduction Studies, Movement Disorders, Spine ... (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 specializes in neuromuscular medicine and neurology (brain & spinal cord disease) and practices in Santa Cruz, CA. After attending Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) School of Medicine, Dr. Delamotte completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). His areas of expertise include neurological disorders. He is rated highly by his patients. He honors Health Net ELECT POS, United Healthcare Plans, United Healthcare EPO, and more. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Maternity and Surgery Center of Santa Cruz, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. Dr. Delamotte is accepting new patients.

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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.