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Specializes in Pediatric Neurology
1 Maguire Road
Lexington, MA
 

Dr. Ann Neumeyer works as a pediatric neurologist. Dr. Neumeyer's clinical interests encompass neuromuscular disorders (nerve & muscle diseases) and autism spectrum disorders (pervasive developmental disorders). Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Humana ChoiceCare Network are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Neumeyer honors. She studied medicine at Dartmouth Medical School. For her residency, Dr. Neumeyer trained at Boston Medical Center and Massachusetts General Hospital. She has received professional recognition including the following: Fulbright Scholar, karolinska Institute Sweden. Dr. Neumeyer (or staff) speaks Swedish, German, and French. She also offers interpreting services for her patients. She is professionally affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital. New patients are welcome to contact her office for an appointment.

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Clinical interests: Neuromuscular Disorders, Autism Spectrum Disorders, Neurological Disorders

Specializes in Pediatric Neurology
115 Mill Street
Belmont, MA
 

Dr. Florence Lai is a pediatric neurology specialist in Belmont, MA and Boston, MA. Dr. Lai (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Mandarin, Spanish, and Portuguese. She has indicated that her clinical interests include down syndrome, attention deficit disorder (ADD/ADHD), and alzheimer's disease. Dr. Lai is professionally affiliated with McLean Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital. After completing medical school at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, she performed her residency at Boston Medical Center and Jacobi Medical Center. Dr. Lai honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Humana ChoiceCare Network, in addition to other insurance carriers. She has received professional recognition including the following: Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society Individual National Research Service Award; Excellence Award; and Excellence in Teaching Award. Dr. Lai's practice is open to new patients.

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Clinical interests: Down Syndrome, Dyslexia, Learning Disabilities, Attention Deficit Disorder, Alzheimer's Disease

Specializes in Pediatric Neurology, Neurophysiology
1 Maguire Road
Lexington, MA
 

Dr. Ronald Thibert is a pediatric neurology and neurophysiology specialist in Boston, MA and Lexington, MA. His areas of clinical interest consist of epilepsy and autism spectrum disorders (pervasive developmental disorders). He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, Humana ChoiceCare Network, and more. Dr. Thibert attended medical school at Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences (KCUMB), College of Osteopathic Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Thibert completed residency programs at Tufts Medical Center and Henry Ford Hospital. He has received the distinction of Teacher of the Year - Partners Neurology. Dr. Thibert is professionally affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital. He has an open panel.

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Clinical interests: Autism Spectrum Disorders, Epilepsy

Specializes in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities
1 Maguire Road
Lexington, MA
 

Dr. Andrew Zimmerman works as a neurodevelopmental disabilities specialist. Dr. Zimmerman's patients gave him an average rating of 5.0 out of 5 stars. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Zimmerman include developmental disabilities, neurological disorders, and autism spectrum disorders (pervasive developmental disorders). He is professionally affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Humana ChoiceCare Network are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Zimmerman honors. His practice is open to new patients. He graduated from Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Johns Hopkins University and a hospital affiliated with the University of Michigan. In addition to English, he speaks German.

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Clinical interests: Developmental Disabilities, Autism Spectrum Disorders, Neurological Disorders

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What is Pediatric Neurology?

The nervous system is made up of the brain, spinal column, nerves, and muscles. It is what allows our brain and body to communicate with each other. Disorders of the nervous system are treated by a neurologist. When these disorders affect children or teens, they are treated by a pediatric or child neurologist.

Child neurologists have a special understanding of how the nervous system functions in a child’s growing body. Some neurological illnesses are rarely seen in adults, and others have symptoms that are different in children than in adults. Children’s developing brains and bodies can change quickly, and a pediatric neurologist is trained to quickly evaluate and manage symptoms before they cause future problems.

There is a very wide variety of disorders in pediatric neurology. Some issues, like seizures, are quite common, while others are very rare. A few examples of the problems treated by a child neurologist include:
  • Seizures and epilepsy
  • Migraines and other headaches
  • Neurological disorders that cause physical disabilities, including cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis, and muscular dystrophy
  • Developmental movement disorders, such as motor delays or low coordination
  • Hydrocephalus, or fluid in the brain
  • Brain tumors
  • Social and behavioral disorders that originate in the brain, such as ADHD and autism (many, but not all pediatric neurologists offer this service)

To figure out what is happening in a patient’s nervous system, pediatric neurologists make frequent use of brain scans. These may be CT scans (computed tomography, which uses x-rays), MRIs (magnetic resonance imaging, done with radio waves and magnets), or PET scans (positron emission tomography, which uses small amounts of radioactive material). In addition, child neurologists may use:
  • Blood tests
  • Ultrasounds
  • Chromosomal testing
  • EEG (electroencephalogram, a test to measure electrical activity in the brain)
  • EMG (electromyography, tests to measure how well nerves and muscles work)
  • Developmental screening tests
  • Hearing and vision tests

It can be incredibly difficult for parents when their child is hurting or isn’t able to do things that other kids their age can do. A pediatric neurologist is a great resource to help kids with neurological disorders reach their full potential.
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