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Specializes in Pediatric Neurology
1 Maguire Road
Lexington, MA
 

Dr. Ann Neumeyer is a pediatric neurology specialist. Her areas of expertise consist of neuromuscular disorders (nerve & muscle diseases) and autism spectrum disorders (pervasive developmental disorders). Dr. Neumeyer accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Humana ChoiceCare Network. She attended medical school at Dartmouth Medical School. For her professional training, Dr. Neumeyer completed residency programs at Boston Medical Center and Massachusetts General Hospital. Awards and/or distinctions Dr. Neumeyer has received include 1984-85 Fulbright Scholar, karolinska Institute; Sweden.; and Stanley Cobb Book Award For Neurology. Dr. Neumeyer (or staff) is conversant in Swedish, German, and French. She also offers interpreting services for her patients. She is professionally affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital. She welcomes new patients.

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

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Specializes in Pediatric Neurology
115 Mill Street
Belmont, MA
 

Dr. Florence Lai's specialty is pediatric neurology. After completing medical school at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Dr. Lai performed her residency at Boston Medical Center and Jacobi Medical Center. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Lai include down syndrome, attention deficit disorder (ADD/ADHD), and alzheimer's disease. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Humana ChoiceCare Network are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Lai takes. Her distinctions include: Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society; Individual National Research Service Award; and Clinical Excellence Award. In addition to English, Dr. Lai (or staff) speaks Mandarin and Spanish. Dr. Lai's professional affiliations include McLean Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital. She welcomes new patients.

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

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

Dr. Ronald Thibert is a specialist in pediatric neurology and neurophysiology. Before performing his residency at Tufts Medical Center and Henry Ford Hospital, Dr. Thibert attended Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences (KCUMB), College of Osteopathic Medicine for medical school. In his practice, Dr. Thibert focuses on epilepsy and autism spectrum disorders (pervasive developmental disorders). He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Humana ChoiceCare Network, as well as other insurance carriers. He has received professional recognition including the following: Teacher of the Year - Partners Neurology. Dr. Thibert is affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital. He is open to new patients.

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Clinical interests: Autism Spectrum Disorders, Epilepsy

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Specializes in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities
1 Maguire Road
Lexington, MA
 

Dr. Andrew Zimmerman is a specialist in neurodevelopmental disabilities. He works in Boston, MA, Sandwich, MA, and Lexington, MA. His clinical interests include developmental disabilities, neurological disorders, and autism spectrum disorders (pervasive developmental disorders). He is affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Zimmerman is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Humana ChoiceCare Network, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Zimmerman is open to new patients. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Johns Hopkins University and a hospital affiliated with the University of Michigan, Dr. Zimmerman attended medical school at Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons. 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.