We found 4 neurologists who accept First Health near Willoughby, OH.

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Dr. Kristen Alaine Smith, MD
Specializes in Neurology
35040 Chardon Road, Bldg. Vii, Suite 110; Chagrin North Office Park
Willoughby Hills, OH
 

Dr. Kristen Smith is a medical specialist in neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). She graduated from the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. She completed her residency training at a hospital affiliated with Case Western Reserve University. Dr. Smith's areas of expertise consist of epilepsy and neurological disorders. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Smith honors. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Cleveland Clinic, West Hospital, and Neurology Associates.

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Clinical interests: Epilepsy, Neurological Disorders

Dr. Patrick Allen Tessman, MD
Specializes in Neurology
35040 Chardon Road, Bldg. Vii, Suite 110; Chagrin North Office Park
Willoughby Hills, OH
 

Dr. Patrick Tessman is a neurologist in Willoughby, OH. In Dr. Tessman's practice, he is particularly interested in migraine, parkinson's disease, and electromyography (EMG). His professional affiliations include Hillcrest Hospital, Neurology Associates, and Lake Health. He obtained his medical school training at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and performed his residency at the University Hospitals, Cleveland. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers.

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Clinical interests: Electromyography, Botox Injection, Parkinson's Disease, Migraine, Neuropathy, Neurological Disorders

Dr. Joshua J Sunshine, MD
Specializes in Neurology
35040 Chardon Road, Bldg.vii, Suite 110; Chagrin North Office Park
Willoughby Hills, OH
 

Dr. Joshua Sunshine practices neurology (brain & spinal cord disease) in Willoughby, OH. Clinical interests for Dr. Sunshine include electromyography (EMG) and neurological disorders. Dr. Sunshine honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. His education and training includes medical school at Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University and residency at the University Hospitals, Cleveland. His professional affiliations include Cleveland Clinic, Neurology Associates, and West Hospital.

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Clinical interests: Electromyography, Neurological Disorders

Dr. Gary Robert Kutsikovich, MD
Specializes in Neurology
8224 Mentor; Avenue Suite126
Mentor, OH
 

Dr. Gary Kutsikovich's specialty is neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). These areas are among his clinical interests: dizziness, multiple sclerosis (MS), and parkinson's disease. Dr. Kutsikovich is affiliated with TriPoint Medical Center. He graduated from the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine and then he performed his residency at the University Hospitals, Cleveland. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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Clinical interests: Headache, Dizziness, Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson's Disease, Seizures, Alzheimer's Disease

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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.

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