We found 4 neurologists who accept First Health near Willoughby, OH.
Dr. Patrick Tessman, who practices in Willoughby, OH, is a medical specialist in neuromuscular medicine and neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). Areas of expertise for Dr. Tessman include migraine, parkinson's disease, and electromyography (EMG). Dr. Tessman's professional affiliations include Hillcrest Hospital, Neurology Associates, and Lake Health. He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Tessman trained at the University Hospitals, Cleveland.
Clinical interests: Botox, Emg, Migraines, Neuropathy, Parkinson's Disease
Dr. Joshua Sunshine's specialty is neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). His clinical interests include electromyography (EMG). Dr. Sunshine takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. He obtained his medical school training at Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Case Western Reserve University. He is affiliated with Neurology Associates, West Hospital, and Lake Health.
Clinical interests: Electromyography, Neuromusclar Disease
Dr. Kristen Smith's area of specialization is neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). In her practice, she is particularly interested in epilepsy. Her professional affiliations include West Hospital, Neurology Associates, and TriPoint Medical Center. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Smith honors. Dr. Smith studied medicine at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine.
Clinical interests: Epilepsy
Dr. Gary Kutsikovich specializes in neurology (brain & spinal cord disease) and practices in Mentor, OH and Lyndhurst, OH. Dr. Kutsikovich's areas of expertise include dizziness, multiple sclerosis (MS), and parkinson's disease. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. He graduated from the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine and then he performed his residency at the University Hospitals, Cleveland. Dr. Kutsikovich is affiliated with TriPoint Medical Center.
Clinical interests: Alzheimer's Disease, Dizziness, Headaches, Multiple Sclerosis Disease, Parkinson's Disease, Seizures
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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.