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We found 4 neurologists who accept Blue Cross Blue Shield Plans near Waco, TX.

Dr. Dave Fitzgerald Clarke, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Neurology, Neurophysiology
6101 Woodway Drive
Waco, TX

Dr. Dave Clarke, who practices in Austin, TX and Waco, TX, is a medical specialist in pediatric neurology and neurophysiology. Dr. Clarke's clinical interests encompass epilepsy. He is affiliated with Seton Healthcare Family. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. He welcomes new patients. After attending the University of the West Indies Faculty of Medical Sciences for medical school, he completed his residency training at Overlook Hospital and a hospital affiliated with the University of Michigan.

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Clinical interests: Sleep Disorders, Research, Laser Ablation, Surgical Procedures, Epilepsy, Neurological Disorders, ... (Read more)

Dr. Mazen Alkahwaji Almidani, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Neurology
100 Hillcrest Medical Boulevard
Waco, TX

Dr. Mazen Almidani specializes in pediatric neurology and practices in Temple, TX, Killeen, TX, and Round Rock, TX. Dr. Almidani is professionally affiliated with Scott & White Healthcare. He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois at Peoria, Dr. Almidani attended medical school at the University of Damascus Faculty of Medicine. Dr. Almidani has received professional recognition including the following: Neurology Resident Teaching Award and Patient Satisfaction Award.

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Clinical interests: Migraine, Movement Disorders, Tourette Syndrome, Epilepsy

Dr. Randy Carl Gardell, MD
Specializes in Neurology
340 Richland West Circle
Waco, TX

Dr. Randy Gardell is a specialist in neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). Dr. Gardell is a graduate of the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine. He has a 2.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Gardell honors.

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Dr. Joel Gary Freitag, MD
Specializes in Neurology
340 Richland West Circle
Waco, TX

Dr. Joel Freitag practices neurology (brain & spinal cord disease) in Waco, TX. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 3.5 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. Dr. Freitag studied medicine at Baylor College of Medicine.

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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.