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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's specialties are pediatric neurology and neurophysiology. He practices in Austin, TX and Waco, TX. In his practice, Dr. Clarke focuses on epilepsy. He is professionally affiliated with Seton Healthcare Family. Dr. Clarke takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. He welcomes new patients. Dr. Clarke graduated from the University of the West Indies Faculty of Medical Sciences. His training includes residency programs 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 is a medical specialist in pediatric neurology. He graduated from the University of Damascus Faculty of Medicine. Dr. Almidani's training includes a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois at Peoria. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. He has received the following distinctions: Neurology Resident Teaching Award and Patient Satisfaction Award. He is affiliated with Scott & White Healthcare.

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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 neurology (brain & spinal cord disease) specialist. He attended medical school at the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine. His average rating from his patients is 2.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Gardell is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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

Dr. Joel Freitag sees patients in Waco, TX. His medical specialty is neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). Dr. Freitag graduated from Baylor College of Medicine. He has received a 3.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more.

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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.