We found 4 neurologists who accept Blue Cross Blue Shield Plans near Waco, TX.
Dr. Dave Clarke is a specialist in pediatric neurology and neurophysiology. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. He attended medical school at the University of the West Indies Faculty of Medical Sciences. Dr. Clarke's residency was performed at Overlook Hospital and a hospital affiliated with the University of Michigan. He is affiliated with Seton Healthcare Family. He has an open panel.
Clinical interests: Managing Childhood Epilepsy, Paroxysmal Events in Epilepsy, Sleep Disorder Analysis, Neurological ... (Read more)
Dr. Mazen Almidani's medical specialty is pediatric neurology. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. Dr. Almidani graduated from the University of Damascus Faculty of Medicine and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois at Peoria. His distinctions include: Neurology Resident Teaching Award and Patient Satisfaction Award. He is affiliated with Scott & White Healthcare.
Clinical interests: Ataxia, Epilepsy, Headaches, Migraine, Movement Disorders, Tic and Tourette
Dr. Randy Gardell works as a neurologist in Waco, TX. He is a graduate of the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 2.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Gardell is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers.
Dr. Joel Freitag's area of specialization is neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). The average patient rating for Dr. Freitag is 3.5 stars out of 5. Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Freitag honors. He attended medical school at Baylor College of Medicine.
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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.