We found 8 pediatric neurologists who accept Medicare Advantage near Palo Alto, CA.

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Dr. Sarah R Cheyette, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Neurology
795 El Camino Real; Lee Building, Level 1
Palo Alto, CA
 

Dr. Sarah Cheyette is a medical specialist in pediatric neurology. Dr. Cheyette has indicated that her clinical interests include neurological disorders. She has received a 4.5 out of 5 star rating by her patients. She is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. She studied medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine. She trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Washington for her residency. Dr. Cheyette speaks Spanish. She is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, San Mateo Medical Center, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. Dr. Cheyette welcomes new patients.

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Clinical interests: Migraine, Attention Deficit Disorder, Autism, Neurological Disorders, Seizures

Dr. Christopher William Lee-Messer, MD, PhD
Specializes in Pediatric Neurology
730 Welch Road; Suite 206
Palo Alto, CA
 

Dr. Christopher Lee-Messer is a pediatric neurology specialist in Palo Alto, CA and San Francisco, CA. His professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Mary L. Johnson Specialty Services, and California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC). Before completing his residency at Stanford University Medical Center, Dr. Lee-Messer attended medical school at Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine. Dr. Lee-Messer is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Valley Health Plan, as well as other insurance carriers. He is open to new patients.

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Dr. Emily Anne Spelbrink, MD, PhD
Specializes in Pediatric Neurology, Other
750 Welch Road; Suite 317
Palo Alto, CA
 

Dr. Emily Spelbrink works as a pediatric neurologist. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC), and Brown & Toland Physicians. Before performing her residency at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital and Stanford Hospital & Clinics, Dr. Spelbrink attended the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), School of Medicine. She honors AARP, Anthem, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. She is accepting new patients.

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Dr. Katherine Mercelia Mackenzie, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Neurology
730 Welch Road; 2nd Floor
Palo Alto, CA
 

Dr. Katherine Mackenzie practices pediatric neurology in San Francisco, CA and Palo Alto, CA. After completing medical school at the University of California, Irvine, School of Medicine, she performed her residency at Stanford University Medical Center and Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles Medical Center. Dr. Mackenzie is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Valley Health Plan, in addition to other insurance carriers. Her professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Mary L. Johnson Specialty Services, and California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC). She is accepting new patients.

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Dr. Susy Shu-Hsin Jeng, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Neurology
730 Welch Road; Suite 206
Palo Alto, CA
 

Dr. Susy Jeng works as a pediatric neurologist in San Francisco, CA and Palo Alto, CA. She takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Valley Health Plan, in addition to other insurance carriers. She attended the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), School of Medicine and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) for residency. In addition to English, Dr. Jeng speaks Mandarin. Her professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Mary L. Johnson Specialty Services, and California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC). Dr. Jeng's practice is open to new patients.

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Dr. Shannon Jeanine Beres, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Neurology
750 Welch Road; Suite 317
Palo Alto, CA
 

Dr. Shannon Beres is a pediatric neurology specialist. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Beres honors. Before performing her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), Dr. Beres attended Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) School of Medicine. She is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC), and Brown & Toland Physicians. She is open to new patients.

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Dr. Cynthia Jane Campen, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Neurology, Neuro-Oncology
730 Welch Road; Suite 206
Palo Alto, CA
 

Dr. Cynthia Campen's specialties are pediatric neurology and neuro-oncology. She practices in Stanford, CA, San Francisco, CA, and Palo Alto, CA. She is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Valley Health Plan, in addition to other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), School of Medicine, Dr. Campen performed her residency at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). Her professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Mary L. Johnson Specialty Services, and California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC). Her practice is open to new patients.

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Dr. Jennifer A OMalley, MD, PhD
Specializes in Pediatric Neurology
730 Welch Road; Suite 206
Palo Alto, CA
 

Dr. Jennifer O'Malley is a pediatric neurologist. Dr. O'Malley's professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC), and Brown & Toland Physicians. She attended medical school at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. Her residency was performed at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center. She takes several insurance carriers, including AARP, Anthem, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. She is accepting new patients.

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What is Pediatric Neurology?

The nervous system is made up of the brain, spinal column, nerves, and muscles. It is what allows our brain and body to communicate with each other. Disorders of the nervous system are treated by a neurologist. When these disorders affect children or teens, they are treated by a pediatric or child neurologist.

Child neurologists have a special understanding of how the nervous system functions in a child’s growing body. Some neurological illnesses are rarely seen in adults, and others have symptoms that are different in children than in adults. Children’s developing brains and bodies can change quickly, and a pediatric neurologist is trained to quickly evaluate and manage symptoms before they cause future problems.

There is a very wide variety of disorders in pediatric neurology. Some issues, like seizures, are quite common, while others are very rare. A few examples of the problems treated by a child neurologist include:
  • Seizures and epilepsy
  • Migraines and other headaches
  • Neurological disorders that cause physical disabilities, including cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis, and muscular dystrophy
  • Developmental movement disorders, such as motor delays or low coordination
  • Hydrocephalus, or fluid in the brain
  • Brain tumors
  • Social and behavioral disorders that originate in the brain, such as ADHD and autism (many, but not all pediatric neurologists offer this service)

To figure out what is happening in a patient’s nervous system, pediatric neurologists make frequent use of brain scans. These may be CT scans (computed tomography, which uses x-rays), MRIs (magnetic resonance imaging, done with radio waves and magnets), or PET scans (positron emission tomography, which uses small amounts of radioactive material). In addition, child neurologists may use:
  • Blood tests
  • Ultrasounds
  • Chromosomal testing
  • EEG (electroencephalogram, a test to measure electrical activity in the brain)
  • EMG (electromyography, tests to measure how well nerves and muscles work)
  • Developmental screening tests
  • Hearing and vision tests

It can be incredibly difficult for parents when their child is hurting or isn’t able to do things that other kids their age can do. A pediatric neurologist is a great resource to help kids with neurological disorders reach their full potential.
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