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Help finding a GREAT Neurologist
kath3193 posted:
I live up in Northern California, we have only 2 neurologists here. One is to busy to remember who you are and one is hard too understand/communicate with because English is not his primary language. I there anyone out in Epland wsho knows of a GOOD, REALLY GOOD doctor? I was dx with Epilepsy (2-18-2011) at the age of 58, suffered a clonic tonic at work, and haven't worked since then. Over 6 months ago. All my doctor does is increase my Depakote dosage every time I have a "spell". I have had 2 eegs, cat scan and mri. The Depakote makes me foggy and forgetful ( anyone forgetful?). I have great health insurance and just need to get to a great doc. Chico, CA is 1 1/2 hour drive and Oregon border is also 1 1/2 hr drive. I'll go to Sacrmento, San Francisco, anywhere at this point. The depression/anxiety is harder to live with than the epilepsy!
Thanks Everybody, quite a comfort to know great folks are out there with this.
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Haylen_WebMD_Staff responded:
Hi kath and welcome!

WebMD has a physicians directory located here:

WebMD doesn't allow the recommendation of specific doctors on our site from community members. However, if you would like to post an email address, other members can contact you outside of the site. (please no phone or address)

Best of luck - having a great doctor is key!! Haylen
dancer86442 replied to Haylen_WebMD_Staff's response:
Good Morning Haylen & Community,

I replied to this post yesterday & the reply never showed. That's why I started a separate Discussion/Thread for Kath. Haylen, I know I ain't the only one having problems w/ posting replies & threads. Most times it take a few minutes for a Post/Reply to appear. I've read the 'warning' & I'm Patient, Waiting. But, Phylis, I Know, is having problems posting again. (Is anyone else reading this having problems, also?) I had to Post the jewelry site for Phylis & it took more than a few minutes. Some of my replies have taken over 30 minutes. Then, yesterday, didn't take at all.

It's getting Frustrating. Should I contact WebMD & Inform them or Can You let the techs Know there has been problems on this Board?

Love Candi
Haylen_WebMD_Staff replied to dancer86442's response:
I'm on it Candi - I understand your frustration - all of the moderator do!

Will pass along your comments - this is a priority for WebMD!

dancer86442 replied to Haylen_WebMD_Staff's response:
Thanks Haylen,

Phylis said she was going to let ya know, too. But, guess she is still having problems. I've been thru these 'tech' problems w/ WebMD over the yrs. The techs are Pretty good about trying to stay on top of it. Still frustrating. I notice no one else seems to have problems. Or at least haven't mentioned it. Hope it stays that way. And then Smooths out again for me & Phylis.
You are A Terrific Moderator! I think I've said that B4? Still True. Thanks for being here for us. With Us! HUGS for You & Yours!

Love Candi
sbncmo replied to dancer86442's response:
Hi Candi,

You & Phylis aren't the only ones with posting problems. I've had delays or posts that never showed up at all before as well.

And Kath, I hope you find a good doctor. There is nothing more frustrating than a doctor who just keeps increasing the one medicine you are on. It seems to me you need a different AED, but that is up to your new doctor to decide. I wish the best for you.

phylisfeinerjohnson responded:
Forgive my lack of knowledge of geography (I went to 12 schools and somehow I missed it) but here's an updated list of great neuros as recommended by eforum members based upon their own positive personal experiences:


Dr. Kristin D. Ashley, Auburn, CA

Dr. Everett Austin, Kaiser in Redwood City & UCSF Epilepsy Center, CA

Dr. Robert Burgerman, Sacramento Comprehensive Epilepsy Program, CA

Dr. Robert S. Fisher, Stanford Epilepsy Center, CA — Epileptologist — Director of Stanford University Epilepsy Center

Dr. Blondell Gage, Kaiser, Stockton, CA

Dr. Christianne Heck, USC, CA

Dr. Rosalind Hsia, Sacramento Comprehensive Epilepsy Program, CA

*** Dr. Vincente Iragui, UCSD, CA — Epilepsy and Neurophysiology

Dr. William Marks, UCSF, CA

Dr. Majid Molaie, San Pedro Peninsula Hospital, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA — Psychiatry, Neurology and Sleep Medicine

Dr. Martha Morrell, Chief Medical Officer of Neuro Pace, Mountain View, CA

Dr. Karen Parko, San Francisco Veterans Administration Medical Center, San Francisco, CA

Dr. Josef Parvizi, Stanford Comprehensive Epilepsy Center, CA

Dr. Edwin Tasch, Kaiser, Santa Clara (Permanente Medical Group), CA

Dr. Victoria Walton, Fresno, CA

Dr. Calvin Wheeler, Kaiser, Fremont, CA

Phylis Feiner Johnson

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