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Neurology and Neurosurgery (Brain and Spine Care)


If an illness or injury harms your brain or spine, it can take a toll on your life. Perhaps you live with chronic headaches or suffer from seizures. Maybe you’re dealing with memory loss or painful nerve damage in your feet.

You’ll find care for many brain and spine disorders at PeaceHealth. Our team includes specialists in neurology (diagnosis and treatment of conditions affecting the central and peripheral nervous systems), neurosurgery, brain imaging, physical therapy, rehabilitation and psychology.

Brain and spine care at PeaceHealth

You deserve neurology or neurosurgery care that is safe and supportive. At PeaceHealth, you’ll find:

Accredited stroke care

PeaceHealth has been named a Primary Stroke Center by the Joint Commission. This means we meet high standards of care that help improve stroke survival and recovery.

Improved epilepsy diagnosis

PeaceHealth makes it easier for doctors to monitor your seizures and confirm whether you have epilepsy. We offer electroencephalogram (EEG) testing to record your brain waves for 24-72 hours — in the comfort of your home.

Advanced brain surgery techniques

PeaceHealth doctors can treat conditions using minimally invasive techniques including aneurysm coiling, stroke embolization and angioplasty and stenting.

Highest level of rehabilitation

Our inpatient rehabilitation center is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities. Patients cared for in accredited facilities often improve their functional abilities more quickly. This means they can return to their homes instead of a skilled nursing facility.

Clinical trials

Clinical trials can offer new solutions and hope to patients. They test emerging therapies and may give you access to treatments and cures not available to everyone. Contact our clinic to learn more.

Conditions We Treat

Brain and spine trauma

Serious brain and spine injuries include concussions, hematomas (blood that has collected outside a blood vessel), skull fractures, spine fractures and spinal cord injuries.

Epilepsy and seizure disorders

Certain disorders are called “provoked seizures,” and are triggered by a specific illness or injury. There are also recurring seizures, which are caused by epilepsy (abnormal electrical activity in the brain).

Headache, migraine and chronic pain

If you regularly feel pain somewhere in your body, you know how much it can wear you down. Headaches and other types of pain are common, but that doesn’t mean it’s okay. When pain keeps you from your normal activities or causes anxiety or depression, it’s time to see a doctor.

PeaceHealth will help you learn what’s causing your pain. Your team may include specialists in neurology, neurosurgery, pain management and physical therapy. We’ll help you find ways to reduce or stop your symptoms — and relieve the pain.

We understand how pain impacts your physical and emotional health, and we’re here to help.

PeaceHealth is recognized for safe spine surgery

PeaceHealth has been named a Blue Distinction Center for Spine Surgery by the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association. This means our patients have lower readmission rates and fewer reoperations.

We offer noninvasive brain treatments

PeaceHealth is one of a few hospitals in the Northwest to offer Gamma Knife and CyberKnife stereotactic radiosurgery. It treats severe facial pain caused by trigeminal neuralgia without any surgical incisions.

Our headache care is comprehensive

Our headache specialists care for patients of all ages. Expert care includes treating headaches in children and adolescent migraine.

You have access to advanced spine surgery

PeaceHealth surgeons offer minimally invasive procedures to treat neck and back pain. These include discectomy, kyphoplasty, laminectomy and spinal fusion.

Memory disorders

Illnesses that affect memory include Alzheimer’s disease, Lewy body dementia, Parkinson’s dementia or vascular dementia.

Movement disorders

Parkinson’s disease and other movement disorders are a group of neurological conditions. They make it hard for your brain to control the muscles and nerves that help your body move. This can impact your mobility, balance, speech and other abilities.

Many movement disorders get worse over time. That’s why it’s so important to get an early diagnosis. Prompt treatments help you manage your symptoms and slow down the disease’s progress.

At PeaceHealth, you’ll find comprehensive care for adult and pediatric movement disorders. Our goal is to help you stay active and independent as long as you can.

With the right care and support, it’s possible to live well with Parkinson’s and other movement disorders.

Specially trained doctors

Many of our neurologists have fellowship training (advanced training) in movement disorders. They chose to complete extra education in Parkinson's disease, dystonia and other conditions.

Certified Parkinson’s therapy

We offer intensive speech and physical therapy classes for people with Parkinson’s. Lee Silverman Voice Treatment (LSVT) LOUD helps you improve voice quality and speech clarity. And LSVT BIG teaches you exercises to improve strength, movement, balance and coordination.

Latest minimally invasive treatments

PeaceHealth neurosurgeons offer deep brain stimulation surgery. This treatment may reduce your symptoms and the number of medicines you need to take.

You may be able to participate in clinical trials

PeaceHealth doctors conduct clinical trials to test emerging therapies for movement disorders. By signing up for a study, you may be able to try a new treatment before it’s widely available.

Multiple sclerosis and other autoimmune brain diseases

Autoimmune disorders cause the body’s immune system to attack itself. Some of these disorders, such as multiple sclerosis (MS), target the brain and spinal cord (central nervous system). 

Your brain and spinal cord control all your body’s functions. When they’re damaged, you may have problems all through your body. Symptoms may be physical, mental or emotional. They include blurry vision, fatigue, memory problems, pain, muscle weakness and bladder trouble.

MS and other autoimmune disorders need early, proactive care. PeaceHealth doctors can diagnose these conditions in both children and adults. And our multispecialty approach helps you manage symptoms, maintain abilities and stay independent.

Neuromuscular and peripheral nerve disorders

Conditions that cause muscle or nerve damage include muscular dystrophy, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease, myasthenia gravis and Guillain-Barre syndrome.

Sleep Conditions

Your nose and throat can affect your sleep and disturb those who are sleeping around you. Snoring is caused when your airway is partly blocked. Sleep apnea, a potentially serious condition, causes you to stop breathing while sleeping. Young children and teens can experience sleep problems which can often be treated by a tonsillectomy and/or adenoidectomy.

Stroke and other neurovascular conditions

Types of strokes include ischemic and hemorrhagic. Ischemic stroke occurs when the blood vessel supplying blood to the brain is restricted. A hemorrhagic stroke occurs when a blood vessel inside the brain bursts. Other vascular (blood vessel) problems include aneurysms, arteriovenous malformations and carotid artery stenosis.

Tumors (neurology and neurosurgery)

There are several types of brain and spine tumors. They can be benign (non-cancerous) or cancerous and include gliomas, meningiomas, acoustic neuromas, pineal tumors and pituitary tumors.

Treatments Provided

Behavioral health services (neurology and neurosurgery)

Behavioral health specialists help you overcome challenges with brain and spine conditions. We offer inpatient care, day treatment programs, and individual and group counseling.

Diagnostic testing (neurology and neurosurgery)

Neurologists use a variety of tests or procedures to find out what’s causing your symptoms. Diagnostic services include brain wave monitoring, nerve conduction studies, overnight sleep monitoring and advanced radiology (imaging).

Medical management (neurology and neurosurgery)

We manage more than just your condition. Medicines can help you live with less pain and fewer symptoms or help slow a disease’s progress. Other services, like nutrition counseling and exercise programs, can help improve your overall health.

Neuropsychology services

Neuropsychologists perform tests to measure many areas of brain function; they also recommend treatments. We'll help you address memory loss, problem-solving, personality changes and other issues.

Neurorehabilitation

Rehabilitation professionals include physical, occupational and speech therapists. We offer outpatient rehabilitation for patients with ongoing brain or spine conditions or those who need rehabilitation after a more intensive treatment. For patients in the hospital recovering from a brain or spine condition, rehabilitation can support in-hospital recovery.

Neurosurgery

PeaceHealth neurosurgeons offer many techniques to treat brain and spine disorders. These include deep brain stimulation, spine surgery and minimally invasive procedures that use few incisions (cuts).

Neurorehabilitation

This specialized program is designed to improve memory, cognitive functions (thinking, attention and learning), recovery after stroke and other brain injuries. It also helps with movement disorders like Parkinson’s, multiple sclerosis (MS), spinal cord injuries and spina bifida.

Neuropsychology services

Neuropsychologists perform tests to measure many areas of brain function; they also recommend treatments. We'll help you address memory loss, problem-solving, personality changes and other issues.

Behavioral health services

Specially trained staff provide care for people with mental health or substance abuse disorders. We can also admit patients for inpatient behavioral health treatment at PeaceHealth or a partner hospital.

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2901 Squalicum Pkwy
Bellingham, WA 98225
exterior of PeaceHealth Family Medicine 505 Building

PeaceHealth Neurology at Medical Center Physicians' Building

505 NE 87th Ave.
Building A, Suite 460
Vancouver, WA 98664
505 NE 87th Ave.
Building A, Suite 460
Vancouver, WA 98664
exterior of PeaceHealth RiverBend Pavilion in Springfield, Oregon

PeaceHealth Neurology at Riverbend Pavilion

3377 Riverbend Dr
Suite 520
Springfield, OR 97477
3377 Riverbend Dr
Suite 520
Springfield, OR 97477
3377 RiverBend Dr
Springfield, OR 97477
exterior of PeaceHealth RiverBend Pavilion in Springfield, Oregon

PeaceHealth Neurosurgery at Riverbend Pavilion

3377 Riverbend Dr
Suite 520
Springfield, OR 97477
3377 Riverbend Dr
Suite 520
Springfield, OR 97477
2901 Squalicum Pkwy
Bellingham, WA 98225