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Neurology reviews in Portland

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    Oregon Health/Science Univ NSG
    It took 2 months to get in to see him and that was hard. After suffering from debilitating headaches for 8 months with minimal ideas or plans from other physicians Dr. Raslan had a plan with several ideas which left me feeling more encouraged than I had been in many many months. I felt more encouraged after that visit and that was really important to me in the midst of a very painful time. He listened to me and heard me. He offered a plan to me quickly and I really appreciated that.
    - Jan D.
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    Zielinski, Dr. Glen
    He's caring and has different information than most other doctors. He's got alternative approach to attention deficit and brain function. One of his focuses is on neurological complications and he deals with attention deficit. His staff is supportive and helpful. The kids really enjoy going to the office.
    - Mindy K.
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    Scott Fromherz MD
    On the second appointment, I arrived early at the clinic for my sleep study at 7:45 pm. I was shown into a room that was more like a hotel room with a Sleep Number bed, real furniture, a bathroom complete with shower in the room, TV with DVD player, cable and internet. It was very comfortable and welcoming unlike the clinical room I had for the sleep study at the previous doctor's office.

    The staff was nice, and friendly. He explained what was to happen in understandable terms. I got to choose my bed time, and the only thing I can say that was actually 'wrong' was that the sheets were scratchy from lack of fabric softener.

    The next morning, I met with the doctor before leaving to go home. I was very disheartened to find that the previous doctor was correct in his diagnosis of severe sleep apnea. However, I was offered more choices for treatment than the C-PAP that the former doctor offered. I am now in process of deliberating the form of treatment best for me. My next appointment with the doctor is in two months time. I will come back and update my review then.
    - Sharon A.
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    Carter, Dr. Dale M.
    Dr. Carter spends a great deal of time interacting with me during appointments, and I leave with a detailed action plan in hand every time. There have been times when I have had to wait quite a while for her, but it is most likely due to her spending so much time with patients when necessary - something we appreciate.
    - WENDY G.
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    Carter, Dr. Dale M.
    Dr. Carter was recommended to me by a friend in 2007 when I told my friend that I was suffering from consistent migraines.My interactions with her from that first one have always been positive and pleasant. Dr. Carter was warm and inquisitive from the start. asking questions and showing a genuine interest in my well being.
    I feel that I owe a large part of my well being to Dr. Carter as it's because of her tenacity that I was diagnosed with MS WAY before I ever showed any signs of it. Like I said I went to her for migraines and she was determined to find out what might be causing those migraines so she sent me to have MRI's done and 3 months later a significant discovery of MS was determined and I have been on the proper medications for the MS since then and have never had the unpleasentries of a full on MS attack.
    My Mother suffers from MS and I know how debilitating it can be and I feel that Dr. Carter gave me the opportunity to have a more fulfilling life without the worries of that sudden attack and that worrisome unknowing.
    I can't thank her enough for all she's done for me and for as long as I can I will keep her in my life as my doctor.
    - Nikki A.
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    Kresa-Reahl, Dr. Kiren J.
    I had a really bad relapse in 2010 and switch Neurologists to the MS clinic in St. Vincent Medical Center. Dr. Kresa-Reahl was new to the practive after moving here for West Virginia with he husband (Who is also a general neurologist at St. Vincent). She put me on all kinds of different treatments to get me thru my bad relapse. Ultimately we changed my long term medication to a more agressive one and I am very happy with the results (keep my fingers crossed).
    - Jeffrey M.
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    Parvez Pohowalla MD,MPH
    My 9-year-old son has a condition called PANDAS (pediatric auto-immune illness associated with streptococci), which is a little controversial in the medical field, but his doctors agree that PANDAS best describes his condition. When he is exposed to strep, his antibodies will get overzealous and attack his nervous system instead of the germs, causing him to lose control of his body. He tics and twitches severely. It happens every year, and each time, he has been diagnosed with strep. When he's treated with antibiotics, the ticcing vanishes, until the next year, when strep starts going around his classroom. This has been happening since first grade.

    When it happened this year -- about 3 weeks ago -- my son's school called to to pick him up (they are familiar with his response to strep) -- his ticcing was so severe that I took him straight to the hospital, afraid he was going to hurt himself. The hospital called his neurologist (Dr. Pohowalla), who prescribed a small dose of guanfacine (which is used to treat ADHD and high blood pressure, but seems to have been successful in some cases of ticcing disorder). The ER doctor understood immediately, when I explained the connection to strep. She told me that it was very well established, and even though my son was testing negative for strep in the swab test she performed, she would treat him with antibiotics. So, we left the hospital with two prescriptions and directions to follow up with Dr. Pohowalla.

    The next day, I called Dr. Pohowalla's office. We were instructed to give our son only the guanfacine, but the not the antibiotics -- since he had tested negative. It's common for kids with PANDAS to test negative with a swab test; often they require a blood test, which was never ordered for him. And, they offered us an appointment a month out. Now, my son was ticcing so violently and for several hours at a time -- legs kicking, body contorting, arms flailing, face grimacing -- that he could not function, and Dr. Pohowalla's office wanted us to wait a month for an appointment. I explained that my son was completely debilitated by this. He had periods of no ticcing, but he would erupt several times a day. So, they gave me an appointment for the following week.

    When we were at the office, my son was not having a ticcing episode, so Dr. Pohowalla did not see it in action. I explained to Pohowalla just how extreme this ticcing is when it erupts, but he seemed very disinterested -- as if he sees this every day. My feeling is that he just lumped my son's condition in with a standard pediatric ticcing disorder that doesn't interfere too much with daily life and eventually goes away all together. He did not ask us questions about the nature of the ticcing or the severity. He didn't seem concerned that my son couldn't attend school. He dismissed the information that the ticcing is, and always has been, associated with strep. He did not order any tests at all, and overall spent about 5 minutes with us. I suspect that he just got it into his head that he knew what this was, and was just too arrogant to revise his first assumption or to explore any possibilities. How do you see a kid convulsing for 5 hours straight and not order a single test? 

    After a week, my son's condition seemed to be getting worse. And last Saturday, he lost his ability to pronounce common words. He had developed a stutter that made communicating difficult, but he could form his words once they came out. But, suddenly, he was saying, "Harpy Oyster!" instead of Happy Easter. I was so alarmed by this development, because he really sounded like a stroke victim, and this particular "tic" did not seem to fit anywhere into the range of tics that people experience. It was about 10:30 p.m. when I called, because that's when it got so severe that I felt I should let them know about it. When the on-call doc from Pohowalla's office returned my  call, he said, "How should I know? You need to talk to his doctor about this!" and he said, "Let me ask you something. How come you waited until 10:30 at night to call?" I told him that it was happening a little bit, earlier, and I wasn't sure what was happening. I let him go see a soccer game, and we came home, it was very clear to me that there was something very wrong, as he couldn't pronounce any words correctly. The doctor said, "Well, if he could go to a soccer game, then he's fine." That was it. He was annoyed that I had called, and treated me with utter contempt.

    It was that night that I realized that Dr. Pohowalla and his colleague were just completely checked-out, and I couldn't trust him another minute with my son's care. When I got off the phone with the on-call doc, I took the antibiotics out of the cabinet and started my son on them that night. I called our pediatrician and explained what had happened. He immediately got us an appointment with another Pediatric Neurologist (we go next week). And my son's improvement over the last week on antibiotics has been fantastic. He went back to school; his ticcing has diminished greatly. He has not mispronounced any words, though he is still stuttering -- just not as severely as he was.

    I know that Dr. Pohowalla has a fantastic reputation in this town as a Pediatric Neurlogist. I dearly hope that my son was just one who fell through the cracks there, and not indicative of the standard of care he provides to all his patients.
    - Ilse D.
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    Oregon Health Science University
    I have been treated at OHSU for about 15 years. My doctor is incredible. I had to be hospitalized about 3 years ago and she canceled her appointments so that she could personally register me and get me into the hospital. I have visited a lot of doctors and they all go above and beyond.

    There is also a clinic that stays open until about 8pm. They also have office hours on saturdays and are always able to fit me in. They also have an online database with my medical history and I can communicate with them online as well.
    - Jeff L.
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    Klein, Dr. Eve
    She was new to that clinic.  They see if they can do spinal blocks or things like that.  If it is not going to work for you, they will go on to medications.  If you are having nerve problems, then there are other medicines that sometimes haven’t always been traditionally known as a nerve medicine but they have the knowledge and will recommend them.  They will also tell you about the side effects.  If you are open to those options, they will have you try them and see if it will work.  She is that way about it.  But at the same time she will also allow you to take the easy options and stay on all your medications consistently till you are feeling better.  Though she looks like she is twelve years old, she has a lot more ideas.  Your comfort will be her main concern.  She is a very intelligent woman.
    - jim & anne t.
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    Kresa-Reahl, Dr. Kiren J.
    Dr. Kiren J. Kresa-reahl is excellent in every way. She gives excellent care and I have great confidence in her. I would never consider leaving her; she is the best. I have no complaints; everything, is just perfect there.
    - Alicia G.
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