At Asheville Neurology Specialists, we strive to give our patients, staff members and community the best experience possible. We do this by maintaining a high level of expertise and offering exceptional neurological care. We also participate in quality improvement measures and value and act upon patient data gathered from our patients and their family.
Our Board Certified Neurologists work together with the Advanced Practice Providers to provide timely, high quality care to the patients.
What is a Board ABPN Certified Neurologist?
Patients can be assured that an ABPN board-certified neurologist has specialized skills and knowledge to diagnose and treat specific problems and to provide medical management for a range of problems, including emergencies and long-term care of chronic neurological disorders. In addition to having a valid, unrestricted medical license, they also successfully completed an approved training program and an evaluation process assessing their ability to provide quality patient care in their specialty.
Neurologists diagnose and treat disorders of the nervous system (brain, spinal cord, and nerves) and muscles. These disorders include:
- Brain and spinal cord tumors
- Muscular dystrophy
- Headache and other pain
- Epilepsy (seizures)
- Parkinson disease
- Alzheimer disease and other memory disorders
- Multiple sclerosis
- Effects of systemic diseases, like high blood pressure and diabetes, on the nervous system
Please click on each Physician Profile to see where/in what subject they completed their fellowship.
What is an Advanced Practice Provider (APP)?
An Advanced Practice Provider (APP), often referred to as an Advanced Practice Professional, generally refers to a clinical provider who is not a physician but who has undergone specialized education, training, certification and licensure that allows her/him to provide some healthcare related services with varying degrees of independence and with different levels of “authority” to perform certain procedures and prescribe some medications.
What is a Certified Physician Assistant (PA-C)?
PAs are medical professionals who diagnose illness, develop and manage treatment plans, prescribe medications, and often serve as a patient’s principal healthcare provider. With thousands of hours of medical training, PAs are versatile and collaborative. PAs practice in every state and in every medical setting and specialty, improving healthcare access and quality.
PAs are educated at the master’s degree level. There are more than 250 PA programs in the country and admission is highly competitive, requiring a bachelor’s degree and completion of courses in basic and behavioral sciences as prerequisites. Incoming PA students bring with them an average of more than 3,000 hours of direct patient contact experience, having worked as paramedics, athletic trainers, or medical assistants, for example. PA programs are approximately 27 months (three academic years), and include classroom instruction and more than 2,000 hours of clinical rotations.
What is an Registered Nurse (RN)?
In order to become a registered nurse, one must obtain an Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN), and have passed national licensure examination known as NCLEX-RN. Both of our Registered Nurses at Asheville Neurology work in our Infusion Center to start IVs and monitor our infusion patients.
What is a Certified Medical Assistant (CMA, AAMA)?
Certified Medical Assistants are able to draw labs and give injections. The CMA (AAMA) credential is awarded to Medical Assistants who have successfully completed the CMA (AAMA) Certification as well as a two year accredited Medical Assisting Program. The CMA (AAMA) credential is evidence of competence in a demanding field. Graduates receive administrative and clinical training in a variety of areas, including, but not limited to, the following:
- Human anatomy, physiology, and pathology
- Medical terminology
- Keyboarding and computer applications
- Recordkeeping and accounting
- Coding and insurance processing
- Laboratory techniques
- Clinical and diagnostic procedures
- Medication administration
- First aid
- Office practices
- Patient relations
- Medical law and ethics