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One Network. All the Neurological Care You Need.

You’re looking for more than a team of brain and spine experts. You’re looking for the brightest neurological minds with hearts as hopeful as yours — and a connected network that’s built to guide and support you for as long as it takes.

Expertise With Heart

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                        Unmatched Experience

Unmatched Experience

We may treat more neuroscience patients than any other hospital in the nation, but you’ll receive the personalized, one-on-one attention you need to feel supported from day one.

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                        Multiple Specialties. One Mission.

Multiple Specialties. One Mission.

No matter where you are in your patient journey, you’ll find care, comfort and compassion with our specialists in epilepsy, stroke, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, migraines and more.

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                        Find Hope and Help in Memory Loss

Find Hope and Help in Memory Loss

Live well. Live confidently. With the support of our Maturing Minds Program, we’ll create an individualized whole-person treatment plan for you or your loved one.

Meet Your Expert Neurology Team

Stephanie Carinci, MD
Neurologist
Hendrik Dinkla, MD
Neurologist
Jose Garcia-Guerra, MD
Neurologist
Carlos Guerrero, MD
Neurologist
Kayla Handy, MD
Headaches and Migraines Neurologist
Valeria Baldivieso Hurtado, MD
Memory Care Neurologist
David Karaffa, MD
Neurologist
Ryan Mizell, MD
Multiple Sclerosis Neurologist
Bernadette Nazario, MD, PharmD
Headaches and Migraines Neurologist
Magdalena Stepien, MD
Neurologist

Understanding Your Condition

Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia

It can be hard to know if signs of forgetfulness are the result of natural aging or an illness such as Alzheimer’s disease or another form dementia. If you or someone you love is concerned about memory loss or other cognitive changes, know that early detection is key to helping create the most effective treatment plan possible. At the AdventHealth Neuroscience Institute, we’ll support you from diagnosis and beyond through our Maturing Minds Program, a state-designated memory disorders clinic.

There are a number of risk factors for Alzheimer’s and dementia, including:

  • Age: greater than 65
  • Genetics/family history
  • Personal health history of:
    • Diabetes
    • Head trauma
    • High blood pressure
    • High cholesterol
    • Smoking

Early signs of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia can also include:

  • Changes in mood or personality
  • Confusion with time or place
  • Difficulty completing familiar tasks
  • Difficulty planning or problem solving
  • Poor judgment
  • Withdrawal from work or activities one used to enjoy

Sometimes these early signs of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia can be mistaken for natural aging. If you begin to notice memory loss or other changes in thinking, depression, agitation or behavior changes, it’s important to make an appointment with our care team. 

Early detection is essential to treatment, since other reversible conditions (such as thyroid problems and vitamin deficiencies) can cause these symptoms as well. 

At the AdventHealth Neuroscience Institute, find comfort knowing we specialize in helping individuals and their families understand what they are facing. Our Maturing Minds Program offers a dedicated team including board-certified geriatricians, nurse practitioners, nurses and social workers who will provide a thorough diagnosis and help create a whole-person treatment plan. They’ll also connect you with additional resources, recommendations and referrals for ongoing support. 
While there isn’t a cure just yet for Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, having the right team to support you can make all the difference in the world for you and your loved ones.
 

Headache and Migraine

Chronic or uncommonly strong headaches and migraines can affect your life in ways that only someone who’s experienced them can truly understand. According to the National Headache Foundation, an estimated 45 million Americans suffer from chronic headaches each year. If you happen to be one of them, you’ll find the care and support you need here at the AdventHealth Neuroscience Institute. Our neurologists are experts at helping to identify the cause of your condition and developing the ideal treatment program for you. 

There are a few common types of headaches, including:

  • Cluster Headaches — A rare headache disorder that consists of severe headaches on one side of the head; other symptoms include red or teary eyes, runny or stuffy nose, flushing or sweating of the face, or a sense of restlessness and agitation. They’re called cluster headaches because they often occur back to back for days.
  • Migraines — A severe and sometimes debilitating headache that can last between four and 72 hours and is often accompanied by nausea, vomiting and an increased sensitivity to light or sound.
  • Tension Headaches — The most common form of headache that almost everyone has had at some point in their life; usually remedied by a quick trip to the pharmacy for over-the-counter medication like ibuprofen or acetaminophen.
Multiple Sclerosis

Understanding Multiple Sclerosis

Multiple sclerosis, or MS, is a chronic autoimmune disease of the brain and spinal cord (the central nervous system) that disrupts the exchange of information within the brain, and between the brain and body. With MS, there is an abnormal response of the body’s immune system directed against the central nervous system.

Scientists believe MS is triggered by a combination of factors, such as:

  • Environment
  • Genetics
  • Immunology
  • Infections

Symptoms of MS occur due to damage of the central nervous system, and most often include:

  • Fatigue
  • Numbness and tingling
  • Blurred or double vision
  • Weakness
  • Poor coordination or imbalance
  • Pain
  • Depression
  • Problems with memory and concentration

Neuroimmunology and MS Expertise, Diagnosis and Treatment

Neuroimmunology is a subspecialty of medicine that combines neuroscience (the study of the nervous system) with immunology, the study of the immune system.

When the immune system attacks healthy nerve cells, our experts assist in determining if a neuroimmunology condition may be the root cause. Conditions we diagnose include multiple sclerosis, neuromyelitis optica (NMO) and myelin oligodendrocyte glycoprotein (MOG).

Following the diagnosis of a neuroimmunology condition, our health care providers work with each patient to deliver the best treatment options for their specific needs. Our team will offer support, guidance, and whole-person care at every step.

General Neurology

When it comes to your brain and nervous system, you need a place that considers every aspect of your neurological health. Here, you can expect world-class expertise and leading-edge treatments for the spectrum of neurological conditions. Our experienced neurologists are here to find answers for you and help you overcome seemingly insurmountable challenges.

We bring together clinical research and innovative treatments with an approach that considers the whole you — not just your symptoms. Together, we’ll create the treatment plan that’s best for you, with evidence-based therapies like deep brain stimulation, medication, radiology and physical therapy.

And if surgery is necessary, we offer some of the most advanced approaches in the field, including craniotomy, endoscopic brain surgery, Gamma Knife® radiosurgery and interventional neuroradiology. At every step, you’ll be supported by leading experts and a compassionate team.

Support From the Start

You are certainly not alone on this journey. In fact, more than 50 million other Americans will be diagnosed with a neurological disorder of the brain or central nervous system this year, ranging from severe spinal cord injuries and brain tumors to migraine headaches. Have faith that whatever the case may be, there is always support.

There’s no one in the world quite like you. Which is why we look to develop a treatment program for your neurological health that takes more into account than just your diagnosis. We’ll create a care plan that’s personalized according to your medical history, your family’s medical history and a variety of other factors specifically authentic to you.

If you or a loved one is facing the challenge of neurological impairment, our highly skilled and certified physical, occupational and speech therapists will be by your side to help you achieve your maximum potential. You'll benefit from our friendly, caring therapy environment and state-of-the-art equipment, if you've experienced, ALS, brain injury, stroke, neuromuscular disorders, Parkinson's disease, and more. 

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Guiding You With Resources and Support

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Patient Education

Find the answers you need and the guidance you deserve with our comprehensive educational resources for patients and their families.

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Support Groups

During your treatment journey, having a support system can go a long way. Discover our dedicated support groups and programs.

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Nationally Recognized Care Is Close to Home

Here in Central Florida, you can rest assured that you have access to some of the best neurology care in the nation. AdventHealth Orlando is ranked #47 in the nation by U.S. News & World Report for neurology and neurosurgery.

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Our Locations. Your Options.

As one of the most comprehensive neurology care networks in Florida, every one of our Central Florida locations contributes to the strength of the AdventHealth Neuroscience Institute. Ask your dedicated Care Coordinator to help you explore your options and find the right fit, so you are in the best setting to get the care you need.

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Caregivers Need Care Too

While you're supporting their journey, we're here to help support yours with tips and programs designed just for you.

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