Your First Visit
Prior to your first visit, you will receive a health questionnaire and other paper-work to complete . Please take your time completing these forms; the information they provide will help us maximize your quality of care.
We ask that you arrive 30 minutes prior to your first scheduled appointment. There may be some additional paperwork to complete. You will also be asked for non-medical information such as your birthday, social security number, insurance information, and emergency contacts.
You should ask your previous physician to forward copies of your medical history, or we can assist you in the transfer of these records. Please bring any current prescriptions with you to your first visit. This will assist us in accurately documenting your current treatment and determining if any adjustments or changes are recommended.
Your first visit will take one to two hours, depending on the complexity of your condition. At this visit, you will first see one of our trained medical assistants, who will obtain your vital signs, record your medications, and record the main reason or reasons for your visit. Next, you will see one of our two neurologists, Dr. James P Sutton or Dr. Erin M Presant, who will obtain your history, perform a neurological examination and review your records. Your neurologist will then advise you regarding their preliminary impression, answer any questions you may have, and carefully explain to you the next steps in your evaluation and management.
Additional testing is often required to complete your evaluation. This may include neurophysiology studies and a neuropsychology evaluation. Please see neurophysiology and neuropsychology under Programs/Services for more details.
The Next Steps
We typically review lab and test results on a regular basis, as they arrive. We ask our patients to return to the clinic to review these in person. The study review visit is usually done after all of the results have returned, although we may sometimes ask you to return sooner. If there are any abnormalities, we will discuss the meaning and significance of these face-to-face, as well as allow time for you to ask any questions you may have. Most often, the doctor will be able to formulate and discuss a specific diagnosis and treatment plan with you at this time, although sometimes additional testing is necessary.
Many of our patients with chronic neurological disorders return to see us for continued care. If you, your personal physician, and our team agree, we would be happy to help you manage your condition. We typically see established patients for follow-up visits, scheduled anywhere from every two weeks to every four months. At each of your follow-up visits, we will review any changes in your medical history and assess any new or ongoing neurological problems since your last visit. From time to time, we may order additional testing, either to best monitor your medications, add to the understanding of your condition, or otherwise assist in the management of your condition.