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Dr. Alex D Cooper has the following 2 specialties
A neurologist is a physician who diagnoses and treats disorders of the nervous system which is comprised of the brain, spinal cord and nerves. These doctors do not perform surgery, but refer patients to neurological surgeons when they determine that surgical intervention is necessary.
Some of the conditions that neurologists diagnose and treat are epilepsy, aneurysms, hydrocephalus, Parkinson's disease, multiple sclerosis, stroke, spinal disc herniation, and spinal disease.
In addition to using diagnostic tests like MRI, CT scans, EEG and EMG, neurologists also employ neurological testing to gauge muscle strength and movement, balance, reflexes, sensation, memory, speech, and other cognitive abilities.
A psychiatrist is a doctor with specific training in the diagnosis and treatment of mental illness.
He or she can not only provide the counseling necessary to both diagnose and treat a patient, but can also prescribe medication when needed. In some cases, a psychiatrist will only provide the medication and the counseling will be provided by another healthcare specialist, like a certified counselor or psychologist.
Like other doctors, psychiatrists employ diagnostic tools like CT scans and MRI in order to observe the structure and function of a patient's brain.
Once a diagnosis is made, these specialists may use behavior or cognitive therapy in order to address the patient's condition, or a multitude of other types of therapy, in conjunction with or in place of medication.
- Alzheimer's Disease
- Nerve Conduction Studies
- Seizure Disorders
- Electroencephalography (EEG)
- Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
- Movement Disorders
- Migraine Disorder
- Migraine Disorders
- Dementia Related Behavioral Disorders
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I have been seeing Dr. Cooper for several years. I initially thought he was a little detached in his bedside manner. He is not gregarious and engaging like I tend to prefer; however, over time I have realized that he is wise and thoughtful. He is not afraid to share his honest opinion or to tell it like it is during tough conversations. He is very responsive to my concerns and is a great listener, his suggestions and referrals are always helpful, and we even laugh during appointments.
I saw Dr. Alex Cooper at the Madison Polyclinic for migraines. The first time we met he basically just listened to me and did what I asked of him, which was to run a CT scan of my brain and go over my medications to see if anything could be aggravating my migraines. He did not offer any assistance in treating the migraines but left that to my Primary to deal with. The second time I saw Doctor Cooper was to simply go over the CT results, which were normal. He did not offer much solutions other than to take less of my pain medications for my back as they can contribute to rebound headaches. He did not suggest trying any alternative migraine medications to see if something other than tthe pill form of Imatrex might work better during an episode. A few months later I found myself in a ten day migraine cycle to which he called in a dose pack made of a steroid to help break the cycle. It did not work and I had to endure a full blown migraine without taking anything. I didn't know what to do as he did not communicate if I could take imatrex or not during this dose pack cycle. My Primary finally gave me a high dose 9 day course of prednisone which broke the cycle right away and I was able to go on my vacation while taking it and be ok. I expressed the desire for Botox or any kind of alternative medicine to try and treat the frequency of my migraines, 15 or more per month. He never said anything to me about being willing to do anything for me. The final ordeal I had with him was when I had to cancel an appointment with him the morning of due to flooding in my area. I live an hour away and roads leading out of my town were closed. So I rescheduled for a month later, I woke up with a migraine the morning of my appointment and simply forgot all about it. When I called the next business day to apologize and reschedule I was told he would no longer see me as a patient due to my not showing up. I explained that I lived an hour away, have a toddler, and simply was ill and forgot. The staff told me he didn't care and would not continue seeing me, in fact the entire neurology department banned me from making an appointment to see any of the doctors there. I was so upset, I have been seeing my primary and all my specialists at Polyclinic for 6 years. My entire family has used them as well, until now. The shear ego of this man really disgusts me, apparently I was told that Neurologiists are in school so long and so highly educated that they simply don't deal with patients "waisting" their time. I found a new Neurologiist closer to home after a lengthy search and upon the first meeting I was given a document stating a fee if you were to not call or show up to an appointment. This procedure was something I welcomed as it was a form of communication about the rules this doctor had for his patience. I think the Polyclinic needs to get a handle on the egotistical doctors and communicate the guidelines they want patients to follow. Also this doctor gave me several different meds to try to be sure I am using the best one for me, and is looking to get me approved for the Botox treatment I am seeking. I am very happy I am not with Dr. Cooper any longer.
Compassionate Doctor Recognition (2014, 2015)
Compassionate Doctor certification is granted to physicians who treat their patients with the utmost kindness. The honor is granted based on a physician's overall and bedside manner scores.
On-Time Doctor Award (2015)
Vitals On-Time + Promptness Award recognizes doctors with consistent high ratings for timeliness of appointments. The honor is granted based on a physician's overall and promptness scores.
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14 Years Experience
University Of Nebraska College Of Medicine
Graduated in 2004
Dr. Alex D Cooper accepts the following insurance providers.
- Aetna Choice POS II
- Aetna Managed Choice POS Open Access
- Aetna Signature Administrators PPO
- Aetna Whole Health Providence Swedish WA
BCBS Blue Card
- BCBS Blue Card PPO
- CIGNA HMO
- CIGNA Open Access Plus
- CIGNA PPO
- First Health PPO
- Humana Choice POS
- Multiplan PPO
- PHCS PPO
- Premera Heritage Signature
- Premera Heritage and Heritage Plus 1
- Premera LifeWise Connect
Regence Health Plans
- Regence WA Preferred Provider Network
- UHC Choice Plus POS
- UHC Navigate HMO
- UHC Navigate POS
- UHC Options PPO
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Locations & DirectionsThe Polyclinic Madison Center, 904 7th Ave, Seattle, WA
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