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Dr. Mary K Downs has the following 2 specialties
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.
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.
- Nerve Conduction Studies
- Neuromuscular Diseases
- Migraine Disorder
- Sleep Disorders
- Alzheimer's Disease
- Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
- Dementia Related Behavioral Disorders
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Dr. Mary Downs helped my brother tremendously! She suggested deep brain stimulation therapy for his dystonia. Not only did it help his movement disorder, it cut his pain level tremendously. We would never have known about this option if it had not been for her. Kudos and thanks from our whole family.
I went in to see her on a consultation. Her staff was fine, but when I saw her, she completed some standard tests. She recommended two expensive test for MS, even though she said by the scan, I do not have MS????? I brought my MRI and typed finding and she completely ignored the meningioma in my brain. I had to ask her about it, or otherwise she would not have brought it up. She was very complacent about saying that I might want to see a Neurosurgeon.
I have had several visits over the past year to adjust my medication for my headaches. Dr Downs is not the first neurologist I have seen, but she has been by far the most interested in finding just the right treatment that satisfies me. My headaches are better that they have been in years and my medications are for the most part not causing side effects. She is also interested in discussing things I can do for myself to help. She has answered many questions patiently. She has a good sense of humor. Her staff is nice and a person actually answers the phone when I call.
31 Years Experience
University Of Texas Medical Branch School Of Medicine
Graduated in 1987
University Of Texas Health System
Dr. Mary K Downs accepts the following insurance providers.
BCBS Blue Card
- BCBS Blue Card PPO
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- Premera LifeWise Connect
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Locations & DirectionsNeurological Consultants Of Alaska, 2741 Debarr Rd Ste 413, Anchorage, AK
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