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Community Physicians’ Group Montana Neurobehavioral Specialists

Neurological conditions are far from rare. There are more than 600 of them, ranging from simple balance disorders or headaches to complex diseases like multiple sclerosis and Parkinson disease. These conditions are so varied because your nervous system, which includes your brain, spinal cord and nerves, plays a part in nearly every function of your body.

If you’re diagnosed with a neurological problem, your first reaction may be anxiety or worry. But it’s important to know that excellent treatments are available, and some conditions can be quickly resolved. Even with more difficult disorders, the symptoms can often be delayed, improved or even eliminated.

The professionals at Community Physician Group (CPG) Montana Neurobehavioral Specialists use the latest techniques to diagnose and treat these illnesses. We also specialize in treating behavioral conditions that can occur by themselves or along with neurological illnesses.

Some of the conditions we treat include:

Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias
Multiple sclerosis
Stroke
Parkinson disease and other movement disorders
Seizure disorders
ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease)
Injuries to the brain or spinal cord
Muscle diseases such as muscular dystrophy
Vertigo
Migraine and other headache disorders

Pinched nerves
Neuropathy
Brain tumors
Infections such as meningitis
Anxiety disorders
Developmental disorders
Learning disorders
ADHD
Autism
Mood disorders
Memory problems

Our providers and staff design individualized treatment plans for each patient. Whether that includes medications, counseling or other therapies, we always make sure you and your family understand every aspect of your care.  You are the most important member of your care team.

Expert staff

Each member of the staff at CPG Montana Neurobehavioral Specialists has extensive training and experience in his or her specialty area. But they don’t stop there. In addition to caring for patients, our doctors have teaching and research positions that keep them at the leading edge of neuroscience.  That sets them apart from other practicing neurologists in the Rocky Mountain West and ensures patients that they will get the most advanced care.

Our staff includes:

John D. Schaeffer, DO

A native of southern California, Dr. Schaeffer earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in chemical engineering from the University of California Los Angeles.  He attended medical school at the University of Osteopathic Medicine and Health Sciences in Iowa, and completed his neurology residency at Hahnemann University in Philadelphia. He is board certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. After practicing in Las Vegas, Nevada he and his family relocated to Missoula in 2006.

Dr. Schaeffer’s professional time is divided among patient care, clinical research and teaching.  He is a clinical associate professor in the Department of Neurology at the University of Washington School of Medicine, and teaches University of Montana medical students in Missoula through the WWAMI program. His clinical research involves multiple sclerosis, dementia, migraine, peripheral neuropathy and Parkinson disease.

Sherry Reid, MD

Originally from Illinois, Dr. Sherry Reid completed medical school at the University of Illinois in 1995. She trained at Indiana University Medical Center where she completed her neurology residency and EMG Fellowship in 2000.  She is board certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.

Dr. Reid has been an examiner for the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology Oral Board Examination.  As a clinical instructor in the Department of Neurology at the University of Washington School of Medicine, she teaches students at the University of Montana through the WWAMI program. She is also a faculty affiliate at the Department of Biomedical and Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of Montana, where she participates in clinical research.

Dr. Reid practices general neurology with a special interest in multiple sclerosis, Parkinson disease, traumatic brain injury and Alzheimer’s dementia.

Robert Velin, Ph.D.

Dr. Velin received his bachelor’s, master’s and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Montana. He completed his internship at the University of California, San Diego and a post-doctoral fellowship in neuropsychology in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD).  He served on faculty at UCSD, where worked with some of the best and brightest neuropsychologists in the nation. He later returned to his hometown, Missoula.

As a neuropsychologist, Dr. Velin focuses his practice primarily on the evaluation of how a patient’s thinking and behavior are affected by a neurological condition. He is especially interested in memory disorders in adults, processing disorders affecting school-aged children, and cognitive re-training. Dr. Velin specializes in using neurofeedback, a treatment that is often sought by parents who prefer a non-medication treatment for a child with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

Dr. Velin has received several awards, including the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) At-Large Award for his work with children with special needs.

Madelyn Boyle, PA-C

Originally from Colorado, Madelyn Boyle received her B.S. in athletic training from the University of Montana where she worked with all the Griz athletic programs. She became interested in medicine and neurology while practicing as an athletic trainer at a Colorado high school, where she treated many athletes with concussions and head injuries. She returned to school and received her M.S. in Physician Assistant Studies from A.T. Still University-Arizona School of Health Sciences in Mesa, Arizona.

Boyle currently administers the Concussion Clinic at CPG Montana Neurobehavioral Specialists.

Mendy Bucy, MSW, LCSW

Bucy received her bachelor’s degree in psychology and sociology from the University of Montana and her master’s degree of social work from Washington University in St. Louis.  After several years providing intensive therapeutic interventions to children and families in the St. Louis area, Mendy returned to Montana and is the clinical director for neuropsychology and associated programs at Montana Neurobehavioral Specialists.  Her main areas of focus include diagnostic evaluations, clinical interventions with patients and families, program development and implementation, and service coordination.

Collaborative care

While each of our staff members has a unique background, the benefits of their skills are multiplied when they work together. Our patients benefit from true multidisciplinary care, with specialists who share their experience and knowledge to design the best possible treatment plans.

We also work closely with pain specialist, including the experts at the Advanced Pain and Spine Institute to treat our patients who need pain relief. If you need physical therapy, we collaborate on your care with the providers at the Rehabilitation Institute of Montana. We also keep your primary care physician informed about your progress.

Keeping you healthy

The more you know about your health the more likely you are to stay well. Our staff works to empower the community by sharing health information and advice. For example, Dr. Schaeffer and Dr. Reid speak frequently to local groups about various neurological conditions. They also lecture on neuroscience topics at the University of Montana.

We also help the community through our:
Concussion Clinic. Concussions among athletes have been in the news, and these patients are now more likely to get the care they need. Dr. Schaeffer helped develop guidelines for the local school district that make it mandatory for any student suspected of having a concussion to see a medical provider. Concussions can also happen to non-athletes—a bump to the head can cause one, and so can whiplash-type movements that jerk your head back and forth. You don’t have to lose consciousness to have a concussion—watch for symptoms such as headache, confusion, blurred vision, nausea, memory problems or trouble sleeping.  You can learn more about concussion symptoms at http://www.cdc.gov/concussion/signs_symptoms.html.

If you or someone you know may have a concussion, call the Concussion Clinic at 1-855-377-3853. We set aside time every week day for these patients at CPG Montana Neurobehavioral Specialists, in Building One at the Community Medical Center campus.

• Alzheimer’s disease website. As many as 5 million people in the U.S. have Alzheimer’s disease, and that number is likely to rise as our population ages. We created www.mindmattersmd.com, where you can learn about current research into this disease, along with symptoms, treatments and possible prevention strategies. You’ll also find advice on the difficult task of caregiving.

Contact us

If your doctor thinks you should see a specialist for a neurologic condition, ask for a referral to CPG Montana Neurobehavioral Specialists. You or your doctor can contact us at 327-3853 for an appointment with Dr. Schaeffer or Dr. Reid. For an appointment with Dr. Velin, call 543-9700. We are located in Building One, Suite 317, on the Community Medical Center campus.