Patient Centered Neurology at Mischer Neuroscience Associates
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Patient Centered Neurology at Mischer Neuroscience Associates

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General Information

Welcome to Patient Centered Neurology at Mischer Neuroscience Associates (MNA), where we are dedicated to the evaluation and management of a wide range of neurological conditions, including neurological diseases of immunologic origin, stroke, movement and neuromuscular disorders, migraine and other headache disorders, epilepsy, dementia including Alzheimer’s, sleep disorders and other brain disorders.

Thanks to the expertise of our fellowship-trained neurologists, Patient Centered Neurology at MNA brings world-class neurological care to the Memorial and West Houston areas.

Contact Us

Phone: (713) 333-6900
Fax: (713) 333-6919

Patient Portal

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Services

Our Services

Evaluation and Management of Neurological Diseases and Conditions/Diagnostic Testing

Patient Centered Neurology at MNA provides comprehensive diagnostic consultation services for a broad number of sleep-related and neurological conditions to our referring physicians, new patient evaluations for those without physician referrals and second opinion consultations. In addition, our expert team provides state-of-the-art electromyography and nerve conduction studies (EMG/NCV) in-office with the most advanced technology in a comfortable atmosphere.

EMG Nerve Conduction Studies

EMG nerve conduction studies are a diagnostic test performed by the physicians and staff for the purpose of investigating the function of the peripheral nervous system in patients suspected of having abnormal conditions of the nerve roots, nerves, muscles, or the neuromuscular junction. Because of the specialized nature of these tests, a physician referral is required.

EMG nerve conduction studies can detect or rule out disease or injury of the nerves such as neuropathy, carpal tunnel syndrome, cubital tunnel syndrome, peroneal neuropathy, and radial nerve palsy; disease or injury of the proximal nerves such as brachial plexopathy and lumbar plexopathy; disease of the muscles such as myopathy or myositis; disease of the neuromuscular junction such as myasthenia gravis and myasthenic syndrome; diseases of the motor nerve such as Lou Gehrig’s disease or ALS; and disease or injury of the nerve roots such as radiculopathy whether it is caused by spondylosis, degenerative disc disease or other causes. For information on scheduling or preparation for an EMG nerve conduction study,  please call (713) 333-6900 directly.

Therapeutic Services and Treatment Modalities

Our in-office infusion suite is staffed with specially trained infusion nurses who deliver the highest standard of care in a safe and comfortable environment, which includes well-padded reclining chairs, televisions and privacy drapes. Among the numerous immunomodulatory treatments offered are:

  • Glucocorticoids (steroids)
  • IVIG and chemotherapy for multiple sclerosis, CIDP, myasthenia gravis and a variety of other immune-based neurological diseases
  • IVDHE, IV Depacon and IV steroids for transformed and status migraine patients
  • Antibiotics

Schedule An Appointment

Your Appointment

You can schedule your appointment by calling (713) 333-6900, or online below:

 

Patient Resources

What to bring to your appointment

Please take a moment to consider what to bring to your appointment. We at Patient Centered Neurology want to spend your time and ours wisely and create a safe and effective healthcare experience for you. In order to accomplish this, we recommend that you bring these items with you to your appointment.

New patients:

1) Completed administrative forms. You can also fax these to us in advance at (713) 333-6919, email them to us at ebetancourt@patientcenteredneurology.com, or mail them to us at 915 Gessner Rd., Ste 750, Houston, TX 77024.

2) All medications you are currently taking or have recently taken including over the counter medications. A list is also helpful, however, we frequently find errors on these lists and therefore strongly recommend bringing both the list and the actual medicines in their bottles or packages.

3) Medical records relevant to your current appointment. If you have seen other healthcare providers in regards to the neurological problems that are bringing you to us, please make sure to bring the medical records from these encounters to us. This includes records from physicians, hospitals, imaging facilities, and others. Most of these healthcare providers would be happy to send these records to us on your behalf. Many of them will require a Medical Information Release Form to do so. We recommend you use our Medical Information Release Form to request your records to avoid confusion. You may find a link to the forms here. Complete this form and send it to the healthcare provider currently maintaining the record. Make sure to leave sufficient time to allow the processing of these records. You do NOT need to send a medical release of records to any Memorial Hermann hospital or St. Luke’s Patients Medical Center as Dr. Blum and Dr. Preston have direct access to these records.

4) Imaging. If you have had MRIs, CTs or X-rays that were done because of your neurological problems, please bring the CDs of the actual films. Yes, Dr. Blum and Dr. Preston need the report AND the CD! Bring these with you. If you had your imaging performed at a Memorial Hermann hospital or imaging facility, please notify the staff and they will arrange to have the images available to the doctors. You may call or send us a note via our Contact Form or via the Patient Portal to make these arrangements. If you had images performed at St. Luke’s Patients Medical Center, you don’t need to do anything. Dr. Blum and Dr. Preston have access to the films.

Established patients:

If you have already been seen here at Patient Centered Neurology, we recommend that you review the list above. If something has occurred to you and created new health problems, please bring any medical records and imaging that might be helpful for your appointment with us. See the paragraphs above for details. It is not necessary to fill out any more clinical or administrative forms. Please update your insurance and demographic information when you book your appointment online or if necessary, by phone. Always bring a complete medication list with you to every appointment.

Preparing for Your EMG Nerve Conduction Study

For referring physicians or patients with a physician referral, please call (713) 333-6900 directly to schedule an EMG nerve conduction study.

Most patients are referred for testing of their arms and/or legs, and if the physicians and staff can reach these areas easily, there will be no need to change into a gown. For your convenience and comfort, we ask that you wear shorts if you will need leg or back testing and wear short-sleeved or sleeveless shirts for arms or neck testing. On the day of the test, please be sure to shower or bathe thoroughly to reduce the risk of infection from the test. Do not apply lotion or creams to the areas to be tested other than required medical ointments.

Parking

Directions

Patient Centered Neurology map

Please use the map to find the best route to Patient Centered Neurology.

We are located in the Medical Plaza 3 Building of the Memorial City Memorial Hermann Hospital Campus. Once you arrive at Gessner road and the cross street to the hospital you will see the building just past the intersection. Immediately past the building is a driveway which leads to the closest parking garage – number 3. If you miss it, don’t panic, go on towards Kingsride lane and make a right. Another driveway is just ahead. Turn right and go on into parking garage 3. Park on the second floor or above for free. The first floor is $20!

If you need handicapped parking, it is located right in front of the building. Make a right at the hospital intersection. The parking will then be to your left just in front of the building.

If you need special assistance getting into the building, call (713) 242-2800. Security will assist you to and from your car. If you prefer a valet, it is available immediately in front of the hospital entrance.

View a campus map here.

Physicians

Philip Blum MDPhilip Blum, M.D., P.A., graduated summa cum laude from Johns Hopkins University in 1982 and Baylor College of Medicine in 1986. He completed his neurology specialty training at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. and Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Blum spent six months of his neurology residency training specifically in the technique of electromyography and nerve conduction studies. Post-residency, he did additional fellowship training in neuroimaging of the central nervous system (MRI, MRA, CT).

During and after undergraduate and graduate studies, Dr. Blum has remained involved in immunology, neurology, and neuromuscular specialty research studies and his subspecialty interests remain focused on neurological diseases of immunologic origin including those of the central and peripheral nervous system. He performs expert electromyography and nerve conduction studies and imaging review to complement his clinical practice.

Patients are frequently referred to Dr. Blum for consultation and treatment of uncommon neurological disorders within his specialty interests of immunology and neuromuscular disease including multiple sclerosis, peripheral neuropathy, CIDP and other inflammatory nerve diseases, myositis, myasthenia gravis, and entrapment neuropathy such as carpal tunnel syndrome. He also treats general neurological illnesses including dementia, epilepsy, movement disorders, and headache.

Since completing his medical training, Dr. Blum has practiced exclusively in Houston with offices in Pasadena and Pearland. In 2013, Dr. Blum moved his offices to Memorial City in west Houston. A unique training and perspective in immunology has allowed Dr. Blum to develop infusion services within his offices and offer treatment of immune-related neurological disease in a comfortable and friendly atmosphere under his direct supervision.

Dr. Blum strongly endorses ethical principles of medicine and actively practices patient and family centered care. Tests, treatments, and the overall goals of care are carefully planned in partnership with the patient and family. Dr. Blum is also active in the local health community. He has served on and chaired hospital committees on quality improvement, ethics, and information technologies.

 

Courtney Preston MDCourtney M. Preston, M.D., graduated from Baylor University and received her medical degree from The University of Texas Medical School (UTHealth) at Houston, where she also completed her neurology training and neurophysiology fellowship.

Dr. Preston has expertise in the performance and interpretation of electromyography. She specializes in neuromuscular disorders, including but not limited to neuropathy, myopathy, myasthenia gravis and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS).

She also has experience treating strokes, movement disorders, seizures and headaches. Her clinical interests include electromyography and nerve conduction studies, neuromuscular disorders, stroke, movement disorders, epilepsy and headaches.