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Kettering Brain & Spine

Kettering Brain & Spine has a single mission: deliver patients the latest advancements and a personalized approach focused on healing the whole patient—mind, body, and spirit. We understand that when facing treatment for a brain or spine condition, you want the best, so you are at the center of all we do.


Why Choose Kettering Brain & Spine

When you're looking for brain and spine care, look for the team that has you in mind. We combine the highest level of care with a patient-centered environment where your experience is entirely individualized. We are dedicated to enhancing peace of mind and empowering healing.

  • Innovative

    State-of-the-art technology, expertise in neuroscience, and compassion throughout the journey—these are the components of brain and spine care at Kettering Health Network. We consistently strive to place ourselves at the forefront of innovation, so you can always be confident about your care.

  • Top-tier specialists

    Thanks to our outstanding team of fellowship-trained specialists, we have the experience needed to provide the best care possible to all patients. Our team will address all your needs, so you can focus on your healing.

  • Setting the standard of excellence

    From the concierge who greets you at the elevator to the leading-edge technology and expertise used for diagnosis and treatment, we strive to make every part of your care journey excellent. As leaders in brain and spine treatment and advanced stroke care, we are at the forefront of quality neurological care.

  • Access and convenience

    Kettering Brain and Spine at the Pavilion offers outstanding neurology, neurosurgery, pain management, and other specialties in one place, so patients have only one office to go to for the course of their care. Throughout the Dayton region, you can access our world-class care where it is most convenient for you.


Brain & Spine Areas of Care

Kettering Brain & Spine has the experience to treat all patients with brain-related illnesses, injuries, diseases, or disorders, so you have access to the best right here in your community.

  • Brain Tumors

    A brain tumor is a mass of abnormal cells within the brain. Even if a brain tumor is benign, it can still be dangerous. It is important that all brain tumors be evaluated, and a treatment plan determined as soon as possible. We offer the Dayton region and all of southwestern Ohio the most advanced diagnostic, surgical, and therapeutic care for treating brain tumors all in one place. For additional support, we offer the only brain tumor support group in southwest Ohio.

  • Cognitive disorders

    If you or a family member are experiencing symptoms associated with a cognitive disorder, you aren't alone. A person with a cognitive disorder—anything that affects mental, learning, or memory abilities—may find it hard to communicate, solve problems, and make decisions. When such a disorder makes it impossible to function normally, treatment is required.

  • Epilepsy

    If you have epilepsy, chances are your goal is to overcome the challenges and anxiety associated with the condition. Our specialists are devoted to improving the quality of life for our seizure patients and their families.

  • Movement disorders

    Movement disorders, or disorders that cause too much or too little movement, can make it challenging to move with speed, smoothness, and ease. Our goal is to improve your quality of life through therapy, exercise, and medications to improve your ability to work, drive, or perform daily activities such as bathing and eating. Our neurologists are experienced in treating many movement disorders, from the most complex to the most common—including conditions such as Parkinson's disease, essential tremors, and dystonia.

  • Spine and back disorders

    If you have back pain, neck pain, or another spine condition, living your normal life can be difficult. Because every person's pain is different, we provide a patient-centered approach to care—where your physician and team are at your side, supporting you at every step.

  • Stroke

    When you're showing signs of a stroke, you need care fast. Kettering Health Network's 12 emergency centers are ready to provide immediate access to lifesaving stroke care from our expert Brain & Spine team. We use the latest computer-aided RAPID software to help choose the best course of action—which enables us to deliver lifesaving care quickly across the Dayton region.


Brain and Spine Symptoms

  • Brain tumor symptoms

    Most brain tumors appear in the upper part of the brain, the region that controls thought, emotion, reasoning, and language. These symptoms can occur due to pressure on the brain created by the tumor:

    • Headaches
    • Seizures
    • Nausea and vomiting

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  • Cognitive disorder symptoms

    Cognitive disorders impact people differently—there is no one path of disease progression. These signs of cognitive disorders are among the most common:

    • Confusion
    • Loss of memory (short-term or long-term)
    • Difficulty completing complex activities such as paying bills, prepping meals, etc.

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  • Epilepsy symptoms

    Cases of epilepsy can vary greatly from person to person, but some common symptoms include:

    • Temporary confusion
    • Uncontrollable jerking movements of the arms and legs
    • Staring off into space

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  • Movement disorder symptoms

    Many of these symptoms of movement disorders are common and can be reversed.

    • Muscle weakness
    • Muscle spasm
    • Twitching

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  • Spine (common problems)

    Our specialists treat a variety of spine conditions and complex diseases. Among the most common are:

    • Back pain
    • Scoliosis
    • Degenerative disc disease

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  • Stroke

    Be prepared for a stroke emergency. Knowing these stroke symptoms and warning signs means you can act FAST:

    • Face: Is one side of the face drooping or numb? Ask the person to smile. Is their smile uneven or lopsided?
    • Arm: Is one arm weak or numb? Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?
    • Speech: Is the speech slurred? Have them repeat a simple sentence like, "The sky is blue." Is the person able to correctly repeat the words?
    • Time: If someone shows any of these symptoms, it's time to call 911 to begin emergency care. It is important that you do not drive yourself or someone having these symptoms. Make a note of the time when symptoms began.

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Brain & Spine Diagnostics

To best understand how to treat your symptoms, our specialists may order a variety of tests to help determine your diagnosis. These diagnostic options may include:

  • Neurological evaluation: Your physician may use a variety of tests to assess your problem-solving, attention, memory, balance, reflexes, language, visual perception, and other areas to get an idea of your neurological function. If you have a cognitive disorder, this assessment will indicate that to your physician.

  • Neuroimaging: Imaging—such as X-ray, MRI, EEG, CT, and PET—allows your physician to get a better view of your brain and its functions to detect conditions such as tumors, epilepsy, stroke, or spine conditions.

  • Blood tests: Laboratory tests can be used to detect physical problems which may affect brain function. Your physician may also request that spinal fluid be tested for infection, inflammation, or markers of degenerative diseases.


Brain & Spine Treatments

Your care team will create a treatment plan based on your diagnosis and individual needs, so treatment will vary for each condition and could look different for each person. Some common treatment options include:

  • Surgery: Your surgeon may use one of these two state-of-the-art treatments to remove your brain tumor:

    • NeuroBlate® is a minimally invasive surgery that uses real-time MRI imaging to locate a tumor and destroy it through laser interstitial thermal therapy (LITT). It is typically used for hard-to-reach brain tumors where other treatments may not be an option.

    • Gamma knife® is a type of noninvasive radiosurgery to treat brain tumors. Surgery can also be used to treat epilepsy and many spine conditions.

  • Cognitive therapy: Occupational and physical therapists and speech language pathologists can all assist in regaining lost cognitive skills to help you be as functional as possible.

  • Medication: Medication can help manage or treat many brain- and spine-related conditions such as epilepsy, movement disorders, and stroke.

  • Support: Because we are dedicated to whole-person care, our Stroke Survivors Club and Southwest Ohio Brain Tumor Support Group help you treat the emotional side of a brain condition.


Meet Our Physicians

Our team has the experience to treat all patients with brain-related illnesses, injuries, diseases, or disorders. Our specialists answer the needs of each patient with breakthrough technology and compassionate understanding.

For all matters of the brain and spine, trust the experts at Kettering Health Network.


Meet Our Physicians


Location

3700 Southern Blvd
Suite #300
Kettering, OH 45429