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Our multiple sclerosis program is growing to help even more MS patients and families live quality lives.
Make an appointment today: call (614) 533.5500.
OhioHealth, we offer comprehensive assessment, diagnosis and treatment for
patients with multiple sclerosis (MS). We work closely with our patients and their families throughout the course of a patient's life to find the
right MS treatment and manage symptoms of this disease — so our patients can live the lives they want to
Our medical team has a breadth of neurologic expertise that
spans the wide spectrum of MS symptoms, from mild to complex. We know how to
recognize and address the many ways this disease expresses itself. Our
experience comes from years of treating high volumes of MS patients.
In 2015, our program is expanding to accommodate a growing need for more MS specialists.
Compassionate, Life-long Commitment
We work closely with patients and their families to help
them live quality lives with multiple sclerosis. We are committed to building long-term,
trusting relationships that MS patients can depend on every step of the way
through their medical care and multiple sclerosis treatment.
- From the beginning, we partner with you to help
you understand multiple sclerosis and your treatment options, as well as to
connect you to helpful resources.
- We provide medical expertise in a
multidisciplinary clinic setting for convenience and streamlined care.
- We see you on a routine basis to monitor
medications, MS symptoms and overall wellness in an ongoing engagement with your
- We listen with compassion to understand how the
disease is affecting your life and to fully understand your needs.
Finding the Right Medication for You
long ago, few medications existed to suppress the effects of MS. Today, there are
many options. When prescribing an MS medication, we explain:
this medication is best for you and not another
to be compliant in taking medication and the importance of being compliant
- Side effects and safety concerns to watch for
Meet Our Neurologists Specializing in Multiple Sclerosis
In 2015, we’re expanding our multiple sclerosis program to accommodate a growing need in the community for more MS specialists. Learn about our current MS medical team below.
Call (614) 533.5500 to schedule an appointment with an OhioHealth MS specialist today.
Aaron Boster, MD
Geoffrey Eubank, MD
Kenneth Mankowski, DO
Jacqueline Nicholas, MD
MS & Spasticity Neurologist
Colleen O’Connell, CNP
Certified Nurse Practitioner
Laura Popelar, RN, MS, CNRN, CNP, MSCN
Registered Nurse Practitioner
Our MS team of experts includes:
We work together to provide the best care for you.
Our MS neurologists coordinate with OhioHealth physicians in
other specialties who understand the needs of MS patients. They provide
referrals to these specialists to help with symptom management that may include
bladder control, cognitive
issues, depression, anxiety and other symptoms.
Our MS neurologists remain at the center of your care,
coordinating with everyone on your MS medical team and your primary care
Multiple Sclerosis Diagnosis
Our MS neurologists are experienced in distinguishing the
subtle symptoms of early onset multiple sclerosis from other, similar
conditions. A diagnostic meeting includes:
- A full physical exam, clinical evaluation and
review of symptoms
- Determination for testing, such as MRI and PET
scans, blood test (to rule out other conditions/causes) , spinal tap (lumbar
puncture) and evoked potential test
You’ll meet with a neurologist dedicated to the diagnosis
and treatment of MS. Tests will be conducted, depending on your symptoms and follow-up appointments will be scheduled.
Multiple Sclerosis Treatment
We develop an MS treatment plan designed to deliver the best
possible results for your individual condition and needs.
When you first meet with us, we’ll spend time with you to
explain the impact of the disease and the next steps.
We’ll provide a clear MS treatment plan and help you understand
you’re part of an expert medical system of care that’s committed to you in your
journey with this life-long disease.
Routine visits are an important part of each patient’s care
plan so we can monitor stability and disease progression. Some of what you can
- Blood work (if necessary)
- Strength and coordination tests
- Repeat MRI (if needed)
- 25-foot timed walk
- Medication review
- Prescription renewal
- And more
Keeping multiple sclerosis symptoms under control is an
ongoing priority in the treatment of MS and typically includes:
- Prescribing disease-modifying medication to
control progression of the disease
- Prescribing intravenous(IV) steroids for flare-ups to provide
- Managing symptoms that accompany multiple
sclerosis, either by medication, therapy or working with a specialist, or a
OhioHealth Clinic for Multiple Sclerosis Treatment
We spend time with our MS patients and families during clinic visits to understand
our patients' needs and proactively monitor and manage their symptoms. Our MS-dedicated center provides:
- An individualized treatment plan managed by an
MS-dedicated physician and MS-specialized nurses
- On-site infusion services for injectables
- On-site pain management
- On-site physical therapy with services such as
dedicated upper and lower extremity exercise programs, and gait and balance
- Complete on-site neuro-diagnostic lab work, including
evoked potential tests
- Access to MRI and PET scans
- Access to research trials
- Bladder and bone density screening
system of healthcare provides wide-ranging services beyond the clinic that are
helpful to MS patients in managing their lives. This includes:
We collaborate with the National MS Society. Contact the National MS
Society to explore local programs on education, healthy living and support:
1-800-344-4867. Additionally, you can browse brochures, books, videos and more online in the National MS Society Library.
Multiple Sclerosis Clinical Trials
Ongoing at OhioHealth
actively enrolls patients in Phase III and Phase IV clinical trials involving
drugs to control multiple sclerosis. Our Neurological Research Institute
typically participates in five or six ongoing research trials at any given
participated in research trials for Tecifidera™, an oral drug for MS treatment
currently being prescribed as first-line therapy for adults with relapsing
forms of MS. The drug was approved in 2013 by the U.S. Food and Drug
was the first to enroll patients in clinical trials for Laquinimod, an
investigational oral treatment for relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis.
OhioHealth is a chosen trial site among pharmaceutical
companies due to our high volume of MS patients. We work one-on-one with
patients interested in clinical trials, making careful matches based on trial
criteria and a person’s individual MS condition and needs.
For Physicians: When to Make a
Physicians who suspect multiple sclerosis in a patient or who are seeing a patient with an existing MS diagnosis may make a referral to our program. Specific circumstances that may also lead to a referral include the following:
- Patient displays symptoms that indicate a possible presence
of early onset multiple sclerosis and you want diagnostic evaluation and
- Symptoms in a patient can include but are not limited to:
numbness or weakness in one or more limbs; decreased coordination, tremor or
unsteady gait; tingling or pain; blurred or hazy vision, eye pain, or double
- Two presenting symptoms that can indicate MS include
opticneuritis and transverse myelitis.
- Patient is diagnosed with multiple sclerosis and needs
To make a referral to OhioHealth Multiple Sclerosis program, please
call (614) 533-5500.