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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.

find a doctorview our locationsAt 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 live.

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 care.
  • 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

Not that long ago, few medications existed to suppress the effects of MS. Today, there are many options. When prescribing an MS medication, we explain:

  • Why this medication is best for you and not another
  • Why it’s safe
  • How 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

Aaron Boster, MD
MS Neurologist
Geoffrey Eubank, MD

Geoffrey Eubank, MD
MS Neurologist
Ken Mankowski, DO

Kenneth Mankowski, DO
MS Neurologist
Jacqueline Nicholas

Jacqueline Nicholas, MD 
MS & Spasticity Neurologist
Colleen O'Connell

Colleen O’Connell, CNP
Certified Nurse Practitioner
Laura Popelar, RN, MS, CNRN, CNP, MSCN

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 physician.

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 expect includes:

  • 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 quick recovery
  • Managing symptoms that accompany multiple sclerosis, either by medication, therapy or working with a specialist, or a combination thereof

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 Foundation 
The Multiple Sclerosis Foundation provides support and programs for MS patients.

Hear OhioHealth MS neurologist, Aaron Boster, MD, talk about the importance of setting goals for MS treatment and hear questions from other people affected by MS in this “Ask a Neurologist” teleconference.

Multiple Sclerosis Symptoms

Multiple sclerosis (MS) symptoms vary between individuals. For some, MS symptoms will appear, go away and then return after a period of time. For others, the symptoms become increasingly worse. Additionally, MS symptoms are mild for some, and complicated for others.

Common early multiple sclerosis symptoms include:

  • Fatigue
  • Numbness or tingling
  • Weakness
  • Dizziness or vertigo
  • Spasticity (muscle stiffness or spasms)
  • Walking difficulties and lack of coordination
  • Vision problems

 

Multiple Sclerosis Care Videos

New Treatment for MS 

OhioHealth brings new MS fighting drug to central Ohio

A local man is the first person in Ohio to use a new treatment for Multiple Sclerosis.


Multiple Sclerosis Clinical Trials Ongoing at OhioHealth

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 time.

  • OhioHealth 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 Administration.
  • OhioHealth 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 Referral

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 testing.
  • 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 vision.
  • Two presenting symptoms that can indicate MS include opticneuritis and transverse myelitis.
  • Patient is diagnosed with multiple sclerosis and needs multidisciplinary care

To make a referral to OhioHealth Multiple Sclerosis program, please call (614) 533.5500.

For MS clinicians interested in learning about the latest information and resources in MS patient care, visit MS-Leaders.org™. This is an education resource that provides a variety of engaging and clinically relevant educational content including CME initiatives, and programs such as the recently launched program “So Many Options, So Little Time: Clinical Considerations to Assess MS Therapies”.

Neuroscience Center Michael J. Fox