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Schedule a consultation with a neurologist or neurosurgeon at the Advanced Brain and Spine Institute at Ascension Sacred Heart. Appointments are available.

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Brain and spine care in Northwest Florida

At the Advanced Brain and Spine Institute at Ascension Sacred Heart, our brain and spine surgeons and care team take the time to get to know you, your life and health history. By knowing you better, we'll work with you to create a care plan that is right for you. 

Our technology that helps neurosurgeons target very specific areas of the head and neck include:  

Hybrid operating room: The only hybrid operating room in Northwest Florida helps our care team diagnose and treat stroke and other neurological illness in a way that is personalized and minimally invasive.  

Gamma Knife: The only one of its kind in Northwest Florida, this outpatient procedure at Ascension Sacred Heart Gamma Knife Center may be an option instead of traditional brain surgery and whole brain radiation therapy. 

Biplane angiography: Maria Toledo, MD, is the only neurosurgeon in Northwest Florida to perform this procedure, which uses 3D imaging of the blood vessels in the head and neck to promote the most effective treatment possible. Learn more.

RAPID technology: Advanced imaging that quickly diagnoses strokes and improves outcomes.

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Compassionate care for complex conditions

Gus Perez, MD

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Gus Perez, MD

Pediatric Neurosurgery

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Nathan Kohler, MD

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Nathan Kohler, MD

Neurosurgery and Interventional Neuroradiology
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Meet the neurosurgeons at Ascension Sacred Heart

Brain and spine care is critical care, and we're here for you. Having your care at Ascension Sacred Heart means you're backed by a team of specialists, including one of the nation's few endovascular and cerebrovascular neurosurgeons, who come together to deliver the care that's right for you. Learn more about Ascension Medical Group Neurosurgery.

Christopher Villar, MD

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Christopher Villar, MD

Neurosurgery

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Ann Carr, MD

Neurosurgery

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Ann Carr, MD
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Maria Toledo, MD

Maria Toledo, MD

Neurosurgery

850-416-2250

At Ascension Sacred Heart, our multi-specialty care teams diagnose and care for a wide range of brain and spine conditions that affect adults and children. From pediatric neurosurgery to stroke care - we're here for you. Learn more about the Advanced Brain and Spine Institute at Ascension Sacred Heart. 

How to get a second opinion for brain and spine care

We understand that when you are told you need brain or spine surgery, there's a lot to think about. If you’re looking for a second opinion, Northwest Florida's leading brain and spine specialists at the Advanced Brain and Spine Institute are here for you.

We can help match you with the right brain and spine specialist.

Before your appointment, you should check with your insurance company to find out if a second opinion is covered or required.

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Brain and spine care at Ascension Sacred Heart
Learn more about our program and how we care for patients that need brain and spine care. 

The region's only comprehensive stroke center
In an emergency, especially a life-threatening one, every second matters. As the region's only comprehensive stroke center, Ascension Sacred Heart is ready to care for you and your family.

Comprehensive neurology care in Northwest Florida

Lawrence King, MD

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Lawrence King, MD

Neurology

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Sidney Mallenbaum, MD

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Sidney Mallenbaum, MD

Neurology

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Meet the neurologists at Ascension Sacred Heart

Brain and spine care is critical care, and we're here for you. When you choose Ascension Sacred heart, you're backed by our multidisciplinary team of specialists, including the area's only critical care neurologist, who come together who come together to deliver the care that's right for you.  Learn more about Ascension Medical Group Neurology.

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Terry Neill, MD

Terry Neill, MD

Neurology

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Brain and spine care

  • Memory disorders like dementia 
  • Headache
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Movement disorders like Parkinson's disease
  • Epilepsy and seizures
  • Back and neck pain
  • Complex spinal surgery and spinal deformity correction
  • Brain and spinal cord tumors
  • Ischemic and hemorrhagic stroke
  • Cerebral aneurysms and arteriovenous malformation
  • Trigeminal Neuralgia and Hemifacial spasm, including gamma knife
  • Compression neuropathies such as carpal tunnel syndrome and neuromuscular diseases

Specialized movement disorders clinic

Neurologist Deborah Boland, DO, specializes in the treatment of movement disorders such as tremors, Parkinson’s disease, Tourette syndrome, Huntington’s disease, Dystonia and Ataxia. Movement disorders may be caused by genetics, infections, metabolic disorders, stroke and vascular diseases, medicines, toxins, or damage to the brain, spinal cord, or peripheral nerves. Our care team works to identify the cause of your movement disorder and create a care plan that's right for you.

Benefits of a hybrid neurosurgeon
Learn about the benefits of having a hybrid neurosurgeon, one that can operate on the brain's vessels with regular surgical techniques and also minimally invasive ones, from Dr. Maria Toledo. 

Northwest Florida's only nationally ranked stroke center

Ascension Sacred Heart's Regional Stroke Center is the only care center in Northwest Florida designated as a Comprehensive Stroke Center by the Florida Agency for Healthcare Administration. Ascension Sacred Heart is also the only facility in Northwest Florida recognized as a national Comprehensive Stroke Center by DNV GL. This recognition is achieved by years of teamwork from the brain and spine care team and shows great commitment to helping patients in the area who have a stroke. 

Balancing care with caution

Compassionate care means safe care. At Ascension Sacred Heart, our commitment is to keeping you and your family safe while you’re receiving care in our ERs, hospitals, clinics and facilities. We have strict safety precautions in place — such as limiting visitors, staggering appointments, rearranging waiting rooms, making more online appointments available and performing rigorous procedures to clean and disinfect. Don’t delay getting the care you need at this time.  We are fully prepared for your safety when you're in our care.

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Deborah Boland, DO

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Deborah Boland, DO

Neurology and Movement Disorder Specialist
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Pediatric neurosurgery

Our nationally recognized neurosurgeon, Gus Perez, MD, has the specialized experience to care for the growing brains and nervous systems of children. And we have the only pediatric neurosurgery program in Northwest Florida. By working with pediatric radiologists, anesthesiologists, pharmacists and more at the Studer Family Children’s Hospital at Ascension Sacred Heart, we deliver compassionate, personalized care that helps children and parents feel at ease.

Frank Farokhi, MD

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Frank Farokhi, MD

Neurosurgery

850-416-2250

Dr. Maria Toledo's patient care philosophy
At Ascension Sacred Heart, you can expect a different kind of relationship with your doctor.