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Epilepsy

Expert management of patients with all types of epilepsy The MetroHealth Hospital System Epilepsy program provides the MetroHealth community with specialized multidisciplinary, interprofessional epilepsy care.

The program offers:

  • Expert management of patients with all types of epilepsy
  • Access to the newest anti-seizure medications
  • Specialized pregnancy and epilepsy clinic
  • Pathway to surgical evaluation
  • Neurostimulation programing of the Responsive Neurostimulation System (RNS), Deep Brain Stimulator (DBS), and Vagal Nerve Stimulator (VNS)
  • Access to social work and mental health resources for patients with epilepsy
  • Collaboration with the Epilepsy Association and Empowering Epilepsy and help navigating the associated resources
  • Support staff to enable timely response to patient concerns
  • Multiple clinic locations for expanded access

Call 216-778-3958 for an appointment.

 

Epilepsy Team-Based Care

In order to improve access to high-quality specialized epilepsy care, our practice uses a team-based care model with both an epilepsy specialist physician and two nurse practitioners.

When patients come to the appointments, they will be seen by either the nurse practitioner or physician, who will work collaboratively to manage the patient’s condition. By utilizing team-based care with a joint physician and nurse practitioner provider model, we can offer timely appointments for all patients. 

 

Leadership 

Danielle A. Becker, MDDanielle Becker, MD, MS is the Medical Director of Epilepsy and joined MetroHealth in 2020.  She completed two years of neurophysiology/epilepsy fellowships - first at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, second at the NYU Medical Center. She is boarded in both neurology and epilepsy. She served as the Director of the Neurostimulation Program for Surgical Management at the University of Pennsylvania, as well as the Director of Epilepsy Education.

She was also the Associate Program Director of the Neurology Residency and the Neurology Medical Student Clerkship, as well as the Assistant Director of the Epilepsy Fellowship. Dr. Becker left her position at the University of Pennsylvania to become the Director of Epilepsy at the MetroHealth System. 

Dr. Becker manages a wide variety of patients with epilepsy in the inpatient and outpatient settings providing needed expertise to the MetroHealth community.

She is well-versed with anti-seizure medication management as well as surgical evaluation and management. She has an additional interest in epilepsy in women and started a specialty pregnancy clinic for patients who are pregnant with epilepsy or those planning pregnancy. 

 

Epilepsy Team-Based Care

Neurology Clinic in the MetroHealth Rehabilitation PavilionIn order to improve access to high-quality specialized epilepsy care, our practice uses a team-based care model with both an epilepsy specialist physician and two nurse practitioners.

When patients come to the appointments, they will be seen by either the nurse practitioner or physician, who will work collaboratively to manage the patient’s condition. By utilizing team-based care with a joint physician and nurse practitioner provider model, we can offer timely appointments for all patients. 

Sarah Demko, APRN-CNP has been with MetroHealth since 2018. She received her BSN and MSN from Kent State University, and holds her national certification with the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. She is a member of both the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) and also the American Epilepsy Society (AES). A major focus of her clinic practice is managing the care of patients with epilepsy.

She has been trained in the management and programming of the vagus nerve neurostimulation device for patients with refractory epilepsy. Sarah also has clinical interest in the treatment of migraines with botox and holds specific clinics to help migraine sufferers. 

Virginia Edwards, APRN-CNP holds a Master's Degree in Nursing from the Francis Payne Bolton School of Nursing at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio and is a board-certified Family Nurse Practitioner with many years of experience helping neurology patients achieve a state of health and independence. She has a special interest in working with people with epilepsy and seizure disorders.

Virginia has provided care to patients at MetroHealth since 2004 when she began as a registered nurse in the Neurosurgical and Spine Intensive Care Unit.  Virginia joined the neurology team as an Advanced Practice Nurse in 2007.  Virginia believes that enhanced communication and interdisciplinary collaboration are paramount in delivering quality care.

 

Get Involved

 Empowering Epilepsy logo

Empowering Epilepsy is a nonprofit organization that provides a variety of free, monthly age-based support groups, resources, and free or low-cost family-friendly events for people living with epilepsy in Northeast Ohio. 

Join us to: 

  • Meet others who understand epilepsy
  • Learn strategies to better manage your seizures
  • Discover ways to take charge of your life while living with seizures
  • Make friends

The organization was created by people in Cleveland, Ohio directly affected by epilepsy.

Our goal is to create a caring community that allows people with epilepsy and their families to find active ways to manage their seizures and take charge of their lives. 

Visit Empoweringepilepsy.org to learn more about:

  • Educational sessions
  • Social events
  • Virtual monthly Age Based Support Groups
  • Yoga classes

Contact Information Leigh Goldie, M.Ed., Executive Director at [email protected] or 440-248-6158 or visit empoweringepilepsy.org

 

The Epilepsy Association is based in Cleveland, OH, and assists adults, children and families dealing with the challenges of epilepsy since 1953.

The Epilepsy Association is a local, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, based in Cleveland, OH, that assists adults, children and families dealing with the challenges of epilepsy since 1953.

The Epilepsy Association offers a wide range of services, including adult mental health case management, individualized support for children & families to increase quality of life, and community education to promote awareness.

Professionally trained staff are skilled in epilepsy and mental health management and recognize the unique needs of individuals living with epilepsy. The agency provides epilepsy specific community-based services in Northeast Ohio. The Epilepsy Association is nationally accredited and incorporates evidence based practices into programming.

Contact Nicole Richter at 216-579-1330, extension 17 or at www.epilepsyinfo.org.

 

Our Doctors/Medical Providers

Agnieszka A. Ardelt, MD, Ph.D

Agnieszka A. Ardelt, MD, Ph.D

Department Chair of Neurology

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Danielle A. Becker, MD

Danielle A. Becker, MD

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Daniel T. Benson, MD

Daniel T. Benson, MD

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Theodore T. Bowen, MD

Theodore T. Bowen, MD

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