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CONTRIBUTED CONTENT — As part of its expanding specialty care platform, Vista Healthcare provides world-class neurology services to Southern Utah patients living with a wide range of neurological conditions.
Vista Healthcare Neurology is led by Dr. Bob Niemann, a practicing neurologist since 1982 and a believer in the importance of patient-physician relationships.
“We are a patient-focused practice,” he said. “Word of mouth is what makes a practice. If someone likes you and likes what you do, they will tell others.
Neurology encompasses the treatment and management of disorders of the brain and nervous system. To Vista Healthcare NeurologyNiemann and his support staff treat a wide range of conditions, including epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia.
These conditions often overlap with Vista Healthcare’s rheumatology services as well as the conditions treated by the group’s pain physicians. Niemann said he frequently collaborates with colleagues from other specialties to care for patients as efficiently as possible.
Additionally, Niemann treats patients with neurological damage as a result of traumatic brain injury or stroke. Stroke is the third leading cause of death and the leading cause of disability among adults in the United States. He sees many patients with various forms of neuropathy, which he says is to be expected given Southern Utah’s large retirement age population.
Vista Healthcare also treats the full spectrum of headache disorders, including migraines. Headaches are a Niemann specialty for reasons close to his heart.
“I’ve had migraines all my life and it runs in my family, so I sympathize with people who have them,” he said. “People who haven’t experienced it don’t realize how debilitating it can be.”
Niemann spent his entire medical career in Texas before moving to southern Utah to join Vista Healthcare Neurology. He attended medical school and completed his neurology residency at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, followed by an internal medicine residency at Baylor Scott & White Medical Center in Temple, Texas. He is certified by the American Board of Neurology.
Niemann said he was drawn to Vista Healthcare because its model of care allows him to spend more hours with patients and fewer hours doing paperwork. And for the first time in his decades-long career, he will focus primarily on providing outpatient services.
Like most areas of medicine, neurology is constantly evolving. For example, Niemann said more migraine treatments and more MS drugs are available to patients today than ever before. New breakthroughs in genetics are revealing previously unknown associations between diseases.
“Good judgment comes from experience, and experience comes from mistakes,” he said. “You learn from the past and keep improving.”
Niemann witnessed the use in neurology of some of the earliest CT scanners, now a common diagnostic tool, early in his career. Despite rapid advances in technology, he said much of neurology is still physically based. Emphasizing patient care as a core value of his practice, he strives to respect each patient’s trust and communicate clearly.
“The old adage says if you listen long enough, the patient will tell you what’s wrong with them,” he added. “I try to listen.”
To schedule an appointment with Niemann, contact Vista Healthcare Neurology at 435-619-8632.
Vista Healthcare offers an exciting new vision of medical care in Southern Utah. Besides neurology, available specialties include endocrinology, rheumatology, pain management, spine care, physiotherapy, chiropractic care, primary care, and sports medicine. Services are located at Vista Medical Center, located at 2891 E. Mall Drive in St. George.
Vista Healthcare recognizes the needs of a growing community and understands that many patients currently face extended wait times to see specialists to help manage their medical care. The group seeks to provide better access to specialty care resources for patients in Southern Utah and surrounding areas.
If you need specialty care including a neurologist, endocrinologist, rheumatologist, pain therapy, spine care, physiotherapy, chiropractic care, primary care, or sports medicine, call Vista Healthcare today at 435-215-0257 or visit their website.
Written by ALEXA MORGAN for St. George News.
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