Epilepsy Clinics

Epilepsy clinics are facilitated by neurologists, epileptologists, Residents, and Physician Assistants. Other members of your team may include Medical Assistants, Nurses, and Licensed Clinical Social Workers.

Epilepsy Clinic Nurse Line: 303-602-6194

Personalized Care Plan: Whether you are coming to our epilepsy clinic for a first-time seizure or a follow-up visit, you will meet with a provider who takes multiple factors into account when creating your unique care plan. We treat patients with dignity, empower independence, and foster patient involvement in decisions about their care and goals.

Diagnosis: The doctor will ask about your symptoms and past health. A physical exam will be done. Brain activity may be tested. This can be done with an electroencephalogram (EEG). Images of the brain may be taken with an MRI scan or CT scan.

Treatment in Clinic:

  1. Anti-seizure Medications: Medication is the most common treatment method for epilepsy and controls seizures in approximately 70% of adults. Medications are not a cure for epilepsy but can stop seizures from happening by changing the levels of chemicals in your brain.
  2. Neuromodulation: Patients with a DBS, RNS, or VNS will have coordinated clinic visits arranged by the Epilepsy Coordinator or Neurology Clinic Nurse. If you have one of these devices and need to be seen by an epileptologist, please call 303-602-4368.
  3. Resective/ablative surgery. For patients with Drug Resistent Epilepsy, following surgical evaluation, this may be the best option for them to provide the best outcome and could potentially be curative. You will be seen in clinic regularly during the surgical evaluation to discuss the testing results and plans. Following surgery, you will continue to be seen in clinic by one of our epilepsy specialists.

Specialty Clinics

  1. Women and Epilepsy: There are many unique challenges faced by women who experience seizures. Dr. Archana Shrestha is our Epilepsy Director and specializes in treating women who have been diagnosed with epilepsy. Some of these facets of care may include birth control, planning a healthy pregnancy, menopause, genetic counseling, catamenial epilepsy, and bone density health.
  2. Transition of Care: Our Transition of Care clinic is a planned and coordinated movement from pediatrics to a patient-centered adult care setting. Our goal is to educate the patient and family so they will know when to seek appropriate care and understand the diagnosis. During this transition, resources can be provided to empower independence for young adults.
  3. Non-Epileptic Seizures: A non-epileptic seizure (NES) is similar in appearance to an epileptic seizure but is not accompanied by excessive electrical activity in the brain. Often this is diagnosed during an EMU stay with video EEG. Patients are then referred to the NES clinic at UCH for specialized treatment.