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Patient-Centered Neurology in Bend, Oregon

Are you looking for guidance? Does your neurological condition leave you hoping for clarity and direction? You don’t need to go it alone. Let us guide you along the path towards a clearer future. From diagnosis to prognosis, we’ll walk at your pace. Through the mountain highs, valley lows, and unexpected curves that your condition presents, we’ll be with you every step of the way.

At Pacific Crest Neurology, you’ll receive straightforward communication from everyone you meet. Before you leave our office, we’ll explain your diagnosis, detail your treatment, and address your concerns so that you have a true understanding of your condition and the way forward to a better life.

Together, we’ll find a clear path forward.


Specializing in the medical evaluation, diagnosis and treatment of brain, spinal cord, nerve and muscle disorders.

What type of conditions do neurologists treat?

  • Conditions affecting the brain including stroke/TIA, migraine and tension headaches, Alzheimer’s and other dementias, Parkinson’s disease, epilepsy/seizure, multiple sclerosis, concussion, vertigo, and tremor.
  • Conditions affecting the spinal cord including transverse myelitis, spinal stenosis, and syringomyelia. Chronic neck and low back pain are usually cared for by physiatrists.
  • Conditions affecting peripheral nerves including carpal tunnel syndrome, sciatic neuropathy, Bell’s palsy, Lou Gehrig’s, Guillain-Barre’ syndrome, motor neuropathy (CIDP), sensory neuropathy, autonomic neuropathy, and myasthenia gravis.
  • Conditions affecting muscle including myopathy, myositis, and muscular dystrophy.

What type of tests do neurologists usually perform?

Testing begins with observations made by the neurologist during a detailed neurological examination. Testing may also include imaging such as MRI brain and spine, CT scan brain, carotid ultrasound, and laboratory testing. More unusual testing may include a spinal tap to evaluate spinal fluid. Specific electrodiagnostic testing includes EEG (electroencephalography), NCS (nerve conduction studies), EMG (electromyography), SSEP (somatosensory evoked potential), VER (visual evoked response), and BAER (brainstem auditory evoked response).

New Patients – What to Expect

Whatever diagnosis your symptoms and testing reveal, your doctor will provide a personalized plan to improve the quality of your everyday life. Here’s our process, and what you should expect as a new patient.

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This is the part of the process where we take the time to understand you and your unique neurologic situation, listen closely to your symptoms, and do a thorough neurological examination. Additional tests may be recommended to aid in diagnosis.


During this phase, we’ll identify the nature of your condition by considering all the information we have collected from your history, examination and test results.


We’ll help you understand your condition, answer any questions, and clearly communicate your path forward.


You’re not on this path alone. Your provider will recommend and guide ongoing treatment to help you improve your life quality immediately.

Diagnostic Procedures

Autonomic Testing

Autonomic nervous system (ANS) testing evaluates the physiologic responses to various activity and stress related stimuli and assesses the degree of proper function or in the case of various neurologic, endocrine, or cardiac diseases, the improper function of the ANS. The ANS controls several basic functions, including: heart rate, blood pressure, breathing, digestion, blood flow and temperature regulation. The ANS is made up of a central monitoring and control center in the brain as well as the peripheral nerve system that communicates the adjustments needed and provides feedback to the brain.

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EMG (electromyography) and NCV (nerve conduction velocity) studies are often done together.
During the NCV, electrodes are placed on the skin over a specific nerve or muscle. A mild, brief electrical stimulus is applied to the nerve, and the nerve and muscle response are measured. The speed at which nerves transmit electrical signals and how the muscle responds provides information about the health of the nerve and muscle.

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An electroencephalograph helps evaluate the electrical activity of the brain produced by brain cells. The EEG test is painless and harmless. The EEG machine records electrical signals coming from your brain, but it does not put any electricity into your brain or body. You may be advised to have an EEG if you have had symptoms which may be due to a seizure or there is concern about unusual confusion. An EEG test is useful in diagnosing conditions such as epilepsy.

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Our providers are here to help along your entire journey.
No matter the neurological condition you’re facing.
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Craigan Griffin, MD

Specializing in evaluation and treatment of a wide range of adult general neurological disorders, with additional training in Neur... Read more

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Francena Abendroth, MD

Provides general neurology care, with advanced training in Dementia and Geriatric Neurology, and a special interest in the evaluat... Read more

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Jeremiah Lanford, MD

Specializing in adult neurology care with subspecialty training in neurophysiology including EMG, EEG, and autonomic studies. Furt... Read more

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Mayra Dennis, FNP

Mayra graduated from Barry University in Florida in 1991. Her career included RN positions at University of Miami /Jackson,  Denv... Read more


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Pacific Crest Neurology

1303 NE Cushing Dr. Suite 100
Bend, Oregon 97701

Phone: 541.706.5770
Fax: 541.429.6669

Hours: Mon-Fri 8-5pm


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