Dr. Abigail Lawler, MD

Dr. Abigail Lawler, MD

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Dr. Abigail Lawler, MD is a Neurology Specialist in Carlsbad, CA. Dr. Lawler has more experience with Headache than other specialists in her area. She is affiliated with medical facilities such as Palomar Medical Center Poway and Palomar Medical Center Downtown Escondido. She is accepting new patients and has indicated that she accepts telehealth appointments. Be sure to call ahead with Dr. Lawler to book an appointment.

Locations

The Neurology Center

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(858) 437-9976
The Neurology Center6010 Hidden Valley Rd Ste 200 Carlsbad, CA 92011
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Practice

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(858) 437-9976
Escondido Office1955 Citracado Pkwy Ste 102 Escondido, CA 92029
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    • Mon: 8:00am - 5:00pm
    • Tue: 8:00am - 5:00pm
    • Wed: 8:00am - 5:00pm
    • Thu: 8:00am - 5:00pm
    • Fri: 8:00am - 5:00pm
    • Sat: closed
    • Sun: closed
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  • Explains Conditions Well Patients said this doctor explains conditions well. See reviews
  • Offers Telehealth This provider offers telehealth appointments. Call the office to schedule an appointment.
  • Practices at Top Hospital America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Stroke Care Award™ See hospitals

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Dr. Lawler's Reviews

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3.2

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Most of you are unaware that I survived a stroke on June 20th, 2020, my second stroke. The first was in 2004. As a result, I was hospitalized overnight. My doctor referred me to a neurologist days later. It took this long to get an appointment, a neurologist, not in person to observe and perform tests if I had any deficiencies, it was a telemed appointment. Rediculous!. During this telemed visit, she suggested that perhaps, how could she be sure, that an imbalance with my electrolytes was the root cause. She she to schedule a 6 month follow up ut she would order lab tests prior. I'm not a doctor and want to know what caused my stroke to prevent a future stroke. I received a call stating she was on maternity leave and I need to reschedule my appointment for this month. Waited months to begin with, a telemed, no less, now this and no labs have been ordered nor in my chart that they needed to be ordered for my 6 month follow up. Then they t
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No results
What could be improved
  • Difficult to schedule appointment
  • Staff wasn't friendly
  • Long wait times
  • Didn't trust the provider's decisions
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Mar 31, 2021
This is not about me, but my mother of 92 years who is now deceased. My stepfather, age 90 was doctor shopping to find a Neurologist that would "cure" her dementia. She prescribed the rivastigmine patch, which was administered by my stepfather. He would forget to take off the old patch and put on the new, which would overdose her on the drug and make her horribly sick. What doctor relies on a 90 year old to administer drugs to another elderly person? Not good judgement on Dr. Lawler's part. She DID NOT want to meet with me or discuss this issue. I informed her nurse of this issue!
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No results
What could be improved
  • Didn't trust the provider's decisions
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Valerie Acciani – Nov 17, 2020
I brought my mother to Dr Lawler for treatment of her Parkinson's. I have never in my life met a more compassionate, caring physician. Dr Lawler answered all of our questions, and gave us a very detailed plan of action to reduce her very severe symptoms. We have seen her several times in the last 6 months, and each time, she is thorough and compassionate. I wish every Parkinsons's patient can see her - she is truly one in a million!
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
7 people found this helpful
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Jan 18, 2020
Dr. Abigail Lawler is an angel. She has so much love and compassion for her patients. My mother has been getting more and more stable under her care. She listens to the family and wants them involved. She is kind and considerate and willing to try different treatments to help achieve optimal results. Anyone would be extremely lucky to have her as their Neurologist. I think she is probably just about the best there is. If I could give her 10 stars I would, but 5 is the highest we are allowed to give.
What went well
  • Office environment
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
  • Difficult to schedule appointment
  • Staff wasn't friendly
9 people found this helpful
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Jonathan Dockery – Jan 17, 2020
STRONGEST RECOMMENDATION! Unlike most providers I’ve seen, Dr. Lawler patiently listened and provided easy to understand direction. Dr. Lawler was respectful and empathetic throughout. She was familiar with my medical history and took time to carefully explain complicated terms and procedures. VERY KNOWLEDGEABLE.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
10 people found this helpful
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Dec 03, 2019
My husband has been going to Dr. Lawler for Parkinson's. We have not been happy with her since day one. Most recently, she cancelled a prescription but never sent a new prescription to our pharmacy. I did a reorder and it didn't come through so i called my pharmacy and they told me, Dr. Lawler had the prescription which we were not made aware of. I called the Neurology center and they reordered the cancelled prescription, but it has now been three days that my husband has gone without his medication because the pharmacy was out of stock on the prescription. Plus, 30 days previous to his appointment, he had lost his oldest son, and she showed no empathy towards him regarding his sons death just pushed forward asking him questions that could have waited for another time.
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Frequently Treated by Dr. Lawler

Based on treatment records, we have identified the following as areas of care that Dr. Lawler treats more often than their peers. If you are unsure whether Dr. Lawler treats other conditions, please contact the office at .

Headache

Headache is a common symptom that can sometimes signal a more serious condition, such as migraine, high blood pressure, or cerebral hemorrhage.Compare with other Headache specialists.

Dr. Lawler is experienced in the area of Headache. See the graph below to learn more about her experience.

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Migraine
All Headaches (incl. Migraine)
Headache
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High
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Dr. Lawler's conditions and procedures:

  • All Headaches (incl. Migraine)
  • Alzheimer's Disease
  • Aneurysm
  • Anosmia
  • Ataxia
  • Bell's Palsy
  • Brain Aneurysm
  • Brainstem Auditory Evoked Response Test
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Cerebral Artery Thrombosis
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Cerebrovascular Disease
  • Chorea (Excluding Huntington's Chorea)
  • Chronic Pain
  • Cognitive Function Testing
  • Compound Muscle Action Potential (CMAP) Scan
  • Concussion
  • Cranial Trauma
  • Deep Brain Stimulation Evaluation
  • Dementia
  • Dementia Evaluation
  • Dementia or Depression Screening
  • Diabetic Polyneuropathy
  • Difficulty With Walking
  • Dystonia
  • Epilepsy
  • Essential Tremor
  • Evaluation and Treatment of Sleep Disorders
  • Evaluation for Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery
  • Evoked Potential Test
  • Functional Movement Screening
  • Gait Abnormality
  • Grip and-or Muscle Group Pull Test
  • Head CT Scan
  • Headache
  • Herniated Disc
  • Home Sleep Study
  • ImPACT Testing
  • Inflammatory and Toxic Neuropathy
  • Insomnia
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Loss of Taste
  • Low Back Pain
  • Memory Evaluation
  • Migraine
  • Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
  • Myelopathy
  • Myoclonus
  • Nerve Block, Somatic
  • Nerve Root Injury and Plexus Disorders (incl. Pinched Nerve)
  • Non-Cosmetic Chemodenervation
  • Parkinson's Disease
  • Parkinsonism
  • Peripheral Nerve Disorders
  • Peripheral Neuropathy Testing
  • Polyneuropathy
  • Post-Concussion Syndrome
  • Pseudobulbar Affect 
  • Quantitative Sensory Test (QST)
  • Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Restless Leg Syndrome
  • Seizure Disorders
  • Sleep Apnea
  • Sleep-Related Leg Cramp
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Stiff-Man Syndrome
  • Stroke
  • Subarachnoid Hemorrhage
  • Sudoscan
  • Syncope
  • TCD Bubble Test
  • Tension Headache
  • Tic Disorders
  • Transient Ischemic Attack (TIA)
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Tremor
  • Trigeminal Neuralgia
  • Vertigo
  • Visual Field Defects
  • Vitamin B Deficiency
  • Wada Test
  • Wernicke-Korsakoff Syndrome

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Dr. Lawler accepts the following insurance:

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Basic HMO
Choice Plus POS II
Anthem
Advantage-CA HMO
Advantage-CA PPO
Balanced (Prudent Buyer)-CA PPO
Blue Cross (CACare) - Individual-CA HMO
Blue Cross (CACare) - Large Group-CA HMO
Blue Cross (CACare) - Small Group-CA HMO
Blue Cross (Prudent Buyer) - Individual-CA PPO
Blue Cross (Prudent Buyer) - Large Group-CA PPO
Blue Cross (Prudent Buyer) - Small Group-CA PPO
Blue Cross (Prudent Buyer) - Student Health-CA PPO
Blue Cross-CA HMO-POS
Bronze (Prudent Buyer PPO/ Small Grp)-CA PPO
Bronze EPO (Prudent Buyer / Small Grp)-CA PPO
Bronze EPO (Prudent Buyer EPO/ Small Grp)-CA
Bronze w/ H.S.A (Prudent Buyer PPO/Small Grp)-CA PPO
Dignity Health Custom Advantage-CA HMO
Dignity Health EPO / PPO-CA
Dignity Health PHC EPO & HDP/HSA-CA
Dignity Health Ventura EPO/PPO-CA
EPO-CA
Gold (CaliforniaCare HMO/ Small Grp) HMO
Gold (Prudent Buyer PPO/ Small Grp)-CA PPO
Gold Advantage-CA PPO
Gold EPO (Prudent Buyer / Small Grp)-CA PPO
Gold EPO (Prudent Buyer EPO/ Small Grp)-CA
Gold Priority Select-CA HMO
Gold Select (Select / Small Grp)-CA HMO
Lumenos Plans-CA PPO
Major Risk Medical Insurance Program (MRMIP) - Prudent Buyer-CA PPO
MemorialCare Custom-CA PPO
National (BlueCard Basic) PPO
National (BlueCard) PPO
PERS Choice / PERSCare Providers-CA PPO
PERS Select-CA HMO
PERS Traditional-CA HMO
Platinum (CaliforniaCare HMO/ Small Grp) HMO
Platinum (Prudent Buyer PPO/ Small Grp)-CA PPO
Platinum Priority Select-CA HMO
Platinum Select (Select / Small Grp)-CA HMO
Priority Select-CA HMO
Select Plus-CA HMO
Select-CA HMO
Silver (CaliforniaCare HMO/ Small Grp) HMO
Silver (Prudent Buyer PPO/ Small Grp)-CA PPO
Silver Advantage-CA PPO
Silver EPO (Prudent Buyer EPO/ Small Grp)-CA
Silver EPO w/ H.S.A (Prudent Buyer/Small Grp)-CA PPO
Silver Priority Select-CA HMO
Silver Select (Select / Small Grp)-CA HMO
Silver w/ H.S.A (Prudent Buyer PPO/Small Grp)-CA PPO
Traditional
Traditional PPO
UC Care-CA PPO
UC CORE-CA PPO
UC Health Savings Plan-CA
UC High Option Supplement to Medicare-CA
UC Medicare with Prescription Drugs-CA PPO
UC Medicare without Prescription Drugs-CA PPO
UC Resident and Fellows-CA PPO
UCSHIP-CA PPO
USC Plan (Two Tiered Network)-CA HMO
Blue Cross Blue Shield
Blue Card PPO
Blue Cross Blue Shield of California
Advantage Preferred DirectAccess Plus PPO
Blue Cross Blue Shield of California PPO
Priority Select HMO
Blue Shield of California
Access Plus Savenet
Local Access Plus HMO
CareFirst Blue Cross Blue Shield
HealthyBlue 2.0
HealthyBlue Advantage
Cigna
Cigna HMO
Cigna PPO
LocalPlus
Open Access Plus
First Health (Coventry Health Care)
First Health (Coventry Health Care) PPO
MultiPlan
MultiPlan PPO
Sharp Health Plan
Gold Value

About Me

Biography

Dr. Abigail Lawler, MD is a Neurology Specialist in Carlsbad, CA. Dr. Lawler has more experience with Headache than other specialists in her area. She...Read more

Specialties

  • Neurology

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Frequently Asked Questions

How can I make an appointment with Dr. Abigail Lawler, MD?

Click here to schedule an appointment online. New patients can also call (858) 437-9976.

Does Dr. Abigail Lawler, MD offer telehealth services?

Dr. Lawler has indicated that they offer telehealth. Contact the office to check for eligibility for your needs.

Is Dr. Abigail Lawler, MD accepting new patients?

Dr. Abigail Lawler, MD generally accepts new patients on Healthgrades. You can see Dr. Lawler's profile to make an appointment.

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What are Dr. Abigail Lawler, MD's top areas of care?

Dr. Lawler frequently treats Headache. See all practice areas where Dr. Lawler specializes.

Where is Dr. Abigail Lawler, MD's office located?

Dr. Lawler's office is located at 6010 Hidden Valley Rd Ste 200, Carlsbad, CA 92011. Find other locations and directions on Healthgrades.

Affiliated Hospitals

Dr. Lawler is affiliated with the following hospitals. Select a hospital below to learn more.

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Palomar Medical Center Poway

Poway, CA

66% Patient Experience Rating, 3% lower than the national average

1 Award Received

Palomar Medical Center Downtown Escondido

Escondido, CA

17 Awards Received

Award Highlight: Stroke Care Excellence Award™ (2021)

Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas

Encinitas, CA

73% Patient Experience Rating, 4% higher than the national average

17 Awards Received

Award Highlight: Stroke Care Excellence Award™ (2021)

Tri-city Medical Center

Oceanside, CA

67% Patient Experience Rating, 2% lower than the national average

1 Award Received