Dr. Amy Nielsen, DO

Dr. Amy Nielsen, DO

Neurology  |  
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Dr. Amy Nielsen, DO is a neurology doctor who practices in La Jolla, CA.

9850 Genesee Ave Ste 407

La Jolla, CA 92037

Contact Information

(760) 631-3000

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of California
  • Blue Shield of California
  • Cigna
  • Sharp Health Plan

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very high
more than 97% of peers
All Headaches (incl. Migraine)
very high
more than 92% of peers
more than 93% of peers

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  • Neurology

Board Certifications

  • Clinical Neurophysiology
    Accredited by: American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology*
  • Neurology
    Accredited by: American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology*

Conditions Treated

  • All Headaches (incl. Migraine)
  • Alzheimer's Disease
  • Aneurysm
  • Ataxia
  • Autoimmune Diseases
  • Brain Aneurysm
  • Brain Disorders
  • Brain and Nervous System Cancer (incl. Gliomas, Astrocytoma, Schwannoma, Medulloblastoma, Chordoma)
  • Cancer
  • Cerebral Artery Thrombosis
  • Cerebral Hemorrhage
  • Cerebrovascular Disease
  • Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS)
  • Concussion
  • Confusion
  • Dementia
  • Diabetic Polyneuropathy
  • Difficulty With Walking
  • Diplopia
  • Dystonia
  • Epilepsy
  • Essential Tremor
  • Gait Abnormality
  • Headache
  • Herniated Disc
  • Huntington's Disease
  • Inflammatory and Toxic Neuropathy
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Low Back Pain
  • Migraine
  • Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
  • Myoclonus
  • Nerve Root Injury and Plexus Disorders (incl. Pinched Nerve)
  • Optic Neuritis
  • Parkinson's Disease
  • Parkinsonism
  • Peripheral Nerve Disorders
  • Polyneuropathy
  • Post-Concussion Syndrome
  • Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Seizure Disorders
  • Sleep Apnea
  • Sleep Disorders
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spine Disorders
  • Stroke
  • Syncope
  • Thrombosis
  • Transient Ischemic Attack (TIA)
  • Tremor
  • Trigeminal Neuralgia
  • Vascular Disease
  • Vertigo


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  • EEG (Electroencephalogram)
  • Nerve Block, Somatic
  • Non-Cosmetic Chemodenervation

Background Check

0 Malpractice Claims

No malpractice history found for California.

0 Sanctions

No sanctions history found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.

0 Board Actions

No board actions found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.


  • Touro University College Of Osteopathic Medicine--New York
    Medical School | Graduated
  • Mayo Clinic Hospital
    Internship Hospital | Completed 2007
  • Mayo Clinic Hospital
    Residency Hospital | Completed 2010
  • Mayo Clinic Hospital
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed 2011

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications

Dr. Nielsen has no media or publications listed.

Languages Spoken

  • English

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

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Dr. Nielsen's Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Nielsen to family and friends
based on 18 total reviews (7 with comments)
Dr. Nielsen's Performance
  • Trustworthiness
  • Explains condition(s) well
  • Answers Questions
  • Time well spent
Office & Staff Performance
  • Scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Average wait time
    10 to 15 minutes
Patient Comments (7)
La Jolla CA |
Do not waste your time! Not only was she 1.5 hours late for appt. She rushed us, didn’t listen, was very uninterested in anything we were saying. Was not prepared for us. Read us results of a test we had done, told us it was negative. I had the report and said actually it wasn’t normal. She reread it and said... oh, yeah I guess not. Rushed us out & opened the door as we were still discussing personal medical issues which was now being done in front of entire waiting room. So unprofessional!!
Complete lack of compassion or bedside manner. Did not know key details of the medical history, misread the radiology report, had no awareness of well known clinical trial data for key issues in post stroke management. I typically don't like to give bad reviews but felt compelled to warn other patients on her lack of competence and lack of compassion.
in Vista,ca |
Dr Nielsen is best doctor I know ,she care for patient and help me a lot.Thank you .
San Diego, CA |
Took my mother to see her ONCE that was enough
in Oceanside, CA |
Have had 2 appointments for horrible migraines. Both time she was very curt, rushed and not terribly interested in me or my problem. No interest in trying to figure out what is causing the migraines nor in exploring alternative treatments such as accupuncture - just wanted to put me on a medication with HORRIBLE side effects even though I told her I am the type of person who WILL get all the nasty side effects & that I don't handle medications well.
in San Diego, CA |
Do NOT use this doctor. You will regret it if you do. I met with Dr Nielsen twice after I had a seizure. Both times she had not prepared for our meeting, rushed through my questions, and was obviously distracted. She was clearly not interested in me as a patient. An example: After she said my post-seizure tests were completely normal, I asked what she thought had been the cause of my seizure. Her response was: I have no idea. I allow everyone one seizure in their life. Ridiculous!
San Diego, CA |
She gave me a memory test and I had one incorrect answer which she stated I should have known. I probably should have known it, however, I thought, being a doctor, she should have known' not to be so rude as to bring that to my attention. I think my normal Doctor probably could have given me the same basic tests that she gave me.
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Dr. Nielsen accepts 6 insurance carriers
  • Aetna
    Aetna HMO
    Basic HMO
    Choice Plus POS II
    Vitalidad Plus California Con Aetna
  • 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
    Select Plus HMO
  • Blue Shield of California
    Access Plus Savenet
    Local Access Plus HMO
  • Cigna
    Cigna HMO
    Cigna PPO
    Open Access Plus
  • Sharp Health Plan
    Gold Value

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Hospitals where Dr. Nielsen has admitting privileges

Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas
354 Santa Fe Dr
Encinitas, CA 92024
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Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla
9888 Genesee Ave
La Jolla, CA 92037
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