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Dr. Donald Schmechel, MD

Neurology ·  Male · Age 71

Dr. Schmechel

Southeastern Neuro/Memry Clin

146 N Hospital Dr Ste 500 West Columbia, SC 29169

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Dr. Donald Schmechel, MD is a neurology specialist in West Columbia, SC and has been practicing for 45 years. He graduated from Harvard Medical School in 1974 and specializes in neurology.


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(803) 256-0464

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Dr. Schmechel's Top Procedures and Conditions

Treatment Frequency
Confusion
very high
very high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Schmechel treats Confusion more than 100% of his peers

Dr. Schmechel treats this condition more than 100% of his peers

Restless Leg Syndrome
very high
very high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Schmechel treats Restless Leg Syndrome more than 100% of his peers

Dr. Schmechel treats this condition more than 100% of his peers

Rating Includes other areas of care:

  • Primary Restless Leg Syndrome
  • Secondary Restless Leg Syndrome
Polyneuropathy
very high
very high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Schmechel treats Polyneuropathy more than 100% of his peers

Dr. Schmechel treats this condition more than 100% of his peers

Rating Includes other areas of care:

  • Acute Inflammatory Demyelinating Polyradiculoneuropathy
  • Alcoholic Polyneuropathy
  • Carcinomatous Polyneuropathy
  • Chronic Demyelinating Neuropathy With IgM Monoclonal Gammapathy
  • Chronic Inflammatory Demyelinating Polyneuropathy
  • Chronic Inflammatory Demyelinating Polyradiculoneuropathy
  • Demyelinating Polyneuropathy
  • Diabetic Polyneuropathy
  • Polyradiculoneuropathy
  • Toxic Polyneuropathy Due to Acrylamide

Dr. Schmechel's conditions and procedures:

  • All Headaches (incl. Migraine)
  • Alzheimer's Disease
  • Aneurysm
  • Anterior Horn Disease
  • Ataxia
  • Autoimmune Diseases
  • Autonomic Disorders
  • Bell's Palsy
  • Brachial Plexus Palsy
  • Brain and Nervous System Cancer (incl. Gliomas, Astrocytoma, Schwannoma, Medulloblastoma, Chordoma)
  • Brain Aneurysm
  • Brain Disorders
  • Cancer
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Cauda Equina Syndrome
  • Cerebral Artery Thrombosis
  • Cerebral Hemorrhage
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Cerebrovascular Disease
  • Chiari's Deformity
  • Chorea (Excluding Huntington's Chorea)
  • Chronic Inflammatory Demyelinating Polyneuritis
  • Chronic Pain
  • Cluster Headache
  • Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS)
  • Concussion
  • Confusion
  • Corticobasal Degeneration
  • Cranial Trauma
  • Dementia
  • Diabetic Polyneuropathy
  • Difficulty With Walking
  • Diplopia
  • Dystonia
  • EEG (Electroencephalogram)
  • Epilepsy
  • Essential Tremor
  • Gait Abnormality
  • Headache
  • Herniated Disc
  • Hydrocephalus
  • Idiopathic Intracranial Hypertension
  • Inflammatory and Toxic Neuropathy
  • Insomnia
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Lambert-Eaton Syndrome
  • Low Back Pain
  • Lyme Disease
  • Meningiomas
  • Menstrual Migraine
  • Migraine
  • Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
  • Myasthenia Gravis
  • Myelopathy
  • Myoclonus
  • Narcolepsy and Cataplexy
  • Nerve Root Injury and Plexus Disorders (incl. Pinched Nerve)
  • Nerve Sheath Tumors
  • Non-Cosmetic Chemodenervation
  • Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus
  • Optic Neuritis
  • Parkinsonism
  • Parkinson's Disease
  • Peripheral Autonomic Neuropathy
  • Peripheral Nerve Disorders
  • Polymyositis
  • Polyneuropathy
  • Polyneuropathy Due to Alcohol and Drugs
  • Post-Concussion Syndrome
  • Postherpetic Neuralgia
  • Post-Laminectomy Syndrome
  • Progressive Supranuclear Palsy (PSP)
  • Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy
  • Restless Leg Syndrome
  • Seizure Disorders
  • Sleep Apnea
  • Sleep Disorders
  • Sleep-Related Leg Cramp
  • Sleep-Walking
  • Spina Bifida
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spine Disorders
  • Stiff-Man Syndrome
  • Stroke
  • Subarachnoid Hemorrhage
  • Subdural Hemorrhage
  • Syncope
  • Temporal Arteritis
  • Tension Headache
  • Thrombosis
  • Tic Disorders
  • Torticollis
  • Tourette's Syndrome
  • Transient Ischemic Attack (TIA)
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Tremor
  • Trigeminal Neuralgia
  • Vascular Disease
  • Vasculitis
  • Vertebral Column Tumors
  • Vertigo
  • Visual Field Defects

About Me

Biography

Dr. Donald Schmechel, MD is a neurology specialist in West Columbia, SC and has been practicing for 45 years. He graduated from Harvard Medical School in 1974 and specializes in neurology.

Specialties

  • Neurology

Board Certifications

Education

1974
Harvard Medical School
Medical School
1974

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Dr. Schmechel's Reviews

Likelihood to recommend Dr. Schmechel

4.1

Based on 28 reviews

5 Stars
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4 Stars
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2 Stars
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1 Star
17.857142857142858%
(5)

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Very professional, knowledgeable, and personable
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He was very helpful when he met with my sister and myself today and he was very professional and knowledgeable!
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I have been seeing Dr. Schmechel since 2009. I have long list of autoimmune party goers and he always takes the time to listen and help in every way possible. Even asking about my husband who has a bad heart condition. He not only treats you but your family too. I drive 3 and a half hours to see him. The drive and office wait is worth it.
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Dr. Schmechel is a fine doctor.He really is a caring doctor and takes up time you are a person and he listens.to you and is truly interested.
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He is the most amazing doctor! very considerate and kind and actually cared about my health! I would highly recommend him to anyone! He was the 4th doctor that I have seen and I walked away feeling like I had answers! Thank you so much!
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Dr. Schmechel is the absolute BEST doctor around! The ONLY one who actually SITS and LISTENS to what is going on with his patients! He is extremely knowledgeable and ultimately wants what is best for his patients. I'm so blessed to have him as my Neurologist!
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He was wonderful when he first opened his practice here. I saw him his first day. As time went on he was in the office fewer days 5 days a week now maybe 3 days if you're lucky. It takes forever to get a appointment. If you're in trouble and call forget having the phone answered by a person. Sure leave a message but 2 1/2 weeks for a return phone call. Only to be told they only do routine care for nuero problems?! They're too busy! Prescription refills- good luck! I moved to Duke.
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I Love this man!! I wish every doctor I went to see were as thorough as he. He asks all the right questions, finds the answers, and gets you on the road to recovery! He's The Best!
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My very first appt I waited 1 hour & 45 mins before I ever saw Dr. Schmechel. I understand I may have to wait a while in a doctor's office - but that long?!? Of course I was annoyed. The first thing he said to me when he came in was "Wow, someone has no patience today". Whatever. They told me to call back to schedule an MRI before my scheduled EEG. Well guess what. After a month of calling 6 voicemais, I still haven't been called back about an MRI. Finding a new DR today! Don't waste your time.
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You expect a doctor that has 26 vials of blood taken from you to have something to say to you, sick, bedridden, in pain, days reversed sleeping days & awake nights, plagued my daily migraines, breathing problems in humid, rainy days. Dr. Schmechel does nothing! Test says patient has thick blood but refuses to help. No Migraine meds. 3 months, 3 visits, nothing but high fees. Unbelievable. Not surprising though if you read last years State News paper article about the law suit about Lex Med Ctr
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I WOULD NOT recommend this office. My insurance was billed (refused) for a test not authorized or done. The test was not even the reason for visit. Very slow about sending notes to my primary care doctor. Now when I attempted to call about appointment all I got was voice mail. Had to call office manager to get any response. Won't go back, will find new doctor.
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