Dr. Donald Schmechel, MD


Neurology | Male

Southeastern Neuro/Memry Clin 146 N Hospital Dr Ste 500 West Columbia, SC 29169 Get Directions
Dr. Donald Schmechel, MD
Dr. Donald Schmechel, MD is a neurology doctor who practices in West Columbia, SC. He is 69 years old and has been practicing for 43 years. Dr. Schmechel is affiliated with Palmetto Health - Palmetto Health Richland and Lexington Medical Center.

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Patient Comments (6)
in Gilbert, SC |
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!
Columbia |
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.
in Chapin, SC |
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!
Lexington, SC |
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.
Irmo, SC |
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
in Columbia, SC |
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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  •  Specializes in Neurology
  •  Board certified in Neurology
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  • Neurology

Conditions Treated

  • All Headaches (incl. Migraine)
  • Alzheimer's Disease
  • Aneurysm
  • Anterior Horn Disease
  • Ataxia
  • Autoimmune Diseases
  • Autonomic Disorders
  • Bell's Palsy
  • Brachial Plexus Palsy
  • Brain Aneurysm
  • Brain Disorders
  • Brain and Nervous System Cancer (incl. Gliomas, Astrocytoma, Schwannoma, Medulloblastoma, Chordoma)
  • Cancer
  • Carpal Tunnel 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
  • Epilepsy
  • Essential Tremor
  • Gait Abnormality
  • Headache
  • Herniated Disc
  • Hydrocephalus
  • Idiopathic Intracranial Hypertension
  • Inflammatory and Toxic Neuropathy
  • Insomnia
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Low Back Pain
  • Lyme Disease
  • Meningiomas
  • Menstrual Migraine
  • Migraine
  • Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
  • Myasthenia Gravis
  • Myelopathy
  • Myoclonus
  • Narcolepsy and Cataplexy
  • Nerve Sheath Tumors
  • Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus
  • Optic Neuritis
  • Parkinson's Disease
  • Parkinsonism
  • Peripheral Autonomic Neuropathy
  • Peripheral Nerve Disorders
  • Polyneuropathy
  • Polyneuropathy Due to Alcohol and Drugs
  • Post-Concussion Syndrome
  • Post-Laminectomy Syndrome
  • Postherpetic Neuralgia
  • Progressive Supranuclear Palsy (PSP)
  • Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Rasmussen's Syndrome
  • Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy
  • Restless Leg Syndrome
  • Seizure Disorders
  • Sleep Apnea
  • Sleep Disorders
  • Sleep-Walking
  • Spina Bifida
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spine Disorders
  • 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
  • Vertigo
  • Visual Field Defects


  • Medical School
    Harvard Med Sch

    Graduated in 1974

Languages Spoken

  • English

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  • Neurology

Procedures Performed

  • EEG (Electroencephalogram)
  • EMG (Electromyography)