Dr. Donald Schmechel, MD

Neurology •  Male • Age 72
  
Dr. Schmechel

Falls Neurology and Memory Center

4335 HICKORY BLVD Granite Falls, NC 28630

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(828) 396-7550

Dr. Donald Schmechel, MD is a Neurology Specialist in Granite Falls, NC. Dr. Schmechel has more experience with Headache, Neurocritical Care, and Epilepsy than other specialists in his area. He is affiliated with medical facilities Lexington Medical Center and Palmetto Health - Palmetto Health Richland. He is not accepting new patients. Be sure to call ahead with Dr. Schmechel to book an appointment.


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(828) 396-7550

Dr. Schmechel accepts the following insurance:

Aetna
Aetna HMO
Choice Plus POS II
Anthem
National (BlueCard) PPO
Blue Cross Blue Shield
Blue Card PPO
CareFirst Blue Cross Blue Shield
HealthyBlue 2.0
HealthyBlue Advantage
Cigna
Cigna HMO
Cigna PPO
Open Access Plus
First Health (Coventry Health Care)
First Health (Coventry Health Care) PPO
Humana
Choice Care PPO
MultiPlan
MultiPlan PPO
PHCS Network PPO

Background Check

No malpractice claims found for North Carolina
No disciplinary actions found for the years we collect data
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Practice Areas

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.

Typically treats 100% more than their peers

Based on claims data for 3 conditions and procedures

TreatmentsTreatment Frequency
All Headaches (incl. Migraine)
very high
very high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Schmechel treats All Headaches (incl. Migraine) more than 100% of their peers

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

Headache
very high
very high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Schmechel treats Headache more than 100% of their peers

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

Migraine
very high
very high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Schmechel treats Migraine more than 100% of their peers

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

Neurocritical Care

Neurocritical care specialists diagnose and treat severe and life-threatening neurological conditions such as stroke, spinal cord injury, brain tumor, and traumatic brain injuryCompare with other Neurocritical Care specialists.

Typically treats 92% more than their peers

Based on claims data for 5 conditions and procedures

TreatmentsTreatment Frequency
Cranial Trauma
very high
very high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Schmechel treats Cranial Trauma more than 99% of their peers

Dr. Schmechel treats this condition more than 99% of their peers

Traumatic Brain Injury
very high
very high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Schmechel treats Traumatic Brain Injury more than 98% of their peers

Dr. Schmechel treats this condition more than 98% of their peers

Stroke
very high
very high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Schmechel treats Stroke more than 96% of their peers

Dr. Schmechel treats this condition more than 96% of their peers

Epilepsy

Epilepsy specialists diagnose and treat spectrum of brain disorders that cause seizures due to an interruption of normal nerve activity in the brain.Compare with other Epilepsy specialists.

Typically treats 81% more than their peers

Based on claims data for 3 conditions and procedures

TreatmentsTreatment Frequency
Seizure Disorders
very high
very high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Schmechel treats Seizure Disorders more than 90% of their peers

Dr. Schmechel treats this condition more than 90% of their peers

Epilepsy
high
high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Schmechel treats Epilepsy more than 86% of their peers

Dr. Schmechel treats this condition more than 86% of their peers

EEG (Electroencephalogram)
normal
normal

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Schmechel performs EEG (Electroencephalogram) more than 67% of their peers

Dr. Schmechel performs this procedure more than 67% of their peers

Neurodegenerative Disorders

Neurodegenerative disorders specialists diagnose and treat diseases, such as Parkinson's disease, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), Lewy body disease, and Huntington's disease, that break down motor neurons, resulting in debiliating and life-threatening symptoms.Compare with other Neurodegenerative Disorders specialists.

Typically treats 76% more than their peers

Based on claims data for 5 conditions and procedures

TreatmentsTreatment Frequency
Dementia
very high
very high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Schmechel treats Dementia more than 99% of their peers

Dr. Schmechel treats this condition more than 99% of their peers

Parkinson's Disease
very high
very high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Schmechel treats Parkinson's Disease more than 98% of their peers

Dr. Schmechel treats this condition more than 98% of their peers

Alzheimer's Disease
very high
very high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Schmechel treats Alzheimer's Disease more than 95% of their peers

Dr. Schmechel treats this condition more than 95% of their peers

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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
  • 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
  • Parkinson's Disease
  • Parkinsonism
  • Peripheral Autonomic Neuropathy
  • Peripheral Nerve Disorders
  • Polymyositis
  • 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)
  • 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

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Dr. Schmechel's Reviews

Likelihood to recommend Dr. Schmechel

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Jun 06, 2019
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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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Amanda Bridges in Columbia, SC – Jul 06, 2018
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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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Nov 23, 2017
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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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Nancy in Florence, SC – Oct 11, 2017
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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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Jennifer Padgett in Swansea, SC – Aug 24, 2017
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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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Brittney Corder in Gilbert, SC – Jun 29, 2017
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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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Columbia – Jun 01, 2017
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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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Elizabeth Boly in Chapin, SC – May 05, 2017
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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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Lexington, SC – May 01, 2017
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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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Irmo, SC – Feb 14, 2017
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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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Neveragain in Columbia, SC – Apr 21, 2016
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Biography

Dr. Donald Schmechel, MD is a Neurology Specialist in Granite Falls, NC. Dr. Schmechel has more experience with Headache, Neurocritical Care, and Epilepsy than other specialists in his area. He is affiliated with medical facilities Lexington Medica...

Specialties

  • Neurology

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  • Does Dr. Schmechel communicate via email?

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  • Does Dr. Schmechel offer telehealth services or virtual visits?

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  • Does Dr. Schmechel offer an online patient portal?

    No, 1 user indicated that they do not offer an online patient portal

  • Does Dr. Schmechel have free onsite parking?

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  • Does Dr. Schmechel offer weekend visits?

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  • Does Dr. Schmechel offer evening visits?

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Locations

Falls Neurology and Memory Center

Falls Neurology and Memory Center4335 HICKORY BLVD Granite Falls, NC 28630
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Se Neurology and Memory Clinic

Se Neurology and Memory Clinic146 N Hospital Dr Ste 500 West Columbia, SC 29169
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Lexington Medical Center

West Columbia, SC

78% Patient experience rating, 9% higher than the national average

  • Outstanding Patient Experience Award™ (2020)
  • Patient Safety Excellence Award™ (2018)

Palmetto Health - Palmetto Health Richland

Columbia, SC

72% Patient experience rating, 3% higher than the national average