Dr. Edmund J. Messina, MD

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Neurology | Male

Michigan Headache and Neurology Clinic 1675 Watertower Pl Ste 600, East Lansing, MI 48823 Get Directions
(517) 324-3445

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Care Philosophy

We believe that a team approach, using physicians, nurse practitioners, registered nurses, medical assistants and good support staff are the best way to deliver compassionate and competent care. In addition, the philosophy of our practice is to look not only at the headache or neurological problems but also to look at the associated issues relating to anxiety, depression, sleep disorders and other problems which might interfere with a successful treatment plan. Neurological disorders rarely exist by themselves. They are commonly worsened by other problems and we try to combine incorporate our treatment plan with other approaches in order to minimize the total number of medicines the patient is taking. Medication is not the only way we treat headache and other neurological disorders; we commonly refer patients for counseling, physical therapy and other services. We spent a lot of time teaching patients about lifestyle management, sleep hygiene, stress management and specific exercises.Read more

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"I was born and raised in metropolitan New York, earned a bachelors degree in Biology and then lived in France...Read more

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  • Spends appropriate amount of time with patients
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  • Total wait time (waiting & exam rooms)
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Dr. Edmund J. Messina, MD says

Patient satisfaction surveys are helpful when they reflect good healthcare experiences, and can be damaging when they are bitter. Certain patients may be disappointed by physicians who refuse to prescribe large amounts of painkillers and sometimes this translates into low satisfaction from the patient's perspective... this may lead to destructive comments. Patient satisfaction surveys are only useful when they are truthful. 

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Specialties

  • Neurology
  • Adolescent Neurology
  • Adult Neurology
  • Headache Medicine

Board Certifications

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  • Neurology

Conditions Treated

Dr. Messina says..

Dr. Messina has treated headache and other painful neurological disorders since 1981, in addition to a wide range of general neurological disorders including epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, neuropathy, stroke and other difficult to diagnose neurological problems. He is a strong advocate of looking at the WHOLE patient to make an accurate diagnosis.

He is an active member of the American Academy of Neurology and is certified in Neurology as well as Headache Medicine.

He is the author of numerous publications relating to neurology, including numerous physician training programs.

He is a strong patient advocate, frequently giving talks for patient education. He made the award-winning Public Television documentary "Life and Migraine" (2006), appeared on the TV show, Mystery Diagnosis, "The Headache Which Would Not Go Away") and he wrote, produced and directed the award-winning dramatic film "Lily's Mom" which was also nominated for the Hollywood Voice Award in 2012, dealing with abuse.

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  • All Headaches (incl. Migraine)
  • Ataxia
  • Autoimmune Diseases
  • Brain Disorders
  • Cerebrovascular Disease
  • Chronic Neck Pain
  • Cluster Headache
  • Concussion
  • Diabetic Polyneuropathy
  • Diplopia
  • Dystonia
  • Epilepsy
  • Essential Tremor
  • Gait Abnormality
  • Headache
  • Idiopathic Intracranial Hypertension
  • Insomnia
  • Low Back Pain
  • Menstrual Migraine
  • Migraine
  • Migraine, Hormone-Induced
  • Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
  • Myelopathy
  • Narcolepsy and Cataplexy
  • Parkinson's Disease
  • Peripheral Nerve Disorders
  • Polyneuropathy
  • Polyneuropathy Due to Alcohol and Drugs
  • Post-Concussion Syndrome
  • Restless Leg Syndrome
  • Seizure Disorders
  • Sleep Disorders
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spine Disorders
  • Stroke
  • Tension Headache
  • Thrombosis
  • Tremor
  • Trigeminal Neuralgia
  • Vascular Disease
  • Vertigo

Procedures Performed

Dr. Messina says..

We provide Botox injections for patients with Chronic Migraine who have not responded to other treatments and who meet our strict criteria.

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  • Nerve Block, Somatic
  • Non-Cosmetic Chemodenervation
  • Peripheral Nerve Block

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    Sanctions

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    Board Actions

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Education

  • Medical School
    University Of Illinois College Of Medicine Chicago

    Graduated in 1977

  • Internship Hospital
    Michael Reese Hospital and Medical Center

    Completed in 1978

  • Residency Hospital
    Barnes Hosp-Wash U Med

    Completed in 1981

Awards & Recognition

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    • Healthgrades Honor Roll
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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • French

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  • Specializes in Neurology
  • Board certified in Neurology
  • Malpractice claims in Michigan not available
  • No sanctions found
  • No board actions found
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Dr. Messina's Office & Staff

Ease of scheduling urgent appointments
Office environment, cleanliness, comfort, etc.
Staff friendliness and courteousness
Total wait time (waiting & exam rooms)
10 – 15 minutes

Experience with Dr. Messina

Level of trust in provider's decisions
How well provider explains medical condition(s)
How well provider listens and answers questions
Spends appropriate amount of time with patients
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Dr. Messina says...

"I was born and raised in metropolitan New York, earned a bachelors degree in Biology and then lived in France for a number of years where I taught and directed small independent films. Upon return to the US, I worked on a PhD in molecular biology and then attended medical school at the University of Illinois in Chicago, did my residency in Neurology at Washington University at Barnes Hospital where I served as Chief Resident for 2 years.I recently wrote the book, The Spattered White Coat about my experiences as a medical student and intern in Chicago.

Upon completion of my training, my wife Jayne (an RN) and I started our practice in Muskegon and later moved our clinic to Ann Arbor where I worked out of St. Joseph Mercy Hospital, eventually moving to the Lansing area in the late 80's where we have remained since then. We have no intentions or plans to retire for a long time to come.

Over the years, we have done many interesting things, including starting the Sleep Center in Muskegon, the Greater Muskegon Epilepsy Society, the dementia screening program and other programs before moving to the mid-state area. We developed one of the first electronic medical records in the 1980s, which we continue to expand and we have patented a computer language used in expert systems, which we currently used for patient history taking.  We produced the award winning Life and Migraine documentary for PBS, appeared in an episode of Mystery Diagnosis (Discovery Health) and produced and directed the award winning feature drama, Lily's Mom, dealing with abuse and self-advocacy of the individual. Jayne and I founded Arbor Medicus, a global medical community for physician education and for patients to help themselves, a work in progress.

Jayne and I enjoy working with our patients, especially our long-term chronic patients who are like old friends. Our office staff has been with us for many years and we were fortunate to add a new Physician Assistant to our staff in August 2016.

We provide a style of care which is very personalized, quite unlike the corporate models of care which are arising everywhere. I believe that the gratification we get from interpersonal relationships is much more important than business growth, so we remain small and very efficient. Nevertheless, we serve patients throughout Michigan, neighboring states and Canada.

Within Michigan we provide telemedicine service to established patients, using encrypted video."

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Dr. Messina's Care Philosophy

We believe that a team approach, using physicians, nurse practitioners, registered nurses, medical assistants and good support staff are the best way to deliver compassionate and competent care.

In addition, the philosophy of our practice is to look not only at the headache or neurological problems but also to look at the associated issues relating to anxiety, depression, sleep disorders and other problems which might interfere with a successful treatment plan.

Neurological disorders rarely exist by themselves. They are commonly worsened by other problems and we try to combine incorporate our treatment plan with other approaches in order to minimize the total number of medicines the patient is taking.

Medication is not the only way we treat headache and other neurological disorders; we commonly refer patients for counseling, physical therapy and other services. We spent a lot of time teaching patients about lifestyle management, sleep hygiene, stress management and specific exercises.

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Dr. Messina says...

Dr. Messina has treated headache and other painful neurological disorders since 1981, in addition to a wide range of general neurological disorders including epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, neuropathy, stroke and other difficult to diagnose neurological problems. He is a strong advocate of looking at the WHOLE patient to make an accurate diagnosis.

He is an active member of the American Academy of Neurology and is certified in Neurology as well as Headache Medicine.

He is the author of numerous publications relating to neurology, including numerous physician training programs.

He is a strong patient advocate, frequently giving talks for patient education. He made the award-winning Public Television documentary "Life and Migraine" (2006), appeared on the TV show, Mystery Diagnosis, "The Headache Which Would Not Go Away") and he wrote, produced and directed the award-winning dramatic film "Lily's Mom" which was also nominated for the Hollywood Voice Award in 2012, dealing with abuse.

×

Dr. Messina says...

We provide Botox injections for patients with Chronic Migraine who have not responded to other treatments and who meet our strict criteria.

×

Dr. Messina says...

Patient satisfaction surveys are helpful when they reflect good healthcare experiences, and can be damaging when they are bitter. Certain patients may be disappointed by physicians who refuse to prescribe large amounts of painkillers and sometimes this translates into low satisfaction from the patient's perspective... this may lead to destructive comments. Patient satisfaction surveys are only useful when they are truthful.