Dr. Edmund Messina, MD

Dr. Edmund Messina, MD

Neurology  |  
Male  |  
Age 71
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"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."

1675 Watertower Pl Ste 600

East Lansing, MI 48823

Contact Information

(517) 324-3445

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna
  • Assurant Health
  • AvMed
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois
  • CareFirst Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Cigna
  • Cofinity
  • Commercial Insurance Company
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more than 99% of peers
All Headaches (incl. Migraine)
very high
more than 99% of peers

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Care Philosophy

This content was provided by Dr. Messina "We believe that a team approach, using physicians, physician assistants, 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 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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  • Neurology
  • Adolescent Neurology
  • Adult Neurology

Board Certifications

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

Conditions Treated

  • All Headaches (incl. Migraine)
  • Ataxia
  • Ataxia, Hereditary, Autosomal Dominant
  • Basilar Migraine
  • Benign Exertional Headache
  • Benign Multiple Sclerosis
  • Benign Positional Vertigo
  • Benign Sex Headache
  • Brachial Plexus Palsy
  • Brain Disorders
  • Brainstem Strokes
  • Cataplexy
  • Central Vestibular Vertigo
  • Cerebellar Ataxia
  • Cerebral Artery Thrombosis
  • Cerebrovascular Disease
  • Cervicogenic Headache
  • Chronic Headache
  • Chronic Neck Pain
  • Circadian Rhythm Sleep Disorder
  • Classic Migraine
  • Cluster Headache
  • Common Migraine
  • Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS)
  • Complicated Migraine
  • Concussion
  • Cough Headache
  • Demyelinating Polyneuropathy
  • Diabetic Neuropathy
  • Diabetic Polyneuropathy
  • Diplopia
  • Drug Rebound Headache
  • Dystonia
  • Epilepsy
  • Epilepsy, Benign, Occipital
  • Epilepsy, Idiopathic Generalized
  • Epilepsy, Partial, Familial
  • Episodic Ataxia
  • Essential Tremor
  • Excessive Daytime Sleepiness
  • Facioplegic Migraine
  • Familial Hemiplegic Migraine
  • Familial Multiple Sclerosis
  • Gait Abnormality
  • Genetic Disposition to Idiopathic Generalized Epilepsy
  • Hand Neuropathy
  • Headache
  • Headache-Free Migraine
  • Headaches (Shunt Related)
  • Hypertension Headache
  • Icepick Headache
  • Idiopathic Intracranial Hypertension
  • Idiopathic Parkinson's Disease
  • Inflammatory and Toxic Neuropathy
  • Insomnia
  • Juvenile Absence Epilepsy
  • Juvenile Myoclonic Epilepsy
  • Low Back Pain
  • Lower Half Headache
  • Medication-Induced Postural Tremor
  • Menstrual Migraine
  • Metabolic Neuropathy
  • Migraine
  • Migraine, Hormone-Induced
  • Migrainous Stupor Migraine
  • Migrainous Vertigo
  • Mild Headache
  • Motor Neuropathy
  • Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
  • Muscle Contraction Headache
  • Myelopathy
  • Myoclonus
  • Myopathic Gait
  • Narcolepsy
  • Narcolepsy and Cataplexy
  • Neck Pain
  • Nerve Root Injury and Plexus Disorders (incl. Pinched Nerve)
  • Neuropathy, Motor and Sensory
  • Oculomotor Migraine
  • Orthostatic Tremor
  • Parkinson's Disease
  • Peripheral Autonomic Neuropathy
  • Peripheral Nerve Disorders
  • Photosensitive Epilepsy
  • Polyneuropathy
  • Polyneuropathy Due to Alcohol and Drugs
  • Polyradiculoneuropathy
  • Post-Concussion Syndrome
  • Post-Traumatic Epilepsy
  • Post-Traumatic Headache
  • Primary Restless Leg Syndrome
  • Problem Sleepiness
  • Psychogenic Headache
  • REM Sleep Behavior Disorder
  • Recurrent Headache
  • Relapsing Remitting Multiple Sclerosis
  • Restless Leg Syndrome
  • Retinal Migraine
  • Secondary Restless Leg Syndrome
  • Seizure Disorders
  • Severe Headache
  • Sleep Disorders
  • Sleep-Related Epilepsy
  • Sleep-Talking
  • Sleep-Walking
  • Spastic Gait
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spine Disorders
  • Steppage Gait
  • Stroke
  • Temporal Arteritis
  • Temporal Epilepsy, Familial
  • Temporal Lobe Epilepsy
  • Tension Headache
  • Tremor
  • Tremor Hereditary Essential, 1
  • Tremor Hereditary Essential, 2
  • Trigeminal Neuralgia
  • Ulnar Neuropathy
  • Vascular Disease
  • Vascular Headache
  • Vascular Neuropathy
  • Vertigo
  • Visual Migraine


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

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  • University Of Illinois College Of Medicine Chicago
    Medical School | Graduated 1977
  • Michael Reese Hospital and Medical Center
    Internship Hospital | Completed 1978
  • Barnes Hosp-Wash U Med
    Residency Hospital | Completed 1981

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • French

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Dr. Messina's Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Messina to family and friends
based on 53 total reviews (9 with comments)
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. 

Dr. Messina's Performance
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  • Answers Questions
  • Time well spent
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  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Average wait time
    10 to 15 minutes
Patient Comments (9)
in Williamston, MI |
Dr. Messina is extremely intelligent and amazing at putting together the whole picture. He will work with you for the best solution to your problem and tweek it until it's "perfect". He's well-read and up to date on the most recent medical treatments available. He's unlike any other doctor that I've seen in that not only does he truly want to help but he wants to assist the other doctors you see by sending reports and labs, etc. to better facilitate positive results for overall better health.
Okemos, MI |
He is a smart man, just don’t expect him to take your opinion and go with it. He is sort of condescending and made me feel like I have a mountain of symptoms. I have a complex chronic illness (Vestibular Disorder) and he seems to think my symptoms are unrelated when I’ve heard from several others they are. He also thinks I do not have a Vestibular disorder at all. So it’s very confusing.
in Haslett, MI |
I am very happy seeing Dr. Messina for my migraines. He is extremely knowledgeable and always provides the best care I could ask for. My quality of life has improved greatly with Dr. Messina managing my migraines. I would not hesitate to recommend him as a neurologist. He's the best!
Lansing, MI |
Love Dr. Messina and staff!!!
in Eaton Rapids Mi |
Dr. Messina and his entire staff have treated me with such great care and compassion. I would be lost without them. My headaches are improving at every visit, and he is always happy to explain everything to me about my treatment without hesitation. I would recommend him to everyone. THE BEST
in Potterville, MI |
When I first saw Dr Messina, I had been a long time migraine sufferer, along with other uncontrolled health issues. Dr. Messina looks at the TOTAL picture. Not just the area that "hurts." He begins a mission, to find and conquer the problem. Seeing other doctors? He expects them to join forces with him, as open communication is a must. He is a powerful force, intelligent, respected and straightforward. Don't be surprised at what medical surprises he uncovers, or how much life you recover.
East Lansing, MI |
I have been a patient of Dr. Messina at the Michigan Headache Clinic for a little over a year and in that short time, I have seen significant improvements in my condition. Dr. Messina is a world-class specialist who is always up-to-date on the latest research – an indicator that he puts his patients first. I am continually impressed with his attention to detail and holistic approach to treating chronic headaches. Taking the time to really assess and diagnose patients is a hallmark his practice.
in Vermontville, MI |
I've been seeing Dr. Messina for over six years. There's a reason he is one of the country's top rated physicians in his field. Seriously, he saves lives by being thorough and meticulous. He doesn't just treat symptoms- he looks for the cause of your problems. I was diagnosed with a newly developed (and rare) condition in less than two months thanks to his knowledge and experience. Most people with this condition wait an average of 4-5 YEARS to get diagnosed. You won't find a better doctor.
Lansing, MI |
Dr. Messina always takes the time to thoroughly go through your progress, medications, and symptoms. I never feel rushed and have never had a doctor spend as much time discussing my medical issues. He has a great bedside manor, it is clear that he keeps up on the latest research.
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Dr. Messina accepts 17 insurance carriers
  • Aetna
    Choice Plus POS II
  • Assurant Health
  • AvMed
    Open Access
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
    Blue Card PPO
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois
    Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois PPO
  • CareFirst Blue Cross Blue Shield
    Blue Preferred PPO
  • Cigna
    Cigna PPO
  • Cofinity
    Cofinity PPO
  • Commercial Insurance Company
  • Golden Rule
  • HAP Insurance
    Health Alliance
  • Humana
    Choice Care PPO
  • MultiPlan
    MultiPlan PPO
    PHCS Network PPO
  • PHP-Physicians Health Plan
  • Priority Health
  • Tricare
    TriCare for Life
  • UnitedHealthCare
    United Healthcare

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Hospitals where Dr. Messina has admitting privileges

Sparrow Hospital
1215 E Michigan Ave
Lansing, MI 48912
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McLaren - Greater Lansing
401 W Greenlawn Ave
Lansing, MI 48910
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