Dr. Heather Hedstrom, MD

Dr. Heather Hedstrom, MD

NeurosurgeryFemaleAge 46

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(850) 392-0020

Dr. Heather Hedstrom, MD is a Neurosurgery Specialist in Panama City, FL. She is affiliated with medical facilities Gulf Coast Regional Medical Center and Ascension Sacred Heart Hospital Bay. She is accepting new patients. Be sure to call ahead with Dr. Hedstrom to book an appointment.

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Panama City Neurosurgery

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(850) 392-0020
Panama City Neurosurgery100 Doctors Dr Ste B Panama City, FL 32405
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Dr. Hedstrom is affiliated with Gulf Coast Regional Medical Center Panama City, a highly rated hospital.

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Dr. Hedstrom's Reviews

Likelihood to recommend Dr. Hedstrom

4.2

Based on 40 ratings

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What went well
  • Office environment (34)
  • Staff friendliness (32)
  • Appointment scheduling (31)
What could be improved
  • Long wait times (8)
  • Appointment was rushed (5)
  • Didn't listen or answer questions (5)
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Dr. Hedstrom is an amazing neurosurgeon! She preformed a craniectomy & crainoplasty on my husband and saved his life! She was his doctor the whole time while he was in the ICU. Due to covid we were not able to be in there with him and she made sure to call us almost everyday to let us know his condition. We are so thankful for her! She truly cares about her patients and there family. He had many visit to her office after the hospital and she took time answering every question we had and made sure he was good before we left. We highly recommend Dr. Hedstrom to anyone who wants a knowledgeable and caring neurosurgeon.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
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Brett – Jan 20, 2021
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What a great doctor! She had recently operated on a long-time friend and had amazing results. I decided to make an appointment as I too suffer from low back pan with nerve pain that would radiate down both of my legs. After years of injections with no relief, surgery became my only option for any kind normalcy. I suffered for years as I was afraid of back surgery. She and her office staff were great! They answered any question I had with patience as I was unbelievably nervous! I am several weeks post-op and I am doing great and pretty much pain free. I am so glad I took my friends advice. Thank you Dr. Hedstrom!!
What went well
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
4 people found this helpful
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Jun 09, 2020
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Dr. Hedstrom is highly trained and knowledgeable. She makes you feel comfortable and really cares about her patients. She has saved many peoples lives and so glad to have a great trusting neurosurgeon in the Panama City, FL!!! Thank you Dr. Hedstrom
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
3 people found this helpful
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Jun 09, 2020
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Dr. Hedstrom provides excellent care to the patient's of Bay County. She is truly a blessing in the this community! Her skills and knowledge is what this town needed. So glad she came to Panama City.
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Christy – Jun 08, 2020
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Dr. Hedstrom saw my dad for leg and low back pain. She spent time with him and my family explaining his diagnosis and what was causing his problem. We thought he would need surgery, but after further testing, she explained he would not warrant surgery at this time. I so thankful for a Doctor that would not just take him to surgery for an unnecessary procedure. Thank you Dr. Hedstrom for taking care of my dad.
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Jun 08, 2020
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I had an appointment for Dec1 9,2019, her office called and ask if I could come on Dec13, I said OK I live 50 miles away, traffic was heavy that day and I had to wait for road construction and I had never been to her office before, had trouble finding it, I went in had to wait about 10 mins, then lady behind counter told me I would have to come back another day as I was a half hour late for my appt, the office was empty except for one other couple, we tried to explain why we were 20 mins late to no avail,and was told that was the Doctor policy, good grief how many times have I had to wait in Doctor offices! We left and I would not recommend her with her attitude.
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Mrs Hauseknecht – Dec 15, 2019
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This place is the absolute worst not only was the doctor cold and short with me she pushed me off as if I was absolutely fine. A month ago I seen another doctor because I knew I wasn't fine and he seen the same MRI I took to this office and said how important it was for me to have surgery because of the amount of spinal cord compression I have. This office pushed me off as nothing. If I listened to this doctor and didnt trust myself I could down the line have had a slight change in spinal cord compression and loss all use of my left side. Wouldn't tell anyone EVER to go to this doctor.
What went well
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What could be improved
No results
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Shayla Chalker – Dec 06, 2019
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Dr. Hedstrom removed a Meningioma Brain tumor on my right parietal lobe 5 weeks ago. The surgery was very successful. She was gracious enough to leave quite a bit of hair so I can cover up the scar. Luckily mine was in a location it was possible. Her entire staff have went above and beyond leading up to the surgery and post op. I would highly recommend Dr. Hedstrom. She was very informative of the risks going into the surgery which I appreciated. Luckily I’ve had no major issues.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
2 people found this helpful
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Michelle in Panama City, FL – Oct 04, 2018
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I think its so important to be able to feel comfortable with your doctor & to trust their judgment and as a patient you sense this when you first meet with a doctor & let me tell you there is no one like Dr Hedstrom!! From my first meeting with her I knew right away not only is she a talented surgeon but she is a great human being as well! This incredible woman saved my life! Thank God you came to Fl. God Bless you Dr. Hedstrom & Thank You!
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
  • Long wait times
10 people found this helpful
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My prayers were answered in Panama City , FL – Aug 22, 2018
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I've been to so many doctors over the years and she is the only one that was able to help me and her staff was very helpful with my insurance i recommend her to everyone
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
5 people found this helpful
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Franklin G. in panama city , FL – Aug 22, 2018
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came to her for a second opinion i had a feeling in my gut that i didnt need the surgery my dr was telling me to get and without me saying anything she told me no surgery. Dr Hedstrom is #1 in my book!!!
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
  • Long wait times
7 people found this helpful
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Janine T. in panama city , FL – Aug 22, 2018
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She removed a tumor for my mom surgery was a success & i am grateful but most of all she showed compassion for my mom & family i saw a few male dr's before her and i didnt get that from them! You get the full package with dr hedstrom! She is a brilliant surgeon & she has a heart! Trust me you want her taking care of your loved one!! Thank you dr hedstrom!! XOXO
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
  • Long wait times
4 people found this helpful
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Marybeth M in panama city , FL – Aug 21, 2018
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thorough & honest took the time to answer all of my questions & concerns. the staff was helpful as well
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
  • Long wait times
3 people found this helpful
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Pete P in panama city , FL – Aug 21, 2018
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she helped me so much i was in so much pain surgery was a success the best doctor THE BEST!!!!!
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
2 people found this helpful
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chuck – Aug 20, 2018
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she visited with me everyday after surgery she was very compassionate
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
  • Long wait times
1 person found this helpful
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tom – Aug 20, 2018
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she was so honest & caring i feel so much better now thank you dr hedstrom
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
  • Long wait times
2 people found this helpful
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john – Aug 19, 2018
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Absolutely incredible saved my life! love her!!
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
2 people found this helpful
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sarah – Aug 19, 2018
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Dr. Hedstrom has very patient whit us. She has heard me and answered all my question and how will my treatment.
What went well
No results
What could be improved
No results
7 people found this helpful
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Mariana Rijo in Destin, FL – Oct 30, 2016
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Dr. Hedstrom was caring, and knowledgeable while giving the utmost respect and patience while answering all of my questions and concerns I had when given my diagnosis.
What went well
No results
What could be improved
No results
8 people found this helpful
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Panama City, FL – Oct 04, 2016
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Extremely compassionate and talented surgeon
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What could be improved
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Panama City, FL – Jul 25, 2016
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Background

Background Check

No malpractice claims found for Florida
No disciplinary actions found for the years we collect data
No board actions found for the years we collect data
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Dr. Hedstrom's Top Procedures and Conditions

Treatment Frequency
Traumatic Brain Injury
very high
very high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Hedstrom treats Traumatic Brain Injury more than 96% of her peers

Dr. Hedstrom treats this condition more than 96% of her peers

Rating Includes other areas of care:

  • Acquired Brain Injuries
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
Spine Fractures, Traumatic
high
high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Hedstrom treats Spine Fractures, Traumatic more than 90% of her peers

Dr. Hedstrom treats this condition more than 90% of her peers

Thoracic Spine Fracture
high
high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Hedstrom treats Thoracic Spine Fracture more than 89% of her peers

Dr. Hedstrom treats this condition more than 89% of her peers

Dr. Hedstrom's conditions and procedures:

  • Arteriovenous Malformation (AVM)
  • Arteriovenous Malformation (AVM) Brain
  • Brain Abscess
  • Brain Surgery
  • Cauda Equina Syndrome
  • Cerebral Artery Thrombosis
  • Cerebral Hemorrhage
  • Cerebrospinal Fluid (CSF) Shunt - Insertion, Repair or Removal
  • Cerebrospinal Fluid Leak (CSF Leak)
  • Cervical Spine Myelopathy
  • Chiari Malformation Type 1
  • Chiari's Deformity
  • Cranial Trauma
  • Craniectomy, Craniotomy, Surgery of Skull Base, Neuroendoscopy
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Dural Tear
  • Extradural Hemorrhage
  • Herniated Disc
  • Hydrocephalus
  • Idiopathic Intracranial Hypertension
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Lamina Procedures (incl. Laminectomy, Laminoplasty, Laminotomy)
  • Low Back Pain
  • Lumbar Spine Fracture
  • Meningiomas
  • Myelopathy
  • Nerve Block, Somatic
  • Nerve Root Injury and Plexus Disorders (incl. Pinched Nerve)
  • Neuroplasty
  • Neurostimulation
  • Neurostimulator Implantation
  • Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus
  • Osteoarthritis of Spine
  • Osteosarcoma
  • Pathological Spine Fracture
  • Polyneuropathy
  • Post-Laminectomy Syndrome
  • Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Scoliosis
  • Skull Base Surgery
  • Spina Bifida
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Spinal Cord Stimulation
  • Spinal Fusion
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spine Deformities
  • Spine Fractures, Traumatic
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Stereotactic Radiosurgery
  • Stereotactic Radiosurgery, Spinal or Cranial
  • Subarachnoid Hemorrhage
  • Subdural Hemorrhage
  • Thoracic Spine Fracture
  • Thoracic Spine Myelopathy
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Upper Back Pain
  • Vertebral Column Tumors

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(850) 392-0020

Dr. Hedstrom accepts the following insurance:

Anthem
National (BlueCard) PPO
Blue Cross Blue Shield
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Florida
Blue Care HMO
Blue Select
BlueDental Choice
CareFirst Blue Cross Blue Shield
HealthyBlue 2.0
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Open Access Plus
Humana
Medicaid
Staywell (Wellcare)
Tricare
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United Healthcare

About Me

Biography

Dr. Heather Hedstrom, MD is a Neurosurgery Specialist in Panama City, FL. She is affiliated with medical facilities Gulf Coast Regional Medical Center...Read more

Specialties

  • Neurosurgery

Board Certifications

Education

2008
University Of Kentucky
Internship Hospital
2003
University Of Kentucky
Residency Hospital

Languages

  • English
  • Arabic
  • Spanish

Awards

Frequently Asked Questions

How can I make an appointment with Dr. Heather Hedstrom, MD?

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Is Dr. Heather Hedstrom, MD accepting new patients?

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What are Dr. Heather Hedstrom, MD's top areas of care?

Dr. Hedstrom frequently treats Traumatic Brain Injury, Spine Fractures, Traumatic, and Thoracic Spine Fracture. See all procedures and conditions Dr. Hedstrom treats.

Where is Dr. Heather Hedstrom, MD's office located?

Dr. Hedstrom's office is located at 100 Doctors Dr Ste B, Panama City, FL 32405. Find other locations and directions on Healthgrades.

What languages does Dr. Heather Hedstrom, MD speak?

Dr. Hedstrom speaks Spanish, Arabic, and English. View profile to see all.

Does Dr. Heather Hedstrom, MD offer telehealth services?

Dr. Hedstrom has not yet indicated whether they offer telehealth services. Please contact the office to check for availability/eligibility.

Affiliated Hospitals

Dr. Hedstrom is affiliated with the following hospitals. Select a hospital below to learn more.

Learn more about how Healthgrades measuresHospital Quality.

Gulf Coast Regional Medical Center

Panama City, FL

68% Patient Experience Rating, 1% lower than the national average

8 Awards Received

Award Highlight: Patient Safety Excellence Award™ (2018)

Ascension Sacred Heart Hospital Bay

Panama City, FL

61% Patient Experience Rating, 8% lower than the national average

1 Award Received