Dr. John Schafer, MD

NeurologyMaleAge 75

Dr. Schafer
Accepting new patients
Telehealth services available

Mercy Medical Group

6555 Coyle Ave Carmichael, CA 95608

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(916) 536-3670

Dr. John Schafer, MD is a Neurology Specialist in Carmichael, CA. Dr. Schafer has more experience with Neuromuscular and Movement Disorders, Epilepsy, and Neurodegenerative Disorders than other specialists in his area. He is affiliated with medical facilities Mercy General Hospital and Mercy San Juan Medical Center. He is accepting new patients and has indicated that he accepts telehealth appointments. Be sure to call ahead with Dr. Schafer to book an appointment.


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Hospital Highlight

Dr. Schafer is affiliated with Mercy San Juan Medical Center Carmichael, a highly rated hospital.

At a Glance

  • Explains Conditions Well
    Patients said this doctor explains conditions well. See reviews
  • Offers Telehealth
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  • Practices at Top Hospital
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Frequently Treated by Dr. Schafer

Based on treatment records, we have identified the following as areas of care that Dr. Schafer treats more often than their peers. If you are unsure whether Dr. Schafer treats other conditions, please contact the office at (916) 536-3670.

Neuromuscular and Movement Disorders

Neuromuscular and movement disorders specialists diagnose and treat conditions marked by uncontrolled or unwanted physical movements caused by disruptions in nerve and muscle function.Compare with other Neuromuscular and Movement Disorders specialists.

Dr. Schafer treats at a

high

frequency compared to similar providers

Based on claims data for 6 conditions and procedures

Treatments
Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
Tremor
Gait Abnormality
Dystonia
Normal Frequency
High Frequency
Very High Frequency
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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.

Dr. Schafer treats at a

normal

frequency compared to similar providers

Based on claims data for 3 conditions and procedures

Treatments
Seizure Disorders
Epilepsy
EEG (Electroencephalogram)
Normal Frequency
High Frequency
Very High Frequency
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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.

Dr. Schafer treats at a

high

frequency compared to similar providers

Based on claims data for 2 conditions and procedures

Treatments
Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
Chronic Inflammatory Demyelinating Polyneuritis
Normal Frequency
High Frequency
Very High Frequency
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Dr. Schafer's conditions and procedures:

  • All Headaches (incl. Migraine)
  • Alzheimer's Disease
  • Aneurysm
  • Ataxia
  • Autoimmune Diseases
  • Bell's Palsy
  • Brain Disorders
  • Cancer
  • Cerebral Artery Thrombosis
  • Cerebrovascular Disease
  • Chorea (Excluding Huntington's Chorea)
  • Chronic Inflammatory Demyelinating Polyneuritis
  • Chronic Pain
  • Confusion
  • Dementia
  • Difficulty With Walking
  • Diplopia
  • Dystonia
  • EEG (Electroencephalogram)
  • Epilepsy
  • Essential Tremor
  • Gait Abnormality
  • Headache
  • Herniated Disc
  • Inflammatory and Toxic Neuropathy
  • Insomnia
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Low Back Pain
  • Meningiomas
  • Migraine
  • Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
  • Nerve Block, Somatic
  • Non-Cosmetic Chemodenervation
  • Optic Neuritis
  • Parkinson's Disease
  • Peripheral Nerve Disorders
  • Polyneuropathy
  • Polyneuropathy Due to Alcohol and Drugs
  • Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Restless Leg Syndrome
  • Seizure Disorders
  • Sleep Apnea
  • Sleep Disorders
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spine Disorders
  • Stroke
  • Subarachnoid Hemorrhage
  • Syncope
  • Thrombosis
  • Tremor
  • Trigeminal Neuralgia
  • Vascular Disease
  • Vertigo
  • Visual Field Defects

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Dr. Schafer accepts the following insurance:

Aetna
Aetna HMO
Choice Plus POS II
Anthem
Access for Infants & Mothers (AIM)-CA HMO
Advantage-CA HMO
Advantage-CA PPO
Balanced (Prudent Buyer)-CA PPO
Blue Cross (CACare) - Individual-CA HMO
Blue Cross (CACare) - Large Group-CA HMO
Blue Cross (CACare) - Small Group-CA HMO
Blue Cross (Prudent Buyer) - Individual-CA PPO
Blue Cross (Prudent Buyer) - Large Group-CA PPO
Blue Cross (Prudent Buyer) - Small Group-CA PPO
Blue Cross (Prudent Buyer) - Student Health-CA PPO
Blue Cross-CA HMO-POS
Bronze (Prudent Buyer PPO/ Small Grp)-CA PPO
Bronze EPO (Prudent Buyer / Small Grp)-CA PPO
Bronze EPO (Prudent Buyer EPO/ Small Grp)-CA
Bronze w/ H.S.A (Prudent Buyer PPO/Small Grp)-CA PPO
Dignity Health Custom Advantage-CA HMO
Dignity Health EPO / PPO-CA
Dignity Health PHC EPO & HDP/HSA-CA
Dignity Health Ventura EPO/PPO-CA
EPO-CA
Gold (CaliforniaCare HMO/ Small Grp) HMO
Gold (Prudent Buyer PPO/ Small Grp)-CA PPO
Gold Advantage-CA PPO
Gold EPO (Prudent Buyer / Small Grp)-CA PPO
Gold EPO (Prudent Buyer EPO/ Small Grp)-CA
Gold Select (Select / Small Grp)-CA HMO
Lumenos Plans-CA PPO
Major Risk Medical Insurance Program (MRMIP) - Prudent Buyer-CA PPO
MemorialCare Custom-CA PPO
National (BlueCard Basic) PPO
National (BlueCard) PPO
PERS Choice / PERSCare Providers-CA PPO
PERS Select-CA HMO
PERS Traditional-CA HMO
Platinum (CaliforniaCare HMO/ Small Grp) HMO
Platinum (Prudent Buyer PPO/ Small Grp)-CA PPO
Platinum Select (Select / Small Grp)-CA HMO
Select Plus-CA HMO
Select-CA HMO
Silver (CaliforniaCare HMO/ Small Grp) HMO
Silver (Prudent Buyer PPO/ Small Grp)-CA PPO
Silver Advantage-CA PPO
Silver EPO (Prudent Buyer EPO/ Small Grp)-CA
Silver EPO w/ H.S.A (Prudent Buyer/Small Grp)-CA PPO
Silver Select (Select / Small Grp)-CA HMO
Silver w/ H.S.A (Prudent Buyer PPO/Small Grp)-CA PPO
Tenet Network-CA PPO
Traditional
Traditional PPO
UC Care-CA PPO
UC CORE-CA PPO
UC Health Savings Plan-CA
UC High Option Supplement to Medicare-CA
UC Medicare with Prescription Drugs-CA PPO
UC Medicare without Prescription Drugs-CA PPO
UC Resident and Fellows-CA PPO
UCSHIP-CA PPO
USC Plan (Two Tiered Network)-CA HMO
Anthem Blue Cross
Blue Cross Blue Shield
Blue Card PPO
Blue Cross Blue Shield of California
Advantage Preferred DirectAccess Plus PPO
Blue Cross Blue Shield of California PPO
Select Plus HMO
Blue Shield of California
CareFirst Blue Cross Blue Shield
HealthyBlue 2.0
HealthyBlue Advantage
ChoiceCare Network
Cigna
Cigna HMO
Cigna PPO
Open Access Plus
Health Net
HealthSmart - Interplan Health Group
Interplan Health Group
MultiPlan
MultiPlan PPO
PHCS Network PPO
Networks By Design
Pacific Foundation for Medical Care
Tricare
UnitedHealthCare
United Healthcare
Western Health Advantage

Dr. Schafer's Reviews

Likelihood to recommend Dr. Schafer

4.6

Based on 17 ratings

5 Stars
88.23529411764706%
(15)
4 Stars
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3 Stars
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2 Stars
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1 Star
5.882352941176471%
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What went well
  • Appointment scheduling (16)
  • Appointment wasn't rushed (15)
  • Explained conditions well (15)
What could be improved
  • Appointment was rushed (2)
  • Didn't explain conditions well (2)
  • Didn't listen or answer questions (2)
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I have had Dr. Schafer for 10 years as my neurologist! I'm sad to say he will be retiring this year and I only hope my next neurologist will be as great as he is. I feel confident that when Dr Schafer makes a recommendation for me, he knows what he is doing and he knows what is best for me. He is highly educated in the field of MS. He is very easy to talk to and ALWAYS takes the time to listen and answer any and all of my questions. I have had several neurologists before Dr. Schafer and none of them even came close to his knowledge. He is always up to date on the most current medications as well (even if they aren't FDA approved yet). I've tried to stump him many times but he always knows exactly what I'm talking about lol. I think he spends his free time reading everything he can about MS to be more educated on the subject. In all BEST neurologist around!!!
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
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Dr. Schafer was one of the kindest and most thorough doctors I have ever visited. He is thorough and professional and took more time than any other doctor I have visited. He genuine cares about all his patients and I feel lucky to have met with him. He was on top of everything and explained things in a detailed fashion. I wished that all doctors were as kind and caring as Dr. Shaefer!
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Kerry in Sacramento, CA – Oct 27, 2016
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Dr Schafer is one of the best Doctors I have ever had.
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J Brown in Sacramento, CA – Mar 22, 2016
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Dr. John Schafer is the specialist who took care of my wife, Linda Ottis, who suffered with MS, for 20 years. He was always completely professional, well educated in his field, and a true gentleman who became more than just a doctor, he became one of our family friends. My wife, Linda, passed away in 2011 as her disease was progressive and eventually overtook her. I just came across this survey today and wanted to take the time to complete it and compliment Dr. Schafer and thank him.
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About Me

Care Philosophy

To provide excellent care to all patients by treating each unique care.  

Biography

John Schafer, MD has had an interest in multiple sclerosis since he started practice in neurology in Sacramento in 1978. He founded the Mercy MS Center...Read more

Specialties

  • Neurology

Board Certifications

  • Internal Medicine
  • Neurology
  • Neurology

Education

1976
University of California-San Francisco
Residency Hospital
1973
U Chicago Hosp-Clins
Residency Hospital
1972
U Chicago Hosp-Clins
Internship Hospital

Awards

Frequently Asked Questions

Does Dr. John Schafer, MD offer telehealth services?

Dr. Schafer has indicated that they offer telehealth. Contact the office to check for eligibility for your needs.

Is Dr. John Schafer, MD accepting new patients?

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Does Dr. John Schafer, MD accept my insurance?

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What are Dr. John Schafer, MD's top areas of care?

Dr. Schafer frequently treats Neuromuscular and Movement Disorders, Epilepsy, and Neurodegenerative Disorders. See all practice areas where Dr. Schafer specializes.

Where is Dr. John Schafer, MD's office located?

Dr. Schafer's office is located at 6555 Coyle Ave, Carmichael, CA 95608. Find other locations and directions on Healthgrades.

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Locations

Mercy Medical Group

Mercy Medical Group - Pulmonology & Neurology6555 Coyle Ave Carmichael, CA 95608
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Affiliated Hospitals

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Mercy General Hospital

Sacramento, CA

77% Patient experience rating, 8% higher than the national average

Mercy San Juan Medical Center

Carmichael, CA

69% Patient experience rating, Equal to the national average

  • America's 100 Best Hospitals Award™ (2018)
  • America's 250 Best Hospitals Award™ (2018)