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Dr. Sheila Smitherman, MD

Neurosurgery ·  Female · Age 42

Dr. Smitherman

Providence Health and Services

615 Lilly Rd NE Ste 220 Olympia, WA 98506

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Dr. Sheila Smitherman, MD is a neurosurgery specialist in Olympia, WA. She graduated from Baylor University and specializes in neurosurgery, trauma surgery, and more.

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(360) 486-6150

Dr. Smitherman accepts the following insurance:

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Dr. Smitherman's Top Procedures and Conditions

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Low Back Pain

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Dr. Smitherman treats Low Back Pain more than 89% of her peers

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


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Dr. Smitherman treats Spondylosis more than 88% of her peers

Dr. Smitherman treats this condition more than 88% of her peers

Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Smitherman treats Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement) more than 88% of her peers

Dr. Smitherman treats this condition more than 88% of her peers

Rating Includes other areas of care:

  • Brachial Neuritis
  • Neuritis
  • Neuritis With Brachial Predilection
  • Optic Neuritis
  • Peripheral Neuritis
  • Polyneuritis
  • Radiculitis
  • Ulnar Neuritis
  • Vestibular Neuritis

Dr. Smitherman's conditions and procedures:

  • Abscess or Cyst Drainage or Aspiration
  • Abscess or Fluid Incision and Drainage
  • Aneurysm
  • Bone Cancer
  • Bone Disorders
  • Brain and Nervous System Cancer (incl. Gliomas, Astrocytoma, Schwannoma, Medulloblastoma, Chordoma)
  • Brain Aneurysm
  • Brain Cancer
  • Brain Disorders
  • Brain Surgery
  • Broken Neck
  • Cancer
  • Cauda Equina Syndrome
  • Cerebral Artery Thrombosis
  • Cerebral Hemorrhage
  • Cerebrospinal Fluid (CSF) Shunt - Insertion, Repair or Removal
  • Cerebrospinal Fluid Leak (CSF Leak)
  • Cerebrovascular Disease
  • Cervical Spine Myelopathy
  • Chiari's Deformity
  • Cranial Trauma
  • Craniectomy, Craniotomy, Surgery of Skull Base, Neuroendoscopy
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Disc Replacement
  • Dural Repair or Other Spinal Cord Repair
  • Ear Disorders
  • Epidural Block, Facet Blocks
  • Epidural Hematoma
  • Epilepsy
  • Fracture
  • Herniated Disc
  • Herniated Disc Surgery
  • Hydrocephalus
  • Incision and Removal of Foreign Object
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Lamina Procedures (incl. Laminectomy, Laminoplasty, Laminotomy)
  • Low Back Pain
  • Lumbar Spine Fracture
  • Meningiomas
  • Myelopathy
  • Nerve Root Injury and Plexus Disorders (incl. Pinched Nerve)
  • Nerve Sheath Tumors
  • Neuroplasty
  • Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus
  • Pathological Spine Fracture
  • Pituitary Gland Tumor Excision
  • Post-Laminectomy Syndrome
  • Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Scoliosis
  • Secondary Malignancies
  • Spinal Compression Fracture Repair
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Spinal Cord Tumor
  • Spinal Fusion
  • Spinal Nerve Block
  • Spinal Reconstructive Surgery for Deformities
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spine Deformities
  • Spine Disorders
  • Spine Fractures, Traumatic
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Spondylosis
  • Stereotactic Radiosurgery
  • Stereotactic Radiosurgery, Spinal or Cranial
  • Stereotactic Surgery
  • Stereotaxis
  • Stroke
  • Subarachnoid Hemorrhage
  • Subdural Hemorrhage
  • Thoracic Spine Fracture
  • Thoracic Spine Myelopathy
  • Thrombosis
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Vascular Disease
  • Vascular Transcatheter Embolization

About Me

Care Philosophy

I believe in developing good communication with my patients and their family members to ensure each patient is able to actively participate in decisions about their care. Beginning with the initial consult, I try to focus on the needs of the whole person and how their current medical issue and treatment plan might affect their everyday lives.


  • Neurosurgery
  • Neurological Spine Surgery
  • Trauma Surgery

Board Certifications


Baylor University
Residency Hospital
Baylor University
Internship Hospital
Baylor University
Medical School


  • Spanish
  • English


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Dr. Smitherman takes the time to explain your options. I liked it when she said I could have P/T, injections, or she could fix my problem, a herniated disk pressing on my spinal cord. After years of pain and suffering, she was true to her word, she fixed it. She has a wonderful bedside manner, she really seems to care, and nurses I talked with praised her as the best in her field in the area. I trust anything this doctor says, and I highly recommend her.
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My visit was not a good experience. She asked questions, checked my reflexes and that was about it. I had a list of concerns, she kinda shrugged it off and we never got back to it. Her reccommendation for me “ Keep Moving”
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Would not recommend to anyone. She looked at my mri said there's nothing I can do. I have a brain tumor that my ENT found during surgery.
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I saw Dr smitherman about a cervical spinal injury that occurred at work. She had me see her ARNP twice before seeing her. I have moderate to severe cervical spinal foraminal stenosis per 2 MRI's. Dr. Smitherman told me that I do have a problem with my cervical spine and that I should go to the gym to work out to fix my spinal stenosis. I called my primary care physician. My primary care physician called me at 7 that night and told me that I had been dismissed by Dr smitherman . Shame on her
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I had appt. with Dr.Smitherman on Aug.29 said she couldn`t help me. She said she would send my results of MRI to my physical therapist and suggest some new exercises. I called Dan Burns office in Ocean Shores and he still have not received anything from Dr. Smitherman. She also was going to send referral to John Miller MD in Aberdeen to have a nerve test done.She did not send any communication to Dr. Miller either. I called Dr. Miller and I do have an appt. with him.
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