Dr. Sheila Smitherman, MD

Neurosurgery •  Female • Age 44
  
Dr. Smitherman
Accepting new patients
Telehealth services available

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. Dr. Smitherman has more experience with Spine than other specialists in her area. She is affiliated with Providence St. Peter Hospital. She is accepting new patients and has indicated that she accepts telehealth appointments. Be sure to call ahead with Dr. Smitherman to book an appointment.


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Dr. Smitherman accepts the following insurance:

Aetna
Choice Plus POS II
Anthem
National (BlueCard) PPO
Blue Cross Blue Shield
Blue Card PPO
CareFirst Blue Cross Blue Shield
HealthyBlue 2.0
HealthyBlue Advantage
Cigna
Cigna HMO
Cigna PPO
Great West Healthcare-Cigna PPO
Open Access
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First Choice Health
First Choice Health PPO
First Health (Coventry Health Care)
First Health (Coventry Health Care) PPO
Group Health Cooperative (GHC)
Coop Core
Health Net
Health Net PPO
Humana
Choice Care PPO
MultiPlan
Kaiser PHCS Network PPO
MultiPlan PPO
PHCS Network PPO
ODS Health Plan
Premera Blue Cross
Heritage Plus
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Personal Option EPO
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Practice Areas

Spine

Spine specialists diagnose and treat conditions affecting the bones of the spine, including degenerative spine disease, herniated discs, stenosis, and fractured vertebrae, with treatments including medication, physical therapy, and surgery.Compare with other Spine specialists.

Typically treats 60% more than their peers

Based on claims data for 17 conditions and procedures

TreatmentsTreatment Frequency
Low Back Pain
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high

Treatment Frequency

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

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

Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
high
high

Treatment Frequency

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

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

Osteoarthritis of Spine
high
high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Smitherman treats Osteoarthritis of Spine more than 88% of their peers

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

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Dr. Smitherman's conditions and procedures:

  • Abdominal Pain
  • Abscess or Cyst Drainage or Aspiration
  • Abscess or Fluid Incision and Drainage
  • Adrenal Gland Cancer
  • Anal or Rectal Pain
  • Aneurysm
  • Barrett's Esophagus
  • Bone Cancer
  • Bone Disorders
  • Bone Marrow Biopsy
  • Brain and Nervous System Cancer (incl. Gliomas, Astrocytoma, Schwannoma, Medulloblastoma, Chordoma)
  • Brain Aneurysm
  • Brain Cancer
  • Brain Disorders
  • Brain Surgery
  • Breast Cancer
  • Broken Neck
  • Burn Injuries
  • 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
  • Cholecystitis and Gallstones
  • Constipation
  • Cranial Trauma
  • Craniectomy, Craniotomy, Surgery of Skull Base, Neuroendoscopy
  • Crohn's Disease
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Diaphragmatic and-or Hiatal Hernia
  • Disc Replacement
  • Dressing and-or Debridement of Wound, Infection, or Burn (incl. Negative Pressure Wound Therapy)
  • Dural Repair or Other Spinal Cord Repair
  • Ear Disorders
  • Epidural Block, Facet Blocks
  • Epidural Hematoma
  • Epilepsy
  • Esophageal Cancer
  • Excision, Shaving, or Destruction of Skin and Subcutaneous Tissue (incl. Mohs Micrographic Surgery), Tissue Transfer
  • Extradural Hemorrhage
  • Fracture
  • Hemorrhoids
  • Herniated Disc
  • Herniated Disc Surgery
  • Hydrocephalus
  • Ileus
  • Incision and Removal of Foreign Object
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Lamina Procedures (incl. Laminectomy, Laminoplasty, Laminotomy)
  • Lipomas
  • Liver Cancer
  • Low Back Pain
  • Lumbar Spine Fracture
  • Lung Cancer
  • Meningiomas
  • Myelopathy
  • Nerve Root Injury and Plexus Disorders (incl. Pinched Nerve)
  • Nerve Sheath Tumors
  • Neuroplasty
  • Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus
  • Osteoarthritis of Spine
  • Partial Lung Collapse
  • Pathological Spine Fracture
  • Peripheral Artery Catheterization
  • Peripheral Vascular Disease (PAD, PVD)
  • Pituitary Gland Tumor Excision
  • Pleural Effusion
  • Port Placements or Replacements
  • Post-Laminectomy Syndrome
  • Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Rib Fracture
  • Scoliosis
  • Second-Degree Burns
  • 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
  • Tracheal Surgery
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Umbilical Hernia
  • Vascular Disease
  • Vascular Transcatheter Embolization
  • Wound Repair

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Dr. Smitherman's Reviews

Likelihood to recommend Dr. Smitherman

3.6

Based on 35 ratings

5 Stars
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My experience with Dr. Smitherman was excellent, she is an extremely competent neurosurgeon, trust her, she can fix you. She shares with you her recommended procedure completely, listens to your concerns and answers your questions completely. Her post op visits went very well and I was very satisfied. This review I am writing 6 years following a C2 thru C7 fusion Dr. Smitherman did for me May, 2014.
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Johnie W ZZimmerman – Aug 07, 2020
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If I could, I’d leave at least 10 stars! I needed a laminectomy. Dr. Smitherman has a delightful bedside manner! She discussed all the options and I did try another approach which did not work. I went back to Dr. Smitherman and scheduled surgery. It immediately solved a 35 year problem with constant and painful sciatica that landed me at times in a wheelchair. Haven’t had any problem since. If I need her services again, I will not walk, but run to her! I trust her completely, and she will be quite honest with you if surgery is your best option or not. Thank you, Dr. Smitherman for your care and skills!
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Renate Koenig – Jun 29, 2020
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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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JDavison in Olympia, WA – Aug 11, 2018
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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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Carla in Yelm wa – Jan 20, 2018
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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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Morton, WA – Oct 13, 2017
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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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Wyatt in Tacoma – Oct 29, 2016
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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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Judy Greer in Ocean Shores – Sep 14, 2016
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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.

Specialties

  • Neurosurgery
  • Neurological Spine Surgery
  • Trauma Surgery
  • Traumatic Brain Injury

Board Certifications

Education

Baylor University
Residency Hospital
Baylor University
Medical School
2003
Baylor College of Medicine
Internship Hospital

Languages

  • Spanish
  • English

Awards

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Locations

Providence Health and Services

Southwest Washington Neurosurgery615 Lilly Rd Ne Ste 220 Olympia, WA 98506
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Providence St. Peter Hospital

Olympia, WA

69% Patient experience rating, Equal to the national average