Dr. Sheila Smitherman, MD

Dr. Sheila Smitherman, MD

Neurosurgery  ·  
Female  ·  
Age 42
(34)
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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.

615 Lilly Rd NE Ste 220

Olympia, WA 98506

Contact Information

(360) 486-6150

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Cigna
  • First Choice Health
  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)
  • Health Net
  • Humana
  • MultiPlan
  • ODS Health Plan
  • 4 More

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Top Care Areas

See how frequently Dr. Smitherman performs your care needs compared to other doctors.

Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
high
more than 89% of peers
Low Back Pain
high
more than 86% of peers
Spine Disorders
high
more than 80% of peers

Dr. Smitherman's percentages are based on the rate of treatment compared to peers nationwide from insurance data. Learn more info about our data and this Top Care Areas component.

Care Philosophy

This content was provided by Dr. Smitherman "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."

3  Specialties

  • Neurosurgery
  • Neurological Spine Surgery
  • Trauma Surgery

1  Board Certifications

  • Neurosurgery
    Accredited by: American Board of Neurological Surgery*

52  Conditions Treated

  • Aneurysm
  • Bone Cancer
  • Bone Disorders
  • Brain and Nervous System Cancer (incl. Gliomas, Astrocytoma, Schwannoma, Medulloblastoma, Chordoma)
  • Brain Aneurysm
  • Brain Cancer
  • Brain Disorders
  • Broken Neck
  • Cancer
  • Cerebral Artery Thrombosis
  • Cerebral Hemorrhage
  • Cerebrospinal Fluid Leak (CSF Leak)
  • Cerebrovascular Disease
  • Cervical Spine Myelopathy
  • Chiari's Deformity
  • Cranial Trauma
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Ear Disorders
  • Epidural Hematoma
  • Epilepsy
  • Fracture
  • Herniated Disc
  • Hydrocephalus
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Low Back Pain
  • Lumbar Spine Fracture
  • Meningiomas
  • Myelopathy
  • Nerve Root Injury and Plexus Disorders (incl. Pinched Nerve)
  • Nerve Sheath Tumors
  • Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus
  • Pathological Spine Fracture
  • Post-Laminectomy Syndrome
  • Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Scoliosis
  • Secondary Malignancies
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Spinal Cord Tumor
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spine Deformities
  • Spine Disorders
  • Spine Fractures, Traumatic
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Spondylosis
  • Stroke
  • Subarachnoid Hemorrhage
  • Subdural Hemorrhage
  • Thoracic Spine Fracture
  • Thoracic Spine Myelopathy
  • Thrombosis
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Vascular Disease
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15  Procedures

Background Check

Malpractice Claims not available

Healthgrades does not collect malpractice information for Washington.

0 Sanctions

No sanctions history found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.

0 Board Actions

No board actions found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.

Education

  • Baylor University
    Medical School | Graduated
  • Baylor University
    Internship Hospital | Completed
  • Baylor University
    Residency Hospital | Completed

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications

Dr. Smitherman has no media or publications listed.

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

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Dr. Smitherman's Reviews

3.6
Likelihood of recommending Dr. Smitherman to family and friends
34 total reviews (5 have comments)

Likelihood to Recommend (34)

  • 5
    (21)
  • 4
    (1)
  • 3
    (0)
  • 2
    (1)
  • 1
    (11)

Dr. Smitherman's Performance

  • Trustworthiness

    VERY GOOD
  • Explains condition(s) well

    VERY GOOD
  • Answers questions

    VERY GOOD
  • Time well spent

    VERY GOOD

Office & Staff Performance

  • Scheduling

    VERY GOOD
  • Office environment

    EXCELLENT
  • Staff friendliness

    VERY GOOD
  • Average wait time

    10 to 15 minutes

Patient Comments (5)

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,...more
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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...more
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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...more
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