Medical Arts Building Office
1015 Duff Avenue
Ames, IA 50010
Dr. Spencer is absolutely amazing! He takes time to really listen to what you have to say and shows a great deal of compassion. He is the only Dr. I have ever seen where I felt comfortable enough to actually cry when explaining my issues. He makes you feel as though you are the only patient he has. I leave his office feeling like he really and truly saw ME and HEARD me.
November 24, 2021
Dr Spencer takes the time and listens and answers questions. He cares about his patients.
December 21, 2022
Dr. Spencer is nothing short of aces. He was verY well prepared for the appointment by knowing my medical history to the finest detail.
October 15, 2022
Doc Spencer was very friendly, put me at ease, very thorough about explaining what he thought was my problem, I was pleased
December 11, 2022
Dr Spencer is wonderful. He always takes the time to listen and provide various treatment plans to try
September 20, 2022
Dr. Spencer was great. I appreciate the fact that he fit me in on a day he does not normally see patients. He was great talking through everything to try to find out what is wrong.
November 28, 2022
Dr. Spencer is one of the best Drs, I've had! He listens, we both brainstorm, and he actually cares about not just what is good on health wise, but asks about the family too. It's going to be hard when we fully say goodbye as Dr- Patient in September 2022.
December 3, 2021
Dr. Spencer is very knowledgeable. He answers all my questions and I never feel rushed. I feel really comfortable with him and I know that my best health interest is important to him.
June 14, 2022
Dr. Spencer, has been my neurologist for quite sometime now at Mcfarland clinic in Ames IA. He is a very caring knowledgable doc. He takes the time to listen to his patients... He listens to your heslth issues an if u have things bothering u an needs address. I really like him as my doctor..
June 1, 2022
Dr. Spencer is a a definite asset to McFarland Clinic! I’m lucky to have him as my doctor. He Is a good listener and gives suggestions as to what meds and things I can do to alleviate my migraines. He is easy to talk with.
September 29, 2022
He listened to me, asked questions, took time with me
November 9, 2022
Dr Selden Spencer always takes the time to make sure everything is addressed. He also makes the visit very comfortable by making sure to ask how things are going and how I'm feeling.
October 26, 2021
He took time to discuss the issue & was open to exploring multiple options for treatment. He's knowledgeable & has a sincere companionate approach with the patient.
December 28, 2022
Dr. Spencer has been my provider for many years. He always listens to how I'm doing, and takes the time to explain the different options of care.
May 7, 2022
Dr.Spencer always takes the time to listen and hear any concerns or questions my mom or I have. He is always open to trying new things and helping me to lessen my migraine pain everyday.
September 13, 2022
Dr. Spencer is outstanding, IMO. He listens, is willing to explore any and all avenues to help with my migraine, which I greatly appreciate. His nurse Shelly also is valuable and does a terrific job with my vitals and chart information.
August 3, 2022
He absolutely cares about his patients. He spends ample time talking about health issues, and deciding the best way forward.
November 18, 2022
Dr Spencer is a genuine caring Doctor and person! He is the kind of doctor who TAKES TIME TO LISTEN AND HEAR WHAT YOU HAVE TO SAY! I am never rushed and feel every question I have answered with compassion and care. I believe that he puts himself in the patient shoes on HOW you would want to be cared for! He treats you as a person and not a number! I am very grateful for him and the staff there!
February 16, 2022
Friendly and professional, Dr. Spencer explains things in a way I can understand. Both he and his nurse were genuinely interested in me as a person.
September 2, 2022
Dr. Spencer is extremely caring and concerned about my issue. So is Shelley, his assistant. He listens, explains options, and is very willing to make any necessary referrals to try to improve my condition. I am so fortunate that he is the neurologist I see.
May 4, 2022
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Education & Professional Certification
- National Board of Medical Examiners
- American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
- Accredited Clinical Polysonographer
Allegheny College, Meadville, PA
- BA, 1966-1970
University of North Dakota School of Medicine, Grand Forks, ND
- MD, 1974-1978
San Joaquin General Hospital, Stockton, CA
- Neurology, 1978-1979
Barnes Hospital, St. Louis, MO
- Neurology, 1980-1983
University of Iowa
- Associate Professor, 1983-1985
Washington University in St. Louis
- Associate Professor, 1985-1990
- Fellow of the American Academy of Neurology
- American Medical Association
- American Sleep Disorders Association
- American Society of Neuroimaging
- Iowa Medical Society
- Professional Advisory Council
- National Multiple Sclerosis Society
- Story County Medical Society
- Stroke Council, American Heart Association
Professional & Personal Interests
Hobbies and Personal Interests
Story County Soil and Water Commissioner; Member, Collegiate Presbyterian Church; Ballard Community Band
The Aging Brain: Reducing the Effect of Aging
Dr. Selden Spencer discusses his recommendations to keep your brain healthy. Topics include physical activity, sleep, diet, and social activity.