McFarland Clinic

Neurology

The McFarland Clinic Neuroscience Department is dedicated to providing the highest quality medical care in a compassionate and cost-effective fashion.

Neurologists treat disorders of the nervous system and muscles. A neurologist is often consulted to rule out a neurological cause of unexplained pain.

The nervous system includes

  • Brain and spinal cord (and their coverings)
  • Cranial nerves connected to the eyes, face, ears, nose, and throat
  • Peripheral nerves which supply the arms and legs
  • Muscles of the body
  • Autonomic nerves which innervate the internal organs including the blood vessels and sweat glands

Locations & Hours

Ames

Medical Arts Building Office

1015 Duff Avenue
Ames, IA 50010

515-239-4435

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Hours

DayTime
Monday8am-5pm
Tuesday8am-5pm
Wednesday8am-5pm
Thursday8am-5pm
Friday8am-5pm

Ankeny

Ankeny Specialty Services

1605 SE Delaware Ave, Suite L
Ankeny, IA 50021

515-965-3560

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Hours

Please contact the Ankeny Specialty Services Clinic for information regarding hours and scheduling for this outreach clinic.

Carroll

Carroll Office

1214 S Grant Road
Carroll, IA 51401

712-792-1500

Location Details on Carroll Office

Hours

Please contact the Carroll Office for information regarding hours and scheduling for this outreach clinic.

Jefferson

Jefferson Office

106 West Washington Street
Suite 2
Jefferson, IA 50129

515-239-4435

Location Details on Jefferson Office

Hours

Please contact the Neurology Department for information regarding hours and scheduling for this outreach clinic.

Marshalltown

Marshalltown Office

312 East Main Street
Marshalltown, IA 50158

515-239-4435

Location Details on Marshalltown Office

Hours

Please contact the Neurology Department for information regarding hours and scheduling for this outreach clinic.

Services

Our Services

Tests available to help in the diagnosis of neurological diseases include:

  • EEG (electroencephalography) brain wave analysis
  • Sleep study (polysomnogram) overnight test done at the sleep lab in the hospital to diagnose sleep disorders
  • Botox (botulinum toxin) therapeutic intervention used to treat excessive muscle contraction/overactivity.  That can result from several neurologic conditions including cerebral palsy, stroke, multiple sclerosis, head trauma, dystonia, Parkinson’s Disease, and migraine or muscle contraction. See below for more information.
  • Hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating)
  • EMG/NCV (electromyography/nerve conduction velocities) The EMG/Neuromuscular program provides clinical and electro-diagnostic evaluation by our Neurologist. We diagnose and treat a wide range of neuromuscular disorders including peripheral neuropathy, ALS, muscle disease, spinal root disease, and Myasthenia Gravis
  • Lumbar puncture- a procedure to collect cerebral spinal fluid for diagnostic testing
  • Intrathecal baclofen pump management and troubleshooting for spasticity in adults and children populations
  • Vagal nerve stimulator management for epilepsy 

Diseases / Disorders Treated

  • Alzheimer’s Disease
  • Dementia and other memory disorders
  • Epilepsy
  • Headaches
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Muscular dystrophies (muscle diseases)
  • Parkinson’s Disease and other movement disorders
  • Peripheral neuropathies (disorders of nerves)
  • Sleep disorders
  • Strokes
  • Tumors

Infusion Services

Patients needing infusions can contact our Infusion Services department.

Botox Treatment Program

For more than 20 years, the experienced staff at McFarland Clinic Neurology have offered medical Botox treatment. We would like to make sure you fully understand how botox may benefit your medical condition.

Typical Botox Treatment Plan

  • Botox is typically injected every 3 months (4 times per year).
  • It may take a few weeks for you to begin to see a response.
  • It may take additional treatments to get the best possible outcome.
  • Please continue your botox treatment per your provider's directions.

How We Work with Your Health Insurance Plan

  • Most insurance plans offer coverage for medical botox.

  • Our clinic will submit a request for approval on your behalf.

  • If your insurance requires that you use a specialty pharmacy, please answer their call to arrange for the delivery of your botox.

    • The call may come from an unidentified phone number.

    • Please contact our office 3 weeks prior to your appointment if your plan requires a specialty pharmacy.

    • Please notify our office if there are any changes to your contact information or health insurance. 

Commercial Insurance

If you have commercial insurance you may be eligible to receive some of your out-of-pocket expenses back to apply to future payments via a debit card. Visit botoxsavingscard.com for more information.

Additional Resources

Patient Resources

Neurology Referral Form

Neurology Referral Form

Referring providers may use this form to refer a patient to our department.

Download Form

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a neurologist?

A neurologist is a medical doctor who has additional training in diagnosing and managing disorders of the brain, nervous system and muscles.

What is a neurology consultation?

Typically a neurological exam tests the patient’s vision, strength, coordination, reflexes and sensation.  This information helps the neurologist determine if the problem is in the nervous system. Further tests may be needed to confirm a diagnosis or find a specific treatment.

What do I bring to my consultation?
  • All medication prescriptions and over-the-counter medications
  • MRI or Cat scan(CT) CD/Films pertinent to your visit taken at a non-McFarland Clinic (Important: must be hand carried to your appointment)
  • List of allergies
  • Surgical history
What services does a neurologist offer?

Services include but are not limited to the following:

  • NCV (nerve conduction studies)
  • EMG (electromyography)
  • Botox injections
  • Baclofen pump management
  • Vagal nerve stimulator management
  • LP (lumbar punctures)
  • EEG interpretations
  • Sleep study interpretations
  • Tilt table testing
Do I still need my primary care physician?

Yes, your primary care physician is very important to your total health care, they are aware of all your health needs.

When is neurosurgery needed?

Your neurologist or primary care physician will refer you to a neurosurgeon if testing determines that surgery could be beneficial in treating your condition.

When is the pain clinic needed?

Your neurologist or primary care physician will refer you to a pain clinic when testing determines that surgery is not beneficial and pain management is the correct treatment for your condition.

Video Resources

Epilepsy Finish Line

To get to the finish line, you need a good crew behind you. See how the right Neurology team can help you get where you want to go.

What is a Cluster Headache?

McFarland Clinic Neurologist David Moore, MD discusses cluster headaches.

Can Weather Changes Cause Headaches?

McFarland Clinic Neurologist David Moore, MD discusses whether changes in weather can cause headaches.

When Should I Speak to a Doctor About My Headaches?

McFarland Clinic Neurologist David Moore, MD discusses when you should see a doctor about headaches.

Patient Education

Important Links
See details for Alzheimer's Association
Alzheimer's Association

The Alzheimer's Association is the leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer's care and support and the largest private, nonprofit funder of Alzheimer's research.

See details for CDC Epilepsy Information
CDC Epilepsy Information

 The CDC has information on epilepsy including first aid, research, how to prevent epilepsy and how to manage it.

See details for Epilepsy Foundation
Epilepsy Foundation

The Epilepsy Foundation of America is the national voluntary agency dedicated solely to the welfare of the almost three million people with epilepsy in the U.S. and their families.

See details for National Multiple Sclerosis  Society
National Multiple Sclerosis Society

The National MS Society is a collective group of passionate individuals who want to do something about MS now—to move together toward a world free of multiple sclerosis.

See details for American Parkinson Disease Association
American Parkinson Disease Association

The American Parkinson Disease Association focuses on research, patient support, education and raising public awareness of the disease.

See details for Dystonia Foundation
Dystonia Foundation

The Dystonia Medical Research Foundation is an organization dedicated to serving all people with dystonia and their families.

See details for American Stroke Association
American Stroke Association

The American Stroke Association is solely focused on reducing disability and death from stroke.

See details for National Headache Foundation
National Headache Foundation

The National Headache Foundation exists to enhance the health care of headache sufferers.

See details for International Hyperhidrosis Society
International Hyperhidrosis Society

The International Hyperhidrosis Society is the world's largest organization dedicated to hyperhidrosis.

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