CNI ALS Clinic
A multidisciplinary clinic serving those with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis/Lou Gehrig’s disease and their caregivers. Contact CNI for more information: 303-788-4010 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
What is the CNI ALS Clinic?
The Colorado Neurological Institute ALS Clinic is a multidisciplinary clinic serving those with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis/Lou Gehrig’s disease and their caregivers. In “partnership with The ALS Association Rocky Mountain Chapter, CNI offers this clinic on a monthly basis. Patients are evaluated by a neurologist, pulmonologist, physiatrist, nurse, social worker, dietician, physical, occupational, speech and respiratory therapists.
What is ALS?
ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis) or Lou Gehrig’s disease is a degenerative
neuromuscular disease that affects the brain and spinal cord’s nerve cells, which control the body’s skeletal muscles. Early visible signs of ALS include weakness in the hands or legs or slurring of speech. As the “disease progresses, paralysis of the voluntary muscles occurs, impacting speech, swallowing, breathing capabilities and overall mobility.
Who leads the CNI ALS Clinic?
Alex Dietz, MD, from Blue Sky Neurology is the Medical Director of the ALS Clinic.
Ellen Belle, MA, PT, is the Clinic Coordinator for the ALS Clinic and Director of Patient Services at CNI.
Leslie Ryan, MSPT, is the Care Services Director at The ALS Association Rocky Mountain Chapter.
The clinic team includes: Neurologist, Pulmonary Nurse Specialist, Nurse, Social Worker, Dietittian, Physical Therapist, Occupational Therapist, Speech Therapist, Respiratory Therapist, ALS Association Chapter Representative and wheelchair specialist.
How do I schedule an appointment?
To schedule your participation in the CNI ALS Clinic, please call 303-788-4010.
How long is a typical visit?
Generally, a clinic is 2.5 – 3 hours.
How will my visit benefit me?
Quality of life for you and your caregivers is our primary goal. Research has shown that individuals with ALS who participate in a multi-disciplinary clinic experience a better quality of life. At clinic, you will have an opportunity to learn not only what today brings and how to cope with it, but also what may lie ahead. Guidance is available for you every step of the way from both the ALS clinic team at CNI and the The ALS Association Rocky Mountain Chapter. We are all here support you.
How often do I need to come to clinic?
Generally, patients are seen every three months, but this may vary.