Epilepsy and Seizure Disorders

Epilepsy is one of the most common neurological disorders. One in 26 people will develop epilepsy in their lifetime.

Seizures consist of unusual sensations, behaviors or movements resulting from abnormal electrical discharges in the brain. They may result in an alteration of consciousness or even a convulsion. When a patient experiences two or more unprovoked seizures, epilepsy is typically diagnosed. (Source: Mayo Clinic)

CNI is home to the nationally accredited CNI Epilepsy Center of Excellence at Swedish Medical Center” in Denver.   As a Level 4 epilepsy center, we provide a epilepsy studycomplete team approach to the care of our epilepsy and seizure patients. CNI and Swedish Medical Center have been working together with epileptologists, epilepsy surgeons, neuroradiologists, neuropsychologists, epilepsy nurses, neurodiagnostic technicians and others for over 26 years to provide the best care possible to our epilepsy patients. Not only are our Associate clinicians sub-specialty trained and board-certified, but they also have individual expertise in such areas as neuropharmacology, electrophysiology, functional neurosurgery, structural and functional neuroimaging, and neuropsychology.


Counseling and Care Coordination: Both patients and caregivers are often in need of some coaching. CNI has licensed professional counselors and social workers that can provide quality assistance. Our care-coordinator guides our patients through a complex set of diagnostic and treatment options, which most often include at least an EEG and a 3T MRI, followed by tailored pharmacologic treatment.For information, please contact Gaetha Mills at gmills@thecni.orgmore info

Neuro Rehabilitation: CNI’s rehab team focuses on balance, fine motor skills, gross motor skills, speech and many other functional tasks associated with epilepsy. For more information, please contact Ellen Belle at ebelle@thecni.orgmore info

Patient Assistance: CNI provides short-term financial assistance to cover necessary services, physician care, and any additional care needs for epilepsy patients. For information, please contact Gaetha Mills at gmills@thecni.org.

Support Groups:Epilepsy Support Groups offer multiple educational presentations in addition to important aspects of fellowship and group support. For information, please contact Gaetha Mills at gmills@thecni.orgmore info

Research: CNI adds the extra dimension of translational and clinical research to the epilepsy program. Research coordinators facilitate pharmaceutical-company-based and other clinical studies. Biomedical engineers and scientists are engaged in functional imaging, translational research studies, and analyzing, testing and implementing cutting-edge technologies. Associate physicians are also committed to research that is relevant to and directs their practice of medicine. more info



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