The Miracle of Noah

ABOVE: Caitlin Neveadomi snuggles with Noah, her miracle baby, in their Vacaville home. Caitlin Neveadomi and her husband Brandon never thought having a baby would be so complicated. They’d been trying for months to get pregnant, with the attitude of “if it happens, it happens.” But it wasn’t happening. The NorthBay Health at Home nurse…
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We’ve Got Your Back

NorthBay Spine, part of the NorthBay Center for Neuroscience, offers an integrated approach in which Pain Management works together with Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine and with neurosurgery and physical therapy. Specialists can treat back pain effectively with physical therapy, water therapy, exercise, massage and other non-surgical treatments including specialized injections. For appointments, call (707) 624-7746. Osteopathic…
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Battle is Personal

The Battle Has Become Personal for Neurosurgeon When it comes to attacking the most aggressive forms of cancer in the brain, it’s not just a job for neurosurgeon Edie Zusman, M.D. It’s personal. Personalized medicine, that is. It’s a high-tech tactic focused on creating the perfect weapon to wipe out glioblastoma and other tumors. It…
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Brain Tumor Vanquished

Ana Maria Santos, 60, rarely gets headaches, but one day she got a doozy. “I don’t like to take any pills, but I took a Tylenol and called my husband, Armando,” remembers the longtime Dixon resident. “He didn’t seem to understand how bad it was.” Armando, who works in environmental services for David Grant Medical…
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Minutes Matter…

Clot-Busting Drug Delivered in Time Wayne credits his family’s quick action for helping him survive his stroke. With him from left, Scottie Senalik and Jeremy and Ryan Epperson with children Evan and Weber. Wayne Senalik was feeling fit and relaxed on a balmy Sunday in May. He and his wife, Scottie, were looking forward to…
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Painfree & Grateful

Surgery Gives Retiree His Life Back Valiollah Eslami Amirabadi, visiting from Iran, right, gratefully thanks Dr.Jeffrey Dembner for restoring his health, while daughter Sedigheh Ghods watches. After Iranian doctors told Valiollah Eslami Amirabadi that he’d have to live with intense back pain, he felt hopeless. But during a visit with his daughter and her family…
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Brain Power

NorthBay and Neurosurgeon Team Up to Usher in a New Era What would inspire a man to give up a successful neurosurgical practice in Newport Beach and move 400 miles north to settle in Solano County? For Jeffrey Dembner, M.D., the answer is simple: The opportunity to build NorthBay Healthcare’s Center for Neuroscience from the…
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A Neurosurgeon’s Arsenal

The list of our high-tech equipment reads like a classified military document. There’s the Stealth Navigator and the O-Arm. The Pentero microscope. There’s the Ultrasonic Aspirator and ICP Monitor. You’d have to be a brain surgeon to understand it. Exactly. The aforementioned list includes some of the state-of-the-art technology in the arsenal of Dr. Jeffrey…
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Keeping Seizures at Bay

Although it has been 14 years since her first epileptic seizure, Pat Scholl can recall the moments leading up to it in vivid detail, as if it happened just moments ago. The then-44-year-old middle school math teacher was at home in Dixon tutoring a seventh-grade student. “I had just asked her to define ‘sublimation.’ I…
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New Era: Neuroscience

Neuroscience. The very mention of the word evokes images of brain scans, high-tech equipment and an alphabet soup of tests such as MRI, CT scan and the x-ray. Some may think it’s synonymous with brain surgery, but that’s just part of it. Neuroscience is the scientific study of the nervous system and includes sophisticated surgery…
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Mom Didn’t Recognize Signs of Her Stroke

Health at Home Nurse Lisa Lucero, R.N., offers Delfina Duran encouragement during recovery. When Delfina Duran, 41, of Fairfield, reached the NorthBay Medical Center Emergency Department (ED) on Friday, May 17, it had been 10 hours since she had suffered a stroke. The mother of two didn’t know the warning signs of stroke, so when…
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The Trek to High-Tech

Neurosurgeons Discuss Their Craft Jeffrey Dembner, M.D., and Mary Mancini, M.D., compare notes on the changes in neuroscience. Neurosurgery is one of the most technically challenging disciplines in medicine. The nervous system—comprised of your brain, spinal cord and nerves—is made of billions of cells making trillions of connections. And when damaged, these cells generally do…
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The Road Back

Therapy is Key to Recovery After Traumatic Brain Injury Physical Therapist Carlene Tauzer assists a patient. The road to recovery following a traumatic brain injury begins almost immediately after the patient is stabilized, says Doug Hinton, manager of rehabilitation services for NorthBay Healthcare. Whether the brain injury is the result of stroke, auto accident, fall…
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Traumatic Brain Injury

Traumatic brain injury (TBI) occurs when a sudden trauma causes damage to the brain. It can happen when the head suddenly and violently hits an object, or when an object pierces the skull and enters brain tissue. TBIs can range from a mild concussion to a severe injury that leads to death. The leading cause…
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Surgeon Teaches Feet on the Street

More than 100 Northern California first responders—the feet on the street—as well as emergency room personnel and other healthcare providers received some valuable trauma training by neuro-surgical expert Jeffrey Dembner, M.D., Medical Director for the Center for Neuroscience and neurological services for NorthBay Healthcare. Dr. Dembner taught the group how to assess and respond to…
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A Stroke Strikes Fear: Act Fast, Save a Life

In an instant, a stroke can change the course of your life. It can be far more devastating than a heart attack because it can cause irreparable damage. This damage can include loss of the ability to speak, weakness or paralysis on one side of the body, short-term memory loss and balance problems. A major…
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Program Scores Silver Award

It was a silver celebration when the NorthBay Healthcare Stroke Steering Committee earned high honors from the American Heart Association and the American Stroke Association in May. The Silver Achievement Award is given to programs that achieve at least 12 consecutive months of 85 percent or higher adherence to all “Get With The Guidelines Stroke…
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TIA: A Serious Stroke Warning

What if, for a brief moment in time, you felt like you’d had a stroke? Your arm went numb, or your vision blurred. And just as suddenly as it began, it was over. Or was it? You may have experienced what is called a TIA, or transient ischemic attack. Even though the attack is over,…
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A Functional Foundation

Blending Modern Science with Traditional Medicine Patients being treated for chronic neurological disorders at NorthBay Healthcare now have access to a new practice that blends the best of modern medical science with traditional natural medical approaches. Called “Functional Medicine,” this new practice focuses on maximizing a patient’s overall health, which can positively impact a disease…
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When Tremors Begin…

As people age, it’s normal to experience occasionally stiff muscles or slowing reflexes. But, for 1 million Americans, those symptoms are the first harbingers of Parkinson’s disease. Shahid Rehman, M.D. Parkinson’s disease is a chronic and progressive neurodegenerative disorder that can strike men and women of any ethnicity, according to Shahid Rehman, M.D., neurologist for…
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Fall Prevention at Home and Work

NorthBay Healthcare’s program goes beyond the initial life-saving treatment of traumatic injuries and the necessary rehabilitative care that follows. In fact, great effort is being put into injury prevention. For instance, the No. 1 cause that sends people to NorthBay Trauma Center is falls—accidents in the home and at work. A team of health educators…
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