Welcome to the Athens Brain & Spine Center. We are a patient-centered clinic dedicated to bringing you the best possible treatment options for cranial and spinal conditions. The way we see it, every patient is unique, and that means the way you’re treated should be also. While many neurosurgeons measure success by the number of patients they rush in and out of their offices and operating rooms, Athens Brain & Spine defines success by the number of people who are able to live better lives after receiving care from our neurosurgeon and staff.
Our mission is to provide the most up-to-date neurosurgical care for you in a setting where you are known and respected. We believe that medical care is a team effort, shared by you and all of us in this office. We will do our very best to respect your time and effort by explaining every step in your treatment and working to develop a plan that makes sense in your daily work and family life. An important part of that is providing educational counseling about disease processes and overall health maintenance to you. We ask that you play an active role in this conversation, by asking questions and by being honest about your concerns and limitations.
Providing the best care for you means that we need to be fully informed about your medical history, your medications and lifestyle. Your privacy will be respected. Please bring all medications you take to your appointment, including prescriptions, over the counter medicines and herbal supplements. You will also need to bring current copies of insurance cards, driver’s license or other identification.
Records of previous surgery or treatment will be important, as will copies of recent blood work, and disks containing X-rays or MRIs. Contact information for your primary care doctor will also be helpful, so that we can keep everyone involved in your health care informed of your treatment here.
Thank you for choosing Athens Brain & Spine. Our neurosurgeon and staff look forward to working with you and helping you achieve a better quality of life. If you need to schedule an appointment with us, please visit our contact page. We look forward to hearing from you!
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At Athens Brain & Spine it is our desire to provide people in need with the absolute best care. Please fill out the form below and we will contact you as soon as possible.
Kimberly Walpert, M.D. earned her medical degree at Tulane University School of Medicine. She completed a neurosurgical residency at The University of Tennessee and Semmes-Murphey Clinic in Memphis. She is also a Clinical Assistant Professor at the GRU/UGA Medical Partnership.
Shashikant Patil, M.D. is a neurosurgeon who earned his medical degree at Kasturba Medical College. He completed a neurosurgical residency and fellowship at the LSU Health Sciences Center.
Board-Certified Family Nurse Practitioner with 14 years of neurosurgical experience. Donna holds her Masters Degree in Nursing from Medical College of Georgia and is a Licensed Nurse Practitioner and a certified Family Nurse Practitioner.
Stephanie earned her B.S. in Nursing at the Medical College of Georgia. She worked as a registered nurse in the neurosurgical field before furthering her education at Georgia Regents University. She graduated with a Master of Nursing Family Nurse Practitioner degree in 2015. She holds professional membership to the AANP.
Kara Whyte graduated Magna Cum Laude from Wagner College in 1994, concomitantly earning her Physician Assistant Certificate of Completion from Bayley Seton Hospital, Staten Island New York. She is Nationally Board Certified with primary care proficiency and has been assisting Dr. Kimberly Walpert since 2011.
We are proudly located on the second floor of the Medical Services Building on the campus of Piedmont Athens Regional Medical Center. While our office, staff and systems are located on the Piedmont Athens Regional Campus we maintain privileges and practice medicine at other area locations and hospitals.
Athens Brain & Spine is focused on patient centered care. We start with a conversation. At the forefront of our thought process is to get to know our patients and them to get to know our staff on a level far beyond x-rays and lab reports.
We want to teach you and educate you about what is going on in your body. We want you to educate us on what makes sense for you and your life in regards to treatment.
Medicine is a relationship. Medicine is a conversation.
Due to the nature of our practice, you may have a delay in your appointment time while an emergency or a patient with a complicated problem is dealt with. We know that your time is very important and the wait can be an inconvenience. We sincerely apologize and appreciate your understanding.
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