Dr. David Roberts is the new neurologist in town.
Roberts, who was recruited to town as part of Swedish Medical Center’s effort to find neurologists to fill the local demand, arrived in November 2012.
In March he was ready to strike out on his own.
That was a natural decision for Roberts, who arrived in Sequim after spending 20 years in private practice in Utah.
His wife, Shelli, handles the desk duties for the new practice, which is at 675 N. Sequim Ave., Suite 3B.
She’s a Seattle native, he’s from San Francisco. It was time to get out of the cold confines of Provo and Salt Lake, Roberts said.
The two have “15 kids between us.”
Roberts said he’s well-suited to working in a small town. “You want to be what I call a comprehensive neurologist. Basically, I take care of anything that’s neurological: headaches, seizures, strokes, multiple sclerosis, ALS, spine problems, neck, back problems and carpal tunnel.”
Roberts said much of his practice consists of medication management. He also utilizes the more modern electronic tools of the trade, including vagus nerve stimulators for epilepsy.
That’s a device that is attached to the vagus nerve, along with a pacemaker. After Roberts has programmed the device, “It reduces or pretty much eliminates seizures,” he said.
He also treats Parkinson’s disease with the new deep brain stimulators (DBS) that can control the shaking.
Expertise with DBS, he said, “has been very useful here because there’s a large number of people who have Parkinson’s disease or movement disorders.”
Roberts, who earned his M.D. from the University of California-Davis, said he’s received his share of recognition but that he’s most proud of his recent awards as a “compassionate doctor.”
“I have been very fortunate to have some very loyal patients that have said very kind things about me on web doctor rating sites. Although there are inherent biases with patient-based reviews of doctors, it is very nice to know that I am connecting with my patients,” he said.
“It sounds simple, but it’s true. If you listen, people will tell you what’s wrong. I’ve had times when I’ve been told I’m a good diagnostician. But I don’t think it’s really any different from being a good listener.”
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