The headache treatment world is a small community. In our region, we have had two major headache practitioners leave their perspective headache clinics in the past three months, Dr. Aurora at the Swedish Headache Department and Dr. Steven Singer in Kirkland. Even before they closed their practices, the wait time for headache sufferers to see a headache specialist was up to six months in metro Seattle. Now it is even longer.
We have had many patients come from Seattle, some from Vancouver BC, as far away as northern California and you would have to ask them, but it seems like it was worth it. Under our testimonial page we have on such patient, who came up from Seattle and found it very much worth her time and drive.
Each headache provider has their own unique personality and approach. However, for us trained through the American and International Headache Societies, we are on the same page as far as diagnoses and standards of treatment.
I know that you will never find any headache clinic that listens better than we do and spends more time with you on each visit. There are few headache clinics in the country with providers who have more depth of knowledge about headache disorders. There is a significant possibility that we can help when others have not.
Our wait times have been as far out as two months, but presently we are out about a month, plus we have a work-in schedule where openings can appear in 48 hours if there were a cancellation.
We try our best to work over long distances. This was the common pattern when I worked at Mayo Clinic’s Headache Division. Our patients were from across the country and internationally. We can’t completely replace visits with phone management because that isn’t an effective or safe way to manage headaches, but once you are better, we can turn you back over to your primary care provider, who is closer to you.
Here is a letter of support from Dr. Lucas, who directs the Headache Center at the University of Washington supporting us and the concept that a neurologist, who doesn’t have special training in headache, may not be able to offer any more than the primary care provider has.
Yes . . . it is worth it.