NEUROLOGY & MRI CENTER
1120 Welch Road
Commerce, Michigan
248 960-7200

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ABOUT US 

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Mission

To provide hope and enhance the well-being of our patients’ lives through integrated medicine and education.

 

Foremost Value

The needs of our patients, their families and referring veterinarians come first.

 

Value Statements

Respect

Treat everyone including patients, their families, referring veterinarians and colleagues with dignity and respect.

Compassion

Provide the best care, treating patients and their families with sensitivity and empathy.

Integrity

Carry out the highest standards of professionalism, ethics and personal responsibility, worthy of the trust our referring veterinarians and patient families place in us.

Healing

Provide a nurturing environment that promotes healing and reduces stress.

Teaming

Value collaboration by combining the contribution of each individual staff member, referring veterinarian and patient family members.

Excellence

Deliver the best outcomes and highest quality service for every patient, every family, every referring veterinarian, every time.

Innovation

Push the boundaries of knowledge and expertise through the creative ideas and unique skill sets of each employee to enhance the well-being of the communities we serve.

Vision

Our vision to provide the best technology combined with compassionate care lead us to create three centers in one.  Many neurological disorders are emergencies in nature and as such we wanted to be 24/7 with a doctor on site at all times – this lead us to begin our ER practice.  Neurological disorders require accurate diagnostic capabilities as well as efficiently delivered – this lead to create our diagnostic suites for MRI, CT and Digital Radiography.  Lastly, neurological patients need rehabilitative services to bring back motor skills as quickly as possible – this lead us to begin our rehabilitation practice.  We have created a center that allows clients to have their pets neurological needs met from start to finish, all within one comprehensive facility.

 

Many of our patients come to us as an emergency, some completely paralyzed and they require immediate imaging, surgery and physical rehabilitation to help regain full use of their limbs.  Often times the family members of these pets have not yet formed a relationship with us, they are worried about their pet, they have questions and they are scared.  It is our goal to welcome them into our facility, keep them well informed throughout the process and provide a comfortable calming environment.

 

Prior to building the new facility, we were a stand-alone neurology practice without an emergency service or rehabilitation. Understanding that fully healing our patients would require a combination of emergency service, neurology, MR imaging and rehabilitation, our vision was to have a center where this could be accomplished under one roof.  When choosing to design and build a new facility, these three components were essential to achieving our vision.  In addition, we wanted a warm and welcoming environment that gave people comfort knowing that they have come to the right place.  Our building and most importantly, our doctors and staff, made that a reality.

 

The imaging suite of our hospital is our most unusual feature.  We have dedicated MRI, CT and Digital Radiography suites, making diagnosis of our patients’ neurological disorders efficient and accurate enabling treatment to be determined in a timely manner.

 

Our rehabilitation area is equipped with an overhead lift system to help facilitate physical therapy sessions on our larger, non-ambulatory patients.  We also have two underwater treadmills to offer water therapy, along with acupuncture, electro-acupuncture, electrical stimulation, therapeutic ultrasound, cold laser therapy as well as a range of physical exercises and massage.

 

Our emergency department is staffed with highly skilled urgent care veterinarians and certified critical care technicians. We supplement the care of your family veterinarian by being available to you after hours or when a regular appointment is not possible. Our instant triage means that your pet’s condition will be assessed immediately. Our state-of-the-art facility and diagnostic equipment insure that your pet’s emergency is diagnosed and treated quickly.

 

By combining all facets of emergency care, neurology/neurosurgery, MR imaging and rehabilitation into our hospital, we were able to ensure that from the moment a pet and their family came through our front door, through the last rehabilitation appointment, all their needs would be met.  We are three centers, one placebringing together advanced medicine, patient health and well-being, and compassionate care.

 

Practice Philosophy

The practice philosophy at our center is to provide a state-of-the art facility complete with comprehensive diagnostics, expert treatment and compassionate care for pets suffering from neurological disease, experiencing emergency medical conditions and in need of animal rehabilitation.  We also believe in providing the same compassionate care for their owners, who are often under considerable emotional distress.  We pursue excellence in delivering service and care to our clients, their pets and our referring veterinarians. Our center is unique in that it is a premier neurology practice with emergency and rehabilitation services all working together under one roof to help our patients get back on their paws.

 

Dr. Michael Wolf has practiced veterinary neurology for over 20 years, with a special focus on animal MRI imaging, neurosurgery and the treatment of brain tumors. Dr. Wolf was the first veterinarian to invest in an MRI in Michigan, a move that immediately elevated the level of care to a new standard of excellence. He has been in private practice since 1994.


Patient Tails

Common Neurological Diseases & How to Spot Them

Common Neurological Diseases & How to Spot Them

 

Signs & Symptoms

What it could be

Prognosis/Recovery

  Back pain Disc herniationDegenerative disease of the spinal cord

Compression of the spinal cord caused by tumor or congenital malformation

 

Treatment options vary based on diagnosis. If treated early, pets suffering from back pain due to spinal cord compression have a fair to very good prognosis for complete recovery. Conservative treatment may be chosen for pets experiencing their first bout of back pain that do not have problems walking.
  Neck pain/tenderness Cervical disc herniationInstability of the neck vertebrae (AA luxation)

Infection/inflammation of the brain/spinal cord

Serious brain & spinal cord condition (Chiari-like malformation)

 

Cervical pain in a cat or dog can be a symptom of many different neurological disorders. A board-certified neurologist will use your pet’s history and physical neurological examination to determine treatment. It is important to remember for many neurological conditions, there are treatment options. Pets with meningitis or encephalitis can be successfully treated with the proper diagnosis and medications.
  Seizures/trembling/falling over*NOTE* If this is your pets first seizure or if more than 3 seizures in a 24 hour period, seek medical advice ASAP! EpilepsyBrain tumor

Infection/inflammation of the brain/spinal cord

 

Many neurological disorders can mask themselves as other conditions, early diagnosis is key to treatment and recovery. Once diagnosed, pets having seizures, trouble walking or showing symptoms of dizziness may be treated medically while others will require a surgical approach for a successful recovery. Some neurological disorders, such as Degenerative Myelopathy, cannot be cured; however rehabilitation has been proven to slow down the disease progression.
  Weakness/trouble    walking/dragging toes/wobbliness Disc herniationWobbler’s Syndrome

Infection/inflammation

Fibrocartilaginous embolism (FCE)

Degenerative disease of the spinal cord

Instability of the neck vertebrae (AA luxation)

 Disorientation/behavioral changes StrokeBrain tumor

Vestibular disease

 Head tilt/dizziness StrokeVestibular disease

Infection/inflammation of the brain/spinal cord

  Paralysis/inability to walk/acute    weakness *NOTE* THIS IS AN EMERGENCY StrokeSpinal fracture

Fibrocartilaginous embolism (FCE)

Disc herniation of the cervical or lumbar spine

If your pet is unable to walk, it is an emergency. The sooner treatment is started, the better the prognosis. Early surgical decompression offers a more rapid recovery. Pets suffering from paralysis and loss of deep pain (feeling to their toes) exceeding a 24 hour time period have a grave prognosis for return of neurological function, in spite of medical and surgical intervention.

 

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