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The MultiCare Neuroscience Center of Washington provides the latest treatment for epilepsy. Through MultiCare, patients have access to the full range of treatments for epilepsy, including medications, EEG monitoring and vagus nerve stimulation.

Epilepsy Treatments

Vagus Nerve Stimulator (VNS)
Tacoma General Hospital pioneered the use of the vagus nerve stimulator for patients who suffer from debilitating seizures. Acting like a pacemaker for the brain, the vagus nerve stimulator can dramatically reduce, and in some cases eliminate, seizures in patients who haven't been helped by traditional epilepsy treatments alone.

VNS is used in combination with medicine or surgery. While it does not eliminate the need for medicine, it can help reduce the risk of complications from severe or repeated seizures.

Electroencephalogram (EEG)EEG
An electroencephalogram or EEG uses special sensors to record your brain's electrical activity. Certain conditions, such as seizures, can be seen by the changes in the normal pattern of the brain's electrical activity.

The Center was the first in Pierce County to provide continuous, long-term EEG monitoring for epilepsy patients—giving doctors more detailed and precise information on which to base treatment recommendations.

We offer diagnostic EEG monitoring in an outpatient setting at:
Mary Bridge Children's Hospital
Tacoma General Hospital

We currently see patients in Gig Harbor,and Tacoma.

To schedule an appointment at any of these locations, please call 253-403-0344.

Clinical Trial

Epilepsy Clinical Trial, Tacoma, WA & Nationwide
Laura Hershkowitz, D.O. is conducting a clinical trial at MultiCare Adult Neurology in Tacoma, WA to examine if a new investigational add-on (or ‘adjunctive’) antiepileptic medication is effective in controlling partial onset seizures when taken along with other antiepileptic medication(s).

More information about this study.

Clinic Location

MultiCare Adult Epilepsy Clinic
316 MLK Jr Way, Ste 408
Tacoma WA,  98405
253-403-0344

VNS Management

Vagus Nerve Stimulation is a treatment that uses a device that delivers electrical pulses to reduce seizures for some epilepsy patients. After the VNS device is implanted surgically, neurologists monitor and adjust the pulses without additional surgery using computer technology.