Our goal in neurology is to diagnose and treat disorders of the brain, spinal cord, muscles and nervous system with your pet’s quality of life in mind. We strive to help pet owners understand their pet’s condition and develop a treatment plan that is best for the whole family. With access to specialized equipment, such as MRI and CT, along with a team of board-certified specialists, we will provide comprehensive care while working with your primary veterinarian for long term management.
Beryl Swanson, DVM, DACVIM (Neurology)
Dr. Swanson decided to leave human medicine to work with animals in 2010, earning her Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine at Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2014. Then she headed for Connecticut, where she completed a small animal rotating internship at two referral and emergency centers. Once her internship was complete, she moved to New York and completed her Neurology residency at the Animal Medical Center, New York City. After her internship, Dr. Swanson moved to the San Francisco Bay area to work in the neurology department at SAGE Veterinary Centers. Dr. Swanson decided, after spending years away from her family, to move back to the Seattle area. She now heads the department of neurology at the Animal Medical Center of Seattle.
Dr. Swanson’s areas of veterinary interest include performing spinal surgery, treating immune mediated inflammatory brain disease, and managing epilepsy. Outside of work, you can find her distance running, hiking, and spending time with her adorable cats, Doug and Regular Cat.
Austin Kerns, DVM, MS, DACVIM (Neurology)
Dr. Kerns earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Neurobiology, Physiology and Behavior from the University of California, Davis, graduating with highest honors. He stayed at the University of California, Davis for veterinary school and after earning his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, traveled to Georgia, where he completed a rotating internship at the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine. He made his way back to the West Coast, where he completed a neurology internship at a specialty hospital in San Diego. He then moved to the Midwest, where he spent the next three years completing a neurology residency at the Ohio State University Veterinary Medical Center, earning his Master of Science degree. After his residency, he worked at a private practice in the San Francisco Bay Area, and then headed to the Pacific Northwest.
In addition to his work in clinics and animal hospitals, Dr. Kerns has taught extensively throughout his academic and private practice career. His special interests include neuropathic pain, inflammatory central nervous system disease, and neurosurgery.
In his free time, Dr. Kerns enjoys many pastimes including reading, playing guitar, and getting outdoors to garden, hike, and snowboard.
Types of Cases
- Complex/refractory seizures
- Immune mediated diseases (eg, myasthenia gravis, polymyositis, masticatory myositis, meningoencephalitis of unknown etiology, optic neuritis)
- Infectious diseases (eg, discospondylitis, otogenic meningitis, fungal, viral, and protozoal diseases)
- Traumatic brain and spinal injury
- Metabolic diseases
- Neoplastic diseases (eg, brain and spinal tumors)
- Intervertebral disc disease
- Degenerative myelopathy
Diagnostics and Procedures
- Advanced imaging (eg, MRI, Computed tomography [CT scan])
- Spinal taps and spinal fluid analysis
- Spinal surgery
• Hemilaminectomy for the treatment of intervertebral disc herniation or spinal tumor resection
• Ventral slot – most commonly performed for the treatment of intervertebral disc herniation in the neck
- Brain surgery (craniotomy)
• Resection/treatment of brain tumors
• Traumatic brain injury
- Ventriculoperitoneal shunt
- Genetic testing and metabolic screening for various neurologic diseases
- Infectious disease testing