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)Beryl Swanson, DVM, DACVIM (Neurology) was born and raised in the Seattle area. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Neurobiology, receiving departmental honors, at the University of Washington. After graduating, she spent two years as a data analyst at the Allen Institute for Brain Science in Seattle, where she analyzed human brain anatomy, assisted with dissection, and analyzed data for the purposes of labeling DNA and RNA strands.
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.
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
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