The Pacific Brain Health Center is dedicated to providing comprehensive and holistic care to patients with memory loss, other cognitive issues, emotional disorders and balance problems. If you or a loved one is experiencing such issues, our expert team of physicians and trainers are here to help. With resources to address the full spectrum of disorders that can impact brain health and quality of life, our specialists working collaboratively under one roof, are focused on determining an accurate diagnosis and providing meaningful treatments. Disorders we commonly treat include: Alzheimer’s dementia, other forms of dementia and memory loss, depression, anxiety, balance and fall issues, as well as movement disorders including Parkinson’s disease and essential tremor.
The term brain health encompasses all aspects of brain function including memory, learning, and clarity of thought that affect quality of life. As we age, our brains become subject to risks associated with advancing years, but research shows that there are ways to help minimize some of these risks and enhance brain resilience. At the Pacific Brain Health Center our specialists have extensive experience encompassing a wide array of diagnoses that affect patient brain health and quality of life.
Our goals are to:
- Diagnose and treat Alzheimer’s dementia and cognitive decline of all etiologies through multi-pronged evidenced-based diagnostic and therapeutic modalities.
- Optimize brain recovery and minimize treatment-related insults in patients with brain tumors, stroke, brain hemorrhage, traumatic brain injury and other related disorders.
- Promote brain fitness and healthy brain aging by applying nutritional and hormonal approaches, exercise, meditation/mindfulness and other novel techniques.
- Advance understanding and treatment of neuro-cognitive decline, and ways to preserve and enhance brain health through innovative research and clinical trials.
Meet Our Team
Verna R. Porter, MD
Director of Programs for Dementia, Alzheimer's Disease and Neurocognitive Disorders, Brain Health Center; Adult Neurology
William G. Buxton, MD
Director, Neuromuscular & Neurodiagnostic Medicine, and Fall Prevention, Brain Health Center; Adult Neurology
Sarah C. McEwen, PhD, NSCA-CPT
Director, Research and Programming, Brain Health Center; Cognitive Psychology
Scott A. Kaiser, MD
Director, Geriatric Cognitive Health, Brain Health Center; Geriatric Family Medicine
Santosh Kesari, MD, PhD
Chair and Professor, Department of Translational Neurosciences and Neurotherapeutics Director, Neuro-oncology
Achal Singh Achrol, MD
Director, Neurovascular Surgery; Director, Neurosurgery Clinical Trials Program; Chief, Glioma Surgery Program
Marlon Saria, PhD, RN
Director, Center for Quality Outcomes and Research (CQOR), Translational Neurosciences & Neurotherapeutics;
Assistant Professor, John Wayne Cancer Institute; Advanced Practice Registered Nurse, Neuro-oncology
- Alzheimer’s disease
- Balance Disorder
- Cancer-treatment related issues
- Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis
- Chronic traumatic encephalopathy
- Corticobasal syndrome
- Healthy aging
- Human performance optimization
- HIV-related cognitive impairment
- Memory disorders
- Memory loss
- Mild cognitive impairment (MCI)
- Multiple system atrophy (MSA)
- Mood disorders
- Parkinson’s disease
- Posterior cortical atrophy
- Primary progressive aphasia
- Progressive supranuclear palsy
- Traumatic brain injury (TBI)
- Family history of neurological condition evaluation
- Neurocognitive, physical and psychological assessments
- Brain imaging: PET, MRI, CT
- CSF & peripheral biomarkers
- Quantitative Auditory ERP and EEG Testing to Aid in the Diagnosis of Dementia
- Comprehensive Health Lifestyle Assessment, Goal Setting, and Intervention Planning
- Laboratory testing of metabolism, hormonal, nutritional, and environmental toxins
- Cognitive remediation
- Physical activity/mental and physical exercise
- Hormonal therapies
- Fall prevention and treatment
- Baseline assessments of cognitive function
- Evaluation and treatment for adults requesting a diagnosis for memory loss, or depression, and/or anxiety
- Evaluation for other cognition issues; services can include medication management and short-term supportive psychotherapy
- Lifestyle medicine recommendations (exercise, diet, cognitive training, sleep issues, stress-reduction, etc.)
- Referral for non-insurance based services (e.g., physical fitness assessments and physical training supervision/coaching)
- For older adults (age 50+), primary focus on memory loss or more advanced dementia (e.g., Alzheimer’s disease)
- For all adults (18 years and older), treatment options based on clinical history (e.g., stroke or head trauma with memory loss)
*Clinic cannot provide services for patients with Medi-Cal as their only insurance.
For more information and to make an appointment, call us at 310-582-7641.
Our clinic is located at:
1301 20th Street, 1st Floor, Ste #145, Santa Monica, CA 90404.