Lakeshore Health Partners neurologists offer comprehensive consultation, evaluation and treatment of neurological disorders in adults providing high-level, advanced neurological care close to home.

Neurologists specialize in diagnosing and treating disorders of the brain and nervous system. Our team provides neurological exams, coordinates neurological testing and imaging to evaluate and diagnose disorders. Lakeshore Health Partners - Neurology treats the full continuum of neurological disorders.

Areas of specialty include:

  • Electromyography Testing (EMG)
  • Epilepsy
  • Headache Disorders
  • Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
  • Neurodegenerative Diseases, such as Alzheimer's, Parkinson’s & Huntington’s
  • Peripheral Neuropathy/Muscle Disorders
  • Stroke

For appointments, advice, and medication refills, please call during office hours. You may also schedule appointments, send messages and request medication refills through the patient portal. If you do not currently have a Lakeshore Patient Portal you may request access by calling during office phone hours.

Neurodegenerative disease, like dementia and Alzheimer's, are a range of conditions affecting the brain neurons. Neurons are the building blocks of the nervous system which includes the brain and spinal cord. Neurons normally don’t reproduce or replace themselves, so when they become damaged or die they cannot be replaced by the body. Examples of neurodegenerative diseases include Alzheimer’s and Huntington’s disease. Neurodegenerative diseases are incurable and can have debilitating conditions that result in progressive degeneration causing problems with movement and/or mental functions. Dementia is responsible for the degeneration associated with Alzheimer's.

Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a chronic disease of the central nervous system. It is thought to be an autoimmune disorder. It is an unpredictable condition that can be relatively benign, disabling or devastating. Some individuals with MS may be mildly affected, while others may lose their ability to see clearly, write, speak or walk when communication between the brain and other parts of the body becomes disrupted. The symptoms of MS are erratic. They may be mild or severe, of long duration or short. They may appear in various combinations, depending on the area of the nervous system affected.

Parkinson's disease is a disorder of certain nerve cells in the brain that normally produce a chemical called dopamine, which helps the brain direct and control movement. In Parkinson's disease, these dopamine-producing nerve cells break down, causing dopamine levels to drop and affect the brain signals that direct movement. The classic symptoms of Parkinson's disease are shaking (tremor), stiff muscles (rigidity), and slow movement (bradykinesia). A person with fully developed Parkinson's disease may also have a stooped posture, a blank stare or fixed facial expression, speech problems, and problems with balance or walking. He or she may also have confusion and memory loss. The cause of the disease is unknown. Parkinson's disease usually begins in middle or late life, rarely before age 50—except in cases where genetic causes are suspected. The disease usually progresses gradually over many years, often at different rates in different people. There is no cure for Parkinson's disease, but medicine and in some cases surgery can help relieve symptoms.

Meet Our Neurology Team

Amanda Nies, DO

Education & Training

Institution Degree
Michigan State University - College of Osteopathic Medicine DO
St. John Providence Health System Residency
St. John Providence Health System Internship

Christina Johnston, DO

Education & Training

Institution Degree
Michigan State University - College of Osteopathic Medicine DO
Botsford General Hospital Internship/Residency

Paul Ariagno, MD

Education & Training

Institution Degree
Evanston Northwestern Healthcare Residency
Loyola University of Chicago (med degree) MD
Evanston Northwestern Healthcare Internship
Rush-Presbyterian-St Luke's Medical Center Fellowship