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Tawnya Constantino, MD, a neurologist and fellowship-trained epileptologist, provides high-level care for people with epilepsy

Tawnya Constantino, MD, a neurologist and fellowship-trained epileptologist, provides high-level care for people with epilepsy and their families.

New Hope for Patients with Epilepsy

New epilepsy clinic and an epileptologist — a specially trained neurologist — provide expert care for people with epilepsy at Intermountain Medical Center.

People with epilepsy in Utah and the Intermountain West now have access to the latest research and treatment options at a new specialized epilepsy clinic staffed by Tawnya Constantino, MD, a neurologist and fellowship-trained epileptologist, who provides high-level care for people with epilepsy and their families.

Epilepsy is a neurological disorder caused by abnormal electrical signals in the brain that produce recurring seizures.

Symptoms can include:

  • Brief changes in behavior
  • Brief sensory changes
  • Confusional episodes
  • Convulsions
  • Déjà vu feelings
  • Episodes of loss of awareness or loss of consciousness
  • Staring spells

An estimated 3 million people have epilepsy in the United States, including roughly 18,000 in Utah and 52,000 in the Intermountain West. Approximately 10 percent of all Americans will suffer at least one seizure during their lives.

Intermountain Medical Center’s specialized epilepsy clinic offers a wide range of services, including:

  • Comprehensive diagnostic services, including diagnosis of the likelihood and cause of seizures and assessment of the potential for surgical treatment to stop the effects of epilepsy. “Epilepsy isn’t always diagnosed correctly — just having an unexplained seizure doesn’t mean you have it,” says Dr. Constantino. “The equipment and technology we have at Intermountain Medical Center, and the experience of our care providers, helps us provide exceptional levels of diagnostic expertise.”
  • Expert medication management for patients with epilepsy, including a wide range of medication options, education on the effects and limitations of various drugs, and options for patients who don’t respond to medication. “Medication management is the bread and butter of what we do,” says Dr. Constantino. “Throughout my career I’ve found that a thorough and up-to-date understanding of current epilepsy medications, including the specific functions and limitations of various drugs, can benefit almost everyone with epilepsy. Often the disease can be managed very effectively just by knowing what drugs to take and when to take them.”
  • Advanced lifestyle management resources, including support for patients as they work, drive, and consider becoming pregnant, provided by Dr. Constantino with support from experienced social workers and pharmacists. “I can think of a number of cases where patients were told they shouldn’t drive or have a baby — but that was just not accurate information.” Dr. Constantino says.

A summary of Dr. Constantino’s background. Dr. Constantino is a graduate of Loma Linda University School of Medicine and completed an internship and a residency at the University of Utah School of Medicine. She also completed a fellowship in clinical neurophysiology with an emphasis on epilepsy at the U. She’s one of three board-certified epileptologists in Utah. She’s active in epilepsy research and education.

The epilepsy clinic is located on the eighth floor of Intermountain Medical Center’s south office building.

Patients can make appointments or get more information by calling 801-507-9800 or toll-free at (877) 276-3792, and by e-mailing imcneuroscience@imail.org.

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