Neurology Services

Neurology Service

The neurology & neurosurgery service at Purdue College of Veterinary Medicine specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of patients with brain, spinal cord and peripheral nerve diseases, such as disc herniation, spinal fractures, and brain tumors, and more. In addition to conventional therapies, we have access to many state-of-the-art treatments, some of which are being discovered here at Purdue.

If you are seeking clinical care for a pet with a neurological problem, please call the Purdue University Veterinary Teaching Hospital at (765) 494-1107. In case of after-hours emergencies, please call the closest veterinary emergency center or call us at (765) 496-1107.  The neurology section receives cases on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays and performs surgery on Wednesdays and Fridays.

Conditions Treated and Procedures Offered

Common procedures in dogs and cats include MRI and CT of the brain and spine, brain and spinal surgery, spinal fluid taps, seizure therapy and in-patient care of neurological patients. Additional capabilities include electrodiagnostics including hearing tests (BAER), brain wave assessment (EEG) and evaluation of peripheral nerve and muscle function (EMG, nerve conduction studies, repetitive stimulation, etc.). The neurology & neurosurgery service deals with emergencies including paralysis and severe seizures every day of the week. Patients recovering from spinal surgery are co-managed with the Physical Rehabilitation Service.

  • Surgical Conditions
  • Brain Tumors
  • Disc Herniation
  • Spinal Fractures
  • Special Equipment/Technology
  • Access to both 1.5 and 3.0 Tesla MRI Units
  • EEG
  • EMG
  • NCV
  • Image Guided Brain Biopsy

Research Interests and Clinical Trials

Dr. Bentley has established a canine brain tumor research program involving clinical trials for dogs with brain tumors, improved MRI diagnosis, and collaboration with brain tumor researches from across the Purdue Campus and at the IU School of Medicine.

Dr. Lewis’s main research interests include neurotrauma and neuroimaging with a focus on acute and chronic spinal cord injury in dogs. Her research involves developing novel clinical and imaging techniques to improve diagnosis and recovery from severe spinal cord injury. 

Dr. Thomovsky’s research interests include rehabilitation in the post-operative neurologic patient, novel anti-convulsant therapies and movement disorders.

Clinical trials are used to determine the safety and/or effectiveness of the new healthcare options. A clinical trial is research which tries to answer specific questions about drugs or new therapies in patients. Carefully conducted clinical trials are the fastest and safest way to investigate new ideas and find treatments that work. Learn more about Current clinical trials at the Veterinary Teaching Hospital.

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Our Staff

Clinicians

R. Timothy Bentley, BVSc (Dist), MRCVS, DACVIM (Neurology)

Dr. Bentley is an Assistant Professor of Neurology/Neurosurgery at Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine, and is board certified in neurology by the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine. He joined the neurology service in October 2009. Dr. Bentley's research interests include novel therapies for the treatment of brain tumors, molecular markers of brain tumors, and epilepsy.


Melissa Lewis, VMD, PhD, DACVIM (Neurology)

Dr. Lewis is an Assistant Professor of Neurology/Neurosurgery at Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine, and is board certified in Neurology by the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine. She completed her neurology/neurosurgery training followed by a PhD in Comparative Biomedical Sciences at North Carolina State University. She joined the Neurology Service in September 2017. Dr. Lewis's research program focuses on acute and chronic spinal cord injury with dogs with clinical research trials investigating various aspects of treatment and recovery.

Stephanie Thomovsky, DVM, MS, DACVIM (Neurology), CCRP

Dr. Thomovsky is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Veterinary Neurology at Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine, and is board certified in neurology by the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine. She is also a certified canine rehabilitation practitioner. Dr. Thomovsky joined the neurology service in October 2014. Her research interests include vestibular disease, veterinary rehabilitation, movement disorders and micturition.

Residents

Sissy (Hsuan-Ping) Hong, DVM, MVM

  • 2020 – Master of Science | Purdue University
  • 2020 – Neurology Residency | Purdue University
  • 2017 – Small Animal Rotating Internship | Atlantic Veterinary College
  • 2014 – Master of Veterinary Medicine | National Taiwan University
  • 2013 – Small Animal Rotating Internship | National Taiwan University
  • 2012 – DVM | National Taiwan University 

Dillon Devathasan, DVM

  • 2021 – Master of Science | Purdue University
  • 2021– Neurology Residency | Purdue University
  • 2018 – Small Animal Surgery Internship | Centre for Animal Referral & Emergency
  • 2016 – Small Animal Rotating Internship | Queensland Veterinary Specialists 
  • 2015 – DVM | University of Adelaide

Jaya Mehra, DVM

  • 2021 – Master of Science | Purdue University
  • 2021 – Neurology Residency | Purdue University
  • 2018 – Neurology Specialty Internship | Veterinary Specialty Hospital of San Diego
  • 2017 – Small Animal Rotating Internship | VCA Northwest Veterinary Specialists 
  • 2016 – DVM | University for California, Davis 

Neurology Nurses

Brittany Laflen, RVT

2011 - Registered Veterinary Technician | State of Indiana

2010 - Associate of Science | Purdue University

Mallory Lind, RVT

  • Neurology and Rehabilitation Nurse
  • 2021 - Bachelor's of Science | University of Tennessee - Martin
  • 2018 - Registered Veterinary Technician | State of Indiana
  • 2017 - Associate of Science | Vet Tech Institute

Former Graduate Students and Residents

Kelly Cummings, DVM

  • 2016 - 2019 - Neurology Residency | Purdue University and MedVet Commerce
  • Current Position: Neurologist, Animal Neurology and MRI Center, Commerce, MI

Jason (Chun Sheng) Lee, BVM, MS

  • 2011-2014 | Neurology Resident
  • Current Position: National Taiwan University School of Veterinary Medicine, Taipe, Taiwan

Melissa A. Logan, PhD, DVM, Diplomate ACVIM (Neurology)

  • 2008-2011 | Neurology Resident
  • 2010 | Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (Neurology)
  • Current Position: Neurologist, Center for Animal Referral and Emergency Services, Langhorne, PA

Talisha M. Moore, DVM, PhD, Diplomate ACVIM (Neurology)

  • 2016 - Neurology Residency | Purdue University
  • Current position: Clinical Assistant Professor of Neurology, Mississippi State University, College of Veterinary Medicine, MS

Trevor W. Moore, DVM, Diplomate ACVIM (Neurology)

  • 2011-2015 | Neurology Resident
  • Current Position: Neurologist, Veterinary Neurological Center, Phoenix, AZ

Lindsey Peterson, DVM, MS and Diplomate ACVIM (Neurology)

  • 2018 – Master of Science | Purdue University
  • 2018 – Neurology Residency | Purdue University
  • Current Position: Veterinary Neurologist, MedVet Chicago, Chicago, IL

Michael J. Reese, DVM, MS, Diplomate ACVIM (Neurology)

  • 2010-2013 | Neurology Resident
  • 2013 | Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (Neurology)
  • Current Position: Neurologist, Southeast Veterinary Neurology, Miami, FL

Andrea Sangster, DVM, MS, Diplomate ACVIM (Neurology)

  • 2011-2014 | Neurology Resident
  • Current Position: Veterinary Neurologist, Advanced Veterinary Care: Fishers, IN

Stephanie A. Thomovsky, DVM, MS, Diplomate ACVIM (Neurology)

  • 2008-2010 | Neurology Resident
  • 2011 | Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (Neurology)
  • Current Position: Clinical Associate Professor of Neurology, Purdue University, College of Veterinary Medicine, West Lafayette, IN

Amy Yanke, DVM, MS

  • 2017 - Master of Science | Purdue University
  • 2017 - Neurology Residency | Purdue University
  • Current Position: Assistant Professor of Neurology, Auburn University, College of Veterinary Medicine, AL

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