At the MUSC Health Comprehensive Epilepsy Center, our doctors work to eliminate or reduce seizures to help you live life to the fullest.
MUSC Health is the only level 4 epilepsy center in South Carolina. This top-level designation from the National Association of Epilepsy Centers recognizes our doctors’ extensive knowledge and comprehensive treatment of patients with seizure disorders. Here you will receive the highest level of care.
When you come to MUSC Health for epilepsy care and treatment, you benefit from:
Brain mapping allows our doctors to precisely locate areas of the brain where seizures originate (known as the seizure focus). Our Comprehensive Epilepsy Center features the most advanced brain mapping technology.
When possible, our doctors use minimally invasive methods to diagnose seizure areas. There is no need to remove a piece of the skull or expose the brain. For you, this means less risk of infection and complications and relatively little recovery time.
Advanced diagnostic brain mapping options at MUSC Health include:
Learn more about positron emission tomography (PET) scans and other tests performed in our neurophysiology lab.
Treatment options at MUSC Health include:
Anti-seizure or anti-epileptic medications are usually the first treatment step. Medication can decrease the intensity and frequency of seizures or eliminate them altogether. Your doctor will work with you to develop an appropriate medication plan.
This high-fat, low-carbohydrate diet may reduce seizure activity. If your doctor recommends a ketogenic diet, you will work with a registered dietitian at MUSC Health who has special expertise in neurological disorders. A dietitian can help create a diet plan tailored for your specific tastes and needs. Find out more about keto-control diet therapies for epilepsy.
Depending on the location of the seizure focus, your doctor may choose to surgically remove that section of your brain. If the seizure focus is in a section that controls vital functions such as language, speech, vision, hearing or motor skills, your doctor may look at additional treatment options.
Our doctors were the first in South Carolina to use this minimally invasive surgical treatment. During this procedure:
MUSC Health was the first medical center in the state to introduce the RNS™ System. During this procedure:
Your doctor may recommend vagus nerve stimulation (VNS) if your seizures have not responded well to other treatment. During this procedure:
Our doctors use the latest technology to provide expert care. Features of our Comprehensive Epilepsy Center include:
Our specialized seven-bed epilepsy monitoring unit offers the latest digital monitoring and video capabilities. This technology captures seizure activity in a fraction of the time required in most standard monitoring units. Our doctors can quickly and efficiently provide a diagnosis.
Learn more about:
Our seizure experts see patients on the main campus of MUSC Health in Charleston, as well as at our regional clinic locations in East Cooper, West Ashley and North Charleston.
Check out our epilepsy handbook and epilepsy patient resources to learn more about a range of topics, including tips for living with seizures.
Our tele-EEG program enables doctors from across South Carolina to tap the expertise of MUSC Health seizure experts. With our team’s special expertise, community hospitals can provide faster seizure diagnosis and treatment.
To learn more about the Comprehensive Epilepsy Center at MUSC Health or to schedule an appointment, please call 843-792-3223.
The MUSC Health Comprehensive Epilepsy Center brings together epilepsy doctors, specialists and treatment in Charleston, SC. Our care team members have devoted their careers to the management of epilepsy. Patient care is supported by a wide variety of specialists from the fields of neurology, neurosurgery, neurophysiology, nursing, radiology, psychiatry, speech and language pathology, social work and research.
Julie DesMarteau, RD, MPAS, PA-C
Elizabeth Koontz, NP-C
Abbie Ensor, RN, MSN
Jennifer Marshall, PA-C
Allison Jones, CNIM | Neurophysiology Lab Director
Mark T. Wagner, Ph.D.
Speech Language Pathology:
Kikki Thayer, MS, CCC-SLP
Sherrell Thomas-Nelson, MSW
Ambesaw W. Selassie, MPH, DrPh
Kenton Holden, M.D.
Gigi Smith, Ph.D., APRN, CPNP-PC
Janelle Wagner, Ph.D.
Paula Kersey, RN, BSN
Kelly Kornegay, RN
Amy Shore, RN, BSN
Epilepsy Patient Coordinator:
Lane Stallworth, BS
Cutting-edge work includes grant-funded studies, collaborative partnerships and industry-sponsored clinical trials, all aimed at finding causes and cures. From a triple-phase assessment process with leading-edge technology to breakthrough medical and surgical treatments, the Comprehensive Epilepsy Center is poised to deliver improved outcomes for patients, physicians and families experiencing epilepsy.
Epilepsy specific research currently in progress includes:
To make an Epilepsy appointment, please call 843-792-3223.
Call our 24-hour referring physician service, MEDULINE, at 800-922-5250.