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Darin Wesley Smith, MD
(360) 528-8510
525 Lilly Rd NE Ste 210
Olympia, WA
Specialties
Neurological Surgery
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ia Coll Of Med, Iowa City Ia 52242
Graduation Year: 1993

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Jon Christian Kooiker, MD
(360) 413-8562
525 Lilly Rd NE Ste 210
Olympia, WA
Specialties
Neurology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: In Univ Sch Of Med, Indianapolis In 46202
Graduation Year: 1969
Hospital
Hospital: St Peter Hospital, Olympia, Wa; Capital Med Ctr, Olympia, Wa
Group Practice: Olympia Neurology

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Mahadev Kuman Souri, MD
(360) 456-1923
205 Lilly Rd NE Ste B
Olympia, WA
Specialties
Neurological Surgery
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Kurnool Med Coll, Univ Hlth Sci, Kurnool, Ap, India
Graduation Year: 1967
Hospital
Hospital: St Peter Hospital, Olympia, Wa; Capital Med Ctr, Olympia, Wa
Group Practice: Mahadev K Souri Inc

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Kevin Francis Connolly, MD
(360) 438-2727
520 Lilly Rd NE
Olympia, WA
Specialties
Neurology, Internal Medicine
Gender
Male
Languages
Spanish
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ca, San Francisco, Sch Of Med, San Francisco Ca 94143
Graduation Year: 1970
Hospital
Hospital: St Peter Hospital, Olympia, Wa; Capital Med Ctr, Olympia, Wa
Group Practice: Northwest Neuromuscular Assoc

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Robert G.r. Lang
(360) 491-0459
3525 Ensign Rd Ne Ste J
Olympia, WA
Specialty
Neurosurgery

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Gregory Dean Bell, MD
(360) 413-8550
525 Lilly Rd NE Ste 210
Olympia, WA
Specialties
Neurology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Wa Sch Of Med, Seattle Wa 98195
Graduation Year: 1993

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Robert G Lang, MD
(360) 754-2212
3525 Ensign Rd NE Ste J
Olympia, WA
Specialties
Neurological Surgery
Gender
Male
Education
Graduation Year: 1975

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Dr.Robert Lang
(360) 491-0459
3525 Ensign Rd NE # J
Olympia, WA
Gender
M
Speciality
Neurosurgeon
General Information
Hospital: Capial Medical
Accepting New Patients: Yes
RateMD Rating
3.1, out of 5 based on 4, reviews.

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Yoshihiro Yamamoto, MD
(360) 486-6150
615 Lilly Rd NE Ste 175
Olympia, WA
Specialties
Neurological Surgery
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Okayama Univ, Fac Of Med, Okayama, Japan
Graduation Year: 1985
Hospital
Hospital: St Joseph Hosp, Lexington, Ky
Group Practice: Lexington Clinic Sjop Neurosurgery

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Dr.Yoshihiro Yamamoto
(360) 486-6150
615 Lilly Rd NE # 220
Olympia, WA
Gender
M
Speciality
Neurosurgeon
General Information
Accepting New Patients: Yes
RateMD Rating
3.5, out of 5 based on 3, reviews.

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The Flexible Brain

Modern scanning technology has shown that our brains can
adapt to changing circumstances at any age—if we let them.

April 2010

by Lisa James

Susan Barry’s eyes crossed when she was three months old. When she looked at something with her left eye, her right eye would turn in, and vice versa. But after three childhood surgeries corrected her appearance “I assumed I had fine vision, even though I had a hard time learning how to drive,” says Barry, a professor of biological sciences at Mount Holyoke College in Massachusetts. “Then I got into college and learned I didn’t have stereovision—I took all these 3D tests and didn’t pass them.” Barry had strabismus, a misalignment of the eyes that confuses the brain and causes loss of 3D vision.

What’s worse, “the same day I learned I didn’t have stereovision I learned I could never get it,” says Barry. That’s because the developing brain was thought to be like a vat of drying concrete: The flexibility that allowed a young child’s brain to acquire skills such as stereovision was simply lost by the time a person reached adulthood. Barry would even use herself as an example in passing along that conventional wisdom to her students.

Barry’s perspective changed, literally and figuratively, when she consulted a developmental optometrist, someone who specializes in problems with binocular vision. “She told me, ‘Your eyes don’t point at the same place in space at the same time,’” Barry recalls. Barry started doing vision exercises with aids such as a Brock string, a series of colored beads on a string that taught her eyes how to work in unison.

At age 48, Barry was finally able to perceive 3D images. “The first time you see in stereo is incredible,” says Barry, who has written about her experience in Fixing My Gaze: A Scientist’s Journey into Seeing in Three Dimensions (Basic Books). “You see that the leaves on a tree have layers of depth; before that the tree seemed sort of flat.”

Barry’s eyes remained the same, but her brain had changed. So had her beliefs about the brain’s limitations. Barry had experienced neuroplasticity, the idea that the brain is capable of renewing itself and remaining flexible no matter how old you are.

New Pathways

The brain contains about 100 billion neurons, which carry the electrical charges that make up nerve impulses. They do not touch each other directly. Instead, chemicals called neurotransmitters carry messages across small spaces known as synapses between neurons.

Over the past several decades, sophisticated brain scans such as functional MRI (fMRI) and PET have turned scientific thinking about the brain on its head. “They began to see that different areas of the brain build more synapses,” says Patt Lind-Kyle, leader of workshops in brain/mind exploration and author of Heal Your Mind, Rewire Your Brain (Energy Psychology Press, www.healrewireyourbrain.com ). “In the areas that you use, brain cells grow and multiply.” Barry says that su...

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