Providence Medical Institute Opens New South Bay Neurology Office

March 22, 2018

Providence Medical Institute has opened a new neurology practice adjacent to Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center Torrance, advancing neurosciences in the South Bay. The new affiliate is staffed by two neurologists who bring a range of specialties, including pediatric neurological care.

Neurologists Allison Arch, M.D., and Farah Villanueva, D.O., specialize in dementia, seizures, multiple sclerosis and Parkinson’s disease, and offer the latest in treatment of migraine headaches - Botox.

Dr. Arch, who has been on staff at Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center Torrance for nearly two years, has done extensive research on stroke and migraines. She said the South Bay is short on neurologists and this new practice helps fill a need.

The hospital operates one of just nine comprehensive stroke centers across the county that are designated for patients suffering severe stroke symptoms. Ambulances pass other hospitals to get patients to these centers for optimal care.

This program is a great asset for the community, providing the highest level of emergency stroke expertise when time matters, said Dr. Arch, who completed a fellowship in stroke.

Dr. Villanueva, who completed fellowships in pediatric neurology and neuro-ophthalmology, joined the hospital late last year and treats both adults and children. She treats patients suffering from seizures, epilepsy, autism, multiple sclerosis, brain tumors and genetic and metabolic diseases.

The two physicians screen for reversible causes of dementia and intervene when appropriate. They also see patients with Alzheimer’s disease and prescribe medications that potentially can prolong cognition, especially in the newly diagnosed.

Providence Medical Institute hosted an open house this week to introduce the two physicians to the community.

Founded in 1995 to provide high quality, cost-effective and compassionate health care, the physicians of Providence Medical Institute are part of a 175-year tradition of the Sisters of Providence, whose legacy includes six hospitals across Los Angeles County. They work closely with those hospitals, and have offices in the South Bay, Santa Monica and the San Fernando and Santa Clarita Valleys.

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