Welcoming New MS Neurologist: Jessica Rice, M.D.
Providence Brain & Spine Institute
Where did you complete your medical training?
I went to Creighton University School of Medicine before attending OHSU for my internship, neurology residency, and MS and Immunology fellowship.
What brought you to Portland and why do you like living here?
I was raised near Denver, Colorado and then moved to Oregon in 2014 to attend OHSU. I loved it so much that I decided to stay! My hobbies include gardening, reading, and enjoying the outdoors with my family, making Portland a great place to be.
How did you become interested in neurology?
I chose neurology because of the incredible advances that have been made in the field in the last decade and the fascinating nature of the nervous system. In my opinion, the brain is the most important organ in the body!
What is your approach to MS care?
Every person's experience with MS is different and everyone's needs are different. I like to emphasize individualized care when it comes to choosing the best treatment for the patient. In my view, there are three pillars of MS care that all need to be in place: prevention of new attacks with disease modifying therapy, treatment of bothersome symptoms, and whole body wellness (diet, exercise, sleep, stress management, etc.). I consider the patient to be the captain of their own ship, while my roles are advisor, guide, supporter, and cheerleader.
What has been the highlight of your year so far?
My husband and I welcomed our wonderful baby son in early 2021.