About Dr. Silvers
In 2014, Dr. David Silvers opened a solo neurology practice in Palm Beach Gardens. Prior to coming to Florida, Dr. Silvers had over 20 years of experience in private practice, diagnosing and treating neurological conditions. Dr. Silvers is currently on staff at Jupiter Medical Center, and is a voluntary faculty member of the University of Miami, precepting a clinic at Jackson Memorial Hospital. Prior to coming to Florida, he was an Associate Clinical Professor at the University of Connecticut Medical School, and was on staff at Hartford Hospital. Dr. Silvers completed his undergraduate studies at Princeton University and graduated from Tufts Medical School. He completed his neurology residency at the Hartford Longwood Medical Center, which included rotations at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Beth Israel-Deaconess Hospital. He did a fellowship at Brown University at Rhode Island Hospital in neuromuscular disease and electromyography. Dr. Silvers is board certified in Neurology, Electromyography, and is a diplomat in Neuromuscular Medicine. He has been on the Top Doctors list since 2010.
Dr. Silvers’ interests include general neurology, neuromuscular disease and electromyography, movement disorders (e.g., Parkinson’s disease), cognitive impairment and sleep disorders. Dr. Silvers has published several case reports in highly regarded journals including Neurology, the Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Psychiatry and Muscle and Nerve. The neurology residents at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine twice awarded him the yearly Teaching Award.
Dr. Silvers has recently become interested in Neurofeedback as a therapeutic tool which can be used to treat various psychiatric and neurological symptoms. Neurofeedback is a scientifically validated treatment modality. Successful neurofeedback produces neuroplasticity, demonstrated on functional MRI, through operant conditioning which subconsciously rewards the brain for positive brainwave changes. Many neuropsychiatric conditions demonstrate relatively predictable abnormalities on quantitative EEGs. These deviations from the norm are potentially correctable by this form of neuro-therapy.
Medications used to treat anxiety, depression, cognitive decline and neuropathic pain are frequently only partially successful or may have intolerable side effects. Some patients would rather not take additional medications, therefore, a safe, non-invasive, efficacious intervention is desirable. Neurofeedback can be combined with pharmacological and other non-pharmacological therapies.
EEG neurofeedback was initially studied in medically refractory epilepsy. Randomized controlled trials have yielded positive results for anxiety, depression and fatigue in MS, chemotherapy-induced polyneuropathy, ADHD, PTSD, autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and fibromyalgia. Other trials have suggested benefit in migraine headaches, post-cancer cognitive impairment (a.k.a. “chemo-brain”), cognitive impairment from other causes, early Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s Disease (for improving balance), tinnitus as well as for improving athletic peak performance. Continued research is clearly needed but given its safety, neurofeedback is ready for use today as a treatment modality in neurological patients.
Gardens Neurology established the Find Your Mind program to assist patients who choose the neurofeedback route to deal with various symptoms. We have an experienced technician who will perform your customized brain mapping as well as set up and monitor your individual therapy sessions. Our goal is also to have you meet with a health care provider at the start of neurofeedback, and again after several weeks of therapy, to help with all aspects of your treatment plan. We find that one-on-one sessions are most beneficial since they are conducted in a quiet room without external distractions. Results are typically seen after 10 sessions, but may need additional sessions for maximal benefit. At times, the neurofeedback protocols may be adjusted to maximize results, sometimes for more than one condition.
Dr. Silvers continues to research the benefits of neurofeedback as a healing tool. There are quite a few symptoms and conditions that need further exploration, but once a scientific study proves successful, Find Your Mind at Gardens Neurology will make sure to add it to the protocols currently used.
Having The Best Team For The Best Care
Lucy Mead (Nurse Practitioner)
In addition to an Ivy League trained medical doctor, Gardens Neurology and Find Your Mind hired a Nurse Practitioner to help assist with some neurofeedback cases. Lucy Mead is an experienced ARNP who worked in both hospital settings and private practice. She is compassionate and competent in providing both neurological and psychiatric care. Her expertise in nursing, as well as her background in relaxation therapy and guided imagery, allows her to be a great support professional for any neurofeedback patient. With publications in related topics, and experience as an educator for many years, Lucy is the perfect "extension" to Dr. Silvers in providing the necessary care for all patients regardless of their condition. Her dedication is beyond expectation and her comforting demeanor is soothing at a time of great distress. She is trusted to perform at the highest level and collaborates with Dr. Silvers on all neurofeedback patients that are treated at the center.
Jozelin Vazquez (Neurofeedback Technician)
Jozelin has been involved with neurology since 2010 and particularly with neurofeedback since 2011. Jozelin has experience administering neurofeedback to the pediatric population, as well as adults and older patients. Extensive training as well as continuous support from our neurofeedback technical team allows her to perform at the highest level with precision and accuracy. When determining each patient's protocol and mapping, her close working relationship with Dr. Silvers, as well as with our nurse practitioner, provides our center with the best input and diagnostic team. Jozelin's knowledge is valuable as she will spend time with each patient explaining to them what the experience entails as well as go over results and modifications that need to be done to improve the outcome.