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Neurology and Neurosurgery

The Carolina Veterinary Specialists Neurology Services team specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of disorders of the brain, spinal cord, and peripheral nerves.

Commonly treated neurological conditions include:

  • Seizures
  • Balance problems
  • Intervertebral disc diseases

Assessment tools and tests available on-site include:

  • Spinal fluid analysis
  • Myelography
  • Computed tomography (CT)
  • Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
  • Electrodiagnostics

Veterinary Neurologists

Matthews

DVM, MS Diplomate, ACVIM, Medical Director – Matthews

Education:

  • BS – West Virginia University, 1994
  • DVM – University of Georgia, 1997-1998

Internship:

  • Small Animal Medicine and Surgery Internship – University of Georgia, 1997-1998

Residency:

  • Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine, 1998-2001
  • Master of Science, Virginia Tech, 2001

Board Certification:

  • American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (Neurology), 2001

Professional Accomplishments:

Following his residency, Dr. Bergman taught at Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine for 2 years prior to starting the Neurology service at Carolina Veterinary Specialists in Charlotte. Dr. Bergman has authored more than 30 articles, abstracts, and book chapters, and he lectures nationally on various topics related to neurology and neurosurgery. He currently serves as Chief of Staff for the CVS Township Road location.

Areas of Special Interest:

Spinal Fusion, Neurosurgical Oncology, Inflammatory Diseases of the CNS

Winston-Salem

DVM, Diplomate ACVIM Neurology

Education:

  • BSA – University of Tennessee at Martin, 2008
  • DVM – University of Tennessee, 2012

Internship:

  • Small Animal Medicine and Surgery, University of Georgia, 2012-2013

Residency:

  • Neurology and Neurosurgery, North Carolina State University, 2013-2016

Professional Accomplishments:

After completing her veterinary education, Dr. Bray continued her advanced training with an internship at the University of Georgia, and a rigorous residency in neurology and neurosurgery at North Carolina State University. She presented two research projects at the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine Forum in 2015, on magnetic resonance imaging of dogs with atlanto-axial subluxation and the use of a continuous infusion of midazolam for emergent seizure control. Additional publications include the first report of a complete eosinophilic pleocytosis in the spinal fluid of a cat, and a novel approach to the cranial thoracic spine of dogs and cats.
Dr. Bray lives at home with her husband and two big dogs, Buster and Dozer. She enjoys running and hiking, as well as home renovation projects!

Areas of Special Interest:

Neurosurgery, Neurologic emergencies, Intervertebral disc disease, Neuroimaging

Matthews

DVM, Diplomate ACVIM (Neurology), Neurosurgery Certificate of Training

Education:

  • BS – University of Guelph, Ontario, Canada, 2000
  • DVM – University of Guelph, Ontario, Canada, 2004

Internship:

  • Small Animal Internship – University of Guelph, 2005

Residency:

  • Neurology Residency – Veterinary Neurological Center, 2008

Board Certification:

  • American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine, 2008
  • American Veterinary Medical Association

Professional Accomplishments:

Dr. Quigley’s main research has focused on the intracranial manifestations of the fungal organism Coccidioides immitis (valley fever) that is endemic to the southwestern United States. He subsequently presented an oral abstract on the Intracranial Manifestations of Coccidioidomycosis during the annual ACVIM forum in Seattle, 2007. Dr. Quigley has also authored a paper reporting the first documented case of a green algal infection in a dog. The paper is titled Disseminated Chlorellosis in a Dog and is currently published in the Journal of Veterinary Pathology (2009). Dr. Quigley has extensive training in both medical and surgical neurology, including seizure disorders, intervertebral disc disease, brain and spinal tumors, neuromuscular disorders, and congenital brain and spinal malformations. He is currently a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) and the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (ACVIM). Dr. Quigley joined a specialty veterinary hospital in southeastern Michigan following his residency in 2008 and worked as the sole neurologist at the practice until August 2011. Dr. Quigley joined the team at Carolina Veterinary Specialists in September 2011.

Areas of Special Interest:

Spinal Surgery, Inflammatory Brain Disease, Neurological Manifestations of Fungal Infections.

Winston-Salem

DVM, Diplomate ACVIM Neurology

Education:

  • BSA — University of Georgia, 2006
  • DVM — University of Georgia, 2009

Internship:

  • Small Animal Medicine and Surgery, Cornell University, 2009-2010
  • Neurology and Neurosurgery, Carolina Veterinary Specialists, 2010-2011

Residency:

  • Neurology and Neurosurgery, University of Tennessee, 2011-2014

Professional Accomplishments:

After graduating from veterinary school, Dr. Williams completed an internship at Cornell University, followed by a neurology specialty internship at Carolina Veterinary Specialists. She recently completed a residency in neurology and neurosurgery at the University of Tennessee. During her academic career, she trained numerous students, interns, and residents. She presented research at the South Eastern Veterinary Neurology Group Conference in 2010 and the Comparative and Experimental Medicine and Public Health Symposium in 2014. Recently, she authored a paper published in the American Journal of Veterinary Research on PET brain scans in healthy dogs. Dr. Williams also published the first reported case of spinal extramedullary hematopoiesis in a dog. During her free time she enjoys painting, running, hiking, and traveling.

Areas of Special Interest:

Spinal Surgery, Neuro-Oncology, Inflammatory Diseases of the CNS, Neuroimaging