Dr. Marci Roy
Austin Headache Clinic, Carpal Tunnel Clinic and NeuroDiagnostic Clinic
[For more information] To learn more about Dr. Marci Roy and The Austin Headache Clinic, Carpal Tunnel Clinic and NeuroDiagnostic Clinic call 512.467.7770.By Jon Black
Dr. Marci Roy, an adult neurology practitioner, wanted to create a different experience for her patients. “It was our desire to create a softer, less clinical environment,” she explains. “We wanted it to reinforce how we feel about our patients and set expectations for receiving the highest level care available.”
Initially a solo practice, Dr. Roy’s operation evolved to encompass the NeuroDiagnostic Clinic, Austin Headache Clinic, and Carpal Tunnel Clinic, with each providing focused services. The latest evolution of her practice is a partnership with Arise Austin Medical Center. “We are looking forward to being the neurology arm of Arise,” Dr. Roy says. As part of the partnership, she anticipates expanding her practice to include satellite offices throughout Central Texas.
Dr. Roy diagnoses and treats neurological disorders of the nervous system, brain, spinal cord, muscles and nerves, including peripheral nerve disorders. Peripheral neuropathy describes damage to the peripheral nervous system, which transmits information from the brain and spinal cord to every other part of the body.
More than 100 types of peripheral neuropathy have been identified, each with its own characteristic set of symptoms, pattern of development and prognosis. Impaired function and symptoms depend on the type of nerves—motor, sensory, or autonomic—that are affected. Treatments are individualized, utilizing a combination of medicine, orthotics, physical/rehabilitative therapy, surgery and lifestyle changes.
Other conditions she focuses on include muscle disease and headache disorders.
Most of the time Dr. Roy functions as a consultant to referring physicians. In this consulting role, she diagnoses and treats a neurological disorder and then advises the referring physician managing the patient’s overall health. “We know that speed, accuracy and communication are of the utmost importance to our referring physicians and patients,” she explains. “That’s why we take the time to get to know our referring clinics’ unique needs and support the common goals of the best patient experience possible with the highest standard of care. We strive to make a positive contribution to each patient’s well being. I want to make a difference in my patient’s lives.”
Dr. Roy has a reputation as an accomplished diagnostician who can diagnose tough cases, becoming one of Texas’s “go to” neurologists for other professionals. Additionally, she frequently lectures and conducts continuing education programs on a variety of topics such as headache disorders and neuropathic pain.
One of the key elements Dr. Roy cites in the success of her practice is her staff. “We all share the same vision and mission to attend to patients with compassion and dignity,” she says. Many of Dr. Roy’s staff have been with her since the beginning of her practice, fostering the attitude that providing for patients is a collaborative process of diagnosis, treatment and education.
“The staff constantly work to give patients the best clinical experience and highest quality of life possible. Each member of the team is essential for providing optimal care for patients,” Dr. Roy says. “We want our patients to feel like family.”
For many years, Dr. Roy has been named one of Austin Monthly Magazine’s Austin Top Doctors, and she has been a peer-selected Texas Monthly Texas Super Doctor for the past decade. Certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, Dr. Roy received her MD at the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) in Galveston. She completed her internship in internal medicine at Baylor College of Medicine and returned to UTMB where she served as Chief Resident of Neurology. She received her master’s degree from Texas A&M University College Station and a bachelor’s degree, summa cum laude, from the University of Texas at Austin, both in education.