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Central California Neurology specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of diseases involving impairment of the brain, spinal cord and the muscles and nerves of the legs and arms. With two locations in Salinas and Monterey, California - Dr. Dale Helman and Dr. Borina Dramov, as well as their highly-skilled staff, are committed to providing their patients with the highest standard of care.
Both of our physicians test various aspects of the nervous system, including impaired function of reflexes, sensation, muscle strength, balance, arm and leg movement, vision, memory, speech, language, and cognitive abilities. We evaluate, manage, and recommend treatment for ailments such as headaches, dizziness and vertigo, seizures, concussions, contusions, neuralgia, neuritis, neuropathy, radiculopathy, carpal tunnel syndrome, tremors, cervical and lumbar disc problems, spinal and muscle disorders, epilepsy, Bell’s Palsy, Alzheimer’s, and Parkinson’s.
Dr. Dale Helman has been in practice for 33 years and is a graduate of the Pritzker School of Medicine, University of Chicago. Dr. Borina Dramov has over 53 years of experience and is a graduate of the USC School of Medicine. Both of our doctors, as well as our staff, are highly skilled at their craft and continue to learn as much as they can so they can provide each patient with the best care possible.
Dr. Helman graduated Summa Cum Laude from UCLA in Biology in 1980. He studied medicine at the Pritzker School of Medicine, University of Chicago, graduating in 1984. He served as the Chief Resident in Neurology at the University of Minnesota Teaching Hospitals in Minneapolis, completed an internship in neurosurgery/neurology at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester and received additional neurological training at the St. Paul-Ramsey Medical Center. Board certified in neurology, Dr. Helman has been in private practice in California for over 24 years. He is a Diplomate of the American Academy of Neurology, a member of the American Medical Association, the California Medical Association, and the Monterey County Medical Society. Dr. Helman has performed over 20,000 Electromyography (EMG) tests and Nerve Conduction Velocity (NCV) studies. He is also a Clinical Instructor in Neurology at UCSF.
Dr. Dramov graduated from the USC School of Medicine in 1964. Borina has a number of honors to her credit. While at the USC/LA County General Hospital, she completed fellowships in neurology/neurosurgery and psychiatry, cardiology/cardiac surgery, and physiology research. She completed residencies in neurology and pediatrics at the California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco and a fellowship in neuro-ophthalmology and psychiatry at the University of California, San Francisco. She has taught clinical neurology to interns and residents and has published articles in neurology journals. Dr. Dramov has been in private practice in California since 1973, specializing in orthopedic neurology and treating traumatic work injuries. She is a member of the American Academy of Neurology, the Western Federation of Neurology and is an Associate of the San Francisco Neurological Society. Dr. Dramov is fully bilingual in Spanish and English and is known for outstanding care of patients.
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"Doctor Helman always takes his time whenever I have an appointment with him."
"I really liked Dr. Helman, he was very friendly, answered all my questions and was very straightforward."
"Dr. Helman was highly professional, ordered some tests and we came away grateful to be in his skilled and competent care."
"Dr. Dale Helman has been an amazing doctor... he is truly a breath of fresh air."
"I really liked Dr. Helman. He was very friendly, answered all of my questions and was very straightforward."