Willis Courtney, M. D. “The Headache and Seizure Specialist” Up Close And Personal With Dr. Courtney

Dr. Willis Courtney MD

“The Headache and Seizure Specialist”
Diplomate American Board of Neurology & Psychiatry Board Certified in Clinical Neurophysiology

 A caring, committed, compassionate physician who considers the opportunity to practice medicine an honor.

Dr. Courtney who is well-known for being attentive, down-to-earth, and easy to talk to says, “I have a responsibility to make my patients feel comfortable with me. I have been trained to deal with the complexity of practicing medicine. I understand that there are no two patients alike. For that reason, I treat my patients as individuals because they are. What works great for one patient may not work at all for another. By talking with my patients in depth, it helps me understand what they’re feeling; how they are feeling; and if anything specific has triggered these feelings. The more information I can gather from my patient, the better equipped I am to provide them with good quality care. I believe the best form of medicine is prevention. As my grandmother used to say, “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” Take, for example, a stroke. If I detect that you are at risk for a stroke through a simple test called a carotid doppler, and I am able to send you to a physician to eliminate that risk, your chances at having a much better outcome are greater than if I were treating you after you have had a stroke. My style of practicing medicine is to treat the complete patient. I’m not just concerned with your headache, I’m concerned with your heart. I want to make sure we have a good cardiologist on the case. I’m also concerned about your stomach, I want to make sure we have a good gastroenterologist (GI) doctor on the case. I know as a neurologist I am considered the doctor that treats the head. But, I want to know what’s going on with your health from your head to feet, and yes, when it comes to treating your feet, I’m going to make sure we have a good podiatrist on the case. I’m honored to have the opportunity to practice medicine in my home state. I understand that you have a choice when choosing a physician and when you choose me, I pledge to give you the best medical care possible.”

So where is Dr. Courtney from?

I am an Arkansan, born and raised in the Delta, McGhee, Arkansas.”

So where did Dr. Courtney get his training?

“I attended the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences for Medical School, completed residency at University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and Emory University and completed a fellowship in Epilepsy with the Minnesota Epilepsy Group in St. Paul, Minnesota.  “My medical training has been extensive. I was blessed to be taught by some of the best physicians in the world and I will always be appreciative for that opportunity. My training allows me to treat all neurological conditions and disorders, including but not limited to Epilepsy, Seizures, Grand Mal/Petit Mal, Bell’s Palsy, Headaches, Migraines, Blackouts, Dizziness, Vision Problems, Memory Problems, Altzheimers Disease, Strokes, Back and Neck Pain, Shoulder Pain, Carpal Tunnel and other neurological conditions. I take great pride in helping my patients overcome their medical concerns.

“I’ve been in private practice for more than 20-years, but there is not a day that goes by that I don’t think about the wonderful teachers, instructors, financial-aid counselors and mentors that invested in me and in my dream of becoming a doctor. I will forever be grateful. I feel a responsibility to pay it forward. I enjoy teaching what I know to young people and exposing them to the idea that they could one day be a physician if they so desire.