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Dr. William Gaya

Neurology
Ocala, FL
29 years experience male

Locations

William Gaya MD PA

Ocala, FL

Address

801 SW First Ave, Ocala, FL, US
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Fax

352-732-0239

Insurances accepted

Aetna

Blue Cross Blue Shield Of Florida

Humana Insurance Company

Medicare

Office

Ocala, FL

About

Bio

Dr. William Gayá grew up in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico. His father was Vice President of a local bank and his mother a very talented seamstress. He was inspired by his older sisters whom all pursued teaching careers in Biological Sciences. His interest in Neurology started while in college during an anatomy class. "The descriptive nature of the course while unveiling the secrets of the nervous system fascinated me" - recalls Dr. Gayá. After finishing his studies in University of Puerto Rico, he moved with his wife to North Carolina to complete his training in Neuromuscular Disorders and Electromyography at Chapel Hill. In 1997 joined a group of Neurologist in Marion County Florida involved in acute stroke, Alzheimer's and Parkinson's Research. Today, Dr. Gayá offers consultation services to this treasured Central Florida region.

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Neurology

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570 Answers
371 Agrees
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Gaya
Neurology 29 years experience
Parkinson's Disease: Memory problems is seen commonly seen in patients with parkinson's disease. Other medical conditions need to be excluded as well. Hydrocephalus (water... Read More
A 54-year-old female asked:
Dr. William Gaya
Neurology 29 years experience
Carpal tunnel: I see it unlikely that the chiari malformation is the cause of your symptoms. It is more likley to be diw to conditions like carpal tunnel syndrome, w... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Gaya
Neurology 29 years experience
Smoking: Several approaches: slowly reduce the number of cigarettes by one every 1-2 days. Abrupt cessation with or without the aid of therapy like nicorette g... Read More
A 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. William Gaya
Neurology 29 years experience
Neuromuscular: The worst meralgia paresthetica could get is permanent numbness and neuropathic pain in the lateral thigh. This is commonly seen after sudden drastic... Read More
A 44-year-old female asked:
Dr. William Gaya
Neurology 29 years experience
Pain: It is hard to connect the two problems. However, your physician is on a better position to make an accurate diagnosis and successful treatment. Unilat... Read More
A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. William Gaya
Neurology 29 years experience
Carpal tunnel: Carpal tunnel syndrome is characterized by hand pain and recurrent numbness or "pins and needle" sensations in the thumb, index, middle finger and the... Read More
A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. William Gaya
Neurology 29 years experience
ADHD: It is hard to define one single cause. Exercise is very important in child's development and certainly part of the therapy of adhd. I think in part is... Read More
A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. William Gaya
Neurology 29 years experience
Headaches: Diarrhea, tiredness, lightheadedness and headache may also just a viral gastroenteritis. Maintain yourself well hydrated. Considered gatorade to reple... Read More
A 49-year-old female asked:
Dr. William Gaya
Neurology 29 years experience
Muscle cramp: These are uncommon side effects of these medications. Although it is possible i think is unlikely. Unfortunately, the only way to find out is. By tryi... Read More
A 77-year-old female asked:
Dr. William Gaya
Neurology 29 years experience
Pain: Left lower quadrant abdominal pain may be seen in diverticulitis/ diverticulosis. However, many other conditions can also present with similar symptom... Read More
A 38-year-old female asked:
Dr. William Gaya
Neurology 29 years experience
Ethmoid neuralgia: Hard to treat. Nevertheless there are several options from oral medications or nasal sprays. Temporary relief obtained from nasal decongestant. Howeve... Read More
A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. William Gaya
Neurology 29 years experience
Brain power: My best recommendation for a healthy brain is a balanced nutrition including vegetables and avoidance of excessive carbohydrate or processed sugars. E... Read More
A 56-year-old female asked:
Dr. William Gaya
Neurology 29 years experience
Disc herniation: When a disc ruptures and the material in the center of the disc protrudes through the defect of the disc we call that herniation. That material is lik... Read More
A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. William Gaya
Neurology 29 years experience
Headache: Craving is related to need to indulge with food. Hunger is the discomfort associated to lack of proper nutrition. It is common to see 5 stages in mig... Read More
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. William Gaya
Neurology 29 years experience
Back pain: Massage, stretching, adequate posture when reading working on a computer or sitting at work, proper footwear, short course of anti-inflammatory medica... Read More
A 49-year-old female asked:
Dr. William Gaya
Neurology 29 years experience
Burning sensation : Some people describe this as burning mouth syndrome. Most of the time the cause is obscured. However, a basic work up including blood sugar evaluation... Read More
A 26-year-old male asked:
Dr. William Gaya
Neurology 29 years experience
Vibration: I had the same sensations before cell phones era, perhaps triggered by the on call pager when i was an intern. The mechanism is not well understood b... Read More
A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. William Gaya
Neurology 29 years experience
Brain: Discrepancy in opinions can occur for many reasons. The most likely cause is te fact that the physician you are seeing has valuable information from y... Read More
A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. William Gaya
Neurology 29 years experience
Restless leg: Make sure you are taking your prenatal vitamins with iron. Iron replacement therapy helps restless leg in some patients.
A 30-year-old male asked:
Dr. William Gaya
Neurology 29 years experience
Pharmacology: Of the three medications Elavil (amitriptyline) the most likely to give you a "fog" sensation and Nuvigil is the least likely. Consult with your phys... Read More
A 20-year-old male asked:
Dr. William Gaya
Neurology 29 years experience
Headache: A proper history and physical exam will help your physician to get to the right diagnosis. There are several possibilities, migraines with autonomic m... Read More
A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. William Gaya
Neurology 29 years experience
Concussion: This will depend on the duration and severity of symptoms, persistent symptoms like headache or fogginess, etc. It will also depend on the type of wor... Read More
A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. William Gaya
Neurology 29 years experience
Fibromyalgia: Multiple symptoms unrelated. Fifth digit numbness suggests ulnar nerve entrapment. Neck and shoulder could be poor position or neck muscles strain. Sc... Read More
A 17-year-old male asked:
Dr. William Gaya
Neurology 29 years experience
Neuromuscular: Weakness and soreness is not a symptom of HIV or aids. Two negative screening tests for HIV in 4 months is very good indication of no contact with HI... Read More
A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. William Gaya
Neurology 29 years experience
Headaches: Could be sinusitis, trigeminal neuralgia, migraine or cluster headaches. Less likely to be other serious conditions although proper diagnostic testin... Read More
A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. William Gaya
Neurology 29 years experience
Serotonin syndrome: Medications that enhance the release of certain neurotransmitters in the brain like serotonin or norepinephrine increase the risk of serotonin syndrom... Read More
A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. William Gaya
Neurology 29 years experience
Sleep disorder: Tiredness could be due to a numerous factors. They include vitamin deficiencies, thyroid or other hormonal disorder, anemia not related to iron defici... Read More
A 57-year-old male asked:
Dr. William Gaya
Neurology 29 years experience
Back pain: It might help. Pain may be relieved by the stretching and a physical activity like walking. Plus it will also help you to control other conditions li... Read More
A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. William Gaya
Neurology 29 years experience
Myasthenia gravis: The test is negative based on the normal reference values for that laboratory used. I wonder if modulating ab, anti-musk and anti skeletal muscles an... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Gaya
Neurology 29 years experience
Hypertension: Could be simple hereditary condition, kidney problems, overweight or obesity, pheochromocytoma or carcinoid tumors, thyroid or adrenal problems, incre... Read More
A 31-year-old male asked:
Dr. William Gaya
Neurology 29 years experience
Vein: Very likely is a vein and not an artery. If you could feel it pulsating in rhythm with your heart beat then is an artery. In any case I do not think i... Read More
A 45-year-old female asked:
Dr. William Gaya
Neurology 29 years experience
Stroke: Depends on many variables including duration of low blood pressure, age, oxygen delivery capacity and pre-existent arterial disease. A very low diast... Read More
A 20-year-old male asked:
Dr. William Gaya
Neurology 29 years experience
Carotid occlusion: The vertebral arteries are not enough to sustain the entire blood brain perfusion. They contribute to the anterior circulation by means of the posteri... Read More
A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. William Gaya
Neurology 29 years experience
Torticollis: Meningitis is inflammation or irritation of the meninges. Can be caused by bacterial, fungal, viral or parasitic infections and rarely due to chemical... Read More
A 29-year-old male asked:
Dr. William Gaya
Neurology 29 years experience
Weakness: Go to your doctor immediately (urgent care or emergency room). You will need a complete evaluation including blood work and physical examination. Unab... Read More
A 29-year-old male asked:
Dr. William Gaya
Neurology 29 years experience
Nerve cells: Yes, the nervous system can be the target of an inflammatory response by the immune system. If such attack occurs in the brain or spinal cord it is ca... Read More
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. William Gaya
Neurology 29 years experience
Double vision: The double vision is more likely to be due to multiple sclerosis than due to an intrinsic eye problem. Perhaps a neuro-ophthalmologist could provide m... Read More
A 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. William Gaya
Neurology 29 years experience
Migraine: There are two kinds of therapies: abortive- design to alleviate the pain during an attack and preventive- designed to reduce frequency and intensity ... Read More
A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. William Gaya
Neurology 29 years experience
Hormone: Check with gynecologist. Could be pregnancy or hormonal disorder.
A 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. William Gaya
Neurology 29 years experience
Neuromuscular: The treatment includes physical therapy with traction and lumbar stretching exercises, muscle relaxer, analgesics, medications like Neurontin Lyrica (... Read More
A 27-year-old male asked:
Dr. William Gaya
Neurology 29 years experience
Brain tumor: It is possible but is very unlikely. Specially if the symptoms you have now are the same you had 2 1/2 years ago. Discuss your symptoms with your doc... Read More
A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. William Gaya
Neurology 29 years experience
Seizures: It is possible but very unlikely. In any case, the question warrants further investigation to find the cause of the symptoms experienced. Differential... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Gaya
Neurology 29 years experience
Lightheaded: Sick feeling and lightheaded not likely to be related to the blood drawn. Sleep well, drink water. I usually recommend 1-2 boiled eggs (if no allergie... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. William Gaya
Neurology 29 years experience
Allergies: They do cause tiredness and drowsiness. I recommend its use in the evenings every day during allergy season. Check with your physician to see if fexof... Read More
A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. William Gaya
Neurology 29 years experience
Menière's : Sometimes is very hard to sort out menière's disease from other ear conditions. Menière's causes vertigo and dizziness, is associated with dampening ... Read More
A 42-year-old female asked:
Dr. William Gaya
Neurology 29 years experience
Cts : Most Carpal tunnel syndrome patients improve after delivery with rest, wearing a wrist brace and normalization of weight and water retention. If sympt... Read More
A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. William Gaya
Neurology 29 years experience
Cramps: Absolutely. Footwear is extremely important when training or long distance walking. A podiatrist may assist you in finding the proper type of foot w... Read More
A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. William Gaya
Neurology 29 years experience
Chemical irritants: The answer is yes. It is possible to experience symptoms of intoxication or poisoning from chemicals and irritants in the disinfectant. If symptoms ar... Read More
A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. William Gaya
Neurology 29 years experience
Paresthesia: Numbness or generalized parenthesis is commonly described in many patients including those with no medical problems, diabetes, multiple sclerosis, neu... Read More
A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. William Gaya
Neurology 29 years experience
Numbness : Check with your physician, there could be multiple possibilities, from diabetes, vitamin deficiencies, autoimmune considerations, spinal cord demyelin... Read More

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Jun 25, 2013
I enjoy and learn from Dr. Gaya's many helpful answers on HealthTap. His tone with patients is calm and reassuring too. Thanks, Dr. Gaya!
May 13, 2013
Dr Gaya is providing an excellent service to the public through Healthtap. I recommend Dr. Gaya.
May 14, 2013
Dr. Gaya always has educational and informative posts and is a great asset to Healthtap
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I have had long term insomnia problems that is how I got addicted to Klonopin first and now Valium. I never successfully withdrew from Klonopin I just substituted Phenibut for the Klonopin and now th...Read More
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Thanks Dr Gaya. Imy doctor says there is no need to taper of either Neurontin or Trazodone and told me to stop both of them immediately. I was taking the Neurontin for neuropathy pain burning sensatio...Read More
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Dr Gaya , I am aware of the danger of stopping Valium suddenly. I would like to do a slow taper off of this medication. I don't care how long the taper takes. I am very sensitive to reductions in dosa...Read More

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine, PR
Graduated 1992MD

Residency

UNIVERSITY HEALTH SYSTEM

Awards

Clinical Instructor University North Carolina at Chapel Hill
America's Top Physicians 2011 Consumers' Research Council of America
Chief Resident Neurology 1996

Affiliations

American Academy of Neurology
American Medical Association
Florida Neurological Society
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