Dr. Catherine Willner

Neurology
Durango, CO
37 years experience female

Locations

Durango Neurological Associates PC

Durango, CO

Address

130 Rock Point Drive, Suite B, Durango, CO, US
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My office hours

Thursday: 9:00am - 5:00pm
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Fax

9703820803

Insurances accepted

Medicare

About

Bio

Currently in private solo practice in Neurology, previously on staff at Mayo Rochester where I also trained in autonomic neurology and Pain. Faculty for Institute for Functional Medicine and A4M special interests in neuroprotection. bioenergetic techniques, sleep and all types of pain problems.

Specialties
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Neurology

Languages spoken

English

Doctor Q&A

270 Answers
56 Agrees
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A 27-year-old member asked:
Dr. Catherine Willner
Neurology 37 years experience
Answered simply: Too much of something and too little of something else - might be the balance of macronutrients like carbohydrates, proteins and fat or abnormal ratio... Read More
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A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Catherine Willner
Neurology 37 years experience
Florinef (fludrocortisone): This drug should work the first time you take it if the dose is correct. It does not work immediately in the morning but causes your body to retain m... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Catherine Willner
Neurology 37 years experience
Rapid heart rate up: Pots (redundant name of postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome) is one type of dysautonomia - a word which describes problems with your autonomic n... Read More
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A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Catherine Willner
Neurology 37 years experience
Magnesium: Magnesium malate might help you. There are many other natural therapies but it can often be very useful and is safe in doses that will not interfere ... Read More
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A 30-year-old male asked:
Dr. Catherine Willner
Neurology 37 years experience
Second opinion: Before you consider any other surgery or intervention getting a second opinion about whether you should simply wait is a good idea. If a nerve is dam... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Catherine Willner
Neurology 37 years experience
Several reasons: It means that your sense of smell (olfaction) is not working, and if absolutely no sense of taste then the gustatory taste areas are not functioning. ... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Catherine Willner
Neurology 37 years experience
Food vs. suppl: Healthy whole foods are the best for you. Food based supplements are often useful but a less than perfect substitution for the healthy diet. Synthet... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Catherine Willner
Neurology 37 years experience
Encourage: If you are close to this friend, an open discussion about your concerns may be the place to start and then encourage him/her to discuss this with a pr... Read More
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A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Catherine Willner
Neurology 37 years experience
For some normal: Hormonal changes that happen around your period can cause many symptoms. Sometimes feeling weak or shaky is part of the chemical changes but it is ve... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Catherine Willner
Neurology 37 years experience
Clarify, please: Please explain "level 1" food allergies. Allergies to foods can be caused by different types of responses, including ige and igg, and other possible ... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Catherine Willner
Neurology 37 years experience
Dopamine: This neurotransmitter that is produced from tyrosine is involved with many functions. The main ones are the initiation of movement (so low can be par... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Catherine Willner
Neurology 37 years experience
Job headaches: First hopefully you have a job you like. If it is at a computer or desk, then try to incorporate best ergonomic aspects to your station (there is hel... Read More
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A 60-year-old female asked:
Dr. Catherine Willner
Neurology 37 years experience
CoQ10: Some people have less effective fat digestion and absorption. Ubiquinone is therefore less well absorbed. Because it is effectively water soluble, u... Read More
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A 17-year-old female asked:
Dr. Catherine Willner
Neurology 37 years experience
Laxatives: Short answer is possibly as limited use should not cause severe problems. But if the underlying reason you are using stimulant laxative is a GI motil... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Catherine Willner
Neurology 37 years experience
Change environment: Food does not always have to be in your environment so consider ways you can avoid being tempted. That obviously might be challenging if you work in ... Read More
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A 42-year-old female asked:
Dr. Catherine Willner
Neurology 37 years experience
Depends: If you have frequent or episodic severe headaches, we often prescribe anticonvulsant medications to help lessen severity and frequency or prevent the... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Catherine Willner
Neurology 37 years experience
Unilateral face: This can be caused by something damaging or irritating the peripheral nerve (cranial nerve vii, the facial nerve) or by changes in the part of the bra... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Catherine Willner
Neurology 37 years experience
Trauma anxiety: There are many techniques for managing anxiety beyond consideration of sedating drugs. A very positive technique for this sort of problem is eft, whi... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Catherine Willner
Neurology 37 years experience
Infection, dementia: In general, any infection that might cause even a low grade fever can worsen confusion or behaviors in patients with dementia.
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Catherine Willner
Neurology 37 years experience
Tachycardia: Technically that is resting hr. Elevated hr with exercise would be appropriate compensatory tachycardia. Relative tachycardia can be found in patien... Read More
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Catherine Willner
Neurology 37 years experience
Public speaking: Assume it is you giving the speech. In a pinch, then a doctor might prescribe you a very low dose of a beta-blocker to calm you, but try it before th... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Catherine Willner
Neurology 37 years experience
Depends: There are some very skilled therapists, but in general unless they have gotten to know you well, or tested you to determine, that is not very likely.
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Catherine Willner
Neurology 37 years experience
Unilateral headache: Headaches can have many causes, when unilateral they might be a migraine or other vascular primary headache but referred pain from dental, sinus, neck... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Catherine Willner
Neurology 37 years experience
Many reasons: There are many things that could cause pain in the region of your back. Sometimes a problem with your spine but could also be another joint or even r... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Catherine Willner
Neurology 37 years experience
No: Though optic neuritis might be the first presentation in someone who will develop ms, there are many times when it is simply optic neuritis. A thorou... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Catherine Willner
Neurology 37 years experience
Depends: If your back pain is new and severe, seek evaluation now. Occult fractures, herniated discs, infections and many other reasons can cause back pain. ... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Catherine Willner
Neurology 37 years experience
USDA: There are many resources but looking for the usda nutrient tables is a very broad base and those sites will be a start. There are other sites that ma... Read More
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A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Catherine Willner
Neurology 37 years experience
Positional tingling: If you are experiencing intermittent tingling and numbness in your hands and forearms, what it might represent depends on how and when it happens. It... Read More
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A 59-year-old female asked:
Dr. Catherine Willner
Neurology 37 years experience
Have it checked: Progressive changes like this usually require formal evaluation for an examination of the area to determine if other tests or imaging are necessary. ... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Catherine Willner
Neurology 37 years experience
Odynophagia: The medical term for painful swallowing - can have many causes including some related to irritation of the lining of throat or upper esophagus, or the... Read More
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A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Catherine Willner
Neurology 37 years experience
POTS vs. dysauto: In general by history and formal examination by a neurologist trained in autonomic disorders. There are lab tests that can be necessary to sort this ... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Catherine Willner
Neurology 37 years experience
Addiction: One complex answer - remove yourself from access, or it from your environment, including smart phone, or other access points. Smarter multifactorial ... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Catherine Willner
Neurology 37 years experience
Sometimes: If an aneurysm is large, and especially if there are calcifications in the wall of the vessel, it can be seen on ct. However, angiography with a ct (... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Catherine Willner
Neurology 37 years experience
Arm twitching: Twitching in muscles can mean that a nerve is irritated. That is not the only reason, but one of the most common causes. Usually this would be assoc... Read More
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A 45-year-old female asked:
Dr. Catherine Willner
Neurology 37 years experience
Get instruction: That is a question you should ask the person who prescribed it but usually if used together in a safe dose, they could be taken together. The most im... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Catherine Willner
Neurology 37 years experience
Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine): This drug is a stimulant. Even if prescribed for "calming" someone with add, it is a stimulant. Anyone using it for fatigue, like with ms, always fi... Read More
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A 44-year-old female asked:
Dr. Catherine Willner
Neurology 37 years experience
Vertigo: Probably irritated your vestibular system, and should clear in a couple days but if not, see your doctor. If you feel pressure in one ear, hear ringi... Read More
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A 38-year-old male asked:
Dr. Catherine Willner
Neurology 37 years experience
Absolutely: Sciatic can occur without weakness. Emg will be abnormal at a certain point after damage has interfered with nerve muscle connections. That means th... Read More
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A 35-year-old male asked:
Dr. Catherine Willner
Neurology 37 years experience
Some are: Interventional pain specialists come with several different types of basic specialties, including anesthesia, neurology and physiatry and their skill ... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Catherine Willner
Neurology 37 years experience
Depends: If a practitioner diagnosed migraine, they will have given you options for getting rid of one hopefully with a plan for you to have access to a useful... Read More
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A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Catherine Willner
Neurology 37 years experience
Not first on list: I can think of some ways that some element of dysautonomia causing gastroparesis might cause leg pain but there are so many other things to address be... Read More
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A 29-year-old male asked:
Dr. Catherine Willner
Neurology 37 years experience
Clinical definition: A disorder causing usually episodic loss of myelin (demyelination) which disrupts function of central nervous system. Can lead to nerve damage becaus... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Catherine Willner
Neurology 37 years experience
Knowing more: Best to first have reason for sore back assessed. Typically if nothing worrisome found in interview and on exam, then a course of physical therapy wi... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Catherine Willner
Neurology 37 years experience
Depends on cause: First, you need to know why you feel that way - high or low heart rate, high or low blood sugar, low or less likely high blood pressure - or other rea... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Catherine Willner
Neurology 37 years experience
Vertigo: Vertigo is a perception of moving, often associated with change in position or more constant but usually the latter resolves over time. If you have a... Read More
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A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Catherine Willner
Neurology 37 years experience
Possibly: Not certain about goosebumps, though could be autonomic response. If tingling in legs with work on neck and arms, then check out if any compression i... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Catherine Willner
Neurology 37 years experience
?Sleep disorder: There could be many reasons, possibly low blood sugar, but a very specific sudden onset of sleepiness (and usually actually falling asleep with little... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Catherine Willner
Neurology 37 years experience
That depends: Any prescribed drug that could potentially cause an addiction, like a sedative, a stimulant or a narcotic, as examples, will have a different half-lif... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Catherine Willner
Neurology 37 years experience
Psychiatrist: If you need evaluation for either of these conditions, schedule an appointment with a psychiatrist who does that type of medical evaluation for both c... Read More
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A 50-year-old female asked:
Dr. Catherine Willner
Neurology 37 years experience
Vertigo, dysequilibr: If you have a documented imbalance in your peripheral balance system (internal ear problem, or nerve to ear problem), fixing it can be complicated. S... Read More
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Testimonials
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Thank you notes
Jul 15, 2013
Dr. Willner provides thorough, accurate responses about all kinds of neurological and health questions on HealthTap. Her caring attitude comes through, too.
Oct 31, 2013
A very caring diagnostician with a wonderful bedside manner. Presents diagnostic work-up and treatment options in a clear and concise presentation!
Jul 8, 2013
Has a great knowledge base across the various fields of medicine. I enjoy learning from her
HealthTap member
my chiropractor (I know many drs don't agree with that practice) said he def thinks it is, I was hoping some stretching, heat, massage will help, the leg stuff went away :) thanks for your help! I kno...Read More
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! Int. radiologist won't bx a solid nodule, node bx inconclusive . I'll ask for bx of nodule(s). Thanks!
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thanks Dr,. Willner!!!!! once again your an amazing advocate we need people like you! I Will take your advice! thanks SO MUCH

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

University of Kansas School of Medicine, KS
Graduated 1986MD

Residency

Type in hospital

Awards

Linua Pauling Award from IFM
Top Doctor, Second Place, Colorado - Summer
2013
Most Influential, Third Place, Albuquerque Region, NM - Summer
2013

Affiliations

Faculty Institute for Functional Medicine
Faculty A4M Functional and Regenerative Medicine Masters program
CMO Nura Health
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