Multiple Sclerosis Program
About Our Program
If you’ve been recently diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS), or are in the process of trying to get a confirmed diagnosis, we understand the fear and trepidation you may be feeling. Multiple sclerosis is not fully understood, and unfortunately that means that people with the disease face more unknowns than we would like.
Here is what we do know: Multiple sclerosis affects multiple areas of the brain and spinal cord, leaving lesions that interfere with the ability of the nervous system to send and receive signals. A person with multiple sclerosis may experience trouble walking, muscle stiffness or spasms, weakness, vision problems, or numbness or tingling sensations, among other symptoms.
At Barrow Neurological Institute at Dignity Health St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center, our multiple sclerosis specialists strive to alleviate those symptoms, as well as to educate and empower you as you fight MS, and to enlist you as a partner as we search for new, more effective treatments. Through access to clinical trials, advanced facilities, and our deep base of clinical knowledge, we hope that we can give you a sense of hope, determination, and purpose as you partner with us for your care.
We are a National Multiple Sclerosis Society Center for Comprehensive Care.
For more information on the Barrow Multiple Sclerosis Program or to make an appointment, please call (602) 406-6262.
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The Barrow Difference
At Barrow Neurological Institute, we understand the impact multiple sclerosis and other neuroimmune disorders can have on your daily life. Our Multiple Sclerosis Program is home to a variety of therapists who can address your unique needs and help you manage your symptoms so that you can enjoy an improved quality of life.
Through access to our deep base of clinical knowledge, advanced facilities, and clinical trials, we hope to give you a sense of hope, determination, and purpose as your partner with us for your care.
The Multiple Sclerosis Program at Barrow was the first—and remains the only—Center for Comprehensive Care in Arizona. The designation, awarded by the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, recognizes our commitment to providing a complete spectrum of multiple sclerosis care.
Each month, we hold a multidisciplinary clinic where patients can see different specialists in one visit and receive a comprehensive treatment plan.
Our specialists include:
- Two fellowship-trained MS Specialists/Neuroimmunologists
- MS-Trained Therapists
- Social Workers
For intravenous medications, we offer you the convenience of having your infusions in the same office where you receive the rest of your MS care. Built in 2014, our infusion suite includes amenities such as personal televisions and comfortable furniture to help you relax and pass the time.
As an institution dedicated to clinical research, Barrow strives to offer each patient the option to participate in a clinical trial. These studies help us learn more about challenging diseases like MS and make progress toward developing better therapies.
Barrow is also a member site of the North American Imaging in MS Cooperative (NAIMS).
While we focus primarily on multiple sclerosis, we treat a variety of rare neuroimmune disorders. Our team includes a neurologist who has a special certification in the evaluation and management of rare neuroimmune disorders. Other diseases we diagnose and treat include:
- Autoimmune Encephalitis
- Neuromyelitis Optica Spectrum Disorder
- Susac’s Syndrome
- Transverse Myelitis
Mary Catherine Thornton, RN
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