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Comprehensive Protocols Improve Quality of Life for MS Patients

March 15, 2024

Neurologists at the Orlando Health Multiple Sclerosis Comprehensive Care Center are preventing further patient disability by addressing demyelinating disorders through a holistic approach based on early recognition and whole-person therapy. 

Amparo Gutierrez, MD
Amparo Gutierrez, MD

As the first and only comprehensive MS center in Central Florida accredited by the National MS Society, the Orlando Health MS Comprehensive Care Center is a leader in the most current treatment paradigms and protocols specific to myelin-damaging diseases such as MS. Its multidisciplinary team of expert neurologists, occupational therapists, physical therapists, and psychologists are designated Multiple Sclerosis Certified Specialists.

“Our dedicated focus on demyelinating disorders, with a strong emphasis on rehabilitation, is a key component to positive outcomes for our MS patients,” says Amparo “Amy” Gutierrez, MD, a board-certified and fellowship-trained neurologist with Orlando Health Neuroscience Institute. She serves as director of the institute’s Comprehensive MS and Demyelinating Disorder Clinic, which includes Andreina Neall, APRN, a dedicated advanced practice provider experienced in MS.

“We focus on quality of life, while furthering our goal of no disease activity in treatment,” says Dr. Gutierrez. “The field is very clear that high efficacy treatment in MS improves the chance of patients living without disability.”

With more than 20 years of clinical experience with demyelinating disorders, Dr. Gutierrez has been the principal investigator for many research trials related to MS. Under her leadership, the center is actively engaged in several clinical trials and ongoing open projects looking at precision care for neurodegenerative disease to obtain deeper insights about patients, their treatments and improved care modalities.

A phase 3 trial on a potential treatment opportunity for patients with progressive MS will open soon to address what Dr. Gutierrez sees as “an area of unmet need.” The center is also one of three sites taking part in a 12-month study testing biological, radiographic and clinical phenotype tools to create a dynamic, longitudinal perspective of a patient with MS.

The Orlando Health MS Comprehensive Care Center is part of the innovative programs and procedures offered through Orlando Health Neuroscience Institute and has earned designation as a Partner in MS Care — Centers for Comprehensive Care through the National MS Society. 

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