Community Health Network offers specialized neurological care for patients from birth to 16 years of age. Diagnostic evaluation and follow-up care is available for a variety of neurological issues, including:
- “Funny spells” that might be seizures
- Sleep disorders
- Cerebral palsy
- Learning disabilities
Treatment for migraine headaches in children
Meet Kailey, a 15-year-old girl who has suffered from migraine headaches since she was seven. Kailey's condition has improved significantly since seeing pediatric neurologist Dr. Debra O'Donnell. Treatment for her migraine symptoms has included lifestyle changes and preventive medicine.
Dr. Debra O'Donnell named a "Top Doctor" for second consecutive year
We are pleased to announce that Dr. Debra O'Donnell was named in the 2011 Indianapolis Monthly "Top Doctors" listing of the area's leading physicians, along with more than 100 other Community physicians. She is a "Top Doctor" in the Pediatric Neurology category for the second consecutive year. Congratulations on this accomplishment! View the entire list by specialty >>
Spotlight: Pediatric sleep disorders
Watch the video below in which Dr. Debra O’Donnell, pediatric neurologist with Community Health Network, discusses some sleep issues families and children may be facing as kids go back to school.
Some patients may need additional testing before or at the time of their visit. Testing may include:
Sleep studies are performed in the dedicated pediatric sleep study rooms at Community Hospital North.
Appointments at Community Pediatric Neurology may be made by physician referral. Physicians, please call 317-621-0110 and download the physician referral form. Patients that need to be seen urgently can usually be accommodated. Parents who would like to make an appointment should have their physician call our office.
Debra O'Donnell, M.D.
Debra O’Donnell, M.D. is a pediatric neurologist at Community Health Network. Prior to working at Community, Dr. O’Donnell served as director of epilepsy for DeVos Children’s Hospital in Grand Rapids, Michigan. With more than 10 years of experience, her areas of special interest include the treatment of epilepsy, seizures and sleep disorders.
A native of Ft. Wayne, Dr. O’Donnell completed her undergraduate training at Butler University and received her medical degree from Indiana University Medical Center. She trained in pediatrics at IU, followed by a neurology residency at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas, where she received an E.L. Wehner Epilepsy Fellowship. Dr. O’Donnell is board certified in neurology with special qualifications in child neurology and pediatrics. She is also a member of the American Epilepsy Society, Child Neurology Society, Epilepsy Foundation of America and the American Academy of Pediatrics.
Dr. O’Donnell accepts patients from birth to 16 years of age at her practice, Community Pediatric Neurology, on the Community Hospital North campus. Children age 17 and older are seen on a case-by-case basis.
Jana Shockley, NP
Jana grew up in Bloomington, IN where she obtained her undergraduate degree at Indiana University. After graduating, she moved to Indianapolis where she worked at Riley both in the Newborn Intensive Care and the Outpatient/Recovery Room. Since the delivery of her first child, 23 years ago, she has been with Community Health Network. Her experience here has been in the maternal/child service area where she has experienced many transitions of growth.
After obtaining her master's in nursing and certification as a pediatric nurse practitioner, she worked part-time in an office setting as a nurse practitioner while still working part-time in the NICU at Community North Hospital. She has always loved working with children and assisting their families in caring for their children and helping them to achieve their individual goals.
Jana lives in the Fortville area with her husband and three children. She enjoys cooking, reading, scrapbooking, running, spending time with family, and watching high school and college sports. Jana is looking forward to continuing her service here at Community Health Network on the Community Pediatric Neurology team and working with Dr. O'Donnell and the families she serves.