Slide Unnerving Excellence The neurologists at Ocean State Veterinary Specialists are board certified by the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (ACVIM) in the subspecialty of neurology. Neurologists specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of disorders of the nervous system, including diseases of the brain, spinal cord, and nerves.
Pets are most often referred to the neurology service because of an inability to walk, an abnormal gait, abnormal behaviors, or seizures. If your pet is referred to the neurology service for a consultation, our neurologists will obtain a detailed history and description from you regarding your pet’s symptoms, perform an in-depth neurologic examination of your pet, and then may recommend additional diagnostic testing.
Diagnostics frequently performed by the OSVS neurologists include:
  • Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
  • Computed tomography (CT)
  • Cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) sampling and analysis
  • Muscle and nerve biopsy

LAUREN MARINI

BOARD CERTIFIED—NEUROLOGY

Dr. Marini received her veterinary degree from the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2006. She then moved to Washington State University for her internship and on to Phoenix, Arizona, for a neurology residency at the Veterinary Neurological Center. She completed her residency in 2010 and achieved board certification in neurology with the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine in 2012. Her special interests within neurology include diagnosing and treating encephalitis, refractory seizure treatment, and the role of physical therapy in recovery from neurological diseases.

Outside of work, Dr. Marini enjoys playing viola in the Narragansett Bay Symphony Orchestra, riding horses, rooting for the Philadelphia Eagles (when they actually win), hiking with her dogs and drinking wine with her sommelier husband. She and Dan have a household of “partially broken” animals including two corgis named Thomas and Wally (a Cardigan and a Pembroke…with a tail) and a small black cat named Leroy.

ELIZABETH PARSLEY

NEUROLOGY

Dr. Parsley is originally from Miami, Florida. She completed her undergraduate degree in Animal Science at the University of Florida before going on to attend veterinary school at Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine, graduating in 2014. She then completed a rotating internship in small animal medicine and surgery followed by a three-year Neurology and Neurosurgery residency at the Tufts University – Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine in Grafton, Massachusetts. She is very excited to be staying in the New England area and joining the Neurology team at OSVS. Her special interests within neurology include inflammatory brain disease, surgical management of intervertebral disc disease, pain management and epilepsy.

In her free time, Dr. Parsley enjoys cooking, playing tennis, knitting and exploring New England. She has three dogs, a beagle-pit bull mix named Abbey, a beagle named Penny and a wired-haired miniature dachshund named Peanut, and a cat name Pesto.

The Right Plan

Based on the assessment of your pet, the neurologists will discuss treatment options with you, which might include surgery or medical therapy. Many patients in neurology are experiencing some level of pain associated with their disease process, and the neurologists will often prescribe medications to help manage acute or chronic pain. The neurologists will work closely with your primary veterinarian to ensure that your pet is progressing as expected and to offer additional guidance or follow-up care as needed.

The Right Plan

Based on the assessment of your pet, the neurologists will discuss treatment options with you, which might include surgery or medical therapy. Many patients in neurology are experiencing some level of pain associated with their disease process, and the neurologists will often prescribe medications to help manage acute or chronic pain. The neurologists will work closely with your primary veterinarian to ensure that your pet is progressing as expected and to offer additional guidance or follow-up care as needed.

Neurosurgery

The neurologists often collaborates with our surgeons in the treatment of conditions that are best managed with surgical intervention. Neurologic conditions that are treated surgically at OSVS include (but are not limited to):

  • Intervertebral disc disease
  • Vertebral fractures/luxation
  • Cervical vertebral instability
  • Tumor resection from brain, spinal cord
  • Congenital Spinal Defects

Surgeries are performed by one of our board-certified surgeons, or by Dr. Elizabeth Parsley, who provides both medical and surgical neurology services.

Neurosurgery

The neurologists often collaborates with our surgeons in the treatment of conditions that are best managed with surgical intervention. Neurologic conditions that are treated surgically at OSVS include (but are not limited to):

  • Intervertebral disc disease
  • Vertebral fractures/luxation
  • Cervical vertebral instability
  • Tumor resection from brain, spinal cord
  • Congenital Spinal Defects

Surgeries are performed by one of our board-certified surgeons, or by Dr. Elizabeth Parsley, who provides both medical and surgical neurology services.