• About ME

    Dr. Best is a Board-Certified specialist in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R). You can think of PM&R as a cross between neurology and orthopedics. PM&R training covers a wide range of medical conditions affecting the brain, spinal cord, nerves, bones, joints, ligaments, muscles, and tendons. As such, PM&R doctors have expertise in treating many conditions from traumatic brain injury to pinched nerves to sports injuries. Our specialty is unique in that we focus on helping patients back to their prior level of function at home and at work.


    Dr. Best is additionally board-certified for to perform electrodiagnostic testing (EMG's). An EMG is used to assess nerve damage. Reports are done immediately and given to patient and faxed to the referring doctor.


    Dr. Best takes a comprehensive approach to diagnosis and treatment. In addition to EMG testing, x-rays, MRI's and other tests may be ordered. Treatment focuses on the whole person, not just the problem area. Dr. Best works with a patient's primary care doctor and other specialists including neurologists, orthopedic surgeons, rheumatologists and others. Treatment team members may include physical therapists, occupational therapists, psychologists and other health care professionals. Dr. Best works with patients to find the right medications, which may range from prescriptions to homeopathic topical creams. Additionally, Dr. Best may perform joint, trigger point and other injections as part of a comprehensive treatment plan.

  • Education

    William Beaumont Hospital

    Royal Oak

    1987-1991

    Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

    Wayne State University School of Medicine

    1983-1987

    Medical Doctor

    Kalamazoo College

    1978-1982

    Bachelor of Arts

  • Board Certifications

    American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

    https://www.abpmr.org/About

    American Board of Electrodiagnositic Medicine

    https://www.abemexam.org/About

  • HOSPITAL AfFiliATIONS

    St. Joseph Mercy Oakland

    https://www.stjoeshealth.org/location/st-joseph-mercy-oakland-hospital-1

    McLaren Oakland

    https://www.mclaren.org/oakland/mclaren-oakland-home

  • WHAT TO EXPECT FROM YOUR EMG

     

    WHAT IS AN EMG?

     

    An EMG or a test to study nerve and muscle function. The test is performed by Dr. Best who is Board Certified by the American Board of Electrodiagnostic Medicine. Dr. Best has over 20 years of experience.

    Who is an EMG ordered for?

     

    People who have EMG’s may complain of pain, numbness, tingling, weakness and/or spasms. EMG’s are ordered for “pinched nerves”, carpal tunnel, “slipped discs”, sciatica, neuropathy and other conditions.

     

    How is it done?

     

    During the first part of the test certain nerves will be tested with a small electrical stimulus. This may feel like a small "spark" and cause your foot or hand to jump a bit. This tells how fast your nerves send electrical signals.

    For the second part of the test a very thin wire the size of an acupunture pin is gently inserted through the skin. This pin is coated with Teflon allowing it to pass smoothly. The pin is sterile and will be thrown away upon completion of the test. Dr. Best will study the EMG screen to see and hear for normal and abnormal electrical patterns.

     

    Does it hurt?

     

    Every effort is made to ensure your comfort. Each step will be explained and you will know when a pin is to be inserted or when an electrical stimulus will be given. Only the thinnest, shortest pins available and the smallest electrical stimuli possible are used.

     

    Almost everyone tolerates the test well. The test can be stopped immediately if it becomes uncomfortable at any time.

     

    Because the pin passes through the skin, there may be some mild tingling or aching for a short time after the test. The EMG cannot harm your muscles or nerves. You will be able to drive after the test and/or return to work.

     

    How do I get the results?

     

    We will give you a copy of the results the same day. A copy is immediately faxed to your doctor. We can mail, email or fax copies to any other doctor you choose. Please ask Dr. Best at any time any questions you may have about the test.

  • Appointments are taken by physician referral only. Please call 248-683-5019

    4000 Highland, Suite 107
    Waterford, MI 48328
    Mon, Wed, Friday 9-5
    Tues, Thurs 1-5
    Lunch noon-1
    248-683-5019
  • Contact Us

    This email will go directly to Dr. Best.

  • Insurances Accepted

     
     
     
     
     

    We are constantly adding insurances. If you do not see your insurance please call the office

     

    Aetna
    Aetna Medicare
    Aetna PPO
    Aetna Premier Care
    Aetna National Advantage Plan
    Affordable Medical Networks (First Health)
    Alliance EPA, EPO, PPO, POS
    Alliance Indemnity
    Ambetter (formerly Meridian Choice)
    America's Health Plan
    Anthem Health & Life (AH&L)
    Automobile Insurance
    Beech Street (PPO)
    Blue Cross Complete
    Blue Cross Traditional "Non Participating"
    Blue Care Network Adantage - Medicare Program
    Blue Cross Personal Choice (may need referral)
    Blue Care Preferred, Preferred Plus (PPO)
    Blue Cross Trust (PPO)
    Blue Care Community Blue Mid-Michigan (PPO)
    Medicare Plus Blue
    Cape Health Plan
    Capp Care (PPO)
    CareSource
    CareSounce Medicare Advantage
    CCN (a.k.a. Medview)
    Champus/ Tricare
    Choice Care (EHI/Humana)
    Choice One
    Cigna, PPO, EPO
    CNA
    Commercial
    Concentra
    Consumers Mutual
    Coventry (DHM)
    Coventry Cares
    DirectCare America
    Employers Health Network PPO
    First Health, First Health/Coventry
    Focus Workman’s Compensation PPO
    Fortis Health Care
    Galaxy Health Network
    HAP HealthChoice PPO
    HAP HealthChoice EOP
    HAP Medicare Advantage (PPO)
    HAP Senior Plus PPO
    Harbor Health Plan
    Harbor Medicare
    Harbor Medicaid Health Care Compare (First Health)
    Health Network
    Health Payers
    Health Plus PPO
    Humana HMOX
    Humana Military Healthcare (HMHS)
    Interplan Heath Group (IHG)
    John Alden
    McLaren POS, Medicaid, HealthAdvantage
    Medicare
    Medicare Plus Blue
    Medicaid
    Meridian Choice
    Metraheath PPO
    Molina Medicare Options
    Molina Medicare Options Plus
    Molina Health Link (MC + MA)
    MultiPlan/MPMPPN ( a.k.a Choice One)
    National FootCare Program
    One Health Plan
    Preferred Choices PPO
    Preferred Health Network
    Primary Health Services
    Priority Health
    Priority Health HMO
    Private Health Care Systems
    Starcare
    Today’s Options (Medicare program)
    Total Health Care Select
    TruCare PPN
    United HealthCare Choice, Choice Plus, Select, Select Plus, POS, PPO
    U.S. Health and Life Insurance
    Workman's Compensation