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About Paula Mendes

Since she was a child growing up in São Paulo, Brazil, Dr. Paula Mendes (pronounced MAIN-geez) knew she wanted to practice medicine. “While my big sister was cutting her dolls’ hair, I was treating mine with ‘medicine’ and making sure they all had Band-Aids,” she says.

Dr. Mendes’ fascination with science and medicine led her to the University of Maryland, College Park, where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Microbiology. She went on to complete her medical degree and internship at George Washington University Medical School. With a focus on becoming a neurologist, Dr. Mendes completed a three-year neurology residency at the Mayo Clinic. She then spent another year at the Jefferson Headache Center at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, where she finished her subspecialty in headache medicine.

As a Board Certified Neurologist with over two decades of experience, Dr. Mendes empowers, educates, and provides compassionate care for patients and support for their families. “Having a neurological disorder can be devastating,” she says. “I want to be there for my patients and families to guide them through this journey.”

Dr. Mendes strives to give her patients the tools they need to live the best life they can, despite their neurological problems. “The brain, which makes us who we are, always fascinates me, along with constantly evolving discoveries—and discoveries yet to come. It is always a thrill to present the latest discoveries and treatments to my patients,” she explains.

In addition to providing state-of-the-art solutions to neurological challenges, Dr. Mendes emphasizes that “taking care of oneself, mind and body, leads to a healthier and happier life.”

In her free time, Dr. Mendes enjoys a variety of activities including Scuba diving, hiking, playing with her German Shepherd puppy, playing the violin, cooking with her husband, meditation, archery, and fencing. She is fluent in Spanish and Portuguese and is learning to speak French.

Specialty Areas

Dr. Paula Mendes (pronounced MAIN-geez) addresses the full spectrum of adult neurology including:
• Parkinson’s Disease
• Dementia
• Multiple Sclerosis
• Neuropathy
• Carpal Tunnel
• Headache
• Epilepsy,
• Myasthenia Gravis
• Stroke
• Huntington’s Disease
• Essential Tremors
• Botox for various neurological disorders

As a headache specialist, Dr. Mendes provides diagnosis and treatment services, including:
• Nerve blocks for headaches
• Botox for migraines
• Electromyography and nerve conduction studies

Dr. Mendes is board certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.

Education and Certifications

  • Residency — Mayo Clinic
    Neurology Residency
    Rochester, MN
    1999

Professional Affiliations

American Academy of Neurology
American Medical Association
Colorado Medical Society
Boulder County Medical Society

Certified – American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.

Recent Paula Mendes Posts

According to neurologist Paula Mendes, MD: CGRP Blockers were developed specifically for migraine headaches and, in the majority of cases, reduce the frequency of migraines by as much as 50 percent.

If you have to take a particular pain medication every day to get rid of a headache, it’s not working. Many patients are surprised at how much their headaches improve simply as a result of stopping the rebound cycle. By Paula Mendes, neurologist, Boulder Medical Center.

“There is no one I would rather see for my neurological problem. She is a great listener and clinician and answered all my questions. Her treatment is making me feel a lot better now. I am so lucky to have found her. If you are looking for a good neurologist, look no further! I wouldn't hesitate to see her. She is Mayo Clinic-trained and easy to talk to. ”
Patient in Boulder County, Colorado

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