Dr. Spencer O. Miller, a Neurologist in Dallas, Texas, is the Medical Director of Brain Treatment Center Dallas. He received his medical degree from University of Mississippi School of Medicine and has been in practice 12 years, 5 of which were in the USAF, where he saw all types of brain injuries, including soldiers suffering from PTSD and TBI. He specializes in the treatment of traumatic brain injury, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, dementia, autism and multiple other brain disorders at his clinic, the Brain Treatment Center Dallas.
Dr. Miller’s Personal Experience with Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
Dr. Miller had an interesting experience with his own traumatic brain injury which in fact, was the catalyst for him to change the course of his career and open the Brain Treatment Center Dallas. He was first approached by another physician who introduced him to the MeRTSM protocol. Dr. Miller was a bit skeptical but agreed to go to the training center in July, 2018 to California to learn more about the treatment.
As part of his training, he was required to go through MeRTSM himself. After his initial EEG, the technicians pointed out to him that he had a traumatic brain injury on the scan. This completely threw Dr. Miller for a loop because he did not recall having a TBI, and he had undergone MRIs in the past which did not show any injury. The staff in California asked Dr. Miller to call his mother to see if she remembered his having any type of head injury. As soon as he posed the question to his mother, she answered YES, and told him that he had a skateboarding injury at the age of 9 when he fell and hit the right side of his head.
She said that his head was swollen like a balloon on the right side and that he was down for two solid weeks. Dr. Miller had no memory of this occurring. When he looked at the EEG, he noted that the right frontal lobe of his brain was operating in the delta frequency, which is the frequency that normally occurs during deep sleep. The rest of his brain waves were normal, in the Alpha frequency, which occurs when the patient is awake but has his eyes closed (like he was when the EEG was completed). He was shocked to find out that this part of his brain had been turned “off” for all of those years.
After undergoing the MeRTSM himself, the EEG showed that the right frontal lobe, which was previously turned off, began to function and awaken again. He noticed that he was able to think more clearly, was no longer depressed, and was less anxious, and his sleep drastically improved. His family and students began to comment on how much his demeanor and mood had changed.
While in California, Dr. Miller was also able to interact with another patient who had severe autism and saw what the treatment was able to do for this child. It was these two experiences that led him down a different career path, and it is his mission to get the word out about the incredible things that this treatment can do for so many different brain disorders and how it can change people’s lives! He opened the Brain Treatment Center Dallas in 2018 so that he can help others heal.
Dr. Miller and his wife, Andrea, have been married for 20 years. They have four beautiful boys ranging in age from 9-18 years of age and enjoy outdoor activities such as hiking and biking and participating in numerous sports together. They also love traveling and do so every opportunity that they can.
Education & Honors
University of Mississippi Medical Center, Neurology Residency, Jul ’05 – Jun ’09. Chief Neurology Resident. Jul ’08 – Jun ’09.
University of Mississippi School of Medicine, Obtained M.D. May 2005 as a Surgery Scholars Student. American Cancer Society Summer Research Assistant Grant – Aug ’00-May ‘05.
Louisiana State University, Summa Cum Laude with Bachelor of Science and Honors in Microbiology. The Charles S. McCleskey Scholarship for Excellence in Microbiology.
The College of Basic Sciences Outstanding Academic Achievement Award. The Honors College Sophomore Honors Distinction Award. Member of the Pre-medical Honor Society Alpha Epsilon Delta – Aug ’96-Dec ’99.
The University of Mississippi, Oxford, Mississippi. Early admission to McDonnell-Barksdale Honors College. Outstanding Student Scholarship Award – Jul ’95–May ’96.
Previous Employment & Appointments
North Mississippi Medical Center – Chief Neurohospitalist. Neurohospitalist Subdivision of Hospitalist Department. Tupelo, Mississippi. (Jul ’14 – Aug ‘15)
Mike O’Callaghan Federal Medical Center – Chief Neurologist / Director of Sleep Clinic, Neurology Department. Active Duty Major, United States Air Force, Medical Corps. Nellis AFB, Nevada. Aug ’09 – Jun ’14
Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences – Teaching Fellow, Neurology Department. Bethesda, Maryland. Sep ’13 – Jun ’14
Nevada Neurosciences Institute – Staff Neurohospitalist Department of Neurology. Las Vegas, Nevada. Oct ’09 – Mar ‘15
Certifications & Licensure
TX State Medical License 2015 – 2020, Unrestricted Medical License, Texas, License Number: Q4810
NV State Medical License 2009 – 2017
MS State Medical License 2007 – 2019, Unrestricted Medical License, Mississippi, License Number: 19853
American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, Diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, Certification Number: 58277
Duke Health, Visiting Fellowship in Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation, completed January 27, 2020
Awards, Honors, & Recognition
- NMMC Rehab Physician of the Year – North Mississippi Medical Center, 2015
- Top Doctors – Vegas INC Healthcare Quarterly Publication, 2014
- Nellis Adjunct Faculty of the Year – Nellis AFB, MOFMC, 2013
Publications & Presentations
- Incorporating cytochrome P450 3A4 genotype expression and FT-IR/Raman spectroscopy data as means of identification of breast tumors.Miller, S.O., Ewing, G.P., Howard, C., Tachikawa, H., Bigler, S.A., Barber, W.H., Angel, M., McDaniel, D.O.> ; Biomed Sci Instrum. 2003. 2 citations
- Measurement of Intraocular and Intracranial Pressure: Is There a Relationship? Kirk, T., Jones, K., Miller, S., Corbett, J., Annals of Neurology, 1/1/2011
- Incorporating Cytochrome P450 3A4 genotype expression and FT-IR/ Raman spectroscopy data as a means of identification of breast tumors Miller, S.O., Ewing, G.P., Howard, C.M., Tachikawa, H., Bigler, S.A., Barber, W.H., Angel, M., McDaniel, D.O., The American Journal of Human Genetics, 1/1/2002
- Effective Gathering of Complex Information in an International Environment: Addressing Late Diagnosis of Pediatric Oncology Patients Freeman, E.N. and Miller, S.O., Annual Journal of the International Academy of Business Disciplines, 1/1/2000
- Incorporating Cytochrome P450 3A4 genotype expression and FT-IR/ Raman spectroscopy data as a means of identification of breast tumors. Miller, S.O., Ewing, G.P., Howard, C.M., Tachikawa, H., Bigler, S.A., Barber, W.H., Angel, M., McDaniel, D.O., 40th Annual Rocky Mountain Bioengineering Symposium and the 40th International ISA Biochemical Sciences Instrumentation Symposium, Biloxi, MS, 1/1/2003
- Incorporating Cytochrome P450 3A4 genotype expression and FT-IR/ Raman spectroscopy data as a means of identification of breast tumors. Miller, S.O., Ewing, G.P., Howard, C.M., Tachikawa, H., Bigler, S.A., Barber, W.H., Angel, M., McDaniel, D.O., Annual Meeting of the American Society of Human Genetics, Baltimore, MD, 1/1/2002
- Effective Gathering of Complex Information in an International Environment: Addressing Late Diagnosis of Pediatric Oncology Patients. Freeman, E.N. and Miller, S.O., 12th annual meeting for the International Academy of Business Disciplines, Las Vegas, NV, 1/1/2000
Research and Professional Experience
AMMED Joint Forces Neurology Education Conference Tacoma, Washington.
AMMED Joint Forces Neurology Education Conference San Antonio, Texas.
Penry Epilepsy Mini-fellowship at Wake Forest Winston Salem, North Carolina Wake Forest University Winston Salem, North Carolina.
University of Mississippi School of Medicine Jackson, Mississippi Department of Institutional Research – CurrMITT Committee Member. Designed curriculum data entry format and reporting for the web-based statistical program.
University of Mississippi School of Medicine Jackson, Mississippi – Department of Surgery – Transplant Immunogenetics – American Cancer Society Grant. Identified pathological findings by laser-based Raman and FT-IR spectroscopy in breast tissue; Compared this tissue with the molecular markers associated with breast cancer in an effort to detect and differentiate cancerous breast tissue earlier than with standard histological methods.
Hospital Benjamin Bloom de Oncología San Salvador, El Salvador – Dept of Infectious Disease – International Outreach Program of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Formulated the detailed grading system for evaluating hand-washing techniques in this El Salvador hospital environment and anonymously recorded the handwashing practices of medical personnel in the pediatric oncology ICU for a statistics-guided educational program for the medical auxiliary.
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital Memphis, Tennessee – Department of Biochemistry – Professional Oncology Education Program. Researcher in the laboratory of Dr. Richard Kriwacki (Structural Biology)
Studied the expression/characterization of molecular structure as it relates to function and nuclear magnetic resonance structural analysis of c-Qin (Avian Sarcoma Virus 31).
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital Memphis, Tennessee. Department of Biochemistry – Professional Oncology Education Program. Researcher in the laboratory of Dr. Richard Kriwacki (Structural Biology)
Studied the relationship of a mutation in the c-Qin Winged Helix Domain (WHD) structure and how it translates into oncogenicity, v-Qin (Avian Sarcoma Virus 31).
Centro De Hematología e Oncología Pediátrico Recife, Brazil International Outreach Program of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital – Student Researcher Conducted interviews in Portuguese with pediatric patients and parents; translated (Portuguese) the data collected from these interviews, as well as relevant patient history data, in order to facilitate a communications outreach plan to address the late diagnosis of pediatric oncology patients in rural Brazil.
Dr. Miller’s Hospital Affiliations
North Mississippi Medical Center, Tupelo, Mississippi
Christus Mother Frances Hospital, Tyler, Texas
Baylor University Medical Center Dallas, Texas