Specialists in Companion Animal Neurology (SCAN) Now Open in Clearwater

Specialists in Companion Animal Neurology (SCAN), the Gulf Coast’s leading provider of neurology and neurosurgery for dogs and cats suffering from disorders of the brain, spinal cord and neuromuscular system has officially opened its new Clearwater, Fla., practice location. The new practice is conveniently located just off US Hwy 19 at 2481 Sunset Pointe Road, a location with easy access from all five Tampa Bay counties.

The newly remodeled, state-of-the-art practice, houses the best diagnostic and treatment capabilities available, including its own on-site, high-field MRI. Purchased from a human facility, and re-purposed for veterinary use, the GE high-field 1.5 Tesla MRI is located within the practice’s specially-designed, copper room. This is where SCAN’s team of board-certified neurologists quickly and accurately identify a host of disorders such as herniated discs, spinal cord injuries, head trauma and brain tumors. SCAN has the only on-site MRI for companion animals in Tampa Bay, ensuring that patients receive necessary diagnostics and treatment in a timely manner.

SCAN founders and owners, Eric and Dr. Michelle B. Carnes, purchased the 7500-square-foot building in 2016, which previously served as the home of the Pinellas County Chapter of the American Red Cross. Since that time, the building has undergone an extraordinary interior renovation, which was completed by Heatherwood Construction and totaling more than half a million dollars.

“By delivering boutique-style, personalized care to our animal patients with nervous system disorders, we’ve enjoyed steady growth over the past few years,” says Eric Carnes, SCAN’s chief financial officer and owner. “The Tampa Bay area is truly underserved with regard to veterinary neurology to the extent that many local practitioners have encouraged us to enter the market. To that end, we’re confident that our expansion is a truly necessary evolution,” he said.

In addition, the practice boasts two surgical suites, five exam rooms, an electrodiagnostic room, a digital x-ray suite, a complete hematology laboratory, an intensive care unit, a large treatment area, an employee break room, an expansive reception area and business offices for administrative staff.

SCAN sees patients by referral only from primary care veterinarians Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; its neurologists are on call for emergency referrals 24/7/365. Board-certified neurologist Dr. Michelle B. Carnes, SCAN’s co-founder and medical director, and board-certified neurologist Dr. Jim Cook will be the primary neurology/neurosurgery providers at SCAN-Clearwater.

For more information visit our website at www.scanfl.com. You may also contact the Clearwater office by phone at (727) 325-2955 or by email at [email protected]. To schedule press interviews or a tour of the new location, please contact marketing director, Tara Hustedde at 813-785-5320 or email [email protected].


Specialists in Companion Animal Neurology (SCAN) provides expert, compassionate, life-saving care to companion animals (dogs and cats) suffering from disorders of the brain, spinal cord and neuromuscular system. The company’s team of board-certified neurologists/neurosurgeons, and highly-skilled support staff work closely with primary care veterinarians to provide unparalleled treatment for disorders such as seizures, herniated discs, spinal cord injuries, head trauma and brain tumors. With locations in Naples and Clearwater, Fla., SCAN provides the best diagnostic and treatment capabilities available to pets along the Gulf Coast of Florida.