Even as a young boy growing up in Arkansas, Culicchia Neurological Clinic Neurosurgeon Justin Owen had a plan for the rest of his life.
Inspired by his mother, a radiologist, Justin knew that he, too, wanted to be a doctor. “If someone came to me at a time when they were making an important decision about what kind of treatment to pursue, I wanted them to end up in a better place because of my impact on their life. That’s what I learned from my mom.”
That passion for medicine translated into his decision to attend Hendrix College, which is known for its strong medical school acceptance rate. He attended medical school at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, and then headed to New Orleans for seven years of neurosurgery training at LSU Health Sciences Center.
Dr. Owen joined Culicchia Neurological Clinic 6 years ago and opened offices in Slidell and Covington. “During my neurosurgery rotation in medical school, it really struck a chord. I loved the problem-solving aspect of neurosurgery and since the nervous system is relatively predictable from person to person, you can figure out the answers to people’s problems if you take a good history and listen carefully to the way they describe things,” says Dr. Owen.
When Dr. Owen is in the operating room, he treats patients with a variety of conditions, doing elective spine surgery to treat problems such as sciatica and pinched nerve pain, and major surgery for brain tumors, as well as repair of carpal tunnel and compression fractures and complications for osteoporosis. “I am very proud of my practice,” says Dr. Owen, “While I’m certainly not perfect, I strive for perfection with each of my patients. I tell them that I can’t promise a good outcome, but I can promise that I will never do anything different for my patients that I would for my own family.”
As his many patients can attest, the young boy from Arkansas has become a dedicated, highly skilled and compassionate surgeon who is helping people realize better lives. Call 985-641-4144 for an appointment with Dr. Owen. Culicchia Neurological Clinic’s Slidell office is located at 1051 Gause Blvd. The Culicchia Neurological’s Covington office is at 7015 Hwy 190, E Service Rd, Ste 203.