“The brain is a
wonderful organ.
It starts working the
moment you get up in
the morning and does
not stop until you get
into the office.”

~ Robert Frost

My Approach for Clients and Families

Studies have shown that we can only know so much about our brain by simple observation or patient complaints and concerns. MRI and CT and other neurological tests only provide one set of data.

My approach to neuropsychological testing is a comprehensive method to describe brain function and how changes in function affect your ability to maintain your level of daily activity, competence and healthy social interaction.

I have been trained as a neuropsychologist to provide you comprehensive, and standardized testing of your brain function. I strive to provide targeted and well-established treatments and useful referrals to assist in helping patients return to as functional life as possibly for you. I have experience assessing several neurological conditions including stroke, traumatic brain injury, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson's/DBS pre-surgery evaluations, dementia, tumor and learning disability.

My testing provides a “blueprint” to guide your treatment. My follow through with my patients and their families is just as important as the testing. My job is to provide you with direct care or referring you to well established treatment sources to improve your quality of life.

Karen M. Sanders, PhD., ABPP, Board Certified Neuropsychologist

What is neuropsychology?

Neuropsychology is a science concerned with assessing brain-related behavior change after illness or injury and in guiding clinical treatment. A neuropsychological evaluation may be used as part of a comprehensive workup of neurological problems.

Standardized tests are used that have been widely researched. You are compared only to those of your own age, gender, educational level and cultural issues are carefully assessed. The results are analyzed with combined information from neuroscience, cognitive psychology and neuropsychology. Areas of neurocognitive functioning tested include: memory and learning, higher level problem-solving/planning, language, visual-spatial skills, sensory-perceptual ability, motor ability, general intellectual capacity, emotional functioning and sometimes academic skills.

I work closely as a neuropsychologist with neurologists, neurosurgeons, physicians, rehabilitation specialists , social workers and community experts to return the individual to their former life with optimal functioning and skills to work and adapt.

What are good reasons for a referral?
  1. To clarify your (or family members) neurocognitive strengths and weaknesses.
  2. To help explain your level of function when scans do not explain current lack of proress or trouble functioning.
  3. Create your treatment plan.
  4. Pre and Post surgery assessments for areas of functioning.
  5. Your job and academic abilities after brain change.
  6. To guide in decisions regarding ability to drive, execute documents and make personal medical/ financial decisions.
  7. Assess your ability to live alone, take medications safely, and follow treatment protocols.
  8. Assess your differential diagnosis.