Growing up in the mountains of Colorado, Dr. Kimberly Dionysus came to appreciate her surroundings.
“I’m a big outdoor person, so I try to spend as much time outside as I can,” Dionysus said.
From her upbringing in Colorado, she has found herself living all across the United States, landing in Quincy in 2015.
She has grown to love the coziness of Quincy and its historic culture and architecture. She and her family live in one of Quincy’s historic homes and spend much of their free time working on renovations. Dionysus is a clinical neuropsychologist at Quincy Medical Group. A neuropsychologist specializes in the area of the brain-behavior relationships. That means a neuropsychologist is educated in brain anatomy, brain function and brain injury or disease.
Individuals can expect an evaluation that consists of a three-step process during three separate clinic visits, as follows:
First visit: Comprehensive clinical interview with individual and family member.
Second visit: Formal objective testing.
Third visit: Feedback session, during which a formal report will be provided
“In meeting with a patient I’m not just looking at one aspect. It’s a combination of several things,” Dionysus said. “It’s rewarding to take those pieces, put them together, and share the results with the patient and move forward with a plan.”
Neuropsychological assessment is indicated when changes in thinking are suspected because of conditions including, but not limited to, stroke, concussion, substance abuse, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, mild cognitive impairment and pain management.
Dionysus cites education as a key aspect in working with her patients.
“A patient may be coming to me after surgery or a diagnosis not understanding what that means for them. Education puts people at ease,” she said. “We should all be familiar with our physical and mental health. It’s that knowledge that helps us make those next steps.”
More information is available by calling 217-222-6550, ext. 3418, or visiting quincymedgroup.com.
- By QUINCYMEDGROUP.COM