Our on-staff clinical neuropsychologists—experts in brain functioning—are integral members of our interdisciplinary clinical teams, and are fundamental to the assessment and personalized plan development for each patient. They understand how the structure and function of the brain relates to specific psychological processes, like memory, critical thinking and judgment, and how those processes may affect behavior.
Our clinical neuropsychologists guide the assessment of progress, making sure each team member keeps the whole person in mind – including his or her interests, profession or work history, and hobbies—and adjusts the treatment plan for individual needs so that the person can thrive in the real world.
Please meet the neuropsychologists at Pate as they provide insight about what their profession means to them.
Mary Anise, Psy.D.
“What is most fulfilling about my job is witnessing the remarkable way in which the brain can heal itself with the right treatment in the right environment. It is very rewarding to see our patients make physical gains such as being able to walk when they were initially in a wheelchair, or being able to move a limb that was initially immobilized. There is also a great sense of happiness and celebration that comes with seeing a patient make as many cognitive gains as they can to be able to consider living alone with some assistance, driving, or returning to work again – activities that we all hold dear.”
Katrina Belen, Psy.D.
“I feel so fortunate to be able to spend each day as a witness to astounding courage, indomitable will and the camaraderie of people whose lives have been touched by brain injury. Being with survivors and families as they experience each new ‘first’ brings me abounding joy and appreciation for the easily overlooked gifts in life. I am grateful for the opportunity to support others through their journey of recovery and to work at a place where hope is always present.”
Kier Bison, Ph.D.
“It’s all about the patients! I’ve seen many miracles in my 16 years at Pate and look forward to many more. I love encouraging and supporting staff in their professional growth while treating patients with acquired brain injuries. It’s incredible when I see the smiles of both patients and staff after a long journey of hard work.”
Mary Ellen Hayden, Ph.D., ABPP
“I work at Pate because our staff provides A+ treatment for all our patients—just as I would have required for my son, Ben, had he lived past his brain injury.”
Matt Mordhorst, Ph.D
“The satisfaction from helping patients with brain injuries and their families understand their condition and improve their lives is immeasurable. It really reaffirms my faith in the strength and tenacity of the human spirit.”
Kathryn Oden, Ph.D.
“I believe everyone is valuable no matter what problems he or she may be dealing with. Helping someone regain the kind of life they are happy to live as well as recognizing and achieving realistic goals is magical to me.”
Pat Plenger, Ph.D., ABPP
“Working at Pate Rehabilitation allows me to bring together two of my greatest passions: understanding how the brain functions and helping people who are in need. I have been fortunate to pursue these passions in the brain rehabilitation industry for the past 30 years, 21 of which have been with Pate.”
Dawn Toudouze, Ph.D.
“My job allows me the distinct pleasure of getting to know each individual’s personal story and becoming a part of one of the biggest challenges they will face in their lives. The sheer strength and determination that I observe every day as our patients regain function and independence leads me to a great sense of humility and joy.”