About

Dementia prevention Approaches | Functional brain health coaching
Trauma & Resilience Therapy 
Cognitive Enhancement 

Dr. Ilene Naomi Rusk is Co-Director of the Healthy Brain Program in Colorado and is coordinator of the rehabilitation and trauma treatment programs.  She is also a neuropsychologist in Ontario, Canada. She has a Ph.D. from the University of Birmingham in England (Psychology, Neuropsychopharmacology) and has authored numerous papers in the areas of psychology, neuropharmacology and neuroscience in areas as diverse as cerebral palsy in children, Parkinson's disease, Alzheimer's disease, and the effects of neurotransmitters on behavior.  She has completed two postdoctoral Fellowship positions in Neuropsychology (Royal Ottawa Hospital) and one working with neurologically impaired children (Department of Education and Science, UK Government).  Dr Rusk Co-founded the Memory Loss Clinic in Ottawa, Canada. Dr. Rusk gives public lectures on the subject of the health psychology, behavioral aspects of medicine in aging and neuropsychological aspects of death and dying. She has led educational seminars and is a group facilitator in aging well and brain health. Dr Rusk is a cofounder of the Death Café in Boulder County and currently serves as Community Health Education Director at The Grillo Health Information Center. She is trained in ACRM Cognitive Rehabilitation, Brainspotting, EMDR, PACT and several other treatment approaches. Trained by Dr Dale Bredesen and the Institute for Functional Medicine in using an integrative approach to working with cognitive decline, Dr Rusk thinks this way when she sees her patients. She incorporates these strategies into her resiliency approach to cognitive health. She believes that calming the nervous system and building emotional resilience can be achieved through trauma resolution and and a mindfulness-based approach to brain health.

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Trainings & How I Work
  • Julie Greene-EMDR Level 1 and 2

  • David Grand-Brainspotting level 1 and 2

  • Stan Tatkin, PsyD- A Psychobiological Approach to Couples Therapy

  • Bob Scaer, MD, Ruby Gibson, Phd, Dale Bredesen, MD

  • Institute for Functional Medicine - Reversal of Cognitive Decline 

  • Trauma and Resilience Psychotherapist

  • Functional Brain Health Coach

  • Community Health Educator

  • Neuropsychologist (Ontario, Canada)

  • Institute for Functional Medicine AFMCP Training 

    THE BRAIN AND BEHAVIOR CLINIC

 

We walk with you through a healing journey. We are a mixed team including a functional brain health and emotional coach (INR), fellowship-trained neuropsychologists (Dr Stephen Schmitz & Dr Mark Zacharewicz),  and several psychotherapists (Jeri, Doreen, Tracy and Teresa). We work with Alzheimer's prevention, work with professionals, people with concussions, people with chronic illness and neurologic illness, and patients who have been in auto accidents.  We are an integrative Neuropsychological practice offering expert diagnostic, assessment, treatment, and consulting services to individuals across the lifespan. Our treatments include help with driving anxiety, depression, sleep issues and cognitive challenges. Serving Colorado and out-of-state patients since 1985, the doctors and therapists at the Clinic have a strong reputation for providing the highest level of expertise in the assessment and treatment of a broad spectrum of neurological and mental health conditions. Our neuropsychologists have each completed extensive University-based Fellowship training in Clinical Neuropsychology. The Brain and Behavior Clinic offers experience, scientific knowledge, and compassionate care to neuropsychologically impaired patients and their families. Our specialty is forensic work.

To learn more visit us at our dedicated Brain and Behavior Clinic website healthybrain.clinic

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Dr. Patricia Henry brings 25 years of experience and ongoing education to her work in functional and anti-aging medicine. She is credentialed as an Advanced Fellow in Anti-aging, Regenerative, and Functional Medicine from the American Academy of Anti-aging Medicine/Metabolic Medicine Institute. Dr Henry has worked as a critical care nurse at Johns Hopkins and was cofounder of Henry Chiropractic and Back Rehabilitation. For the last 20 years she has focused specifically on the direct application of nutrition, functional medicine and anti-aging lifestyle. strategies, currently through Optimal Longevity, LLC. She also holds a Brain Fitness certification from the A4M. She is trained in the Bredesen Protocol and by Dr. Datis Kharrazian. Additionally she has trained with Dr. Ben Lynch in methylgenomics. Pat is an avid organic gardener, primal food gourmet, and a consistent, participant in the Colorado fitness lifestyle.

Dr. Mary Braud graduated from Louisiana State University Medical Center in 1989. She completed a residency in pediatrics and then pursued further training in psychiatry. She did the adult psychiatry portion of her studies at the Menninger Clinic in Topeka, KS. She completed the fellowship in child and adolescent psychiatry at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center in Denver, Colorado, serving as chief resident.

Dr. Braud has worked at The Children’s Hospital in Denver & for Jefferson Center for Mental Health in Jefferson County.

 

Dr. Braud has extensively studied integrative medicine. She has done programs with the Center for Mind-Body Medicine, the Autism Research Institute and the Institute for Functional Medicine (IFM). She is trained in the Bredesen Protocol and is certified in Functional Medicine by IFM.

Dr. Stephen Schmitz is a Clinical Neuropsychologist and the founder and Clinical Director of The Brain and Behavior Clinic.  He received his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology in 1985 and was then awarded a 2 year post doctoral fellowship position in Clinical Neuropsychology at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, studying under the direction of Dr. Robert Heaton.

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I have been fortunate for the past fifteen years to assist individuals as they move through challenges and into a life of greater balance and meaning. I am a compassionate, dedicated therapist who values creating a safe space for clients to process their personal thoughts, feelings, and vulnerabilities. I am certified by the Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing International Association (EMDRIA) as an EMDR Therapist. I approach therapy using mindfulness and somatic-based techniques to assist individuals as they move through traumatic challenges and into a life of greater balance and meaning.

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I approach therapy with an attitude of curiosity and an environment of safety. I am a trauma-informed therapist. In addition to my Masters in Counseling from Naropa University, I  have training in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) as well as Hakomi Body-Centered Therapy. Because we hold trauma in our bodies, I approach treatment with mindful, somatic awareness. I have three years of experience working with people who are experiencing Driving Anxiety and/or Post Traumatic Stress Disorder after car accidents.
 

Dr. Mark Zacharewicz joined The Brain and Behavior Clinic in 1997 after working for three years in a general Neuropsychology practice in Fort Smith, Arkansas. Prior to that position he had completed a two year post-doctoral fellowship appointment in Clinical Neuropsychology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, working under the direction of Dr. Charles Matthews, an internationally distinguished academician and neuropsychologist. Dr. Zacharewicz helped initiate the pioneering Memory Disorders Clinic at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and he developed a number of Dementia Clinics and a clinic for Attention Deficit Disorders while in Arkansas. Dr. Zacharewicz possesses a vast knowledge of the scientific foundations of neuropsychological assessment and diagnosis and is particularly skilled in providing expert testimony in forensic matters.  He has a great deal of experience evaluating the neuropsychological aspects of a variety of general medical and psychiatric conditions and in conducting competency evaluations. Dr. Zacharewicz is a member of the International Neuropsychological Society, the National Academy of Neuropsychology, and is a past-president of the Colorado Neuropsychological Society.

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Doreen works with adults and children who would like help with trauma relief and recovery. She well trained in DBT and cognitive and behavioral approaches to stress reduction, relaxation training and psychological health, Doreen has much success working with people who have had automobile accidents, head injuries and those with chronic illnesses. As she works directly with a positive approach to behavioural change, she also helps people manage intense emotions & feelings of hopelessness which can sometimes make change difficult. Doreen is very experienced with EMDR to treat past trauma, and combining her DBT experience with her EMDR Levels 1 and 2 training expedites the healing process. She is, additionally, the only therapist in Colorado offering DBT for children and their parents, especially those who have PANS/PANDAS or those with behavioural dysregulation and chronic illness. She is extensively trained through Behavioral Tech and the Linehan Institute.

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Kerry Mobley, MS, OTR, is a licensed Occupational Therapist practicing for over 15 years. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from the University of Colorado in Boulder, then went on to earn her Master Degree in Occupational Therapy from Samuel Merritt College in Oakland, CA. She has spent her professional career working in nursing homes and hospitals treating people with physical and cognitive disorders caused by traumatic brain injury, infections, tumors, stroke, and dementia (including Alzheimer’s disease). Starting in January 2016, Kerry joined the Brain and Behavior Clinic as a Cognitive Therapist treating clients with Traumatic Brain Injuries (primarily concussions). Her approach to treatment is holistic covering aspects such as physical pain, emotional distress, sleep and cognitive issues. The individual is provided with the necessary tools to help them function effectively in daily activities (work, school, home management, play/leisure). She keeps current on the latest developments in the field by pursuing continuing education credits from the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine with a focus on evidence-based practice.

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