What is your profession and why did you choose it?
I am a neuropsychologist, which is someone who studies the relationship between the brain and behavior. I chose this field because it simply fascinated me. When I was in school obtaining my Ph.D. in clinical psychology, I started learning more about neurology and neuropsychology and quickly decided this was the field for me.
How long have you owned your own business?
I started my private practice approximately two years ago.
What inspired you to own your own business?
Although I have been a full-time clinical faculty member at Washington University School of Medicine for nearly 15 years, I decided to start a limited private practice doing medical-legal consultation and disability evaluations about 2 years ago. My inspiration for going into private practice was my desire to use my neuropsychological and psychological experience to assist attorneys and other representatives by providing consultation services in civil litigation. I also consult with the NFL, conducting neutral neurocognitive disability evaluations for their players benefit organization, and workers compensation evaluations for nurse case managers and physicians. I have found the mix of full-time clinical work and part-time legal/forensic consultation incredibly rewarding and intellectually challenging.
What might someone be surprised to know about you?
I was born in a town of 590 people.
Do you have a hobby, play a sport, or have any special interests?
I enjoy weight lifting, cycling, and most other physical activities.
What job would you be terrible at?
I would not be good at any art related field.
Who has impressed you most with what they’ve accomplished?
Where is the most interesting place you have visited?
Rome. My husband and I backpacked through Rome and other Italian cities soon after we got married and it was amazing. The Vatican, Colosseum, Sistine Chapel, and the museums were all spectacular.
Do you have any advice based on your area of expertise?
Be ready for the long haul from an education standpoint. To become a board certified neuropsychologist, a person has to obtain a Ph.D. in clinical psychology or other related field, complete a year-long internship, a 2-year-long fellowship, and then complete a 3-tier process to obtain board certification. If you move through this training straight out of undergrad, you will be about 30 years old before you get your first job.
If you could work anywhere in the world, where would you choose?
Alaska in the summers and Hawaii in the winters.
How has working in a shared work space influenced your business?
I have thoroughly enjoyed working in a shared work space. It is nice to see others working on evenings or weekends, which are the times I am typically in this office. The convenience of having someone else manage the details such as printers, the kitchen, trash removal, etc. is essential for me, given that I also work full time somewhere else.
What is your favorite restaurant from the St. Louis area?
Probably Citizen Kane’s in Kirkwood or Favazza’s on the Hill.
What is something you think everyone should do at least once in their lives?
Who’s your go to band or artist when you can’t decide on something to listen to?
That is a hard one, my musical interests vary from classic jazz to top 40. Recently, I have been having fun singing Ariana Grande and Camila Cabello songs with my daughter.