Initially, Dr. Richie will review your documentation, typically including the pediatric or adult initial visit packet, any relevant supporting documents you may have (e.g., previous evaluations, speech or OT notes, MD's orders), and records received from the referring specialist. You must make copies of records for Dr. Richie prior to your visit.
First, Dr. Richie will perform an initial assessment to learn more about the presenting problem and the impact on daily functioning. In general, this initial consultation and neurobehavioral review will take one hour. The next session will be the formal neuropsychological evaluation developed and performed by Dr. Richie. The time required for neuropsychological evaluation usually ranges from 2 hours to 4 hours of direct face-to-face contact depending on the referral question and the patient's functional status. Some evaluations require less time, while others require more time.
After the neuropsych evaluation is complete, Dr. Richie scores all measures and creates a multi-page report that includes pertinent information about the patient (e.g., history of presenting problem, behavioral observations), test scores and interpretation (with qualitative review to compliment quantitative assessment), a comprehensive summary of findings from a brain-based perspective, diagnostic impressions, and recommendations. **PLEASE NOTE that it is your responsibility to ensure that all rating scales given at the initial visit and evaluation sessions are returned to Dr. Richie. The report cannot be finalized until all rating scales are received.
Once the report is complete and reviewed by the patient/family, Dr. Richie will meet with the patient/family during a scheduled test results session to discuss the report (if desired). Test results sessions usually take 45 minutes - 1 hour, depending on the complexity of the case and number of questions the patient/family may have. It is essential that all are on the same page to ensure recommendations are effectively implemented.
Patients must arrive on time for their appointments. History forms and the intake/ insurance form should be completed PRIOR to your arrival and submitted at the first appointment. If you arrive 15 minutes late, you may be required to forfeit your appointment date. Dr. Richie reserves the right to reschedule according to her availability. No-shows will not be rescheduled at any point.
Click here for the initial intake/insurance form. ALL patients complete this. Click here for the initial visit packet for children and ad0lescents. Click here for the initial visit packet for adult/geriatric patients.