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The Center for Neurological and Neurodevelopmental Health

by Glori Gayster

Bringing it all together: Breakthrough technology for measuring brain activity meets comfort and accuracy.

No matter the type of medicine or condition being treated, fragmented medical care can be one of the most detrimental hurdles to proper diagnosis and treatment, according to Mark Mintz, MD, founder and president of The Center for Neurological and Neurodevelopmental Health (CNNH) in Gibbsboro. And when it comes to brain injuries and concussions, wasted time is the last thing you need.

Knowing there had to be a better way, Dr. Mintz had a vision—one in which individuals and families coping with brain injuries are provided comprehensive diagnostic and treatment services in one place. “We have brought together a compassionate, multidisciplinary team of experts in neurological, neuropsychological and neurobehavioral care all under one roof, sharing a constant dedication to the highest standards of care,” says Dr. Mintz. “Our experts view problems and issues from many different angles, providing definitive diagnoses and optimal treatment strategies.”

In finding the way to a proper treatment, the center uses what’s called a Dense Array EEG, which is far more advanced than a traditional EEG, to diagnose concussions/brain injuries, in addition to other disorders. CNNH is the only facility in the region using it. It is an advanced technology used to view brain activity and pinpoint precisely where the neurological issue is occurring. This enables doctors to better target treatments and improve outcomes.

CNNH has trained experts in reading this diagnostic tool and using it to improve treatments. They have a team of specialists who work with a child or adult with a head injury to offer diagnosis and/or treatment, which could involve neurology, neuropsychology, behavior analysts, creative arts, cognitive therapy, and more.

It also goes beyond concussions and brain injuries at CNNH. Their skilled professionals provide services for children, adolescents and adults with neurological conditions like autism, Asperger syndrome, Tourette and Tic syndromes, epilepsy and attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder. They also provide care for those with learning disabilities; academic underachievement; speech or language disorders; neuropsychiatric disorders, such as anxiety, depression and obsessive-compulsive disorder, along with other brain, spinal, nerve and muscle diseases.

A Unique Model of Care
CNNH prides themselves on their three spheres of care—assessment, diagnostic testing and treatment.

According to CNNH Director of Operations Brenda MacGhee, “We listen carefully to fully understand the issues, gathering information from patients, parents, schools and other professionals. We perform a complete clinical examination to uncover any neurological abnormalities and look to determine each individual’s strengths, talents and weaknesses.”

CNNH uses the latest and most-comprehensive tools and technologies available for testing. Advanced testing instruments are used to administer computerized ADHD and neuropsychological testing, advanced technologies to measure electrical activity of the brain, and analytical behavioral analyses.

Using the results of CNNH’s comprehensive assessment and diagnostic testing, the professional team draws on a wide range of clinical expertise and treatment options to develop optimal management strategies. “The goal is to enable patients to enjoy life and reach their potential,” says MacGhee. “We work with families to reinforce treatment plans at home and help build supports for continued success.”

CNNH offers pragmatic treatment and therapy in a safe and nurturing environment focusing on kindness, patience and respect. Such programs include individual and family therapy, cognitive-behavioral therapy, cognitive rehabilitation therapies, and treatment with medications. They also provide social development therapies based on kid-friendly Legos, creative arts, dance and movement.

A Well-Educated Community
CNNH does more than work with the patient. The most successful outcomes are those that engage families and the patient’s support team. Dr. Mintz adds that the CNNH team reaches into the home, school and communities to improve awareness and education of the conditions affecting children and adults. Through ongoing workshops, parents, siblings and caregivers are able to gain a greater understanding, and therefore improve the lives of everyone around them.

At CNNH, the professional staff is compassionate in addressing the fears of all those affected when an individual is diagnosed with a neurological condition. “We provide understanding and help focus on the individual’s abilities—not disabilities. We applaud all of those who overcome such daily adversities,” says Dr. Mintz.

The Center for Neurological and Neurodevelopmental Health
250 Haddonfield-Berlin Road
Gibbsboro
(856) 346-0005
thecnnh.org
With locations soon to come in Rochelle Park and Wall Township, N.J., and King of Prussia, Pa.

Published (and copyrighted) in Suburban Family Magazine, Volume 3, Issue 7 (September, 2012).
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