Behavioral health treatment – which connects the dots between physical and mental well-being, and the habits and choices that impact those states – represents a vital part of neurological care.
The need for this service has soared even more because of COVID-19. As people continue to face unnatural social isolation and changes, rates of substance abuse, depression, anxiety, and other effects of distancing and lockdowns, keep rising. It’s a tough situation. Yet, successfully handling the pandemic, even while dealing with health conditions, is possible.
Neurology Associates’ newest provider, Sunitha Jose, now delivers behavioral health in our Mesa clinic. Sunitha is a psychiatric nurse practitioner who also has worked as a nurse for much of her career.
Sunitha’s experience gives her the tools to help people grappling with all kinds of behavioral health issues. Her background includes more than two decades in nursing, and five years in behavioral health and psychiatry. Sunitha has worked in different specialties, too, including orthopedics, bariatric, hemodialysis, telemetry, and medical-surgical.
Sunitha views herself as a “listening and comforting soul” who gives patients a supporting hand, and practical solutions, for managing emotions and mental health problems. Her aim, she says, is to assist patients in “discovering a renewed sense of vision, hope, and future possibilities in their struggles.”
“I enjoy myself by making my patients smile and by guiding them to lead a peaceful life,” she says.
Sunitha earned her post-master’s certification in Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner at Marysville University in St. Louis, Missouri. She received her Master of Science in nursing leadership from Grand Canyon University. Sunitha is a member of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association.
Outside of the office, Sunitha spends time with her family, and enjoys traveling, cooking, church activities, listening to spiritual and motivational talks, listening to music, and learning new things.
Sunitha is meeting with patients starting Feb. 15. She also accepts self-pay patients. We even offer telehealth video options during COVID-19. Call 480 800 4890 to schedule an appointment with Sunitha.
November is National Alzheimer’s Disease Month and National Epilepsy Awareness Month.
Both conditions remain uncured, although treatable, to different degrees.
If you’re worried about yourself, or someone close to you, don’t put off seeing a neurologist. All of our doctors are well-versed in handling Alzheimer’s or epilepsy (Dr. Julie Lockwood specializes in epilepsy).
And if you’re concerned about going to a medical facility because of COVID-19, know that we’re exceeding CDC recommendations for coronavirus precautions.
Meanwhile, to learn more about Alzheimer’s, read this report from the Alzheimer’s Association. The document discusses how Alzheimer’s develops, outlines its different stages, provides guidance for distinguishing Alzheimer’s from normal, age-related cognitive changes, and highlights new statistics from 2020.
Finally, if you’re looking for some of the latest epilepsy research findings and news, CURE Epilepsy has insights here.
We’ll bring you more about Alzheimer’s and epilepsy over the course of November as part of the conditions’ awareness months.
Neurology Associates opened its new Mesa clinic on June 1 and soon will have it fully staffed for patient convenience.
Please note, the facility, at 3308 N. Higley Road, remains under construction while we build a duplicate of our Chandler clinic, complete with MRI exams, neuropsychological evaluations, counseling and more. Happily, with the return of Dr. Rebecca Jones to the practice, Neurology Associates decided to open its larger Mesa location a few months earlier than planned. Patients may hear some noise in the background but we are doing our best to mitigate any disruptions.
Neurology Associates Neuroscience Center is offering appointments with:
Throughout all these additions and upgrades, please rest assured that we continue to adhere to strict COVID-19 protocols to protect both staff and patients.
It’s all coming together so we may provide you with full-service neurology in the East Valley.
At Neurology Associates, patient safety and well-being are always top priority. In addition to our routine protocols to keep patients safe, we have implemented -- and will continue to implement, as needed -- additional measures to guard against COVID-19. We are closely following CDC guidelines and recommendations.
Although we are not currently experiencing any imminent threat, please rest assured that we have a plan in place to keep Neurology Associates a safe facility for both our staff and patients. As of April 2020, we are only seeing patients at our Chandler clinic, which is a highly controlled environment. We will soon open a new Mesa location that will be just as controlled. Also, Neurology Associates now also offers telehealth video appointments with our neurologists, naturopathic physician/counselor, and psychiatric nurse practitioner.
Steps We Are Taking:
Please feel free to call us at 480 800 4890 with any questions about treatment during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Neurology Associates is doing its part to reduce patients’ exposure to the COVID-19 coronavirus. Patients who request it may conduct their neurology, counseling and behavioral appointments with our neurologists, counselor and psychiatric nurse practitioner over audio-video. (Please note, depending on condition, some new patients may need to see their neurologist in-person for the first visit. Call 480 800 4890 for more information.)
We suggest patients who are more susceptible to the novel coronavirus, who are ill or think they may be ill, have family members who are ill, or who may be under quarantine, take advantage of this service if possible. Otherwise, you do not have to cancel your in-person appointment. The federal government has eased telehealth requirements as COVID-19 spreads.
The ability to meet with your doctor over telephone and video is most important for patients at risk of falling gravely ill from COVID-19. According to the Centers for Disease Control, that population includes people, regardless of age, with underlying and/or chronic health conditions, including high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease, cancer, respiratory problems and more.
Neurology Associates strongly recommends susceptible patients, especially, take advantage of this service to protect yourself and your family. To date, there is no vaccine or herd immunity for COVID-19. The ability to use telemedicine during the COVID-19 outbreak also offers greater protection from the flu, which remains in full swing.
Please note that, unfortunately, we cannot take new telehealth neurology patients during this time. We continue to provide in-person appointments in a controlled environment.
Also, the cancelation policy for telehealth visits is the same as if you canceled an in-person visit. Canceling a telehealth visit with less than 24 hours’ notice will result in a $50 fee.
If you have questions and/or think a telehealth appointment may be the right option for you during COVID-19, call us at 480 800 4890. Many insurers are relaxing their telehealth requirements because of COVID-19. We work with a number of insurance companies so we cannot promise in this document that yours is covering telehealth, but we will check for you when you make or change your appointment. If we encounter any issues, we will call you.
Using telehealth video is simple. All you need is a smartphone, tablet, laptop or desktop computer with video and audio capabilities, and an updated internet browser. Please be sure to enable your camera and audio settings to use this service.
Many people with neurological conditions, including Parkinson’s, epilepsy, dementia and multiple sclerosis, have reason to be concerned about the COVID-19 outbreak. That’s why it is critical to follow health officials' guidelines -- including social distancing, washing hands frequently, isolating or even quarantining at home -- and to take additional steps to ensure safety from this unprecedented virus. One of those extra steps entails self-education. As such, we have curated some information, below, from reliable sources about COVID-19 and specific neurological conditions.
Above all, please check in with your neurologist (which you may now do over a video-enabled phone, tablet, laptop or computer here at Neurology Associates) with any concerns. We want all our patients to stay as safe and healthy as possible during this global event.