Clinical Neuropsychologist begins seeing patients at New Ulm Medical Center
Clinical Neuropsychologist Angela Buffington, PhD, MA, LP, ABPP-CN, began seeing patients at New Ulm Medical Center (NUMC) in early February.
Dr. Buffington, who has practiced neuropsychology for 15 years, has special interests in dementia evaluation, concussion, traumatic brain injury, and stroke. She initially pursued a career in neuropsychology, she said, because she was fascinated by how even minor changes in the brain affect how people get along from day to day.
After earning two undergraduate degrees at Wartburg College in Iowa, Dr. Buffington went on to complete her Master’s degree at the University of Iowa and her PhD at Duke University. She finished an internship at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Durham, NC, and a clinical neuropsychology fellowship at Johns Hopkins University Medical Center in Baltimore, MD. She is board certified in clinical neuropsychology.
Clinical neuropsychology is a field that studies the correlation between the brain and behavior, especially as it relates to specific diseases of or injury to the brain, such as dementia, stroke, epilepsy, traumatic brain injury and much more. In other words, if there are changes to the brain, neuropsychology studies those changes to help with diagnosis and understanding what they mean in terms of a person’s memory, concentration, problem solving, daily activities, and so on.
Dr. Buffington is a strong believer in the power of each patient to take control of their own physical, cognitive, and emotional health and well-being.
“People commonly ask me how to prevent dementia,” Dr. Buffington said. “Exercising regularly is key, along with eating a heart-healthy diet and getting consistent sleep.”
Dr. Buffington’s greatest love is spending time with her husband and four children. She enjoys traveling with her family and finding new outdoor adventures, as well as landscape gardening, coaching her sons’ youth soccer team, and baking with her kids.
To schedule an appointment with Dr. Buffington, call 507-217-5011