“I enjoy working one-on-one with people to hopefully have a meaningful impact during times that are trying."
Tammy Hietpas, Ph.D., is a neuropsychologist whose practice is dedicated to understanding the relationships between patients' brains and their behavior. She evaluates cognitive and behavioral functioning and can help with brain disorder diagnoses.
“I'm passionate about educating patients and their families about how the brain works and about whatever particular condition is contributing to the cognitive difficulties a patient is currently experiencing," said Hietpas. “I want my patients to feel empowered by giving them a wealth of knowledge about the brain. That way they are able to advocate for their best cognitive well-being."
Hietpas says most of her patients see her simply because they're concerned their brain isn't working right. They may be worried themselves, or come in on the recommendation of a doctor or family member. Any scenario can be an emotional time.
“It can be overwhelmingly scary to wonder if one is slipping cognitively," Hietpas said. “I let patients know some tests will be easy and some will be challenging. When they find out that no one gets everything right and it's just a 'checkup from the neck up,' the process doesn't seem quite so intimidating."
Hietpas attended the University of Wisconsin – Madison for her bachelor's degree in psychology. Her masters and Ph.D. degrees were earned at the University of Missouri – Kansas City. After completing an internship at the Colmery - O'Neil VA Medical Center in Topeka, Kansas, Hietpas moved farther south for her residency in neuropsychology from the South Texas Veterans Healthcare System in San Antonio, Texas.
Hietpas has a son and two cats – a small barn cat, Lucy Lulu, and a Maine Coon, Saphira. In her spare time, she enjoys reading fiction, creative and artistic outlets, and meeting up with her best friends who are scattered across the country.