At The Drake Institute, we know how important it is for our patients and their families to have the fullest confidence in their diagnosis. And we know that the best opportunity for a successful treatment requires an assessment that pinpoints needs and guides care.
If a patient provides us with prior diagnostic workups, we consider them carefully and include the findings, but we do not accept the diagnosis until we confirm it for ourselves. Our diagnostics are the road maps for patient care.
For example, inattention could be a patient’s only problem; or it could be a symptom that is masking other issues, such as other learning disorders. We begin with either attentional (ADHD) care or stress treatments, depending on the patient’s needs.
We provide each patient with an evaluation assessment by applying
Our intake staff is backed by a team of neuropsychologists and our medical director who reviews each assessment.
The Basic Evaluation / Screening done during the Initial Appointment provides us with a great deal of necessary information. This could very well be all the data needed for a patient’s program, but we conduct further psycho-educational, neuropsychological, or auditory/language testing if warranted.
Interview with Dr. David Velkoff
Interview with Dr. David Velkoff
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“David F. Velkoff, M.D., our Medical Director and co-founder, supervises all evaluation procedures and treatment programs. He is recognized as a physician pioneer in using biofeedback, qEEG brain mapping, neurofeedback, and neuromodulation in the treatment of ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorders, and stress related illnesses including anxiety, depression, insomnia, and high blood pressure. Dr. David Velkoff earned his Master’s degree in Psychology from the California State University at Los Angeles in 1975, and his Doctor of Medicine degree from Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta in 1976. This was followed by Dr. Velkoff completing his internship in Obstetrics and Gynecology with an elective in Neurology at the University of California Medical Center in Irvine. He then shifted his specialty to Behavioral Medicine and received his initial training in biofeedback/neurofeedback in Behavioral Medicine from the leading doctors in the world in biofeedback at the renown Menninger Clinic in Topeka, Kansas. In 1980, he co-founded the Drake Institute of Behavioral Medicine. Seeking to better understand the link between illness and the mind, Dr. Velkoff served as the clinical director of an international research study on psychoneuroimmunology with the UCLA School of Medicine, Department of Microbiology and Immunology, and the Pasteur Institute in Paris. This was a follow-up study to an earlier clinical collaborative effort with UCLA School of Medicine demonstrating how the Drake Institute's stress treatment resulted in improved immune functioning of natural killer cell activity. Dr. Velkoff served as one of the founding associate editors of the scientific publication, Journal of Neurotherapy. He has been an invited guest lecturer at Los Angeles Children's Hospital, UCLA, Cedars Sinai Medical Center-Thalians Mental Health Center, St. John's Hospital in Santa Monica, California, and CHADD. He has been a medical consultant in Behavioral Medicine to CNN, National Geographic Channel, Discovery Channel, Univision, and PBS.”