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Patricia S. Spivey, PsyD

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CA USA
phone: 888-850-3903 or 510-228-7638
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Diablo Assessments is a multi-specialty network of physicians providing both Physical and Mental Disability Evaluations, Second Opinion, IME, QME, and Peer review services in Central and Northern California. Our flexible and diverse scheduling capabilities allow us to provide you with both a quickly scheduled referral as well as quality report processing.

Medical and Psychological Evaluation Services - Diablo offers Medical and psychological evaluations and assessments to insurance, government agencies, or to employers for disability, fitness for duty, workers' compensation, and long term disability insurance claims. Evaluators for the following disciplines:
  • Neuropsychology
  • Internal Medicine
  • Orthopaedy
  • Neurology
  • Chiropractic
  • Forensic Testing
  • Physical Medicine / Rehabilitation
  • Physiatry
  • Psychiatry
  • Psychology
  • Sleep Disorders
  • Speech Pathology
  • Diablo provides services related to:
    • Long-term Disability
    • Short-term Disability
    • Personal Injury Evaluations
    • Functional Capacity Examinations
    • Fitness for Duty
  • FMLA Reviews
  • AME / IME / QME
  • Records Review
  • Peer Review
  • Second Opinions
  • Clinic Locations :
    • Antioch / Pittsburg: 2260 Gladstone Drive, Suite B, Pittsburg, CA 94565
    • Fremont: 39809 Paseo Padre Pkwy, Fremont, CA 94538
    • Marina / Monterey / Salinas: 326 Reservation Road, Marina, CA 93933
    • Modesto: 1230 13th St., Suite B, Modesto, CA 95354
    • Richmond: 3260 Blume Drive, Suite 326, Richmond, CA 94806
    • Sacramento: 910 Florin Rd. Suite 107, Sacramento, CA 95831
    • San Jose: 696 E. Santa Clara St., Suite 208, San Jose, CA 95112
    Patricia Spivey Neuropsychological Assessments Expert Photo Patricia S. Spivey, PsyD, has been providing Forensic and Neuropsychological Assessments in private practice for over 10 years. She offers Medical-Legal evaluations for stroke, traumatic brain injury, dementia, cognitive disabilities, learning disorders, ADHD, PTSD, and other disorders.

    Dr. Spivey is a Qualified Medical Evaluator in California and Independent Medical Evaluator for private insurance, she has expert testimony experience, having testified in court and for depositions numerous times. She has performed criminal legal evaluations (competency) for the criminal courts of three Bay Area counties, and for regional center clients.

    Dr. Spivey's training focused on Neuropsychology. She finished a VA hospital internship while she completed a dissertation on Post-stroke Depression and Lesion Location. She focused on neuroscience in graduate school. She worked as a special education teacher in her early career, and has a vast knowledge of genetic disorders, autism, cerebral palsy, and intellectual disabilities. She also worked for Napa State Hospital as a staff psychologist and senior psychology specialist before entering private practice full time.

    Daniel Katzenberg Pediatric Neurology Expert PhotoDaniel Katzenberg, PhD, MD, is a board certified Sleep Specialist with over 18 years of experience in treating and caring for adult and pediatric sleep disorder patients. He graduated with honors (cum laude) with a Bachelor’s in Biochemistry from Princeton University. He then completed his Master’s and PhD in Molecular Biology and Genetics, and his Medical degree (MD) from Albert Einstein College of Medicine.

    For his post-grad training, Dr. Katzenberg did his internship with the Yale-Waterbury Internal Medicine program, completed residency in Neurology at Stanford, and completed residency in Pediatrics at California Pacific Medical Center, San Francisco. He completed his fellowship in Sleep Disorders Medicine at Stanford Sleep Disorders Clinic. Dr. Katzenberg is currently certified in Neurology with special qualifications in Child Neurology Pediatrics.

    Dr. Katzenberg is an attending Pediatric Neurologist and Director of Pediatric Sleep Disorders at the Santa Clara Valley Medical Center in San Jose, CA.

    Lara Salamacha Orthopedic Surgery Expert PhotoLara A. Salamacha, MS, MD, earned her MD from the University of San Diego. Dr. Salamacha went on to do her Orthopedic Surgery residency training at the University of San Francisco. With a concentration in Sports Medicine, she spent her residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Stanford University.

    Dr. Salamacha is Board Certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation with a Sports Medicine Sub Specialty. Dr. Salamacha previously worked 3 years for NASA and has been the United State's Figure Skating Team Physician since 2011.

    Diablo Assessments has more than a dozen additional doctors working in 8 locations.
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    Dr. Vernon M. Neppe, MD, PhD, FRS(SAf), DFAPA
    Director/ Professor
    Pacific Neuropsychiatric Institute, 6300 9th Ave NE, Ste 353
    Seattle WA 98115
    USA
    phone: 206-527-6289
    fax: 206 892 9689
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    Prof. Vernon M. Neppe - Pacific Neuropsychiatric Institute

  • Internationally renowned,
  • Neuropsychiatrist, Behavioral Neurologist, Psychopharmacologist, Psychiatrist, Forensic specialist (All listed in peer-selected book America's Top Doctors ? only MD in 5 sub-specialties/ specialties] and in all editions]. Also /b>internationally recognized Epilepsy specialist, Consciousness researcher, Narcolepsy expert, Research Methodologist, head injury, trauma, and brain disorders specialist

  • He is an experienced, extremely peer-respected clinician, and pioneering researcher (directly impacted millions.). 700+ publications, 10+ books (see listings brainvoyage.com) (includes How Attorneys Can Best Utilize Their Medical Expert Witnesslin-demand communicator—professional speaker & media), creativity specialist (Distinguished Prof.,ECAO), incisive thinker (chess champion), and a versatile multi-specialty civil medicolegal expert (defense or plaintiff)
  • . Led 1st USA & International Delegation in Psychopharmacology and Neuropsychiatry. Expertise includes
  • head injury, brain disturbances, personal injury,
  • Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE),
  • medications,
  • seizures,
  • malpractice,
  • stress
  • Nutrition supplements
  • Tardive dyskinesia
  • Neuroleptic malignant syndrome
  • Vegetative / Minimal Consciousness states,
  • Narcolepsy,
  • Pharmaceutical Patents:
  • Mental disorders,
  • , Suicide
  • .At times, he's consulted in several different areas in the same case e.g. medications, brain damage, psychiatry, movement disorders or seizures, depression, anxiety, bipolar, psychosis, attention deficit, Post-traumatic stress
  • Honors: Best Doctors in America
  • Who's Who in the World
  • Whting Memorial Prize 2016,
  • Ebook: How Attorneys Can Best Utilize Their Medical Expert Witness
  • Prof. Neppe also has dual MD and PhD (Med) plus received Board Certifications UCNS Behav Neurology & Neuropsychiatry (2006) and ABPN (BC Psychiatry, subspec: Forensic Psych-04, Geriat Psych-11) & DPsM (with Neurol & Psychiatr)
  • Fellow Royal Society, SA (?1st USA MD(2002), FFPsych(SA),
  • Distinguished Fellow, American Psychiatric Association (2007)
  • Additionally, MMed (Psych), DABFM, DABFE, DABPS (Psychopharm), FACFE, FCPsych, FRCPC-10. DSPE
  • Dipl & SRF, ISPE;
  • Civl expert and Competency (not Criminal) consults (Plaintiff or Defense) throughout USA , Canada & Internationally works only with attorneys-profound impacts as expert on the brain Cases include multimillion dollar verdicts for plaintiffs and millions saved for the defense. Services at all stages of civil litigation— record reviews, written reports, depositions, testimony, rebuttal, arbritration, advising retained throughout USA and internationally, and this includes high profile cases.analyses of strengths and weaknesses Dr Neppe's versatility & qualifications allow his use as single expert at multiple international levels —e.g. brain, psychiatry, neuropsychopharmacology, seizures, higher brain, research methodology, diagnosis saving time, money & with
  • Vernon M. Neppe MD, PhD, FRSSAf, DFAPA
    These nine articles constitute a monograph series to assist civil litigation attorneys with medical experts. Each paper is a self-sustaining unit.
    Vernon M. Neppe MD, PhD, FRSSAf, DFAPA
    Prof. Neppe, MD, PhD, FFPsych, FRCPC, defines for the first time the new non-fiction literary genre of Sciction -- science through literature. Psychiatric and neurological medications become comprehensible to patients, families and general readers yet the book is a wonderful text for students and professionals in the health and psychological fields. This unique self-help book on brain medications and social and medical issues educates through fascination.
    Vernon M. Neppe MD, PhD, FRSSAf, DFAPA
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    Elliott M. Stein, MD
    Chief of Psychiatry
    302 Silver Ave.
    San Francisco CA 94112
    USA
    phone: 415-672-9352
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    Elliott M. Stein, MD is a Geriatric Psychiatrist with over 40 years of experience caring for the elderly. Dr. Stein is Board Certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in General Psychiatry (October, 1979), and in Geriatric Psychiatry (April, 1991; Re-Certified, December, 2001, and in April, 2011). He is licensed to practice in California and Florida.

    Dr. Stein is currently the Director of Psychiatry at the Jewish Home of San Francisco, and the Medical Director of their Geriatric Psychiatry Hospital. He treats older individuals from all over the San Francisco Bay area, typically people who have complex combination of psychiatric and medical problems.

    Dr. Stein is a Member of the Task Force on Testamentary Capacity and Undue Influence, for the International PsychoGeriatric Association. He is available to serve as an Expert Witness, do legal and forensic consultation, record review, and assessments concerning Psychiatric issues in older individuals. Dr. Stein offers his services to attorneys for both Plaintiff or Defense.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Contested Wills and Trusts
    • Testamentary Capacity, Undue Influence, Insane Delusions
    • Geriatric Competence
    • Dementia and Delirium, Alzheimer’s Disease
    • Geriatric Psychiatry Evaluation and Treatment, Psychiatric Medication, Psychotherapeutic Issues
    • Depression and Anxiety Disorders
    • Relationship Problems between the Elderly and their Adult Children
    • Aging and Mental Disorders
    • Geriatric Psychiatry issues concerning Hospitals, Nursing Homes, Independent and Assisted Living Facilities
    • Medicare Psychiatric Services Coding and Documentation
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    Maurice Preter
    MD
    1160 Fifth Avenue
    Suite 112
    New York NY 10029
    USA
    phone: 212-713-5336
    fax: 212-713-5336
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    Areas of Expertise:
    • Conscious pain and suffering, including mass casualties, such as aviation accidents
    • Emotional and physical damages
    • Traumatic brain injury
    • Mild-traumatic head injury
    • Post-traumatic Stress Disorder/PTSD
    • Workplace harassment
    • Neuropsychiatric impairments
    • Diminished mental capacity
    • Criminal responsibility/mitigating factors/ leniency
    • Downward departure in civil and criminal proceedings (including death penalty cases)
    • Medical and psychiatric malpractice
    • Standard of Care
    • Pharmaceutical product liability
    • Professional misconduct
    • Retention and commitment
    • Treatment over objection
    • Cognitive impairment/dementia
    Dr. Maurice Preter, MD, is a practicing psychiatrist, psychopharmacologist, neuropsychiatrist and neurologist. One of a handful of dually board certified experts in both neurology and psychiatry, internationally active as lecturer, medical educator and as clinical and medical-legal consultant. In addition to active clinical consultation, Dr. Preter, a Castle Connolly and New York Magazine Nominated Top Doctor, may be called upon for psychiatric and neuropsychiatric forensic expertise to assist plaintiff and defense counsel, the courts, federal, State agencies, and international organizations.

    Presentations/Publications: See http://psychiatryneurology.net/bio/.

    Comments:
    • Fluent in English, French, German.
    • Licensed in New York, Paris, Germany
    Recent Award: 2016: Best Doctors of New York, Castle Connolly/New York Magazine
    Mark W. Green, (ed,), Philip R. Muskin (ed.)
    Dr. Maurice Preter and Samuel Lieblich contributed the chapter on "Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) Approaches to Headache." Whilst the vast majority of headaches are minor ailments, some patients develop chronic symptoms that have psychiatric dimensions. These symptoms can be immensely challenging to manage and can have a serious impact on the patient’s quality of life. The relationship between headache and psychiatric disease is often rationalized as cause and effect; however, the interplay between the two is complex.