A few years ago I was in a bad car accident and suffered a traumatic brain injury, (TBI). I was left with severe migraines and seizures, it was a life changing event ...not in a good way. For a long time after the accident, I could not understand what had happened, why I was having concentration and balance problems that I never had before , and I was afraid I would never be able to have a normal life again. .On the outside I looked the same, but on the inside I was very different. Many people around me could not understand how my life had changed. I did not know how to move ahead in my life and at times I felt despair and fear. Things that before had come so easily to me like being physically active, dancing and biking suddenly seemed very difficult....I was falling down, and even going to a restaurant with bright lights and loud noises made me feel exhausted or sometimes agitated.... Some days I was unable to communicate in the same manner , and getting back to "me" seemed out of reach . In many ways, I was lost and unable to comprehend how to move forward.
Through my neurologist, I was referred to Dr. Mark McDonough who explained to me what had occurred in my brain from the trauma, and he confirmed for me many of the things I was feeling. His approach was to be both compassionate and encouraging, and he gave me insights into how to move ahead in the parts of my life that I felt I had lost . He directed me to the Neuro-Rehabilitation Outpatient Day treatment Unit where I received extensive physical and cognitive therapy. His initial approach was to encourage me to continue to work on the areas of deficits, and by doing this I was able to move ahead and get back more of my life.
Dr. McDonough is a gentle man, and allowed me to open up about the fears I had about the changes in my life. Because of his experience in this area and working with the soldiers coming back from war right now, I was able to put my trust in him. I believe his insights into the area of TBI, are on the cutting edge across the country because of the experience he and his team have now over the last decade, and I feel blessed he was one of my healers at a time when I felt there was no hope. He and his team have put me back onto the road to recovery and moving ahead in life.
I cannot express my gratitude enough for the time and attention Dr. McDonough gave to our son. The compassion and care given through out the evaluation process was so comforting to us as parents. Ashley in San Diego, CA - Nov. 29, 2018
Excellent advice as a consulting expert! San Diego, CA - Oct. 11, 2018
Dr. McDonough came highly recommended and did not disappoint. His office staff goes above and beyond to help and accommodate. Huge kudos to Lisa and Heather. We couldn't be more pleased with our entire experience. Highly recommend!! Solana Beach, CA - Aug. 28, 2018
Dr. McDonough and his team were excellent. His thoroughness, caring, and compassion went a long way to creating a comfortable environment to undergo such a highly personal assessment. He took his time to explain in great detail the results and it was clear that his expertise and subject matter knowledge have earned him the incredible reputation he has within the neuropsych community. Thank you for your help. JM in Carlsbad, CA - Aug. 03, 2018
Dr. McDonough is a conscientious professional both compassionate and to the point. I am fighting the ravages of Parkinson disease and the testing he and his staff administer is comprehensive and exhaustive in helping me understand the impact on my cognitive and motor function. I highly recommend Dr. McDonough for an unbiased and accurate assessment of your neurological disorder. Tony G. - May 25, 2018
Drs. McDonough and Lipori were both congenial and apparently quite knowledgeable. As to trust in their decisions, I have no basis to judge. (My remarks do not apply to psychology services, only to testing services.) Clay in Rancho Santa Fe, CA - Mar. 04, 2018
He listens well. He explains well. He does not judge except within the bounds of the evaluation and profession. He kindles hope, and "promises" progress toward healthful goals. Carlsbad, CA - Nov. 23, 2017
We appreciated the way Dr. McDonough put our family at ease and explained the evaluation process so thoroughly. Our child, although apprehensive, cooperated as best as possible. The office staff was very professional and put us at ease. The feedback we received after the process was invaluable. We look forward to our return visit next year. Jessica in El Cajon - Oct. 20, 2017
Trust Dr. McDonoughs professional opinion 100%. Him and his staff went above and beyond to make sure we were comfortable for appointments. Mira Loma, CA - Oct. 6, 2017
Everything went smooth, the environment and atmosphere is great. Everyone is nice and courteous and they explain everything out. If you have questions Dr. McDonough will break it down so you understand. There is no judgement, and they have been nothing but accommodating from the start. Ultimately, everyone there made me feel welcomed and comfortable. I highly recommend Dr. Mark McDonough. May 10, 2017
I liked Dr McDonough right from the start! He was very welcoming, personable and educated. He was very easy for me to talk to and I felt very comfortable with him! Vicki in Santee, CA - Mar. 18, 2017
I have seen a couple of other psychologists in the past 6 months and have not found the experience pleasant or helpful. The appointments with Dr. McDonough were both of these things. I found him helpful and thought he really cared about my issues. Steve in Fallbrook, CA - Jan. 26, 2017
My son could not have been blessed with being seen by a more professional and friendly doctor. I would and will recommend him to anyone. John in San Diego - Apr. 12, 2016