Teen to Adult Transition
Our family has been working with Dr. Wagner for the past 11 years. We met her about 1 week after my daughter, Lindsay, was diagnosed with a Craniopharyngioma brain tumor. While not cancerous in the typical sense, this tumor wreaks havoc with the patient’s endocrine and mid brain functions, which ultimately impacts everything from emotional stability to physical endurance and well-being.
I can still remember the day we were about to check out of the hospital when Dr. Wagner came to meet with me about the challenges we would face in the coming weeks and months. She promised to be there with us throughout it all and Lindsay would not be as fully functioning as an adult today if we hadn’t worked with Dr. Wagner for all these years.
When Lindsay was first diagnosed our family was focused on her physical recovery. Very early into our journey we realized how narrow our view of her recovery was. It was only after we started working with Brenda that we came to understand Lindsay’s recovery was going to be a broader endeavor than just physical.
There were the emotional issues Lindsay was dealing with due to her hormones not being in balance. There were anxiety issues we had to deal with as a result of the damage to her limbic system. At school, we had to ask for and retain class room accommodations to ensure Lindsay had everything she needed to enable her to achieve the highest educational goals possible. At home we were battling the impact of Lindsay’s illness on her siblings. There were many many facets of her recovery, development and transition into adulthood which needed to be managed and coordinated. Brenda brought light to those coordination needs and together we navigated our way through the cross care coordination required to keep Lindsay on track academically, psychologically, and socially .
In closing, Dr. Wagner has and continues to help us think through multi-faceted, multi-phased development and transitional plans. We are always thinking and planning what’s next for Lindsay on a 6 – 12 month rolling basis, which helps us stay on top of Lindsay’s care coordination and continued progression. Although we value Lindsay’s other care professionals for the skills and talents they bring, without Dr. Wagner’s expertise in bringing all that talent together into a comprehensive plan, we wouldn’t have the outcome we have today, which is an accomplished young artist who is going to graduate High School with a 3.8 GPA ready to head to college in the fall.
Complex Medical Conditions
Two of my family members have been patients of Dr. Wagner since 2004. She has uniquely combined her professional knowledge and treatment to include referrals to other medical, school and community resource professionals. In our case, she recognized that many of our psychological issues were possibly linked to other medical issues. Her referrals to other physicians and professionals correctly uncovered a “bigger picture” for each of these family members, leading us down a path of more complete care.
For me, Dr. Wagner’s initial testing and interview sessions caused her to refer me to a neurologist, suspecting some underlying medical reasons for the disabling psychological difficulties I was experiencing. The end result was the discovery that I have Multiple Sclerosis, for which I now have a complete team of professionals to rely on for mental health, physical treatments and legal assistance if needed.
Dr. Wagner’s practice takes the approach that multiple professional involvements leads to a better outcome for the patient, and my family has defiantly benefitted by her unique approach to patient care.
Leigh Ann L.
Brenda Hager was so instrumental in helping me cope mentally and emotionally with my radiation therapy. She provided information that was beneficial to me in several ways. She explained information to me in a way that I could better understand what was happening to me during my therapy. She stayed with me and calmed me down in my emotional bouts when I broke down in the office. Additionally, she directed me to a cancer support group that helped me tremendously. Throughout my therapy, she was very professional yet personally supportive. I don't know what I would have done without her.
I have worked with Dr. Wagner since 2004. I have a genetic syndrome and required significant modifications in my educational pathway. Dr. Wagner uniquely combined her professional knowledge and treatment to include referrals to other medical, school and community resource professionals. In my case, she recognized that many of my psychological issues were linked to other medical issues. Her referrals to other physicians and professionals correctly uncovered a “bigger picture” for me, and led me to use professionals across many disciplines for remediation. Dr. Wagner wisely included coping and compensatory strategies to aid me in my progress. I am now on track to get my degree in Early Childhood Education. Although I still have many special needs, I am able to make most of my decisions independently and use Dr. Wagner to understand and make reasonable decisions in areas I am most uncomfortable.