Mary Alexis Iaccarino, MD: Civilian Providers Treating Military Service Members

After intensive treatment programs like Home Base, often veterans and service members need to rely on their local providers who have not been specifically trained to work with people who have military-related TBI and/or PTSD. But there are lots of resources out there, like Home Base, that can help civilian providers learn more to successfully understand and help this large, unique population in their cities and towns.

Dr. Mary Alexis Iaccarino is director, Clinical TBI and Brain Health Services, Home Base.

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So one of the things we’ve learned at Home Base, particularly through our training institute, is that with the appropriate support, with the appropriate education about military culture and about how injuries such as PTSD and TBI might manifest in a military service member, we can see great results with local and often civilian providers. So if there are civilian providers out there who have an interest in treating military service members with post-traumatic stress and TBI, there are educational resources out there - and the Home Base Training Institute is just one of them - that can help you learn about these kind of injuries, and help you use the skills you already have to help treat this population. While they’re certainly a unique population, with unique needs, they’re a large population. And so, it’s going to take both experts, Veteran Administration providers, but then also the civilian community of providers, to really help them as a group. BrainLine is powered in part by Wounded Warrior Project to honor and empower post-9/11 injured service members, veterans, and their families.

Posted on BrainLine September 29, 2021. Reviewed September 29, 2021.

About the author: Mary Alexis Iaccarino, MD

Mary Alexis Iaccarino, MD, is a board-certified physiatrist with sub-specialty training in brain injury medicine. Her clinical and research areas of interest include diagnostic and treatment strategies in mild traumatic brain injury including blast and sport-related concussion. Dr. Iaccarino joined the Home Base team in 2016 as a brain injury physiatrist for the Intensive Clinical Program (ICP) and outpatient TBI program. Her goal is to provide comprehensive, evidenced-based brain injury care to veterans through multidisciplinary collaboration with psychology, neuropsychology, physical therapy, psychiatry, and other specialists. She specializes in the treatment of physical, cognitive, and behavioral deficits that occur after brain injury including headaches, pain, dizziness and vision symptoms, sleep difficulties, fatigue, concentration, and memory problems.

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