Susan Melchiore, MD

Dr. Melchiore was born and raised in the Chicago area.  After completing undergraduate studies in Biology and Russian, she attended University of Illinois College of Medicine for her medical degree She completed her Internal Medicine Residency at University of California, Irvine campus and then a Geriatric Medicine Fellowship at UCLA.  Her training under Jeff Cummings, MD and others in the field of dementia at that time planted the seeds of her growing interest in care for those affected by memory loss and their families.  After working as an associate Professor of Internal Medicine at UCLA, she moved to Coeur d’Alene, Idaho in 1996 to establish a private office practice.  However, after 10 years of office-based practice, her desire to focus on the needs of the “whole” person lead her to co-found a non-profit, faith-based medical house-call and senior advocacy program (On Site for Seniors) to meet the holistic needs of frail senior and homebound adults in the community.  During this time, she has also been working with the North Idaho Memory Clinic since its inception in the late 1990’s and continues to support early diagnosis of memory loss syndromes and education on brain health.

John A Wolfe, PhD

Dr. Wolfe is a clinical psychologist with additional training in neuropsychology. He provides adult, older child and adolescent assessments and follow up treatment for conditions related to brain disorders.  He graduated with honors in 1985 and has more than 33 years of diverse experience, especially in neuropsychology.

Brenda L Robert, LICSW, LCSW

Brenda is a clinical social worker, graduating 2002 with a bachelors in psychology and a masters in social work from Eastern Washington University.  She focused her passion working with individuals, couples and families struggling with depression anxiety, transitional loss, trauma, death and dying and health problems.  She expanded her focus of care part-time at an adolescent alcohol and drug inpatient facility for a couples years.  Brenda maintains her focus of treatment on the individual and couple growing through life’s challenges and enhancing their strengths at her private practice in Spokane Valley.  She began working with Susan Melchiore, MD and John Wolfe, PhD  at the Memory Clinic in 2012.  Her life experience, knowledge and education provide a unique perspective to working with individuals and their families affected with memory loss.  She is licensed in both Idaho and Washington.

Susan Coulter, MSW, LCSW

Susan Coulter received a master’s degree in medical social work from the College of Social Work at San Jose State University in 1998. While working in a large hospital with a special unit for aging patients with medically disabilities, Susan developed a passion for changing problematic systems at the aging patient and social/financial & medical community levels. Today, Susan helps NIMC patients & their families manage psychological, emotional, and social challenges by providing counseling, education and advising family caregivers about how to best support their loved one with a chronic life changing illness and dementia.

The medical social worker serves as the bridge of communication between patients, family caregivers and the rest of the NIMC care team and ensures that patients receive the services they need if or when they move between the NIMC out-patient treatment program, in-home care, day treatment programs and residential care facilities.

Melissa Henbest

Hi, my name is Melissa Henbest. I am a therapist and psychometrician. I use a multimodal and customized approach for each patient, utilizing Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) techniques. I specialize in working with emotional based disorders, with an emphasis on trauma work. I sought specific training to work with patients who suffer from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and utilize Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) to alleviate trauma symptoms.

In addition to therapy, I work as a psychometrician under Dr. John Wolfe, and conduct neuropsychological testing for elderly patients.

My academic achievements include a Bachelor of Science in Psychology, a Master of Science in Applied Psychology, and a Ph.D. candidate in Clinical Psychology from Walden University. I am a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC) in the state of Idaho and a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) in Washington.

I look forward to working with you.