Dr. Pope completed her undergraduate degree at Asbury College, medical school at the University of Kentucky, and residency training in Pediatrics at the University of Louisville and the Orlando Regional Healthcare System at the Arnold Palmer Hospital for Women and Children.
Dr. Pope’s interest in ADHD grew out of personal experience caring for her own children (now grown) who struggled with ADHD and comorbid disorders, and her own frustrations with the limited resources available in the Louisville area to help children, adolescents, and families struggling with ADHD.
Dr. Pope worked in general pediatric practice in Louisville for 23 years, and during that time became the identified “go to” doctor in her private practice group for ADHD and related disorders.
However, Dr. Pope found that traditional primary care offices are limited in the amount of help they are able to provide children and adolescents struggling with ADHD. Due to limited time spent with a primary care doctors (often 10 minutes or less per visit), parents worry about getting a diagnosis to quickly without all the factors in the youth’s life being considered, or being placed on medicine too quickly. Rushed by a busy schedule, primary care doctors rarely have sufficient time to fully explore all factors contributing to a youth’s behavior, and rarely have time to utilize behavioral strategies to address underlying difficulties with time management and organization, to engage effectively with teachers, ensure that proper school accommodations are in place for the child, or use other holistic therapies that the family may wish to pursue.
Hence, Dr. Pope made the decision to leave general private practice and join our Specialty Clinic, which provides a different model of care for patients – one in which patients are provided with extensive one-on-one time with patients as long and as frequently as needed and doctors are encouraged to treat every patient with a VIP level of personal care and attention.
Dr. Pope is committed to providing thorough evaluations and comprehensive treatment for ADHD by spending the time necessary to understand the youth and family, gathering information from as many adults as needed (teachers, youth pastors, coaches, etc.), and by providing appropriate counsel to her patient’s family on behavioral and educational adjustments fitted to the individual. Diet, exercise, and natural supplements can be incorporated into the treatment plan as desired by the family, under medical supervision. When prescription medicine is needed, Dr. Pope’s experience and knowledge over many years and hundreds of patients treated, helps guide individualized treatment in a safe, controlled manner.
If a youth’s problems are due to factors other than simple ADHD alone (learning differences, other mental health or behavioral challenges), Dr. Pope will address those conditions, and refer (if needed) to other high quality professionals (e.g. neuropsychologists, Child and Adolescent Psychiatrists, counselors, ADHD Coaches) to maximize her patient’s treatment to reach their greatest potential.
ADHD is a complex problem. Comprehensive care from a specialist who has the time and resources to spend with youth and family will go a long way to ensuring a better future for you and your child or adolescent.