Stroke Treatments Eagle River AK
AA Specialty Health Center
Huffman Family Dentistry
Dentistry & Orthodontics
Eagle River, AK
Anchorage Psychiatric Consulting
Psychiatry & Psychology
Insurance Plans Accepted: Most insurance plans in Alaska provide coverage for psychiatric services. Please check with your carrier for information specific to your policy.
Residency Training: University of Washington Hospitals Program, Seattle WA
Medical School: Baylor College of Medicine, Houston TX, 1985
Member Organizations: American Psychiatric Association American Medical Association American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law
Awards: Guide to America's Top Psychiatrists, Consumers Research Council -- 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004 Exemplary Psychiatrist Award, National Alliance for the Mentally Ill -- 1993
Languages Spoken: English
Ophthalmic Associates PC
Eagle River, AK
Turning down the Heat
It’s a very scary word. Nearly one million Americans suffer some form of this brain
By Susan Weiner
Joseph Reiss was short and burly, with a full head of white hair and lively brown eyes. Like most street-tough New Yorkers of his generation, he was a self-reliant man with an unpredictable resume who, over the years, supported his family as a bus driver, ice cream shop vendor, gas station owner and barkeep. He smoked cigars, drank whiskey and black coffee, ate steak for breakfast and popped jalapeno peppers into his mouth as snacks, savoring each one like a sugared candy.
One morning, Joe awoke to find that his speech was slurred, his movements awkward. The 68-year-old adamantly refused to see a doctor. Unable to feed himself or tie his shoes, and days after his right arm stopped working, his family—my family—brought him to a hospital. Over the next five months my grandfather deteriorated rapidly; he lost his ability to speak, developed agonizing bedsores and could not recognize some of us. In the end, withered and powerless to put thoughts into words, he died in his hospital bed.