Dr. Deb Anderson and Kimberly Brandenburg, APRN, Join Concussion Management Clinic
Columbus Community Hospital’s Concussion Management Clinic provides comprehensive care for people with concussions and closed head injuries of varying severity. Its team consists of trauma and sports medicine physicians, trauma nurses, athletic trainers, physical therapists, occupational therapists and speech therapists.
The newest members of the Concussion Management Clinic team are Deb Anderson, MD, and Kimberly Brandenburg, APRN, who both joined the clinic on February 1.
Dr. Anderson will care for the clinic’s patients who are infants to 19 years old. Brandenburg will be the primary provider for the clinic’s adult concussion patients, ages 19 and up.
Dr. Anderson received her medical degree from the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha and did her pediatrics residency at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin in Milwaukee, WI. She is a board-certified pediatrician who has more than 20 years of experience providing pediatric care in Columbus. Dr. Anderson has also worked alongside the clinic’s Dr. Robert Miller – who will remain with the clinic in a PRN capacity – to learn every aspect of the Concussion Management Clinic.
“I am very excited to be joining the Concussion Management Clinic,” said Dr. Anderson. “There are so many excellent people here in town who help treat concussions (including athletic trainers, nurses and therapists) and I am honored to be part of their team. I am very blessed to be working in a culture that strives for excellence and puts the needs of the patient first.”
Brandenburg received her Master of Science in nursing education from Nebraska Wesleyan University in Lincoln and earned her APRN-FNP post-master’s certificate from Clarkson College in Omaha. She has nursing experience in Lincoln and Bellevue, and spent 12 years working in various positions at CCH, including working in the Concussion Management Clinic as she continued her education to become an APRN.
“Having Dr. Deb Anderson and Kim Brandenburg, APRN, will be a welcome change for the clinic,” said Cori Fullner, practice manager of the clinic, as well as the Columbus Orthopedic & Sports Medicine Clinic. “Dr. Anderson, having pediatric trauma experience, enhances the pediatric services we provide for those younger concussion patients. Kim, having worked previously as an RN with Dr. Miller, comes back to us with years of familiarity with our adult concussion patients.”
Brandenburg said she is excited for the opportunity to return to the clinic. She was part of the opening of the clinic and became interested in concussion care while she was working as the injury prevention coordinator at CCH. Then she and Dr. Miller became an active part of the brain injury community in Nebraska – focusing on how a coordinated care model could help patients return to their educations, jobs and lives. Brandenburg was also part of the development of the REAP of Nebraska, a resource for concussion care.
“I have spent almost two decades caring for trauma patients, taking a special interest in trauma, brain injuries and concussion for the last five,” Brandenburg said. “I am honored to return to the clinic. The clinic and all its support staff have developed such an amazing team and I am so delighted to be part of it. I look forward to helping patients succeed following concussion.”
The clinic also offers the services of Karla Neville, APRN, who provides patient care on a PRN basis and Samantha Schrier, RN, who provides nursing services for concussion patients. Neville has worked at CCH since 2011 and has emergency medicine experience. Schrier has worked with CCH’s Columbus Orthopedic & Sports Medicine Clinic for six years.
The Concussion Management Clinic is open Mondays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
To learn more about the clinic, call 402-562-4710 or visit our Concussion Management Clinic