Oregon Neurobehavioral Group

With locations in Portland and Beaverton, we specialize in the neuropsychological assessment of adults and the elderly. We offer neuropsychological evaluations and cognitive rehabilitation services in English and Spanish.

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Laura Renteria, Ph.D., ABPP and Serana Chester, Ph.D.

About

Dr. Laura Renteria and Dr. Serana Chester specialize in the neuropsychological assessment and treatment of English and Spanish speaking adults and elderly. Their offices are located in Portland, Oregon and Beaverton, Oregon, are ADA accessible and conveniently located near mass transit.

Both Dr. Renteria and Dr. Chester have experience working with individuals who have a variety of brain related disorders including dementia, traumatic brain injury, concussion, stroke, and toxic exposure. They also have experience with pre-surgical and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) evaluations.

In addition to providing clinical evaluations, both Dr. Renteria and Dr. Chester perform forensic civil evaluations, workers' compensation evaluations, and independent medical examinations. They also have experience working with individuals who are applying for Social Security disability benefits and individuals who are seeking a waiver (form N-648) for the citizenship examination. Dr. Chester also provides short-term evidenced based therapy and cognitive remediation services to assist patients in adjustment to neurological illness or injury.

Dr. Renteria and Dr. Chester prioritize a close collaboration with each patient and their families/caregivers, the referring provider, and other medical professionals to ensure the highest quality of care. Their mission is to capitalize on cognitive strengths and empower each individual with the knowledge and tools needed to live a fulfilling and successful life.

Laura Renteria, Ph.D., ABPP, President & CEO

Dr. Renteria is licensed to practice in Oregon and is board certified in clinical neuropsychology by the American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP). In addition to her practice, Dr. Renteria serves as a board member on the American Board of Clinical Neuropsychology (ABCN). She also teaches and supervises graduate students who are on assessment practica.

Prior to moving to Oregon Dr. Renteria was a clinical assistant professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago Medical Center. Dr. Renteria grew up in central California but her family originates from Zacatecas, Mexico. In her spare time she enjoys shopping at the farmer’s market, scary movies, papercrafts, and long walks with her husband and dog.

Read more about Dr. Renteria, her education, and professional affiliations.


Serana Chester, Ph.D., Director of Clinical Training

Dr. Chester is licensed to practice in Oregon. Prior to working in Oregon she served as the Director of Training and attending psychologist in the Neuropsychology Service in the Psychiatry Department at The University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center.

In her spare time Dr. Chester enjoys hiking and biking with her family, reading, traveling, and cooking. Spanish was her first language as she was raised abroad as a daughter of U.S. Diplomats. She lived in Spanish and French speaking countries throughout her childhood and now has a large extended Hispanic family. She was an avid equestrian growing up and was fortunate enough to indulge her passion for horses in the competitive world of show jumping.

Read more about Dr. Chester, her education, and professional affiliations.

Insurance & Payments

Oregon Neurobehavioral Group is a participating provider with the following insurance plans:

  • Medicare
  • Regence BlueCross BlueShield of Oregon
  • Cigna
  • Moda
  • Aetna
  • Providence Health Plan
  • ATRIO Health Plan
  • Tricare

We also evaluate individuals with various worker compensation plans.

If you are paying out of pocket for the evaluation (i.e., if your insurance is not being billed), full payment is due at the time of service. For your convenience, we accept cash, Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover.

Reduced fee services are available on a limited basis for those who qualify. If requested, our doctors can provide you with an estimate for your evaluation which includes face-to-face time as well as any time spent interpreting tests and preparing the written report.

Questions & Answers

When is a neuropsychological examination needed?

A neuropsychological evaluation is recommended when impairment in cognitive functioning is suspected or there are changes in behavioral or emotional functioning. A referral is typically made to rule out the following conditions and to describe their impact on a person’s functioning:

  • Suspected memory problems or dementia
  • Traumatic brain injury and concussion
  • Neurological conditions including stroke, epilepsy, brain tumor, multiple sclerosis (MS), Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, etc.
  • Medical conditions such as lupus, liver disease, or HIV infection
  • Learning Disabilities
  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
  • Various psychiatric conditions

Results of the evaluation may help:

  • Assist with differential diagnosis
  • Guide treatment planning and rehabilitation
  • Contribute to decisions about prognosis and the ability to function independently
  • Inform educational and vocational planning (e.g., ability to return to work or school)
  • Track changes in functioning over time

What should I expect?

The neuropsychological evaluation consists of a clinical interview and testing. During the interview, we will ask about current symptoms, medical history, medications, education, and other important factors.

The testing portion of the evaluation is done while seated at a table. The testing involves answering questions and taking paper and pencil tests. A few of the tests are computerized.

What will be assessed?

The particular tests that will be administered depend upon the questions raised by the patient and the referring physician. The tests may assess the following areas:

  • intellectual abilities

  • academic skills

  • attention and concentration
  • learning and memory

  • reasoning and problem-solving
  • visual-spatial skills
  • language
  • motor skills
  • mood and personality

Depending on the patient’s needs, some abilities may be assessed in more detail than others. Specialized training in neuropsychology enables our clinicians to use the procedures that yield the most comprehensive understanding of an individual’s strengths and weaknesses.

How long is the neuropsychological evaluation?

The time involved in the evaluation will depend upon the concerns/questions that are raised (by the patient or the referring physician) and the age of the individual being assessed. However, the evaluation can often last anywhere from several hours to a full day. If needed, the evaluation can be completed over several sessions to adjust for patient endurance.

What will happen after the evaluation?

After the evaluation your doctor will write a comprehensive report. This report is usually completed within 1-2 weeks after the testing appointment, if not sooner. This report will provide a diagnosis (if appropriate) and pertinent recommendations and referrals.

Your doctor will schedule an appointment to go over the test results with the patient. During this appointment your doctor will review the information contained within the report and will provide the patient with a copy of the report.

With patient permission, your doctor may send the results to the referring doctor, or other healthcare provider.

How do I schedule an appointment?

We evaluate individuals 18 years of age and older. If you are interested in scheduling an appointment or have questions about your insurance coverage please call (971) 330-7352.

What is your cancellation / no show policy?

A minimum of 48 hours notice is required for cancellation of appointments. Cancellation of an appointment can be made by calling (971) 330-7352.

Can I get a copy of your privacy policy?

Our privacy policy is available here in English and Spanish.