Thirteen miles west of Chicago lies Brookfield, IL, a village with a population of just under 20,000 people. City and suburban living are tightly entwined in Brookfield, with all the attractions and amenities of Chicago close by and the small town feel of the suburbs at the resident’s fingertips.
Brookfield also offers residents excellent public schools, a sizable parks and recreation system, a top notch library, as well as shopping and business opportunities. The village has been rated as one of the top areas for first time home buyers in the Chicago area.
The first settlement in Brookfield was in 1889 when Chicago lawyer Samuel Eberly Gross began selling off plots from the farms and woodlands he had acquired in the area. He called the development Grossdale and claimed to offer land and living that was more affordable for middle class families.
While the village of Brookfield only encompasses 3.1 miles, it also offers both residents and visitors one of the most famous attractions in the area—the Brookfield Zoo. The Chicago Zoological Society opened the Brookfield Zoo in 1934 and was on the forefront of animal care and conservation. Some of their milestone achievements include zoo nutrition residencies, cutting edge medical care for animals and indoor multi species exhibits. Today the zoo is still making history and recently introduced a new practice coined conservation psychology, or the study of the relationship between nature and people.
Teresa Susmaras grew up in Brookfield, IL and looks back fondly on her childhood, which included many trips to the famed Brookfield Zoo. Susmaras is currently a licensed clinical neuropsychologist working for one of the top medical facilities in Wisconsin.
Teresa Susmaras works today as a neuropsychologist at a major healthcare organization in the Midwest. Her medical specialty has required many years of study in brain functioning and structure in connection to behavior and process related to the psychology of humans. Practitioners of neuropsychology like Teresa Susmaras aim to make diagnoses in patients who suffer from behavioral patterns related to the function of the brain. The ultimate goal is to provide or refer patients for treatment of their impairments in reasoning, thinking or ability to remember and behavioral problems which may result. Patients may come to Dr. Susmaras as a result of referrals for behavioral and cognitive dysfunction, and her field of neuropsychology, though experimental in the field of psychology, may come closer than any other to assisting the patient in understanding how their brain is connected to their impairments, and what sorts of therapy and care can improve their suffering.
This combined specialty, which combines the doctor’s studies in the physiology of the body’s nervous system with academic understanding of the functions of the mind as they relate to behavior, is involved with research and diagnosis in the correlation between the two. Teresa Susmaras shares with her fellow neuropsychologists an interest in research in the university setting or research institutions, as well as work evaluating and caring for patients. Dr. Susmaras can act as an advisor and expert in the development of products related to the field, especially trials and research for new pharmaceuticals which may affect cognitive function.
Teresa Susmaras completed her residency at Rush University Medical Center, an academic medical facility, which offers hospital care for adults and children and a rehabilitation facility for those transitioning back to health. Associated with Rush University, the RU Med Center is a not-for-profit institution for health care, education and research. The Rush Oak Park Hospital, Rush Health, Rush University, and Rush University Medical Center are contained within the facility. Rush was one of the first medical colleges in the Midwest, and today includes a nursing college and graduate study in allied health, health systems and biomedical research. Rush offers 70 fellowship programs in medical and surgical specialties.
Rush University Medical Center, where Teresa Susmaras worked her residency, provides a Level II trauma center and tertiary care, with 676 beds. Rush Medical College was actually chartered two days before the city of Chicago, where it is located, was chartered. It opened with 22 students in 1843. It is named for the only physician to sign the Declaration of Independence, and was founded by Dr. Daniel Brainard. In 1843 and the years after, the facility was famed across the early frontier of America for medical expertise, patient care, research, teaching and new clinical procedures. Rush became involved with other new institutions like St. Luke’s Hospital, Presbyterian Hospital, and the University of Chicago, the last of which united with Rush from 1898 to 1942.
Rush ceased the education of undergraduates in the 1940’s, although the faculty continued to teach at the University of Illinois School of Medicine. In 1969, Rush Medical College merged with Presbyterian-St. Luke’s Hospital, to become the Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke’s Medical Center, where Teresa Susmaras pursued her residency.