Brain Health Specialist

Beverly Hills Institute for Precision Medicine

Precision Medicine located in Sherman Oaks, CA

Though some aspects of brain functioning change as you get older, cognitive decline is not inevitable. With the help of William Stanford, MD, PhD, FACP, at Beverly Hills Institute for Precision Medicine, patients can learn their risks and take steps to restore and maintain cognitive function. Dr. Stanford offers specialized brain health services, including cognitive assessments and an action plan to maintain and improve cognitive processing, to doctors and health care partners who want to offer it as an add-on service for their patients. To learn more about this innovative program, call the office based in Sherman Oaks, California, or book an appointment online today. One of their doctors or nurses will be available to take your call.

Brain Health Q & A

Can brain health services slow down aging? 

Like the body, your brain changes with age. Some areas decrease in size, thinking slows down, and you may have a hard time recalling words from memory. But not all abilities decline, and some get sharper with age.

Diminishing brain function isn't set in stone. Your brain is resilient and capable of making complex changes that lead to reorganization and adaptation. For example, engaging in stimulating activities turns on a gene that resists cognitive decline.

Your brain can build new connections and improve its ability to function throughout your lifetime. At any age, you can take steps to boost your brain's resilience and improve your overall brain health.

How is brain health evaluated?

Beverly Hills Institute for Precision Medicine evaluates your brain health using several techniques and advanced technologies: 

Cambridge Brain Sciences (CBS)

Dr. Stanford offers patients the CBS online cognitive assessment. He can broadly test 12 core cognitive tasks, or customize the assessment to test specific domains, such as episodic memory, verbal short-term memory, and attention. 

The test is enjoyable for patients and produces a scientifically validated cognitive assessment. Dr. Stanford obtains a baseline assessment and then periodically repeats the CBS assessment to determine functional improvement as patients implement their brain health improvement plan. 

Whole genome sequencing

Whole genome sequencing is the gold standard of genetic testing and the only type of genetic evaluation performed at Beverly Hills Institute for Precision Medicine. As 100% of a person's DNA is sequenced, genetic variations leading to cognitive problems and brain disease are identified. 

Knowing a person's risk for specific problems gives Dr. Stanford the ability to create a GET DNAbled™ blueprint with actionable steps that may prevent or slow down cognitive changes. 

Whole-body MRI

Beverly Hills Institute for Precision Medicine works with an imaging lab where patients can get a whole-body MRI that includes high-resolution brain images together with health details that impact brain health and volume, such as visceral fat. 

Precision and multiomic labs

Dr. Stanford may recommend one or more precision or multiomic labs to evaluate other factors that affect brain health. Each person's labs are chosen according to their health and medical history. However, examples of the labs that are available include: 

  • Epigenetic mapping
  • Micronutrient testing
  • Microbiome testing
  • Hormone testing
  • Food and inhalants sensitivity testing
  • Galleri® multi-cancer early detection tests
  • SomaLogic® testing
  • Advanced intestinal barrier testing

As part of a comprehensive evaluation, Dr. Stanford may run a wide range of blood and urine tests, including a metabolic panel and screening for toxic elements such as heavy metals. 

What steps improve brain health?

After Dr. Stanford evaluates a patient's medical and family history, cognitive assessment, and the results of diagnostic imaging and labs, he creates a customized plan to ward off neurodegenerative decline. 

Each patient receives targeted supplement recommendations, lifestyle interventions, and in some cases, suggestions for medical care. Then each patient works with their primary care physician to implement the plan and maintain optimal brain health.

If you would like to learn more about improving brain health, call Beverly Hills Institute for Precision Medicine or request an appointment online today. One of their doctors or nurses will be available to take your call

If you or your patient want to learn more about how precision medicine can help you live an active, thriving life, book a consultation online or call Beverly Hills Institute for Precision Medicine, based in Sherman Oaks, California. The team offers the convenience of direct access to a doctor via phone or video conferencing. One of their doctors or nurses will be available to take your call today.