Center offers world-class brain and behavior healthcare in downtown Melbourne
Dr. Christine Salinas cuts the ribbon while surrounded by family members, staff and friends.
photo by mike gaffey
After completing her doctoral degree at Florida Tech, Dr. Christine Salinas knew she wanted to move back to the Space Coast some day. Salinas recently celebrated the grand opening of Space Coast Neuropsychology Center in downtown Melbourne. Her husband, Gregory, started working at Harris Corp. in 2002. The birth of their son, Andrew Santiago, now 2, helped convince the couple to return to Brevard County a few months ago from the New England area, where Salinas worked at renowned Boston Children’s Hospital.
“We love Melbourne,” Salinas said. “It’s a great place to live and raise your family. We felt like this was our home, so we really wanted to come back. I’m excited to bring specialized brain and behavioral healthcare to people in Brevard County so that they don’t have to travel to Orlando.”
In October, Salinas opened her neuropsychology center inside Suite 225 of the historic 1900 Building at 1900 S. Harbor City Blvd. She hosted a grand opening and ribbon-cutting celebration Nov. 16.
As a neuropsychologist, Salinas diagnoses and provides treatments for newborns to adults so people can enjoy improved brain and behavioral health.
“We do activities and tests to determine how your brain is working and how you’re functioning, said Salinas, who trained at and started the neuropsychology program for Florida Hospital’s epilepsy neurosurgery department. “We use the results to come up with plans or solutions based on your strengths and your weaknesses. For children and adults who are struggling with a medical, developmental or brain condition, the goal is to get you back to school, work, or to activities that you enjoy and to thrive in the community.”
A respected expert in her field who has taught at Harvard and UCF Medical Schools as well as Florida Tech, Salinas is the only clinical neuropsychologist in the Space Coast who trained and worked at top teaching hospitals such as Harvard Medical School and Emory University Medical School in Atlanta.
She works with patients who have medical and neurological conditions as well as behavioral and cognitive problems, including epilepsy, sports-related concussion, traumatic brain injury, brain tumors, cancers, prematurity and other birth complications, strokes and memory disorders.
Salinas has specialized skills in addressing how neurodevelopmental disorders (ADHD and Autism Spectrum), dyslexia and other conditions affect children’s ability to learn. Treatment and interventions include cognitive rehabilitation, parent child interaction therapy, parent education, behavior therapy, group therapy and social skills training. Salinas provides training and workshops focusing on brain health, emotional and behavioral health, as well as education/brain enrichment.
A Miami native, Salinas also is one of the few bilingual Spanish/English neuropsychologists in Florida. All assessment, consultation and educational services are conducted by Salinas without the need for an interpreter. She has expertise in cultural neuropsychology, particularly in the evaluation and treatment of bilinguals and Hispanics/Latinos. Salinas has significant experience working with international patients from the Carribean, South America, Mexico, Central America, Europe, Asia and the Middle East.
Salinas chose an office location in downtown Melbourne because she wanted a centralized site between Palm Bay and Viera and because she wanted to be a part of the area’s revival and allow her patients to enjoy the sights of downtown during breaks in their evaluations.
“I want you to have a positive experience when coming to see a doctor and to be able to walk, eat and enjoy your visit because that makes a better Brevard,” said Salinas, who eventually plans to move to a larger office on the building’s first floor. “That’s my vision and that’s why I picked this location so I can promote healthy living in the Space Coast. And the 1900 Building is historic and I’m a lover of history, so I wanted to be a part of that culture.”