Increased Precautions We're Taking in Response to COVID-19

LAST UPDATED ON 03/15/2021

As updates on the impact of the coronavirus continue to be released, we want to take a moment to inform you of the heightened preventative measures we have put in place at Sierra Tucson to keep our patients, their families, and our employees safe. All efforts are guided by and in adherence to the recommendations distributed by the CDC.

Please note that for the safety of our patients, their families, and our staff, there are certain restrictions in place regarding on-site visitation at Sierra Tucson.

  • These restrictions have been implemented in compliance with updated corporate and state regulations to further reduce the risks associated with COVID-19.
  • Options for telehealth visitation are continuously evaluated so that our patients can remain connected to their loved ones.
  • Alternate methods of communication for other services may be offered when deemed clinically appropriate.

For specific information regarding these changes and limitations, please contact us directly.

CDC updates are consistently monitored to ensure that all guidance followed is based on the latest information released.

  • All staff receives ongoing infection prevention and control training.
  • Thorough disinfection and hygiene guidance is provided.
  • Patient care supplies such as masks and hand sanitizer are monitored and utilized.
  • Temperature and symptom screening protocols are in place for all patients and staff.
  • Social distancing strategies have been implemented to ensure that patients and staff maintain proper distance from one another at all times.
  • Cleaning service contracts have been reviewed for additional support.
  • Personal protective equipment items are routinely checked to ensure proper and secure storage.
  • CDC informational posters are on display to provide important reminders on proper infection prevention procedures.

The safety of our patients, their families, and our employees is our top priority, and we will remain steadfast in our efforts to reduce any risk associated with COVID-19.

The CDC has provided a list of easy tips that can help prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue and then immediately dispose of the tissue.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces that are frequently touched.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care.

For detailed information on COVID-19, please visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

Our Staff

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Antoinette Giedzinska, PhD

Director of Applied Neuroscience & Outcomes

Antoinette Giedzinska, PhD, also known as Dr. Antoinette, received her Doctor of Philosophy in Clinical Psychology from the University of Southern California, where her training emphasized behavioral medicine, clinical research, and neuropsychology. She has authored several scientific publications addressing psychological correlates of cancer quality of life, program development, and patient treatment decision-making. Her enthusiasm as a scientist/practitioner is not only to support and educate patients toward resiliency, quality of life enhancement, and stress reduction and management, but also to continue one of her passions in life, which is to be part of multidisciplinary teams that collaborate on integrating cutting-edge modalities aimed to enhance the mind-body connection.

Dr. Antoinette began working at Sierra Tucson in 2008 providing psychometric assessment and interpretation, in addition to developing psycho-educational curricula for Sierra Tucson’s Pain Recovery Program. During 2009, she created and implemented the bio/neurofeedback program into the Sierra Tucson treatment process, utilizing integrative psychoneurophysiological therapeutics and evaluation. In 2014 Dr. Antoinette accomplished the restructuring of Sierra Tucson’s Psychology department so that comprehensive psychological profiling became part of standard care for all admitting Sierra Tucson patients. This has provided tremendous opportunity for each patient to explore deeper understanding and insight into their self-exploration, as well as offer key feedback to enhance and tailor Sierra Tucson treatment planning. During Dr. Antoinette’s oversight of psychology, she also pioneered the Post-Doctoral Fellowship program, which offers a one-year full-time fellowship to pre-licensed clinical psychologists.

In her role as Director of Applied Neuroscience and Outcomes, Dr. Antoinette will continue to oversee the bio/neurofeedback program and TMS, and to expand the offerings of cutting-edge neuromodulatory therapeutics as part of Sierra Tucson’s integrative care model. As for measurement-based care, an initiative that Dr. Antoinette spearheaded back in 2015, she will undertake the expansion of the measurement-based care and outcomes initiative to evaluate patient progress throughout the treatment trajectory as well as various time-points after discharge; this initiative will further strengthen patient understanding of their mental health progress, deepen therapeutic alliances, and to support the Sierra Tucson mission to be the exemplar in best mental health practices.

Presentations by Antoinette Giedzinska, PhD:

“The Nuts & Bolts of Measurement-Based Care,” Rocky Mountain Executive Consortium of Colorado Seminar; October 2019

“Applying Measurement Based Care & Outcomes in the Integrative Medical Setting: The How, the What & the Why Bother,” Cape Cod Symposium on Addictive Disorders, September 2019

“The Role of Psychoneurophysiological evaluations into a Multidisciplinary Comprehensive Assessment Program,” SBNCA Conference; Atlanta, GA; November 2018

“Measuring Clinical Outcomes: The Importance of the Why, the Integrity of What, and the Significance of How,” Presentations at Addiction Professionals Webinars & AzPA Annual Convention; Tucson, AZ; September 2018

“Lifting the Fog: Integrating Bio/Neurofeedback into Integrated Mental Health Treatment for Addictions,” ICAAD Conference; London, UK; May 2017

“Integrating Bio/Neurofeedback and Other Therapies in Treatment for Addictions and Mental Health Programs,” Advanced International Winter Symposium; Dallas, TX; January 2017

“Chronic Stress, Stress Reduction, and Stress Management,” All-day seminar held for Sierra Tucson Eastern Region, Alumni Outreach, September 2016

“The Brain Hijacked without Chemical Abuse: Identifying the NeuroPathways of Process Addictions,” Addiction Professional Webinars, September 2015

 

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