Welcome To San Diego Brainworks
Our highly skilled team of neurologists, neuropsychologists, and clinical psychologists understand how the brain functions and why behaviors and cognitive challenges present in various settings (school, home, work). Through this framework, we comprehensively evaluate and treat a variety of cognitive, behavioral, academic, medical, and emotional concerns.
Our goal is for clients and their families to fully understand the potential etiology of the concerns, diagnostic considerations, and specific treatment recommendations and accommodations to live a happier, healthier, and more balanced lives.
We look forward to working with you.
-Joanna Savarese, Ph.D.
Joanna Savarese, Ph.D.
Owner & Clinical Director
Dr. Savarese has been in the field of psychology and neuropsychology for over 15 years. She has appeared on ESPN Radio and NBC News, has written for Parenting Magazine, and has features in the textbook "The Neuroscience of Learning: Principles and Applications for Educators (2014)." She frequently lectures in the community and recently was an Expert Panelist for an International Conference in India regarding Accessibility and Accommodations in learning environments. Dr. Savarese is currently a member of the San Diego Psychological Association, and past Co-Chair of the Neuropsychology Committee. Dr. Savarese is also the Concussion Liaison for competitive youth soccer clubs in San Diego. In addition to her passion for neuropsychology, Dr. Savarese is the co-founder of a non-profit organization, Repeat Cleats, that collects and distributes cleats and other soccer equipment for families and players in need all over the world.
SD BrainWorks is excited to welcome Dr. Melanie Wu, Board Certified Neurologist, to our multidisciplinary and collaborative practice. Dr. Wu offers general neurology services with a specialization in assessment and treatment of Headache and Movement Disorders. Dr. Wu will work alongside our team of neuropsychologists and psychologists in order to provide comprehensive and collaborative medical services.
Dr. Melanie Wu
Board Certified Neurologist
Dr. Melanie Wu is a Board Certified neurologist at San Diego BrainWorks. Dr. Wu has specialities and expertise in the treatment of Headache and Movement disorders.
Dr. Wu treats a variety of neurological conditions and Movement Disorders including tremors, Parkinson’s disease, dystonia, Tourette’s syndrome, ataxia, as well as gait and balance disorders, restless leg syndrome, and tardive dyskinesia. She has specific expertise in administering botulinum toxin (Botox) injections for disorders such as cervical dystonia, blepharospasm, hemifacial spasm, headache and spasticity. She also conducts Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) for a variety of conditions.
Dr. Wu focuses on caring for the whole person and has a strong commitment to individualized and holistic patient care. As an Osteopathic Practioner, she also offers Osteopathic Manipulations for headaches, jaw pain, migraine, and muscle tightness as part of her comprehensive care. Our approach at SDBW is focused on collaboration with the client and family, comfort, and improved quality of life.