Nick DenBesten, PhD



I earned a Ph.D. in Clinical Neuropsychology from Nova Southeastern University. I spent one year interning at the Louis Stokes Cleveland Veterans Affairs Medical Center. Then, I completed a two-year fellowship in Houston at TIRR Memorial Hermann Rehabilitation and Research Hospital.

In college, I was drawn to how the brain works, so I pursued neuropsychology. What I like about neuropsychology is that I get to use medicine, instead of just doing psychological therapy. My specialty is very investigative and research-oriented. I like being able to piece things together to come up with a diagnosis and treatment plan with other specialists.

I am from Michigan, so I wanted to ultimately live in the Midwest, to be closer to family. I liked the small-town charm of this area, and having big city access to Cleveland and Toledo. I liked the idea of laid-back living near the lake and that my wife and I could focus on our family here. The area has good schools for our kids and I have a short commute to work, meaning I can spend more time with my family.

When I came to Firelands, I knew I would be building a program from the ground up and that was exciting for me. I was also attracted to Firelands because everyone here takes a team approach to treating patients. No matter what specialty or administrative level, everyone has an open door policy, which really fosters collaboration. In addition, Firelands has a system-wide respect for psychology, giving me a place on the medical staff and access to all the resources associated with that. I enjoy evaluating a wide range of patients, from adolescents going through the Concussion Clinic, to elderly dementia or rehabilitation patients. It is fantastic for our community to have access to this type of evaluation locally, instead of traveling to Toledo or Cleveland to see a specialist.







Medical School

Nova Southeastern University Center for Psychological Studies, FL


Postdoctoral Fellowship - Baylor College of Medicine/TIRR/University of Texas Medical Center, TX


Louis Stokes Cleveland Veterans Affairs Medical Center, OH