About Focus-MD

Sarah Beth McPherson, MSN, FNP-C

Sarah Beth McPherson joined the Focus MD family in February, 2017. She graduated from the University of South Alabama in December 2016 with her Master’s in Nursing and received her certification as a Family Nurse Practitioner through the American Academy … Continue reading

The Independence Curve

ADHD is a neurodevelopment disorder.  That means that it delays the way the brain develops the connections leading to normal function in certain areas.  Well connected brains can sustain attention, regulate emotions, resist impulses and regulate motor activity.  Less well connected … Continue reading

Sonia Grevenitis, MD, FAAP

Dr. Grevenitis is a native of Birmingham, AL and has been a pediatrician since 2010. She graduated from Rhodes College in Memphis, TN with a Bachelor of Science in Biology. She then moved to Mobile and graduated from the University … Continue reading

Laurie Gillespie, MD, FAAP

  A Georgia native, Dr. Laurie Gillespie, attended Mercer University School of Medicine and completed her residency at the Medical Center of Central Georgia.  A board certified pediatrician, she joins us after spending the last 10 years in Yarmouth, Nova … Continue reading

What is Focus-MD? How Does Focus-MD Work?

Focus-MD is a medical practice for children and adults with ADHD and related problems. Dr. James Wiley started Focus-MD so that he would have more time to devote to the diagnosis and treatment of these patients. Focus-MD provides objective testing, medical treatment as well as behavior modification strategies.

The evaluation begins before your first visit. Our staff will walk you through the process of getting the rating forms and assessments we need. At the first visit you will spend approximately an hour with the doctor so that he/she can take a careful history and perform a physical examination. Computer assisted testing will be done as well so the entire visit will last 1 to 2 hours. Before you leave the first visit, your doctor will review the findings, make a preliminary diagnosis and provide a treatment plan.

The first visit is followed by a second appointment in two to three weeks. Email communication is encouraged in the time between the visits to access treatment success and to troubleshoot any problems before the second visit. On the second visit, testing will be to help assess treatment effectiveness and side effects.

We follow patients very closely until we find the right dose of the right medication. During this time of dose optimization you will likely see the doctor monthly. Once the correct dose is found routine follow up visits are scheduled every three months to help minimize side effects and monitor for changes in effectiveness. Between visits, email communication is encouraged when there are problems so that your doctor can quickly help find a solution. If an office visit is necessary to make sure you are on the right track we’re here to help.

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