Keena Risola, D.O.
Dr. Keena Risola is an experienced, board certified physician in neurology who offers quality, convenient treatment and diagnosis of a wide scope of neurologic conditions to patients in Baptist and Gulf Breeze hospitals.
Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine
St. John Macomb-Oakland Hospital
Madison Heights, MI
American Academy of Neurology
American College of Osteopathic Neurologists and Psychiatrists
America Osteopathic Association
To learn more about Dr. Risola and her services, please visit her practice page, Baptist Medical Group – Neuro Hospitalist.
Meet your Doctor
What led you to become a doctor or choose your focus of medicine?
The draw to neurology for me was insatiable curiosity and the challenge of solving puzzles. There is no greater mystery than the human brain. Imagine it – your brain is responsible for everything you will ever think, feel, taste, move, hear, smell or remember and the unconscious actions like breathing, blood pressure and so forth. How can anyone not be intrigued?
What about your line of work do you find most rewarding and why?
The practice of neurology requires much more than intellectual curiosity. The part of neurological medicine that is most meaningful is providing treatment, therapy and comfort with a focus on improving the quality of life for my patients who are facing life-altering diagnoses.
In your opinion, what’s the most important factor in a doctor-patient relationship?
What can a patient expect when they have you as a doctor?
I think the ability to communicate effectively with patient and family members is crucial, especially for those who are hearing a devastating diagnosis.
What do you find most encouraging about the work you do?
When I have to give patients the worst news they could imagine, I take the time needed to help them really understand the medical situation. It never ceases to touch me when they turn around and thank me afterwards for the way I have given them this news – I find that moment incredibly rewarding.
What are your top priorities with every patient you see?
Because all my patients are hospitalized, they are more likely to be critically ill or suddenly stricken with a medical crisis. My priority is to be there with my patients during this difficult time in their lives.
Is there anything more or extra you would like prospective patients to know about you?
I have been with people during some of the most difficult moments of their lives, They have heard from me the worst news they could imagine, but I understand that it makes all the difference when you do it the right way, not just with empathy and compassion, but also taking the time needed to help them really understand what has happened.