#TheMindBehind Electroneurodiagnostics: Anna Costina
Barrow Neurological Institute is often lauded for its leadership in neurological treatments, but Anna Costina’s goal is to cement Barrow as a household name and an industry model for neurodiagnostics, too.
“I want to be the place where everyone clamors to be employed and all the patients travel from far and wide to get their neurodiagnostics needs met,” she said. “I want the world to finally know what our lab does and who we are.”
Anna is a registered electroecenphalography (EEG) technologist and the new manager of electroneurodiagnostics at Barrow. Her job is to oversee inpatient and outpatient clinical neurophysiology services. These include EEG, evoked potentials, epilepsy monitoring, intraoperative neurophysiological monitoring, and magnetoencephalography (MEG).
I want to be the place where everyone clamors to be employed and all the patients travel from far and wide to get their neurodiagnostics needs met.Anna Costina, MHA, R EEG T
Anna joined Barrow in mid-2018 as a senior EEG technologist, after graduating from Purdue University Global with her Master of Healthcare Administration degree in 2017. She also holds a bachelor’s degree in health sciences from Purdue and an EEG certification from the Medical Careers Institute.
Anna chose the field of neurodiagnostics because of her fascination with the brain. She began her EEG technologist career in 2001 at the University of Illinois Hospital and Health Sciences System.
“I enjoy learning something new every day, even after many years in this field,” she said. “I also enjoy knowing I had some sort of part in the patient’s journey toward health.”
In addition to working at Barrow, Anna serves as an adjunct professor at Gateway Community College and member of the Board of Trustees for ASET—The Neurodiagnostic Society.
She says working at a world-renowned neurological institution like Barrow is a great honor.
“I love the innovation, the challenges, and also the plans for the future.”