History

Over our 27+ year history, the Institute for Personal Development has assembled a team of experienced, health professionals relentless in their devotion to helping individuals achieve enduring, long-lasting, mental, emotional and physical wellbeing. IPD has over 50 practitioners in 9 Chicagoland locations, providing Psychological, Psychiatric, and Functional Medicine Evaluations and treatment. We strive to look for root causes of conditions rather than just suppress symptoms and manage disease with medication. We know healing occurs through genuine human relationships and engagement with others. IPD treats each patient as a unique individual with psychological, biological, social and spiritual lives which need to be integrated in their care. We strive to apply the latest science-based diagnostics, assign the most appropriate clinicians with the latest advancements in psychology, psychiatry, brain science and functional medicine. In addition, at IPD we recognize that there is no substitute in caring for patients than spending TIME with our patients.

Founded in 1991 by Dr Ronald Wuest M.D., with a passion to provide the excellence in care, the Institute for Personal Development has now grown to become one of the largest and most progressive private mental health and functional medicine clinics in the country.

    About Dr. Wuest

    Dr. Wuest received his medical degree from Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke’s Medical Center and completed his residency in psychiatry at Loyola University of Chicago, where he served as Chief Resident. Dr. Wuest is board certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. He is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at Loyola Medical Center. Dr. Wuest currently serves as the Medical Director and CEO of the Institute for Personal Development and has served as a psychiatric consultant to Chicago area hospitals since 1990, including Loyola University, Morris and Rush Copley Hospitals. In addition, as a senior level psychiatrist with decades of experience, Dr. Wuest specializes in treating individuals who are not getting better from current treatment or who have difficult to treat conditions.

    MISSION

    IPD is committed to the ideal that everyone is entitled to achieve their optimal level of health and well-being. We ensure this by surrounding patients with a multi-disciplinary team of experienced clinicians equipped with the most comprehensive set of diagnostic and innovative treatment options available.

    VISION

    Optimal physical and mental health for every person to lead a purposeful and meaningful life.

    VALUES

    Patient-centered: We will always seek methods and techniques that place our client’s mental and physical well-being at the center of everything thing we do.

    Supportive: Through open communication, honesty and accountability we look to create non-judgmental, compassionate, human to human environments where clients and employees alike feel safe and secure.

    Skilled: We bring our experience, technology, determination and resolve to every patient encounter.

    Tenacious: It’s our life’s work to see that people attain improved health and strength needed to reach their greatest potential.

    Progressive: As an institution that inspires creative, innovative technologies to advance the care of people, we will measure, evaluate, re-evaluate and make adjustments whenever necessary. Our goal is to continuously improve our services, strengthen our organization and promote effective strategic partnerships.

    Brain to Behavior Division

    Our Brain to Behavior Program, founded by Internationally renowned, researcher, brain scientist and psychologist Dr. Lukasz Konopka PhD., is an opportunity for patients to receive a state of the art psychological and psychiatric evaluation. This program is specifically devoted to patients who want the most progressive level of psychological and psychiatric evaluation and treatment available. In addition, when patients fail traditional treatment, we believe that they need and deserve a second opinion. This evaluation involves, Quantitative Electroencephalography, evoked potentials, neuropsychological testing, psychological evaluation, psychiatric evaluation from a senior level psychiatrist. The results of these evaluations are analyzed and discussed by our treatment team. The treatment team then discusses the results of the tests with the patient and family and agreed upon treatment is implemented.

    Dr. Konopka’s Brain to Behavior neurodiagnostic & neuromodulation program provides something truly unique and beneficial, a way to objectively evaluate and continually adjust treatment in conjunction with more traditional therapies.

    This helps us develop a personalized, integrated treatments plan which is collaborative.

    View more about Dr. Konpoka’s work with veterans here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=62UzzWrivZc

    Functional Medicine Division

    Pioneered at the Cleveland Clinic, Functional Medicine is the science of health restoration, and disease prevention. Functional Medicine addresses the underlying causes of disease, using a systems-oriented approach and engaging both the patient and the practitioner in a therapeutic partnership. Our Functional Medicine Program was founded by the renowned, Dr. Sarah Zielsdorf MD. Bringing the latest in functional medicine research to the Chicagoland area. The focus of functional medicine is applying nutritional science, lifestyle changes and how these factors interact with our genes and biochemical make up to restore health. These factors are measured in standard and advanced laboratory data to determine if effective changes are being made.