Dr. Anna M. Hoier is a Dover, Delaware based psychologist with an established career providing services to children, families, and adults with a wide variety of problems that interfere with the individual’s pursuit of wellness and physical health. She completed her master’s degree in mathematics in 1986 and served as a math teacher in an urban school district for twenty years. Dr. Hoier completed her doctorate in psychology in 1999 and followed up with post-doctoral training under the supervision of the esteemed Dr. Elkhonon Goldberg. The Rochester City School District was her first office, leaving her teaching assignments, where she became a well-respected member of the psychological staff.Dr. Hoier’s keen interest in mental health and brain functioning started early in her life with her brother’s traumatic brain injury in 1957. Neurosurgery was in its infancy and the procedures he endured affected every aspect of family life. Trauma continued to plague the family as they lost another brother in an airplane disaster as part of the Naval Air Reserve protecting the shores of Southern California. The death of her older brother to the effects of severe mental illness occurred in 1993, her first year of her graduate work. Dr. Hoier is no stranger to life’s challenges. When asked about her life experiences, she says that they have instilled a deeper understanding of the human condition. Dr. Hoier is a firm believer that “laughter is the best medicine” and shares it generously with friends, family and her patients she has had the pleasure to engage in following their life’s journey. Dr. Hoier specializes in the assessment of her patients’ characteristics, such as intelligence, personality, abilities, interests, aptitudes, and neuropsychological functioning. Within the scope of her practice, she conducts psychotherapy, hypnotherapy, biofeedback, and behavior therapy. She can diagnose and treat mental and emotional disorders, addictive disorders as well as psychological aspects of physical illness, accident, injury, or disability. Big Tree Counseling is the name of her private practice. The origin of the symbol originated from Big Cypress tree in Monterey California and, coincidentally, the Treaty of the Big Tree in the Genesee Valley in Geneseo, New York. Her formal practice started in Geneseo in 1991. Dr. Hoier invites the community to enjoy the sheltering space under the Big Tree and the auspices of Delaware Physiatry.