The doctor shot and killed Tuesday at the El Paso Veterans Affairs Health Care System clinic was described as a great psychologist who was committed to helping veterans.
Timothy Fjordbak, 63, left a successful private psychology practice after the terrorist attacks in New York City, Washington, D.C., and Pennsylvania on Sept. 11, 2001, to focus on helping returning soldiers, said FBI Special Agent in Charge Douglas Lindquist.
Fjordbak was a mental and behavioral health psychologist at the VA clinic. He had 33 years experience as a psychologist and was licensed to practice in Florida, Georgia and New Mexico, according to medical records.
He earned a doctoral degree of psychology from the University of Denver. Fjordbak had a practice in Macon, Ga., where he specialized in neuropsychology, clinical neuropsychology and clinical psychology, according to medical records.
Fjordbak left a lasting impact on his patients, said Michael Rushton, a U.S. Air Force veteran who was treated by Fjordbak in late November.
"His main thing was that he could differentiate between symptoms of PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) and traumatic brain injury," said Rushton, who suffered a severe traumatic brain injury about a year ago and was also being treated for PTSD. "It was a five-hour appointment and it was a very comprehensive series of tests. He was amazing and an excellent guy."
Published in El Paso Times from Jan. 7 to Jan. 31, 2015.