Sharon currently works at the Penn Memory Center (PMC) at the University of Pennsylvania, in Philadelphia. She is a Physician Assistant specializing in Dementia. Her primary duty is to assist the team of neurologists, geriatricians, social workers, and neuropsychologists to develop innovative approaches to the diagnosis and treatment of Alzheimer’s Disease. Sharon is a sub-investigator on multiple clinical trials ,and she also sees new patients in the PMC clinic at the Perelman Center for Advanced Medicine.
Sharon graduated with a Master’s Degree from the Physician Assistant Program at Drexel University in 2003. She has served as Academic Director and Full-time Faculty in PA Programs both here in Pennsylvania and in Florida. In 2017, she assisted in the development of a novel Inpatient Tele Neurology Program with faculty and the Senior Director of Neuroscience at Thomas Jefferson Hospital in Philadelphia to help advance the Jefferson Health Neuroscience Network .
Donna is a Neuro Oncology APRN, co-chairperson for the Hartford Hospital Nursing Research and Innovations Council and member of the Hartford Healthcare APP Council and Academics Committee. She currently serves as adjunct faculty at the College of Health Professions Pace University Doctor of Nursing Practice program.
Donna obtained a BS and MS degree in Nursing at the College of New Rochelle. She received a Post Graduate Degree as a Family Nurse Practitioner from Pace University as well as a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree in 2017. Donna was awarded the Greatest Clinical Leadership Potential in Evidenced Based Practice from Pace University.
Donna has worked in the field of neurology since 1979. She began as a staff nurse in Neurology and Neurosurgery. Throughout her career, she has made significant contributions to patient care through lectures, leadership, professional activities and publications. Donna was recently inducted as a Distinguished Fellow in the National Academies of Practice.
Jo Ellen is a Pediatric Neurology Nurse Practitioner at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus Ohio. She sees a variety of patients with common neurological conditions. She is the nurse practitioner in the Pediatric Stroke and Vascular Anomalies and Idiopathic Intracranial Hypertension Clinics. As the clinical lead for the neurology advanced practice providers she is instrumental in providing regular educational opportunities for the neurology APP team.
Jo Ellen graduated from Indiana University’s master’s in nursing program and obtained a post master’s certificate from the University of Cincinnati for her Pediatric Nurse Practitioner. She worked in primary care before coming to neurology in 2005. She has been part of the faculty of the Ohio State University College of Nursing in the undergraduate and graduate programs. She serves as the awards chair for the Association of Child Neurology Nurses (ACNN) and has served as chair and a member of the planning committee for their annual education meeting.
Aliza is an assistant professor at the Hunter-Bellevue School of Nursing at Hunter College. Aliza has a passion for gaining a greater understanding and working toward improving the care of patients with neurological diseases. S
he has worked as an adult-acute nurse practitioner, a clinical nurse specialist and a staff nurse. She has been the past president of the International Organization of Multiple Sclerosis Nurses (IOMSN) and the associate director of the Center for Nursing Research and Innovation at Mount Sinai Hospital.
As a researcher, Aliza recognizes the talent and skillset required to leverage science to inform public policy and improve clinical practice. Aliza's current research interests involve technology use in neurology, palliative care in neurology, and the impact of environmental factors such as BMI on the progression of multiple sclerosis and on cognitive function and brain volume in patients with MS.
Matt is an orthopedic surgeon with advanced specialty training in sports medicine and sports-related injuries of the knee, shoulder and elbow. He has served as an assistant team physician for numerous professional and collegiate sports teams, including the New England Patriots, the New England Revolution and Harvard University Athletics.
Matt completed his fellowship in sports medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School, and his orthopedic surgery training at The Johns Hopkins Hospital. He was awarded the Frank L. Coulson Award for Clinical Excellence and the Paul S. Lietman Global Health
Scholarship for his outreach work in Ghana.
Matt has served on numerous medical mission trips to Trinidad, Africa, and Nicaragua during his training. He has over 100 scientific publications, book chapters and presentations at national and international meetings.
Alicia currently works for Genesis Health Group in Davenport, IA. She is a Neurology Nurse Practitioner specializing in the treatment of Headache. She is developing Iowa's first multidisciplinary headache clinic through Genesis Health Group which is expected to open the summer of 2021.
In addition to valuing evidence-based medicine, Alicia is a strong believer in the benefits of multi-disciplinary care to optimize patient outcomes. She strives to provide interventions that will improve symptoms and quality of life, while maintaining respect for the patient's healthcare values and beliefs whenever possible.
Alicia received her Doctorate in Nursing Practice from Iowa University in 2014. She has been a certified Headache Specialist through the National Headache Foundation since 2018, and she is an active member of the American Headache Society. Alicia was recently invited to be a board member of the Quad Cities NP/AP Alliance.
Kara-Ann is a certified Physician Assistant that specializes in Nephrology. She earned her master’s in medical science at Nova Southeastern University in 2008. Upon graduation, she has worked primarily in Nephrology but also worked for a short time in Pulmonology and Family Medicine. In 2013, she transitioned to Physician Assistant education, and has been in academia full time ever since. During this time, she continued practicing in Nephrology intermittently and is currently still doing so.
Ms. Valentine is a member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants, the American Academy of Nephrology Physician Assistants, and the Florida Academy of Physician Assistants. Her clinical interests include chronic kidney disease and medical outreach. Her passion is education and increasing diversity in medicine.
Rick’s career in healthcare spans over 25 years. He has served in many operational and leadership roles including as a senior leader at hospitals in Maryland and Florida. More recently, he took time to pursue his clinical passion and returned to school to become a Physician Assistant.
After joining the Center for Vascular Medicine, he took the dual role of clinical provider and CEO. Rick leads the Greenbelt clinic location along with Dr. Sanjiv Lakhanpal. He believes that his clinical training and experience have been critical in allowing him to function effectively in his role, making decisions that benefit not only the practice but the patient as well.
Rick has a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in business from the University of Alabama and a Master’s Degree in Physician Assistant Studies from Keiser University.