Last Updated: Dec 15, 2021
What motivated you to start a local public education
program in the field of neurology?
I always wanted to raise awareness of neurology and neurological
disorders among the general public, specifically, school age children.
As a child, I myself suffered from headaches and I realize the importance
of early education. A lot of children can suffer silently from migraine
headaches and several have sports related concussions. What better way
to raise awareness than starting early in educating K-12 kids and increasing
awareness and preventive measures at the school level.
I started the school-age program because I wanted to provide them with the
tools to fight these conditions early on. We launched it virtually in 2020 and
have gotten a great response so far. I find that the kids are really interested in
learning more about the brain and nerves, so we try to educate them in a fun
way, increase awareness of headaches, and promote prevention of concussions.
It also helps us recruit young neuroscientists and neurologists.
Can you tell us a little more about yourself and the
work you do at the VA?
I’m a neurologist at the Lebanon VA Medical Center. I’ve been working there
for about three years now. I’m proud to be serving those who served our nation.
I’m also a clinical assistant professor of neurology at Penn State, and am involved
in teaching neurology residents who rotate through Hershey Medical Center.
I work a lot with the Pennsylvania Neurological Society (PNS) and am the
current president. I represent Lebanon County for PAMED’s House of Delegates.
I love to advocate for my patients and for my profession and I am driven to
provide patient-centered care.