Jefferson University Hospitals

Our Team

Together We Fight ALS

ALS is a complex disease, and requires a successful and collaborative integration of professionals that can identify the disease state and develop a care plan that includes targeted therapies just for you. That’s why the Jefferson Weinberg ALS Center brings togetherspecialists and researchers from all ALS-related areas to focus on you.

Clinical Team

Medical Team

In addition to a full-time dedicated nurse practitioner and neurologist, unique to our clinic is the medical team of physicians in Rehabilitation Medicine, Pulmonary Medicine and Palliative Care that with with their respective team of therapists, are dedicated to the clinic and hospital care of our ALS patients.

Goran Rakocevic, MD,

Neurologist - Clinical Director

Kristofer Feeko, DO,

Physiastrist

Frances West, MD,

Pulmonologist

Susan Parks, MD,

Palliative Care

Judith Guarnieiri RNP,

Lead Nurse Practitioner

 

ALS Association - Team

With three social workers, a registered nurse and an assistive technologist, the ALSA team provides psychosocial and technology-based support to our patients and facilitates continuous guidance for patients and families in between clinic visits. They ensure patients and families are receiving the most up to date help and information provided by ALSA.           

Gail Houseman RN, CNS-BC,

Regional Nurse Coordinator

Melissa Coll, LSW,

Social Worker

Anne Cooney, MSW, LSW,

Social Worker

Jayne Etskovitz, MSW, LSW

Social Worker

Alisa Brownlee, ATP, CAPS,

Clinical Manager, Assistive Technology Services

Therapists

Our therapists are dedicated to improve quality of life of our patients throughout the course of the disease, provide education about issues related to mobility, function, speech, diet and breathing as well as recommendation about supportive equipment.

Joseph McCoy

PT, MSPT, NCS, - Physical Therapist

Gabriela Charles

OTR/L- Occupational Therapist

Cathy Ricker

MS, RD,LDN, CNSC - Registered Dietitian

Brittani Longnecker

RT- Respiratory Therapist

Daniel Kelly

M.A., CCC-SLP - Speech Language Pathologist

 

Research and Education

Our research staff is dedicated to enhance knowledge about ALS and advance patient care through a deep understanding of how ALS develops, progresses, and through the discovery of new therapeutic avenues. Having the research team within our facility allows us to collaborate more effectively in addressing patient needs.

Piera Pasinelli PhD.,

Director, Jefferson Weinberg ALS Center

Davide Trotti, PhD,

Director, Research

Aaron Haeusler, PhD,

Assistant Professor, Neuroscience

Katelyn Russell, MS,

Tissue & Biofluids Bank Coordinator

TBN,

Research Nurse


Make An Appointment

Appointments are available every Friday for patients with a confirmed diagnosis of ALS. Diagnostic services are also available. If you have been told you have ALS, or have been asked to see an ALS specialist for a possible diagnosis, we can help. Please call the Jefferson Weinberg ALS Program Manager, Kate Monahan at 215-503-4294 or 215-955-8800.

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