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.

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.

Family Medicine

Susan M. Parks, MD

Jefferson University Physician
Academic Title: Associate Professor

Family Medicine
Geriatric Medicine
Palliative Care
Primary Care Physician

Office Locations
834 Walnut Street, Suite 110, Philadelphia, PA


Goran Rakocevic, MD

Jefferson University Physician
Academic Title: Associate Professor

Neurology - Neuromuscular

Office Locations
909 Walnut Street, 2nd Floor, COB Bldg., Philadelphia, PA

Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

Kristofer Feeko, DO

Jefferson University Physician
Academic Title: Assistant Professor

Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation - Electrodiagnosis
Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation - Amputee Program
Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation - Stroke Rehab
Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation - Brain Injury

Office Locations
25 S. 9th Street, 1st Floor, Philadelphia, PA

Pulmonary Medicine

Frances M. West, MD

Jefferson University Physician
Academic Title: Assistant Professor

Pulmonary Medicine (Not Accepting New Patients)
Critical Care/Pulmonary/Allergy/Immunology (Not Accepting New Patients)
Critical Care/Pulmonary/Allergy/Immunology - Lung Cancer (Not Accepting New Patients)

Office Locations
834 Walnut Street, Ste. 650, Philadelphia, PA

Lead Nurse Practitioner

Judith Guarnieiri, RNP

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


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, MA, 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.

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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