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First Choice Neurology, Espinosa Neuroscience Institute

Patricio Espinosa, M.D., M.P.H., F.A.A.N., the brain is the most complex and intricate system in the human body. “I love the challenge of understanding the brain, it’s why I wanted to study neurology,” he says.

As a board-certified neurologist with more than 22 years of experience, Dr. Espinosa recently opened, in October 2021, the Espinosa Neuroscience Institute.

Dr. Espinosa, NeurologistOriginally from Quito, Ecuador, Dr. Espinosa earned his medical degree from the Universidad Central del Ecuador and completed an internal medicine and neurology residency at the University of Kentucky. His Masters of Public Health degree is from Johns Hopkins, and he later completed a fellowship on epilepsy, neurophysiology, and sleep disorders from Harvard Medical School.

“This new journey allows me to care for the community in many ways,” Dr. Espinosa says. “I want our patients to have the feeling that they are more than their health problems — they’re like family to us.”

His mission to support the community extends to his work in Ecuador and the Galápagos Islands, where he provides medical attention for people who have little to no access to a neurologist. Annually, he devotes two weeks to provide free neurology services in Tena, Ecuador, and the Galápagos Islands.

The new neuroscience institute cares for patients experiencing memory disorders, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, back and neck pain, brain tumors, multiple sclerosis, seizure disorders, migraines, and peripheral neuropathy among other neurological conditions.

“We’re working on researching therapies for Alzheimer’s disease and memory loss,” Dr. Espinosa says. “With our vast knowledge of how to treat patients and practice outstanding neurological care, my goal for this institute is to be the best Neuroscience Center in South Florida.”

New Office Now Open in Doral, Florida

First Choice Neurology DoralOur South Miami office opened a second location in Doral. The office is located at 9915 NW 41st Street, Suite 200, Doral, Florida 33177. Appointments are available on Fridays. Please call (305) 665-6501 to schedule your neurology visit.

Victor Barredo, MD
Christopher Jimenez, MD
Bruce Kohrman, MD
Javier Lopez, MD
Ajay Pandey, MD
Simon Starosta-Rubenstein, MD


New Boca Raton Infusion Center

Our infusion centers treat conditions such as demyelinating diseases, migraines, chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyradiculoneuropathy (CIDP), rheumatic conditions, and more.

The National Infusion Center Association believes that an office-based Infusion Center is currently the most cost-effective site of care for patients needing infusion therapy. They have a more controlled environment and are often more patient-friendly due to their focus on infusion medication administration.

Boca Raton Infusion Center
9970 Central Park Boulevard, Suite 202
Boca Raton, FL 33428
(561) 556-6010

Dr. Corrales-Reyes Welcomes Yvemith Aluc, DNP to his Office

Yvemith Aluc, DNPEnme Corrales-Reyes, MD is a Pediatric Neurologist located in Sunrise, Florida who specializes in epilepsy, headaches, migraines, multiple sclerosis, and pediatric neurology. His medical interests include disorders of the brain in children, headaches, attention deficit disorder, autism, epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, neuromuscular disease, and developmental delay.

Dr. Reyes would like to welcome Yvemith Aluc, DNP. She speaks English, French, and Creole and we are very excited to have her on our team.

Call (954) 686-7057 to schedule an appointment.

Dr. Espinosa Welcomes Kettia Alusma-Hibbert, DNP to his Office

Dr. Espinosa's office is located at 801 Meadows Road, Suite 103, Boca Raton, FL 33486. To make a neurology appointment, call (561) 788-7545.

Nurse Practioner, Kettia-Alusma-Hibbert
Kettia Alusma-Hibbert, DNP

New Doral office coming soonNew Office Coming Soon to Doral, Florida

Our South Miami office will be opening a second location in Doral. Details to come.

Victor Barredo, MD
Christopher Jimenez, MD
Bruce Kohrman, MD
Javier Lopez, MD
Ajay Pandey, MD
Simon Starosta-Rubenstein, MD

The South Miami office is located at 6200 Sunset Drive, Suite 305, South Miami, FL 33143. To make a neurology appointment, call (305) 665-6501.

Enme Corrales-Reyes, MD has a New Office

Enme Corrales-Reyes, MD has a new office located in Sunrise, Florida.

Pediatric Neurology in Sunrise, Florida

Dr. Corrales-Reyes specializes in pediatric epilepsy, headaches, migraines, multiple sclerosis, and pediatric neurology. His medical interests include disorders of the brain in children, headaches, attention deficit disorder, autism, epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, neuromuscular disease, and developmental delay.

Dr. Corrales-Reyes' office is located at 14201 W. Sunrise Blvd., Suite 207, Sunrise, FL 33323. To make a pediatric neurology appointment, call (954) 686-7057.

Congratulations, Dr. Corrales-Reyes!

First Choice Neurology Welcomes Dargelis Chi, MD

Dargelis Chi, MD - Boca Raton Neurologist

Dargelis Chi, MD is a neurologist practicing in Boca Raton, Florida.

Dr. Chi was born in Cuba where she received her medical degree (MD) from the University of Havana in 2002. She came to the United States in July 2011 with a strong determination to study neurology. Since she arrived, she has pursued every opportunity to stay involved with medicine, particularly neurology. She had specialized residency training in neurology at the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (TTUHSC) and graduated in 2021. Dr. Chi was thankful to be given the opportunity to be part of the neurology team at TUHSC. Her dream has come true and looks forward to working with patients in Boca Raton and other cities in Southern Florida.

Dr. Chi's office is located at 9970 Central Park Boulevard, Suite 207, Boca Raton, FL 33428. To make a neurology appointment, call (561) 482-1027.

Congratulations, Dr. Chi!

Paul Damski, MD has a New Location

Stroke specialist, Dr. Paul Damski has a new office in South Miami.

Paul Damski, MD new office

As a stroke specialist, Dr. Damski is an expert in stroke prevention, emergency treatment, and post-stroke rehabilitation. He is the former Medical Director of the Comprehensive Stroke Center at Baptist Hospital of Miami.

Paul Damski, MD is a board-certified neurologist who has been practicing general neurology for over 20 years. He provides comprehensive diagnostic and treatment services to patients affected by brain, spine, and nerve disorders and injuries.

Dr. Damski's office is located at 7330 SW 62nd Place, Suite 200, South Miami, FL 33143. To make a neurology appointment, call (305) 465-6378.

Congratulations, Dr. Damski!

First Choice Neurology Welcomes Patricio S. Espinosa, MD

Patricio S. Espinosa, MDPatricio S. Espinosa, MD is a leading Neurologist with expertise in complex neurological conditions.

Dr. Espinosa is board-certified in Neurology by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology since 2009 and has been conducting clinical trials since 2001 at the University of Kentucky, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, North Oaks Hospital, LA, ECommunity Research, LLC, LA, and at the Marcus Neuroscience Institute Boca Regional Hospital.

He was the Director of the Neurology Division of the Neuroscience Institute at North Oaks Hospital in Hammond, LA from 2012 until 2015. He was the founding Chief of the Neurology of the Marcus Neuroscience Institute and Professor of Neurology at the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine, Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, FL.

Dr. Patricio Espinosa regularly authors scientific publications for medical journals and presents his research around the world. He serves on scientific editorial and advisory boards and performs peer reviews articles.

Dr. Espinosa's office is located at 801 Meadows Road, Suite 103, Boca Raton, FL 33486. To make a neurology appointment, call (561) 788-7545.

Congratulations, Dr. Espinosa!

Dr. Jennifer Buczyner and Dozens of Doctors at Palm Beach County's Hospitals Urge the Community to Get Vaccinated

Dozens of doctors from across Palm Beach County described the exhaustion, burnout, and struggle they're all facing as COVID-19 hospitalizations continue to surge in South Florida.

Multiple doctors said they are exhausted. They've treated COVID-19 patients for nearly a year and a half, and things are getting worse at a faster rate than any other point in the pandemic.

"Many of these patients have decided not to get vaccinated, but when they're hospitalized they tell us they wish they had," said Dr. Jennifer Buczyner, a neurologist and director of the stroke program at Jupiter Medical Center.

Neuro2Go - Your Virtual Neurology Experience

Neuro2GoNeuro2Go is our on-demand NeuroChat service which offers a virtual face-to-face encounter with a board-certified neurologist regarding a neurologic condition affecting you or a loved one. Great for busy patients who need quick access to helpful information and treatment recommendations. No insurance is necessary. Same and next weekday encounters available.

Typical neurological conditions that we deal with include Alzheimer’s, Autism, Back and Neck Pain, Concussion, Dizziness, Epilepsy, Facial Pain, Headaches/Migraine, Memory Loss, Multiple Sclerosis, Neuropathy, Numbness/Tingling, Parkinson’s, Sleep Disorders, Stroke/TIA.

Oftentimes, neurology treatment can be provided through our online platform. Occasionally, you may be asked to come into an office for comprehensive evaluation and management.

Nicholas DePrima, PsyD Joins First Choice Neurology

Nicholas DePrima, PsyD, ABPP-CN is a board-certified clinical neuropsychologist. He is a recognized specialist in clinical neuropsychology by the American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP) and the American Board of Clinical Neuropsychology (ABCN).

Nicholas DePrima, PsyD, ABPP-CNDr. Nicholas DePrima has extensive experience evaluating individuals with cognitive disorders in both hospital and clinic settings. He provides evidence-based neuropsychological assessments for dementias (Alzheimer’s disease, vascular, frontotemporal, Lewy Body disease, among others), movement disorders (Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis), traumatic brain injury (mild/concussion to severe injuries), stroke and cerebral hemorrhages, and other cognitive problems due to neurological or medical conditions. Dr. DePrima has worked in clinical research trials for Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease. He has worked as a member of a comprehensive team for memory disorder clinics. Dr. DePrima performs pre- and post-surgical evaluations for Parkinson’s patients undergoing deep brain stimulations (DBS).

Dr. DePrima’s office is located at 3502 Kyoto Gardens Drive, Suite A, Palm Beach Gardens, Florida 3341. To schedule an appointment, call (561) 566-6005. Visit his profile page.

Welcome, Dr. Nicholas DePrima!

A Salute to our Doctors!

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Dr. Buczyner
Dr. Andrew Lerman
Dr. Jorge Pardo

Inspirational Quotes Book Written by Dr. Allan Herskowitz

Quotes Are The Best Medicine by Dr. Allan HerskowitzQuotes Are The Best Medicine
by Allan Herskowitz MD

Illustrated pages of quotes by famous and not so famous people collected over the last 40 years by Allan Herskowitz, MD who passionately selected the very best and inspirational ones for all occasions. This book is also fully illustrated with original drawings by artist and illustrator Karla Caprali. Hardcover edition book.



Quick, Aggressive Treatment was Crucial to Give Sophie the Best Chance at Recovering

On the day Sophie Barry was supposed to be heading off to Duke University, her dream school, she instead found herself locked inside a nightmare.

Sophie was paralyzed from the waist down, lying in a bed in the neurological ICU at Baptist Hospital.

To her terrified parents — Michelle Kaufman, a longtime sports columnist for the Miami Herald, and Dave Barry, the Pulitzer Prize-winning humorist and best-selling author — this seemed impossible. Suddenly, inexplicably, their athletic and gregarious daughter, the picture of health for 18 years, now faced an uncertain future. “People don’t just become paralyzed overnight,” said Mr. Barry, although that’s exactly what had happened.

Neurologists Dalia Lorenzo, MD, and Bernard Gran, MD of First Choice Neurology were both instrumental to Sophie's recovery.

Read the full article here

Dr. Karen Nater-Pineiro was Selected as the Best Neurologist in Davie, Florida

Best Neurologist in Davie, FL

Karen Nater-Pineiro, MD received the Best Neurologist award from Best of Davie, Cooper City & Southwest Ranches.

A Community News Magazine for Davie, Florida, including Cooper City & Southwest Ranches • Broward County • An Our City Media Publication

Congratulations, Dr. Nater-Pineiro!

Karen Nater-Pineiro, MD
10650 W. State Road 84, Suite 211
Davie, Florida 33324
(954) 368-9233

Dr. Mark Cascione was Recognized as One of Tampa's Doctors of the Year

Tampa Style magazine searches for a professional who has made it his or her life goal to excel within a field of specialization through many years of study, dedication, and determination, continually challenging themselves to advance their knowledge; these brilliant human beings not only save lives but also enrich their communities with a skill set second to none.

Congratulations, Dr. Cascione!

Dr. Cascione voted year after year as one of Tampa’s Top Docs.

Read the full article here

First Choice Neurology Now Offers Pediatric Neurology

Neuro Network Partners (NNP), a premier group of child neurologists and advanced care neurology providers with offices in Dade and Broward Counties, is joining with Miami-based First Choice Neurology, which has locations throughout South Florida and in the Tampa Bay area.

The combined organization becomes the largest private pediatric and adult neurology group in the United States with more than 80 neurologists and 120 support health care staff members. The practice operates out of 41 facilities in six Florida counties and offers coverage in 35 major hospitals.

NNP was founded in 1978 and offers specialized pediatric expertise in such fields as epilepsy, traumatic brain injury, neurocritical care, cerebral palsy, movement and neuromuscular disorders, headaches, autism, neurodevelopmental disorders, neurogenetics, attention and learning problems, sleep disorders, and advanced neurodiagnostic services. NNP neurologists and advanced care providers work as a team to provide quick access and comprehensive care to neonates, children, and adolescents with problems affecting the brain.

“The mission of First Choice Neurology is to provide high quality, cost-effective neurology services to the communities we serve,” says Bruce Kohrman, MD, Chair, First Choice Neurology Board of Directors. “By combining our resources with NNP, we are now able to offer both adults and children these critical health care options.”

Read more from the Associated Press

First Choice Neurology Featured on eClinicalWorks Website and YouTube Channel

“We just click a button in eClinicalWorks, and it will give us a patient’s problem list, allergies, medications, family history, social history, and immunizations. It’s made our care of patients much better,” said Dr. Susan Steen, a Tampa-area neurologist.  Read the full story

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