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First Choice Neurology Now Accepting Florida Blue

First Choice Neurology now accepting Florida BlueFirst Choice Neurology is excited to announce that it has partnered with Florida Blue, expanding access to top-tier neurological care throughout Florida.

This collaboration between the largest neurology group in the U.S. and Florida Blue, the state’s largest provider of individual marketplace plans, is a significant step towards ensuring that patients have access to high-quality care without financial constraints.

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Dr. Lourdes Lago Joins First Choice Neurology

Neurologist, Lourdes Lago, MD

Lourdes Lago, MD is a board-certified neurologist in Miami, Florida. She specializes in Adult Neurology including Alzheimer’s Disease, Botox Injections, Concussion, Dementia, Dizziness, Facial Pain, Headaches/Migraines, Movement Disorders, Multiple Sclerosis, Neurology, Numbness, Parkinson’s Disease, Seizures, Stroke, Tourette Syndrome, Traumatic Brain Injury, and Tremors.

To schedule an appointment with Dr. Lago please call (786) 636-8868. Her office address is 1999 SW 27th Avenue, Miami, FL 33145.

Dr. Nivea Ribas Joins First Choice Neurology

Nivea R. Ribas, MDNivea R. Ribas, MD has been a Hialeah-Miami Lakes sole practitioner for 25 years. She chose to join First Choice Neurology to gain assistance with the administrative functions of her medical office. Once becoming an Epileptologist-Neurologist, Dr. Ribas has further pursued her dreams of serving Miami's Latin community while working with other well-known physicians like Gamma Knife Neurosurgeon Dr. Aizak Wolf and Muhammad Ali's Parkinson Neurologist, Dr. Abraham Lieberman. Dr. Ribas continues to practice and personally serve her patients.

To schedule an appointment with Dr. Ribas please call (305) 826-3931. Her office address is 5801 NW 151st Street, #206, Miami Lakes, FL 33014.


Some Like a Bot

By Jose Rocha, MHL, CPPM, CPC, and Krishna Kurapati, MS

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Significant ROI

Within 10 months of implementation at 24 clinics and establishing individual physician workflows, FCN experienced a return on investment (ROI) of greater than 10 times over. FCN has rolled out the technology to 36 locations.

By streamlining physician workflows, the practice saved 8 to 10 minutes per patient visit—without compromising care quality. Those time savings equated to two or three additional patient appointments per day at select practices, increasing revenue by 24%. Physicians also have the option to take that
time back in their day to improve work-life balance. In small offices, digital check-in replaced one FTE at each location. Finally, patients embraced these new technologies, with 81% rating the medical group at 4.8 on a 5.0-point scale.

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First Choice Infusion Team Members

First Choice Infusion Team Members

At First Choice Neurology, prioritizing quality and safety is vital for our ancillary services. Each of our infusion nurses receives comprehensive education on every medication from a pharmaceutical educator before administering the drug. This training is conducted either at our infusion locations or during off-site training events.

In the photo captured during one of our off-site training events, you'll find every member involved in the patient's journey present, from the initial welcome call, through insurance investigation, to the administration of the medication. This inclusive approach ensures that every aspect of the patient's care is meticulously attended to.

First Choice Neurology Infusion Centers are located in Boca Raton, Jupiter, Kendall, Pembroke Pines, Lake City, and Plantation (coming soon), Florida. Our infusion centers treat conditions such as demyelinating diseases, migraines, chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyradiculoneuropathy (CIDP), thyroid eye disease, rheumatic conditions, chron’s/colitis, myasthenia gravis, and more.


Dr. Jhablall Balmakund Joins First Choice Neurology

Pediatric Neurologist Jhablall Balmakund MD, CMMJhablall Balmakund, MD is a Pediatric Neurologist in Boca Raton, FL, and has 28 years of experience in pediatric and child neurology. He specializes in Concussion, Electromyography, Epilepsy, Headaches/Migraines, Pediatric Neurology, Seizures, Sleep Disorders, and Traumatic Brain Injury. Dr. Balmakund graduated from Lyceum-Northwestern F.Q.D. Dr. Balmakund is a pediatric neurology specialist who is board-certified in Neurology with a special qualification in Child Neurology.

To schedule an appointment with Dr. Balmakund please call (561) 482-1027. His office address is 9970 Central Park Boulevard N, Suite 204, Boca Raton, FL 33428.


Neurology on the Hill 2024 Florida Delegation

Drs. Julie Schwartzbard, Jorge Marcos, and Victor Faradji met with U.S. Senator Rick Scott to discuss solutions for the current Medicare cuts and step therapy relief for our patients.

Neurology on the Hill 2024 Florida Delegation

Dr. Peter Aldana Joins First Choice Neurology

Peter Aldana, MD NeurologistPeter Aldana, MD, is a Neurologist in Vero Beach and Fort Pierce, Florida. Dr. Aldana is board-certified in neurology and neuroimaging. He specializes in botulinum toxins, dementia, general neurology, and neurophysiology.

You can schedule an appointment with Dr. Aldana at his Vero Beach, or Fort Pierce office by calling (772) 465-5600.

787 37th Street, Vero Beach, FL 32960

1801 S. 23rd Street, #7, Fort Pierce, FL 34950

Dr. Paul Damski Opened a Second Office in Key Largo

Dr. Paul Damski is pleased to announce the opening of his second location in Key Largo, Florida. His new office is located at 100460 Overseas Highway in Key Largo, Florida. Call  (305) 465-6378 to schedule an appointment.

Key Largo Neurology

Paul Damski is a board-certified neurologist who has been practicing general neurology for 20 years. He provides comprehensive diagnostic and treatment services to patients affected by brain, spine, and nerve disorders and injuries. Dr. Damski has offices in South Miami and Key Largo, Florida.

Dr. Nisha Pradeep-Kilgore Joins First Choice Neurology

Nisha Pradeep-Kilgore, DODr. Pradeep completed her bachelor's degree at Florida State University in 2011. She graduated from Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine in Bradenton, FL in 2015. She then went on to complete her Neurology residency with Kettering Health in Dayton, OH. She became board-certified with the American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology in 2019. She is married with one child. She enjoys playing music, cooking, and hiking.

She specializes in Botox Injections, Dementia, Headaches/Migraines, Movement Disorders, Multiple Sclerosis, Neuropathy, Seizures, Stroke, Tremors, and more.

Dr. Pradeep's office is located at 2919 W. Swann Avenue, Suite 401, Tampa, Florida 33609. Call (813) 872-1548 to schedule an appointment.

Dr. Jeff Gelblum hosting an Alzheimer’s lecture at the Chinese American Neurology Association

Dr. Jeff Gelblum presenting and Alzheimer's lectureDr. Jeff Gelblum hosting an Alzheimer’s lecture at the Annual Meeting of the Chinese American Neurology Association (CANA) in Flushing, New York.

CANA is a not-for-profit organization for Neurologists of Chinese origin in North America. The mission of CANA is to further education, clinical research, information exchange, and patient care in Neuroscience and related fields by organizing forums, seminars, symposia, and other education activities; by encouraging information exchange in the practice and research of neuroscience and finally by advocating and supporting issues that may be beneficial to the members. In addition, it would provide a platform for the members to share and exchange ideas along with employment opportunities. It is also the organization facilitating and mediating cultural exchange with our colleagues in China and other countries in the world. CANA welcomes anyone who has an interest of joining the organization as an associate member if the individual is not a practicing neurologist.


Dr. Channa Kolb-Sobieraj Joins First Choice Neurology

Channa Kolb-Sobieraj, MDChanna Kolb-Sobieraj, MD is a board-certified neurologist who specializes in Multiple Sclerosis. Dr. Kolb-Sobieraj is board-certified in neuroimaging and has completed an MS Fellowship at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital/Harvard Medical School. She has been involved in numerous academic research clinical trials with a special interest in MS therapeutics and environmental influences on disease. Dr. Kolb-Sobieraj has a special interest in incorporating a comprehensive multidisciplinary approach to patient care. In addition to treating Multiple Sclerosis patients, Dr. Kolb-Sobieraj also cares for general neurology patients.

Her offices are located in Boca Raton and Delray Beach, Florida. Call (561) 482-1027 to schedule an appointment.

9970 Central Park Boulevard, Suite 207
Boca Raton, FL 33428
Phone: (561) 482-1027

2605 W. Atlantic Avenue, Suite C-102
Delray Beach, FL 33445
Phone: (561) 482-1027

South Miami Neurology has a New Location

South Miami Neurology moved to:
7000 SW 62nd Avenue, Suite 300
South Miami, FL 33143
Phone: 305-665-6501
Fax: 305-661-1672

South Miami Neurology

Ernesto Alonso, MD Joins First Choice Neurology

Ernesto Alonso, MD

Ernesto Alonso, MD is a neurologist in Lake City, Florida. Dr. Alonso provides services as a general neurologist and neurological health care for patients who have suffered a stroke, Multiple Sclerosis (MS), Myasthenia Gravis (MG), Epilepsy, Headache, Dementias, Encephalopathies, Parkinson’s, or other movement disorders. Additionally, our center performs procedures such as outpatient Electroencephalogram (EEG) and Electromyography and nerve conduction studies (EMG/NCS), videonystagmography (VNG), and Botox injections for Chronic Migraines.

His office is located at 4241 NW American Lane in Lake City, FL. Call (386) 288-5311 to schedule an appointment.

Ernesto Alonso, MD
4241 NW American Lane
Lake City, FL 32055
(386) 288-5311

Brian Steingo, MD Joins First Choice Neurology

Brian Steingo, MDBrian Steingo, MD is a board-certified neurologist who recently joined First Choice Neurology in Boca Raton, Florida. As a multiple sclerosis specialist, Dr. Steingo provides comprehensive treatment services to patients affected by multiple sclerosis (MS) and related demyelinating diseases. He has participated in over 50 MS clinical trials including Phase 3 trials for Ocrelizumab, Ofatumumab, Natalizumab, Fingolimod, Alemtuzumab, and Tolebrutinib.

Dr. Steingo is a member of the Florida Medical Association, Broward County Medical Association, a consortium of MS Centers, and is an expert speaker about multiple sclerosis.

Brian Steingo, MD
9970 Central Park Blvd. N - Suite 207
Boca Raton, FL 33428
(561) 482-1027

Miguel Melo-Bicchi, MD is an adult neurologist at First Choice Neurology located in Miami, Florida.

Dr. Melo-Bicchi received his medical degree from the Universidad Iberoamericana School of Medicine, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. He completed his residency at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School. Dr. Melo-Bicchi completed his fellowship in Epilepsy and EEG at the University of Maryland Medical Center and Multiple Sclerosis and Neuroimmunology at the University of Miami.

9090 SW 87th Court, Suite 200
Miami, FL 33176
(305) 596-2080

Dr. Jennifer Buczyner on ABC 25 West Palm Beach News

Dr. Jennifer Buczyner talks with West Palm Beach News channel 25

Dr. Jennifer Buczyner talks with ABC 25 West Palm Beach News about mild cognitive impairment and the new Alzheimer’s drug approved by the FDA last week.

Researchers evaluated Leqembi’s efficacy in a double-blind, placebo-controlled, parallel-group, dose-finding study of 856 patients with Alzheimer’s disease. Treatment was initiated in patients with mild cognitive impairment or mild dementia stage of disease and confirmed presence of amyloid beta pathology. Patients receiving the treatment had significant dose- and time-dependent reduction of amyloid beta plaque, with patients receiving the approved dose of lecanemab, 10 milligram/kilogram every two weeks, having a statistically significant reduction in brain amyloid plaque from baseline to Week 79 compared to the placebo arm, which had no reduction of amyloid beta plaque.

Meet Dr. Christopher Jimenez From Our Doral Location

Meet Christopher Jimenez, MD, a neurologist at First Choice Neurology with offices in Doral and South Miami, Florida. Dr. Jimenez's neurological specialties include dementia, electromyography, epilepsy, headaches, migraines, multiple sclerosis, general neurology, neuromuscular disorders, Parkinson’s disease, and stroke.

First Choice Neurology – Doral, Florida
9915 NW 41st Street, Suite 200
Doral, Florida 33177
Phone: (305) 665-6501
Fax: (305) 661-1672

First Choice Neurology Welcomes Yefim Cavalier, DO

Yefim Cavalier, DO, FAAN - Neurologist

Yefim Cavalier, DO is a neurologist in Boca Raton and Delray Beach, Florida. He provides compassionate care and educates his patients on a range of treatment options so they feel invested in their neurologic care. Dr. Cavalier's research focuses on the interplay between sleep disorders and neurodegenerative complications to improve patient care for those with well-described neurologic conditions.

Welcome, Dr. Cavalier!

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

Boca Raton Top Docs

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 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

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, 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.

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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