First Choice Neurology News
Neuro2Go - Your Virtual Neurology Experience
Neuro2Go 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.
First Choice Neurology Welcomes Pediatric Neurologist Nelson Sanchez, MD
Nelson Sanchez, MD is a board-certified Pediatric Neurologist. Dr. Sanchez specializes in pediatric neurology, epilepsy, seizures, electromyography, migraines, headaches, and has a medical interest in whole-genome testing.
Dr. Sanchez is board-certified in Neurology with a Special Qualification in Child Neurology by The American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. He is also board-certified in Clinical Neurophysiology by The American Board of Clinical Neurophysiology. Over the years, Dr. Sanchez has participated in several epilepsy and seizures clinical trials with pediatric patients.
Dr. Sanchez's office is located at 8720 North Kendall Drive, Suite 211, Miami, FL 33176. To make a pediatric neurology appointment, call (305) 273-3007.
Congratulations, Dr. Sanchez!
Dr. Antonio Mesa has a New Office
Antonio Mesa, DO moved on November 1, 2020. His new office is located at 8720 N. Kendall Drive, Suite 212, Miami, FL.
Antonio Mesa, DO is a board-certified neurologist and is subspecialty board certified in pain medicine. He specializes in interventional pain management.
Congratulations, Dr. Mesa!
Dr. Bruno Gallo with Patients Experiencing New MRI for Essential Tremors
Dr. Bruno V. Gallo and Dr. Sporrer with patients who undergo MRI Guided Focused Ultrasound Ablation (MRIgFUS) at the Parkinson & Neuromodulation Center Baptist Hospital Main facility. Both patients had medically refractory disabling essential tremors and the ultrasound target for ablation was the ViM of the thalamus.
The High-Intensity Focused Ultrasound system focuses up to a thousand small ultrasound waves on a small target deep within the brain, a location known to have abnormal activity in tremor patients. The treatment is non-invasive, and the waves originate outside the head, but where they converge, the high energy causes a disruption of the abnormal cells and subsequently reduces tremor. Read our blog about the New MRI High-Intensity Focused Ultrasound for Parkinson’s, Essential Tremors, and Dystonia Patients.
Dr. Felipe La Rosa is Named Fellow of the American Heart Association (FAHA)
Felipe De Los Rios La Rosa, MD, FAHA is named Fellow of the American Heart Association (FAHA) conferred by the Stroke Council.
Felipe De Los Rios La Rosa, MD is a neurologist with certifications by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in both general neurology and vascular neurology (stroke). Licensed to practice medicine in the states of Florida, Ohio, Kentucky, and New Mexico. Currently Medical Director of the Stroke Program at Baptist Health South Florida and of the Comprehensive Stroke Center at Baptist Hospital of Miami. Also, a vascular neurologist with The Neurology Group of Miami.
Congratulation, Felipe De Los Rios La Rosa, MD, FAHA!
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).
Dr. 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!
Renata Chalfin, MD joins First Choice Neurology
Renata Chalfin, MD is a board-certified neurologist practicing in Boca Raton. She graduated from Cornell University with a Bachelor’s degree in Biology and Education. It was when she was immersed in medicine while studying for a Ph.D. at Johns Hopkins that she discovered that treating patients was her passion.
Dr. Chalfin specializes in seizures, Alzheimer's disease, stroke, epilepsy, headaches, migraines, Parkinson’s disease, and multiple sclerosis. Her medical interests include neurologic issues in women, dizziness, vertigo, stiffness or spasticity, imbalance and coordination difficulties, numbness, tingling, or burning pain.
Dr. Chalfin's office is located at 9970 Central Park Boulevard, Suite 207, Boca Raton, FL 33428. To make an appointment, call (561) 482-1027.
Monday – Wednesday: 10:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Thursday: 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Welcome, Dr. Chalfin!
Dr. Jeffrey Gelblum Featured in Several BioNews Feeds about Telehealth
Grace Frank’s article featuring commentary from Dr. Gelblum about the surge in telehealth resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic has published on seven BioNews Services websites including Lymphoma News Today, Alzheimer’s News Today, Huntington’s Disease News, COPD News Today, Prostate Cancer News Today, Parkinson’s News Today and Hemophilia News Today.
Congratulations, Dr. Gelblum!
Jeffrey Gelblum, MD
2801 NE 213 Street, Suite 1004
Aventura, FL 33180
Dr. David Silvers Awarded Top Doctor in Palm Beach County
The April 2020 issue of Palm Beach Illustrated magazine released the Top Doctors in Palm Beach County chosen by their peers. Dr. Silvers was awarded Top Neurologist in Palm Beach County!
Congratulations, Dr. Silvers!
David Silvers, MD, FAAN
3401 PGA Blvd., Suite 440
Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33410
New Midtown Miami Neurology Office
Dr. Jeffrey Gelblum and Dr. Raul Grosz have a new office in Midtown Miami at the Biscayne Medical Plaza in addition to their Aventura office. Their new office is located at 3801 Biscayne Blvd, Suite 140, Miami, FL 33137. For appointments, call (305) 936-9393.
You can't miss the building. There is a car hanging from the side of the building. Years ago, the building was the American Police Hall of Fame and Museum. When they relocated, they left the car.
Biscayne Medical Plaza is a 45,000 square foot medical facility that offers a variety of health and wellness services, free valet parking, interactive patient rooms, Quest Diagnostics, and more.
Congratulations, Dr. Gelblum and Dr. Grosz!
Dr. Michelle Ferreira has a New Office in Coconut Creek
Dr. Michelle Ferreira has a new office located at 5350 W. Hillsboro Blvd., Suite 108, Coconut Creek, FL 33073.
She is a board-certified Neurologist and is Fellowship trained in Movement Disorders. She evaluates and treats patients with strokes, Parkinson’s disease, dementia, seizures, neuropathy, headaches, Gait disorders, Multiple Sclerosis, and Familial Tremor.
Congratulations, Dr. Ferreira!
Inspirational Quotes Book Written by Dr. Allan Herskowitz
Quotes 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.
Dr. Karen Nater-Pineiro was Selected as the Best Neurologist in Davie, Florida
Karen Nater-Pineiro, MD received the Best Neurologist award from Best of Davie, Cooper City & Southwest Ranches: September 2019.
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
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 was also voted one of Tampa’s Top Docs in 2017, 2018, and 2019.
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.”
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
New to First Choice Neurology - Dr. Ramesh Gopalaswamy, Dr. Veena Subramanian, and Dr. Bruce Zaret
Dr. Ramesh Gopalaswamy specialties include neurology, headaches and migraines, stroke, neuro-ophthalmology, and neuro-otology and balance disorders.
Dr. Veena Subramanian specializes in neurophysiology, epilepsy, headaches and migraines, dementia, movement disorders, and stroke.
Dr. Bruce S. Zaret specializes in neurophysiology, epilepsy, headaches/migraines, dementia, and vertigo.
Their office is located at 260 SW 84th Avenue, Suite C, Plantation, FL 33324. To make an appointment, please call (954) 361-3116.
Jose Rocha at eClinicalWorks National Conference
eClinicalWorks' Brian Saal sat down with Jose Rocha, Director of Central Business, to find out how First Choice Neurology’s many providers are using interoperability solutions to reduce costs and improve the continuity of care across dozens of practice locations.
With nearly 50 offices and nearly 100 providers scattered throughout Southern Florida — and the need to work with dozens of hospitals — First Choice Neurology is the perfect example of how interoperability can facilitate the timely delivery of the patient information needed to improve the quality of care.
Physician Leadership Academy of South Florida
This program, held under the auspices of the Palm Beach County Medical Society/Services in partnership with the Broward County Medical Association and the Dade County Medical Association, is funded through a grant from The Physicians Foundation and is endorsed by the Florida Medical Association. Applications for the program were solicited and received from the memberships of the three counties and were selected by PLA Steering Committee members.
The Academy is the first of its kind in South Florida. Congratulations to the eighteen South Florida physicians from Broward, Dade and Palm Beach County medical societies who were selected as participants in the third class of the Physician Leadership Academy of South Florida (PLA). The physicians from the Broward County Medical Association are Margarita Almeida-El Ramey, D.O., Sidney Coupet, D.O., Maria De La Pena, M.D., David Drew, M.D., Daniel Gomez, M.D., and Claudia Marcelo, D.O. The physicians from the Dade County Medical Association are Carlos Ramirez-Mejia, M.D., Edison Castro, D.O., Aimee Gonzalez, M.D., Jair Munoz-Mendoza, M.D., Lauren Shapiro, M.D., and Jose David Suarez, M.D. The physicians from the Palm Beach County Medical Society are Miguel Brito, M.D., Catherine Garcia, M.D., Heather Kessler-Reyes, M.D., Tulisa LaRocca, M.D., Lynn Palmeri, M.D. and Shelley Singh, D.O.
Dade County Medical Association Celebrated the Opening of its New Office
The Dade County Medical Association (DCMA) celebrated the opening of its new office in the heart of the Miami Medial District. The office is located at 1011 Sunnybrook Road, Suite 904, in Miami. The DCMA moved to this new location after many years on North River Drive. They are celebrating a new era for the institution with upgraded technology, and a new community boardroom.
Dr. Jorge Marcos is the Vice-President of the Dade County Medical Association, an organization of choice for physicians who advocate for patients and for the quality and sustainability of the practice of medicine. Its mission is to support its members in all aspects of the practice of medicine; to serve physicians and their patients by establishing and promoting ethical, educational, and clinical standards for the medical profession; and to advocate the highest principle of all, the integrity of the patient/physician relationship.