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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.

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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: 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
(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 was also voted one of Tampa’s Top Docs in 2017, 2018, and 2019.

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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.”

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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

New to First Choice Neurology - Dr. Ramesh Gopalaswamy, Dr. Veena Subramanian, and Dr. Bruce ZaretDr. 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.

260 SW 84th Avenue, Suite C, Plantation, FL 33324


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.

Dr. Jennifer Buczyner Appointed Stroke Program Director at Jupiter Medical Center Comprehensive Stroke Center

Jupiter Medical Center Comprehensive Stroke CenterStroke patients in northern Palm Beach County and Martin County can now receive life-saving interventions much closer to home. Thanks to a $5 million gift from an anonymous donor, Jupiter Medical Center has assembled the most advanced facilities, technology, and specially trained physicians to improve patient outcomes in the most complex stroke cases.

Dr. Jennifer Buczyner, a board-certified neurologist with subspecialty training and a special interest in neurophysiology and neuromuscular disorders, is Stroke Program director.

The American Stroke Association estimates that approximately 795,000 people suffer a new or recurrent stroke every year. More than 85 percent of strokes are classified as ischemic, which occurs when a blood vessel within the brain is blocked by a clot, depriving it of the blood and oxygen it needs to survive. When brain cells die during a stroke, abilities that are controlled by that area of the brain, such as memory and muscle control, are lost. Hemorrhagic stroke is caused by a rupture in a blood vessel within the brain. “Every minute counts when someone is having a stroke,” Dr. Buczyner said. “The typical patient could lose up to 2 million brain cells every minute that a stroke is left untreated—time is brain.”

Dade County Medical Association Celebrated the Opening of its New Office

dade-county-medical-association-new-officeThe 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.


Dr. Andrew Lerman Named Physician of the Year

Congratulations Dr. Andrew Lerman for receiving the 2018 "Physician of the Year" award by Coral Gables Hospital.

The award was in recognition and appreciation for his outstanding service, commitment to quality, and dedication to patient care.

Dr. Jeffrey Steinberg New Office in Plantation

Jeffrey Steinberg, MD has a new office in Plantation, Florida. His office is located at 130 S. University Drive, Suite C/D, Plantation, Florida 33324. To schedule an appointment, call (954) 900-6699. Congratulations Dr. Steinberg!

Dr. Jeffrey Steinberg is board certified in Neurology and Sleep Medicine. He has fellowship training in pain management and diagnostic testing (EMG/EEG/NCS) with over 30 years of clinical experience.


Dr. Jorge Marcos New Miami Location

dr-marcos-new-miami-officeJorge Marcos, MD has a new office in Miami, Florida. He is located at 1801 Coral Way, Suite 420, Miami, Florida 33145. For an appointment, call (305) 443-2626. Congratulations Dr. Marcos!

Dr. Marcos is a neurologist with over 25 years of clinical experience in the Miami area, dedicated to improving the quality of life for the elderly and their families.

Dr. Jeffrey Gelbum and Dr. Raul Grosz New Office in the Aventura Medical Tower

Dr. Jeffrey Gelbum and Dr. Raul Grosz have a new office in Aventura, Florida. They are located at 2801 NE 213 Street, Suite 1004, Aventura, FL 33180, in the in the Aventura Medical Tower. Aventura Medical Tower is Aventura's first medical office and condo located within walking access to Aventura Hospital & Medical Center. There are 5 floors of ADA compliant and state-of-the-art designed medical offices with 7 levels of covered parking.

You can call their office for an appointment at (305) 936-9393. Congratulations Dr. Jeffrey Gelbum and Dr. Raul Grosz!


Dr. Margarita Almeida El-Ramey New Location

Margarita Almeida El-Ramey, DO has a new office in Pembroke Pines, Florida. She is located at 600 North Hiatus Road, Suite 203B, Pembroke Pines, FL 33026.  You can call her office for an appointment at (954) 874-0201. Congratulations Dr. Margarita Almeida El-Ramey!


New Location in Miami


Timothy Grant, MD
9299 SW 152 Street, Suite 100
Miami, FL 33157
Phone: (305) 665-5552  I  Fax: (305) 665-5565


Important Information for Patients Covered by Aetna or Coventry

First Choice Neurology is proud to announce that all of its providers have earned the maximum score in quality from the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services thru Merit-Based Incentive Program (MIPS). We work hard every day to be your choice of care.

Unfortunately, First Choice Neurology (formerly Neuroscience Consultants) contract for Coventry Health Plan was terminated by Aetna the parent company with an effective date of 5/31/2018. We want to be able to provide uninterrupted neurology and pain management services to you. This means that First Choice Neurology 92 providers serving 5 counties in Florida and 36 different hospitals will no longer be able to provide services in our office, but more importantly, all services provided in the hospital will be based on your out-of-network benefits in case of any emergency services.

If you would like to be certain that you will be able to continue treatment with your FirstChoice neurologist or if you would like to see one of the other 92 First Choice Neurology providers, you can do so by enrolling in an insurance plan through one of the insurance companies listed here:

Care Plus
First Health/MultiPlan/PHCS

Neighborhood Health Plan
Simply Healthcare
United Healthcare

If you are considering changing your medical insurance coverage, please call our office first to verify we are able to provide you with uninterrupted service.

These plans and a list of our neurologists by location can be found on First Choice Neurology’s website. If you have questions or need additional information, contact us and we will put you in touch with one of our offices. (786) 924-1311 or If you would like to express your concern or disappointment to Aetna or Coventry that we may not be participating providers, you can contact them through the following channels:

  1. Contact the Aetna executive below the parent company to Coventry:
    June Scott: 305-222-3013 or
  2. Call the number on the back of your insurance card
  3. Post on:
    1. Facebook:
    2. Twitter:
    3. Instagram:

Please know that you and your health are important to us. We are committed to your care and hope that you are able to choose a plan through which we can continue to serve you.

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