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Team Biographies

Physicians

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Murtaza Amir, MD

Dr. Murtaza Amir joined TeleSpecialists in 2019. He is double Board Certified in both Neurology and Integrative and Holistic Medicine. Dr. Amir completed his neurology training at the University of Miami, Jackson Memorial Hospital, and completed his two-year fellowship in Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona. Until recently, Dr. Amir practiced as an adult neurologist in Cumberland, MD. He held his own General Neurology private practice where he managed complex neurological cases and collaborated on patient care with local providers and neighboring academic centers. He has practiced as a consultant neurologist and acted as the President of Medical Staff at the UPMC Western Maryland Health System for 15 years. In these roles, he established the only Certified Primary Stroke Center in 2008 and was involved in local EMS, nursing, and community stroke education. Since then, he has been working to improve stroke and neurological care in rural Maryland.

Along with his clinical responsibilities at TeleSpecialists, Dr. Amir also serves as a Regional Medical Director for various hospitals partnering with TeleSpecialists. In this role, he works closely with the Quality and Process Improvement Team to continuously improve the neurological care provided to our patients. Most recently, he joined the Implementation Team, assisting to guide hospitals through a smooth transition of in-person neurological care to a telemedicine platform.

When he is not working, he enjoys traveling, hiking, and spending time with his wife and son.

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Lorianne Avino, MD

Dr. Lorianne Avino (Pereira) completed her medical education at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and completed her residency in neurology at Drexel University College of Medicine. Following her residency, she then completed a fellowship in Neurocritical Care and Stroke. Dr. Avino is Board certified by the American Board of Neurology and Psychiatry in Neurology and Psychiatry in Neurology and Vascular Neurology. In 2006, Dr. Avino returned to Buffalo, NY and dedicated 14 years in practice in treating various neurologic conditions. She has had extensive experience in treating stroke patients, having worked with the neurovascular team at Gates Vascular Institute and participating in clinical trials.

She is passionate about her patients and is very excited to bring her expertise to TeleSpecialists. In her leisure time, Dr. Avino enjoys traveling, running and spending time with her husband, children and three golden retrievers. Dr. Avino joined TeleSpecialists in October of 2020.

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Kristina Bedynerman, MD

Dr. Kristina Bedynerman was born in Belarus and grew up in New York City. She received her undergraduate Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology, from The State University of New York at Albany, and her Medical Degree from The American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine. She completed her residency in Psychiatry at the State University of New York Upstate Medical University, in Syracuse, New York. Dr. Bedynerman is Board Certified in Psychiatry by The American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and is a Fellow of The American Psychiatric Association. Over the past 13 years of practice, Dr. Bedynerman has practiced psychiatry within multiple clinical and administrative settings, including: Emergency Psychiatry, Consultation Liaison Service, Outpatient Psychiatry, Geriatric Psychiatry and as a Lead Psychiatrist for the Lee Health Medical System.

With the expanding interest and demand for Telepsychiatry, Dr. Bedynerman has spent the past few years providing Telepsychiatry services in various clinical settings, in both clinical and administrative capacities, including delivery of collaborative psychiatric care to the underserved medically complex HIV positive population.

Dr. Bedynerman resides in Fort Myers, FL, with her husband and four-year old daughter. She joined TeleSpecialists in January of 2021 and is excited to develop and implement exceptional standards of Psychiatric care, while further expanding and expediting quality Psychiatric care delivery, using Teletechnology.

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Vahid Behravan, MD

Dr. Vahid Behravan joined TeleSpecialists in 2018 as a TeleNeurologist and has since taken on the role of Director of Education. He graduated from medical school in Iran with a neurology residency at Kansas University and a fellowship in neuro-rehabilitation. Dr. Behravan is Board certified in neurology.

In his free time, Dr. Behravan enjoys painting, calligraphy, photography, music and weight training. He lives in Maryland with his family, two dogs and a cat.

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Benzion Blech, MD

Dr. Blech graduated summa cum laude with his Bachelor’s degree from Fairleigh Dickinson University. He then received his M.D. from Georgetown University School of Medicine, subsequently going on to complete his Neurology residency training at Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, Arizona. He was selected as chief resident during his final year of residency and was awarded the Manfred Muenter Award for clinical neurology excellence. He then completed a cerebrovascular neurology fellowship at the same institution.

He has a strong interest in cerebrovascular disorders and telestroke and helped design the acute stroke database at Mayo Clinic, including telestroke data abstraction methods from clinical records. At the same time, he has a strong interest in bioinformatics and software development and developed numerous web and mobile applications during his time in medical school, residency, and fellowship. He was also an Epic Superuser, and help transition the department of Neurology, as well as the institution, from Cerner to Epic, which included many customizations and workflow changes. He is the Chief Innovation Officer at Doctorpedia and consults for other companies in application and software design and implementation.

He loves to read, bike, hike, and learn new technologies. He lives with his wife and three children in Phoenix, AZ. Dr. Blech joined TeleSpecialists in April of 2021.

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Michelle Boudreau, MD

Dr. Michelle Boudreau joined TeleSpecialists in 2017 as a TeleNeurologist and recently joined the Quality Team as a Regional Medical Director. After obtaining her Master’s Degree at Drexel University, she completed medical school at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, neurology residency at UCONN, and a fellowship in clinical neurophysiology at SUNY-Buffalo. She is currently Board-certified in Neurology and Clinical Neurophysiology. She worked at several hospitals and medical centers prior to joining TeleSpecialists and served as Chief of Neurology at Windham Hospital from 2013-2015.

Dr. Boudreau lives in Connecticut with her husband and cat. In her free time, she enjoys singing, acting, exercising, and watching movies.

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Renata Chalfin, MD

Renata Chalfin, MD, is a board-certified neurologist practicing from Boca Raton, Florida. She received a B.A. in Biology and Education from Cornell University, completed her first year of coursework in a Ph.D. in Pathobiology at Johns Hopkins, then ultimately decided to change paths and went on to medical school at the University of Central Florida.

She completed her internship and neurology residency at the University of Miami at Jackson Memorial Hospital. Throughout her training and career, Dr. Chalfin has been passionate about treating patients, improving quality of care, and educating the next generation of doctors.

Dr. Chalfin started with TeleSpecialists in December of 2020.

Hsiong Chen, MD

Chen received his undergraduate degree from Pennsylvania State University. He obtained his medical degree from the University of Maryland School of Medicine and completed his residency in Neurology and fellowship in Neurophysiology at the University of Chicago. Dr. Chen has ten years of experience as a neurohospitalist, with special clinical interest in treatment of strokes and epilepsy. As Medical Director of Stroke Services, he has worked to improved patient care and outcomes at a systemic level. He recognizes the importance of education and has provided numerous lectures on a variety of neurologic topics to residents, attending physicians, EMS, and the community.

Dr. Chen is a member of the American Academy of Neurology, and is board certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.

He lives in Maryland where he enjoys life with his wife and two children. Dr. Chen joined TeleSpecialists in February 2021.

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Sandro Corti, MD

Dr. Sandro Corti is board certified in neurology by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, and is a member of the American Academy of Neurology. He also has fellowship training in Sports Neurology, which involves treatment of concussion, post-concussion syndrome, and neurological disorders in athletes. He is a graduate of The College of New Jersey and attended medical school at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School in Newark, New Jersey. His neurology residency was at SUNY Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn, New York. He then went on to complete a fellowship in Sports Neurology at The Kutcher Clinic in Brighton, Michigan.

Dr. Corti has research interests in the diagnosis and management of sports-related concussion, as well as the long-term consequences of concussion and repetitive sub-concussive hits in athletes. He has presented concussion research at national medical conferences, including the AAN Sports Concussion Conference and Big Sky Athletic Training Sports Medicine Conference.

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Thomas Devlin, MD

Dr. Thomas Devlin has over 20 years of experience as a vascular neurologist and is world-renowned for his research in acute ischemic stroke. He served as the Chairman of the Neurology Department for over 10 years at the University of Tennessee College of Medicine, where he is currently on faculty as a professor of Neurology. He is the director of the CHI-Memorial Stroke & Neuroscience Center. He is the owner and director of the Chattanooga Center for Neurologic Research (CCNR), where he has published numerous articles on acute stroke treatment and co-authored the first single-center confirmation of the clinical benefit of advanced stroke thrombectomy procedures using the MERCI device. His center was the highest enrolling and demonstrated the best patient outcomes worldwide in the SWIFT-PRIME study, proving the benefit of endovascular therapy for stroke over IV tPA. Previously, Dr. Devlin founded the non-profit Pleiades Foundation for Advanced Neuro-Medical Education, now maintained by Erlanger Health System, where he served as the Chairman of the Neurology Department.

Dr. Devlin was instrumental in the FDS approval of artificial intelligence-based technologies, Viz.ai and Neural Analytics. He currently serves as the Principal Investigator for the DISTINCTION trial designed to prove the clinical benefit of Viz.ai and for the LUMOSA trial of a novel thrombolytic medication. He helped pioneer the use of the Brainsdate surgical device for intracranial arterial dilation in acute stroke patients.

Dr. Devlin earned his medical degree from Baylor College of Medicine, completed his residency in Neurology at Duke University and his fellowship in neurocritical care at the University of Virginia.

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Neetu Dhadwal, MD

Dr. Neetu Dhadwal completed her undergraduate degree at the Honors College of SUNY Stony Brook, followed by a year pursuing Public Health training at New York Medical College. She completed her medical school training at Eastern Virginia Medical School in 2008, her internship year in Internal Medicine at Albert Einstein in New York and then her residency at New York Medical College in Valhalla, NY where she was the chief resident of her graduating class. She then completed a fellowship in Clinical Neurophysiology at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York city. During training she published several papers with topics such as biomarkers for acute alcohol intoxication, efficacy of trigger point injections, and small fiber neuropathy. She began practicing neurology in Westchester, NY and Bergen County NJ and moved to Florida in 2015. She has been with Telespecialists since 2019 and currently serves as a Regional Medical Director.
She is happily living in the small town of Vero Beach, Florida with her husband Cori, young daughter Mia and two hound dogs.

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Jessica Floyd, MD

Dr. Floyd completed her Neurology Residency at The Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida followed by fellowship training in Clinical Neurophysiology with focus in EEG and Epilepsy at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, South Carolina. She has particular interest in hospital neurology and patient education as well as the blossoming specialty of Lifestyle Medicine. She strives to take advantage of every encounter with patients and medical staff to empower them to do their own research into how our daily thoughts, choices, and habits can add up to create greater and longer-lasting brain and neurologic health for ourselves and our loved ones.

She lives in Florence, South Carolina with her awesome husband of 13 plus years and three beautiful children- daughters Ella and Parker, and son Jax. She is an avid yogi, astrologer, and lover of food and all things neurology! Dr. Floyd joined the TeleSpecialist family in July 2017.

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Mariecken Fowler, MD

Dr. Fowler joins us from Winchester, VA in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley. Prior to joining TeleSpecialists she was a partner in a private practice for 14 years covering both inpatient and outpatient neurology. During this time she served as Medical Director of Neurosciences, Director of the Memory Care Clinic, Director of WNC TeleStroke, and Director of the Concussion Clinic.

She is one of only three neurologists in the country triple boarded in Neurology, Neuroimaging, and Behavioral/Cognitive Neurology and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Neurology. MD and Fellowship training in Behavioral/Cognitive Neurology were obtained at the University of Virginia and Neurology Residency was completed at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, FL. Dr. Fowler is happily married and has two busy teenage sons. When she is not working she enjoys running (slowly) while talking (fast) with friends, hiking, travel (especially to her native Holland), and watching her kids many athletic events.

Dr. Fowler brings her clinical and neuroimaging expertise to TeleSpecialists as part of the stroke and rounding team. She is excited to continue her love of neurology while embracing innovation in this next phase of her career.

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Nancy Futrell, MD

Dr. Futrell received her medical degree from the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, Utah. She also did her neurology residency at the University of Utah as well as a research fellowship in cerebral vascular disease at Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami, Florida.

She currently resides in Salt Lake City, Utah. She has authored 2 books and 50 peer reviewed papers.

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Raina Gupta, MD

Dr. Raina Gupta is a Board Certified Neurologist and Fellowship trained Board Certified Sleep Medicine Specialist located in Chicago, Illinois. She received her medical degree from the University of Louisville School of Medicine, completed her Adult Neurology residency at Rush University Medical Center, and her Sleep Medicine Fellowship at University of Chicago.

Dr. Gupta serves as the Medical Director of the Sleep Medicine Service Line at TeleSpecialists as well as a Clinical Neurologist and Physician Administrator. As part of her practice Dr. Gupta has an opportunity to provide care for patients with Obstructive Sleep Apnea, Central and Mixed Sleep Apnea, Obesity Hypoventilation Syndrome, Insomnia, Narcolepsy, Restless Legs Syndrome, as well as many other sleep disorders. She also provides care for patients with Stroke, Seizures, Altered mental status, Dementia, Parkinson’s disease, Headaches, as well as many other Neurologic conditions.

Dr. Gupta has been involved in teaching medical students, internal medicine residents, family practice and dental residents through lectures, clinical bedside teaching and multiple grand rounds. She has also given talks to primary care physicians, subspecialists, and at community events. She is a speaker for the American Dental Sleep Medicine Association courses and for TeleSpecialists.

Mark McDonald, MD

Dr. McDonald joins us from Charlottesville, VA, where he most recently completed his residency in Neurology and fellowship in Neuroimmunology at the University of Virginia.

He also worked as Chief Medical Officer for NeuroView Diagnostics, a digital health start-up that uses artificial intelligence to prevent strokes, prior to joining TeleSpecialists.

Dr. McDonald received his Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Georgia and Medical Degree from the University of Texas Medical School at Houston.

He is married and has three kids. When he is not working, he enjoys spending time with his family, fishing, and hiking.

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Neil Patel, MD

Dr. Patel received his medical degree as well as his MBA from St. George’s University in St. George’s, Grenada. He completed his neurology residency at the State University of New York Downstate Health Sciences University in Brooklyn, New York, where he also served as chief resident. He did a fellowship in Sports Neurology and pain medicine at the Cedars-Sinai Kerlan-Jobe Institute in Los Angeles, California.

Dr. Patel is originally from New York and currently resides in Los Angeles, where he enjoys sports, music and cooking. He has a passion for sideline neurology. He enjoys teaching medical students and residents as well as working in healthcare operational management.

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Theresa Sevilis, DO

Dr. Theresa Sevilis is a Board-certified in both Neurology and Vascular Neurology. She attended Midwestern University for medical school and completed her neurology residency at Kaiser Permanente Southern California. Her vascular neurology fellowship was completed at UNC-Chapel Hill.

Dr. Sevilis joined TeleSpecialists as a TeleNeurologist in 2017 and became a Regional Medical Director in January of 2019. In 2020, she became Chairman of the Educational Advisory Counsel and in 2021, she was appointed as the Medical Director of the Section of Academic Advancement, overseeing Clinical Education and Research for TeleSpecialists.

Dr. Sevilis currently lives in North Carolina with her husband and two children. In her free time, she enjoys exploring nature with her children, yoga, baking, and traveling.

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Stuart Sinoff, MD

Dr. Sinoff joins us from Clearwater Florida, from his Neuro-Ophthalmology Practice and his role as a Neuroscience Medical Director for the BayCare Health System. Dizziness and balance disorders are a longstanding clinical area focus as he has been the medical director of the Morton Plant Mease Center for Dizziness and Balance Disorders, and inner ear laboratory, since 1995. In his Neuroscience role for BayCare he has led the effort to establish a multi-hospital hub-and-spoke stroke network.

He also developed the inpatient Stroke-Stemi team at Morton Plant Hospital in Clearwater. Dr. Sinoff graduated from the Georgetown School of Medicine, with an undergraduate degree in Psychology from the University of Massachusetts.

He is the Co-PI of ARIAS, a 5-year longitudinal cohort study of biomarkers in early Alzheimer’s disease at hospitals in Florida and Rhode Island.

He is happily married to Roberta, who also contributes three children to their amazing, blended family that now spans the U.S. from Chapel Hill, NC to Seattle, WA. His interests include fiction, music, outdoor sports, technology, interpersonal communications and an occasional glass of Chianti. Dr. Sinoff joined the TeleSpecialists family in March of 2021.

Leadership

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Nima Mowzoon, MD, MBA

Dr. Nima Mowzoon, MD, MBA, Chief Executive Officer, began his educational journey at the University of Miami School of Medicine and continued, completing both his internship in internal medicine and neurology residency at the Mayo Graduate School of Medicine. Dr. Mowzoon completed his neurophysiology and neuromuscular fellowship at the Mayo Clinic.

Dr. Mowzoon started his career in Albany, NY where he began clinical practice until 2007 when he moved to Ft. Myers, FL. Dr. Mowzoon, in coordination with the ALS Association and LMHS, founded and sponsored the only Southwest Florida multidisciplinary ALS clinic in 2009.

Dr. Mowzoon also developed the rapid response acute stroke protocol at Lee Memorial Health System and founded/chaired a multidisciplinary quality committee of which overlooked the quality of care of stroke patients. Dr. Mowzoon became the Director of Stroke and Vascular Neurology at Lee Health System, and along with establishing all protocols of care and advancing the program to Comprehensive Designation, was also responsible for establishing the transitional care clinic “Lee Prevent”, which provides stroke patients rapid access to outpatient clinic follow-up care after hospitalization.

Dr. Mowzoon then founded Virtual Neurology, a national telemedicine company, in 2012 and later he founded a multiple service line telemedicine management company, Telespecialists. Since inception the companies have grown to provide care across the United States under multiple corporate contracts and partnerships across the United States. Dr. Mowzoon currently serves as the Chief Executive Officer for both companies.

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Daryoush Zafar, DPM, MBA

Dr. Daryoush Zafar, DPM, MBA, Managing Partner, Finance and Contracting, received his Bachelor’s of Science degree in Chemistry from Pace University in New York followed by his Doctor of Podiatric Medicine from Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine in Philadelphia. He completed comprehensive residency training in surgery of foot, ankle and leg at Cabrini Medical Center, affiliate of Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City, with emphasis on re-constructive surgery, trauma and limb salvage.

Following the completion of his residency, Dr. Zafar served as an assistant residency director and teaching faculty at South Shore Hospital and wound care center in Miami Beach and Clinical Faculty of Barry University School of Graduate Medical Sciences in Miami for about four years before joining Associates in Medicine and Surgery.

In addition to extensive training and experience in care of lower extremities, Dr. Zafar has been an investigator in several clinical research projects for advances in Wound Care and Diabetic Foot.

In 2014, Dr. Zafar earned Master’s in Business Administration in Health Sector Management from University of Miami, Florida. In the same year, Dr. Zafar co-founded Telespecialists, a telemedicine company that provides tele-neurology and tele-stroke services for hospitals nationally. In a very short period of time Telespecialists has established itself as a national leader in quality of care in teleneurology. Telespecialists provides care in more 180 hospitals in 24 states in the Unites States. Dr. Zafar currently serves as managing partner for Telespecialists.

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Amanda Avila, MD

Dr. Amanda Avila, MD, Managing Partner, Medical Staff Division, began her educational journey at Boston College where she obtained her Bachelor of Science Degree in Biochemistry. She completed her medical degree at the University of Vermont College of Medicine and went on to complete her neurology training at Brown University.

Dr. Avila moved to Ft. Myers in 2012 after completing her fellowship at the University of Florida Center for movement disorders and Neuro-restoration. Dr. Avila began her career as the Medical Director for the Hope Parkinson Program in Lee County.

Dr. Avila is certified in neurology by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and she specializes in movement disorders. She enjoys regularly lecturing to patient and medical professionals, focusing on improving the quality of life of patients with Parkinson’s disease and other movement disorders.

Dr. Avila enjoys golfing, boating and spending quality time with her children and family. She is also a Red Sox fan!

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Alberto Figueroa-Garcia, MD

Dr. Alberto Figueroa-Garcia, MD, Managing Partner Physician Professional Development, began his educational journey at the University of Miami where he obtained his Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology. Dr. Figueroa completed Medical School in Puerto Rico and moved on to complete his Neurology residency and fellowship at the University of South Florida, College of Medicine.

Dr. Figueroa joined Virtual Neurology and TeleSpecialists in 2014.

Dr. Figueroa is certified in neurology by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and while he enjoys all aspects of neurology, he has a special interest in the treatment of epilepsy and related disorders.

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Adam Heller, MD

Dr. Adam Heller, MD, Managing Partner, Operations, is originally from the NY metro area. He earned his BA in political science from the University of Michigan, and graduated from the University of Miami School of Medicine with his MD in 2003. He then completed his Adult Neurology residency followed by a Clinical Neurophysiology fellowship at Emory University in Atlanta.

After completing his training, Dr. Heller and his family moved to Fort Myers, FL where he joined a private practice and became an active member of the local hospital system medical staff. This included four years as medical director of their Vascular Neurology service, supporting four primary stroke centers and overseeing the transition of one of those facilities to a DNV certified comprehensive stroke center.

In 2013, Dr. Heller became one of the founding partners of TeleSpecialists, and by 2017 was focusing his practice on telestroke and teleneurogy full time. He has worked closely with new hospital clients in lean transformations of stroke process, helping over 100 hospitals incorporate telestroke and tele neurology rounding into their workflows.

Dr. Heller and his family now reside in Sarasota, FL where he enjoys golfing and his newfound hobby of long distance running. He completed his first marathon in early 2020.

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Mohammed Zaman, DO

Dr. Mohammed Zaman, MD, Managing Partner, Quality and Performance Improvement, joined Telespecialists in 2014 as a Virtual Neurologist practicing telemedicine. Prior to Telespecialists he worked as an independent vascular neurologist covering Largo Medical Center, Tampa Community Hospital, and was a Stroke Attending for USF COM Neurology program.

He is a Floridian who grew up in the Orlando area and moved to South Florida to complete his undergraduate and Medical school training at Nova Southeastern University. He did his Neurology residency at the University of South Florida. He settled down in Tampa, Florida after completing a Vascular Neurology fellowship at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia. He is married with three children, who he enjoys spending time with when not working. He loves to travel with family, enjoys skiing, biking, and playing basketball.

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Kristi Iannucci, MBA

As Chief Administrative Officer, Kristi oversees all IT, data governance, data and systems integration. She provides direction on developing and monitoring company metrics, oversight on performance of the various divisions of the company and administration of our business intelligence platform, Domo. She leads various inter-departmental initiatives, performance improvement efforts and our Client Success Team.

Kristi has held a number of senior leadership roles and has a breadth of experience including Client Management, Operations, IT, Marketing, Business and Product Development, in the financial and healthcare sectors. She has extensive telehealth experience, developing programs including Telepsychiatry, Tele-EMS, Teleneurology, Tele-Dialysis, Tele-Genetics, Tele-perinatology and Tele-ICU, to name a few. She was a champion for telehealth in the state of Arizona and participated in an initiative that was successful in driving legislative changes regarding telehealth reimbursement.

She is a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt and has a B.A. in Business Administration and an M.B.A in Healthcare Management.

Most recently, she worked for Summit Healthcare where she built and directed a number of telehealth programs, including a telestroke and teleneurohospitalist program supported by TeleSpecialists.

She was impressed by the level of service and quality that TeleSpecialists offered and believed they were a stand out amongst other telehealth companies she had worked with, so she decided to relocate from Arizona to join our team. She is loving the lifestyle that Florida has to offer and spending time outside of work at the beach or on the water.

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Reece Nanfito, MBA, BSBA

Reece Nanfito is the Chief Strategy & Growth Officer at TeleSpecialists, leading the marketing and business development functions. Since 2016, he has contributed to the company’s go-to-market strategy and growth plan and had early involvement with many of the new partner hospitals that have joined the TeleSpecialists service network.

Reece’s diverse career has included brand management roles for M&M/MARS, Uncle Ben’s and Orville Redenbacher’s, strategic marketing for a motorsports sponsorship of the IndyCar Series, and nationwide baseball marketing strategy for Majestic, the official uniform provider for Major League Baseball. Through these experiences, he has been successful building brand equity and improving market position, while leveraging omnichannel campaigns and strategic selling to drive participation and revenue growth.

Reece holds an MBA from the University of Minnesota – Carlson School of Management, and a BSBA in Marketing from Creighton University.

Reece and his wife Beth enjoy hiking, kayaking, photography, and live music.

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Gayle O'Brien, MSN, RN, CPHQ, CPHRM

Gayle O’Brien earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Master of Science in Nursing from Kent State University in Ohio. Her clinical experience spans from medical-surgical through intensive care. She has held the roles of Director of Coronary Care, Director for Quality Improvement, Vice President of Quality and Safety, and Chief Quality Officer to name a few.

During her tenure she has led efforts to reduce CMS Patient Safety indicators, patient fall rates and serious safety events. She has also led actions to increase HCAHPS and Leapfrog scores. She has served as a graduate preceptor for advance role/Nurse Practitioners/MSN students. More recently, Gayle serves as the Vice President of Quality and Process Improvement at TeleSpecialists. Gayle has numerous certifications, including Certified Professional in Healthcare Quality (CPHQ), Certified Professional in Healthcare Risk management (CPHRM), and Lean Six Sigma Black Belt.

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Molly Reyna, MBA

Molly Reyna serves as the Chief Operating Officer at TeleSpecialists, leading TeleNeurology service operations, customer implementations and capacity management.

Execution-focused with over 25 + years in healthcare, and a wide range of experiences in clinical and business operations, technology leadership, business development, and service/product development, she has led teams for academic centers, health systems, startups and commercial organizations focused on creating patient-centered, efficient care systems. She is highly skilled at building strategy and operating plans to conceive, implement, launch, manage and evaluate healthcare services.

Before joining TeleSpecialists, she held executive positions for a medical device company, a health care technology company, and had established a private consulting company.

In addition, at the AMC-level, Ms. Reyna led Operations for the Connected Care Center at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center (DHMC). While there she directed service build/operations for PMO, IT, call center, TelePharmacy, TeleEmergency, TeleIntensive Care, TeleNeurology, TelePsychiatry and TeleSpecialty Care.

Prior to joining DHMC, Ms. Reyna served as Executive Vice President, Strategy and Business Development at Specialists On Call (SOC), leading growth strategy to expand core business and develop new products and services in Neurology, Psychiatry, Critical Care and Cardiology. And earlier as EVP, Clinical Operations, she led multispecialty clinical services, the physician and nursing practices, service business units, care coordination center, and 24/7/365 virtual acute care operations. Her team provided operational solutions for 350+ facilities in 30+ states, responding to emergencies within 15 minutes and managing scheduling and coordination for same-day/next-day non-urgent consultations.

In addition to these commercial efforts, Ms. Reyna has developed hospital-based telehealth programs, most significantly as Executive Director at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, DC. In this role, she led Multispecialty Pediatric initiatives in the DC Metro region and the United States while launching international programs in Africa, Middle East, Europe and South America – growing their network from 10 – 200 endpoints.

Ms. Reyna has led diverse teams to success in building global care systems with a focus on healthcare quality, technical and financial sustainability. And, has contributed to legislative efforts to improve access to care and reimbursement for telemedicine, providing numerous presentations, publications and peer review for national and international healthcare meetings, and e-health and government organizations.

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Ira Siegman, MD, MBA

Dr. Siegman joins us from Tampa, Florida, where he most recently worked for 6 years as a Chief Medical Officer within HCA, and for 6 years prior to that as Vice President of Medical Affairs for the BayCare Health System.

He received both his Bachelor’s and Medical Degrees from Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island, and his MBA from University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Prior to working in medical administration, he practiced in Tampa Bay as a cardiovascular and thoracic surgeon. Dr. Siegman is married and has two sons.

With TeleSpecialists, Dr. Siegman will be responsible for leading the overall clinical vision for the organization and providing clinical guidance, support and education to the organizational divisions and the healthcare providers. He will use his expertise and leadership skills to ensure that TeleSpecialists consistently delivers the highest quality healthcare services.

When he is not working, he enjoys spending time with his family, travelling and working on his golf game.

Nattasha Acevedo, MD

Dr. Acevedo received her medical degree from the Ponce School of Medicine in Puerto Rico and did her neurology residency at Montefiore Medical Center in New York. She went on to do a clinical neurophysiology fellowship at Emory School of Medicine in Atla nta, Georgia and then joined private practice in Fort Myers, Florida. She currently resides in San Juan, Puerto Rico. She likes running, paddle boarding and spending time with family.
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Bernadette Borte, MD

Dr. Borte received her medical degree from St. Matthew’s University School of Medicine in Grand Cayman. She completed her neurology residency at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City, Iowa. Her areas of interest include inpatient neurology and acute stroke. When not working, she enjoys spending time outdoors with her family. Dr. Borte joined the TeleSpecialist family in March of 2019.
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Mazen Almidani, MD

Dr. Almidani is board certified in pediatrics by the American Board of Pediatrics and board certified in epilepsy, as well as neurology with special  qualification in child neurology by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.  Dr. Almidani is happily married with 4 children. His oldest son has autism and his daughter has complicated seizures; both were a drive for him to become a neurologist. Dr. Almidani enjoys soccer, running and spending time with his family. He is very involved with his sons’ therapy and helping with daily challenges. He is double board certified in Pediatric and Adult Neurology and Epilepsy. He sees children and adults. He also participates in charities for children in Syria who may be underprivileged and/or affected by the war. Dr. Almidani joined TeleSpecialists in August 2020.
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Amanda Cheshire, MD

Dr. Cheshire received her medical degree from the University of Louisville School of Medicine in Louisville, Kentucky. She completed her neurology residency at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center in Cincinnati, Ohio. She did a fellowship in neurophysiology at the University of Michigan Medical School in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Dr. Cheshire is double board certified in neurology and clinical neurophysiology. She enjoys traveling, reading and music. She currently resides in Viera, Florida.  Dr. Cheshire joined TeleSpecialists in June 2019.
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Jessica Floyd, MD

Dr. Floyd completed her neurology residency at Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida followed by fellowship training in clinical neurophysiology with focus in EEG and epilepsy at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, South Carolina. She has particular interest in hospital neurology and patient education as well as the blossoming specialty of lifestyle medicine. She strives to take advantage of every encounter with patients and medical staff to empower them to do their own research into how daily thoughts, choices, and habits can add up to create greater and longer-lasting brain and neurologic health for ourselves and our loved ones. She lives in Florence, South Carolina with her awesome husband of 13 plus years and three beautiful children. She is an avid yogi, astrologer, and lover of food and all things neurology! Dr. Floyd joined the TeleSpecialist family in July 2017.
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Nancy Futrell, MD

Dr. Futrell received her medical degree from the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, Utah. She also did her neurology residency at the University of Utah as well as a research fellowship in cerebral vascular disease at Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami, Florida. She currently resides in Salt Lake City, Utah. She has authored 2 books and 50 peer reviewed papers. 
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Rebecca Jimenez-Sanders, MD

Dr. Jimenez Sanders received her undergraduate degree from Emory University, and her medical degree from the San Juan Bautista School of Medicine in Puerto Rico. She completed her neurology residency at the University of South Florida in Tampa, Florida, where she also did a specialized headache medicine and facial pain fellowship. She currently resides in Tampa, Florida with her husband and her two daughters. She is also fluent in Spanish and Italian languages, and enjoys photography, baking, boating, and biking.
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Cory Lamar, MD

Dr. Lamar received his medical degree from Meharry Medical College in Nashville, Tennessee. He completed his internship and residency at Wake Forest Baptist Health in Winston Salem, North Carolina. Following residency, he completed a clinical fellowship in neurophysiology, with a concentration in epilepsy. He currently resides in Florida and enjoys outdoor activities.
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Clifford Meyers, MD

Dr. Meyers received his medical degree from Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island and his MBA from the Simon School of Business at the University of Rochester in Rochester, New York. He completed his neurology residency at the University of Rochester, where he also did a neurophysiology fellowship. Dr. Meyers resides in Webster, New York with his wife and daughter. When not doing teleneurology, he enjoys playing sports with his wife and daughter.
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Tao Tong, MD

Dr. Tong received her medical degree from the University of Miami School of Medicine in Miami, Florida. She completed her neurology residency at Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami, Florida, where she also did a neuromuscular/EMG fellowship.  She currently resides in College Station, Texas. Dr. Tong is married with two boys. She enjoys spending time with her family, traveling and reading.
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Shubhangi Chumble, MD

Dr. Chumble attended BJ Medical School. She is a board certified neurologist with a subspeciality interest in sleep medicine. Dr. Chumble did her residency at Howard University in Washington DC and has practiced neurology since 2001 in private and corporate settings. She lives in Melbourne, Florida and loves the sunshine state. Her hobbies include yoga, meditation, cooking , traveling and meeting new people. She also loves to do stained glass, pottery and painting. She joined TeleSpecialists in June 2019.
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