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TeleSpecialists Stroke Survivors Support Group

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Are you a stroke survivor seeking support, guidance, and connection? Connect with other resilient stroke survivors and our experienced stroke-trained nurses, who will help you manage the challenges of stroke recovery. Join our virtual Stroke Survivors Support Group to become part of a network that truly understands what you are going through. This opportunity allows you to share your experiences, ask difficult questions, and find comfort amongst others. Immerse yourself in a more holistic approach to your recovery with a community of others with experiences like yours.

Why Join Our Online Stroke Support Group? 

With nearly one in four stroke survivors facing the risk of a subsequent stroke, prevention is paramount. On the second Friday of every month, feel empowered and learn tips to improve your health via our virtual Stroke Survivors Support Group. Our experienced stroke nurses facilitate group discussions, encourage guests to share their journeys, discuss challenges, and receive practical advice to confidently navigate their new normal.

Benefits of Joining Our Stroke Survivor Support Group:

  • Receive emotional support from individuals who have gone through similar experiences can provide understanding and validation.
  • Interact with fellow stroke survivors who have progressed further in their recovery journey and can provide valuable encouragement, hope, motivation, and inspiration.
  • Receive information and resources from our stroke nurses, who offer valuable insights into stroke recovery, rehabilitation techniques, healthcare resources, and community services.
  • Gain a sense of empowerment and agency over your recovery journey alongside others striving for the same goals.

The Importance of Support in Stroke Recovery 

Stroke survivors frequently encounter physical, cognitive, and emotional hurdles that may seem daunting to tackle independently. Establishing a support network can offer encouragement, drive, and comfort throughout the demanding rehabilitation process. Social backing from loved ones, friends, and peers who have also experienced strokes can alleviate sentiments of solitude and desolation, fostering mental health and fortitude. Support plays a crucial role in the recovery journey, and our online stroke support group serves as a secure and welcoming space for survivors to adapt to their altered circumstances.

Join Us Today 

Every 40 seconds, someone has a stroke in the United States. Remember, you are not alone in this. Feelings of isolation and resentment are not abnormal. That’s why we invite you to join a community of individuals who understand what you’re going through and are eager to support you in reaching your goals. By connecting with others who have faced similar challenges, you can gain valuable insights and practical advice to aid in your recovery journey.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) 

  • Is there a cost associated with joining the virtual Stroke Survivor Support group?
    • One of the benefits of joining our virtual Stroke Survivor Support Group is it’s available at no cost to you.
  • How often do Virtual Stroke Survivors Support Groups meet?
    • Meetings are held on the 2nd Friday of each month.
  • Is the support group led by professionals?
    • Each meeting is hosted by one of our registered nurses, Quality Program Specialists, or stroke coordinators who collectively possess 100+ years of experience in stroke management.
  • What topics are discussed in the Stroke Survivors Support Group meetings?
    • Topics vary from month to month. View our upcoming schedule of meetings to learn more. (Links to Q2 and Q3 schedule)
  • Are family members or caregivers allowed to participate in the support group meetings?
    • Some information shared in these settings could benefit family members or caregivers who are helping you in your recovery journey.
  • How do I know if this support group is the right fit for me and my needs?
    • To determine if our Stroke Survivors Support Group is the right fit for you and your needs, consider attending a meeting or two to get a feel for the group dynamics, topics discussed, and overall atmosphere. You can also speak with the group facilitator or members to inquire about the group’s focus and whether it aligns with your goals and preferences.
  • Are there opportunities during these calls for guests to pose questions?
    • Participating in our virtual group offers dedicated time for asking questions, which proves especially advantageous for individuals lacking regular access to medical professionals for inquiries.
  • Are meetings recorded for those who can’t attend live?
    • No, meetings aren’t recorded.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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. 

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.