CFMC™ Advisory Council

Annie Long is the Senior Community Program Manager (formerly Development Director) for the Parkinson’s Foundation, responsible for the development and delivery of community-based education and empowerment programs for the Foundation throughout the state of Georgia and surrounding areas.


Formerly the Executive Director of PD Gladiators, she helped manage and expand the metro Atlanta Fitness Network and led the organization through a unification with the Parkinson’s Foundation. Annie is passionate about helping others and believes very strongly in the power of exercise for those living with Parkinson’s disease (PD).

Annie started her career with the Parkinson’s Foundation in 2013 after her mother was diagnosed with PD. Before her work with the Parkinson’s community, Annie worked as a Communications Consultant for an employee communications agency and served as the Operations Manager for the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer in Washington, DC. She currently lives in Johns Creek with her husband Chris, two young children Brooks and Taylor, and her pug Winnie. 

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Dr. Jorge Juncos, MD, formerly Associate Professor of Neurology at Emory University School of Medicine and a researcher and clinician in their Movement Disorders Program, completed medical school at Columbia University School of Medicine in NYC and his neurology training at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School. His movement disorders and neuropharmacology fellowship were completed at the National Institute of Health in Bethesda, Maryland. He has 30 years of experience in the diagnosis and management of Parkinson’s disease and related disorders.


Dr. Juncos is board-certified in internal medicine and neurology with a special interest in the management of neuropsychiatric and autonomic symptoms in movement disorders. He has participated or directed more than 30 clinical trials funded by the NIH and the industry. The scope of this work ranges from clinical drug trials and neuroprotection studies with NIH Neuroprotective Trials in Parkinson’s disease (NET-PD) to research on the epidemiology of Parkinson’s.

Dr. Joash Lazarus, MD, graduated from the University of the Witwatersrand Medical School in Johannesburg, South Africa. Following a primary care internship in his home country, he joined the movement disorders section at Emory University to pursue research training in neurology and genetics. Dr. Lazarus completed neurology residency training as well as a clinical fellowship in movement disorders. He is board certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. During his training he was the chief resident in neurology at Emory and also held leadership positions with the American Medical Association – RFS, the American Academy of Neurology, the Michael J. Fox Foundation and is the current representative of the Georgia Neurologic Society to the Medical Association of Georgia (MAG). Dr. Lazarus is a member of the council of legislation of MAG and has represented both organizations at national policy forums.

 

His clinical and research interests revolve around the evaluation and management of balance disorders, such as those seen in Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s Disease, and other movement disorders. He has presented his research in this field and national and international meetings and received the resident research award at Emory University. Dr. Lazarus is currently a co-investigator on research collaborations between MSCA and Georgia State University.

Dr. Lazarus serves as staff neurologist for Peachtree Hills Place and Park Springs life plan communities, where he provides a variety of services at the communities including educational seminars to improve healthcare literacy, neurological evaluations, clinic hours and individualized prescriptive programs that may include medications, therapies and/or the most appropriate supportive living strategies"

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Dr. Barry McCasland, MD, has been a community-based neurologist in Atlanta for the past 20 years. He recommends organized exercise to his patients with Parkinson’s Disease as a large portion of their treatment regimen-regardless of their capability level.  Over the years, he has directed many patients to LDBF Boxing for Parkinson’s and consistently receiving positive feedback and seeing evidence of improvement in their PD symptoms.

“LDBF not only provides an excellent workout but an accepting community for my patients, which keeps them motivated – translating into positive results.  My patients enjoy improved balance and mobility, better dexterity and increased confidence because of the workouts.  I remain a commtted believer in LDBF Boxing for Parkinson’s”. 

Dr. McCasland completed an internship in Internal Medicine at the Washington Hospital Center in D.C. and a three-year residency in adult Neurology at Emory University and its affiliated hospitals while serving as Chief Resident during his third year.  Dr. McCasland’s has been in private practice focusing on neurology, in Atlanta, since 1998. Dr. McCasland’s special areas of interest within the broad field of Neurology, include diseases of the nerves and muscles, neurologic conditions involving the eye, concussion, and the neurologic care of professional athletes. 

Amy Morse, PT, DPT graduated from Medical University of South Carolina with a Doctorate in Physical Therapy in 2009. She worked at St. Francis Hospital in Greenville, SC for four years where she began working with people with Parkinson’s Disease.  Following this, Amy moved to Atlanta in 2013 and took a job with Emory Healthcare until 2021.  During her time at Emory, Amy expanded and led the Movement Disorders rehab program and was a mentor for Emory University’s Physical Therapy Neurological Residency program.  She has spoken at many local and national community events and conferences including Emory’s Udall Community Conversations, National Parkinson’s Foundation “Living Well” and “Fitness Counts”, and World Parkinson’s Congress in 2016.  She teaches the Parkinson’s lab materials for Emory University and GA State’s Physical Therapy students. 


Amy has been involved with the LDBF Boxing for Parkinson’s™ program since 2014.  She is co-author and presenter of the LDBF Affiliate Certification Training Program.

 

In 2021, Amy opened a private PT practice with co-owner and PT, Brittney Hooker adjacent to CFMC.  They started Synapse NeuroRehab and Wellness in hopes to connect rehab and wellness for optimal care for people with Movement Disorders.

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Brittney Hooker, PT, DPT, NCS graduated with a BS in Exercise Science from Southeast Missouri State University in 2014 and a Doctorate in Physical Therapy from The University of Missouri in 2017. She completed her Neurologic PT Residency at Emory University in 2018 and was board certified as a Neurologic Clinical Specialist in 2019.

 

She worked as a PT at Emory Brain Health Center from 2018 – 2021, where she primarily treated people with Parkinson’s disease and other Movement Disorders. During her time at Emory, she was also a mentor for the Emory Neurologic PT Residency Program. Additionally, she teaches Movement Disorders lectures/labs for Emory University DPT School. Brittney presented her research on PT for people with Progressive Supranuclear Palsy at a National PT Conference in 2020.

 

In 2021, Brittney transitioned to her current role as Co-Owner and PT at Synapse NeuroRehab and Wellness, where she continues to focus on improving the quality of lives of people with Parkinson’s Disease and other neurologic diagnoses. Brittney also serves as a member of the Advisory Board for the Parkinson’s Foundation of Georgia.

Niamh Tunney PT, DPT, MS is a Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy at Mercer University, Atlanta Georgia, where she has been a faculty member since 2010. Dr. Tunney completed her Master of Science degree at Georgia State University, her Doctor of Physical Therapy at MGH Institute of Health Professions. She graduated as a physiotherapist from Trinity College Dublin, Ireland.  

 

She practiced full time in neuro- rehabilitation for 17 years, and part time for 10 years while transitioning to full time academia.  Her teaching focus is in the areas of neurorehabilitation and neuroscience.  Her research interests are in the scholarship of teaching and learning, particularly inter-professional education. She has published several articles on motor learning and on approaches to neuro- rehabilitation both in the PT clinic extending intervention into the community.

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Lynn Ross, LMSW, is a retired medical social worker that has found it hard to retire. In April 2017, after ten years, she retired from the Movement Disorders program in the Department of Neurology at Emory University and in July of the same year began working part time as a Care Coordinator with Caring Companions of Atlanta, a home care agency. 

 

Lynn also serves on the Advisory Councils of Culture Change of Georgia and the Georgia’s Alzheimer’s and Related Dementia (GARD) State Plan. 

Using her 20 + years’ experience in medical social work, Lynn offers a listening ear and assists people living with PD and MS and their families in finding local resources and information.

Carolee Horner, Functional Nutritionist, Health and Wellness Coach Owner of Uniquely Nourished began her educational journey graduating from the University of Pittsburgh with a BSBA in Marketing. She then continued on to receive a Post Bachelor’s Certificate and Master’s Degree in Integrative Nutrition from Maryland University of Integrative Health.

 

Functional Nutrition Therapy integrates evidence-based biology and wellness solutions to heal the entire mind, body and spirit. 

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Scott Oglesbay, LMT, MMT, BCTMB practices Myoskeletal Alignment Therapy (MAT), an osteopath-based modality to improve body alignment and posture. MAT, a form of manual therapy uses scientific evidence about the body and brain to inform the practitioner’s approach to musculoskeletal problems. MAT relies heavily on strategic deep tissue and muscle activation for posture correction and pain relief.

 

MAT training teaches how the musculoskeletal and nervous system work together, the root causes of the pain and how to restore optimal balance and performance. Scott also practices Relaxation Massage and Reiki Energy Healing, a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation.

Robert Dichiara, graduated from Mississippi State with a Bachelors Degree in Accounting. Licensed CPA in the state of Georgia. Division Controller at Georgia Pacific for 19 years. Retired former CFO of Swiss Krono USA, a US subsidiary of Swiss Krono AG of Switzerland.

 

Robert volunteers his expertise to assist the organization with financial responsibilities of maintaining complete, accurate records of all financial transactions, receipts and disbursements, and assists in preparing and monitoring annual budget and business plan.  

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Geoff Uhal taught boxing as a Captain in the Army for 12 years. he suffered from an explosion in Afghanistan, after which he spent 18 months in Vestibular Rehabilitation learning how to walk again and how to regain balance. Geoff utilizes his personal experience and dedicates six days a week to helping people with PD. 

Kitty Chin, PT   served on the CFMC Board of Directors as a Volunteer Coordinator. The volunteers from Physical Therapy program at Mercer, Emory, GSU, and Philadelphia College of Medicine assist with Level 3/4 classes providing members with one - on - one assistance offering a safer and more beneficial exercise experience.

Kitty is a retired Physical Therapist with specialization in Orthopedic Manual Therapy for Treatment of Spinal and Extremity Pain/Dysfunction, Fall Prevention in older adults, balance and gait, disorders, dizziness, and vestibular rehabilitation, certified LSVT Big Clinical, Certified Parkinson's Wellness Recovery Therapist, Rocky Steady Certified, CPR Certified.

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Scott Karlin M.D., ENT  

After graduating from Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut in 1980, Dr. Karlin obtained his medical degree at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York in 1984. he then spent the next 5 years completing his internship and residency in otolaryngology at the University of Illinois program in Chicago. He relocated to Atlanta after finishing his training, and founded Northeast Atlanta Ear, Nose and Throat, PC. He practiced medicine for 29 years, until he retired due to Parkinson's disease in 2018. Under his leadership, his practice grew to 5 physicians and almost 30 employees.

Dr. Karlin is married, and enjoys spending time with his wife, Jodi, and their 4 children, traveling, and collecting art and antique glass. As a CFMC member with PD, he attends boxing class 4-5 times a week to stay in shape and to fight the effects of Parkinson's disease. 

 

Ken Mathis is a result oriented, innovator, entrepreneur and business leader. This success has been achieved through more than twenty-five (25) years of Big Four Management Consulting, six (6) years of building and running two startup Payments Software companies as a service and over six (6) years as an entrepreneur in Residence (EIR) at Georgia State University's Entrepreneurship and Innovation Institute (ENI) where Ken started and ran the Start-Up Incubator for Students Program and a class on How to Scale New Ventures.

Prior to GSU and starting two businesses, Ken has held leadership positions at IBM, MasterCard and Price Water House Coopers.

Education:

  • BBA, Georgia State University, Finance

  • MBA, Georgia State University, Finance & Management Science and Price Water House Coopers.

 

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