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Your ALS Team

Neuromuscular Specialists

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James B. Caress, MD
Associate Professor - Neurology
Director, ALS Center
 Michael S. Cartwright, MD, MS
Associate Professor - Neurology

Neuromuscular specialists are neurologists who have special interest and training in the care of ALS patients. They meet with patients and families to develop an overall plan of care and prescribe medication and equipment as needed. These physicians also run the ALS clinical research trials.

Nurse Clinician

Theresa Johnston-Crews, RN, BSN, MBA
Clinical Research Nurse

The nurse clinician is a registered nurse experienced in assessing the needs of the ALS patient. She has telephone contact with the ALS patient or their caregiver prior to clinic visits to coordinate patient care with the appropriate therapist. The nurse clinician also provides education and nursing support to ALS patients and families.

Research Coordinator

Mozhdeh Marandi, MD
Research Coordinator

The research coordinator may talk with you in advance or during clinic appointments about opportunities to participate in research studies including clinical trials where experimental ALS treatments are tested. Our goal is for everyone to have a chance to contribute to ALS research in some way, but we certainly respect the wishes of those who do not want to do so.

Clinic Coordinator

Sarah Scroggin
Clinic Coordinator

The clinic coordinator arranges all ALS Center patient appointments with physicians, therapists and other medical professionals. She arranges all necessary follow-up tests and serves as a point person for questions and problems. You are encouraged to contact Sarah at 336-716-2309 with any questions regarding scheduling or travel directions.

Social Worker

Katherine Conrad, MSW
Social Worker

The ALS social worker assists with individual and family counseling and stress management. She also discusses community resources such as social security, Medicare, Medicaid, home health, hospice, support groups, advanced directives and durable medical equipment.

Speech Therapist

Karen Downes, MEd/CCC
Speech-Language Pathologist

The speech pathologist evaluates a patient's speech and swallowing capabilities. Patients with speech problems may be trained to use alternative equipment for communication. If a patient is having difficulty swallowing, a speech therapist may have suggestions to improve this function.

Assistive Technology Consultant

Paul Eklund, CVE
Assistive Technologist

An assistive technology consultant is available at the ALS Clinic to assess patients' needs for assistive devices. Equipment is available to help patients obtain a maximum level of independence at home. For example: environmental controls, telephone access, recreation, augmentative communication, and computers.

Occupational Therapist

Kate Phillips, OT
Occupational Therapist

Occupational therapy helps people maintain their independence with feeding, dressing, bathing and work performance through adaptive equipment and energy conservation.

Respiratory Therapist

Connie Paladenech, RRT
Respiratory Therapist

The respiratory therapist assesses respiratory status for all patients during clinic and educates patients and families on the use of equipment that can support natural breathing. In addition to being present at clinic, the respiratory therapist is also available for consultation between clinic visits and can perform home visits if necessary.

Physical Therapist

Michelle Reeder, PT
Physical Therapist

Physical therapists assist people with ALS in maintaining and building muscle strength by providing exercise programs and assistive devices to optimize function and level of independence.

Clinical Dietitian

Monica Moorefield, RD
Clinical Dietitian

Catfish Hunter ALSA Chapter Representative

Suzanne Gilroy, MSW
The ALS Assoc. Jim “Catfish” Hunter Charter
Raleigh, NC

The chapter representative provides information to patients and families about chapter grants and programs, as well as other community resources. 


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