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Medical Leadership Team

Our programs are based on the very latest in neuroscience and medical technology. We have assembled a team of leading experts to oversee our programs, ensuring that they keep pace with the rapidly changing field of neurorehabilitation.

Pacific Region

Dr. Maureen D. Miner, MD

Dr. Miner is the Medical Director of the outpatient catastrophic rehab and pain clinic: South County Pain and Rehab, Inc. in Gilroy California.

A double graduate of Stanford University and the postgraduate Stanford School of Medicine, she started her practice in rehabilitation medicine in 1993. Her experience includes working as a staff member at Stanford Hospital, acting as Director for the Chronic Pain Management Program at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center, acting as Co-Director of the Spinal Cord unit, and being Associate Chief of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.

Dr. Miner is a maintenance-certified Diplomate of the American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, is Subspecialty Board Certified in Spinal Cord Medicine, in Brain Injury Medicine, and in Pain Medicine through the American Board of PM&R, is a Diplomate of the American Board of Pain Medicine, and is a Qualified Medical Examiner /Agreed Medical Evaluator for the state of California.

Since 2009, she has served as a Catastrophic Medical Director for Paradigm Outcomes that manages complex cases across the country in SCI, TBI and multi trauma.  She has served as the Medical Director for Learning Services Post-Acute Neuro-Rehab Facility for TBI since 2007, and Rehab/Medical Director for Care Meridian Sub-Acute Rehabilitation Facility for SCI/TBI/Multi-trauma since 2000.

She has been involved in interdisciplinary Functional Restoration Programs and facilitated multi-disciplinary outpatient pain programs for chronic pain patients.

She consistently serves as an expert medical-legal witness for catastrophic cases (TBI, SCI, Amputation, multi-trauma) and has extensive understanding of Life Care Planning as well as the California Workers Compensation System and Cat UR.

She has been an active board member of the California Brain Injury Association, the American Spinal Injury Association, and the California Society of Industrial Medicine and Surgery.

She has lectured on the topics of acute and chronic SCI management, TBI rehab continuum, SCI regeneration update, spasticity, SCI pharmacology, pain management and office safeguarding, gait, exercise, cumulative trauma disorder, concussion, life care planning, expert witness testimony and expert cross-examination to name a few.

She was recently featured on American HealthFront  (TV Show) for expertise in post-acute rehab medicine. She enjoys running, singing at church, and Star Wars!

Amy Magnusson, MD, Physiatrist

Dr. Magnusson is a board certified Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Physician with a subspecialty in Spinal Cord Injury Medicine. She graduated from medical school at Loyola University in Chicago, completed her Transitional Year Internship from MacNeal Hospital in Berwyn, IL, and Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Residency at Stanford University in 2001. She has been practicing Rehabilitation Medicine in San Diego at Sharp Memorial Rehabilitation since 2001. As Learning Services’ Medical Director since July 2011, Dr. Magnusson has utilized her expertise in Traumatic Brain Injury, General Rehab, Musculoskeletal Medicine, and Pain Management. She cares for inpatients as well as having an outpatient Rehabilitation Medicine practice, where she provides medical care throughout the continuum of her patients’ lives. Dr. Magnusson lectures on TBI and Depression, Brain Anatomy, Musculoskeletal Problems, and various Spinal Cord Injury topics. Her expertise includes Intrathecal Baclofen Pump management.

Dan Gardner, MD, Psychiatrist

Dr. Gardner is a psychiatrist and psychoanalyst in practice since 1977. He is certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and is a Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association. He is also a Voluntary Assistant Clinical Professor, Department of Psychiatry, at the University of California San Diego Medical School. After graduation from Northwestern University Medical School, Dr. Gardner completed an Internal Medicine internship at Mount Zion Hospital and Medical Center in San Francisco and a Psychiatry residency at the University of California San Diego. He is also a graduate of the San Diego Psychoanalytic Society and Institute. Dr. Gardner has consulted with Learning Services since 1995 regarding emotional, behavioral, and cognitive issues resulting from TBI.

SouthEast Region

Patrick J. O’Brien, MD, Physiatrist

Dr. O’Brien received his medical degree from New York Medical College in 1981. He went on to do his residency training at Tufts, Department of Rehabilitation Medicine at New England Medical Center in Boston, Massachusetts. He was awarded the Karl Harbruder Award Excellence in Rehabilitation Medicine, New York Medical College in 1981. He is a member and affiliated with numerous groups in North Carolina: Medical Society, PM&R Society, Governors Advocacy Council, Spinal Cord Injury Association, American Trauma Society – North Carolina, Brain Injury Association – North Carolina. Currently Dr. O’Brien serves as Medical Director, Learning Services, Medical Director, WakeMed Rehab, President, Carolina Rehabilitation and Surgical Associates, P.A., Medical Director Bryant T. Aldridge Rehab Hospital, Consultating Staff, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Rex Healthcare, Consulting Staff, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Duke Health Raleigh Hospital.

Thomas Gualtieri, MD, Psychiatrist

Dr. Gualtieri is the Medical Director of the North Carolina Neuropsychiatry Clinics in Chapel Hill and Charlotte. He graduated from Columbia P&S in 1969, and was an intern at the Royal Victoria Hospital in Montreal. Dr Gualtieri trained in psychiatry and child psychiatry at the University of North Carolina. He was on the faculty at UNC for eleven years, where his research interests were in psychopharmacology and neuropsychiatry. During this time, his research was supported by grants from the National Institutes of Health. His work on tardive dyskinesia has been widely cited.

His first area of concentration was the study of children and adults with ADD and developmental disabilities. Then, his research group developed an interest in the problem of brain injury. For seven years, he was the corporate medical director for Rebound, Inc, a national chain of brain injury rehabilitation centers.

Dr. Gualtieri founded NC Neuropsychiatry in 1988. He continues to have an active clinical practice, seeing children and adults with a wide range of neuropsychiatric disorders. Dr. Gualtieri and his partners conduct clinical trials for many of the major pharmaceutical manufacturers. They have also developed a computerized neurocognitive testing battery, “Central Nervous Systems Vital Signs.” www.cnsvitalsigns.com.

Dr. Gualtieri is the author of more than 120 peer-reviewed medical publications and three monographs. His latest book, Brain Injury and Mental Retardation, Neuropsychiatry & Psychopharmacology (2002) is available from Lippincott publishers.

Michael Baron, D.O.

Michael Baron, has been volunteering by seeing patients at the DeKalb Physician Care Clinic since 1997, and has had the honor of serving as a member of its Board of Directors since 2006. He has worked as a family physician in his practice SmokeRise Family Medical Associates located in Stone Mountain since 1991. While he is no longer doing hospital work, he still is on courtesy staff at DeKalb Medical Center and Eastside Medical Center so that his patients can benefit from the excellent services provided by these facilities.

He received a B.A. in Biology from the University of Rochester in Rochester, NY. and attended medical school at the Nova Southeastern College of Osteopathic Medicine in south Florida. He completed his 3-year family practice residency at Northlake Regional Medical Center.

Dr. Baron is strongly committed to quality compassionate care. He has ranked amongst the top 1-2% of family physicians in metro Atlanta as rated by Quality Care Providers since 1998. He has been designated a “Performance Physician” as well as a “Premium Physician” by United HealthCare since 2004. He is also recognized as an “Aexcel Physician” by Aetna Health Insurance. Past awards include “Teacher of the Year” by the Osteopathic Institute of the South and NCQA commendation for Qualtiy Diabetes Care.

Rocky Mountain Region

Dr. Jill Castro, MD, Physiatrist

Dr. Jill Castro is a board certified physiatrist with a special interest in musculoskeletal medicine. She has been in practice for nine years with experience treating a variety of neuromuscular disorders and injuries of the soft tissues, joints and spine. Her focus is on using a wide variety of tools and disciplines to help improve function and activity.

Dr. Castro received her medical degree from the University of Texas. She went on to complete a Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation residency and fellowship at the University of Texas, Baylor College of Medicine. She also completed training in acupuncture. In addition to performing electromyography and nerve conduction studies for diagnosis of neuromuscular disorders, she is also a level II certified treatment provider for the Division of Workers’ Compensation in Colorado.

Dr. Randall Buzan, MD, Psychiatrist

Dr. Buzan graduated summa cum laude from the University of Michigan and Alpha Omega Alpha from the University of Michigan Medical School and completed his psychiatry residency at the University of Colorado. He completed a fellowship in psychopharmacology at the University of Colorado and a mini-fellowship in electroconvulsive therapy at Duke. He joined the faculty at the medical school for 9 years where he did research in psychopharmacology and neuropsychiatry and served as Director of Psychiatric Outpatient Services and the ECT service. Dr. Buzan has served as the psychiatric consultant at Learning Services for the past 13 years, at the Wheat Ridge Regional Center for the past 18 years, and the Pueblo Regional Center for the past 11 years.

Dr. Buzan also graduated from and is on the faculty of the Denver Institute for Psychoanalysis, is a peer reviewer for the Journal of Neuropsychiatry, Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, and has published and spoken widely on neuropsychiatry. He is now in private practice in Denver.

Dr. John Speed, MBBS, Physiatrist

Dr. John Speed is a board certified physiatrist with a sub specialty in Pain Medicine. He has been in practice for over twenty-three years. Dr. Speed has been a clinical professor at the University of Utah School of medicine since 2002. He has been an adjunct professor in the college of nursing and physical therapy since 2001.

Dr. Speed received his medical degree from the University of Sydney. He went on to complete a physical medicine and rehabilitation residency at the University of Minnesota Hospitals in Minneapolis, MN.

Dr. Speed has given over 50 lectures with a variety of topics to include: Acute and Chronic pain management, Management of the injured worker, Acute TBI, Non-traumatic Brain Injury, among many others. Dr. Speed has served on the advisory board for the Utah Brain Injury Association since 2005.