The team at Banner Concussion Center is comprised of experts in their fields:
- Medical Director:
- Senior Clinical Manager / Therapy Director:
- Occupational Therapist / Patient Care Navigator:
- Athletic Trainer/ Clinical Coordinator:
- Vision and Audiology Services:
- Audiology - Dana Day, Au.D., MBA
- Optometry - Neha V. Amin, O.D., F.A.A.O.
- Hirsch Handmaker, MD
- Charlie Shearer, O.D.
- Alex McLaren, MD
Clinical Advisory Team:
- Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation:
- Robert Djergaian, MD
- Michael Crincoli, MD
- Neurology Specialists:
- Jeremy R Payne, MD
- Barry Hendin, MD
- Eric Hastriter, MD (Cardon Children's Medical Center)
- Tamara Zach, MD (Banner Thunderbird Medical Center)
- Byron Willis, MD
- S. David Moss, MD
- Trauma Surgery:
- Paul Dabrowski, MD
- Ara Feinstein, MD
- John Macias, MD
- Rishi Gosalia, MD
- Harvinder S. Maan, MD
- Donald F Schomer, MD
- Alexander Piatka, PhD
- Kathy Thomas, PhD
- Emergency Medicine:
- Nishant Anand, MD
Dr. Ericksonis the Medical Director for the Banner Concussion Center scheduled to open March 2013. He has served as the head team physician at Arizona State University and the program director of the Arizona State University Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship for more than the last decade. A native of Tucson, he completed his undergraduate and medical school education at the University of Arizona. He completed his Internal Medicine residency here in Phoenix at St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center.
After his residency he spent 18 months in the sports medicine fellowship at Ball Memorial Hospital in Muncie, IN. He returned to Phoenix to work as part time faculty at ASU and assistant team physician for the Arizona Diamondbacks. In the fall of 2000 he was promoted to serve as the Head Team Physician at ASU and in July 2003 he started the primary care sports medicine fellowship. In addition to his teaching and patient care responsibilities, Dr. Erickson recently co-authored the chapter on Martial Arts Injuries in the 1st edition of Netter's Sports Medicine.
Dr. Erickson began serving as the medical consultant for Major League Baseball umpire department in 2001. Additionally, he is one of the members of the Major League Baseball Medical Advisory Committee and the Major League Baseball Mild Traumatic Brain Injury Committee.
He also serves on the Arizona Interscholastic Association Medical Advisory Committee. He is one of the original certified ImPACT consultants credentialed to interpret and manage patients using ImPACT computerized neurocognitive testing. Dr. Erickson is a fellow of the American College of Physicians and Adjunct Instructor in Medicine for the Mayo Clinic.
Shelly Massingale is the Senior Clinical Manager of the Banner Concussion Center. She graduated from Pepperdine University in 1992 and from University of Southern California in 1996 with a Masters Degree in Physical Therapy.
Shelly has been treating clients with vestibular and balance disorders for the past 16 years and is a certified and advanced certified vestibular therapist through Emory University. She has been working with clients and athletes with concussions her entire career.
Shelly helped develop Fall Prevention Programs at Banner Good Samaritan and has been a guest lecturer around the Phoenix area regarding vestibular therapy and mild traumatic brain injury. Additionally, she has focused her professional career on research and has published articles focusing on the benefits of vestibular and balance therapy in relation to vestibular disorders and falls.
Elizabeth Shipp is an Occupational Therapist and Patient Care Coordinator at the Banner Concussion Center. Elizabeth is a graduate of Ohio State University where she received her Bachelors degree in Psychology in 2006 followed by her Masters degree in 2008. She began her occupational therapy career in 2009 at Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center.
She has more than four years experience working in varied areas of therapy delivery settings including acute care, inpatient rehabilitation and outpatient neurological rehabilitation.
Elizabeth serves as the current chair of the Neuroscience Process Improvement Team and Co-chair of the Traumatic Brain Injury Team for the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities initiative.
She is an avid sports fan and has a passion for improving the quality of life for persons living with brain injury. Her desire for helping others and personal interest in athletics with associated brain injury, makes her a perfect fit for the Banner Concussion Center.
Bryce Nalepa is the Athletic Trainer/Sports Concussion Clinical Coordinator for the Banner Concussion Center. Bryce is a Certified Athletic Trainer that is licensed by the state of Arizona.
Prior to joining our staff, Bryce was an Account Manager for Precision Medical. He previously served as the Associate Head Athletic Trainer for Arizona State University working primarily with the football program for seven years. Bryce also has served as the Athletic Trainer for the women’s soccer and lacrosse teams at Stanford University.
Additionally, Bryce has completed athletic training internships with the Dallas Cowboys and Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Bryce has a Bachelors degree from West Virginia University and a Masters degree from Arizona State University. He has been a certified athletic trainer since 2001.