The team at Banner Concussion Center is made up of experts in their fields, who together have the multidisciplinary expertise to serve our patients.
- Medical Director:
- Steven M. Erickson, MD
- Briana Silvestri, Physician Assistant-Certified
- Senior Clinical Manager / Therapy Director:
- Occupational Therapist / Patient Care Navigator:
- Athletic Trainer/ Clinical Coordinator:
- Bryce Nalepa, ATC/L
- Katie Finnie, ATC/L
- Vision Services:
- Optometry - Neha V. Amin, OD, FAAO
- John W. DenBoer PhD
Clinical Advisory Team:
- Dana Day, Au.D., MBA
- Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation:
- Neurology Specialists:
- Jeremy R Payne, MD
- Eric Hastriter, MD (Banner Children's at Cardon Children's Medical Center)
- Tamara Zach, MD (Banner Thunderbird Medical Center)
- Barry Hendin, MD
- Byron Willis, MD
- S. David Moss, MD
- John Macias, MD
- Rishi Gosalia, MD
- Harvinder S. Maan, MD
- Donald F Schomer, MD
- Alexander Piatka, PhD
- Kathy Thomas, PhD
- Danny Rosenbaum, PhD
- Vestibular Therapy:
- Bridgett Wallace, PT, DPT
- Athletic Training:
- Mark Letendre, ATC
Dr. Erickson is the Medical Director of the Banner Concussion Center. He has previously served as the head team physician at Arizona State University and was the program director of the Arizona State University Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship for more than a decade. A native of Tucson, he completed his undergraduate and medical school education at the University of Arizona. He completed his Internal Medicine residency in Phoenix, Ariz. 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 co-authored the chapter on Martial Arts Injuries in the 1st edition of Netter's Sports Medicine.
Dr. Erickson has served as the medical consultant for Major League Baseball umpire department since 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.
In 2014, Dr. Erickson was named a Top Doctor for sports medicine by Phoenix Magazine.
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 18 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 – University Medical Center Phoenix 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 McQueary 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 Bachelor's in Psychology in 2006, followed by her Master's degree in 2008. She began her occupational therapy career in 2009 at Banner – University Medical Center Phoenix.
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 currently treats patients at the Banner Concussion Center for functional vision deficits related to mild Traumatic Brain Injury.
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 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 Bachelor's degree in physical education, with a specialization in athletic training from West Virginia University and a Master's degree in education from Arizona State University. He has been a certified athletic trainer since 2001.