In order to optimize the chances for success, it takes the dedication of a team of experts. We have assembled a team to provide the resources necessary to help you or your loved one during the recovery process. These stroke professionals could be a part of your team in any one of our settings.
Medical Director- Brooks Rehabilitation Hospital
Stroke Center of Excellence
Trevor Paris, M.D., the Medical Director for the Stroke Center of Excellence, is board certified by both the American Board of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation and the American Board of Independent Medical Examiners. He received his graduate education from the Medical University of South Carolina and spent his internship in the field of internal medicine at Loma Linda University Medical Center, located in southern California. While there, he went on to complete his residency in physical medicine and rehabilitation. Click here to view "Brain Power" an article about Stroke Prevention Featuring Dr. Paris.
Stroke Center of Excellence
Drusilla D Lovecky, MA-CCC-SLP, Program Director for the Stroke Center of Excellence, joined Brooks in 2008. She relocated from New York City where she served as a Director of Speech Language Pathology and Audiology programs for over 15 years for a large urban medical center. Ms Lovecky brings a diversified healthcare management background to her current position; she has extensive consultative experience in rehabilitation and continuing care centers and ambulatory care programs. In addition to her years in management, Ms. Lovecky has over 20 years of experience in Speech Language Pathology as a practicing clinician. Ms. Lovecky works very closely with Dr. Paris.
Your Stroke Team Throughout the Continuum of Care
Rehabilitation Medicine- A medical doctor who specializes in physical medicine and rehabilitation manages medical issues and medication concerns.
Inpatient Stroke Program Director -the Program Director for the Stroke Center of Excellence works closely with Dr. Paris during stroke recovery.
Rehabilitation nurse - A registered nurse (RN) specializing in rehabilitation is a key element of care while in Brooks Rehabilitation Hospital.
Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA)- A CNA provides personal hygiene and daily living needs. They provide comfort, transportation, and monitor the patient's vital signs.
Physical therapist- Evaluates, treats and educates the patient about ways to maximize functional abilities and mobility in order to increase independence.
Occupational therapist - Teaches you new ways to function comfortably and efficiently at home or at work.
Speech-language pathologist - Treats speech, language, voice and swallowing conditions often associated with stroke.
Cognitive therapist - Helps stroke patients improve deficits such as poor concentration, reasoning and problem-solving
Recreation therapist - Uses recreation as a therapeutic tool to help return you to a life that includes recreation and leisure activities.
Psychologist - Assists you and your family with mental and emotional needs related to having a stroke. The psychologist will provide psychological evaluations, individual psychotherapy and marital/family therapy, as needed.
Neuropsychologist - Specializes in brain disorders and is essential for treating impairments of memory, language, decision-making or perception.
Case manager - In charge of handling communication regarding your progress with you, your family and your insurance provider, as needed.
Dietitian - Acts as a consultant to help all patients eat a healthy and appropriate diet.
Chaplain - Available as a resource to all patients independent of religious affiliation or belief system. The chaplain offers a variety of forms of support, including listening and helping you and your family work through the difficulties that arise from having a stroke.
Clubhouse Manager- Manages day to day operations of the Brooks Clubhouse. The Clubhouse helps individuals regain social, physical, cognitive and vocational abilities following an acquired brain injury or stroke. Not only do members participate in activities, but they have the opportunity to manage Clubhouse operations, helping them reestablish themselves in the community and return to work.
Vocational Services Supervisor- Assists with skill building and development of job placement for Brooks Clubhouse members.
Manager of Healthy LIving Programs- Manages Stroke Wellness and Adaptive Fitness programs.