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Our Noninvasive Brain Stimulation Team

Physicians

Joan Stilling, M.D., M.Sc.

Research Associate
Joan received her bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering with a biomedical specialization from McGill University, and her MD and MSc in neuroscience from the University of Calgary, Canada. She completed her medical residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and is currently a research associate and physiatrist investigating methods of non-invasive brain stimulation for use in stroke rehabilitation.
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Researchers

  • Manuel Anaya, M.D.

    Sr. Research Specialist
    Manuel earned his MD from the Fundación Universitaria de Ciencias de la Salud in Bogotá, Colombia. Where he completed his internship at San José Hospital. His research interest include neurological illness, recovery, plasticity and motor learning. He is interested in the mechanisms that underly motor learning and recovery after neurological injury and in most efficient ways to implement new therapies for these injuries.
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  • Kendra Cherry-Allen, Ph.D., PT, DPT

    Post-Doctoral Fellow
    Kendra Cherry-Allen is a postdoctoral fellow, a physical therapist and a member of the research team in the NIBS clinical program. She has clinical experience working in acute care and outpatient settings treating patients with complex neurological conditions. Dr. Cherry-Allen’s research involves 1) investigating the mechanisms that underlie motor learning, 2) developing interventions that promote motor learning in people recovering from neurological illness or injury and 3) studying the use of non-invasive brain stimulation to augment neurorehabilitation.
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Therapists

  • Julia Falkenklous, PT, DPT, NCS

    Physical Therapist
    Julia is a board-certified neurologic clinical specialist. She has a passion for working with the neurologic population with a special interest in patients post-stoke in the acute care and outpatient settings. She is currently involved in treating patients in the Sheikh Khalifa Stroke Institute high intensity program and the NIBS program.
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  • Caroline Griffin, OTR/L, RYT

    Occupational Therapist
    Caroline Griffin is a board-certified and Maryland-licensed occupational therapist. Her current passion is treating adults with neurologic conditions. She enjoys discovering new ways to help improve her clients’ quality of life.
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  • Allison Nogi, PT, DPT, NCS

    Physical Therapist
    Board-Certified in Neurologic Physical Therapy

    Allison Nogi is a board-certified neurologic clinical specialist. She has a passion for working with individuals with neurologic dysfunction, helping them optimize their motor recovery. Her other clinical interests include treating individuals with dizziness and balance impairments.
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  • Princess Filippi, OTR/L

    Occupational Therapist
    Princess is an occupational therapist and a Certified Hand Therapist who loves to work with individuals with neurological and orthopedic conditions and help them regain functional use of their hands. Her other clinical interests include prosthetic training, custom orthotic fabrication and mentorship of other occupational therapists and budding hand therapists.
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Learn more about our therapists who specialize in neurology

NIBS Technician

Jake Sinkowitz, B.S.

Jake is from Manhattan Beach, California, and graduated from UC Berkeley where he received his BS in microbiology, and conducted research on maize genetics. His current research interests lie in the NIBS Clinical Program. He enjoys listening to house music, identifying plants and mushrooms, and playing sports in his free time.

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