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Meet the Residents

Department of Neurology


​Class of 2018

 

Jeanne Feuerstein, MD  
Jeanne Feuerstein, MD
Jeanne was born in San Francisco. She attended Oberlin College in Ohio and studied creative writing and English there.  She spent a grueling year as a probate case clerk in San Francisco post-graduation, and was about to move abroad to teach English in S. Korea when she decided that she was interested in medicine.  She then started volunteering at Maitri (a Buddhist AIDS hospice) and Cole Street Clinic (a free clinic for young people in SF). The following year she attended Bennington College in Vermont to obtain all of the pre-reqs needed for medical school. She then did research at Barrow Neurological Institute in Phoenix for a year and then attended University of Arizona for medical school in Tucson.  Not yet completely sure if she'll head into behavioral neurology as planned or switch over to movement or neuroimmunology.... When not grinding away in the hospital she loves to go to farmer's markets, run, go to garage sales, eat delicious food, put on an old episode of 90210 and travel.
 
 
   
Brandon Pope, MD  
Emily Forbes, DO
Emily was born in Long Island, New York. She attended college at NYU with a major in Biology. After college she worked for a chromatin lab in Boston researching the molecular genetics of histone demethylases. After two years living and working in Boston, she felt it was time to move back to NY and attended medical school at NYIT College of Osteopathic Medicine. She spent an additional year obtaining a masters degree while in medical school. After spending her life in the northeast, she was delighted to have the opportunity to join the Neurology program at University of Colorado Hospital. Her favorite things to do in the city are visiting the Botanical Gardens and Washington Park. Outside of the city she loves hiking and climbing in the mountains.

 

 
 
 
   
 
Gary Walker, MD  
Isaiah Kletenik, MD
Isaiah grew up in Pittsburgh and Seattle together with his three siblings and parents, Moshe and Rivy, both devoted educators. He studied in seminary at Yeshivat Hakotel in Jerusalem and completed a BA in Jewish Philosophy and Thought at Yeshiva University in New York City. Isaiah was ordained by Rabbi Zalman Nechemia Goldberg. A one-way ticket to China post-college altered his life path and after backpacking through Asia, teaching elementary school and volunteering as a medic, he completed post-baccalaureate premedical study in the Harvard University Health Careers Program. While applying to medical school, Isaiah served as chaplain intern at Harborview Medical Center and continued his work with the Kline Galland Center, a Seattle multi-care provider for the elderly, where he led services, lectured and served as their first hospice chaplain. Isaiah received his medical training at the University of Washington where he founded the Humanities in Medicine Society and was a teaching assistant for the medical writing course. His academic interests include behavioral neurology, medical humanities and the study of consciousness. Isaiah also enjoys hiking, cycling, reading, writing, philosophizing with friends and exploring the forests and mountains of Colorado.
 
 

 

 Brandon Pope, MD

 
 
Brandon Pope, MD
Brandon was raised all over the country including stents in Kentucky, Tennessee, Texas, Missouri, Colorado, California and Kansas. As an undergraduate he studied business administration with concentrations in entrepreneurship and chemistry at the University of Kansas. He has been fortunate enough to be involved at the early stages of several small businesses including an upper wilderness trail contractor and an independent film studio whose website and social media he still manages, along with contributing his photography to its productions. After marrying his beautiful wife, Lauren, Brandon decided to attend medical school in Kansas City at KUMED where he did research on the neuro-protective benefits of before and after cardiac arrest and eventually decided to pursue a career in neurology. He was fortunate enough to be invited to interview for residency at Colorado and fell in love with the place and its people. In the future, Brandon plans to complete a fellowship in neurocritical care and potentially interventional neuroradiology as well as remaining actively entrepreneurial.
 
Gary Walker, MD  
Gary Walker, MD
Gary grew up in Baton Rouge Louisiana where he received a bachelor’s degree in Biology at LSU.  He then moved down to New Orleans and completed medical school at Louisiana State University School of Medicine. After spending much of his life down south, he was absolutely thrilled to move out to sunny Colorado and join the excellent neurology program here.  His primary interests are currently movement disorders, neuromuscular, and behavioral neurology and neuropsychiatry; however, he finds everything related to the brain to be extremely fascinating!  His favorite things about Colorado include: the people, weather, mountains, and all the outdoor activities.  When not at work, he enjoys mountain biking, golf, disc golf, basketball, skiing, and exploring the city.
 
Zachary Wilson, MD  
Zachary Wilson, DO
I have lived in Colorado most of my life. I obtained my Biomedical Science degree at Colorado State University (Go Rams!). While studying at CSU, I developed a strong interest in neurology. I attended medical school at Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences, spending the first 2 years in Kansas City, and my 3rd and 4th year of medical school in Detroit. I am very excited to be back in my home state studying neurology. I enjoy having quick access to the mountains, being near my family and friends, and playing with my animals.

Class of 2021


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Alexandra Atwood, MD

University of Kentucky College of Medicine
   

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Zachary Macchi, MD

University of Kansas School of Medicine

Hometown: Kansas City, Kansas

Undergraduate School: University of Kansas

Medical School: University of Kansas School of Medicine

Areas of Interest in Neurology: Neurobehavioral and Palliative Medicine

Hobbies: Skiing, mountaineering, bouldering, running, reading

Why Zachary Chose the University of Colorado: Wide variety of options regarding fellowship sub-specialties, comprehensive neurologic inpatient and outpatient services, and multiple opportunities for extracurricular Colorado activities (outdoors fun!).

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Ian McGuinness, MD

Vanderbilt University School of Medicine

 
​​Hometown: Nashville, Tennessee
Undergraduate School: Miami University (Oxford, OH)
Medical School: Vanderbilt School of Medicine
Areas of Interest in Neurology: Epilepsy, Medical Education, Improving Access to Care, Global Health
Hobbies: Hiking, cheering on my favorite sports teams, playing ultimate frisbee and drums, reading and writing
Why Ian Chose the University of Colorado: My personality meshed well with that of the people of the program. The opportunity to escape to the mountains so easily is fantastic. Finally, I knew I'd get excellent training due to invested and approachable faculty and the opportunity to train at four very different institutions with a diverse patient population.
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Jakob Mrozewski, MD

Tufts University School of Medicine

​​Hometown: Farmington Hills, Michigan
Undergraduate School: Swarthmore College
Medical School: Tufts University School of Medicine
Areas of Interest in Neurology: All of them
Hobbies: Photography, computer-building, snowboarding, rock climbing, backpacking, mountain biking
Why Jakob Chose the University of Colorado: There were many reasons, but there had to be a first - during one of several roadtrips across the States, I stopped to take a photo of the sunset casting an orange glow over a lonely road winding through a valley with a single ranch walled by imposing peaks on both sides (it's still my computer's desktop background). Half-jokingly, I told my traveling partner that I would someday live in this state. So, I applied for residency, matched, and - needless to say - I love it here. I am lucky to work with incredible people to help fantastic patients, all while learning to be a neurologist.

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Caroline Tredway Goldin, MD

Emory University School of Medicine

​​Hometown: Atlanta, Georgia
Undergraduate School: Vanderbilt University Medical School
Medical School: Emory University School of Medicine
Areas of Interest in Neurology: Movement disorders
Hobbies: Running, reading, drawing, and hanging out with my husband and our dogs
Why Caroline Chose the University of Colorado: The program has many subspecialties, providing a rounded neurological education; the people are friendly and easy to work with; Denver is a great city with access to good food, music, and activities.

Class of 2020


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Chad K. Bush, MD, MPH

Tulane University School of Medicine

​​Hometown: Chad was raised in South Mississippi, but grew up in New Orleans

Undergraduate School: University of New Orleans

Medical School: Tulane University School of Medicine

Areas of Interest in Neurology: Vascular/stroke, epilepsy, neurocritical care, neurologic emergencies....many and varied

Hobbies: Traveling - usually back to New Orleans. Exploring Colorado and the Southwest is a growing interest

Why Chad Chose the University of Colorado: There is a real connection between residents and everyone is supportive of one another. The program is growing, and as it grows, the directors and chiefs really take into account what residents would like to see happen. The faculty are first rate and very open and supportive, and there are some real opportunities for mentorship

     
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Louis Di Salvo, MD

Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine

Hometown: Oxford, New York

Undergraduate School: Wells College

Medical School: The Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine

Areas of Interest in Neurology: Movement Disorder, EMG, Sleep Medicine

Hobbies: Sketching, hiking, but most importantly playing with my cat, Max!!

Why Louis Chose the University of Colorado: A truly unequaled location to train and live. Diverse patient population with a myriad of neurologic problems. The residents, attendings, and staff are delightful and consistently supportive

   

 

 

     
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Markus Hannan, MD
University of Colorado School of Medicine

Hometown: Markus was born in Germany and moved to  Colorado Springs when he was nine, along with his parents and twin brother.

Undergraduate School: Markus attended Colorado College and obtained a degree in neuroscience, after which he pursued neuroscience research at the National Institutes of Health for two years

Medical School: University of Colorado School of Medicine

Areas of Interest in Neurology: Neurohospitalist and Neuro-infectious Disease

Hobbies: Markus is passionate about public health and healthcare reform. He spends his free time enjoying Colorado's nature and social life, and draws strength from his close family and good friends.

Why Markus Chose the University of Colorado: This is his alma mater and his home. Why would he leave?

   
 
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Amanda Kennedy, MD, MPH
University of Texas School of Medicine at San Antonio

Hometown: Georgetown, Texas

Undergraduate School: University of Texas at Austin

Medical School: University of Texas School of Medicine at San Antonio

Areas of Interest in Neurology: Still narrowing down her subspecialty

Hobbies: Reading, cooking, hiking with her husband and friends

Why Amanda Chose the University of Colorado: Since she is still narrowing down her subspecialty option, it was important for her to choose a residency that provided exposure to sevreal different areas of neurology. Additionally, she was impressed by the strong working relationships and friendships between the residents and faculty members, and knew that would make a great environment for training

 
 
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Caroline E. Olvera, MD
Rush Medical College of Rush University Medical Center

Hometown: Chicago, Illinois

Undergraduate School: University of Illinois at Chicago

Medical School: Rush Medical College

Areas of Interest in Neurology: Neuro-oncology, epilepsy, behavioral neurology

Hobbies: Dogs, Chicago Cubs/Bears, brains, being outside.

Why Caroline Chose the University of Colorado: Sunlight, mountains, smart and friendly people


 

     
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Rebecca Pollard, MD
University of Colorado School of Medicine

Hometown: Laurel, Maryland

Undergraduate School: Princeton University

Medical School: University of Colorado School of Medicine

Areas of Interest in Neurology: Stroke, neurohospitalist, neurocritical care

Hobbies: Ice skating, doing things on mountains (skiing down mountains, climbing up mountains, biking on mountains), going to concerts and muscial theater

Why Rebecca Chose the University of Colorado: Great people, great training, great location

Class of 2021


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Jarrett Leech, MD

Tufts University School of Medicine
 
​​Hometown: Richmond, Virginia
 
Undergraduate School: Brown University
 

Medical School: Tufts University School of Medicine

Areas of Interest in Neurology: Behavioral and Neuro-immunology

Hobbies: Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Soccer, Cooking, Chess, Biking and Travel

Why Jarrett Chose the University of Colorado: Jarrett spent a month as a visiting fourth year medical student at the University of Colorado and was impressed by quality of teaching and the diversity of pathology on the neurology service. He connected with the residents and was enamored by the offerings of Denver and surrounding outdoors. Over that month he saw that the program fostered the development of a strong foundation while encouraging the freedom to explore the expanding niches within the field.

     
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Steven Lenio, MD

Case Wstern Reserve University

Hometown: Grand Rapids, Michigan

Undergraduate School: University of Michigan

Medical School: Case Western Reserve University

Areas of Interest in Neurology: Neuro-behavioral, Movement Disorder, Multiple Sclerosis, Stroke

Hobbies: Playing guitar, record collecting, reading, running, hopefully soon skiing

Why Steven Chose the University of Colorado: Steven is not entirely sure which direction his career will take him, so he chose the University of Colorado for the breadth of resources and exposure to multiple practice settings (academic, VA, county hospital) that will leave him well prepared whether he chooses to pursue a more research-oriented academic career, education, or private practice. On his interview day, Steven said that everyone he met seemed fun and easy to get along with (which held to be true when he got here in July). And of course, the location doesn't hurt. This is a place where Steven says he can work hard and get great training without sacrificing his happiness and well-being.

   

 

 

     
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Jerica Lomax, DO

Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine

Hometown: Pacifica, California

Undergraduate School: University of California - Los Angeles

Medical School: Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine

Areas of Interest in Neurology: Neuro-oncology

Hobbies: Photography, Traveling, Reading, Food

Why Jerica Chose the University of Colorado: There is a great balance here between academic and community medicine that lends itself the opportunity for exposure to a diverse population of patients with interesting pathology. Just as importantly, she found the faculty and staff to be truly supportive of the residents and invested in their well-being and overall happiness. Jessica says that being able to hike in the Rocky Mountain National Park or see a concert at Red Rocks on her days off is also a great bonus.

 

   
 
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Igor Malenky, MD, MS

Medical College of Georgia

Hometown: Atlanta, Georgia

Undergraduate School: Georgia State University

Medical School: Medical College of Georgia

Areas of Interest in Neurology: Neuro-ICU, Neuroimmunology, Stroke

Hobbies: Traveling Internationally, hiking in the mountains, exercising/running

Why Igor Chose the University of Colorado: Igor did an away rotation here at the University of Colorado and really enjoyed the people he got to work with. The education seemed amazing and the support from all the staff made it seem like the perfect place to train. The location was also an amazing draw.

 
 

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Brent Morel, MD

Tufts University School of Medicine, Maine Track

Hometown: Burlington, Vermont

Undergraduate School: Emory University

Medical School: Tufts University School of Medicine, Maine Track

Areas of Interest In Neurology: Neurocritical Care, Neurointervention, Stroke

Hobbies: Brent spends any free day (or even just a free afternoon) up in the mountains. He would ski everyday if he could, but he'll settle for hiking and his new hobby, mountain biking, in the summer. He also loves taking advantage of all the national forests in finding the perfect camping spot. In spite of Denver's lack of ocean locale, he is making a concerted effort to find swimming holes around Colorado. He also enjoys International travel and paddling.

Why Brent Chose the University of Colorado: With its enormous catchment area, Colorado avails residents of all types of patients and in all subspecialties. Academically, he values a well-rounded education as a building block for future specialization and to that end Colorado also has an excellent Internal Medicine program that you can participate in as a prelim. Faculty and fellow residents are all friendly and like-minded, so when you want to talk about that picturesque hike you took last weekend with your dog and the killer IPA at the brewery afterwards, everybody has their own similar story to contribute.

 

     

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Monica Petluru, MD
University of Texas Southwestern

Hometown: San Antonio, Texas

Undergraduate School: UT San Antonio

Medical School: UT Southwestern

Areas of Interest in Neurology: Neuromuscular, Neuro-ophthalmology, Sleep Neurology

Hobbies: Hiking, Stargazing, Traveling, Reading

Why Monica Chose the University of Colorado: There is a wide variety of neurology sub-specialties represented at the University of Colorado, and the faculty and residents are incredibly supportive. Plus, it's wonderful to have quick access to the mountains on your days off.

 

David Stevens, MD

University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston

Hometown:  Fort Worth, Texas

Undergraduate School: University of Tulsa

Medical School: University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston

Areas of Interest In Neurology: Movement Disorders, Neurohospitalist

Hobbies: Basketball, tennis, hiking, traveling (with all this free time in residency), binge-watching Netflix

Why David Chose the University of Colorado: When he is falling down the ski slopes and causing panic in the crowds, he can just say "sorry I'm from Texas" and everyone understands; great hiking that is just an hour away; plenty of great parks and outdoor areas in the city as well, and the weather has been amazing so far.

 

 
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Cherry Yu, MD

Medical College of Georgia

Hometown: Atlanta, Georgia (born and raised in Taiwan)

Undergraduate School: Georgia Institute of Technology

Medical School: Medical College of Georgia

Areas of Interest in Neurology: Movement Disorder, Neurocognitive, Neuroimmunology and Infectious Disease

Hobbies: Trying new restaurants and breweries, hiking, traveling, playing badminton, photography, cooking

Why Cherry Chose the University of Colorado: Cherry was really impressed with the changes that were made towards the curriculum after hearing residents' feedback. She feels like residents are well advocated and supported, and everyone in the program is really friendly. Additionally, the program is well balanced in many different subspecialties in neurology and offers great opportunities and resources for research. Lastly, the wonderful nature of Colorado makes it really easy to go on a hike or on a weekend trip allowing for quick escapes from residency.

Recent Graduates

​Class of 2017 ​Current Position

 

 


 
 

 


​Class of 2016 ​Current Position

Stacy Dixon, MD

 

​Assistant Professor, Neuromuscular Division University of Colorado School of Medicine, Aurora, CO

Neuromuscular Fellowship, University of Colorado School of Medicine 2016-2017

 Dina Galperin, MD
 Trevor Hawkins, MD
 

Movement Disorders Fellowship, University of Colorado School of Medicine 2016-2018

Cameron Ludt, MD
Brice McConnell, MD, PhD

​Assistant Professor, Neurobehavioral Neurology, University of Colorado School of Medicine, Aurora, CO

Neurobehavioral Fellowship, University of Colorado School of Medicine 2016-2017


​Class of 2015 ​Current Position
Taylor Finseth, MD

​Movement Disorders Specialist, Aurora Health Care, Milwaukee, WI

Movement Disorder Fellowship, University of Colorado 2015-2016

Jason Fleming, MD
 

Staff Neurologist, ​Eliot Neurology Associates, Manchester, NH

Neuromuscular Fellowship, University of Colorado School of Medicine - 2015-2016

Laura Friedlander, MD

Staff ​Neurologist, CHPG Neuroscience & Spine, Centura Health Physician Group, Lakewood, CO

Epilepsy Fellowship, University of Colorado School of Medicine 2015-2016

Cliff Hampton, MD

​Private Practice

Kootenai Clinic Neurology, Coeur d’Alene, ID

​Michelle Leppert, MD

​Vascular Neurology Fellowship University of Colorado School of Medicine - 2015-2016

Michael Persenaire, MD

Neurologist, Memory & Brain Wellness Center at Harborview; Multiple Sclerosis Center at Northwest Hospital, UW Medicine, Seattle, WA

Behavioral Neurology Fellowship, University of Colorado School of Medicine 2015-2016


​Class of 2014 ​Current Position
​​Mario Cerdan-Trevino, MD   

​Neurologist, Valley Baptist Physician Network Neurology Clinic, Brownsville, TX

Vascular Neurology Fellowship, Johns Hopkins University

Takamasa Higashimori, MD 

​Stroke and Endovascular Surgical Neuroradiology Fellowship, University of Minnesota

Peter Andreas Michas-Martin, MD

​Neurologist, Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula - Montage Health, Monterey, CA

Movement Disorder Fellowship, University of Colorado  School of Medicine 2013-2014

​Alex Mohler, MD

​Neuro-Oncologist, Lifespan Cancer Institute at Rhode Island, Rhode Island RI

Neuro-Oncology Fellowship, University of Colorado  School of Medicine 2013-2015

Wayne Moldovan, MD

​Neurologist, Houston, Texas

 

​Class of 2013 ​Current Position
Charlie Braun, MD

​Neurologist, IHA Neurology Consultants, Ann Arbor, MI  

Clinical Neurophysiology Fellowship, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI

​​Haley Burke, MD 

​Interventional Pain Management & Neurologist at MDPain Comprehensive Pain Management, Denver, CO

Faculty at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, Aurora, CO

Interventional Pain Medicine Fellowship, MD Anderson Texas Medical Center, Houston, TX

 
Kimberly Horiuchi, MD

Neurologist (Epilepsy), ​Blue Sky Neurology, Aurora, CO

Epilepsy Fellowship, University of Colorado School of Medicine 2013-2014

 

Drew Kern, MD, MS

​Assistant Professor of Neurology, Movement Disorders, University of Colorado School of Medicine Aurora, CO

Clinical Movement Disorder Fellowship, Parkinson Society Canada's National Research Program, Toronto, Ontario, Canada 2013-2014

​Angel Pulido, MD

​Vascular Neurologist, St. David's HealthCare, Austin, TX

Vascular Fellowship, University of Colorado School of Medicine 2013-2014

 

 

​Class of 2012                                             ​Current Position
Peter Bergmann, MD

​Staff Neurologist, Kaiser Permanente, Sky Ridge Medical Center

Denver, CO

​​David Case, MD 

​Assistant Professor, Neurosurgery, University of Colorado School of Medicine, Aurora, CO

Neurovascular Fellowship, University of Colorado School of Medicine 2012-2013

Neuro-Critical Fellowship, University of Colorado School of Medicine 2013-2014

Emily Lampe, MD
​Staff Neurologist, Kaiser Permanente, Lone Tree, CO
Eryn Lonnquist, MD

Staff Neurologist, Kaiser Permanente, Skyline Medical Office, Denver, CO

Neurobehavioral Fellowship, University of Colorado School of Medicine 2012-2013

Danielle McDermott, MD, MS

​Neurologist, Kaiser Permanente, Skyline Medical Office, Denver, CO

Epilepsy Fellowship, University of Colorado School of Medicine 2012-2013

Wesley Reynolds, MD

Neurologist, CHPG Neuroscience & Spine, Centura Health Physician Group

Lakewood, CO

 

 

​Class of 2011                                              ​Current Position
L. Marius Birlea, MD

​Assistant Professor & Director of Headache and Pain Management, University of Colorado School of Medicine, Aurora, CO

Research Fellowship, University of Colorado School of Medicine 2011-2013

​​Adam Graham, MD

​Private Practice at the Blue Sky Neurology, Swedish Medical Center

Neuromuscular Medicine Fellowship, the University of Colorado School of Medicine ​2011-2012

Aaron Haug, MD
​Private Practice at Blue Sky Neurology, Swedish Medical Center
Movement Disorders Fellowship, University of Colorado School of Medicine 2011-2012
Katie Polovitz, MD ​Private Practice at Neurology of the Rockies, Parker Adventist Hospital
Epilepsy Fellowhip, University of Colorado School of Medicine 2011-2012

 

​Class of 2010                                               ​Current Position
A. Brooke Allen, MD ​Private Practice, Roaring Fork Neurology, PC  Basalt, CO
Jocelyn E. Bear, MD ​Locum Tenens, Denver, Colorado
Nhu T. Bruce, MD

Staff Neurologist, Huntsville Memorial Hospital, Huntsville, TX​

Vascular Neurology Fellowship, University of California San Diego, San Diego, CA 2010-2011

Matthew West, MD

Staff Neurologist, Kaiser Permanente​, Skyline Medical Offices, Denver, CO

Christy Young Barbee, MD ​Staff Neurologist, Kaiser Permanente, Fort Collins, CO