Ray Dolby Brain Health Center Professional Team
CPMC is proud to have some of the San Francisco Bay Area's best memory loss and dementia specialists working at the Ray Dolby Brain Health Center. Our medical providers, multidisciplinary staff and Care Navigation Team take pride in working with patients creating a plan that is customized to each individual's needs, helping them to maintain independence and quality of life.
Choosing the best comprehensive care is the first critical step towards addressing cognitive changes. It is often overwhelming to navigate the system of resources, treatments and supportive community services required to support and care for yourself or someone you love who has memory deficits. The Ray Dolby Brain Health Center team consists of a neurologist, nurse practitioner, social worker, family care specialist, case management assistant, neuropsychologist, dietitian and pharmacist, all of whom are available to help support you and your family every step of the way.
Director, Ray Dolby Brain Health Center
Catherine Madison, MD
Dr. Madison completed her medical school training at St. Louis University in Missouri and her neurology residency at George Washington University Medical Center in Washington D.C. Dr. Madison is board-certified in neurology and has been practicing at California Pacific since 2001. Read more about Dr. Catherine Madison.
Ray Dolby Endowed Chair in Brain Health Research
Alireza Atri, M.D., Ph.D.
Alireza Atri, M.D., Ph.D. is the Ray Dolby Endowed Chair in Brain Health Research at CPMC and visiting faculty at Harvard Medical School. A cognitive neurologist, Dr. Atri specializes in diagnostics, experimental therapeutics and care of individuals with memory disorders and dementia; particularly those with early-stage cognitive impairments and younger/early-onset Alzheimer’s disease (AD).
Dr. Atri holds degrees from U.C.L.A. (Ph.D Biomathematics), U.C.S.F. (M.D.) and Harvard Medical School (M.M.Sc.), and completed post-graduate training and clinical and research fellowships at Harvard Medical School (HMS), Boston University and MIT. From 2001-2015 Dr. Atri served on the Neurology faculty of Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School.
Dr. Atri conducts observational, clinical and translational studies of normal cognition and aging, cognitive impairment, and AD/dementias, and serves as a global PI of the STAR program. Dr. Atri has authored over 50 scientific/medical publications and is co-editor/author of “Dementia, Comprehensive Principles and Practice”, Oxford University Press, 2014.
Family Nurse Practitioner
Susan Sullivan, RN FNP-C
Susan Sullivan RN, FNP-C has been an RN since 1981 and received her Master’s degree as a Family Nurse Practitioner from UCSF in 1992. She developed her expertise with the aging population through her work in an internal medicine practice for over 20 years.
Ms. Sullivan is trained in diagnosing, treating and educating patients and their families about dementia and other forms of cognitive impairment. Her compassionate approach and connection with people make her a provider patients love to see.
Family Nurse Practitioner
Katharine Vieira, R.N., GNP-C
Katharine Vieira, R.N., GNP-C graduated with a Bachelors degree in psychology from UC Berkeley where her interest in the field of gerontology and memory disorders was sparked. She then went on to earn her RN and Master’s Degree as a Gerontological Nurse Practitioner from UCSF in 1998. Over the past 18 years, she has developed an expertise in diagnosing, treating, and managing older adults experiencing changes in memory and thinking with aging. Katharine has extensive experience working with aging populations in both clinical and research settings. She has overseen numerous research studies for cognitive impairment as well as osteoporosis and postmenopausal women’s health.
Lynn (Lili) Shaughnessy, Psy.D.
Dr. Shaughnessy is a clinical neuropsychologist who specializes in learning and memory, dementia and cognitive rehabilitation. She has received extensive training in the area of neurodegenerative disorders and places particular emphasis on patient care and providing recommendations tailored to individual needs. She has expertise in creating and implementing cognitive enhancement groups focusing on strengthening memory and thinking through a variety of methods, including provision of compensatory strategies as well as computerized programs. Dr. Shaughnessy received her Doctorate of Psychology from Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology/William James College and completed her postdoctoral fellowship in Clinical Neuropsychology through Harvard Medical School at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Massachusetts Mental Health Center. She then went on to work within a medically enhanced psychiatric inpatient unit before moving to San Francisco to join the Ray Dolby Brain Health Center. Dr. Shaughnessy is a licensed clinical psychologist in both Massachusetts and California.
Neuropsychology Clinical Research Scientist
Catherine Marreiro, M.D.
Dr. Marreiro specializes in the Clinical Neuropsychology of Aging and is particularly interested in the promotion of healthy cognitive aging and prevention of dementia. She earned her Ph.D. at Arizona State University, completed her internship at Jesse Brown VA in Chicago, IL, and completed her postdoctoral fellowship at UC Davis Alzheimer’s Disease Center. She joined the Ray Dolby Brain Health Center as a Neuropsychology Clinical Scientist.
Richard Ron Finley, B.S.Pharm, R.Ph, CGP
Mr Finley recently joined CPMC as a consultant pharmacist to the Ray Dolby Brain Health Center team. He continues as a Lecturer (Emeritus) in the Department of Clinical Pharmacy School of Pharmacy, University of California, San Francisco and continues to teach pharmacy students per his appointment as a clinical professor. His clinical practice includes eighteen years in the UCSF Memory and Aging Center-Alzheimer’s Research Center, UCSF Department of Neurology.
He also serves as a Consultant Pharmacist to several community health care organizations. Mr Finley is a frequent lecturer on health care issues related to older adults, on a local and national level. On two separate occasions he was a visiting professor in Japan.
His areas of interest and expertise include geriatric pharmacy practice, geriatric psychotherapeutics and geriatric neurological issues related to memory.
Social Worker, Psychotherapist
Nalani Griffin Dunn, LCSW
Nalani, a native Californian, received her undergraduate degree in Clinical Psychology at San Francisco State University and her Master’s in Social Welfare from UC Berkeley. In addition to her LCSW, she is an experienced psychotherapist specializing in family and couples counseling, as well as individual counseling.
Ms. Dunn has worked in a variety of medical settings for the last 18 years including hospitals, homecare and hospice. One of her specialties is working with clients diagnosed with memory problems, their families and caregivers. “Memory problems affect the whole family. Relationships change because roles change which can be sad and a difficult adjustment for the patient, spouse and children. My focus in working with families is on identifying strengths and assisting in increasing coping skills for both the patient and family. We do this through education, identifying practical solutions together, providing emotional support and appropriate referral to community supports.”
Family Support Therapist
Ymkje Dioquino, MS, LMFT
Ymkje received her Master’s degree in Clinical and Health Psychology from Utrecht University in the Netherlands. After raising her three children, she joined CPMC in 2010 and found a passion for providing support to patients and families in coping with changes in cognition. She provides case management, support and counseling, and teaches the Mindfulness Based Dementia Care program at the Ray Dolby Brain Health Center. Ymkje is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist.
Family Support Therapist
Howard completed his undergraduate degree in Clinical Psychology at New York University and received his Master’s in Social Welfare from UC Berkeley where his concentration was Gerontology. While attaining his MSW, he interned at Laguna Honda Hospital’s hospice and memory care units, as well as at CPMC’s Ray Dolby Brain Health Center. Howard continues to serve as a volunteer phone counselor at San Francisco Suicide Prevention and as a Hospice and Palliative Care volunteer for Jewish Family and Children Services. Howard has a passion for working with seniors. He is dedicated to improving the quality of life for older adults experiencing memory loss as well as those patients and their loved ones confronting chronic illness and end of life issues.
Family Care Specialist
Almaz completed her Masters degree in Clinical Social Work at the University of Pennsylvania. She has extensive experience supporting families through all phases of life, including adolescent development and advanced age. Almaz is an advocate for those living with dementia and has made it her mission to help families and caregivers better understand how it feels to be living with the challenges and changes that accompany the condition. She offers case management, social support, and counseling services. Almaz is registered as an Associate Social Worker with the California Board of Behavioral Sciences and working toward completion of requirements to become a Licensed Clinical Social Worker.
Scientist, CPMC Research Institute
Kendra Peterson, MD
Dr. Peterson completed her medical school training at the University of Washington in Seattle, her neurology residency at the University of California San Francisco, and a neuro-oncology fellowship at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York. She is board certified in neurology. She worked previously as an academic neuro-oncologist at the University of Minnesota and at Stanford University, and then as a neurologist at the Palo Alto Veteran’s Hospital. She joined the CPMC Ray Dolby Brain Health Center in August 2013.
During her time as an academic neuro-oncologist, Dr. Peterson developed an interest in improving care at the end of life, and was board certified in Hospice and Palliative Medicine. She has extensive experience in the symptom management and supportive care of patients with advanced neurologic disease. She joined CPMC to work on the Integrated Care Initiative, developing an educational curriculum for caregivers of adults with cognitive impairment.
Amber joined CPMC in 2015 as a clinical research coordinator at the Ray Dolby Brain Health Center. Prior to joining CPMC, Amber gained research experience at the Brain Tumor Research Center in Boston, Massachusetts. Amber holds a Bachelor’s degree in Statistics from Harvard College.
Tom Kiely, Ph.D.
Dr.Tom Kiely, Ph.D. is a clinical neuropsychology fellow with a strong training background in the areas of age-related disease and healthy aging. Recently, he completed the Predoctoral Neuropsychology Program at the Carl T. Hayden (Phoenix VA) Medical Center. Dr. Kiely’s training involved rotations in neurodegenerative diseases (Alzheimer’s Disease, Frontotemporal Dementia, Parkinson’s Disease), traumatic brain injury, complex medical and vascular factors contributing to cognitive and functional impairment, and the negative effects of sleep loss on cognitive abilities. He has completed similar clinical and research neuropsychology experiences at the Palo Alto VA, the Memory and Aging Center of UCSF, Kaiser Permanente, and the San Francisco VA. As a fellow at the Ray Dolby Brain Health Center, Dr. Kiely conducts research in the areas of Alzheimer’s disease and healthy cognitive aging, and works closely with patients who are experiencing cognitive changes while providing support to the family members who care for them.
Dr. Kiely completed his education at Palo Alto University (Ph.D., M.S., Clinical Psychology), College of Notre Dame (M.A., M.F.T., Counseling Psychology), and Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo (B.S., Human Development/Psychology).
Caitlyn Moore, Ph.D.
Dr. Caitlin Moore, Ph.D. is a clinical neuropsychology fellow who completed her education at Boston University and her clinical internship at the VA Palo Alto. Dr. Moore has received comprehensive training in neuropsychology, including (but not limited to) the areas of neurodegenerative disease, traumatic brain injury, movement disorders, and psychiatric illness. While at Boston University, she received her clinical training at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Massachusetts General Hospital, teaching hospitals of Harvard Medical School. She has published several articles and book chapters in the areas of cardiovascular disease, behavioral genetics, cognitive aging, and non-pharmacological intervention in dementia, and has presented her work at numerous international conferences. As a fellow at the Ray Dolby Brain Health Center, Dr. Moore’s research foci are in the areas of Alzheimer’s disease, healthy aging, and non-pharmacological intervention. In addition to her research activities, she sees patients clinically for neuropsychological assessment.
Carla is a native San Franciscan who started her career as a Medical Assistant at Sutter Health in 2010. She joined the Ray Dolby Brain Health Center in 2014 as a California Certified Medical Assistant. In 2015, she became the supervisor for the clinic. She works together with the providers and the entire staff to help care for our patients.
Eunice Abad, is a National Certified Medical Assistant, she graduated from Unitek College in Fremont, CA in 2012 where she gained hands-on training. Eunice has been working at the Ray Dolby Brain Health Center since 2013 and is eager to continue working with such a wonderful team.
Patient Service Representative
Tiffany joined the Ray Dolby Brain Health Center team as a patient service in 2015. She has over 10 years of administrative experience, having worked in corporate and non-profit environments; she found that she enjoys engaging with people. Before starting her career at CPMC, Tiffany had worked in several departments at UCSF Medical Center where she took those opportunities to continue her growth in the health care sector. Tiffany is very dedicated to the work that she does in the clinic; her contributions to the team are what make our office flow seamlessly. She enjoys working with the aging adult population because it is very fulfilling and uplifting. In her free time, she loves to read books of all kind, volunteer at her Carver Elementary where her son attends school, and spending quality time with her family.
Ms. Desuasido, Administrative Supervisor, brings over ten years of outpatient clinic experience. She started her career in health care as Unit Secretary at a Dialysis Clinic in Daly City in 2001. After several years she joined the Department of Neurosurgery at UCSF as the Front Desk Coordinator in April 2003, where soon after she was promoted to be the Front Supervisor for the Spine Center. In this roll she helped open their new clinic, setting up protocols and procedures within the department while supporting the clinical coordination of the providers. It did not take long before Melissa became the Practice Manager for the Neuro-Spine Center at UCSF in 2008. In this role, she managed 13 staff members and eight providers.
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