Providers

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Sanjay S. Iyer, MD

Medical Director

Sanjay Iyer, MD

Medical Director

Dr. Iyer is a fellowship-trained Movement Disorders Neurologist who specializes in the care of people with Parkinson’s Disease, tremors, dystonia, tics, and other movement related problems. He completed all his medical training at the Medical College of Georgia. Before joining Memory & Movement Charlotte, he spent more than a decade at Carolinas Healthcare System/Atrium Health, where he served as Department Chair of Neurology and Director of the Movement Disorders Center.

Dr. Iyer has always believed that a multi-disciplinary team approach provides the best care for patients and their care partners. As Medical Director of MMC, he encourages strong collaboration among our physicians, APP’s, nurses, social worker, and the in-house Powerback Rehab team that includes PT, OT, and Speech Therapy. He is a big proponent of exercise, patient empowerment and the power of positive thinking. When not at work, Dr. Iyer enjoys spending time with his family, cheering on his favorite sports teams and visiting Hilton Head Island as often as possible.

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Aristides Chaconas, MD

Neurologist

Aristides Chaconas, MD

Neurologist

Dr. Chaconas has practiced neurology for over 30 years, devoting himself to getting to know his patients and families as he helps them navigate a diagnosis of dementia. Memory & Movement Charlotte offered him the opportunity to practice a highly personal style of what he calls bedside medicine.

A native of Baltimore, he graduated from Loyola College in Baltimore, then completed medical school and neurology residency at Georgetown University School of Medicine. He and his wife, Christina, a radiologist, have two children, Elizabeth and Peter. Dr. Chaconas is an avid marksman and scuba diver.

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Anita Wu, MD

Neurologist

Anita Wu, MD

Neurologist

Dr. Wu brings extensive experience in all aspects of neurology practice and research to the MMC clinical team. She trained at Stanford University and completed her residency at Cornell. Dr. Wu spent seven years with the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York, where among other responsibilities she was the official neurologist to the New York Mets!

After relocating with her family to Charlotte in 2011, Dr. Wu spent twelve years at Atrium Neurology.

A caregiver herself, Dr. Wu knows the importance of a family-focused approach to care. When she isn’t at work, she spends time reading, exercising, and watching her son compete in swim meets.

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Heather Braucher, NP

Nurse Practitioner

Heather Braucher

Nurse Practitioner

Through her personal experience caring for a family member with dementia, as well as her professional experience working with patients living with chronic and life-limiting illnesses, Heather has developed a passion for individuals living with memory and movement disorders. She joined Memory and Movement Charlotte after being drawn to the practice’s philosophy of time-and-attention. She is committed to improving the quality of life of our patients and families by providing support, education and expert symptom management.

A native of Ohio, Heather earned a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. She also earned a master’s degree from The Ohio State University School of Nursing. She is certified as an Adult Nurse Practitioner and has specialized training as an Advanced Certified Hospice and Palliative Nurse. She has experience in Mental Health, Oncology and Hospice and Palliative Medicine.

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Jessie Colavita Hoskins, PA-C

Physician Assistant

Jessie Colavita Hoskins, PA-C

Physician Assistant

Jessie was drawn to MMC's time and attention model and the opportunity to focus on both patients and caregivers after seeing first-hand the way fear and stress surrounding new and difficult diagnoses impacts families.

A native Charlottean, Jessie has a BA in English from Boston College, a Masters of Medical Science from Wake Forest University School of Medicine and spent years practicing internal medicine. She brings additional training and certifications from Duke as an integrative health coach, and uses this expertise to further support patients and caregivers.

When not at work, she enjoys reading, baking, gardening and spending time with her husband, 3 children and dog.

Swati Patel, NP

Swati Patel, NP

Nurse Practitioner

Swati Patel, NP

Nurse Practitioner

Swati has been a Nurse Practitioner for 15 years. She never expected to find her calling in neurology, but life has a way of coming full circle. While in nursing school in 2003, Swati’s mother had a massive stroke. Swati became her caregiver, and transitioned to a career in Stroke Neurology. She joined Atrium Health’s first stroke team twelve years ago and worked with patients from their arrival in the ER through their recovery at home.

Swati knows firsthand the challenges of caregiving while juggling a family and career, and the opportunity to help other families drew her to MMC.

Born in London, England, she moved to Charlotte as a child and considers herself a true "Charlottean." Swati earned a Bachelors degree in Nursing from UNC-Chapel Hill, and a Masters in Nursing at UNC-Charlotte. She is a Certified Adult Nurse Practitioner, as well as a Stroke Certified Registered Nurse.

She has a 10-year-old son and 8-year-old twins. When she isn’t working or caring for her mother, Swati enjoys traveling, cooking and spending time with her family.

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Johnnie Waataja, PA-C

Physician Assistant

Johnnie Waataja, PA-C

Physician Assistant

Johnnie brings 17 years of experience in various subspecialties of Neurology. She is a strong proponent of education for patients and families, both to understand disease processes and lessen anxiety surrounding a diagnosis. MMC’s multidisciplinary approach to care – and time to get to know each family - drew her to the practice.

Johnnie was raised in the Triad area of North Carolina and graduated from Guilford College and Wake Forest, where she discovered her passion for Neurology. She and her husband have two children, Alli and Cooper, and two fur babies, Lincoln and Riley. She enjoys gardening, hiking, the outdoors, and is learning to play pickleball.

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Robyn Wolkofsky, PA-C

Physician Assistant

Robyn Wolkofsky, PA-C

Physician Assistant

Seeing the need to treat dementia differently – caring for the entire family, breaking down the walls of fear and misunderstanding that surround the disease – inspired Robyn to join the team. So did losing her grandmother to dementia.

A native of Cranford, N.J., she graduated from Penn State University and worked as a registered dietitian before earning a Master of Science degree from the Physician Assistant program at Duke University School of Medicine. She and her husband, Evan, have three children, Brooke, Ryan and Jessica. Cooking, watching her children’s ballgames and game night with friends reenergize her for work. .

Clinical Team

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Lisa Grodi

Registered Nurse

Lisa Grodi

Registered Nurse

An Ohio native, Lisa earned her RN certification From Mercy College of NW Ohio and is a registered Certified Care Manager.

Previously, Lisa worked at Atrium Health as a cardiac nurse and served as the Health and Wellness Manager at The Ivey prior to joining Hospice as a case manager.

Lisa and her husband Lance have 3 children, Vincent, Marissa and Cameron. In her spare time Lisa loves to bike ride, enjoy the beach and spend time with her family.

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Elizabeth Jones

Registered Nurse

Elizabeth Jones

Registered Nurse

Elizabeth loves her patients and is passionate about joining caregivers in their journey.

She holds a BA in Psychology and a Nursing degree from UNC Charlotte, and has experience in pre-operative care, pediatric and school health, family practice, telehealth and in a Covid virtual hospital.

Elizabeth has three children and enjoys time with her family, attending theater events, and spending time by the ocean.

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Heidy Noble, RMA

Clinical Administrator

Heidy Noble

Clinical Administrator

Originally from Tampa, FL, Heidy has always had a passion for helping others. She began her medical career as a Certified Nursing Assistant working with seniors and disabled children. Soon after, she earned her Registered Medical Assistant license to provide clinical and administrative support to physicians.

She learned about Memory and Movement Charlotte from a colleague who worked with Dr. Iyer, and she was drawn to the practice by the time and attention model.

Heidy works closely with Dr. Iyer's team supporting both patients and caregivers, and she helps facilitate the new patient onboarding process.

In her spare time, Heidy enjoys the outdoors and spends quality time with her family and friends.

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Kristen Phillips

Registered Nurse

Kristen Phillips

Registered Nurse

Kristen embraces the opportunity to help seniors navigate their health challenges with wisdom and grace.

She joined Memory & Movement Charlotte after 16 years at Carolinas Healthcare System/Atrium, where she worked as a clinical supervisor and in medical surgery, pre-op and other areas. Having a grandmother who suffered from Alzheimer’s deepens her motivation to help others.

A Charlotte native, she earned her RN certification from Central Piedmont Community College. Away from work, she loves spending time with her children, Taylor and Conner.

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Stephanie Pressley

Registered Nurse

Stephanie Pressley

Registered Nurse

Stephanie became interested in working for Memory & Movement Charlotte after caring for her grandmother through her Alzheimer’s journey. She feels that MMC embodies all the qualities of care she strives to provide for patients.

Stephanie spent six years in critical care nursing and 11 years with the Veterans’ Administration. She also brings experience in progressive, urgent and primary care.

A Charlotte native, Stephanie holds degrees from Presbyterian Hospital School of Nursing, Charleston Southern University and UNC-Charlotte. Outside of work she enjoyes spending time with family and friends, running, hiking, Pilates and travel.

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Christina Ryskiewich

Registered Nurse

Christina Ryskiewich

Registered Nurse

A commitment to the "time and attention" model of medical care drew Christina to Memory & Movement Charlotte. This approach allows Christina to offer unrushed help to patients and families in managing medication and taking care of each other in this phase of life. Chris understands from personal experience the importance of family caregivers.

An Indianapolis native, she graduated with a BS in nursing from Ball State University and previously worked at Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis and in pediatrics at Novant Health Presbyterian Medical Center.

She and her husband Paul have two sons, Daniel and Alexander and a daughter-in-law Caroine, who also works with dementia patients and their families. In her spare time, Chris enjoys yoga, hiking, traveling and cooking.

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Shelly Sedory

Registered Nurse

Shelly Sedory

Registered Nurse

Shelly joined Memory & Movement Charlotte in 2017. She states “It is an honor and blessing to become part of the journey with so many special patients and caregivers. The care shown from one person to another even in the more difficult circumstances is a testament to the beautiful love stories we get to witness every day.”

A Pittsburgh native, Shelly earned her BS in Nursing at La Roche College and a Master of Education in Health Education at Pennsylvania State University. She leads initiatives at MMC for professional and non-professional caregiving education.

She and her husband, Rich, have two children, Sam and Holly, both married. In her free time, she likes to stay active by playing several sports and cheering on her Steelers.

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Meagan Smith

Clinical Administrator

Meagan Smith

Clinical Administrator

Meagan was raised by her grandparents and has always enjoyed working with older adults. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Public Health from UNC Charlotte and is a Certified Nursing Assistant, Medical Technician and Phlebotomist. Meagan is currently in nursing school.

She’s passionate about MMC because of the focus on both patients and their families, the team’s enthusiasm and drive to help others. During her free time, Meagan enjoys road trips and spending time with her grandparents.

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Debbie Wolfson

Registered Nurse

Debbie Wolfson

Registered Nurse

Having experienced her mother’s struggle with dementia, Debbie appreciates the compassion needed to help patients and families. That’s what drew her to Memory & Movement Charlotte.

She earned a BS in Elementary Education from Slippery Rock University and an RN degree from Mercy Hospital School of Nursing in her native Pittsburgh. She has previous experience as a nurse in Cardiac Care ICU.

Debbie and her husband Ken have two children, twins Maya and Nicholas, and another set of twins – pooches Oscar and Ali. She does pilates for fitness and loves those Pittsburgh Steelers.

Family Care Navigators

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Katie Cooper, MSW

Family Care Navigator

Katie Cooper, MSW

Family Care Navigator

Katie recently completed her Master's in Social Work from NC State University. She joined Memory & Movement Charlotte in August 2021 as a Program Coordinator, focused primarily on Caregiver Resources. Katie works closely with our Advanced Practice Providers, Robyn and Heather, supporting our Care Plan appointments and coordinating our growing Caregiver Support groups.

Additionally, Katie is a facilitator for UNC Charlotte's Caregiver TLC research study, developed in collaboration with Stanford University.

For more information on the TLC program, email Katie at kcooper@mmclt.org.

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Bianca Graham-Bruce, MSH

Family Care Navigator

Bianca Graham-Bruce, MSH

Family Care Navigator

Bianca is originally from Charlotte, but spent 2.5 years in McLean, VA serving as both a Geriatric Care Manager and volunteer Unit Leader for Northern VA unit of Aging Life Care Association. Over the last 10 years Bianca has worked various roles in aging services, health and social care settings.

Bianca has a Master of Science in Health specializing in Geriatric Management and a Bachelor of Science in Public Health. She plans to sit for the Certified Care Manager exam this year.

Bianca is married and loves to spend free time either on hiking trails or trying out new recipes.

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Courtney Peterson, MSW

Family Care Navigator

Courtney Peterson, MSW

Family Care Navigator

Originally from Winston-Salem, NC, Courtney has lived in Charlotte since 2008. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from Meredith College in 2006 and a Master of Social Work (MSW) from The University of North Carolina at Charlotte in 2010. A natural people person, Courtney was drawn to the time and attention model of Memory & Movement Charlotte and is passionate about helping patients and their caregivers. In her free time, Courtney enjoys reading, painting, and spending time with her husband and daughter.

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Lise Turner, RN, MSN

Family Care Navigator

Lise Turner, RN, MSN

Family Care Navigator

Lise has been a nurse for 47 years, in roles ranging from staff nurse, school nurse and clinical nurse specialist to teaching faculty at UNCC, USC and Mercy School of Nursing. Before joining MMC her last position was as a Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nurse and she still holds certification as a WOCN. Lise was drawn to MMC by our philosophy of care and attention to caregivers. Outside of work she is taking a Master Gardener course and enjoys the outdoors, reading, and spending time with family and friends.

Administrative Team

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Janet LeClair

Chief Executive Officer

Janet LeClair

CEO

Her mother’s Alzheimer’s diagnosis and a 7-year journey as her primary caregiver led Janet from a successful banking and business career to the not-for-profit world of dementia care. After serving on the board of The Ivey and then as COO for over 6 years, Janet assumed the Executive Director role at Memory & Movement Charlotte in October 2020. A mission to support caregivers and help families combat the impact of memory and movement disorders coupled with a profound respect for Dr. Edwards made this a natural transition and an opportunity to continue to support the greater Charlotte community. In 2023 the board elevated Janet's role to CEO.

A native of New Jersey, Janet earned a bachelor’s degree in Accounting and Marketing from Lehigh University in Bethlehem, PA. Janet spent over 20 years with Wachovia in senior Human Resources and operations roles and served as President of a small Charlotte based HR outsourcing company prior to joining The Ivey.

Janet is a Certified Care Manager and certified in the BCAT (a cognitive screen and assessment tool) program.

Janet and her husband John have four children and two grandchildren. She's served on numerous local boards including the MAgnolia Memory Care, Inc board in Fort Mill, and currently serves on the Mint Museum of Art collections board.

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Melanie Baron

Engagement, Marketing and Development Director

Melanie Baron

Community Engagement, Marketing and Development Director

Since 1991, Melanie has been telling stories through words, pictures and 3-dimensional environments in museums, libraries and places for informal learning. She moved to Charlotte in 2005 to be part of the team that opened ImaginOn: The Joe & Joan Martin Center, and comes to MMC from the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library Foundation, where she handled marketing and communications for the fundraising arm of the public library.

Together with her mother and sister, Melanie was a caregiver for her father during his journey with Alzheimer’s disease and saw firsthand the need for comprehensive education and support for both patients and caregivers. It is her privilege to share the impact of MMC’s time and attention approach, and to play even a tiny role in making this type of care possible.

A native of Rhode Island, Melanie holds a BA from Tufts University, and a MEd from Bank Street College of Education in New York City. She and her husband have a teenage daughter who keeps them both driving in circles in their spare time.

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Brigid Blocker

Patient Experience Coordinator

Brigid Blocker

Patient Experience Coordinator

Brigid spent some time at Elon University studying English Literature and Spanish. She plans to continue her studies and is considering rehabilitative care. One thing you can always count on her for is a friendly smile and a sense of humor. Brigid is a NC native, and has lived with her family in Charlotte for 10 years. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, cuddling with the family dog, and singing at the top of her lungs.

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Kerri Connell

Medical Billing Specialist

Kerri Connell

Medical Billing Specialist

Kerri is originally from Cranford, New Jersey and moved to North Carolina in 2017. She’s been working in the medical field since 2009 – first in urology, then optometry and now neurology.

Kerri’s large family came together to care for her grandfather when he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, and she loves MMC’s commitment to support for both patients and caregivers.

In her spare time, Kerri enjoys reading, sewing, and fostering dogs.

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Marietta Flores

Patient Experience Coordinator

Marietta Flores

Patient Experience Coordinator

Marietta is a graduate of UNCC, where she earned a BS in Biology with a minor in Chemistry in 2023. While a student, she served on the board of the American Medical Women’s Association, and plans to return to school one day to pursue a degree in medicine. She was drawn to MMC's focus on the patient experience and comfort. In her free time she enjoys pickleball, running and indoor rock climbing.

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Dede Heath

Accounting & Business Administrator

Dede Heath

Accounting and Business Administrator

Dede loves helping people and letting them know that Memory and Movement Charlotte is here to help.

An Air Force “brat” who grew up all over, she graduated from Virginia Tech with a BA in Communications and Spanish.

She and her husband Shawn have three sons, Luke, Dean and Pete. She enjoys spending as much time as she can with her family, which includes taking Finn the family dog on walks.

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Frances Skenteris

Patient Services Specialist

Frances Skenteris

Patient Services Specialist

Frances recently received her Bachelor’s in Health Systems Management with a double minor in Gerontology and Public Health. She is passionate about MMC because of the emphasis on both patients and their families. Frances greets and welcomes patients and families, making them feel welcome and comfortable. During her free time, she enjoys traveling and spending time with family and friends.