Our Providers

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Sanjay S. Iyer, MD

Medical Director, Neurologist

Dr. Iyer is a Movement Disorders Specialist who joined MMC in 2019 after serving as Chairman of Neurology and Director of Movement Disorders at Atrium Health. He was drawn to MMC’s focus on caregiver education and support. He is a proponent of exercise and social interaction as means to slow progression of neurologic conditions.

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Aris E. Chaconas, MD


Dr. Chaconas joined MMC in 2017. Dr. Chaconas combines leading edge neurological diagnostic testing with a highly personalized patient engagement approach.

Anita Wu, MD

Anita Wu, MD


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!

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Robyn Wolkofsky, PA-C

Physician Assistant

Seeing the need to break down the walls of fear and misunderstanding that surround memory and movement disorders inspired Robyn to join MMC from its inception in 2013. Robyn co-led the launch of Take Charge!, MMC's caregiver education and support program.

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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.

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Jessie Colavita Hoskins, PA-C

Physician Assistant

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

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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 is committed to improving the quality of life of our patients and families by providing support, education and expert symptom management.

Swati Patel, NP

Swati Patel

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.