Meet Our Team
|Lawrence H. Phillips, M.D. (434) 924-5541 – Neurologist, Director of UVA’s ALS Clinic and Neuromuscular Clinic, principal investigator for various neuromuscular clinical trials.|
|Ted M. Burns, M.D. (434) 924-5541 – Neurologist, Co-director of
UVA’s ALS Clinic and Neuromuscular Clinic, Director of UVA’s EMG Lab,
principal investigator for various neuromuscular clinical trials.
|Ken Cady, MSW, email. Social worker for UVA’s ALS Clinic and for UVA’s Neuroscience Services Center. With special training in support services for those with ALS and their families and other neurological disorders.|
|Debbie Eggleston, RN, MSN (434) 243-5932 email – Coordinator of UVA’s ALS Clinic. Registered Nurse with many years of varied nursing experience including care of persons with neurological disorders.|
|Melissa Fox, PT, DPT (434) 760-4520, email –
physical therapist for UVA’s ALS Clinic since its inception in 1999,
and has participated in extensive continuing education related to ALS;
also works with inpatients at UVA hospital, specializing in
neurological critical care.
|Lara Wilkinson, PT, DPT (434) 760-4528 email - Physical therapist at UVA Hospital and has worked with UVA's ALS clinic since 2010. She has worked with neurological patients in a variety of settings including acute care, outpatient, home health, and rehab. She has completed continuing education specific to ALS and a variety of other neurological disorders.|
|Kendra Sheard, OTR/L, email, (434) 243-1240—Occupational Therapist at UVA’s Transitional Care Hospital and working with UVA’s ALS clinic since 2007. In addition to many years of experience with patients suffering from neurological conditions, she has presented on the role of OT with the ALS patient at both state and national conferences.|
|Alex Kurth, OTR/L – Assistive Technology Specialist - (804)
836 – 1750, ext. 103 email, serves the
DC/MD/VA Chapter of the ALS Association to support individuals with
assistive technology for communication, computer access, and
telecommunications. He covers central, southeastern, and
southwestern parts of Virginia. For more information
regarding our services, please see here, www.alsinfo.org/, select
Patient & Family Services, and select Assistive Technology.
|Kathleen Kelly, MSW – (434)589-4969 email, Clinic Liaison for the ALS Association, DC/MD/VA Chapter, as well as Patient Service Coordinator for Central and Western part of the State of Virginia. Services include, information and referrals, loan closet, home visits, support groups as well as respite care and transportation grants. For further information , www.ALSinfo.org or call 434-589-4969.|
|Renee S. Bricker, M.S. CCC-SLP email – Speech-Language Pathologist for UVA’s ALS Clinic and provides inpatient acute speech services at UVA Medical Center. She has experience in evaluation and treatment of swallowing, speech and language, and communication disorders in adults with neurologic injuries or diseases.|
|Leslie Addington, M.A. CCC-SLP email –
Speech-Language Pathologist, graduated with Masters of Science degree
in Speech and Language Pathology from Indiana University in 2009.
Leslie has been working with adult patients with neurological disorders
and enjoys participating in the ALS Clinic.
|Patricia Wilkinson, RRT email
---Respiratory Therapist for the ALS Clinic. Has been at UVA since 1991
serving in many capacities as a Respiratory Therapist.
|Jean Sheard, Volunteer-- Responsible for the ALS Functional Rating scores, as well as providing snacks for patients and their families. Jean Aids each of the disciplines with any administrative responsibilities and is a general support for the clinicians and each of our patients.|
|Registered Dietitians (RD): Dietitians that are affiliated with the UVA Medicine Nutrition Support Team serves our clinic. These same nutritionists also provide care to patients at the main UVA hospital and in the digestive health clinic. You may find useful nutrition information specifically for those with ALS at our website under patient education materials. As a team of nutritionists work with our ALS team, contact the ALS nurse coordinator, Debbie Eggleston, for the correct contact information of the nutritionist providing coverage.|