Epilepsy Institute of North Carolina

We are committed to providing highly individualized medical, social, psychological and educational services to our patients with epilepsy and other neurological disorders.

"THE BRAIN IS WHERE YOU LOVE"

Founded in 1991 by our current Director, J. Christine Dean, MD, and the late J. Kiffin Penry, MD, the institute’s approach to epilepsy is unique. The Epilepsy Institute of North Carolina (EIofNC) utilizes interdisciplinary efforts with a team of professionals providing optimum services to more the 10,000 patients from all parts of the United States and other countries. We provide service to all ages, including children and senior adults. Services provided to our patients include diagnosis, treatment, long-term care, education, and pharmacy assistance programs. Medical and psychological services are now available. Specialized services include investigational drug research, vagus nerve stimulator therapy, neuro-psychological testing and services, EEG services, and social services consultations.

STAFF

EPILEPSY AND BEHAVIOR HELP

DR. J. CHRISTINE DEAN
MD
Dr. Dean is the co-founder and current Director of Epilepsy Institute of North Carolina since 1991. She completed an MS degree in biochemistry at the University of Pittsburgh before attending medical school, and completed neurology residency at Bowman Gray School of Medicine and University of New Mexico. She has a four-year fellowship in epilepsy at Bowman Gray School of Medicine and has enjoyed helping patients over 20 years through the unique blend of studying brain mechanisms through behavioral health sciences and neurological sciences at Epilepsy Institute, which she has fostered and encouraged in the community of Winston-Salem. She has been recognized for contributions to her field locally and is a member of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, the Academy of Neurology, as well as the American Medical Association and the North Carolina Medical Society. She has a strong commitment to care of the developmentally delayed, children and adults with epilepsy, new onset epilepsy, and long-term care of patients with epilepsy, as well as understanding brain mechanisms in these types of patients.
JAMES LEWIS
MD
Dr. Lewis graduated from the University of Florida and completed his post-graduate residency in neurology at Stanford University and the University of New Mexico. He joined the Epilepsy Institute in 2006 as a neurologist who specializes in learning and behavior problems in children, as well as epilepsy and headaches for all age groups. One of the more unique experiences Dr. Lewis has had in his career was recognizing a previously undescribed hereditary disease and finding the genetic cause. Dr. Lewis is a member of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and the American Board of Clinical Neurophysiology.
DAVID BRUCE
MSW, LCSW, JD
David brings a wide range of experience to his work with more than a decade of psychometric testing and other involvements at the Epilepsy Institute. As a Masters Level Licensed Clinical Social Worker, he provides therapeutic counseling, as well. Formerly a practicing attorney, he is knowledgeable concerning legal implications of various circumstances that can occur in these endeavors. In addition, he has written successful grant requests and obtained media publicity for the Institute. He also acts as a language interpreter to those Spanish-speaking clients who require it.
REBECCA RUGH-WEBB
School Psychologist, LPA
Rebecca has practiced as a school psychologist for nine years, eight of which were for Winston Salem Forsyth County Schools. She served seven schools over that time ranging from elementary to high school. Rebecca specializes in the differentiation of autism from emotional and behavioral concerns. Rebecca is passionate about nutrition and mental health. Currently she is pursuing additional training in herbal medicine.
MELANIE C. TODD
Melanie is a psychometrist and WILSON Language Teacher, graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from High Point University in High Point, NC. Melanie began working at Thomasville Primary School in 2000, where she collaborated with a speech teacher to develop a cognitive computer lab using Great Leaps Reading Instruction and Earobics Auditory Computer Program for Pre-K and Kindergarten students who were at risk. She tutored 2nd and 3rd grade students using Great Leaps Reading to improve their reading fluency. When a teaching position was available at The Piedmont School in 2004, she used Wilson Language to teach reading to children with dyslexia. She joined the Epilepsy Institute in 2006 to administer psychological testing and in 2007, began her certification in Wilson Language tutoring. Currently, she tutors in the afternoon using Wilson Language for grades 3 and up and The Fundations Program for K-2nd grade children. Melanie’s encouraging and engaging interaction with students makes her a favorite with kids who need additional assistance to excel in their school work.
DEBBIE GOUGH
Debbie started working at the Epilepsy Institute in 2011. She assists in coordinating patient surgeries for Intrathecal Baclofen Pumps as well as communicating with parents, guardians, and nursing staff. She graduated from UNCG with degrees in Business and Economics and has experience with working in various administrative positions.
WENDY H. CROW
Wendy graduated from Brookstone College in 2010 with a Diploma in medical office administration. She did an internship here at The Epilepsy Institute and then joined the staff to work at our front desk where she answers the phone, checks in patients, and schedules appointments.
NAOMI GINGERICH
Naomi joined the staff at the Epilepsy Institute in 2009. She works as a medical transcriptionist for Dr. Dean and Dr. Lewis, while also assisting in facilitating schedules and updating charts for their weekly visits to outlying clinics. her past experience includes working for ten years with international non-profit organizations as a project and event coordinator, hosting delegates from around the world, organizing training events, and leading teams to do humanitarian projects in Central and South America. She is the Vice President of the The Reckoning International, a non-profit with microbusiness enterprises in developing nations such as Kenya and Uganda. She is also a student, pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in English. She lives in Lewisville with her husband and their three children, and a Golden Retriever named Miles Davis.
PATRICIA T. GREENE
REEGT
Pat is an ABRET registered EEG Technologist with 37 years experience in EEG. She spent most of those years at a major medical center and has now joined the staff at EINC. She is a native of Winston-Salem and has two grown children, in addition to three grandchildren.
KATHY SUE GERY
RN
Kathy graduated with an Associates Degree in Registered Nursing from Surry Community College in 1978. Since then, she has practiced at Forsyth Medical Center and at a long-term care facility. She has served as a volunteer at the Epilepsy Institute for the past 13 years in areas where she is needed, such as filling out drug assistance forms, helping with the application process for vagal nerve stimulator surgery, and assisting with chart reviews.
DOROTHY JOANN COACH
CMA, AAMA
Joann went back to school for her degree after the furniture company she worked with for 23 years closed its doors due to foreign competition. After receiving an Associates Degree in Medical Assisting, including transcription and coding, she joined the Epilepsy Institute in 2006 to work with neurologists, Dr. Dean and Dr. Lewis. She performs a variety of duties such as checking in patients, handling referrals, processing medication approvals, scheduling radiology tests, and helping with management of the front office.
CINDY ALLEN
RN
Cindy is our Epilepsy Nurse who has been with us for 13 years. She has experience in long term care and rehab nursing. Cindy works with Dr. Dean, seeing patients in the office and traveling to group homes weekly to assist with care of the develop-mentally delayed children and adults with Epilepsy. She follows up with patients for any questions or problems related to the condition or medications. Her competent oversight keeps this department with its busy clinic schedule running smoothly.
SABRINA MIXON PENN
Sabrina received her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration Management at West Virginia State University, Institute, WV, in 1979. Sabrina joined the staff at the Epilepsy Institute in 2005 as a Behavioral Health Coordinator. She works with our psychologists, psychometrists, therapists, doctors, and new patients to create a seamless interface with scheduling appointments, and working with new referrals. She also corresponds with medical offices, community support case managers, and parents/guardians. Her professional and thorough manner facilitates the smooth operations of this active department. Her past experiences include a role as Client Representative for Centerpoint Human Services, a UNCG Assistant Manager position with Student Health Services, and a Claims Examiner for Mortgage Life Claims at Integon Insurance. Sabrina is the President of the North Carolina Alumni Association for West Virginia State University.
SARAH VAVRECK
LPCA, Professional School Counselor
Sarah has been working in the mental health field for the past six years. She uses a combination cognitive behavioral therapy and person centered counseling with children and adults of all ages. Sarah attended Wake Forest University and graduated in 2012 with a Masters in Counseling. She attended Elon University and received her BA in Human Services Studies and African/African American studies in psychology. Sarah offers therapy and specializes in trauma, anger management, grief and loss, marriage and family counseling as well as play therapy.
JULIE LINDER
LPC, EdDCP, NCC, Behavioral Health Director
Julie brings a unique range of mental health experience having served and retired from the military. She has treated a variety of clients including children, adolescents, and adults. Julie specializes in the treatment of military families, trauma, behavioral management, and ADHD.
MARSHA WEBB
MS/EdS, NCC, LPC, LCAS,
Marsha received her Master of Science and Educational Specialist degrees in Community Counseling/Marriage and Family Counseling in 1996 from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Marsha began her graduate work at Family Services of High Point, NC, where she provided cognitive behavioral counseling therapy for children, adolescents, families and adults, and received specific training in play therapy and sandtray therapy. She completed her training at Centerpoint Human Services in Winston-Salem, NC, in 1998, where she provided cognitive behavioral therapy and play therapy to children and all other ages of clients. While there, she also received specific training in mental health crisis triage on the Trauma Team and psychological and behavioral health assessment on the Assessment and Referral Team. She also provided intensive group therapy to substance abusing adolescents and their families under the MAJORS program. Additionally, she has trained extensively in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy and Dialectal Behavioral Therapy (DBT), which are useful therapies for resolving trauma and long-standing, dysfunctional responses to stress. She has trained in the combination of EMDR, play therapy and sandtray therapy. She also worked as a counselor for sexually aggressive youth at WFU Baptist Health Second Beginnings program. In 2004, while at Centerpoint, she served as a Care Coordinator and Guardian Representative for residents of Forsyth, Stokes, and Davie Counties. She joined the Epilepsy Institute in 2005, where she provides psychotherapy, play therapy, and expressive arts therapy. Additionally, she provides psychological/educational/behavioral health assessments for children, adolescents and adults who struggle with behavioral or learning issues. Her counseling approach is based on cognitive behavioral therapies from a client-centered perspective. The basis of her play therapy and sandtray therapy is taken form the psychology and world-view of the influential Swiss psychologist and student of Freud, Carl Jung.

Services

Services provided include diagnosis, treatment, long-term care, education, and pharmacy assistance programs. Medical and psychological services are now available. Specialized services include investigational drug research, vagus nerve stimulator therapy, neuro-psychological testing and services, EEG services, and social services consultations.

SERVICES
diagnosis, treatment, long-term care, education, and pharmacy assistance programs.
SPECIALIZED SERVICES
investigational drug research, vagus nerve stimulator therapy, neuro-psychological testing and services, EEG services, and social services consultations.
DYSLEXIA SERVICES
The screening service provides answers for parents with children at risk for Dyslexia. This service will also help if you have concerns about your child’s success in Reading, Spelling and Written Language. After testing, a report will be provided to inform you about your child’s strengths and challenges in Reading, Spelling, and Written Language. You can share this with your child’s teacher so they will understand specifically what your child needs to be a successful student. It will also be a guide for parents so they can help their child. You will also receive a resource packet which contains tools to help you understand how your child learns. There are strategies for reading, homework, Dyslexia resources, tutoring, therapy and more. Your child deserves to have the confidence and motivation to be a successful student.

SCREENING DYSLEXIA

The screening service provides answers for parents with children at risk for Dyslexia. This service will also help if you have concerns about your child’s success in Reading, Spelling and Written Language. After testing, a report will be provided to inform you about your child’s strengths and challenges in Reading, Spelling, and Written Language. You can share this with your child’s teacher so they will understand specifically what your child needs to be a successful student. It will also be a guide for parents so they can help their child. You will also receive a resource packet which contains tools to help you understand how your child learns. There are strategies for reading, homework, Dyslexia resources, tutoring, therapy and more. Your child deserves to have the confidence and motivation to be a successful student.

Contact

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1311 Westbrook Plaza Blvd. Winston-Salem, NC 27103

info@eiofnc.org
1-336-659-8202