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Meet our team of highly compassionate professionals

 

Bita Fotuhi
Chief Operating Officer

Biography

Bita oversees all business and operational aspects of our practice. She ensures that all of our patients and staff are fully satisfied with their experiences at NeuroGrow. She handles the human resource aspects, staff scheduling, billing, technology matters, and communication with insurance companies. She serves as an advocate for our patients, and promptly addresses any concerns they may have. 
 
Bita has had a great deal of leadership experience in the field of technology and healthcare. She earned her engineering degree from Concordia University in 1999 and pursued a career as a computer engineer at Ericsson. She then joined Lockheed Martin corporation and was involved in their contract with Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services, including the modernization of their on-line Affordable Care Act. Prior to joining NeuroGrow, Bita served as the practice manager for the Neurology Institute for Brain Health and Fitness where she was in charge of technology, HR, and the business aspects of that operation. 
 
In her spare time, Bita enjoys spending time with her two young daughters (Nora & Maya) and her husband (Dr. Fotuhi), dancing tango, fitness training, and traveling. 
Yumna Khan
Practice Manager

Biography

Yumna helps with scheduling appointments, billing, and addressing patient concerns. She is incredibly thoughtful and considerate; she makes sure that patients are fully satisfied with the services they receive at our brain center.

Yumna graduated from Shenandoah University with Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Physiology and a minor in Biology, and plans on pursing a Doctoral degree in Occupational Therapy with a concentration in Pediatrics. In her junior year she helped conduct a study which demonstrated the different impacts that fitness can have on the brain with alternative music choices. She also worked with her school soccer team and conducted exercise testing as part of her curriculum.

In her free time, Yumna enjoys traveling, dancing, going to the gym, listening to music, and learning about different cultures. She is also fluent in four languages and plans to continue learning more.

Pritty Dwivedy
Brain Coach & Research Coordinator

Biography

Pritty attended George Mason University and recently graduated Magna Cum Laude with a bachelor’s degree in neuroscience. During her time at Mason, she was a research assistant in the Human Factors and Applied Cognition Psychology Arch Lab and worked to examine the effect of transcranial direct current stimulation on the brain while multitasking. She also conducted research studying the relationship between memory and metabolism in tardigrades in the Physiological and Behavioral Neuroscience in Juveniles Lab. Pritty worked as the Marketing Coordinator for the Well-Being Team at GMU to raise awareness for the benefits of well-being and mindfulness across campus. She has tutored elementary school children with learning disabilities for the past decade in all school subjects and has done extensive volunteering at Jill’s House, a non-profit organization for children with mental and physical disabilities. Pritty plans to attend medical school in the near future and is deeply passionate about working closely with others to help improve not only their lives but also her own. Pritty works closely with Dr. Fotuhi on the research projects at our brain center. She is a co-author for the manuscript that was recently submitted to Brain Injury.

In her spare time, Pritty loves being outdoors, playing games, learning about health and fitness, watching films, and trying great vegetarian recipes. 

Anna Gangsaas
Lead EEG Technician

Biography

Anna is our driven and energetic Lead EEG technician. 

Anna earned her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia. In her junior and senior years, she participated in undergraduate research studies and presented the research with her team at the Society for Neuroscience 2015 conference in Chicago. She is planning to continue her education with a Master’s or Doctoral degree in Psychology and Neuroscience.

Anna enjoys spending her time watching movies, reading, trying out new restaurants, and traveling. She is an avid wine enthusiast, puzzle master, and has a knack for finding four leaf clovers.

Emily Scott
Lead Brain Coach

Biography

Emily earned her Bachelor’s of Science degree in Psychology from public honors college at St. Mary’s College of Maryland. She worked previously as an assistant teacher helping children with emotional and behavioral disabilities. Outside of school and work, she played volleyball during her college career and has helped coach a volleyball team for young girls. 

Emily is incredibly kind and compassionate. She feels passionate about helping our patients realize their full potential and enjoys assisting them along their journey to become more confident in their cognitive abilities. 

In her free time, Emily likes to spend time with her family and friends, cook and watch Netflix. 

Anna Zwirn
Brain Coach

Biography

Anna is a bright, compassionate, and motivated Brain Coach who loves neuroscience and the clinical application of neuroplasticity.
 
Anna attended Franklin and Marshall College and graduated with a bachelor’s in psychology and is currently receiving her masters in forensic psychology from George Washington University. During her studies at F&M, she worked on four research projects which included a project on student sense of belonging and academic achievement. Outside of her formal education, Anna has interned for a forensic psychologist where she compiled case data for sexually and domestically abused children into a court-ordered report. 
 
Anna’s passion for understanding human behavior drew her to be apart of our team. She encourages each of her patients to work hard toward improving their cognitive abilities and reach their full potential.
 
In her free time, Anna enjoys mindful meditation, weightlifting, creative writing, and spending time with her dog, Harley. 
Christine Reha
Brain Coach & EEG Technician

Biography

Christine graduated Magna Cum Laude with bachelor’s degree in psychology and neuroscience from George Mason University. At Mason, she was a research assistant in the Clinical Psychology Department’s Impulse lab. As a member of this lab, she helped conduct studies on binge eating, purging and alcohol abuse. Her research focused on both neuronal and psychological traits that influence these behaviors.

Christine also holds certifications as a personal trainer from NASM with emphasis on Women’s Fitness and Weight Loss. She enjoys being a part of the research team at our brain center and plans to pursue a PhD in Psychology.

In her spare time, Christine likes to travel, participate in outdoor activities, and go to concerts.

Faith Ferber
Brain Coach

Biography

Faith loves being a Brain Coach because it allows her her to pursue her passion for helping others. 

Faith is a recent graduate of American University where she graduated Cum Laude with degrees in Psychology and Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. She plans to continue her education by obtaining a Master’s degree in Social Work.

In her free time, Faith volunteers for a crisis hotline and an organization working to end sexual violence on college campuses. She can also be found trying to pet as many dogs as possible.

Hailey Watson
Brain Coach

Biography

Hailey earned her bachelor’s of Science degree in Community, Family, and Addiction Sciences from Texas Tech University. As a part of her undergraduate degree, Hailey completed her practicum at a private non-profit counseling agency where she assisted in providing accessible counseling services to those in recovery from addiction. She plans to continue her education and obtain a Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy so that she can continue to help others nurture their own personal development and well-being. She loves mindful meditation.

In her free time, Hailey enjoys challenging herself through weightlifting, snowboarding and hiking. But, also makes the time to unwind through meditation and by spending time with her two dogs.

Haley Gaetani
Brain Coach

Biography

Haley graduated from Longwood University with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Psychology. Previously, she worked as an Intensive In-Home Clinician for a mental health agency working with families and children at risk of being removed from their homes. She is currently enrolled in a Master’s program at Capella University for Clinical Mental Health Counseling and plans to be licensed as an LPC. As a Brain Coach, she enjoys encouraging our patients to improve their sleep, fitness, diet, stress levels, and memory/attention abilities.

In her free time, Haley enjoys spending time with her family and friends, playing with her dog Paisley, cooking, being outdoors, and going to the gym.

Megan Magalhaes
Brain Coach & EEG Technician

Biography

Megan graduated from the University of Virginia with a bachelor’s degree in psychology and is now pursuing her master’s degree in forensic psychology at George Washington University. While at UVA, she volunteered as a research assistant with the Sexual Assault and the Law Project which analyzed the experiences and legal outcomes of women who became pregnant from sexual assault. During her fourth year, she interned with the Offender Aid & Restoration Drug Court office in Charlottesville, a program providing substance abuse treatment for non-violent drug offenders with the goal of helping them reach sobriety with treatment rather than jail time. In the future, Megan hopes to pursue her doctorate in clinical psychology and become a mental health and substance abuse counselor.

During her free time, Megan enjoys exercising, going to concerts, baking, and cuddling with her cat named Kitty. 

Courtney Wilson
EEG Technician

Biography

Courtney is our enthusiastic EEG Technician who enjoys getting to know our patients, as well as seeing them improve throughout their neurofeedback program.

Courtney received her Bachelor of Science in Psychology and her Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology from Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado. In her senior year she conducted multiple independent research studies which included research on pain thresholds. It is through her course work and her research that she discovered her passion for Cognitive Neuroscience. She is planning to further her education in Cognitive Neuroscience and hopes to achieve a Masters’ degree or a Ph.D. 

In her free time, she enjoys exploring her new home, trying new restaurants, visiting wineries and breweries, hiking and traveling. 

Jessie Wimmer
EEG Technician

Biography

Jessie earned her Bachelor’s degree in psychology at George Mason University. Her interests focus in cognition, mental health, and sleep disorders. Jessie is planning to continue her education with a Master’s degree in Psychology. In her free time, Jessie loves playing video games and drinking lots of coffee.

Qirat Rizvi
EEG Technician

Biography

Qirat earned her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Neuroscience from George Mason University in Fairfax, VA. During her time at GMU she worked as a research assistant in the Krasnow Institute for Advanced Studies working on a project involving mice that had undergone TBI injuries. She also did summer research at the Hotchkiss Brain Institute in Calgary, Alberta where she worked on a project underlying brain development and neural plasticity. In the Hotchkiss lab, she also investigated how various anesthetic agents affect communication between brain cells and inducing cytotoxicity. She has served in GMU’s Model World Health Organization Conference for 3 years and was a member of the Psi Chi National Honors Society for students in Psychology as well as the Students in Neuroscience (SiN) club.

When she is not working, she enjoys spending time with her parents and close friends. She enjoys rock climbing at Earth Treks, swimming, going to the gym, and pleasure reading. She also loves traveling, having been to 11 countries. In 2016 and 2017, She has volunteered at an orphanage in Iraq and which inspired her to go back and help with the humanitarian crisis happening in the Middle East.

Brittany Mirro
Clinical Administrator

Biography

Brittany is a recent graduate from Old Dominion University where she earned her Bachelor of Science in Therapeutic Recreation with a minor in Psychology. She completed her internship at a memory care facility where she pursued her passion in helping others while challenging her patients into improving their cognitive abilities mentally and physically. Brittany plans to continue her education by obtaining her Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy.

In her free time, Brittany enjoys spending time with her family and friends, engaging in outdoor activities, coaching gymnastics and traveling.

Hamayel Safi
Clinical Administrator

Biography

Hamayel is one of our cheerful, bright, and energetic associates who is pursuing her education in bio-psychology and neuroscience at George Mason University. She plans to become a physician as she enjoys making an impact on people’s lives for the better. 
 
Hamayel has had experience in assisting with diagnostic tests for children and helping to create a program for them to succeed at school. She worked with children who had learning disabilities and showed them new ways of learning and memorizing. She played an active role in a tutoring center during her high school where she was a Chief Instructor. She also worked in an Optometry office as an Office Coordinator and Optometric Technician. She managed the front desk, handled any issues patients had, and served as the Optometrist’s right hand. She conducted preliminary testing, taught patients how to handle contacts and glasses, and maintained patient flow.  She also participated in research on patients who had HIV and had difficulty sleeping.  
 
In her free time, she choreographs dances and performs them on stage and at weddings. Her other hobbies include traveling and learning about new cultures and meeting new people, modeling, photography, spending time with her family, and going to family parties.
Richard Shaw
Exercise Physiologist

Biography

Richard started his fitness career 20 years ago in a small boxing gym in Savannah, Georgia and has always had an affinity for sports. He played varsity football, soccer, baseball, and ran track in high school. He also played two years of DIII college football at Maryville College in Tennessee. Richard received both his Bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology and his Master’s in Sport Management from Georgia Southern University. He also played four years on the GSU men’s rugby team and completed his massage therapy program immediately after graduation. He holds certifications from the NSCA, NASM, ACSM, USAW, and is a licensed massage therapist.

Richard is a third year PhD student in the Kinesiology program at George Mason University. His research interests include studying the benefits of strength, conditioning, and nutrition for better brain health and wellness. He lives in Washington, DC with his wife Jeannine and their four-year-old son Connor.

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