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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. 
Harpreet Kaur
Director of Operations

Biography

Harpreet is our Director of Operations who works hard to make sure our staff and patients are happy and that the office runs efficiently. She has great communication and organizational skills and plays an integral role in every aspect of the office. She handles the staff scheduling, payroll, billing, and communication with insurance companies. Harpreet is also a friendly face at our front desk and aids in the check-in, scheduling, and general administrative process.

Harpreet is dedicated to ensuring our patient’s have a great experience at NeuroGrow. Harpreet attended George Mason University and earned her Bachelors in Health Administration. She is planning on furthering her education and obtaining a Master’s in Business and Information Technology.

When she is not in the office, Harpreet enjoys traveling.

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 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
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. 

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. 

Molly Chinoy
Brain Coach

Biography

Molly attended the Honors College at the University of Maryland, College Park, and graduated cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in psychology. She is planning to attend graduate school to earn her master’s degree in social work. She is interested in becoming a mental health counselor and helping those who struggle with anxiety and depression.
 
In her free time, Molly enjoys hiking, meditating, asking to pet other people’s dogs, watching Law & Order: SVU, and eating French fries.
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. 

Megan Kirkpatrick
EEG Technician

Biography

Megan is our newest EEG Technician and loves working here at NeuroGrow.

Megan graduated from Fairfield University with a dual Bachelor’s of Science in Biology and Psychology. During her undergraduate career, she worked in numerous labs, exploring varied interests ranging from an international comparison of the effects of alcohol on human behavior to how the administration of intranasal oxytocin impacts social behavior in an animal model of Autism Spectrum Disorder. Megan is currently a graduate student at The George Washington University to obtain her Master’s degree in Forensic Psychology. She hopes to continue pursuing her passion for Psychology and Neuroscience and obtain a doctoral degree in this field.

In her free time, Megan enjoys traveling, hiking, trying new restaurants, and spending time with friends.

Delia Miranda
Clinical Administrator & Cognitive Testing Technician

Biography

Delia greets our patients with a welcoming smile and has great organization and communication skills. At Neurogrow, she is responsible for verifying insurances, scheduling appointments, and answering phone calls, all while ensuring every task is completed in a professional and timely manner. She also serves as a technician to administer the neurocognitive evaluation for our patients.
 
Delia has her Bachelor of Art degree in Psychology with a minor in Spanish from University of Maryland – Baltimore County and is working on a certification in Psychology of the Workplace. She plans to advance her education in the field by receiving her Masters in Industrial/Organizational Psychology. She is interested in improving the well-being and performance of an organization and its employees. 
 
In her free time, Delia enjoys trying out DIY projects, watching new shows on Netflix, reading novels, and traveling to new places. 
Jackie Smelser
Clinical Administrator

Biography

Jackie is our new EEG technician who also has a background in psychology and anthropology. 

She received her BA in Psychology in 2012 and her MA in Anthropology in 2018, both from George Mason University. Her concentration in graduate school was on medical and psychological anthropology. Her thesis focused on depression and its relationship with the material environment. Jackie is fascinated by how the brain can change through lifestyle modifications, neurofeedback, and brain training. 

In her free time, Jackie likes to drink coffee, watch movies, listen to podcasts, and read! 

 
Iris Alvarenga
Clinical Administrator

Biography

Iris helps with setting up appointments, verifying insurance plans, and answering questions or concerns patients may have. With extensive customer service experience, Iris is dedicated to making sure our patients are treated warmly from the moment they walk through our doors. Iris is also bilingual in Spanish.

Iris is currently pursuing her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and plans on pursing a doctorate degree in childhood clinical psychology.

In her free time, Iris enjoys reading, playing with her dog, and watching dramas. 

Yumna Khan
Clinical Administrator

Biography

Yumna helps with patient checkout, 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.

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.

Dr. Majid Fotuhi NeuroGrow Brain Fitness Center

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