Center Director Dr. Gayatri Devi has focused her entire career on emphasizing brain health and quality of life in neurologic disease.
A peer-chosen Super Doctor®, placing her in the top 5% of New York City neurologists, Dr. Devi has distinguished herself on myriad levels. She is the only physician in the United States who is board-certified in Neurology, Pain Medicine, Psychiatry, Brain Injury Medicine and Behavioral Neurology, allowing for a comprehensive approach to brain illness.
Dr. Devi became Director of the Long Island Alzheimer’s Disease Assistance Center at the age of 28, after seven years of post-graduate residency training in Neurology, Psychiatry, and Behavioral Neurology at Downstate and Columbia University. She continues to hold her neurology residency record for performance in national examinations.
Published more than 50 times in peer-reviewed journals, Dr. Devi is an Attending Physician at Lenox Hill Hospital and Clinical Professor of Neurology at Downstate Medical Center. She is the 2017 Lila Wallis Distinguished Visiting Professor in Women’s Health at Weill Cornell Medical College. A frequent presenter at national and international medical conferences, her current research focus is on neuromodulation to treat Alzheimer’s disease and other cognitive disorders.
Dr. Devi established the New York Memory and Healthy Aging Services in 1999, serving until 2015 as Clinical Associate Professor of Neurology and Psychiatry at New York University School of Medicine. Key prior roles include Assistant Professor in the Department of Neurology at Columbia University; Clinical Core Co-director of the Taub Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center at Columbia University; and President of the American Medical Women’s Association.
Offering insight on memory disorders with the BBC, NPR, CBS, Reuters, The Wall Street Journal and TIME, Dr. Devi has authored seminal books about memory and brain health. These include “Estrogen, Memory and Menopause” (Alphasigma Press; 2000), “What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Alzheimer’s Disease” (Time Warner Books; 2004), and “A Calm Brain” (Penguin Books; 2012). Her fourth book, “Spectrum of Hope: Alzheimer’s Disease” (Workman, NY) is due out in the fall of 2017.
A proud member of the NYC Parks Enforcement Patrol Mounted Auxiliary Unit, Dr. Devi serves as neurologic consultant to the New York State Committee for Physician Health and the National Football League Players Association. She is president of the not-for-profit National Council on Women’s Health, dedicated to promoting health for underserved girls.
Dr. Devi has lived and worked in New York City for the last thirty years. She received her MD from Grace University and her MS from Columbia University. She was born and raised in India, the daughter, granddaughter, and great-granddaughter of physicians. She is honored to continue a tradition of caring that began 140 years ago and is grateful to her patients and their families for making this possible.
Anne Schaefer, RN, our office nurse practised nursing in Grand Rapids, Michigan before moving to NYC. Anne has a long and distinguished career in nursing characterized by her dedication, her kindness and her gentle touch.
Angie Santiago is our certified medical assistant, and has nine years of experience in the field. Prior to working with us, Angie worked for the NY Presbyterian Hospital System. Angie hails from the Yankee borough, and loves reading, mystery novels and yoga.
Barbara Gandler is our receptionist and makes appointments and keeps our office running smoothly. The daughter, sister and wife of physicians, Barbara is steeped in medicine and exudes warmth and caring.
Ida Kiss has been our EEG technologist for a decade. Ida works at Lenox Hill Hospital in this capacity as well.
Casey Linnane, MS Ed is a New York State certified school psychologist, graduating with an MS from Long Island University. She has received extensive additional training at New York Memory in cognitive rehabilitation. Casey performs neurocognitive studies and devises tailored cognitive exercises for individual patients to help maintain and improve brain function. She brings enthusiasm, encouragement and a great degree of expertise to her work. Casey is a native New Yorker and hails from the great borough of Brooklyn.
Abby Agnew, M.S. completed her undergraduate studies in Psychology at Seton Hall University and her graduate degree in Educational Psychology at Columbia University, concentrating in cognition and learning. Abby works with a wide range of patients, from children to seniors, with cognitive impairments such as attention deficits, memory loss, processing speed and language skills due to Alzheimer’s Disease, brain injury and dementia.
Leslie Hannah, RN, covers as nurse when needed. She has been a nurse in the cardiothoracic surgical step down unit and CCU at New York Presbyterian Hospital- Cornell Medical Center since 2003. She has received several awards for excellence in nursing, which is no surprise as Leslie brings her special brand of kindness, diligence and expertise to all of her work.
Christine Sperry, B.A. is our part-time bookkeeper and personnel manager, keeping us all in line. Christine has excellent right and left brain skills: In addition to her proficiency with book keeping, she lends her soprano talents to various professional and church choirs, and teaches voice.
Lola was certified with Bide-a-wee and The Delta Society Pet Partners, where she completed therapy courses and service dog training. She has appeared on CBS News and was the lead feature in the Wall Street Journal in an article on dogs in doctors’ offices. Perhaps because she has been a New Yorker for nearly all of her life, Lola brings a certain je ne sais quoi attitude to her work and is much adored by all.
Huckleberry “Huck” Finn hails from North Carolina and arrived at New York Memory via the Union Square Adoptapalooza. Huck is a big hit with both staff and patients. In addition to his furry good looks, Huck sports a heart tattoo on his tongue that he came by naturally, being part-Chow Chow. He has an ebullient personality which has, on occasion, been somewhat irritating to the more reserved and regal Lola.