SBL Neuro Services
Dr. Emilio Nardone is a surgical neuro-oncologic specialist with extensive experience in brain and spine tumors, as well as minimally invasive and complex spine surgery. He is fellowship trained in surgical neuro-oncology at MD Anderson Cancer Center, and has mastered and refined the application of minimally invasive techniques to spine surgery. Key hole-outpatient surgeries are routinely and successfully performed.
Dr. Fatima Alao is a medical doctor who has trained in the diagnosis and treatment of nervous system disorders, including diseases of the brain, spinal cord, nerves and muscles. Neurologists performof the nerves of the head and neck; muscle strength and movement; balance, ambulation, and reflexes; and sensation, memory, speech, language, and other cognitive abilities. She is Board Certified in Psychiatry and Neurology, with a Fellowship in Neurophysiology/Epilepsy from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Montefiore Medical Center, Bronx, NY.
Derek Phillips, Psy.D. recently joined the medical staff at Sarah Bush Lincoln as a Clinical and uniquely adds a new dimension to the neurology team. “A neuropsychologist is someone who evaluates, diagnoses and treats any neurological condition that affects behavior or thinking skills,” Phillips explained. “There are several neurological conditions that fall under that category such as dementia, traumatic brain injury, epilepsy, ADHD and stroke.” Phillips measures skills such as attention, memory, language, and problem- solving skills to get an overall picture of an individual’s cognitive function and determines what parts of the brain might be linked to certain problems. With this information, he can diagnose a disorder and provide targeted treatment to help that person recover or cope. He works in partnership with Neurologists Fatima Alao, MD, Anthony Collins, MD, and Nurse Practitioner Jill Thompson, APN, at Family Medical Center, Suite 3, in Mattoon.
Jill Thompson, APN, works along side Dr. Alao.
Dr. Anthony F. Collins is also a medical doctor and graduated from the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine in 1992. He works is affiliated with Decatur Memorial Hospital, Saint Marys Hospital and Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center.