Meet the Team at the Wolk Center for Memory Health

Our leading memory health and dementia care experts are here to provide personalized care using a team-based approach.

Harvard Medical School-Affiliated Dementia Care Specialists

If you’re concerned about memory loss in a loved one, you want to receive care from the very best doctors and specialists in Alzheimer’s and dementia care. The team at the Deanna and Sidney Wolk Center for Memory Health in Boston is focused on listening your concerns and goals, and tailoring a plan for diagnosis and treatment that meets your family’s individual needs.

Our doctors, nurse practitioners, and staff are experienced in working with older adults. Many of our clinicians also hold positions at Hebrew SeniorLife’s Hinda and Arthur Marcus Institute for Aging Research and are involved in clinical trials to discover, test, and prove new treatments.

Our Staff

 

Alvaro Pascual-Leone, M.D., Ph.D.
Medical Director

Alvaro Pascual-Leone, M.D.

Dr. Álvaro Pascual-Leone combines a commitment to scientific inquiry with the compassionate, person-centered care he delivers in his clinical role as medical director of the Wolk Center for Memory Health. He also serves as a senior scientist at Hebrew SeniorLife’s Hinda and Arthur Marcus Institute for Aging Research and a professor of neurology at Harvard Medical School. He has been recognized as one of the “World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds.”  In 2022 research.com, a prominent academic platform for scientists, ranked him #10 in worldwide in neuroscience.

Dr. Pascual-Leone enjoys working at the Wolk Center for Memory Health because he likes helping patients and their families live fulfilling, happy lives, even in the face of memory or other cognitive problems. 

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Maureen Bannan, RN, MA
Executive Director, Home and Community Based Services

Maureen Bannan, RN, MA

Maureen Bannan is executive director of Home and Community Based Services at Hebrew SeniorLife where she is responsible for the operations of community programs, including certified home health, hospice, adult day health, personal assistance, and private care. Maureen also provides executive leadership to the Wolk Center for Memory Health.

Maureen enjoys collaborating between health care service lines to provide all individuals the opportunity to live their best lives by determining where they are served during a particular point in time and distributing care across a health care system rich in diversity of clinical and social services. 

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Heather Andrews
Medical Assistant

Wolk Center Medical Assistant Heather Andrews

Prior to joining the Deanna and Sidney Wolk Center for Memory Health, Heather served as the Life Enrichment Specialist within the memory care unit at Mount Desert Island Hospital's Birch Bay Village and worked as a Research Assistant within the Cognition, Aging, Resiliency, and Enhancement (CARE) Lab and Maine Mood Lab at the University of Maine. Heather presented on mindfulness associations with executive function and well-being in older adults at the 2021 International Neuropsychological Society conference and the National Academy of Neuropsychology conference. 

Heather holds a degree in Psychology from the University of Maine where she graduated summa cum laude with a Faculty Research Award. In addition to her role at the Wolk Center, Heather is a Research Associate at the Hinda and Arthur Marcus Institute for Aging Research and maintains membership in the International Neuropsychological Society and Society for Clinical Neuropsychology. She feels privileged to get to know the patients at the Wolk Center and assist them in their journey toward greater health and well-being, and is incredibly motivated by hearing stories of patients and families finding more peace and joy.

Davide Balos Cappon, M.S, Ph.D.
Clinical Neuropsychologist

David Cappon profile

Davide Balos Cappon, M.S., Ph.D., is clinical neuropsychologist at the Deanna and Sidney Wolk Center for Memory Health and an assistant scientist at the Hinda and Arthur Marcus Institute for Aging Research at Hebrew SeniorLife. He is also an instructor of neurology at Harvard Medical School.

In addition to his research on preserving and lengthening healthy aging across the lifespan, a major focus of Dr. Cappon's research is on making precise neuromodulation therapy more accessible to older adults with cognitive and mood disorders. He is investigating the use of personalized, novel, and scalable home-based neuromodulation interventions that address the undertreatment of depression and other psychiatric and cognitive symptoms in the context of dementia. He loves hearing patient stories about their profound human experiences and the ability to emotionally connect through those stories.

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Trish Eichinger, LICSW
Social Worker

Wolk Center for Memory Health Social Worker Trish Eichinger, LICSW

Trish Eichinger, LICSW, is a geriatric social worker who has more than 15 years’ experience working with seniors and their families, and connecting them with needed community supports and services. Her previous work in geriatric psychiatry provides her with a sharpened recognition of the emotional stress for both patients and caregivers that is often associated with receiving a new cognitive impairment diagnosis. Additionally, her history working in elder protective services allows her to comprehensively assess seniors for potential risks associated with memory loss, and subsequently connect them with supports to alleviate risks.               

Helping senior patients and their families accept that a diagnosis of cognitive impairment, while obviously upsetting, does not have to be earth-shattering, drives her work at the Wolk Center. She has seen the positive impact when patients are able to recognize that accepting available supports and services can provide a better quality of life for all involved, and helps sustain family caregiver arrangements.

 

Rachel Fox
Medical Assistant

Wolk Center Medical Assistant Rachel Fox

Rachel Fox joined the Deanna and Sidney Wolk Center for Memory Health as a medical assistant after graduating with a B.S. in neuroscience and psychology from Trinity College. Rachel is one of the first faces you'll see coming into the Wolk Center as she welcomes you in before you see one of our clinicians. Rachel is very thankful for the opportunity to work with such an extraordinary team and enjoys talking with and learning from patients about their lives, experiences, and happy memories.

 

 

Marie Guerrier, MSN, NP
Geriatric Nurse Practitioner

Wolk Center Geriatric Nurse Practitioner Marie Guerrier

Marie Guerrier is an Adult Nurse Practitioner in Boston, MA. She has over 23 years of experience specializing in geriatrics, Alzheimer's care, progressive neurological disorders, end of life care, and acute and chronic disease management. She was a Nurse Practitioner Assistant Professor, Boston University School of Medicine.

Marie is happy to work at the Wolk Center, with its strong geriatric focus plus research and teaching opportunities. She enjoys caring and advocating for patients and their families, ensuring they get the best treatment and care they deserve to live long and healthy lives.

 

Lingda Hou, NHA
Administrator - Clinic Manager

Lingda Hou, NHA

Lingda Hou joined Hebrew SeniorLife in 2015 after graduating from Brandeis University with a M.A. in Economics and Finance. Prior to joining the Deanna and Sidney Wolk Center for Memory Health as their administrative clinic manager, Lingda worked at NewBridge on the Charles, where she managed a receptionist team, worked on continuous improvement projects, and created and organized executive training camps for senior living companies in China. She enjoys that her role allows her to participate in the rewarding experience of making a difference for patients and families in need. 

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Caleb Jordan, M.D.
Geriatric Psychiatrist
Leader of Psychiatric Applications of Neuromodulation

Dr. Caleb Jordan

Dr. Jordan is a geriatric psychiatrist who specializes in neuromodulation from Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS), transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS), electroconvulsive therapy (ECT), and the research of those modalities. 

Dr. Jordan attended medical school at Louisiana State University in his home state of Louisiana. He then attended a surgical internship at Wake Forest University before transitioning into the psychiatry residency at Texas A&M. He enjoys helping the geriatric population achieve their best health outcomes. 

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Rashmi Kaura, M.D.
Palliative Care and Geriatric Specialist

Rashmi Kaura, M.D.

Rashmi Kaura, M.D. is the Medical Director of Hospice and Palliative Care for Hebrew SeniorLife and a Palliative Care and Geriatric Specialist at the Deanna and Sidney Wolk Center for Memory Health. She is board certified in hospice and palliative care, geriatric medicine, and internal medicine by the American Board of Internal Medicine. 

Dr. Kaura enjoys working at the Wolk Center for Memory Health because she gets to collaborate and practice with an extraordinary team of health professionals in delivering comprehensive and compassionate care.

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Wendy Shulman
Administrative Assistant

Wendy Shulman

Wendy Shulman is the administrative assistant for the Deanna and Sidney Wolk Center for Memory Health. She is the first point of contact for patients and families seeking care at the Wolk Center. Wendy feels grateful to be working with an extraordinary team of professionals and assisting in the care coordination efforts that support families seeking care at the Wolk Center.