Through assessment, education, intervention, instruction and collaboration the ALS clinical team strives to ensure the optimum functioning and quality of life for each of our patients.
Core Clinical ALS Team
Our team has three doctors specializing in ALS and several other experts who provide compassionate, individualized medical and support services to those living with ALS and other motor neuron disorders.
Our neuromuscular doctors offer diagnosis or confirmation of diagnosis, monitor long-term course of disease, initiate and oversee proactive treatment plans, and educate patient and caregivers to help them make informed decisions about their care. Call
to make an appointment.
Susie Morrell, RN: Clinical Nurse Coordinator, 619-543-6256. Coordinates overall clinic services, plans and implements medical treatment, and connects patients with appropriate community resources.
Joanna Burgess, MA, CCC-SLP: Speech-Language Pathologist, 619-543-6530. Completes diagnostic evaluations of speech communication and swallowing impairment and provides patient and family education on speech strategies and assistive technology to improve communication.
- Keep a list with phone numbers and email addresses of your clinical team members, social services, medical equipment contacts and others important for your care.
- You and your caregiver are the most important parts of the team. Any treatment suggested is ultimately your decision to undertake. Be proactive.
Melissa Doyle: Physical Therapist, 619-543-6222. Assesses appropriateness of physical therapy and occupational therapy, coordinates comprehensive outpatient or home care for therapy services, and determines the necessity of equipment such as power wheelchairs, hoyer lifts or durable medical equipment for patients.
Cayleigh Mackay, MS RD: Clinical Dietician, 619-543-2180. Assesses nutritional needs and identifies nutritional requirements of the patient and monitors and evaluates effectiveness and outcomes of medical nutrition therapy interventions.
Deborah Wais, MSW, LCSW: Social Worker, 619-543-3488. Provides support and counseling and refers patients and families to outside resources.
Garner Faulkner, II: ALS Pulmonary Specialist, 619-543-2594. Performs pulmonary function testing to monitor lung function and recommends pulmonary support and monitors efficacy of therapy.
Keith Miller:: ALSA Representative, 858-271-5547. Helps coordinate the needs of those registered with ALSA, advocates for patients and caregivers regarding insurance and other social services, organizes monthly support, and provides loans for equipment if available.
Robert Kamei: Senior National Service Officer for Paralyzed Veteran Association, 619-400-5320. Explains VA benefits to patients and helps them enroll in the VA program, and advocates for and locates services.