Michelle Brown is a graduate of the Howard University Physician Assistant Program in Washington, DC. She also received a Bachelor of Science degree in biology at the University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio, TX. She is a Member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants. She is dedicated to providing optimal medical care and hope to patients with integrity, compassion and respect. She works to offer clients comprehensive healthcare through collaboration and research.
Monica Thomas is a Pennsylvania native and has been working in pain management since 2009. She joined the SMART team in February 2012 and brought several years of experience working in the acute pain management setting from St. Barnabas Hospital in Livingston, NJ. Monica is a graduate of King’s College in Wilkes-Barre, PA, where she received a Bachelor of Science degree in medical studies, a minor in biology as well as Master of Science Degree in Physician Assistant Studies (MSPAS). She is currently Board Certified by the NCCPA, is a member of the AAPA, and is a fellow of the Maryland Academy of Physician Assistants.
Shoshana Sadigh is a graduate of the joint Towson University/CCBC Physician Assistant Program in Baltimore, MD, where she received a Master of Science degree in Physician Assistant Studies. She is Board Certified by the NCCPA and is a member of the AAPA. Shoshana has been a practicing Physician Assistant for five years in primary care/internal medicine as well as in pain medicine.
Craig Doxey graduated from the AACC Physician Assistant program in Arnold, MD in 2013. He has also received a bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science from Brigham Young University and a Master of Medical Science degree from St. Francis University.
Dodzi Bell-Dzide is licensed in the state of Maryland and is a graduate of the Physician Assistant program at the University of Toledo in Ohio, where she earned her Master of Science in Biomedical Sciences (MSBS) in Physician Assistant Studies. Prior to that, she earned a Master of Public Health (MPH) degree in Epidemiology at the same institution. She proceeded to work as a PA hospitalist at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, where she gained experience in treating adults with several chronic illnesses, including patients with substance (alcohol, opioid and benzodiazepine) abuse and dependence.
Kevin Reese is a graduate of the Arcadia University Physician Assistant Studies program. He has two years of experience in chronic pain management and 12 years of medical experience in the fields of emergency medicine, internal medicine and urgent care. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in rehabilitation services and plans to practice body work as a massage therapist in his leisure time. Kevin holds a professional commitment towards a multidisciplinary approach in pain management while navigating patients towards their goals of improved health and wellness.
Farah Alvi is a graduate of the joint Towson University/CCBC Physician Assistant Program in Baltimore, MD, where she received a Master of Science degree in Physician Assistant Studies. She is nationally Board Certified by the NCCPA. She is also a Registered Respiratory Therapist with more than 7 years of Acute Care experience at Howard County General Hospital in Columbia, MD. She believes in delivering compassionate, personalized and quality care to her patients.
Amanda Brokaw is a graduate of the Towson University/CCBC Physician Assistant Program in Baltimore, MD where she earned a Master of Science degree in Physician Assistant Studies. As a former nurse and a current fitness instructor, Amanda is dedicated to a multidisciplinary approach to Pain Management, with a focus on holistic health and wellness. Amanda is board certified by the NCCPA, and is a member of the American Association of Physician Assistants and the Maryland Academy of Physician Assistants.
Dr. Valencia Chicoine
Dr. Valencia Chicoine, DNP is an ANCC Board Certified Family Nurse Practitioner and CT native. She attended the University of St. Joseph in West Hartford, CT where she received her Master’s Degree in 2012, and Doctorate of Nursing Practice Degree in 2016. She has over 20 years of clinical experience working in various areas of patient care. Her specialties include operating room, community health, chronic disease management, and advanced heart failure. She worked as an adjunct professor for undergraduate nursing students at Capital Community College, Hartford, CT. Valencia's academic background and nursing experience helps her provide a compassionate, holistic approach to care as shown in her continued support to veterans returning from deployment.
Shawn Cobb FNP-C is an AANP Board Certified Family Nurse Practitioner. He completed his Masters of Nursing in 2012 at Indiana State University and his Bachelor's in Nursing in 2007 at University of Phoenix, and his Associates of Nursing in 1994 at Saint Elizabeth's School of Nursing, Utica NY. Shawn has 22 years of nursing expedience to include NICU, PICU, Peds ED and military nursing. He comes to us after 3+ yrs as a Primary Care Provider working for MedStar in Middle River and Aberdeen, MD. Shawn's nursing experience also includes Nurse Manager for a small U.S. Army Hospital in Southern Iraq where he worked in the trauma bays, flew patient escort, and acted as patient safety officer. He is a decorated veteran with 30 years of military service between Active Duty, Army Reserve, IRR, and the Army National Guard. Shawn is currently a Major and Nurse Practitioner for the Maryland Army National Guard.
Adina Rauch is a graduate of the Touro College Physician Assistant Program in Bay Shore, NY, where she received a Master of Science degree in Physician Assistant studies. She is board certified by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants. Through a multidisciplinary and holistic approach to healthcare, Adina is dedicated to treating people with compassion, patience, and respect.
SMART Functional Rehabilitation Program
Dr. Russell J. Hibler
Ph.D., ABPP, BCIA
Dr. Hibler is Board Certified in pain management and clinical psychology, and is Nationally Certified in biofeedback and clinical hypnosis. An Ohio State University graduate, he served in Air Force Medical Centers, where he directed the Armed Forces Alcohol Treatment Facility for Asia and led behavioral medicine services. During his military career, he held similar roles in Europe as well. At the National Security Agency, Dr. Hibler founded the largest Employee Assistance Program in the government and served as the Deputy Medical Director. For over two decades, he has been practicing in Baltimore, and has been on the staff of Johns Hopkins, Kernan Rehabilitation and National Rehabilitation hospitals.
Dr. Hibler served as Chief Psychologist at Medstar Union Memorial Hospital, with appointments in rehabilitation medicine and psychiatry. Dr. Hibler is a frequent presenter at local and national professional meetings on pain, trauma, addiction and related workers’ compensation treatment issues. During his distinguished career he has served on the faculty of Loyola University and he directed the first Functional Restoration Program in Maryland. Dr. Hibler’s goal is to help patients suffering with chronic pain find a meaningful life.
Debbie has practiced as a Licensed Physical Therapist in the Baltimore area since 1993. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from Washington University in St. Louis and her Master of Physical Therapy degree from Hahnemann University in Philadelphia. Debbie has experience treating a variety of patients with orthopedic and neurologic conditions in many settings including inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation, home care, and assisted living facilities.
Prior to coming to the SMART Functional Rehabilitation Program as the Director of Rehabilitation, Debbie worked in the same capacity at a functional restoration program in the Baltimore area, focusing on the rehabilitation of injured workers suffering from chronic pain. Debbie has always believed the interdisciplinary team approach is the most effective treatment method to address patients with complicated and involved issues. She emphasizes the physical therapy at SMART FRP is very different from a typical physical therapy outpatient office. For patients with chronic pain, the injured body part is not the only problem. Our program focuses on rehabilitating the entire body to improve function, strength, flexibility, body mechanics, and postural awareness while learning various strategies to cope with pain and stress.
As an Occupational Therapist with a background in kinesiological science, Amy has worked in the Baltimore area in a variety of settings from outpatient, inpatient, and home care with pediatric, adult and geriatric populations. Over the last 23 years, Amy has had the privilege of working with individuals who have required assessment and treatment to develop, rehabilitate or maintain daily life and work skills. Often they have experienced multiple physical, medical, cognitive or emotional disabilities and occupational therapy has bridged the gap to wellness, functioning at work and home, preventing reinjury, and helping them to independently manage their pain and recovery.
Throughout her career, Amy has focused on collaborating with team members and treating every patient with dignity and compassion. Working with patients suffering with chronic regional pain syndrome, back pain, cervical, shoulder and hand pain, pre and post orthopedic surgery, and neurological injuries, her passion has always been to treat each patient as a unique individual. This involves including patients in the treatment plan for decreasing their pain, improving their quality of life and helping them return to a meaningful daily life and work routine.