Our multidisciplinary team of professionals work together to determine the best way to improve your brain performance.  Our team is dedicated to your success!

 

Julio Cantero, M.D., Medical Director: Center for Brain Health

Dr. Cantero practices at the Intercostal Medical Group providing comprehensive services for neurology patients.   They are the only neurology group in the area with fellowship -trained epilepsy specialists and the areas only fellowship-trained stroke specialist.  Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias remain a primary interest.

Education and medical training:

  • Undergraduate: Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, Bogota, Columbia
  • Medical School: Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, Bogota, Columbia
  • Residency: Georgetown University Hospital, Washington, DC
  • Fellowship: Epilepsy and Clinical Neurophysiology- Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center, New York City, NY
  • Certification: Board Certified, American Board of Neurology; Board Certified American Board of Neurophysiology; American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology; Certified in sleep medicine

Meet Our Founder

Nicci Kobritz
President, Center for Brain Health
Founder/President, Youthful Aging Home Health Care

When Nicci Kobritz founded Youthful Aging 20 years ago, her goal was to bring a higher level of specialization and care to private duty home health. As a geriatric expert, she has spent the last three decades developing and managing health care programs and services

Kobritz knows that improving quality of life in people with dementia involves more than day-to-day care—it requires research-based methods to maintain cognitive function. In 2012, she co-founded The Sci-Brain program with Michael Mullan, MD, PhD, a leading Alzheimer’s expert and founder of the world-renowned Roskamp Institute. Sci-Brain offers a scientifically validated therapeutic approach to improve brain health and preserve mental function, which Youthful Aging is proud to offer its clients. Sci-Brain has since been renamed the Center for Brain Health

Previously, Nicci founded Expanded Child Health Services, a rural pediatric clinic that the American Academy of Pediatrics selected as a national model. She also developed a state model for hospital-based child neglect programs, and served in the cabinet of former Governor John R. McKernan Jr. as Director of Community Services.

Kobritz holds a bachelor’s degree in health care administration from St. Joseph’s College in Maine, a nursing degree from SUNY Upstate Medical University at Syracuse, and nurse practitioner certification from the University of Maine. She has chaired the health care industry unit of the United Way of Sarasota County, and she is a contributor to the industry journal, Home Health Care Management & Practice.


Dee Newberry, Executive Assistant

Dee is Executive Assistant to the CEO. She also manages the day-to-day operations of the Center for Brain Health.   Dee’s career spans 30 years where she has developed expertise in marketing, human resources and IT. Her skills, combined with dedication to the best client care, help maintain a well-managed clinical practice.

Education: Bachelor of Arts, Public Relations/Communications, University of South Florida, Tampa, Fl.; Associate of Arts, Communications, Manatee Community College, Bradenton, Fla.


Paulette Weber, RD, LD/N

Paulette is an experienced registered dietician and nutritionist providing nutritional assessments and advising clients how best to support brain health through nutrition. She is well-trained in managing many chronic conditions through nutritional therapies. Paulette also provides individualized anti-inflammatory nutrition programs for our clients. Chronic inflammation is now considered to be central to the development of many chronic conditions, and may precipitate changes associated with Alzheimer’s disease and dementias.

Education: Bachelor of Science, Dietetics and Food Service Administration, University of Wisconsin-Stout, Summa Cum Laude


Jason Nippert, Physical Therapist/Personal Trainer

Jason founded Fitness Quest in 1999 and provides Brain Health assessments specifically focused on supporting brain reserve. His staff of Physical Therapist customizes each plan enabling our clients with limitations and frailty to improve cardio-vascular status and muscle strengthening .His staff is dedicated to providing our clients with the personal attention they need to improve mobility and reach optimum physical fitness.


Michael Hoffmann MD, PhD, Medical research advisor/consultant


Dr. Hoffmann is a graduate with a Medical degree (MBBch) from the University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa; Senior Medical Doctorate (MD) and PhD in behavioral medicine, Professor of Neurology with the University of Central Florida and University of Florida (courtesy), director of Stroke and Cognitive Neurology divisions at the Orlando VA Medical Center, cognitive neurology consultant at the Roskamp Neuroscience Institute in Sarasota, Florida, educator, researcher, writer and author, has completed his newest educational work “Brain Beat: Scientific Foundations and Evolutionary Perspectives of Brain Health”: a telling and informative work that explains the connection between environment and the brain.

 


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Janis R. Frawley, M.S., CCC-SLP

Speech/Language Pathologist and Cognitive Therapist

Licensed by the State of Florida; certified by membership in American Speech, Language and Hearing Association (ASHLA).  CPR certified; certified in LSVT-LOUD.  Trained/received certificates in Cognitive behavior therapy and stress management.  Trained in teaching literacy; completed cognitive therapy training from Beck Institute for Cognitive Therapy and Research.  Completed Harvard Medical Schools clinical training in Mind/Body Medicine and clinical training in positive psychology.

On staff with Center for Brain Health and Youthful Aging Home Health.

Over 35 years’ experience working with individuals to improve cognitive function. 


Wendy Kulscar L.C.S.W.

Wendy is our Licensed Clinical Social Worker who provides counseling for our clients who are in need of additional support.    

Education and Certification:
Masters Social Work, Clinical Psychotherapist,  Barry University
University of South Florida Post Graduate Certification in Gerontology, Seniors, Aging and Community


Tamara Teeter Knapp

Tamara is our Expressive Arts Therapist from the Expressive Arts Florida Institute.

Expressive Art Therapy bridges the gap between the conscious and the unconscious mind.  The primary focus is on the process which allows a person to discover new insight and meaning that might not be achieved with traditional talk therapy.  Expressive Art Therapy can enhance a person’s emotional, spiritual, cognitive and physical wellbeing.

Education and Certification:
Ringling School of Art and Design: Art and Healing Certificate
University of South Florida: Graduate studies in Education
National Louis University: Graduate studies in Education
Antioch, New England: Collaborative Leadership Training
Rudolf Steiner College: Waldorf Summer Teacher Education
University of Alaska Anchorage: Baccalaureate degree Art and Psychology, Cum Laude
California College of Arts and Crafts