Our Clinical Staff

We've assembled one of the leading teams of MS specialists in the world right here at the RMMSC at CU. Each of our neurologists spends time treating patients, conducting research in their particular interest areas, and teaching the next generation of MS specialty physicians at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. For appointment information, please call the RMMSC at CU today at 720-848-2080 x. 4.

Dr. Timothy Vollmer

Medical Director, RMMSC
Co-Director, RMMSC at University of Colorado
Professor and Vice Chair of Clinical Research, CU School of Medicine, Department of Neurology

VollmerDr. Vollmer is a graduate of Stanford University School of Medicine and a former faculty member at the Yale School of Medicine. He is Director of Neuroscience Clinical Research at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, the Medical Director of the RMMSC and Co-Director of the RMMSC at University of Colorado.
 
Dr. Vollmer has participated in more than 100 clinical studies in MS and is currently the principal investigator on 13 funded studies. Although he is involved with many different clinical studies and consults on many others, his current areas of interest are focused in three areas. The first is related to developing an understanding of the biology behind neurological reserve and how neurological reserve can be used to help patients recover and maintain function. The second relates to the loss of neurons in MS. Damage to neurons is the major cause of disability in MS but exactly what leads to their death and how current therapies impact this are not known. Finally, although there are many therapies for MS, there is no cure currently in human trials. Dr. Vollmer is pursuing an approach to treating MS (and possibly young people at risk of MS) similar to a vaccine. This research continues, hopefully in preparation for a human trial. Dr. Vollmer is an ex officio member of the RMMSC Board of Directors.

Dr. John Corboy

Co-Director, RMMSC at University of Colorado
Professor and Director of Faculty Affairs, CU School of Medicine, Department of Neurology

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Dr. Corboy is a graduate of University of Pennsylvania and did his neurology residency there, with a fellowship at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. He specialized in MS and neurovirology at the University of Minnesota Medical Center before coming to Colorado in 1994. In 1997, he founded the University of Colorado Multiple Sclerosis Center, now transformed into the Rocky Mountain Multiple Sclerosis Center at University of Colorado, a multidisciplinary group offering state-of-the-art care and research to multiple sclerosis patients. Dr. Corboy is Co-Director of the RMMSC at CU, and also the founding editor of Neurology: Clinical Practice, the clinical journal of the American Academy of Neurology.

Dr. Corboy’s research interests and projects include novel therapeutics for MS, treatment decisions in MS care, understanding how long to use conventional DMT's, and defining risk factors for development of MS. He is the director of the RMMSC Tissue Bank, which delivers autopsied brain and other tissues to researchers throughout the world. He has been on the board of the Colorado-Wyoming chapter of the National MS Society for
more than a decade.

Dr. Corboy also provides regular MS specialty care to patients at the Denver VA Medical Center.

Dr. Enrique Alvarez

Assistant Professor, CU School of Medicine, Department of Neurology

alvarezDr. Alvarez is a graduate of the Medical Scientist Training program at the University of Colorado Denver and completed his neurology residency and neuroimmunology fellowship at Washington University in St. Louis. He brings varied experience in MS and other neurological disorders to the Rocky Mountain MS Center at University of Colorado. He has a special interest in using biomarkers to customize treatments and patient care. He moved to the Denver area with his wife and two children. Most of his free time is spent with his family and his golden retriever, Daisy.

Dr. Alvarez’s research interests and projects include retrospective chart reviews, examining how patients have done in clinic outside of clinical trials to better understand how patients have done with their various treatments. He is also expanding the biorepository of cerebrospinal fluid and blood markers in order undertake biomarker studies. These biomarkers, which can also include MRI measures, will hopefully allow us to decide on the right treatment for each patient that will maximize their health with minimal risk.

Dr. Alvarez also provides regular MS specialty care to patients at Denver Health.

Dr. Jeffrey Bennett

Professor of Neurology and Ophthalmology,
CU School of Medicine, Department of Neurology

BennettDr. Bennett received his Biochemistry and Philosophy Degrees at Case Western Reserve University. He then received his medical and doctoral degrees at Stanford University. Dr. Bennett directs research programs on optic neuritis, demyelinating disorders, and ocular inflammatory diseases. He also maintains active specialty practices in neuro-ophthalmology, multiple sclerosis, neuromyelitis optica, and neuroimmunology.

As a clinician-scientist, Dr. Bennett is devoted to understanding the effects of autoimmune demyelination on the nervous system and using this knowledge to transform the care of affected individuals. In the clinic, Dr. Bennett directs clinical trials on new therapies for optic neuritis and neuromyelitis optica. In the laboratory, Dr. Bennett is working to identify the targets of the immune response in neuromyelitis optica and multiple sclerosis and is working to understand the mechanisms by which these disorders cause damage to the nervous system. His laboratory uses multiple experimental methods to evaluate the targets and action of antibodies derived from immune cells in the spinal fluid of neuromyelitis optica and multiple sclerosis patients, and employs state-of-the art techniques to establish the role of these antibodies in causing disease. Through his work, he has developed a novel antigen-specific therapy for neuromyelitis optica and is working towards similar goals in multiple sclerosis.

Dr. Siamac Esfandi

EsfandiMDNeuroimmunology Fellow

Dr. Esfandi was born and raised in Tehran, Iran. He received his MD from Iran University of Medical Sciences. He completed his Neurology Residency at Drexel University in Philadelphia, where he first learned about Multiple Sclerosis from Dr. Jeffry Greenstein during his PGY4 rotations and fell in love with the field. He then encountered an opportunity to start working as the Co-Director of the MS Center for caring at Crozer Keystone Health system and 2 years later returned to Drexel University as an Assistant Professor and Director of the Multiple Sclerosis Division. He then found an opportunity to learn about UC’s Neuroimmunology Fellowship first hand while on a ski trip in Colorado. Impressed with the exceptional quality of the program, he decided to apply for this position. He also won the National MS Society grant for this fellowship.  Being an avid skier, he fell in love with Colorado Mountains in a heartbeat and he has been coming back to Colorado for the past 3 years for skiing and is extremely excited to finally live in the touching distance of the Rockies majesty!

Dr. Robert Gross

robert grossDr. Robert Gross attended college at Columbia University and medical school at NYU School of Medicine. He completed Internship in Internal Medicine and Residency in Adult Neurology at Brown University in Providence. He then returned to New York to complete a fellowship in Multiple Sclerosis/Neuroimmunology at the CGD Center for MS at Mount Sinai Hospital.  Dr. Gross sees patients with MS and related disorders of the central nervous system. He divides his time between patient care, teaching, and clinical research. Research interests include the identification of biomarkers associated with treatment response in MS and the establishment of prospective databases to aid in prognostication. He recently moved to Colorado with his wife and beagle/terrier puppy and is thrilled to be living out West for the first time.

 

Dr. Teri Schreiner

Assitant Professor of Neurology,
CU School of Medicine, Department of Neurology

SchreinerDr. Schreiner has a masters degree in public health from Yale University and earned her medical degree from the University of Rochester in Rochester, N.Y. after working in healthcare consulting. Dr. Schreiner completed residency in Pediatric Neurology at the University of Colorado and Children’s Hospital Colorado. She currently sees pediatric neurology patients at Children’s Hospital Colorado, and sees both adults and children with neuroimmunologic disorders at the Rocky Mountain MS Center at University of Colorado. She is a past recipient of the National MS Society Clinical Fellowship Award.

Dr. Schreiner’s research interests include treatment and outcomes of pediatric onset multiple sclerosis. She is particularly interested in cognitive and psychosocial impact of pediatric diagnosis and environmental triggers of disease. She participates in many clinical trials of disease modifying therapies for MS, both adult and pediatric. She directs the Neuroimmunology Clinic for Children, a multidisciplinary clinic for the care of children and adolescents with MS. This clinic is staffed by a neuropsychologist, a psychologist, a social worker, Dr. Schreiner, a research coordinator and a pediatric neurology nurse.

Other Staff Members

Partnering Clinicians

Jeffrey R. Hebert, P.T., Ph.D., M.S.C.S. 

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Dr. Hebert is an Associate Professor at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, where he is the Director of the Balance Performance Laboratory. He is a Multiple Sclerosis Certified Specialist (M.S.C.S.) from the Consortium of MS Centers and has been an integral part of the Rocky Mountain MS Center at University of Colorado since 1998, where he is the Director of Rehabilitation. 

His clinical and research expertise includes examining, treating and investigating balance, fall risk, mobility, fatigue and other related symptomatic outcomes, muscle and brain function, and the efficacy and effectiveness of exercise approaches in patients with neurological diagnoses, with a primary focus on patient with MS. Of note, from his clinical and research experience, he developed a novel conceptual framework of the complex interrelationships of balance, dizziness and fatigue. Based on this framework, he has constructed an innovative multi-faceted vestibular based rehabilitation program, the Balance and Eye-movement Exercises for persons with Multiple Sclerosis (BEEMS) program, which is the focus of much of his clinical and research efforts.

 

Clinic Staff

Shannon Cornell, ANP-BC

Shannon CornellShannon graduated with her Masters in Nursing at University of Colorado as an Adult Nurse Practitioner and gained her Bachelor of Science in Nursing at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. She is originally from Green Bay, Wisconsin and traveled to Denver immediately after graduating to begin her nursing career. Shannon has worked as a registered nurse for more than seven years at the University of Colorado Hospital, starting with Medicine and ending in Cardiology before joining the MS team. She has a passion for patient education of their chronic illnesses with a multi-disciplinary and collaborative team approach. Shannon is very interested in symptom management with a combined medical and holistic approach.

Laura Pray, RN

Laura photoLaura has been an RN for over 25 years and although she has worked in many departments from ICU to management, this is her first experience with MS.  Laura worked for UCH many years ago and is now back in the Denver area after living in Basalt, CO for many years.  Laura is an avid skier and bicyclist and believes that laughter is an important part of any therapy.

Kristin Stockman, ANP-BC

Kristin StockmanKristin received a Bachelor of Arts in Biological Science with a minor in Biochemistry from the University of Colorado at Boulder and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Regis University. She completed her Master's degree as an Adult Nurse Practitioner at the University of Colorado Denver. She previously worked as an acute care Registered Nurse and Clinical Nurse Educator elsewhere at the University of Colorado Hospital. Kristin has a passion for providing quality patient care and focuses on ways to improve the quality of life for patients with MS.

Pauline Sok, RN

Pauline SokPauline is one of the nurses at the Rocky Mountain MS Center at University of Colorado. She has been a neuroscience nurse for 5 years. Aside from working in the MS clinic at Anschutz Medical Campus, Pauline is currently in school for her nurse practitioner degree at University of Northern Colorado. When she is not in school and working she likes to hike around Colorado with her dog named Bailey. She also plays soccer, golf, and softball, and enjoys watching football (particularly, the Denver Broncos).

Anastacia Wall, PA-C

Anastacia photoAnastacia completed her undergraduate and professional degrees at the University of Washington in Seattle. Her first position was as a Neuro-Hospitalist at Swedish Neuroscience Institute (SNI), a Comprehensive Stroke Center. She then transitioned to outpatient Neurology, seeing patients with a focus in Neuro-Immunology. While in Seattle, she developed and served as chairperson of both the Swedish Medical Center Advanced Practice Clinician Executive Council and the SNI Neuroscience Advanced Practice Clinician Committee. She enjoys heading to the mountains with her husband, two children and her Chesapeake Bay Retrievers.

Kendra Yale, PA-C

Kendra YaleKendra received her Bachelors degree in Health Promotion and Education from the University of Utah, and her Masters degree in Physician Assistant Studies from Midwestern University in Arizona. She recently joined the team as a PA working with Dr. Corboy. Kendra has finally returned to her home state of Colorado and enjoys absolutely anything outside, and is a foster home for the local Weimaraner rescue.