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Evidence To Excellence: News In Neuroplasticity and Rehab Episode 3

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Evidence to Excellence: Neuroplasticity and Rehab is Powered by The Recovery Project, the largest non-hospital based Neurological Rehabilitation facility In Michigan. Today’s sponsors are Michigan Institute for Neurological Disorders (MIND) and the National MS Society.

In Honor of MS Month Evidence to Excellence: News In Neuroplasticity and Rehab talk Multiple Sclerosis. Host Polly Swingle and her guests Director Sonda Rossman, Dietician Katelynne Parisek, Chief Strategy Officer Jennifer Butterfield and Nurse Practitioner Sarah Johnson all of The Michigan Institute for Neurological Disorders (MIND) bring awareness to what some would call an “Invisible” disease.

MIND, one of the few private neurological facilities in the country dedicated to the betterment of patients through the use of onsite, cutting edge neuro-diagnostic technology, neuro-imaging, infusion services, medical education, and research talk MS treatment, therapies and clinical trials.



Polly joined the Recovery Project in 2003, after graduating from Ohio University in 1986 with a BS in Physical Therapy. Her accreditations and certifications include: Neuro development treatment – adult (NDT), Geriatric clinical specialist, Burdenko, Registered yoga instructor and certified exercise expert in the aging adult. Before coming to The Recovery Project, Polly was the Director of Outpatient Services at The Rehab Institute of Michigan and the Director of Rehab Services at Good Samaritan Medical Center. She was recognized as Crain’s Healthcare hero in 2016, MDA Clinician of the Year in 2015 and Clinical Instructor of the year in 2007.


Sonda Rossman, MA, LLPC Director, MS Center – Research & Services

As MIND’s MS Center Research Director, Sonda leads the implementation of our expanding, multimodal and cross-disciplinary research programs, and supports our network development with outside collaborations on a national level. Sonda and her team kicked off research with clinical trials for Tysabri.(ta sa bri) MIND now has some of the most novel therapies available for clinical trials and are excited about future breakthroughs for MS therapy. Sonda’s passion for advancing the care for MS patients stems from her own experience with the disease, being diagnosed in her 20’s. Through her efforts, MIND’s MS Center and MS Research has grown into one of the largest private centers available in the country.

Katelynne Parisek, MS, RD Registered Dietitian, MS Center

Katelynne is the Registered Dietitian for MIND. With a Master’s degree in Dietetics, she has always had a passion for helping others achieve happiness through healthy eating and lifestyle changes. Katelynne started and implemented a nutrition program focused around symptom management and prevention measures for patients living with autoimmune, inflammatory, and neurological conditions. Working side-by-side, she helps these patients create attainable goals, designs a meal plan to reach these goals, and provides them with all the skills and knowledge necessary to be successful. Katelynne’s main goal is to help her patients feel in control of their life and take the stress away from eating.

Jennifer Butterfield, RN BSN MBA Chief Strategy Officer, MIND

Jennifer is the Chief Nursing and Strategy officer for MIND. She has been a nurse for over 20 years and is the former CEO for two of Surgery Partner’s facilities Lakes Surgery Center and Michigan Surgical Hospital. Jennifer is a certified Administrator and is actively involved in several organizations for improving national healthcare guidelines. Under Jennifer’s direction, MIND is working towards increasing community outreach for the practice and expanding their MS/Neurology specialized infusion centers. MIND now has four (4) infusions centers serving Metro Detroit and the Grand Rapids area.

Sarah Johnson, MSN, FNP-BC Nurse Practitioner, MS Center

Sarah is the lead Nurse Practitioner for MIND’s Multiple Sclerosis Center. She works directly with Dr. Martin Belkin and Dr. William Boudouris and helped co-found the MS Center’s “MS Wellness Check” program where MIND MS patients receive baseline and yearly follow up testing specific to their MS diagnosis. She is Certified in MS nursing and passionate about making a difference by improving the everyday lives of patients with MS.

MIND Website:

Farmington Hills

28595 Orchard Lake Road Suite 200

Farmington Hills, MI 48334

(248) 553-0010

Dearborn Heights

25150 Ford Road Suite 100

Dearborn Heights, MI 48127

(248) 553-0010

Madison Heights

27301 Dequindre Suite 103

Madison Heights, MI 48071

(248) 553-0010

Grand Rapids

4130 Brenton Road SE,

Suite B

Kentwood , MI 49512

(248) 553-0010