The Elliot Lewis Center Team
Ellen Lathi, MD
Dr. Lathi is the Director of the Elliot Lewis Center and a well-known speaker on treatment issues and wellness in MS. She participates in numerous clinical trials at the Center related to the treatment of MS, and she is widely recognized for her clinical expertise and comprehensive, personalized approach to patient care. She believes that the relationship between patient and physician should be an intimate one, where there is an ongoing dialogue with in depth patient education.
Dr Lathi, a board certified neurologist since 1980, has been recognized as a teacher of residents and medical students at Tufts University. She also directs the MS Service Dog Program, sponsored by the NMSS, in which Labrador retrievers are trained to assist patients with multiple sclerosis. She has repeatedly been one of Boston Magazine’s “Best Doctors” and one of US News and World Reports’ “Top Doctors.” She has received the prestigious Physician Health Care Professional Volunteer award from the Greater New England Chapter of the National MS Society. She is a member of the American Academy of Neurology, Chairman of the Clinical Advisory Committee of the Greater New England Chapter of the National MS Society, and a member of the Consortium of MS Centers.
When she is not in the office or emailing her patients, she loves spending time with her two grown children and their families, as well as designing and working in her garden oasis, and playing with and training her dogs.
Joshua Katz, MD
Dr. Joshua Katz is the Co-Director of the Elliot Lewis Center and is a nationally recognized expert on multiple sclerosis and transverse myelitis. He participates in many clinical trials investigating new treatments for MS and sees patients in consultation from the entire New England area and beyond.
Dr. Katz is an Associate Professor of Neurology at Tufts Medical School, a board certified neurologist since 1999, and member of the American Academy of Neurology. He chairman of the clinical advisory committee of the New England Chapter of the National MS Society, and is a member of The Consortium of MS Centers. He has received multiple awards from Tufts Medical School for his skill and dedication to teaching. He is recognized for his sophisticated approach to diagnosis and treatment of neurological diseases, and for his focus on comprehensive care. He feels it is crucial to treat the whole person, not just their illness. Dr. Katz encourages his patients to ask questions and be actively involved in treatment decisions. He is devoted helping patients, their significant others, and their families understand the many aspects of MS, from complex treatment decisions to the impact on one’s personal life.
When not hard at work he enjoys spending time with his wife and daughter, training Jackson, reading, photography, cooking (a lot), and running (not so much).
Kenneth Gorson, MD
Kenneth C. Gorson, M.D. has recently joined The Elliot Lewis Center Team. Dr. Gorson is a Professor of Neurology in the Department of Neurology at St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center, Tufts University School of Medicine, in Boston. Dr. Gorson has published over 90 original peer-reviewed research articles, book chapters, and reviews pertaining to Guillain-Barre´ syndrome, chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy (CIDP), paraprotein associated neuropathies, vasculitic neuropathy, and various other inflammatory and immune-mediated disorders of the peripheral nervous system. His clinical and research expertise extends to patients with neuropathies associated with diabetes, connective tissue disorders, and cancer, inherited peripheral neuropathies, and disorders of muscle, myasthenia gravis, and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. He has lectured nationally and internationally to neurological specialists and patient support groups on various topics in the field of neuromuscular diseases.
In addition to expertise in the medical management of numerous chronic neuropathic and musculoskeletal pain disorders, Dr. Gorson has extensive experience using botulinum toxin injections (Botox®) injections to treat many conditions including chronic headaches and spasticity.
Darcy Faibish, MSN, NP
Darcy Faibish is a Nurse Practitioner at The Elliot Lewis Center. She provides comprehensive care for patients, and participates in the cutting edge clinical trials at the Center. Darcy is passionate about lifestyle medicine, which involves the use of evidence-based therapeutic methods including positive psychology, nutrition, yoga, sleep, meditation and exercise in the management of chronic disease. In combination with pharmacologic treatments, lifestyle medicine can help patients with MS achieve optimum wellness. She is dedicated to helping patients and their families best manage the many facets of life impacted by MS. Her approach is centered around maximizing her patient’s strengths, rather than dwelling on challenges.
Prior to joining the team at the Elliot Lewis Center, Darcy was a NP at the Newton Wellesley MS Clinic and the MGH Program in Nutritional Metabolism. She obtained her Bachelors and Masters in Nursing at the MGH Institute of Health Professions and is a Board-Certified Adult/Geriatric Acute Care Nurse Practitioner by the American Nurses Credentialing Center.
In her spare time, Darcy enjoys relaxing with her family, playing ice hockey, hiking, skiing (both cross country and downhill), running, practicing yoga and eating plants.
Marissa (Hone) Shackleton, Executive Director
Marissa is the Executive Director at The Elliot Lewis Center. She manages the day-to-day operations of the practice. She has been part of the MS Center Team since 2011. Prior to becoming the Executive Director, she worked as the Clinical Research Coordinator, where she enjoyed working with clinical trials, learning about various disease modifying therapies and interacting with patients.
Marissa has a Bachelor of Science in Biology, concentration in neuroscience, from Boston College and a Master of Science in Health Communication from Boston University. Outside of work, Marissa enjoys cooking, running and traveling. Marissa is currently training for the 2017 Boston Marathon as a charity runner for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.
Jeanne Lewis, RN BSN, Clinical Nurse Coordinator
Jeanne has been a clinical nurse specialist with the MS Center for over 10 years. She has been a neurology nurse since 1997 with additional experience in case management. If you ask Jeanne, she will tell you that the best part of her job is being able to spend time with patients and families. She enjoys teaching and counseling patients and families on all aspects of treatment and lifestyle and supporting them through difficult times. She loves working as part of a team with the rest of the MS staff to provide comprehensive care for MS patients and their families.
She has her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from St. Anselm College, is an MS certified nurse specialist and a member of the International Organization of MS Nurses (IOSM). She enjoys reading and spending time outdoors (especially the beach), and loves spending every free minute with her husband, Aaron, and two daughters, Emma and Avery.
Courtney Reeves, RN BSN, Infusion Nurse
Courtney is the infusion nurse at The Elliot Lewis Center. After receiving her Bachelor of Science in nursing degree from Salem State University in 2007, she practiced as an oncology nurse in North Carolina and from there, traveled to New Orleans where she transitioned to Emergency Medicine and discovered her passion for creole food! Courtney returned to New England in 2012 and joined the Emergency Nursing Team at Beth Israel hospital where she continued to hone her nursing skill set. She is thrilled to join the ELC team. She is most excited about building patient relationships and contributing to MS treatment advancements! In her free time, Courtney enjoys hiking, traveling and walking castle island with her dog, Zoey.
Lauren Philbrick, RN BSN, Infusion Nurse
Lauren is a registered nurse and graduate of Salem State University with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. She joined The Elliot Lewis Center team in February of 2016 as an infusion nurse, with a passion for learning more about the specialty of Multiple Sclerosis care. She has worked as a pediatric nurse in California, a rehabilitation nurse at Whittier hospital, and as an orthopedic/trauma nurse at UMASS Memorial Hospital in Worcester. She is currently enrolled in graduate school, completing a Master’s degree to become a Nurse Practitioner. She is passionate about providing high quality nursing care and enthusiastic to participate in new research for MS treatments. She believes in the philosophy of the team to provide a multi-disciplinary approach to treating Multiple Sclerosis. Her favorite part about coming to work is seeing patients respond well to treatment and working with the wonderful doctors, nurses, administrators, physical therapists, research assistants, and of course the service dogs, Jackson, Georgia, and Tiger!
Kate McCusker, Infusion Coordinator
Kate joined The Elliot Lewis Center in 2017 as the infusion coordinator. Following her graduation from New England college in 2011 with a BS in psychology, she entered the healthcare field in her hometown of North Conway, NH where she gained administrative experience before moving to the Boston area. Kate’s favorite part of her job is learning about disease modifying therapies and building relationships with patients. She is thrilled to have joined such a motivated and supportive team and looks forward to the promising future of The Elliot Lewis Center. In her spare time, Kate enjoys being outdoors, cooking, and spending time with family, friends, and her dog.
Kelly Luciani, Clinical Research Coordinator
Kelly began working with The Elliot Lewis Center following her graduation from Boston College in May 2016, where she received her Bachelor’s of Science in Biochemistry. Kelly loves having the opportunity to learn about Multiple Sclerosis firsthand and expanding her knowledge in the field of neurology. Her favorite part of the job has been getting to build connections with patients and their families, as well as getting to know the MS team! As the Research Coordinator, Kelly interacts with clinical trial patients through The Elliot Lewis Center’s research arm, Dragonfly Research. Kelly hopes to one day attend medical school and pursue a career as a physician. In her free time Kelly loves exploring Boston, looking for the best sandwiches in the city, as well as hiking and spending time with family and friends.
Hannah Geils, Clinical Research Coordinator
Hannah began working with The Elliot Lewis Center following her graduation from Boston College in July 2017, where she received her Bachelor’s of Science in Biology. Hannah has a passion for research; while at Boston College she worked at the Harvard School of Public Health as a research intern. Hannah enjoys working with patients and learning about multiple sclerosis.
Alexandra Potts, Clinical Assistant
Alexandra is the Clinical Assistant at The Elliot Lewis Center. She joined the team after graduating from the University of Rhode Island with a BS in Biological Sciences. After working as a nursing assistant and volunteering at South County Hospital’s Emergency Department she realized her passion for the medical field. She plans on going back to school to further her education in the near future. She loves working directly with patients, and enjoys being part of such a motivated and intelligent team! In her free time, she enjoys spending time outdoors with her dog and trying new restaurants in the Boston area.
Gabrielle Williams, Administrative Assistant
Gabrielle graduated with a BA in Applied Exercise Science from Springfield College in 2014. Having always had a passion for anatomy and nutrition, her search post college has sent her down the rehabilitative path and led her to the doors of The Elliot Lewis Center. She is excited and honored to work in such a passionate and caring setting that The Elliot Lewis Center provides.
Gabrielle will be working towards a Master’s Of Science in nutrition, health span, and longevity from USC this spring. Additionally, she spends most of her time in the kitchen or on the mountains.
Gretchen Hawley, PT, DPT, MSCS