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W. Brian O’Malley, Ph.D., Chief Executive Officer

Dr. O’Malley is the owner and Director of The Rehab Center. He graduated from The Ohio State University receiving a Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology, Master of Arts and a Doctor of Philosophy in Counseling Psychology. 

Dr. O’Malley founded The Rehab Center in 1986, devoting his practice to the effective treatment of patients suffering from chronic pain and trauma. Dr. O'Malley is a member of the American Psychological Association, the North Carolina and Ohio Psychological Associations, the American Pain Society and the International Association for the Study of Pain. 

 

T. Kern Carlton III, Medical Director, M.D., FAAPM&R

Dr. Carlton received his undergraduate and medical degrees from Wake Forest University. He is board certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Pain Medicine, and in Independent Medical Examination. He is a member of the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, North Carolina Medical Society, and Mecklenburg Medical Society. Dr. Carlton specializes in the evaluation, treatment and rehabilitation of patients with musculoskeletal injuries, Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS), chronic pain, traumatic brain injuries, and spinal cord injuries. He also performs electrodiagnostic evaluations, including electromyography and nerve conduction studies. 

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Shilpa Kasuganti, M.D., ABPM&R

Dr. Kasuganti graduated Magna Cum Laude from Duke University, majoring in Psychology. She obtained her MD in May 2004 from the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. She stayed on at Northwestern for her Internship and Residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, which she completed at the prestigious Northwestern University Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago. She is board certified in Brain Injury, Physical Medicine, and Rehabilitation.  She is a member of the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. Dr. Kasuganti is a strong proponent of the interdisciplinary rehabilitative approach to helping patients with chronic pain reach their maximum potential.

 

Darcy Alexander, Ph.D.

Dr. Alexander earned her Ph.D. in Clinical Health Psychology at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. She completed a post-doctoral residency in Health Psychology at the University of Michigan-VA Postdoctoral Psychology Consortium. She has established herself as an effective and compassionate psychologist, and as an integral part of the interdisciplinary team at TRC, treating patients with pain, head injuries, and PTSD, implementing cognitive behavioral therapy and acceptance and commitment-based therapy techniquesin both group and individual formats. Dr. Alexander is a member of the American Pain Society and the International Association for the Study of Pain.

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Sara L. Schara McAnulty, Ph.D.

Dr. Schara earned her Ph.D. from Oklahoma State University and completed post-doctoral training in clinical neuropsychology at the Shepherd Center in Atlanta, specializing in the evaluation and treatment of people with traumatic brain injuries. Beyond assessment, Dr. Schara assists in the clinical management and treatment of patients through the CogSMART® Post Concussive Treatment Program. Patients participating in CogSMART® learn compensatory strategies and techniques to manage post concussive symptoms, including headaches, sleep disturbance, fatigue, anxiety, depression, concentration difficulties and memory problems. Dr. Schara is well regarded for her ability to use her connection and relationship with patients to assist them in returning to their prior level of functioning, return to school or return to work.

 

Brittany Woody Barnes MRC, CRC, CCM.

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Brittany Woody Barnes obtained her Master of Rehabilitation Counseling degree from The University of South Carolina School of Medicine in 2014. She has been a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor since 2015 and is a Certified Case Manager. She is a member of the NC Chapter of the Association of Rehabilitation Professionals.  She has worked with numerous individuals in both the private and public vocational rehabilitation sectors and she now provides vocational counseling and career guidance to patients in The Functional Restoration Program. She does this through use of CareerScope assessment testing, OASYS, transferable skills analysis, job site analysis, and labor market surveys.  Referrals may also be made to Brittany for vocational testing and evaluation.