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About Dr. David Silvers

Board Certified in Neurology, Electrodiagnostic medicine/EMG, and is a Diplomate in Neuromuscular medicine

Dr. Silvers completed his undergraduate studies at Princeton University and graduated from Tufts Medical School. He completed his neurology residency at the Harvard Longwood Medical Center (ie, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Beth Israel-Deaconness Hospital) and his neuromuscular/electromyography fellowship at Brown University (Rhode Island Hospital). Dr. Silvers is board certified in Neurology, Electromyography, and is a diplomate of Neuromuscular Medicine. He has been on the Top Doctors list since 2010.

Dr. Silvers has over 25 years of experience in private practice (18 years in the northeast U.S.) diagnosing and treating neurological disorders. At the time of his relocation to Florida, he was an Associate Clinical Professor at the University of Connecticut Medical School. Dr. Silvers is committed towards giving his patients the best neurological care while emphasizing the doctor-patient relationship.

Dr. Silvers’ interests include general neurology, neuromuscular disease/electromyography, movement disorders (eg, Parkinson's Disease), cognitive impairment, concussion and sleep disorders.

Dr. Silvers has published several case reports in highly regarded journals including Neurology, Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Psychiatry, and Muscle and Nerve. He has been awarded the Teaching Award on 2 occasions by the neurology residents at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine.

Additional Information

BOARD CERTIFICATION
American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in 1996, with Maintenance of Recertification completed 2016
Board Certified, American Association of Electrodiagnostic Medicine in 1997, with Maintenance of Recertification completed 2016
Diplomate in Neuromuscular Medicine, Certified 2022

CERTIFICATE
International Parkinson and Movement Disorder Society

ACSM (Addressing Concussion in Sports Among Kids and Teens) CEC Certificate, 1/2013
SPECIALTY
Board Certified in Neurology and Electromyography / Neuromuscular Disease Diplomate in Neuromuscular medicine

EDUCATION
B.A. 1986 – Princeton University, Princeton, NJ. Graduated with Honors in Psychology
M.D. 1990 – Tufts University School of Medicine, Boston, MA

INTERNSHIP
Internal Medicine – Mount Auburn Hospital, Cambridge, MA, 1990-1991

INTERNAL MEDICINE RESIDENCY
Mount Auburn Hospital, Cambridge, MA, 1991-1992

NEUROLOGY RESIDENCY
Harvard Longwood Training Program, Boston, MA, 1992-1995

FELLOWSHIP
Electromyography / Neuromuscular Disease, Brown University, Rhode Island Hospital, Providence, RI, 1995-1996

PREVIOUS POSITION
Attending Neurologist, Hartford Neurology, LLC, Hartford CT, 1996-2014 Associate Clinical Professor of Neurology, University of Connecticut School of Medicine

UNIVERSITY FACULTY
University of Miami
Florida Atlantic University

LICENSURE
Florida # ME119311
AWARDS
2001 Teacher of the Year Award Department of Neurology, University of Connecticut / Hartford Hospital.
2007 Teacher of the Year Award Department of Neurology, University of Connecticut / Hartford Hospital.
2010 - Present America’s Top Physicians

PROFESSIONAL SOCIETIES
American Academy of Neurology
American Association of Electrodiagnostic Medicine
American Medical Association
Florida Medical Association
International Parkinson's and Movement Disorder Society

UNIVERSITY FACULTY
University of Miami
Florida Atlantic University

PUBLICATIONS
1. Silvers D, Felice K, Late-Onset Friedreich’s Ataxia Presenting as a Spastic Paraparesis, Journal of Clinical Neuromuscular Disease, Vol 2, No 1, September, 2000, 27- 28.
2. Poulopoulos M, Silvers D, Clinical Reasoning: A video analysis of eye and limb movement abnormalities in a parkinsonian syndrome, Neurology, Vol 73, No 5, August 4, 2009, e20-23.
3. Silvers D, Menkes D, Hemibody mirror movements in hemiparkinsonism-hemiatrophy syndrome, Journal of the Neurological Sciences, 287, 2009, 260-263.
4. Eugene MC, Kitei D, Silvers D, Clinical Reasoning: A 75-year-old woman with visual disturbances and unilateral ataxia, Neurology, Vol 75, e29-e33, August, 2010.
5. Aquino K, Koralnik IJ, Silvers D, Clinical Reasoning: An 83-year-old woman with progressive hemiataxia, tremor, and infratentorial lesions, Neurology, Vol 77 (2), July 12, 2011, e7-10.
6. E Valentina, Silvers DS, Sotinou E, Tanji K, DiMauro S, Hirano M, MERRF and Kearns-Sayre overlap syndrome due to the mtDNA m.3291 T > C mutation, Muscle and Nerve, Sept, 2011.
7. Zhang, Y, Silvers DS, Propriospinal myoclonus associated with gluten sensitivity in a young woman, J Neurol Sci, Jan, 2012.
8. Whitaker CH, Wu Q, Felice KF, Silvers D, Qian Wu, Fulminant lipid storage myopathy due to multiple acyl-coenzyme a dehydrogenase deficiency, Muscle and Nerve, Feb, 2015.
9. Cases 2, 4 and 5 were show-cased in a book: Clinical Reasoning in Neurology: A Case-based Approach, 2016, edited by Aaron Berkowitz, Sashank Prasad and Mitchell Elkind

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About Dr. Richard Brooks

Board Certified in Neurology and Psychology

Dr. Richard Brooks is a board certified neurologist currently working with Gardens Neurology. Dr. Brooks received his medical degree from the State University of New York Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, New York. He obtained his neurology training at Mt. Sinai Medical Center in New York City where he was chief resident.

He had been in clinical practice in upstate New York for many years. He was a founding member of Neurologic Associates of Northeastern New York where he was actively involved in general office neurology as well as director of the hospital stroke program.

Dr. Brooks was involved in clinical research with Upstate Neurology. He was extensively involved in training neurology residents, family physicians and physician assistance in the region and had privileges at Albany Medical Center.

He was president of Schenectady County Medical Society and has received multiple commendations including multiple listings in Best Physicians in the Capital District.

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About Dr. Nicholas DePrima

Board Certified in Neuropsychology

Dr. Nicholas DePrima has extensive experience evaluating individuals with cognitive disorders in both hospital and clinic settings. He provides evidence-based neuropsychological assessments for dementias (Alzheimer’s disease, vascular, frontotemporal, Lewy Body disease, among others), movement disorders (Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis), traumatic brain injury (mild/concussion to severe injuries), stroke and cerebral hemorrhages, and other cognitive problems due to neurological or medical conditions.

Dr. DePrima has worked in clinical research trials for Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease. He has worked as a member of a comprehensive team for memory disorder clinics. Dr. DePrima performs pre- and post-surgical evaluations for Parkinson’s patients undergoing deep brain stimulations (DBS).

Dr. Nicholas DePrima completed his undergraduate degree at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton. He completed his doctorate in clinical psychology at Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. He completed his predoctoral internship in the clinical neuropsychology specialty track at Jackson Medical Center/University of Miami. Dr. DePrima completed a 2-year post-doctoral residency in clinical neuropsychology at Brooks Rehabilitation Hospital in Jacksonville, Florida.

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About Frances Casillas-Chiesa, APRN

Board certified by the AANP and ANCC

Frances Casillas-Chiesa, APRN, FNP-BC, FNP-C, is a Nurse Practitioner who works side by side with Dr. David Silvers and Dr. Richard Brooks. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in General Science from the Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico. She later pursued her calling in nursing and completed her Bachelors of Science in Nursing with honors at the Inter American University, Metropolitan Campus. She then went to expand her career by working in various fields in nursing, to include, health insurance, case management, hospital setting adult care, outpatient opioid drug addiction treatment, and drug detox.

While working as a case manager, she completed her Masters of Science in Nursing at Universidad Ana G. Mendez with a certification in Advanced Trauma Care for Nurses (ATCN) by the American College of Surgeons.

Frances is certified by both the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) certification boards. She broadened her knowledge during her tenure assisting a Multiple Sclerosis Specialist, Dr. Angel Chinea. Following this experience, Frances has continued working primarily in the neurology setting.

She is an active member of several professional organizations including the American College of Nurse Practitioners, American Academy of Nurse Practitioners and she continues her training with the American Academy of Neurology.

Frances began working alongside with Dr. Silvers in September 2020. She is involved in the entire continuum of care of Dr. Silvers’ and Dr. Brooks’ patients including, but not limited to, cognitive assessments, quality measures care, as well as Botox treatment for Sialorrhea and Migraine. She is known amongst our patients and their families for her devotion to assist them with their individual needs.