PANDA Neurology and Atlanta Headache Specialists was established in January 2012 by Dr. Frank Berenson and Dr. Robert Flamini. The physicians wanted to build a practice that focues on patient care and quality medicine. We opened our practice with 4 providers and just 4 support staff. We have grown quite a bit; expanding both our space and adding providers. We now have 6 busy providers and 21 support staff.
The practice continues to be a premier referral center for Pediatric Neurology, Pediatric Epilepsy, and Pediatric and Adult Headache Medicine. Over time we have grown by expanding the number of medical providers, staff and the addition of CIRCA, a large Clinical Research Center.
PANDA Neurology offers comprehensive and expert consultation, evaluation and management of your child, adolescent or young adult. Atlanta Headache Specialists offers evaluation and state of the art management of all types of headaches and migraines in adults.
As you navigate through our website, you can focus your interest in any of the several components of our practice: PANDA Neurology, Atlanta Headache Specialists, PANDA Epilepsy Care and CIRCA, our clinical research center. All components are interrelated and part of the general practice.
MEET THE TEAM
Dr. Robert J. Flamini
Dr. J. Robert Flamini completed his Medical Degree and Pediatric Residency at the Universidad del Valle in Cali, Colombia. He then completed a Visiting Fellowship in Pediatric Neurology at Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School in Boston, followed by a residency in Neurology at the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee, where he stayed for a Pediatric Neurology fellowship. He subsequently completed two additional years of pediatric residency at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center in Worcester, where he was chief resident in his final year. Dr Flamini then moved to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Epilepsy Branch, where he did additional training in Neurophysiology and Clinical and Surgical Epilepsy.
Dr. Flamini is certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology with special qualifications in Child Neurology. He is also certified by the American Board of Pediatrics. He was named a Fellow of the American Epilepsy Society in 2016 for professional accomplishments and dedication in epilepsy.
Dr. Flamini has practiced in the Atlanta area since 1995. He served as the Medical Director of the Children’s Epilepsy Center at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta from 1995-2012, and Medical Director of the Tuberous Sclerosis Clinic. He served on the Board of the Epilepsy Foundation of Georgia for several years, and the Board of Directors of the Brain Tumor Foundation for Children. Dr. Flamini has been one of the Atlanta Top Doctors in 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019.
Dr. Flamini continues to practice Child Neurology with special interest and skills in the medical and surgical treatment of epilepsy and seizure disorders. He has been involved in numerous clinical trials evaluating and advancing the treatment of epilepsy and other pediatric neurological disorders.
Dr. Frank Berenson
Dr. Frank Berenson attended college at the University of North Carolina and the University of Georgia. He subsequently received his medical degree from the Medical College of Georgia and completed a pediatric residency there.
Following this, he completed a pediatric neurology fellowship at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation in Cleveland, Ohio and went on to practice at Case Western Reserve University and Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital as an Assistant Professor of Child Neurology. Dr. Berenson has been living in the Atlanta area with his family and practicing child neurology here since 1997.
Dr. Berenson is board certified in Child Neurology. He is also one of only three people in the state of Georgia boarded in Headache Medicine. Dr. Berenson is a Fellow of the American Headache Society. He has been named one of the Atlanta Top Doctors in 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018.
Dr. Berenson’s professional interests include neonatal neurology, headache medicine, epilepsy and neurophysiology. He has been actively involved in the care of neonates at Northside Hospital since his arrival in Atlanta. Dr. Berenson has also been involved in numerous clinical trials and drug studies related to the treatment of headache disorders, epilepsy, Tourette’s syndrome and ADHD. He has also published in the field of headache medicine.
Dr. Chaouki Khoury
We are excited to welcome Dr. Chaouki Khoury to Atlanta Headache Specialists and PANDA Neurology. He recently relocated from Dallas, TX where he worked in both private practice and hospital settings since 2007.
Dr. Khoury is a board-certified, dually trained Neurologist and Child Neurologist, who practices general neurology with specialization in Headache Medicine. He received his Medical Degree at the American University of Beirut and completed a neurology residency at University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. Dr. Khoury completed a fellowship in Child Neurology at Texas Children’s Hospital/Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, TX. Prior to joining Atlanta Headache Specialists and PANDA Neurology, Dr. Khoury was the Associate Director of the Comprehensive Headache Institute at Texas Neurology, which focuses on clinical research and advanced therapies for the treatment of patients with acute and chronic headaches.
Kathie Brown, PA
Kathie Brown grew up in the Rochester/Buffalo area of New York. She earned an undergraduate degree in biology from Rochester Institute of Technology and worked in the University of Rochester Strong Memorial Hospital’s clinical labs until 1994. Kathie moved to Atlanta to attend Emory University’s Physician Assistant program, graduating with honors in 1996. Kathie spent 18 years working in primary care before she joined PANDA Neurology and Atlanta Headache Specialists in May 2014.
Kathie lives in Sandy Springs with her husband Kevin and a motley crew of animals. She enjoys travel, scuba diving and home improvement projects (when they turn out well).
Kelley Mauriello, FNP
Kelley Mauriello has worked in the field of neurology for more than 20 years. She has extensive experience in working with children, adolescents and adults with seizures, headaches, cerebral palsy, developmental delays, ADHD, autism and other neurological disorders. Kelley is a native Atlantan and received her Bachelor of Nursing degree from The University of Kentucky in Lexington, KY. She returned to Atlanta in 1998 and worked as a Registered Nurse at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Scottish Rite as Clinic Coordinator for the Muscular Dystrophy Clinic, Follow-up Neonatal Development Clinic, Genetics Clinic and ENT Clinic. In 2007 she received her Masters of Nursing and Family Nurse Practitioner certification from Brenau University in Gainesville, GA. She worked for a period of time treating adults at a private Internal Medicine practice in the Atlanta area before returning to neurology and pediatrics. Kelley has recently received her certification as an ADHD Life Coach through the International ADHD Life Coach Training Center. ADHD life coaches take a holistic approach to ADHD, offering encouragement and support, so that you have more opportunity to experience success in all areas of daily living.
Eliana Kovitch, PNP
Eliana Kovitch earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Georgia State University and her Master of Science in Nursing from Emory University. She is certified as a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner by the Pediatric Nursing Certification Board.
Before joining PANDA Neurology, Eliana worked as a Nurse Practitioner in the Epilepsy Department at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta where she gained experience working with children of all ages with neurological disorders. She specialized in Pediatric Epilepsy, managing hospital patients receiving therapeutic and diagnostic care in the Epilepsy Monitoring Unit and during the epilepsy surgery process as well as in an outpatient clinic setting.
Eliana has a passion for all Pediatric Neurology with a special interest in epilepsy. She is involved in epilepsy education and research and is a member of the American Epilepsy Society.
Rachel Schwartz, PA-C
Rachel Schwartz attended college at Emory University, where she earned her Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience & Behavioral Biology. She performed clinical research at Emory University prior to joining the Physician Assistant (PA) program at the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences, where she earned her Master of Science in Health Sciences degree. She is a certified Physician Assistant in the state of Georgia.
Rachel gained experience in hospital medicine after graduation, working as an inpatient PA at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, Scottish Rite campus prior to transitioning to her current role at PANDA Neurology and Atlanta Headache Specialists. She has a passion for the neurosciences and enjoys all aspects of child neurology and headache medicine. She is a member of the American Headache Society, and a member of Nu Rho Psi, the National Honor Society in Neuroscience.