Neurology Staff

Practice Manager

Catherine-EdwardsCatherine Edwins

Catherine joined Winthrop Neuroscience Medical in October 2015. As Practice Manager, she leads a team of dedicated staff and is responsible for the operational management of the practice.

Catherine has more than 20 years of experience in the healthcare industry and has been a part of the management team since 2003.

She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Mathematics from Hofstra University.


Nurse Practitioner

Michelle Almaliah, APRN, BC, NP

Michelle Almaliah is a certified Adult Nurse Practitioner. She received her Bachelors in Nursing from Binghamton University and her Masters degree in Nursing from Hunter-Bellevue School Nursing.

As a registered nurse, Mrs. Almaliah worked in the neuro-surgical ICU at New York University Hospital. Upon completion of her Masters degree, she worked as Nurse practitioner for an Orthopaedic Spine Surgeon at Lenox Hill Hospital,  as Neurosurgical Nurse Practitioner at New York University Hospital, and as Neuro-oncology Nurse Practitioner for the Long Island Brain Tumor Center.  

Mrs. Almaliah has over  eighteen years experience in caring for brain and spine patients. Her strong knowledge base of Neuro-Oncology and Neurosurgery enables her to deliver compassionate care.


Kathleen Michel, CNRN, MSN, FNP-BC

Kathleen-MichelAdministrative Director & Coordinator/Cerebrovascular Program

An American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) Board Certified Family Nurse Practitioner and Certified Neuroscience Registered Nurse (CNRN), Kathleen Michel has over 15 years of experience in her field. With advanced training and exceptional skill, Ms. Michel is NYU Winthrop Hospital’s Administrative Director & Coordinator of the Cerebrovascular Program, and is an important member of the Hospital’s Stroke Team, participating in stroke trials and a 1st responder in acute stroke response and management. She is also actively involved in staff/community education, quality improvement initiatives, oversees the Stroke Support Group, and facilitates the Hospital in maintaining certification as a New York State Department of Health designated Primary Stroke Center. For ten years, Ms Michel has been an adjunct professor of nursing at Long Island University/C.W. Post Campus. In addition, she was a nurse practitioner at South Franklin Family Health Center in Hempstead, NY and at New York-area hospitals, Long Island College Hospital and New York Methodist Hospital in Brooklyn. She has also been a medical missionary since 2001 including providing relief efforts after the devastating earthquake in Haiti in January 2010. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing at Adelphi University in Garden City, NY, and her Nursing Master’s of Science Degree at Long Island University/C.W. Post Campus.


Princy Varghese, CNRN, SCRN, MSN, FNP-C

Nurse Practitioner for Cerebrovascular Program

Princy Varghese is a Board Certified Family Nurse Practitioner by the American Association of Nurse Practitioner. She is also a Certified  NeuroScience Registered Nurse (CNRN) and also a Stroke Cerified Registered Nurse (SCRN) by the American Board of Neuroscience Nursing. She received her Masters degree as a Family Nurse Practitioner from C.W.Post, Long Island University. She is an active member of the  American Association of Nurse Practitioner.

She always had a great interest and passion in Neurology field. As a Registered Nurse, Princy Varghese has worked in the Neuroscience department of NorthWell University Hospital, Manhasset. She is worked a Charge Nurse and  Preceptor for new graduate RNs. She is a Nurse Practitioner in both Inpatient and Outpatient settings.  She is the 1 st responder for Acute Stroke  Response and management. She  also has experience working as Medice NP for Dept of Medicine and Telemetry at NorthWell University Hospital, Manhasset.

Thus her experience practicing across diverse specialities has helped her in providing exceptional patient care. Her experience, critical thinking skills and compassion for patients and their families has made her an exceptional Nurse Practitioner.


Mei Wu, MSN, RN, NP, FNP-BCChaomei Wu

MS Program Coordinator

Chaomei Wu is a board-certified family nurse practitioner, specializing in the diagnosis, treatment and management of multiple sclerosis. She is dedicated to providing exceptional patient care through medical and complementary therapies.

She completed her Master of Science in Nursing (family nurse practitioner program) at Sage Graduate School in Troy, NY.  She obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Biology from SUNY Albany.

She joined NYU-Winthrop Neuroscience in 2017.


Physicians Assistant

Golie-SinaGolareh Sina, RPA-C

Golareh Sina is a graduate of Queens College with bachelors of arts in psychology and physical anthropology. She has always had a keen interested in the medical field, specially neurology. She pursued her physician assistant degree and graduated from York college with honors as PA scholar. She then worked in a neurological private practice before joining Winthrop Neuroscience in 2014. She has true compassion, critical thinking skills, and genuine concern for patient’s well being. She has been invaluable to our movement and neuromuscular disorder patient population.

Registered Nurse

Rittza Rivera, RN
Anne Gracia, RN
Kathy Krieger, RN


Social Worker


Lucia Jamaluddin, LMSW

Ms. Jamaluddin joined the NYU Winthrop Hospital Department of Neuroscience in 2015  with a variety of social work experience that has allowed her to assist many individuals of various walks of life. Some of her past experience includes being a program director of a Long Term Care unit dedicated to those affected with Huntington’s disease, and initiating a Geriatric Care Manager position with an elder law firm on Long Island. Lucia received her Master’s degree in Social Work from Stony Brook University and shortly after, received her license. She is now working towards obtaining her Certificate to become a Clinical Social Worker. Her current role includes working with individuals, families and groups, providing support, information and community referrals to those affected by various neurological disorders.


EMG Technician

Elizabet Portieles Sanchez

Medical Assistant

Miguelina Acosta
Yolanda Cadet-Smith
Stephany Costa
Roxana Medina

Office Assistant

Brandy Barias
Susanna Cairney
Brenda Cruz
Alicia Glymph
Keli Haley
Christina Rodriguez
Cathy-Ann Rossi
Alexia Standard
Talaya Williams

Insurance Authorizations

Shaunese Gulcharan
Leslie Rodriguez

Office Coordinator

Corinne Condemi


Neurosurgery Staff (Dr. Nancy Epstein)

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Physicians Assistant

Renee Hollingsworth, PA

Surgical Scheduler

Lisa Novelli