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 Winthrop 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.

Sharon Friedman-Urevich, DNP, RN, MSN, FNP-C

Sharon Friedman UrevichSharon Friedman-Urevich received a doctorate in nursing practice from Stony Brook University in 2009, and a master’s degree as a Family Nurse Practitioner from CW Post, in 1999.  She has been a registered professional nurse since 1975, practicing across diverse specialties in adult and pediatric health.

Ms. Urevich joined Winthrop Neuroscience Medical in 2001, serving as the Coordinator of the Multiple Sclerosis Treatment Center, until 2011.   She is the founder and past president of the Long Island MS Nurse’s Society, which provides educational forums for nurse’s involved in MS care, and for patients and their families living with MS.  She serves as a member of the Advisory Board of Winthrop’s Comprehensive MS Care Center.  She has participated in numerous MS-related clinical trials, focusing on the assessment and treatment of cognitive impairment in MS, for her doctoral thesis.  She has presented at national and international conferences, and has spoken extensively to the MS community regarding health and wellness.

In addition, Ms. Friedman-Urevich is currently an Associate Professor at St. Joseph’s College, teaching undergraduate and graduate nursing students.

She has been recognized as a leader in MS care, and as an inspirational citizen, selected to carry the US Olympic Torch in 2004.


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 Winthrop-University 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, NP







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

Denise Grueneberg, RN
Kathy Krieger, RN
Lorraine Martone, RN, BSN

Social Worker

Lucia DiSpirito, LMSW

Lucia-DispiritoMs. DiSpirito joined the Winthrop University 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
Corinne Condemi
Anita Mcguinness

Medical Biller

Susan Geoghan

Medical Secretary

Gabriela Coello
Brenda Cruz
Polina Grigortsevich
Keli Haley
Maria Marquez
Christina Rodriguez
Leslie Rodriguez

Insurance Authorizations

Shaunese Gulcharan

Academic Secretary

Marilena Iadevaia




Neurosurgery Staff (Dr. Nancy Epstein)

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Physicians Assistant

Renee Hollingsworth, PA

Surgical Scheduler

Lisa Novelli