Meet My Doctors

Neurology Team

SUSAN M BASER - Allegheny Neurological Associates

Director, Spasticity and Movement Disorder Center
Associate Professor, Neurology, Drexel University College of Medicine

TIMOTHY A LEICHLITER, MD - Allegheny Neurological Associates. Botox Administrator

Dr. Leichliter graduated from the Temple University School of Medicine in 2009. He works in Pittsburgh, PA and specializes in Neurology. Dr. Leichliter is affiliated with Allegheny General Hospital, Allegheny Valley Hospital, Heritage Valley Sewickley and Ohio Valley Hospital.

Chiropractic Neurologists

Professor Frederick (Ted) Carrick 


Professor of Clinical Neurology
Administrator, Institutional Review Board
Founder, Carrick Institute

Dr. George Kukurin DC, DACAN

Dr. Kukurin has been the key to my continued success here in Pittsburgh. If you click on the link you can read his complete bio.

Offices located in Pittsburgh, PA & Phoenix, AZ

Dr. Joaquin Farias 

Since 1996 Dr. Farias has helped more than 1000 people to have their lives back after being affected by different movement disorders characterized by dystonia, tremors and other problems with coordination. He has a doctorate in biomechanics, as well as master’s degrees in neuropsychological rehabilitation, psychosociology and ergonomics.

Dr. Matthew Antonucci DC, DACNB,FACFN,FICC 

Plasticity Brain Centers - Orlando, Florida

Dr. Antonucci has a professional Master’s degree in neuroscience; has been awarded a diplomate in the sub-specialty of chiropractic neurology; is a certified fellow in multiple specialties: vestibular disorders, brain injury rehabilitation, nutrition and neurochemistry, childhood developmental disorders, and functional neurology. He has been inducted as a fellow into the exclusive and honorable International College of Chiropractic.

Dr. Nathan Keiser DC, DACNB

Assistant Professor of Neurology at Carrick Institute

Dr. Angela Gabella DC, DACNB

Physician, CEO Gabella Brain and Spine Clinic

Dr. William Shine DC, DACNB

Dr. Shine is located in Greensburg, PA. He graduated in 2004 from Logan University. He specializes in concussions and vertigo and treats many other brain related traumatic injuries and disorders. I saw Dr. Shine once a week to have him check on my progress, make minor adjustments to my at-home therapies and use the Hyperbaric Oxygen Chamber.

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In April of 2015 and was fortunate enough to be seen by Dr. Ted Carrick during Grand Rounds in Marietta, Georgia.

He diagnosed my primary disorder of Meige's syndrome (Oromandibular Dystonia) and that is the root cause of my cervical dystonia. That was the greatest gift I could ever have been given and I know how lucky and fortunate I am to have been seen by Dr. Carrick, Dr. Keiser and Dr. Gabella. Their passion and dedication to their work and their patients go above and beyond any experience I have ever had with traditional practioners. I also am blessed to have Dr. Shine who had referred me to the former Carrick Brain Center and who has been incredibly compassionate and invaluable to my progress at home this past year.

I just returned home on April 17th 2016 after spending a week at Plasticity Brian Centers in Orlando, Florida with Dr. Matthew Antonucci. Unfortunately, the progress we made that week did not stick and I was fortunate enough to have Dr. Kukurin take over my at-home therapy and see me in Pittsburgh. We are making progress but it is slow and very painful to work muscles that have not been used in two years.

There is a reason for me to be here. There is a reason why I was lucky enough to have been seen by Dr. Carrick and get properly diagnosed. I am lucky enough to have Dr. George Kukurin as my DC in Pittsburgh. I am grateful to have attended the Cervical Dystonia workshop in Toronto with Dr. Farias. I am grateful for the care and therapy that Dr. Antonucci has given me in Orlando. Without the plea to Dr. Carrick from Dr. Keiser and Dr. Gabella I probably would not have been properly diagnosed. And Dr. Shine was the first doctor to hold out his hand when I felt like I was drowning. He started this journey with me. He pushed me to seek alternative treatment and not dive right into surgery. 

I believe it is now my responsibility to help spread awareness about the amazing healing of functional neurology that Dr. Carrick has created. I want to share the accomplishments of so many people suffering from dystonia, brain disorders and traumatic brain injuries. 

Though it is a long journey, I still have faith that between functional neurology, neuroplasticity and traditional medicine I will be able to better manage my symptoms and the pain of dystonia.