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Lane R. Carlin, MD

Top Doctors 2015

Dr. Lane Carlin was born in New York City and moved to Florida in 1955. He attended the University of Florida, graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry. He graduated from medical school at the University of South Florida in 1976 with a distinguished award in neurology. Dr. Carlin served his internship at Tampa General Hospital followed by two years of public health service in North Carolina. In 1979, he began a three-year residency in neurology at Bowman Gray Medical School in Winston Salem, North Carolina, where he was chief resident in neurology from 1981-82.


Dr. Carlin began private clinical practice in northern California, moving to Ft. Myers in 1983 where he has been in private practice since. Dr. Carlin is on the board of Epilepsy Services of Southwest Florida and has volunteered and directed the free epilepsy clinic in Lee County since 1990. He is certified in neurology by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (ABPN) and is on the staff of two local hospitals.   He and his wife Barbara have two daughters.



Chris J. Marino, MD

Top Doctors 2015 Dr. Marino was born, and grew up in Long Island, New York.  His undergraduate education was at the University of Virginia, where he majored in chemistry.  He was commissioned as an officer in the United States Army, and earned his medical degree at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, Maryland, where he graduated with honors and was elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha honor medical society.    He completed his internship, and residency in Neurology at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington D.C.  He served as the neurologist for the US Army hospital in Seoul Korea, and then returned to Walter Reed, serving as the assistant chief of the Neurology Service and assistant Neurology program director.  He is a combat-decorated veteran.    He later completed his fellowship in clinical neurophysiology at Walter Reed, and then served as the assistant director of the clinical neurophysiology training program.   


Dr. Marino has special interest and training in diseases of the muscle and nerve, epilepsy and the treatment of movement disorders with botulinum toxin. 


Dr. Marino joined the Florida Neurology Group in 1998. He thoroughly enjoys seeing and helping his patients with neurological conditions.  He has collaborated in the development of multiple clinical processes and protocols to improve the neurological care of patients in Lee County.  He has served on numerous committees within the health system involving quality and medical staff concerns.   


He and his wife Karma enjoy the outdoors, family, school and church activities and occasional visits to Disney with their children.

John P. Sullivan, MD

Dr. Sullivan was born in Erie, Pennsylvania and received his Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Gannon University is 1998.  He graduated in 2002 from MCP-Hahnemann School of Medicine in Philadelphia.  Dr. Sullivan then went forward to complete medical internship, neurology residency and clinical neurophysiology fellowship at the University of Rochester.  During fellowship he had an emphasis placed on training in neuromuscular diseases and epilepsy.  He earned distinction during residency because of his dedication to teaching and excellence in clinical standards with an election to the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society and the Arnold P. Gold Foundation.


He is certified in neurology by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (ABPN) and he is a member of the American Academy of Neurology.  Dr. Sullivan greatly enjoys providing high quality and compassionate care for his patients with a variety of neurological disorders including stroke, epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, migraine and neuropathy.


Dr. Sullivan joined Florida Neurology Group in 2016 and relocated from NW Pennsylvania where he had been practicing general neurology for eight years.  He enjoys outside activities, involvement in his church and travel with his wife and three children.


Anthony C. Brown, MD

Dr. Anthony Brown was born in Omaha Nebraska to a military family and raised in Germany, Hawaii, and Florida.  His undergraduate education was at Florida State University where he majored in Athletic Training.  He attended medical school at New York Medical College in Westchester County New York graduating in 2008.  He then completed his medical internship and general neurology residency at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio where he had the distinction of serving as chief resident for two years. 


Dr. Brown then served as an active duty neurologist for the Unites States Air Force at Eglin Air Force Base in northwest Florida from 2012-2016 serving as a General Neurologist and regional director of traumatic brain injury services for active duty combat personnel.  Dr. Brown is a board certified general neurologist and holds a special interest in the treatment of headache disorders, Parkinson's disease, and the treatment of neurologic disease with botulinum toxin.


Dr. Brown joined Florida Neurology Group in 2016.  He enjoys surfing, paddle boarding, and exercise.  He lives with his wife and three young sons.

Gerardo A. Gamez, MD

Dr. Gamez was born in Manila, Philippines.  He was the only student who completed his Bachelor of Science degree in three years with honors.  He received his medical degree from University of Santo Tomas College of Medicine and Surgery in the Philippines in 1980.  He completed his medical internship and residency in Internal Medicine at the Miriam Hospital, Brown University in 1986.  He completed his neurology residency at Mount Sinai medical Center, New York in 1989.  He moved to Fort Myers, Florida and began clinical practice in General Neurology since then.  His major areas of interest are in Parkinson’s disease and Movement disorders and Seizure disorders.


Dr. Gamez has been an active member in the different committees and departments of all the local hospitals in Lee County.


Dr. Gamez and his wife, Marivic, enjoy traveling and spending time visiting his five daughters and their families.  In his spare time, he enjoys jogging, swimming and biking.


Konstantin Dzamashvili, MD, PhD, MSc

Dr. Konstantin Dzamashvili received his M.D. from Chuvash State University, USSR; and his Ph.D. in Aging of Autonomic Nervous System through Tbilisi State Medical Institute, Georgia, USSR.  Dr. Dzamashvili is doubled boarded in Neurology and Vascular Neurology.  Dr. Dzamashvili’s long list of accomplishments includes Co-Director of the Stroke and Neurovascular Program, Comprehensive Stroke Center, at the Central DuPage Hospital, Northwestern Medicine, The Neuroscience Institute, Winfield, Illinois.

Chris Kaiser, APRN-C

Chris was born and raised in Midland, Michigan. He attended Michigan State University, where he obtained his Bachelor of Science in Nursing. He worked as a registered nurse on a neurology unit in Michigan for two years. He then moved to Florida and worked as a charge nurse on a neurology unit for three years. While working as a nurse, Chris obtained his Master's Degree in Nursing from Nova Southeastern University, where he graduated with highest honors. He is certified as a Family Nurse Practitioner by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners.


Through his work experience and education, Chris has learned to value holistic patient-centered care. He has passion for neurologic disorders, and getting to know each of his patients to ensure that their health care goals are met.


Chris and his wife have lived in Florida for four years with their Golden Retriever, Levi. In his free time, he enjoys playing sports, exercising, and spending time with his family. He also loves to play music.


Lina G. Davis, APRN-C

Lina was born in Havana, Cuba and was raised in Florida for most of her life. She became a Family Nurse Practitioner from the University of South Florida, Tampa in 2016. She also graduated that year as a member of the Sigma Theta Tau International Honors Society. In 2017, she became a member of the American Association of Neurology and became a Nurse Practitioner First Assist attaining her degree from the National Institue of First Assist. Lina has worked as an RN at Lee Memorial Hospital in the Neurology and Neurology step-down unit for more than three years. She also worked there as an RN in Trauma and Med-surge units for two years. Before coming to the Florida Neurology Group in 2017, she worked in Primary Care as a Family Nurse Practitioner.


Lina is fluent in both English and Spanish, and has a great deal of experience working with diverse populations. She values the autonomy of her clients and prioritizes a multi-disciplinary approach that centers the lived experiences of patients.


In her free time, Lina enjoys fitness and health activities, traveling, and spending time with her hairless cat.

Ann W. Fowler, APRN-C

Ann was born in the state of Washington and raised in Ohio.  She participated in the Ohio State University Freshmen Honors Program and graduated from the College of Nursing in 1979.  She worked as a hospital staff nurse in Ohio, Florida and Michigan.  From 1991 through 1997, she was employed as a neurosurgical intensive care nurse at Sparrow Hospital, Lansing, Michigan.  In 1996, she received a Master’s degree in Nursing from Michigan State University.  She is a member of Sigma Theta Tau, the international nursing honor society.  She is board certified as a Family Nurse Practitioner by the American Nurses Credentialing Center. 

Since 1997, she has worked exclusively in the outpatient field specializing in neurology.  Ann joined the Florida Neurology Group in 2012.  She enjoys caring for all neurology patients, especially those with headache, dementia and Parkinson’s disease.

Ann and her husband, Bob, have two sons.  Free time together is spent enjoying family, hobbies and travel.

Shannon Mims, APRN-C

Shannon was born and raised in Fort Myers, FL. She started her medical career in ophthalmology as an ophthalmic technician. She worked for George Washington University Medical Faculty Associates in Washington D.C. for two years. Working for an academic organization inspired her to further pursue her medical career. Upon graduating from Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing, she worked at the University for three years as a Registered Nurse in the neuro critical care unit. She enjoyed working with adults, and wanted to gain more experience in pediatrics. Therefore, she transferred to Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) for one year, then St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital PICU for two years.  While working in the PICU she attended University of Tampa, where she pursued her Master’s Degree in nursing. Shannon graduated with honors in May 2018, and is a member of Sigma Theta Tau, the International Honor Society of Nursing. She is board certified as a Family Nurse Practitioner by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners and is a member of American Academy of Neurology.


Shannon joined Florida Neurology Group in 2018, and is passionate about providing comprehensive neurological care to all patients. She incorporates health and wellness in both her personal and professional life. She and her husband, Louis, have a son and a dog. Her free time is spent enjoying her family, spending time outdoors, and fitness.

Estefania Schiavi, APRN-C

Estefania was born in Bayamon, Puerto Rico and was raised in Florida for most of her life. In 2018, she graduated with her Masters of Science in Nursing from the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Nursing. She is a member of Sigma Theta Tau, the International Honor Society of Nursing, and the American Association of Neurology. She is board certified as a Family Nurse Practitioner by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Board.

Estefania has worked as a registered nurse at the Gulf Coast Medical Center in the progressive care Unit and the observation unit for six years. She is fluent in English and Spanish. She strives to provide holistic patient care and improve health through compassion, honesty, and safe patient care. She joined Florida Neurology Group in 2019 and is excelling this new chapter in her career.


In her free time, Estefania enjoys fitness and health related activities, traveling, and spending time with her husband.

Rachel Sims, APRN-C

Rachel is a Lee County native. She graduated in 2015 from Nova Southeastern University with her Bachelor’s in Nursing, and in 2019 from Chamberlain University, where she earned her Masters of Science in Nursing. She began her nursing career in a medical surgical progressive care unit at Health Park Medical Center, and soon moved to the surgical intensive care unit as a charge nurse. Rachel started with Florida Neurology Group as a Nurse Practitioner in 2020. She enjoys helping her patients and the challenges that the acute care neurology specialty brings.


Rachel is an active member of the Southern Gulf Coast Nurse Practitioner Counsel and is board certified through the American Nurses Credentialing Center. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, outdoor activities, spending time with her spouse and pets, and volunteering for a local animal rescue organization.


Nakiya M. Wright, APRN-C

Nakiya was born in Brooklyn and raised in Queens, New York. She and her family moved to Florida in 2006, where she received her Bachelor’s degree in Nursing from Nova Southeastern University in 2014. She is a member of the Sigma Theta Tau International Honors Society. She has worked as a registered nurse for more than 5 years at the Gulf Coast Medical Neuroscience Progressive Care Unit. In 2019, Nakiya graduated from Maryville University in St. Louis, Missouri with a Master of Science in Nursing, with *emphasis as an Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner. She joined Florida Neurology Group in 2020.

In her free time, Nakiya enjoys spending time with her family and shopping.

Sanjeev V. Maniar, MD

Dr. Sanjeev Maniar was born and raised in India. He attended B.J. Medical College in Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India. In 1995, completed his intern year at Brookdale Hospital in Brooklyn, NY. He then completed his neurology residency and neurophysiology fellowship at Wayne State University in Detroit, MI in 1999. He practiced for less than 2 years at Portsmouth, OH before he joined practice with Dr. Prasad in 2001. Since then he has practiced neurology in Northwest Indiana where he went on to become the Stroke Director and Multiple Sclerosis Director of Methodist Hospital until June 2017.He has been recognized by the National Multiple Sclerosis Society as a partner in MS care since 2020.


Dr. Maniar is compassionate by nature, contributing to his unique bedside manner and his interactions put a smile on his patients' faces and help them subdue their pain. Dr. Maniar enjoys travel and cultural experiences. He is fluent in English, Hindi, and Gujarati. He often donates his time to underserved communities and regularly participates in mission trips internationally. He has traveled with his wife and two daughters on multiple occasions to participate in medical camps in areas such as rural Uganda and India.  



Dr. Michael Smith was born in Naples, FL in 1979. He completed his neurology residency at University of South Florida in 2021. He has a special interest in the diagnosis and treatment of epilepsy and central nervous system inflammatory disorders. Dr. Smith completed one year of clinical training in vascular neurology at University of Florida following graduation from medical school in 2014. He has also worked on numerous clinical research trials in behavioral and vascular neurology.


Prior to pursuing neurology, Dr. Smith earned a Bachelor of Arts from Tufts University in Political Science and graduated magna cum laude in 2002. Politics and political philosophy remain of great interest to Dr. Smith. Most importantly, he enjoys spending time with his wife Bree and two daughters, Amelia and Hannah.


Amanda was born in Albany, New York and was raised in Syracuse, NY. She received a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Clarkson University. She decided to return to nursing school, and received her AAS in Registered Nursing from Finger Lakes Community College in 2014. She accepted a position in the Neurosciences Intensive Care Unit at SUNY Upstate Medical University, a level 1 trauma center in New York. While there, she obtained her certifications in stroke and critical care nursing. In 2018, she graduated with honors from SUNY Upstate Medical University with her Masters of Nursing with a focus in Family Nurse Practitioner. Amanda then worked for an outpatient neurology clinic in Canandaigua, New York as a Nurse Practitioner, seeing general neurology patients until 2021 when her family moved to SW Florida to be closer to relatives. She is a board certified Nurse Practitioner. She is a member of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners and of the American Academy of Neurology.

Amanda joined Florida Neurology Group in 2021, and is passionate about providing thorough care to all of her neurological patients. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her husband, Anthony, her two sons, and her dog. She is an avid Peloton user, and loves sports of all kinds.


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