Meet Our Team!
Get to know our clinic team who provides comprehensive surgical management of disorders of the brain, spinal cord and nervous system.
Legacy Brain & Spine physicians, technicians, and nurse specialists.
At Legacy Brain & Spine clinics, we take a multidisciplinary approach to primary brain disease diagnosis, treatment and follow-up care. We draw on the experience of physicians and other clinical staff in brain and spinal surgery, neurologic medical oncology, radiation oncology, neuro-radiology and neuro-pathology, who work together to diagnose and help you make informed decisions about treatment. Each member of our team is focused on delivering excellent treatment and helping you retain function.
OWNER / CEO
Said Elshihabi, MD, FAANS
Dr. Said Elshihabi is a board-certified neurosurgeon with personal interest and emphasis in the management of spinal disorders. He received his medical degree from the University of Texas Health Sciences Center – San Antonio, and pursued a neurosurgery residency at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. Dr. Elshihabi completed an inclusive fellowship in Spine Surgery with Dr. T. Glenn Pait, and has been in private practice for over ten years.
He is referred to by patients and team members alike as “Dr. E”. Dr. Elshihabi has a passion for guiding patients on their spine journey and prides himself on informing his patients about their spinal disorders, utilizing all educational tools at his disposal to ease the anxiety associated with spinal disease. He firmly believes in being available, affable, and accommodating to his patients at all times.
“It is this mantra in my professional life that has encouraged me to offer this form of intimate and personalized spine care for interested patients. I see first hand the benefit of a coordinated, organized approach in the long term management of spine conditions. Applying this belief to spinal disorders is truly exciting for me, and I hope that you will let me be your guide in this journey.”
NEUROSURGEON / SPINE SPECIALIST
Jerry Walters II, MD
Dr. Jerry L Walters, II - currently board eligible - is a native of Jackson, Mississippi and a graduate of Tougaloo College and Brown University Medical School. While attending Brown University Medical School and under the mentorship of Dr. Rees Cosgrove, he decided to pursue a career in Neurosurgery. He went on to complete his residency training at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences where he received extensive training in both open and minimally invasive spine surgery. Dr. Walters has authored several publications in peer-reviewed journals on topics ranging from spinal tumors, various techniques in spinal surgery, and developed a novel technique for improving the biocompatibility and bio-integration of metal implants.
Dr. Walters is actively treating Legacy Brain & Spine patients at our Tucker and Riverdale locations. He is a promoter of conservative therapy when appropriate and seeks to exhaust non-invasive treatment options until surgical intervention is warranted.
He believes restoration of function and elimination of pain are the primary surgical objectives. He treats various ailments of the brain including traumatic brain injury, infection, and brain tumors. He is a strong advocate for a customized, personalized medical treatment plan, and seeks to partner with each patient to develop the best treatment approach for their specific condition.
Outside of his career as a neurosurgeon, he enjoys hiking, giving back to the community and learning new things. He is a big fan of sports and a lover of History. Dr. Walters is a member of several professional organizations including the American Association of Neurological Surgery and the Congress of Neurological Surgery.
PHYSICAL MEDICINE AND REHABILITATION / PAIN MANAGEMENT
Nok Keomahathai, MD, FAAPMR
Dr. Nok Keomahathai is a double board-certified physician specializing in Pain Management and also Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. He received his bachelor of science from Virginia Commonwealth University in chemistry and a minor in mathematics. Prior to attending medical school, he was heavily involved in several research projects with the Department of Neurosurgery at the University of Virginia.
“Dr. Nok” as he is affectionately referred to by his patients and team members received his medical degree from the Medical College of Virginia, Richmond, in 1996. Because of his love of the neurosciences and sports medicine, he returned to the University of Virginia and pursued a residency in physical medicine and rehabilitation. He served as Chief Resident during his final year of residency.
Dr. Nok specializes in both minimally invasive nonsurgical and surgical treatments of musculoskeletal, orthopedic and spine related disorders. He promotes conservative treatment including physical therapy, chiropractic care and other less invasive treatments. However, if a patient’s conditions do not improve with conservative treatments, he guides patients on various minimally invasive treatments to help control pain and to restore maximum physical function. If such minimally invasive treatments do not create a lasting resolution of a patient’s symptoms, more advanced therapies such as spinal cord stimulation, interspinous spacer/fusion or intrathecal pain pumps may be considered. He uses a multi-disciplinary, algorithmic and comprehensive approach for the treatment of pain in order to improve the overall quality of life
for EACH of his patients.
NURSE PRACTITIONER / CERTIFIED HEADACHE SPECIALIST
Heidi Meyer, APRN, MSN, FNP-BC, CNRN, CAQ-HM
Nurse Practitioner, Heidi Meyer, has been caring for neurology and neurosurgical patients since 1992. After graduating with her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Michigan State University, she was a neuroscience ICU RN at the University of Virginia. She then expanded her knowledge when she earned her Master of Science in Nursing for Family Nurse Practitioner in 1995 from Emory University graduating Summa Cum Laude.
She has dedicated her career to working with neurology and neurosurgical patients, becoming certified in 1997 as a Certified Neuroscience Registered Nurse with the American Board of Neuroscience Nursing. Since 1996, Heidi has provided neurologic care as a nurse practitioner in the Marietta area.
Jamela Davis, AGNP-C
Jamela A. Davis, a native of Jackson, MS is an Adult-Geriatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner with 7 years of nursing experience in Orthopedics and Spinal Cord Injury rehabilitation nursing. In 2009, she graduated from Tougaloo College (Tougaloo, MS) with a B.A in Psychology. After working in a hospital for a short time afterwards, she decided to embark on her nursing career. She moved to GA in 2018 in order to expand her career. She is currently certified by the AANP and joined the Legacy Brain & Spine team in December 2021. Jamela is actively seeing patients at the Riverdale and Tucker locations.
Jamela believes in treating the whole person. “My goal is to make sure I’m using every avenue to make sure you are properly cared for from HEAD to TOE.”
Kimberly Stallings, NP-C
Nurse Practitioner, Kim Stallings, has been caring for Neurosurgical, Orthopedic, and pain patients since 1999. She has 12 years experience as a nurse practitioner, with primary focus in Spine and Pain Management. She graduated with her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Jacksonville State University in 1999 and then pursued a Masters in Science in Community Health Nursing from Jacksonville State University in 2002 and later completed a Post- Master Adult Nurse Practitioner Certificate at the University of Alabama in Birmingham, AL in 2010 graduating Summa Cum Laude. She is currently certified by the AANP.
She has a combined 20 years experience in Spine and Pain Management with Neurosurgical and Orthopedic patients in the hospital and clinic setting.
She lives in Centre, AL and has worked in the Rome, GA area for over 20 years and has an abundance of compassion for her patients. She joined the Legacy Brain and Spine family in February 2022.
NURSE PRACTITIONER / CERTIFIED HEADACHE SPECIALIST
Meagen Alvarado, FNP-C, AQH
A Georgia native, Meagen Alvarado, FNP-C obtained her Bachelors of Science in Nursing in 2013 from Columbus State University. She worked in various fields of nursing including med-surg, home health, and critical care but fell in love with the complex field of neurology. She has been caring for neurology patients since obtaining her Masters of Science in Nursing in 2018 also from Columbus State University before making the transition to neurosurgery in 2022. She is working to obtain her Certified Neuroscience Registered Nurse (CNRN) in addition to her Additional Qualification in Headache (AQH) from the National Headache Foundation to better serve our patient population. She is also certified in Spanish proficiency by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages. She loves working together with the physicians and advanced practice providers at Legacy Brain and Spine who are all dedicated to treating patients “like family”.
Outside of work she resides in Atlanta with her husband and 3 rescue dogs where she enjoys sewing, staying active, and traveling.