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.
Said Elshihabi MD, FAANS
Founder / CEO
Said Elshihabi MD, FAANS, neurosurgeon and founder of Legacy Brain & Spine, is a board-certified neurosurgeon with an emphasis in the management of surgical and non-surgical spinal disorders, as well as brain trauma and tumors. He received his medical degree from the University of Texas Health Sciences Center and pursued a neurosurgery residency at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. He has been practicing in Georgia since 2007, and is board certified by the American Board of Neurological Surgery, as well as the American Board of Independent Medical Examiners.
Dr. Elshihabi has a passion for guiding patients on their brain and spine journey, priding himself on informing his patients about their conditions, and utilizing ALL educational tools at his disposal to ease the anxiety associated with their disease. He firmly believes in being an advocate for his patients and their families, and utilizing a comprehensive team approach in disease management.
Jerry Walters II MD
Neurosurgeon / Spine Surgery
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.
Marcus Stephens MD
Neurosurgeon / Skull Base Surgery
Dr. Marcus L Stephens II, an Albany, Georgia native, is a graduate of Hampton University and Meharry Medical College. He completed his residency training in neurosurgery at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock, Arkansas. He studied heavily under globally recognized skull base neurosurgeon and chairman of the department, JD Day and spent hundreds of hours developing his surgical technique in the Yasargil Microneurosurgery Laboratory. After completing his chief resident year at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, he completed a fellowship in open cerebrovascular and skull base neurosurgery under former Congress of Neurological Surgeons President and Chairman of Neurosurgery at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland Ohio, Nicholas Bambakidis.
Dr. Stephens has authored several manuscripts in peer reviewed journals and takes a particular interest in tumors of the cranial base including meningiomas, pituitary adenomas, and vestibular schwannomas. He treats a wide range of complex brain disorders including trigeminal neuralgia, hemifacial spasm, aneurysms, arteriovenous malformations, dural arteriovenous fistulas, gliomas, brain metastases, and traumatic brain injuries. He also treats traumatic and degenerative disorders of the spine with modern, minimally-invasive, techniques. Dr. Stephens believes in ensuring that patients and their families are fully educated on their neurosurgical care and providing the best possible, personalized, treatment plan for each individual patient.
“I believe in treating people, not images. Although developing neurosurgical treatment plans can often be challenging, my guiding principle is always treating my patients like my own family.”
Arsalaan Salehani MD
Neurosurgeon / Spine Surgery
Dr. Arsalaan Salehani – currently board eligible – moved to the United States at a young age eventually settling in South Carolina long term with his parents and younger sister. He attended Wofford College where he was an Honors Graduate, received the Biology Department Award, and the Outstanding Citizen Award along with being inducted into the Phi Beta Kappa Honors Society. He then moved to Atlanta, GA to complete medical school at Emory University. While at Emory, he served on various curriculum and advisory committees and was selected to be one of two Emory medical students selected to the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) Organization of Student Representatives. He then moved to Birmingham, AL for neurosurgery residency at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). While there, he was elected as a resident representative to the Faculty-Resident Liaison Committee and was awarded the Outstanding Consultant of the Year Award. Under the mentorship of UAB Neurosurgery faculty, Dr. Salehani developed a keen interest in both brain and spine disease as well as clinical research. He currently has close to 40 peer-reviewed publications on a wide range of neurosurgical pathologies. During residency, he received extensive training in both traditional open spine techniques as well as newer minimally invasive techniques incorporating spinal navigation. He is looking forward to personalizing his approach for each patient, with the goal of improving their quality of life to the best of his ability. He believes in open and honest communication with his patients, taking the time to listen to their concerns and thoroughly explaining their diagnoses and treatment options. Outside of neurosurgery, Dr. Salehani enjoys exercising, playing basketball, watching sports, and exploring Atlanta with his wife and family.
Richard Gullick MD
Neurosurgeon / Spine Surgery
Richard Gullick, MD, was born in Memphis, TN. He grew up in a military family at military bases around the US and Germany. He attended medical school at the F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine in Bethesda, MD followed by residency at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, DC. After residency he was stationed in Hawaii, Texas, and Iraq. He and his family moved to Atlanta in 2008. Dr. Gullick has particular interest in minimally invasive cranial and spinal surgery. Patient education is a critical component of his approach to medicine. He feels strongly that greater patient understanding of the relevant medical issues and treatment options can greatly ease fear, anxiety and make for a smoother recovery. Outside of his clinical practice he enjoys reading, hiking, cooking and generally tinkering around his “farm” ala Jeremy Clarkson. He rarely has a dull moment with friends, family, farm and one supremely indifferent Akita.
Heidi Meyer APRN, MSN, FNP-BC, CNRN, CAQ-HM
Nurse Practitioner / Certified Headache & Concussion Specialist
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.”
Danielle Haygood APRN, FNP-C
Nurse Practitioner, Danielle Haygood, has been caring for Surgical and Pain and Spine patients since 2004. She has 20 plus years experience as a Surgical Nurse, with primary focus in Ambulatory Surgery Leadership. She graduated with her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Jacksonville State University in 1998 and then pursued a Masters in Science in Healthcare Administration in Nursing from Loyola University New Orleans in 2012 and later completed a Post- Master’s Family Nurse Practitioner Certificate at Carson-Newman University in Jefferson City, TN in 2022. Danielle is currently certified by the AANP and is a member of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners and the Association of Perioperative Nurses. She is currently studying to become a Certified Neuroscience Registered Nurse with the American Board of Neuroscience Nursing and a Certified Headache & Concussion Specialist with the National Headache Association.
She has a combined 24 years experience in Outpatient and Inpatient Surgery and Spine and Pain Management in the hospital, ASC and clinic setting.
She lives in Rydal, Ga on her small farm with her husband, James and has worked in the Rome and Cartersville, GA area for over 20 years. She joined the Legacy Brain and Spine family in February 2023.
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.