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Neurological Services of Orlando, P.A.

Dr. Mark Klafter  ||  Dr. Daniel Jacobs
Dr. Ahmed H. Sadek  ||  Dr. Navin Verma

HengChai Lai, MSN, ANP-BC, CNRN
Constance B. Easterling, RN, MSN, ANP, MSCN
Beatriz Elizabeth Carmona Toro, MSN, FNP-C, CNRN

Mark J. Klafter, D.O.

Dr. Mark J. Klafter As a neurologist practicing in Orlando since 1996, Dr. Klafter is a founding member of Neurological Services of Orlando. In addition to his clinical duties, he is serving as President of the Florida Society of Neurology through September of 2009.

After undergraduate work at The University of Pittsburgh, earning his medical degree at The Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine and graduating from the Cornell Neurology Residency Program, he completed a fellowship in Electromyography (EMG/NCS) at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. In addition to his subspecialty in EMG, Dr. Klafter is a nationally recognized speaker in botulinum toxin (BOTOX®) injection for the management of spasticity and dystonia. He is adept at a wide range of neurological disorders from migraines to dementia, and has a large practice in movement disorders such as Parkinson's disease.

Dr. Klafter has gained a reputation for his thorough and compassionate approach to the care of adult neurology patients, and he was featured in the December 2008 edition of Orlando Magazine as one of Central Florida's best physicians.

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Daniel H. Jacobs, MD

Dr. Daniel Jacobs Dr. Daniel H. Jacobs, MD, has been in practice in neurology since 1994, and has been in Orlando since 1997. Dr. Jacobs accepts patients with all types of neurological problems. Dr. Jacobs does direct the Multiple Sclerosis Care Center of NSO, and participates in clinical research associated with multiple sclerosis. Dr. Jacobs also serves as Director for Stroke Services at Orlando Regional Medical Center, and maintains a strong interest in stroke.

Dr. Jacobs teaches at Orlando Health, and was appointed Associate Professor of Neurology at University of Central Florida College of Medicine. He has served as Assistant Professor of Neurology at Tufts Medical School, as a founding physician and Research Director of the Memory Disorder Clinic at Orlando Health, and as an Examiner for the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. Dr. Jacobs has published several dozen journal articles in peer reviewed neurologic journals.

Dr. Jacobs received an A.B. in history from Stanford Unviersity, MD in medicine from the University of Kansas, and residency degrees from the University of Iowa, Johns Hopkins University, and the Unviversity of Kansas. Dr. Jacobs completed a fellowship in Neuropsychology and Behavioral Neurology from the University of Florida College of Medicine.

UF & Shands College of Medicine

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Ahmed H. Sadek, M.D.

Dr. Ahmed H. Sadek Dr. Sadek is an Epilepsy Specialist who joined Neurological Services of Orlando in 2007.

He received his medical education at Cairo University, Egypt where he held a faculty status for few years before his move to the United States. Dr. Sadek received extensive training in neurology, neuroimaging, Epilepsy and Clinical Neurophysiology. He received residency training at Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas and also completed a two year subspecialty fellowship training in epilepsy and clinical neurophysiology at the University of Pennsylvania, in Philadelphia, PA. Dr. Sadek also completed a two year neuroimaging research fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania, in Philadelphia, PA and has numerous publications and few book chapters.

Dr. Sadek is double board-certified in Neurology and Clinical Neurophysiology with great Expertise in Epilepsy management, patient selection for epilepsy surgery and monitoring of refractory epilepsy patients. He practiced neurology in Nebraska for four years prior to joining NSO. His other areas of expertise include clinical neurophysiological techniques including EMG and Nerve conduction studies, sleep, Evoked potentials, and the use of BOTOX® for focal dystonia and spasticity.

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Navin Verma, M.D.

Dr. Navin Verma Dr. Navin Verma graduated from the University of California at Berkeley in 1997 with an undergraduate degree in molecular and cell biology. During his undergraduate training, he was involved in basic science research at the University of California at San Francisco (UCSF) that resulted in publication. He earned his medical degree from Ross University in 2002. He completed his internship in internal medicine and residency at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ). He was selected as Chief Resident in his final year. During his residency, he was involved in clinical research involving the utilization of MRI in community hospitals for the evaluation of stroke and 3D modeling of Multiple Sclerosis plaques. He then completed a fellowship in Sleep Medicine at the Sleep Disorders Institute in New York City. After working in New Jersey as an Attending Neurologist and Sleep Medicine Specialist, Dr. Verma is pleased to have joined Neurological Services of Orlando. Dr. Verma is Board Certified in Neurology, Vascular Neurology, and Sleep Medicine. His academic interests include sleep disorders, epilepsy, headaches, and vascular neurology.

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HengChai Lai, MSN, ANP-BC, CNRN

HengChai Lai, MSN, ANP-BC, CNRN Heng Chai received his bachelor degree in nursing (BSN) from the University of Central Florida and began practicing as a registered nurse in neuroscience in 2006. During his practice as an RN he was an active member of the neuroscience unit practicecouncil at a large, local, stroke-certified hospital. There, he often became the first-responder called to assist neurologists in the evaluations of new stroke patients. In 2010, he obtained his specialty certification as a Certified Neuroscience Registered Nurse (CNRN).

Soon after the start of his practice, Heng Chai served as a nurse leader and as a charge nurse. He also supplemented his knowledge by returning to graduate classes at the University of Central Florida where also in 2009, he received his Master of Nursing as an Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner. He has functioned as an adjunct instructor in a CNRN preparation course and has given lectures at various local venues including The Annual Heart and Vascular Conference in 2010. Heng Chai also worked closely with Dr. Sadek and Dr. Verma as a rounding nurse in 2010 and joined Neurological Services of Orlando in 2011 as a nurse practitioner.

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Constance B. Easterling, RN, MSN, ANP, MSCN

Constance Easterling, RN Connie Easterling is an adult registered nurse practitioner(ARNP) and Clinical Coordinator for the MS Care Center of Neurological Services of Orlando (NSO). A graduate of the University of Florida with a Master in Science in Nursing (MSN), her practice has been limited exclusively to multiple sclerosis since 1998. An advocate for individuals with MS, Connie serves on the Clinical Advisory Committee of the Mid-Florida Chapter of the National MS Society. She promotes MS education by speaking frequently to community, student, and professional groups throughout the United States.

Connie is an active participant in the Consortium of Multiple Sclerosis Centers, an international organization connecting MS centers globally. As a member of the International Organization of MS Nurses (IOMSN), Connie serves on the Board of Directors. She is a preceptor to nurses with an interest in multiple sclerosis and is one of more than 500 nurses from around the world who are certified in multiple sclerosis nursing (MSCN).

Connie is also the recipient of the 2009 June Halper Award for excellence in MS Nursing.

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Beatriz Elizabeth Carmona Toro, MSN, FNP-C, CNRN

Beatriz Elizabeth Carmona Toro, MSN, FNP-C, CNRN

After receiving her Bachelor’s in Nursing from the University of Central Florida she began work in the field of nursing in 2007 on the neuroscience unit at Orlando Regional Medical Center, a stroke certified hospital. While working on her Master’s in Nursing Practice at UCF she obtained her certification as Neuroscience Registered Nurse in 2009. In 2010 she further focused her work on neurology by working with several neurologists as a rounding nurse. She has spoken locally on neurology including at the Annual Heart and Vascular Conference in 2010 .

She became certified as a Family Nurse Practitioner in the fall of 2010. In January of 2011 she joined Neurological Services of Orlando with a practice focusing on sleep medicine in addition to general neurology. With efforts aimed at the education of others she has spoken locally to patient education groups and has served as preceptor to upcoming nurse practitioners.

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Justin Lindquist, MD

Dr. Lindquist has been in practice since 2009 and joined Neurological Services of Orlando in 2013. He is a general neurologist with areas of interest in headache and neuromuscular diseases. After finishing his residency he deployed to Afghanistan where he served for six months as the theater neurologist. His primary duty was to direct in-county treatment of concussion and provide general neurology consulting. Upon his return he practiced as a neurohospitalist for two years in Jacksonville before completing a one-year fellowship in clinical neurophysiology at George Washington University. Since that time he has been employed by NSO and leads our new office in Lake Mary. He is Board Certified in Neurology and sees patients at Orlando Regional Medical Center and South Seminole Hospital. He continues to serve with the US Air Force Reserve.

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Neurological Services of Orlando, P.A.
Dr. Mark Klafter
Dr. Daniel Jacobs
Dr. Ahmed Sadek
Dr. Navin Verma

3849 Oakwater Circle
Orlando, FL 32806
Tel: 407.240.1762
Fax: 407.812.5869


4106 Lake Mary Blvd.
Suite 305
Lake Mary, FL 32746
Tel: 407.732.6613
Fax: 407.878.1213