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Meet the Plasticity® Team

Our clinical team has the ability to implement our unique, research-based therapeutic approaches with comfortable, supportive, and motivating bed-side manners. This high-quality group of individuals enables Plasticity® Centers to become recognized as one of the world leaders in neurological rehabilitation and optimization. Our clinical team of board-certified doctors and therapists has worked with thousands of clients, contributing to their health and performance transformation. Their experience is evident in the ability to quickly and effectively assess and diagnose the functional, health, and performance challenges that individuals often struggle with.

Our outstanding clinical team is equally complemented by a meticulously-selected, authentic, compassionate, and respectful administrative staff of program enrollment advisors, client care coordinators and experienced concierge personnel. These teams are committed to ensuring that you experience an unforgettable transformation in your health and life, not only through your neurological optimization, but also through a world-class experience.

 

Our Co-founder, Dr. Matthew Antonucci

Michael Budagher

Michael Budagher

Co-Founder, CEO, Chairman


Michael Budagher is the co-founder and CEO of TBIC, Inc, the parent company of the Plasticity Centers. He is a serial entrepreneur, starting his first company at the age of 21. He has funded and been involved in founding 10 plus companies, seeing them through startup through incorporation, and 2 public offerings.

He developed and implemented highly successful strategies for targeted growth in highly competitive environments through deliberate planning and sound financial administration. Michael has interfaced with Wall Street analysts, institutional investors and stockholders. He has managed large contract negotiations and reviewed information from attorneys to facilitate contracting processes.

Michael has been featured in Entrepreneur Magazine and Forbes 50 Fastest Growing Companies in America. Mr. Budagher is an accomplished pilot flying twin turbine aircraft. He is a devoted family-man and has been married for 34 years. He enjoys many outdoor activities like cycling, snow and waterskiing. Most of all he loves being a part of a compassionate, cutting-edge, and life-changing team.

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Dr. Matthew M. Antonucci

Dr. Matthew M. Antonucci

Co-Founder, President (Orlando)


Matthew M. Antonucci, DC, DACNB, FACFN, FABCDD, FABVR, FABNN, FABBIR, FICC is the lead clinician and Director of Neurological Performance and Rehabilitation for Plasticity Brain Centers. He completed undergraduate studies on an academic scholarship at Central Connecticut State University. He received his Doctorate in Chiropractic Medicine from Life University in Atlanta, Georgia. His post-graduate studies in neurology were completed at the Carrick Institute for Graduate Studies, where he also had the great fortune to complete a 2-year fellowship residency under the direction of Professor Frederick R. Carrick. He received both his diplomat in Chiropractic Neurology, as well as his fellowship in Functional Neurology, in 2009. He also had completed additional fellowship training and is board certified in the specialties of Childhood Developmental Disorders, Vestibular Rehabilitation, Neurochemistry and Nutrition, and Brain Injury Rehabilitation. In 2015, he was awarded the highest honor in the chiropractic profession, a lifetime induction as a fellow to the International College of Chiropractic, for his outstanding service to the chiropractic profession.

With almost a decade of clinical experience, he has attended over 1,500 clients with complex neurological conditions. He has held private practices in Charleston (SC), and Atlanta (GA). He currently attends clients at Plasticity Centers. He is a tenured Associate Professor of Clinical Neuroscience at the Carrick Institute, regularly lecturing both nationally and internationally on neurological rehabilitation. He has contributed to and published numerous research abstracts, and studies on the quantification of neurological function, efficacy and accuracy of technology, as well as clinical outcomes of functional neurology interventions.

When not attending clients or lecturing, Dr. Antonucci enjoys continuing his education, researching, traveling, fine dining, photography, writing, electronic dance music, and spending time with family. He and his wife Tricia have five children.

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Matt Ankrum

Matt Ankrum

President (Corporate)


Matthew A. Ankrum, CFA, serves as the President of TBIC, Inc (holding company for Plasticity Centers). Mr. Ankrum is responsible for the global expansion of Plasticity. Prior, Mr. Ankrum co-founded BodeTree LLC, a business-to-business subscription-based web application. He also was the Head of Strategy for Apollo Education Group, Inc. In addition, Mr. Ankrum served as an analyst and portfolio manager for Janus Capital Management, Lateef Investment Management, and William Blair & Company. Mr. Ankrum holds a B.A. in Finance from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and an M.B.A. from the University of Chicago.

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Dr. Derek A. Barton

Dr. Derek A. Barton

Director of Clinical Operations


Derek Barton, DC, DACNB, FABBIR is the Director of Operations and Compliance and the Lead Clinician at Plasticity Centers of Orlando. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Wisconsin – Platteville in 2005, and in 2010 he earned his Doctor of Chiropractic from Life University, graduating with the distinction of clinical excellence. His post-graduate education in neurology came from the Carrick Institute for Graduate Studies allowing him to obtain a Diplomate from the American Chiropractic Neurology Board in 2012 and a fellowship in brain injury rehabilitation from the American Board of Brain Injury Rehabilitation in 2015.

During his career, he has worked as a clinician specializing in brain injury rehabilitation working with complex neurological cases, athletes, and celebrities. Dr. Barton has had research presented internationally and has a passion for advancing clinical neuroscience through research and technology. When he is not in the clinic, he enjoys spending time with his wife, Melody, and his daughter, Cora, and teaching other doctors about neurological approaches for improving the lives of their clients.

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Jahmile “Jamie” Torrejon-Norman

Jahmile “Jamie” Torrejon-Norman

Director of Patient and Professional Relations


Jahmile Norman, also known as Jamie, is the Director of Patient and Professional Relations for Plasticity Centers of Orlando. Originally from Seattle, WA, she has lived much of her life abroad, between Venezuela, Paris, Shanghai, and Peru. She graduated high school and began college at the age of 16, graduating Cum Laude from Soka University of America. Her professional experience encompasses public relations, management and hospitality, with training from the prestigious Ritz-Carlton Hospitality Program.

Jamie is fluent in English, Spanish and French, with a strong knowledge of Mandarin. She enjoys traveling the world and learning from different cultures with her husband and daughter. Her biggest passion is making people feel “at home” while at our facility, while contributing to our team’s ability to improve the neurological foundation and the quality of life of our clients.

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Dr. Emily Kalambaheti

Dr. Emily Kalambaheti

Staff Clinician


Dr. Emily Kalambaheti is a board-certified chiropractic neurologist and a senior staff clinician at Plasticity Centers of Orlando. She graduated magna cum laude with her Doctor of Chiropractic from Palmer College of Chiropractic, Florida Campus. Growing up in Iowa, she attended the University of Iowa and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Health Sciences and was a member of the Iowa National Guard. ”Dr. K” has extensive training in functional neurology from the Carrick Institute, is a diplomate on the American Board of Chiropractic Neurology, and a Fellow of the American College of Functional Neurology. After being hand-selected by Dr. Antonucci to serve on the Plasticity clinical team in 2016, she has had the opportunity to help clients with hundreds of unique conditions gain a better functional status and quality of life. She has also proudly presented on neurodevelopment and neuroplasticity to physicians, clients, and families across North America and Canada.

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Dr. Brittany Forrester

Dr. Brittany Forrester

Staff Clinician


Dr. Brittany Forrester is a Doctor of Chiropractic, a Fellow of the American College of Functional Neurology, and a staff clinician at Plasticity of Orlando. She graduated magna cum laude from Life University college of Chiropractic in Marietta, GA and has additional training in functional neurology from the Carrick Institute. Dr. Forrester is originally from South Georgia and graduated with a bachelor’s degree from Georgia Southern University in Communications and Public Relations with an emphasis in Kinesiology.

While working at Plasticity, she has had the amazing opportunity to work with a wide variety of clients from children to adults, and professional athletes contributing to their overall neurological health. Outside of the clinic, Dr. Forrester enjoys continuing her studies in functional neurology sub-specialties, being an aunt to seven nieces and nephews, and following Roger Federer on the tennis tour.

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Romeo Hendricks

Romeo Hendricks

IT Coordinator


Romeo Hendricks is currently the Technology Coordinator for Plasticity Centers of Orlando. Born and raised in Melbourne, Florida, he has spent most of his time on the broad beaches of the Sunshine State. He maintains multiple technical certifications and graduated from Full Sail University’s Cloud Technologies and Business Intelligence programs, cum laude and valedictorian, respectfully.

Romeo’s passion for learning new technologies is only surpassed by the joy he receives diving into various cloud platforms and pushing their capacities to make Plasticity a leader in the healthcare industry.

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Katie Milam

Katie Milam

Patient Enrollment Advisor


Katie Milam, M.S., is one of our Patient Enrollment Advisors and Community Outreach Associates.

She received her Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology from Texas Women’s University in 2004 and went on to earn her Masters of Science in Kinesiology with an emphasis in Adapted Physical Education in 2006.

Through her research and building a curriculum to support children's brain development, she found the field of Functional Neurology. She began incorporating elements of visual tracking, sensory stimulation, and vestibular activation into the curriculum and saw the children respond beautifully and became hooked on this new way of activating the brain's potential.

She switched careers 10 years ago and has been dedicated to empowering families and individuals through education to understand their recovery potential. It is her goal to help families make the best decision for themselves or a loved one and treat each person the way she would want her family treated.

She currently lives in Texas with her husband, Mike, and her two children Merrick and Nash. In her free time, she loves just being with her family.

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Dr. Frederick R. Carrick

Dr. Frederick R. Carrick

Adjunct Clinician & Research Advisor


Dr. Carrick is a senior research fellow at the Bedfordshire Centre for Mental Health Research in association with the University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK. Carrick is the founder of Carrick Institute for Graduate Studies in Cape Canaveral, Florida.

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Dr. Shaun Kornfeld

Dr. Shaun Kornfeld

Staff Clinician, NeuroSynergy Associates, PA


Shaun Kornfeld, DC is a Staff Clinician at Plasticity Centers in Orlando. He was raised near Boca Raton, Florida and attended Florida State University in Tallahassee where he graduated with a bachelor's degree in Exercise Science with minors in Biology, Chemistry, and Family and Child Sciences. Dr. Kornfeld graduated cum laude with his Doctorate of Chiropractic from Palmer College of Chiropractic, Florida campus. He is in the process of completing his post-doctorate neurology training through the Carrick Institute.

Dr. Kornfeld currently lives in Orlando, Florida with his wife, Jamie. When he’s not serving clients, he enjoys spending time with family and staying active by playing tennis and basketball.

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Dr. Freddys X. Garcia

Dr. Freddys X. Garcia

Adjunct Clinician, NeuroSynergy Associates, PA


Freddys X. Garcia, M.S., DC, DACNB, FACFN, FABES is an adjunct clinician at Plasticity Centers. He received his bachelor's degree in Psychology from the University of Connecticut, followed by his Doctor of Chiropractic from the University of Bridgeport, graduating cum laude. He also simultaneously earned a master's degree in Human Nutrition. He continued his post-graduate studies at the Carrick Institute, which allowed him to received his diplomate and fellowships in functional neurology and electrodiagnostics.

Dr. Garcia shares his time between Plasticity Centers and the Carrick Institute where he and Dr. Antonucci take their experiences from patient care to develop curriculums to help educate their colleagues around the world. He lives in Melbourne, FL with his beautiful family. He enjoys teaching, working on teams, and long strolls on the beach.

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Mia Ramirez

Mia Ramirez

Patient Care Coordinator


Mia Ramirez is one of our amazing Discharge Coordinators. She is originally from New York but was raised here in Orlando, FL. She is passionate about working in healthcare and has been serving clients for over 16 years. She is an amazing parent of a child with special needs. She enjoys (actually loves) football, art, and poetry.

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Dr. Adam Klotzek

Dr. Adam Klotzek



Dr. Adam Klotzek is an Adjunct Faculty Clinician at Plasticity Centers of Orlando, and a Professor of Neurology for the Carrick Institute of Graduate Studies. He holds a Doctor of Chiropractic degree from Logan University along with a Diplomate in Chiropractic Neurology, and fellowship status in Functional Neurology, Vestibular Rehabilitation and Brain Rehabilitation from the American College of Functional Neurology.

He is a published author of two peer-reviewed articles and a number of abstracts. He is an accomplished worldwide lecturer in the field of functional neurology. He has delivered more than 700 unique presentations, consisting of over 11,000 hours on various topics in neurology.

With over 25 years of clinical experience, he has attended to over 12,000 clients with a multitude of neurologic and non-neurologic based conditions. He has special interests in developing novel treatment applications and the effects of joint misalignments on brain function. A further interest of his is the use of joint manipulation in the treatment of brain-based disorders that contribute to chronic health issues.

Currently, he resides in Viera, Florida where he divides his time between patient care and lecturing, both with his good friend Dr. Antonucci. In his spare time, he enjoys listening to music, traveling, working out and reading a good neurology book.

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Nathan LeClair

Nathan LeClair

Patient Care Coordinator


Nathan LeClair proudly serves clients at Plasticity Centers, as our Patient Intake Concierge. He is an Orlando, FL native and loves to travel, spend time with friends & family, and support his local community. Nathan has a keen understanding of how overwhelming it can be to come to a new place and how many people feel that we are their last resort. He finds the utmost satisfaction in making clients feel welcomed and comfortable when they arrive at our center. He also ensures that their experience is as smooth as possible. Nathan looks forward to meeting clients and supporting them in any way possible on their journey.

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Kenneth Jay, PhD

Kenneth Jay, PhD

Research Coordinator


Dr. Kenneth Jay, also known as "KJ," is the research coordinator for Plasticity Centers. Originally from Denmark, KJ is a physiologist with a Ph.D. in Sports Science and Clinical Biomechanics. With a desire to help people become the best possible version of themselves, KJ has worked, clinically, with clients ranging from pain rehabilitation to performance at the Olympic level. KJ is a researcher by heart and loves the process of designing, executing and presenting groundbreaking innovative research projects.

KJ enjoys traveling the world and spends most of his free time with his family while making time to develop his own skills in rowing and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.

A full list of KJ's publications can be found here:

https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=0pXQCy8AAAAJ&hl=en

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Dr. Jessica Lofgren

Dr. Jessica Lofgren

Adjunct Clinician


Jessica Lofgren, DC, DACNB, FACFN, is one of our Adjunct Clinicians at Plasticity Centers. She completed her undergraduate studies in Human Nutrition, Food and Exercise from Virginia Tech, graduating cum laude. Dr. Lofgren received her Doctorate in Chiropractic from Palmer College of Chiropractic in September 2017.

While in chiropractic school, she served as President of the Functional Neurology Club, where she lectured on numerous topics related to the nervous system. Dr. Lofgren received the Clinical Excellence Award as well as the Academic Excellence Award for her efforts during her education and graduated magna cum laude.

During her time in chiropractic school, Dr. Lofgren began her education in the field of Functional Neurology with the Carrick Institute of Graduate Studies. Upon graduation, she passed the board examinations to receive her Diplomate from the American Chiropractic Neurology Board and her Fellow from the American College of Functional Neurology. Additionally, she is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Neuroscience at the Carrick Institute, regularly lecturing on neurological rehabilitation.

She enjoys being outdoors hiking and camping, traveling, photography, cooking, and spending time with her family.

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Tracy Hemingway

Tracy Hemingway

Clinical Neuro-Hypnotherapist


As a clinical hypnotist, Tracy has a passion for working with the Mind while our team works on the Brain, to create unprecedented levels of success. Tracy’s depth of education and experience in Hypnosis and Compassionate Healing complements all of the other services you will receive at the Plasticity Centers. If you have suffered from Depression, Anxiety, PTSD or Self Destructive Thoughts associated with a neurological challenge, your doctor may recommend adding a Hypnotherapy Intensive to your treatment plan, to maximize your outcomes.
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Erin Schineller

Erin Schineller

Marketing Coordinator


Erin Schineller joined the Plasticity Centers team in March of 2020 filling the role of Marketing Coordinator. Erin has 5 years of experience across multiple fields of interest which has given her the capability to construct innovative and efficient marketing campaigns. Erin values giving brands a voice that resonates with our clients and highlights the wonderful people who make the brand what it is. As an alumna of the University of Alabama, Erin will always be a fan of the Crimson Tide. While traveling, Erin works with her close friends on Boardies for Groms – a passion project bringing new and gently used items to those in need around the world. In her free time, Erin can be found surfing, playing frisbee, or running with her dog Logan.

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Brian Hiciano

Brian Hiciano

Neuro Therapy Assistant


Brian Hiciano is one of Plasticity Centers’ Neuro Therapy Assistants. He is originally from New York and recently moved down to Orlando, FL. He graduated from the University at Buffalo in 2017, working towards becoming a Physical Therapist. He has been working in healthcare since graduating and looks forward to helping the future patients that come to the office. In his free time, he enjoys traveling and playing sports, and he is a die-hard Yankees fan.

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Chandler Ward

Chandler Ward

Neuro Therapy Assistant


Chandler Ward, a Neuro Therapy Assistant, is a native of Columbia, South Carolina where he attended school and received his bachelor’s in Athletic Training from the University of South Carolina. He moved to Orlando, FL where he and his wife Tara were married. With a background in sports medicine, he has had the pleasure of working with several collegiate and high-school level athletic teams in functional and performance rehab. He is passionate about helping people to enjoy life through the avenue of healthcare and is excited about being a part of how Plasticity is serving its community around the world.In his free time, Chandler enjoys being active and outside, backpacking, soccer, football, tennis, basketball and playing guitar and singing.

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Angel Pope

Angel Pope

Medical Receptionist


Angel Pope is the first face you see walking into Plasticity Centers as the Medical Receptionist. She has worked in customer service and patient relations for over 6 years. Throughout the years, she has found joy in creating the most comfortable experience for patients. Angel understands patients can become overwhelmed going through their journey with us, therefor she prides herself as a personal concierge for all patients no matter the question or need. As a born and raised Floridian, during her off time, she enjoys the beach and time spent with family. Angel is excited to go through this journey every step of the way with you.

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