Carolinas HealthCare System

Stroke Rehabilitation Physicians

Dr. Vu Nguyen Vu Q.C. Nguyen, MD
Medical Director, Carolinas Rehabilitation-Mercy
Director, Stroke Program
Director, Residency Program
Director, Acupuncture Clinic
Chief, Department of PM&R, Carolinas Medical Center

Dr. Nguyen graduated from Michigan State University and completed an internship in combined internal medicine/pediatrics. He served as a physician in the U.S. Air Force, functioning as an emergency medicine physician and interim medical director, and later practicing family medicine. After leaving the Air Force, he returned to residency training and joined Carolinas Rehabilitation as chief resident. He is board certified by the American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.

His research interests include post-traumatic amnesia, dysphagia, spasticity and neuro-modulation of shoulder subluxation.

Associations in which Dr. Nguyen is active include the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Association of Academic Physiatrists, American Medical Association, North Carolina Society of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, American Stroke Association and National Stroke Association.

Dr. Nguyen has three children and enjoys hiking, scuba diving and beach volleyball.


Dr. David Agner

David Agner, MD
Faculty Physician

Dr. Agner is a graduate of East Carolina University and completed his internship at Mount Carmel Medical Center. His residency training was at Ohio State University. He is board certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.

He is with Stanly Regional Medical Center, serving as medical director of its rehabilitation unit. Before joining Stanly Regional Medical Center, Dr. Agner spent nearly nine years at Rowan Regional Medical Center as medical director of the Elizabeth C. Stanback Rehabilitation Unit.

He is a member of the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, the American Medical Association and the Rowan County Medical Society.

Dr. Agner is married and has three children. He enjoys family activities such as tennis, travel, watching movies and walking


Kathleen Boncimino, MD, MPH, CPE

Kathleen Boncimino, MD, MPH, CPE
Faculty Physician

Kathleen Boncimino, MD, MPH, CPE, received her undergraduate degree from State University of New York and her medical degree from New York Medical College. She completed her internship and residency in internal medicine, as well as physical medicine and rehabilitation, from Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center. Following residency, Dr. Boncimino was anattending physician at Morristown Medical Center. She joined a private practice in New Jersey and served as Vice Chair of the

Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Morristown Memorial Hospital.

She is certified by the American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and the American Board of Internal Medicine. Dr. Boncimino is also certified by the American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation with a subspecialty in sports medicine.

Dr. Boncimino is a member of the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, the American Medical Association, the American College of Physicians, the American College of

Sports Medicine, the American College of Physician Executives and the North Carolina Medical Society.

Dr. Boncimino is married with three children and enjoys outdoor activities including water sports, golf and tennis.


Dr. Leon Chandler J. Leon Chandler, MD
Faculty Physician

Dr. Chandler received his medical degree from State University of New York Downstate Medical Center fand completed his internship in internal medicine at Staten Island University Hospital. Board certified by the American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, he completed his residency in physical medicine and rehabilitation at Temple University in Philadelphia.

He is an active member of the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and the Physiatric Association of Spine, Sports and Occupational Rehabilitation.

His clinical interests include stroke rehabilitation, physiatric consultation and complementary/alternative medicine.

Dr. Chandler is married and has one daughter. He enjoys playing the trumpet, jogging and playing basketball.


Dr. Shilpa Kasuganti Shilpa R. Kasuganti, MD
Faculty Physician

Dr. Kasuganti is a graduate of Northwestern University. She completed her internship in internal medicine at Evanston Northwestern Hospital and her residency in physical medicine and rehabilitation at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago.

Board certified by the American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, she is an active member of the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and the Association of Academic Physiatrists.

Her clinical interests include neuro-rehabilitation and spasticity management.

Dr. Kasuganti is married with a daughter and son. She enjoys hiking and reading.


Dr. Timothy Miller Timothy B. Miller, MD
Faculty Physician

Dr. Miller received his undergraduate and medical degree from Louisiana State University. He completed his internship in internal medicine at Earl K. Long Medical Center and his residency in physical medicine and rehabilitation at New York University's Rusk Institute of Rehabilitation Medicine where he was also chief resident. Following residency, he became the medical director of an inpatient rehabilitation center in Louisiana.

He is board certified by the American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and is a member of the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. His clinical interests include stroke rehabilitation and electrodiagnostic medicine.

Dr. Miller is married with one daughter and enjoys playing basketball, traveling and watching Louisiana State University football.


Dr. Asim Otey Asim S. Otey, MD
Faculty Physician

Dr. Otey graduated from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey and completed his internship in internal medicine and his residency in physical medicine and rehabilitation at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Montefiore Medical Center. He served as chief resident during the final year of his residency. He is board certified by the American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.

Dr. Otey's primary clinical interests include musculoskeletal medicine, medical rehabilitation and electrodiagnostics.

Dr. Otey is an active member of the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, the Physiatric Association of Spine, Sports and Occupational Rehabilitation and the American Medical Association.

Dr. Otey enjoys exercising, playing chess, traveling and spending time with his wife and daughter.


Dr. Matthew Shall Matthew B. Shall, MD
Medical Director, Carolinas Rehabilitation-Mount Holly

Dr. Shall received his undergraduate degree from Miami University in Ohio and his medical degree from the Medical College of Ohio. He completed his internship in internal medicine at the Eastern Virginia Medical School and his residency in physical medicine and rehabilitation at Carolinas Rehabilitation where he was also chief resident. Following residency, Dr. Shall joined a private practice in Seattle. He returned to Charlotte to become the medical director of Carolinas Rehabilitation-Mount Holly. He is board certified by the American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.

He is a member of the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. In addition to participating in numerous volunteer activities and community service projects, Dr. Shall has received several honors and awards.


Dr. George Thomas J. George Thomas, MD
Faculty Physician

Dr. Thomas received his medical degree from Trivandrum Medical College in Kerala, India.  He completed his internship in internal medicine at St. Francis Hospital and his residency in physical medicine and rehabilitation at the University of Missouri School of Medicine. Following residency, he completed a fellowship in spinal cord injury medicine at University of Miami School of Medicine/Jackson Memorial Hospital. After completing his fellowship, he was an attending physician on the inpatient rehabilitation unit and teaching faculty for the PM&R residency program at the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics. He has won several teaching awards from graduating residents.

He is board certified by the American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and received a subspecialty certification in spinal cord injury. He is a member of the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and the American Paraplegia Society. His clinical interests include the use of neuropharmacology in cerebral injuries, spinal cord injury, burns rehabilitation and wound care.

Dr. Thomas is married with two daughters and enjoys photography, traveling and playing soccer.


Douglas M. Thommen, MD Douglas M. Thommen, MD
Faculty Physician

Dr. Thommen is a graduate of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. He completed his internship in internal medicine at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey and his residency in physical medicine and rehabilitation at the JFK-Johnson Rehabilitation Institute where he was chief resident.

His clinical interests include musculoskeletal and electrodiagnostic medicine.

Dr. Thommen is married with one son. He enjoys marathon running, triathlons, reading and playing the guitar.

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