Meet Our Doctors
Fort Wayne Neurological Center has one of the largest and most experienced practices in the region. Our staff—skilled in dozens of specialties—works together to ensure quality care and successful recoveries.
James C. Stevens, M.D., F.A.S.M.
Neurologist / Sleep Disorders
Dr. Stevens has been a private practicing neurologist and specialist in sleep disorders medicine at the Fort Wayne Neurological Center for the past 30years. He received his medical degree from the Indiana University School of Medicine, where he graduated at the top of his class, receiving AOA honors his junior year. He completed his neurology resident training at Indiana University where he was a multi-year recipient of the Alexander Ross Award for outstanding neurologic research. He currently serves as a Professor of Neurology for the IUSM and is currently serving as President-elect of AAN. In addition, Dr. Stevens has been recognized annually as one the “Best Doctors in America”, and has been a recipient of the “Patients Choice Award” since 2008 as one of the outstanding physicians in the United States, and has received multi-year recognition as the “Top Doc” in Neurology by the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette.
Madhav H. Bhat, M.D.
Neurologist / Neurorehabilitation / General Adult Neurology
Dr. Bhat received his M.D. from the University of Bombay, Bombay, India. He completed residencies at St. Louis University, St. Louis, MO, and BYL Nair Hospital, Bombay, India, and at Hurley Medical Center, Flint, MI. He specializes in neurology and neuro-rehabilitation.
Thomas M. Banas, M.D., M.S.
Neurologist / Movement Disorders
Dr. Banas received a Master of Biomedical Engineering degree from Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, and then pursued his medical degree from the University of Cincinnati. He completed his residency at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center. Dr. Banas specializes in neurology with extensive experience in stroke, epilepsy, neuro rehabilitation with special interest in spasticity and movement disorders. Dr. Banas s the Director of Research at Fort Wayne Neurological Center.
Ajay Gupta, M.D.
Neurologist / Multiple Sclerosis
Dr. Gupta received his medical training at MP Shah Medical College in Jamnagar, India. His residency in neurology was accomplished at the Medical College of Ohio, Toledo, Ohio. Dr. Gupta furthered his professional training after his residency by completing dual fellowships in electroencephalography/ epilepsy and in multiple sclerosis/ neuro immunology at the Medical College of Ohio and at the National Institute of Health in Bethesda, Maryland.
Marlene C. Bultemeyer, M.D.
Neurology / Epilepsy
Dr. Bultemeyer received her M.D. from the Indiana University School of Medicine in Indianapolis, Indiana. She continued at the I.U. Medical Center to complete her general Neurology Residency. Continuing her professional training she accomplished a Fellowship in Neurophysiology at Indiana University, Indianapolis as well. Through the Fellowship she received advanced training in Epilepsy and associated EEG testing protocols. Dr. Bultemeyer is Board Board Certified in Neurology and Epilepsy, and a member of the American Academy of Neurology.
Andrea L. Haller, M.D.
Neurologist / Sleep Disorders Specialist
Dr. Andrea Haller is board certified in neurology and sleep medicine. She grew up in Connecticut, and she earned her bachelor’s degree from Harvard University. Dr. Haller attended medical school at the University of California, San Francisco. After completing her neurology residency, Dr. Haller entered private practice in Indianapolis. She served as the Medical Director of the Stroke Service at Community Hospital North until she moved to Fort Wayne in 2014. Dr. Haller enjoys working with patients of all ages, and she has experience treating a wide variety of neurological illnesses.
Natalie Manalo, M.D.
Dr. Natalie Manalo graduated from Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana State University School of Medicine in Shreveport and completed her residency at Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill., where she also did a fellowship in sleep medicine. Dr. Manalo also completed a fellowship in autoimmune neurology at Harvard University. In her free time, Dr. Manalo enjoys spending time with her family, including husband JP, baby Marco and dog Ralph, as well as reading, running, interior decorating and ballet.
Karen Springer, M.S., N.P.-C.
Nurse Practitioner / Movement Disorders
Ms. Springer serves as a nurse practitioner. She has specialization in Parkinson’s disease and spasticity management. In addition, she practices general neurology. She has expertise in Deep Brain Stimulator programming and Intrathecal Baclofen Pump Management. She also has experience programming Vagal Nerve Stimulators. Her undergraduate degrees are from Lutheran Health Professionals and Ball State University. Ms. Springer received her master’s degree from Ball State University, graduating Cum Laude. She is a member of the American Academy of Neurology and Sigma Theta Tau, an honor society for academic excellence in nursing. She is board certified by the ANCC as an adult NP.
Stacy L. Johnson, MSN, FNP-C
Nurse Practitioner / Rehabilitation
Ms. Johnson serves as nurse practitioner in neurology, building upon her background as a registered nurse with focus on rehabilitation patients. Her undergraduate degree in Nursing was earned at Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana. Ms. Johnson completed a master’s degree in nursing and is a family nurse practitioner.
Pamela McMaster, MSN, FNP-C
Nurse Practitioner / Rehabilitation
Ms. McMaster graduated cum laude with her Bachelor of Nursing Science degree from the University of Toledo and with her Master of Science and Family Nurse Practitioner degree from the University of Saint Francis in Fort Wayne. She has worked in the medical field for over 26 years in a variety of areas including neurology, pediatrics, geriatrics, infectious disease, oncology and hospice. She is board certified by the American Nurse Credentialing Center.
Erin Richmond, MSN, FNP-C
Ms. Richmond serves as nurse practitioner in neurology, building upon her background as a registered nurse in orthopedics as well as her experience as a nurse practitioner working in family medicine. She earned both her undergraduate and graduate degrees from Purdue University. She is certified by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners.
Julie Hall, MSN, FNP-C
Ms. Hall serves as a nurse practitioner in Neurology building on her extensive background in Otolaryngology and Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. She earned her Masters of Science degree in Nursing from Indiana Wesleyan University in Marion, Indiana. Her Bachelor of Science in Nursing was earned at St. Joseph’s College in Rensselaer, Indiana. She is Board Certified from the ANCC as a Family Nurse Practitioner.
Don Shook, CEO
Don Shook joined API / Ft. Wayne Neurological Center in March of 2017 as the CEO of API. He brings more than 35 years of healthcare administration and practice management to API. He completed his Bachelor’s Degree in business at Lawrence Technological University in 1978 and his MBA at Notre Dame in 1990. He has worked in a financial and administrative role for hospital employed physicians groups and privately held groups as well.