MSFIT BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Dr. Emily Pharr
Emily Pharr is a Neurologist at Wake Forest Baptist Health who specializes in the treatment of Multiple Sclerosis. She believes in a team approach to the treatment of MS. In addition to caring for her patients in clinic, she is involved in clinical trials currently underway to investigate new therapies for MS. Dr. Pharr graduated from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a degree in Political Science. She returned to school at UNC-Greensboro to complete a post-baccalaureate program in pre-medical studies. She went on to complete a Masters degree in Nutritional Biochemistry at UNC-Chapel Hill. Dr. Pharr then gained her medical degree at the Wake Forest University where she also completed her internship in Internal Medicine and her residency in Neurology. She completed an additional year of fellowship training in Multiple Sclerosis.
Dr. Paige Greason
Dr. Paige Greason works at Wake Forest University’s School of Medicine as the Associate Director of the Student Wellness Center and is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry. Prior to coming to the Medical School she served as the Associate Director/Clinical Director of Health and Counseling Services at the University of North Carolina Asheville. Paige attended Wake Forest for her master’s degree in counseling and to the University of North Carolina Greensboro for her Ph.D. in counseling and counselor education. Dr. Greason has a strong background and interest in mindfulness-based therapy and research, specifically with individuals living with MS. She has adopted a wellness-based approach to her work that integrates traditional therapies with complementary/ alternative methods.
Dr. Sara Migliarese
Sara Migliarese, PT, PhD, NCS, received her MSPT degree from Texas Woman’s University in 1985 and worked at The Institute for Rehabilitation and Research (TIRR) in Houston before moving to North Carolina. Sara practiced physical therapy at Forsyth Memorial Hospital and Gentiva Home Health Services, along with adjunct teaching at WSSU BSPT program from 1993-1995 and full-time teaching and ACCE duties in the MPT programs from 1996 - 2004. Sara received her certification in neurology from the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) in 1995, recertification in neurology in 2005 and 2015 from the APTA, and Herdman certification in vestibular rehabilitation in 2008. She completed her doctorate in Exercise and Sport Science at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in 2009 and is currently an associate professor in the Doctorate in Physical Therapy program at Winston-Salem State University. She is currently the Program Director for the WSSU-Novant Clinical Neurologic Residency program in Winston-Salem, NC. Her research interests include vestibular function in older adults, balance, falls, multiple sclerosis, and adult neurorehabilitation. Her long-term aspiration is to establish a collaborative neurologic residency program in the Triad area.
Dr. Emma White
Emma is an assistant professor at WSSU in the Department of Physical Therapy, responsible for teaching the Orthopedic content of the curriculum. She owned a private practice outpatient physical therapy clinic- Thomasville Physical Therapy for 18 years, specializing in orthopedics. In addition to treating patients she also had a fitness program that focused on fitness for those individuals who had been discharged from PT but still needed to continue strengthening efforts to improve quality of life. She completed her doctor of physical therapy degree from UNC Chapel Hill in 2008, and became an Orthopedic Clinical Specialists through the American Board of Physical Therapy in July 2014.
Mark Scheerer is a Chapter Programs Manager for the Greater Carolinas Chapter working out of the Greensboro office. His responsibilities include planning and implementing community education and family programs; and providing outreach to community agencies, neurologists and other health care providers. He has been with the National Multiple Sclerosis Society since 1993.