One Towne Park Plaza
Norwich, CT 06360



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Our goal is to address every aspect of the pathogenesis and impact of MS to the extent that is possible. The care team listed below is integral to this effort. The experienced neurologists direct these efforts to implement the treatment plan. Our focus is on early and aggressive treatment with disease modifying drugs to prevent inflammation and demyelination. Recent research has revealed that loss of brain tissue also begins early in MS and progresses slowly. There is some evidence that early and aggressive treatment with disease modifying drugs may slow brain atrophy. To assist us in our battle against MS we offer:

    · On-site MRI with Quantitative Brain Atrophy Assessments
    · Infusion Services, Rehabilitative and Therapeutic Procedures
    · Diagnostic ENG, Evoked Potentials, Functional Bladder Imaging,
            Rectify Bone Densitometry

Care Team and Services




Derek Smith, MD

Dr. Derek Smith conceived and directs Multiple Sclerosis Care of Connecticut, a comprehensive MS center designed to serve the needs of MS patients in the region. Dr. Smith is a nationally recognized MS researcher and clinician. Over the past 11 years, he has provided tertiary care for difficult MS cases at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, where he helped to set up MS Centers. From that vantage point, he recognized a need for MS care in Connecticut. He has also been principal investigator of a number of multi-center MS clinical trials. Coordination of neurology and the multidisciplinary team is under his experienced guidance while providing MS patients with state-of-the-art care.

Undergraduate: Rice University
Medical School: University of Texas, Southwestern
Residency: New York Hospital/Cornell University
Fellowship: Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston, MA
Academic Appointments: Clinical Assistant Professor, Harvard Medical School
Board Certified: American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
Professional Memberships: American Academy of Neurology, Clincal Advisory Committee of National MS Society Chapter, Connecticut Neurological Society

Care Team


Social Workers

Beth Avery, LCSW

Liz MacAdie, LCSW

Infusion Services

Lisa Bassinet, RN


MRI Services
Elcon D. Levinson, MD

As radiologist on staff at Neurology Associates, Dr. Levinson is dedicated to providing the highest level of service at the new MRI suite. He is assisted by experienced MRI technologists who are specially trained in the advanced technology provided by this state-of-the-art diagnostic imaging equipment.

Licensed by the State of Connecticut and National Board of Medical Examiners
Undergraduate: Brandeis University, Waltham, MA
Medical School: University of California at Los Angeles
Internship: Santa Barbara Hospitals
Residency: Diagnostic Radiology, Hartford Hospital
Board Certified: American Board of Radiology Diagnostic Radiology
Professional Memberships: American College of Radiology, Radiological
Society of North America, American Roentgen Ray Society, Connecticut State Medical Society, Hartford County Medical Association

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Physical and Occupational Therapists

Shoreline Physical Therapists

Healthsouth Physical Therapists


Neuropsychologists and Psychiatry

Dr. Christopher Tolsdorf, PhD

Dr. Martin Maloney, DO


Neurosurgery/Pain Management

Dr. C.G. Salame, MD

Dr. John J. Paggioli, MD



Dr. Joseph Friedman, MD


Dr. Jeffrey Hertz, MD

Medical Technicians

Six on site



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