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Cantu Concussion Center

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  • For more information or to find a physician, call 1-877-936-3776
  • TTY: 1-800-439-0183

Our Team

Meet the doctors and therapists dedicated to helping patients and athletes recover from all types of concussive injuries. Please note that cognitive, vestibular, and upper cervical spine therapies are available at both the Cantu Concussion Center in Concord and at the Westford Health Center in Westford.

Robert Cantu, MD, Neurosurgery, Spine Surgery, Sports Medicine, Emerson Hospital

Robert C. Cantu, MD

Medical Director and Director of Clinical Research

“My mission is to educate and empower parents and coaches to advocate for our kids and make sports safer for every child that takes the field.”  Read Bio

Herbert Gilmore, MD | Pediatric Neurology

Herbert Gilmore, MD

Pediatric Neurologist

Dr. Gilmore received his medical degree from the University of Graz in Austria. He completed his pediatric residency at Baystate Medical Center and his pediatric neurology residency at the Floating Hospital for Children. Dr. Gilmore is board-certified in pediatric neurology and has practiced in Massachusetts for 35 years, most recently as chief of pediatric neurology at Baystate Medical Center.  Read Bio

Barry Levin, MD, Neurology, Emerson Hospital

Barry Levin, MD

Assistant Medical Director

“As a neurologist, I enjoy the combination of intellectual stimulation and satisfaction that comes from caring for and working with my patients.”  Read Bio

Alexandra Jackson PsyD | Neuropsychology

Alexandra Jackson, PsyD


Dr. Jackson received her doctorate in clinical psychology from the American School of Professional Psychology in Washington, D.C. She completed her internship and post-doctoral fellowship at WestSide NeuroRehabiltation Services in Lewiston, Maine, in 2011, where she evaluated and treated individuals with acquired brain injury. Her work at WestSide also involved scientific research on brain injury, and she has presented her findings at several international neuropsychological conferences. Dr. Jackson specializes in the neuropsychological evaluation and management of sports-related concussion injuries. She is particularly interested in the gender differences in concussion injuries.

Neal McGrath, PhD | Neuropsychology

Neal McGrath, PhD


Dr. McGrath is a nationally-recognized neuropsychologist in the area of sports concussion. He has practiced in the Boston area for the last 30 years, specializing in the evaluation and rehabilitation of traumatic brain injuries. In 2011, Dr. McGrath was presented with the National Athletic Trainers' Association Clint Thompson Award for Clinical Advancement for his paper "Supporting the Student-Athlete in the Classroom after a Sport Related Concussion", and has collaborated on a number of clinical studies about concussion recovery. He is a consulting neuropsychologist for the NeuroRestorative Acquired Brain Injury Program, the Massachusetts Statewide Head Injury Program, and the Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission, and is a Credentialed ImPACT Consultant.

Katelynn Cataldo

Katelynn Cataldo, AGPCNP-BC

Nurse Practitioner

“As a nurse practitioner, what I value most are the relationships and experiences I develop with each patient.”  Read Bio Katelynn is a board-certified adult-gerontology primary care nurse practitioner and holds a master's degree from the University of Massachusetts, Worcester. She is also certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center and is currently working on becoming a credentialed ImPACT consultant with a focus on post-injury care.

Ellen McKinnon, NP

Ellen McKinnon, FNP-C

Nurse Practitioner

“I strive to build positive and trusting relationships with patients and their families by taking the time to listen, educate, and promote prevention of future head injuries.”  Read Bio Ellen is a board-certified family nurse practitioner by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in biology from University of Connecticut. She then went on to earn her master’s degree in nursing from Regis College in Weston, Mass. Before joining the Emerson team, she worked at community walk-in clinics for several years in various locations around the state. Ellen grew up in Connecticut and now lives with her husband and two dogs in central Massachusetts.

Kristen McLoughlin, FNP-BC

Kristen McLoughlin, FNP-BC

Nurse Practitioner

“My goal is to create a patient-centered environment and to promote prevention and recovery from brain injuries by utilizing the tools of education, compassion, and empowerment.”  Read Bio Kristen is a board-certified family nurse practitioner by the American Nurses Credentialing Center. She earned her bachelor’s degree in kinesiology from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and went on to obtain her master’s in nursing from MGH Institute of Health Professions in Boston. She is a lifelong athlete, having competed in track and field and club soccer in college. She currently plays on a women’s soccer team on the weekends.

Patty Wheeler | Clinical Concussion Navigator

Patty Wheeler

Clinical Concussion Navigator

“I find it very rewarding when I can help enable patients to return to doing the activities that are most meaningful to them.”  Read Bio Patty has worked for more than a decade treating patients in both the hospital and rehab settings, including with Emerson’s Transitional Care Unit and, most recently, working with outpatients at Emerson’s Center for Rehabilitative and Sports Therapies at the Thoreau Club. She brings a variety of clinical experience with her to guide our patients in her new role as the clinical concussion navigator for the Cantu Concussion Center. The experiences she values most have been those opportunities to assist patients along their course of rehab to improve their current condition and enhance their quality of life. Patty lives locally with her husband and enjoys spending time outdoors, as well as practicing yoga and needle felting artistry.

Matthew White

Matthew White, M.Ed, ATC, PES

Head Athletic Trainer

Mr. White graduated from the University of New Hampshire with a bachelor’s degree in kinesiology: athletic training and from Boston University with a master’s in human movement. He has spent the past fourteen years working in professional hockey with the San Jose Sharks and Anaheim Ducks organizations. He also has experience working with collegiate athletes from the College of the Holy Cross and Boston University. His clinical interests include concussion prevention and education.