Scientific Advisory Council
We’re honored to have an accomplished group of distinguished professionals providing additional leadership in the design, development, and safety of our products.
Fred Sanfilippo, MD, PhD, is a professor in medicine and public health at Emory University and the director of the Emory-Georgia Tech Healthcare Innovation Program established to enhance innovation in healthcare delivery research, education, and service. He also serves as medical director of the Marcus Foundation. Dr. Sanfilippo has served as a director, dean, and CEO at major medical centers including Duke, Johns Hopkins, Ohio State, and Emory, and as president of seven professional societies including the American Society of Transplantation and American Society of Investigative Pathology. He has published over 250 papers, received over $30M in research support, and holds three patents. Dr. Sanfilippo earned a BS and MS in Physics from the University of Pennsylvania and an MD and PHD in Immunology as a Medical Scientist Training Program fellow at Duke University. He received his board certification in anatomic and clinical pathology and immunopathology and did his residency at Duke University.
Dr. Damon Orlando, DC, has been the head of a chiropractic multi-practitioner office since 2000. His practice focuses on providing state-of-the-art chiropractic treatments, exercise-based therapy, and nutrition to provide an overall holistic approach to health and wellness. He has significant expertise in using non-invasive and non-narcotic devices in the treatment of pain. Dr. Orlando is a sought-after lecturer on fitness and health and has created and administered numerous corporate wellness programs. He holds a BS from West Coast University and a Doctor of Chiropractic degree from Cleveland University.
Dr. Yankel Girshman, DO, FAPA, has been medical director of psychiatry at Boca Raton Regional Hospital since 2017. He is part of the Workplace Violence Prevention Task Force, Bioethics Committee, and other initiatives targeting organizational development, clinical protocols, quality, education, and community outreach at the hospital. Dr. Girshman has extensive experience with behavioral health and complex decision-making in the community and hospital setting. Dr. Girshman holds a BA from Stony Brook University and a medical degree from the New York College of Osteopathic Medicine. He completed his general psychiatry residency and consultation-liaison psychiatry fellowship at North Shore Long Island Jewish Hospital, maintaining two board certifications with a tertiary sub-specialty in psychodynamic psychotherapy at the New York University School of Medicine.
Dr. Hugh F. Smisson III, MD, is board certified in neurological surgery and a fellow in the American College of Surgeons. He served as a surgical Lieutenant Commander in the U.S. Navy Reserve. Dr. Smisson was an associate professor of neurosurgery at Mercer University and a clinical professor of neurosurgery at the Medical College of Georgia. He holds over 25 US and international patents for a variety of medical appliances used in spinal fusion technology, fluid infusion, body temperature warming, and sternal stabilization. Dr. Smisson has taught his pioneering techniques to medical professionals in the US, Europe, and South America. Dr. Smisson holds a BS in Business Administration from Emory University and a medical degree from the Medical College of Georgia where he completed a neurosurgical residence. Dr. Smisson currently practices at the Georgia Neurosurgical Institute..
Polly Lee O’Rourke, PhD, is an Associate Research Scientist at the Applied Research Lab for Intelligence and Security (ARLIS) at the University of Maryland, a University Affiliated Research Center (UARC). Her areas of expertise are cognitive neuroscience, noninvasive peripheral nerve stimulation and second language acquisition. Since joining the University of Maryland in 2011, Dr. O’Rourke has gained extensive experience in conducting applied social science research in support of the U.S. Department of Defense. Dr. O’Rourke is currently the PI of an $8M project in DARPA’s Targeted Neuroplasticity Training (TNT) program in which she is examining the impact of transcutaneous vagus and trigeminal nerve stimulation on foreign language learning. Dr. O’Rourke’s research is at cutting edge of the development of noninvasive peripheral nerve stimulation approaches to cognitive enhancement. She holds a PhD in Linguistics from the University of Arizona.