Core Faculty

Nicole Absar, MD

Medical Director, the Senator William and Ellen Proxmire Memory Clinic

Dr. Nicole Absar is the Medical Director of the Senator William & Ellen Proxmire Memory Clinic at Copper Ridge. She is a diplomat in behavioral neurology and neuropsychiatry. She is also board certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, and the American Board of Psychosomatic Medicine. Dr. Absar is a fellow of American Psychiatric Association (FAPA). She is also an active member of American Academy of Neurology (AAN), American Neuropsychiatric Association (ANPA) and American Medical Association (AMA). Prior to moving to Maryland, Dr. Absar practiced geriatric neuropsychiatry in Massachusetts and was on the full time teaching faculty at Harvard Medical School, the University of Massachusetts Medical School, and Tufts Medical School. Dr. Absar is also a registered yoga teacher who specializes in yoga therapy for persons with brain disorders.

Allan Anderson, MD, CMD

Medical Director, the Samuel and Alexia Bratton Memory Clinic

Allan A. Anderson, MD is the Medical Director for the Samuel and Alexia Bratton Memory Clinic at Bayleigh Chase. He is a well-known, board-certified geriatric psychiatrist that has practiced on the Eastern shore since 1990. In addition to his certifications in forensic and general psychiatry, he possesses many credentials to include CMD (Certified Medical Director), MMM (Masters of Medical Management) and DFAPA (Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association), of which he is an active member. Currently, Dr. Anderson has an appointment as part-time Assistant Professor at Johns Hopkins University. As the Medical Director for the Memory Clinic, Dr. Anderson provides a comprehensive medical, psychiatric and psychosocial evaluation to determine the underlying cause of dementia and to direct person-centered treatment. He leads several clinical trials of novel medications for Alzheimer’s disease and lectures locally, regionally and nationally.

Mary DiBartolo, PhD, RN-BC, MBA, CNE

Fulton Endowed Professor of Geriatric Nursing Edmond J. Safra Nursing Faculty Scholar in Parkinson’s Disorder Salisbury University

Dr. DiBartolo received her doctorate in nursing from the University of Maryland, Baltimore School of Nursing in 2001 and is currently the Fulton Endowed Professor of Geriatric Nursing at Salisbury University. She has taught in the adult health nursing program since 1995, specializing in gerontology and dementia care. Dr. DiBartolo is certified in gerontological nursing by the American Nurses Association and earned her NLN certification as a nurse educator. She is an active member of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society for Nursing. She also serves as a manuscript reviewer for several nursing journals and is on the editorial board for the Journal of Gerontological Nursing. She has authored numerous publications focused on dementia caregiving issues, as well as other pertinent issues related to the care of the older adult population and educational strategies. Dr. DiBartolo was the Requard Nurse Educator at the Copper Ridge Institute for 5 years, where she provided dementia specific education for professionals and family caregivers on the Eastern Shore of Maryland.

Marcie Koenig, LCSW-C, NHA, MSW

Executive Director of Pathways Integration

Ms. Koenig has more than 20 years of experience as a licensed clinical social worker and a nursing home administrator. She was the executive director of Integrace Copper Ridge for more than 10 years. Currently, Ms. Koenig is the Director of Pathways Integration at Integrace; focusing on developing and implementing a novel approach to supporting person centered living.

Tabassum Majid, PhD

Executive Director, The Integrace Institute at Copper Ridge

Dr. Tabassum Majid has had both a personal and professional passion in caregiver-care recipient dyads in Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias since she was a caregiver for her grandparents as a teenager. A native Marylander, Dr. Majid received her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County concentrating in an interdisciplinary approach to Neurodegenerative Disorders of the Aged. She then gained expertise in the pathology, imaging, and biology of dementia from both pre-clinical and clinical perspectives in Houston, TX, where she earned her PhD from Baylor College of Medicine. She then returned to Maryland to complete a fellowship at the University of Maryland, School of Pharmacy researching care management decisions with caregivers and individuals with dementia, which is providing an evidence base to evaluate both health services and social programs tailored to the needs of both caregivers and their care recipients at Integrace Communities. Dr. Majid also is a member of the Maryland Governor’s Council on Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders and contributes to the development and implementation of the Maryland State Plan.

Dr. Fatima Naqvi, MD, CMD

Integrace Medical Director at Fairhaven, Copper Ridge and Buckingham’s Choice

Dr. Fatima Naqvi holds board certifications in Family Medicine, Geriatric Medicine and Hospice and Palliative Medicine. She is a dedicated Medical Director, MOLST Master Trainer as well as carrying a fellowship from Harvard Medical School in Palliative Care. Dr. Naqvi serves as the Regional Medical Director for Five Star Physician Services for Frederick, Carroll and Montgomery counties.

Judah Ronch, PhD

Dean, Professor of Practice The Erickson School of Management Aging Services University of Maryland Baltimore County

Dr. Ronch is a nationally renowned expert on improving the treatment and mental well-being of elders. He is Professor of the Practice (2007- ) and Dean (2009- ) of the Erickson School at The University of Maryland Baltimore County. He earned his BA degree in Psychology from Hunter College, CUNY, in 1966 and his Ph.D. in Psychology from Yeshiva University in 1972. He has published 6 books, numerous journal articles and professional presentations that include contributions in organizational culture and person-centered care, psychotherapy and counseling with the aged, care of persons with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias, caregiver education, and other service delivery issues in elder care.