Dr. Gardner completed her BA degree in Neuroscience and Behavior at Columbia University in New York. She received her medical degree from Harvard University. She completed her internship in internal medicine and residency in neurology at UCSF. She then joined the UCSF Memory and Aging Center in 2012 where she is a Clinical Instructor and a Behavioral Neurology Fellow. As a neurologist, Dr. Gardner evaluates and treats patients with various neurodegenerative disorders and provides them with follow-up care. Her current research focuses on understanding cognitive, motor, and psychiatric sequelae of traumatic brain injury in older adults.
Joy Lee is a clinic coordinator for the Memory and Aging Center. She is a certified Phlebotomy Technician (2008), studied medical terminology and is a certified medical biller and coder (2009). She has five years of dental background at the UCSF School of Dentistry and over seven years of experience in administrative and clerical support. She would like to pursue her career in the Memory and Aging Center. And she loves to bake!
Carrie, a San Francisco native, comes from a sales and public service background with over 10 years of management. She graduated from San Francisco State University with a creative writing degree and a minor in holistic health. She enjoys helping the public, learning new cultures and challenges, and writing about her experiences.
Kendra Bechtel graduated from Hampshire College in 2011 with a bachelor of arts degree in neuroscience, bioethics and health policy. She wrote her senior thesis on Huntington's disease and presymptomatic genetic testing and completed internships with Joshua Greene's Moral Cognition lab at Harvard University and in Gender and Genomics through the 5-college consortium in Amherst, Massachusetts.
Kendra joined the UCSF Memory and Aging Center CJD Team in June 2012. Kendra is the research coordinator for Dr. Michael Geschwind’s clinical research on Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease and other rapidly progressive dementias. The research aims to collect clinical information to better characterize CJD and the conditions often mistaken for CJD, leading to more accurate and faster diagnosis of this rare fatal disease. Her position entails coordinating patient visits, conducting neuropsychological testing, overseeing clinical specimen collection and data analysis.
Erica Johnson works with Dr. Kate Possin on a study of visual spatial cognition in neurodegenerative disease. She also works on Parkinson's Disease Signature Imaging, funded by the Michael J. Fox Foundation.