©2019 by Vestibular Atlanta
A Division of Buckhead Medicine

Bell’s palsy; facial nerve paralysis; facial nerve dysfunction; facial nerve therapy; facial nerve testing; neuromuscular facial retraining; acoustic neuroma; facial schwannoma; Ramsey Hunt syndrome; synkinesis; hyperkinesias; hemi-facial spasm 

Vertigo; vestibular disorders; Meniere’s disease; ototoxicity; mal de Debarquement; endolymphatic hydrops; BPPV; positional vertigo; imbalance; disequilibrium; Vestibular neuritis; acoustic neuroma; central vertigo; VNG; VEMP; migraine associated vertigo


Advanced Vestibular Rehab Therapy
and
Neuromuscular Facial Nerve Rehab
 

Experts in providing rehabilitation therapy for 
dizziness, vertigo and facial nerve paralysis.

ABOUT US

After treating patients for almost 40 years at the Atlanta Ear Clinic, we are pleased to announce that we are continuing our focus on advanced therapy at Vestibular Atlanta, a division of Buckhead Medicine.

 

We are an occupational rehabilitation center focused on treating vertigo, dizziness, Meniere’s disease, movement disorders as well as rehabilitation for facial paralysis associated with strokes and Bells palsy.

Dr. GAYE CRONIN, OTD, OTR/L
 

Dr. Gaye W. Cronin is a master clinician specializing in vestibular rehabilitation, neuromuscular re-education and balance retraining having treated more than 25,000 patients suffering from vestibular or balance disorders. She received her Bachelor of Science and Masters degrees from the Medical College of Georgia, and her Doctorate from the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences. She has 35+ years of clinical experience in various physical rehabilitation, education and administrative settings. Since 1988, she has been the founder and director of the Vestibular Rehabilitation, Balance Retraining, and Neuromuscular Facial Re-education Programs at the Atlanta Ear Clinic specializing in geriatric, pediatric, facial retraining, tinnitus reduction, fall reduction, and vestibular/balance rehabilitation programs for adults and children. She is also an associate professor at the Medical College of Georgia and the University of St. Augustine. Dr. Cronin has clinical experience in various physical rehabilitation, educational and administrative positions, including Emory University and the Medical College of Georgia.

Dr. Cronin has experienced a high rate of success in the elimination and reduction of vertigo and balance dysfunctions, and has successfully applied these evidenced based treatments with a variety of diagnoses and ages, including vestibular dysfunction, benign positional vertigo, migraine associated vertigo, Meniere’s disease, traumatic brain injury, childhood paroxysmal vertigo, and neurological disorders including CVAs, MS, cerebellar dysfunction, and other disorders of adults and children that affect balance, safety, movement, fucntion and development. She has published extensively in medical and therapy journals and has conducted numerous national and international professional instructional courses to occupational and physical therapists, physicians, and audiologists/speech pathologists on Vestibular Rehabilitation, Neuromuscular Facial Retraining and Tinnitus Reduction programs.

Dr. Cronin also received as recognition for her body of clinical and research work, the Distinguished Alumnus award from the Medical College of Georgia and the Outstanding Graduate Award from St. Augustine University.

JANIE BARNABEI, OTR/L
 

Janie Barnabei has 32 years of experience in the field of Occupational Therapy. She received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Occupational Therapy from the Medical College of Georgia in 1986. Mrs. Barnabei currently specializes in Vestibular Rehabilitation, Balance Re-Training and neuromuscular Re-Education programs. For 26 years she has contributed to the team at the AEC through her successful evaluation and treatment of vertigo and imbalance. She is also involved in the continued research and development of the Vestibular Rehabilitation Program at the Atlanta Ear Clinic. 

Mrs. Barnabei’s experience prior to her work at the AEC includes: acute and outpatient care treating orthopedic and neurological patients as well as work in the Neonatal Unit at Georgia Baptist Medical Center. Mrs. Barnabei developed the outpatient Occupational Therapy program at Pinnacle Rehabilitation Center. She has also worked as a Certified Hand Therapist at Georgia Baptist Medical Center, Pinnacle Rehabilitation, and Northside/ Forsyth Outpatient Clinic.

Dr. Edward Espinosa, DO, MPH
 

Dr. Edward Espinosa is a board certified internal medicine physician who has provided quality medical care to thousands of patients in the Atlanta community for over 12 years. His internal medicine practice is called Buckhead Medicine.  Dr. Espinosa serves as medical director and supervising physician at Vestibular Atlanta.

 
 
 
 

REHAB SERVICES

VESTIBULAR REHABILITATION

Persons who benefit from vestibular rehabilitation and balance rehabilitation are those suffering from vertigo, nystagmus and imbalance that do not demonstrate a spontaneous resolution of symptoms within 3-4 weeks.

Causes of Inner Ear Vertigo and Imbalance:
 

  • Viral/bacterial infections

  • Trauma

  • Meniere's Disease

  • Neuromas

  • Ototoxicity

  • Vascular ischemia

  • Benign positional vertigo

  • Mal de debarquement syndrome (mdds)

  • Migraine associated vertigo

  • Seizures
     

Symptoms of Inner Ear Vestibular Pathology:
 

  • Dizziness/vertigo

  • Imbalance/unsteadiness

  • Visual motor disturbances / nausea / nystagmus (jerky eyes)

  • Headaches

  • Oscillopsia / balance and vision
     

Vestibular Rehabilitation and Balance Retraining is a movement/exercise approach with these goals:

  • Decreasing or eliminating dizziness/vertigo

  • Improving balance function and safety

  • Improving visual motor control and tolerance of motion

  • Increasing activity levels

  • Reducing falls or risks for falls

  • Improving reflexes and sensory organization
     

Because the vestibular system interacts with so many other parts of the nervous system,
secondary symptoms of memory problems, muscular stiffness/imbalance/weakness,
fatigue and anxiety may be experienced.

FACIAL NERVE REHABILITATION

 

Facial expression is one of the most important skills humans possess. The face shows expressions and facial muscles provide the ability to smile, pucker, blink and chew. 

Neuromsuclar Facial Retraining is a specific program designed to retrain facial muscles for movement and expression after the Facial Nerve has been paralyzed.


 

Conditions that can cause facial paralysis:

  • Bell's Palsy and Ramsey Hunt Syndrome 

  • Facial, temporal bone or head traumas 

  • Acoustic neuromas, facial schwannomas, paratoid tumors, skull based tumors and other tumors affecting facial movements 

  • Vascular damage 

  • Infections 

  • Cerebrovascular accidents (CVA) 

  • Congenital abnormalities 

  • Lyme Disease

Goals of facial retraining:

  • Normalize movement of facial muscles 

  • Increase symmetrical movement patterns of the face 

  • Increase volitional movements of the face 

  • Inhibit undesired movements and synkinesis 

  • Normalize muscular tone
     

 
 
 
 

INSURANCE

We are in-network with the following insurance plans:
 

  • Aetna: PPO, POS, and HMO
     

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Georgia: PPO only
     

  • United Health Care: PPO only
     

  • Cigna: PPO only
     

  • Humana: PPO only
     

  • Traditional Medicare

 

We are out-of-network for all other PPO and POS plans however we do accept these plans as partial payment.

We currently do not accept any other HMO plans.

 

Vestibular Atlanta
91 W. Wieuca Road, NE
Building A, Suite 1000
Atlanta, Georgia 30342

(Our office is inside the Buckhead Medicine office)

Office: 404-851-9093

Fax: 404-851-9097

Contact us to schedule an appointment
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