About Us

NYMemory staff
Gayatri Devi, MD, PC and Lola

Gayatri Devi, MD, FACP, FAAN the Director, also serves as Clinical Associate Professor at New York University School of Medicine and as an Attending Physician at Lenox Hill Hospital. She is a board certified neurologist with additional board certifications in Pain Medicine, Psychiatry, and Behavioral Neurology. She is an elected fellow of the American College of Physicians and the American Academy of Neurology. Dr. Devi has specialized in the early diagnosis and treatment of memory disorders related to aging and menopause for 19 years.

Dr. Devi completed her training at SUNY Downstate, serving as Chief Resident of Neurology. She then was a Behavioral Neurology Fellow at Columbia University, after which she was Assistant Professor at SUNY Stony Brook and Director of the Long Island Alzheimer's Disease Center. Before starting the New York Memory and Healthy Aging Services, Dr. Devi was Assistant Professor of Neurology at Columbia University and Director of the Memory Disorders Center at the Center for Women's Health at Columbia Presbyterian-Eastside.

Dr. Devi has published and presented over 60 articles and presentations in numerous peer-reviewed journals on the topic of memory loss and has presented at various national and international journals including the American Neurological Association, the European Federation of Neurologic Sciences, the North American Menopause Society and the European Menopause Society.

She has discussed memory disorders on the BBC, NPR, CBS, Reuters, Wall Street Journal and TIME. She is President of the not-for-profit National Council on Women's Health and serves on the board of the Partnership for Gender Specific Medicine at Columbia University. Dr. Devi was elected president of the American Medical Woman's Association for the 2012-2013 term. She is a member of the NYC Parks Enforcement Patrol Mounted Auxiliary Unit.

She is the author of "Estrogen, Memory and Menopause" (Alphasigma Press; 2000) and "What your doctor may not tell you about Alzheimer's Disease" (Time Warner Books; 2004) and "A Calm Brain" (Penguin Books, 2012).

Leilanie Martin, B.S.N., C.C.R.N.

Leilanie Martin, BSN, CCRN, completed her undergraduate studies at Adelphi University, graduating cum laude, during which she studied abroad in Portugal, leaving her fluent in Portuguese. Leilanie did a critical care fellowship at North Shore Long Island Jewish hospital. She has over 8 years of experience working in the cardiothoracic and neurologic intensive care units of LIJ and the Columbia Presbyterian Health Care System. She has been with NY Memory for over four years and is now pursuing her advanced nurse practitioner degree.

She has additional CCRN certification from LIJ and certification in repetitive transcranial magnetic coil stimulation from Harvard University. She serves on the not-for-profit board of the National Council for Women's Health.

Abby Agnew, M.S.Abby Agnew, M.S. completed her undergraduate studies in Psychology at Seton Hall University and her graduate degree in Educational Psychology at Columbia University, concentrating in cognition and learning. She has been working at the New York Memory and Healthy Aging Services for nearly a decade, where she performs neurocognitive studies and works with cognitive rehabilitation. Abby works with a wide range of patients, from children to seniors, with cognitive impairments such as attention deficits, memory loss, processing speed and language skills due to Alzheimer's Disease, brain injury and dementia.

Dana AbrassartDana Abrassart, M.S. completed her BS in biochemistry at the University of Western Ontario and her Master’s degree in Neurobiology and Physiology at Northwestern University. Dana is our resident science writer and researcher and brings her intelligence, self-motivated drive and unique wit to her work. Outside of the office, Dana is a well-known independent aerialist and performer. Dana is a Canadian by birth and a New Yorker by mentality.

Casey Linnane, MS EdCasey Linnane, MS Ed is a New York State certified school psychologist, graduating with an MS from Long Island University and she received additional training at New York Memory in cognitive rehabilitation. Casey performs neurocognitive studies and devises tailored cognitive exercises for individual patients to help maintain and improve brain function. She brings enthusiasm, encouragement and a great degree of expertise to her work. Casey is a native New Yorker and hails from the great borough of Brooklyn.

placeholderCathy Fusco is our office receptionist and secretary. She is responsible for scheduling all appointments and triaging calls. As she is likely the first person you will reach on calling, it helps to know that Cathy is very friendly and has a great sense of humor. Born and raised in the Bronx, Cathy is an avid New York Yankee fan and Broadway theater aficionado.

placeholderIda Kiss is our EEG technologist and works at Lenox Hill Hospital in this capacity as well.

ChristineChristine Sperry, B.A. is our part-time bookkeeper and personnel manager, keeping us all in line. She has excellent right and left brain skills: In addition to her proficiency with book keeping, she lends her soprano talents to various professional and church choirs and teaches voice.

LolaLola was certified with Bide-a-wee and The Delta Society Pet Partners where she completed therapy courses and service dog training. She has appeared on CBS News and in the Wall Street Journal in a feature article on dogs in doctors’ offices. Perhaps because she has been a New Yorker for nearly all of her life, Lola brings a certain je ne sais quoi attitude to her work here at the office. Lola initially joined the office after her remarkably temperamentally similar predecessor Max went on to higher climes.

GageGage has been a welcome member of New York Memory since the passing of ever-loyal and soft-hearted Wolfie, who had been with NY Memory for over a decade. Originally from Brooklyn, Gage has a pleasant and mellow disposition which contrasts and complements Ms. Lola’s more edgy and cosmopolitan style. He is an exceptionally gentle soul with a particular affinity for small children who invariably return his affection.