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2013 Health Professionals Hall of Fame

Brenda Brelje, RN, MSCN

A long-time partner of the Society, Brenda has dedicated her nursing career to supporting patients and families impacted by MS through direct patient care, community outreach, public education, fundraising and health care professional mentoring, training and networking. Brenda, who helped launch the Minnesota Affiliated MS Nurses group in 2005, actively supports the Upper Midwest Chapter, often lending her expertise as a speaker, moderator and host for programs.

Bridget Bagert, MD, MPH

Dr. Bagert is a neurologist at the Ochsner Medical Clinic of Neurology in New Orleans. Her first connection with the Society was as a Clinical Advisory Committee member for the Central New England Chapter, and she continues in that role in the South Central Region today. Dr. Bagert is an MS Activist, a compassionate clinician, and a board member.

Christine St. Laurent MSN, RN, MSCN

Active in the MS community for 10 years, Christine recently retired as coordinator for the MS Center in Attleboro, MA. An MS certified nurse, she volunteers with Rhode Island and Greater New England, serving on the Programs Committee and Home LINKS Advisory Board, and is the MS Vacation Week nurse. Christine speaks extensively about the impact of chronic illness on quality of life, intimacy, sexuality and care partners.

David Tabby, MD

Dr. Tabby provides high quality and compassionate care to the most vulnerable MS patients. Dr. Tabby, who has been deeply involved with the Society as a committee member and speaker, is also an active Bike MS fundraiser. He revived the MS program at the Medical College of Pennsylvania Hospital and developed the Drexel MS program at Hahnemann University Hospital, each providing patients with improved access to quality care.

Elissa Bradford

Elissa is an MS certified physical therapist pursuing her doctorate in health promotion and wellness with an emphasis in MS research. She practices at Mercy Therapy Services and is an adjunct professor at the St. Louis University Department of Physical Therapy and Athletic Training. She has volunteered with the Gateway Area Chapter since 2005 as a speaker at programs for health professionals and people with MS and their families.

John Schafer, MD

Since 1978 Dr. Schafer has practiced neurology and has been dedicated to providing excellent, comprehensive care to people with MS over the course of their disease — from onset of symptoms through advanced disability. He has served the Society for 26 years on many national and chapter boards and committees and is currently on the Executive Committee of the National Medical Advisory Committee and is the chair of the Northern California Clinical Advisory Committee.

Past Health Professionals Hall of Fame