Our staff is highly trained and dedicated to putting patient satisfaction first. We believe in the “team approach,” and our team includes you, your physician, and your family. When everyone is working toward a common goal, rehabilitation is most efficient and effective. That’s why the WellStar North Fulton Hospital Inpatient Rehabilitation staff invites you and your family members to tour our facility and meet your care team. We want everyone to be certain that this is the best choice.
Our multidisciplinary team consists of:
- Physiatrists/Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Physicians
- Rehabilitation Nurses
- Registered Dieticians
- Physical Therapists (PT’s)
- Respiratory Therapists
- Occupational Therapists (OT’s)
- Case Managers
- Speech-Language Pathologists (SLP’s)
- Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW)
Our weekly meetings create a collaboration of care for you.
Your rehabilitation care team holds weekly interdisciplinary meetings for every patient on the rehab unit, under the direction of our Medical Director. Weekly team meetings include discussions about each patient’s progress toward established goals and any barriers to progress, effectiveness of the care plan, current medical conditions, changes to the tentative discharge date, and ongoing needs after discharge. In addition, the case manager or physician will inform you of the details of the discussion following each meeting.
Meet our Physicians:
Alan Harben, MD
PhD, Medical Director of Rehabilitation
Dr. Harben graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Physics from North Georgia College as well as with a Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from the Georgia Institute of Technology. He attended Medical School at the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta, and went on to earn a Ph.D. in Biomechanical engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology. Dr. Harben is the medical director of North Fulton’s prestigious acute inpatient rehabilitation program.
Dr. Harben’s expertise is focused in Neuropharmacologic enhancement of cognition, specifically with problems in arousal, attention, language, memory, and processing speed. Agitation, aggression, and behavioral disorders are also areas of understanding. Dr. Harben has over 25 years of experience rehabilitating major traumatic injuries of the spinal chord and brain, with a board certification in Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation as well as Pain Management.
Brent Clower, MD
Assistant Medical Director of Rehabilitation
Dr. Clower is originally from the Atlanta area and graduated from The University of Georgia with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology. He attended medical school at the Georgia Campus of Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. He then completed an internship at Columbus Regional Medical Center followed by residency training in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the University of Alabama Birmingham.
Dr. Clower’s training and experience has focused on the rehabilitation process of major injuries and illnesses including brain injury, stroke, spinal cord injury and trauma along with complications related to multiple other illnesses. He also has a sound understanding of pain related to spine, muscle, joint and the nervous system.