Our Clinic

The Genesis Neuroscience Clinic’s multidisciplinary team has expertise in providing clinical care and support for those with memory disorders, Alzheimer’s disease and other neurodegenerative dementias.

Monica Crane, MD

Monica Crane, MD

Medical Director

Dr. Monica Crane is board certified in Family Medicine with a Certificate of Added Qualification in Geriatric Medicine. She earned her undergraduate degree from Yale University and her medical school training at Jefferson Medical College. She completed her residency and a fellowship in geriatric medicine at The University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Crane serves as Medical Director for Genesis Neuroscience Clinic and is a Clinical Assistant Professor at The University of Tennessee Graduate School of Medicine. She previously served as the Associate Director of the Cole Neuroscience Clinic at The University of Tennessee Medical Center, where she was also Director of Clinical Research. Dr. Crane has participated and led a number of clinical trials focused on Alzheimer’s disease and the related neurodegenerative dementias.
Amber Tayman, BSN, MSN, MPH

Amber Tayman, BSN, MSN, MPH

Clinical Provider

Amber Tayman is a family nurse practitioner from Morristown, TN. She completed both her Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in Nursing degrees at The University of Tennessee. She started her nurse practitioner career in primary care for seniors and has been working with Dr. Monica Crane at Genesis Neuroscience Clinic since the clinic opened in April 2017. She also earned a Master of Public Health degree and brings her expertise in health education and behavior change models to her care here at Genesis. Amber is passionate about helping seniors improve their quality of life through prevention and lifestyle change.
Sarah White, BSN, MSN

Sarah White, BSN, MSN

Clinical Provider

Sarah White is a family nurse practitioner from Oak Ridge, TN. She graduated with honors from Mary Washington College with a Bachelor of Science in biology in 2004. She graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University summa cum laude for both her bachelor’s and master’s in nursing in 2007. Sarah loves being a nurse practitioner and has experience working in family medicine, home health and the urgent care setting. She is thrilled to have joined Dr. Crane’s team in October 2017 and loves the special care they provide for our geriatric population.
Tanya Hickman, AAS

Tanya Hickman, AAS

Medical Assistant

Tanya Hickman began her medical career as a file clerk in 2003. While in that position, she found her calling to become a medical assistant. She graduated in 2007 with an associate’s degree and began her journey in family practice. While she loved family practice, she really started to thrive when she started working in neurology in 2012 and has remained there since. She is currently a medical assistant with Genesis Neuroscience Clinic and loves helping and educating families and caregivers through their journey. She feels she learns more from her patients than they do from her.

Jessica Brock, BS

Jessica Brock, BS

Lead Medical Assistant

Jessica Brock is a recent graduate from The University of Tennessee with a Bachelor’s of Science in Neuroscience and Psychology and was a member of the pre-medicine honor society Alpha Epsilon Delta. During her time in school, she worked as a Personal Care Assistant, and further broadened her passion for helping others. She spent her time participating in a diverse array of activities and groups, such as volunteering as an elementary school nurse once a week and interning at the American Heart Association, working to educate others on the importance of heart health. She began working with Dr. Monica Crane as an intern at the beginning of 2019 and was later hired as a Clinical Coordinator, where she moved into the Lead Medical Assistant position. Jessica is planning to attend medical school in fall 2022 and hopes to become a Geriatric Neurologist.

Kathy Broggy, CNA

Kathy Broggy, CNA

Front Office Manager

Kathy began her career as a CNA and has worked in nursing homes, home health, The University of Tennessee Medical Center, hospital staffing and assisted living facilities. While working at a senior living facility, she made a career change and became an activity director. Several years later, another career change took her to Genesis Neuroscience Clinic and the opportunity to work with Dr. Crane whose work she had admired for years. Kathy’s entire career has been caring for elders and in 2013 she created a Facebook page called “Help Make Knoxville, TN the First Dementia Friendly City in the USA”. In 2014, she co-founded Purple Cities Alliance, a grass roots organization whose mission was to establish Knoxville as the first Dementia Friendly City in the United States. Since then, there have been several other cities across the U.S. who have used the Purple Cities model to create Dementia Inclusive communities.
Tiana Ross, BS

Tiana Ross, BS

Senior Clinical Coordinator

Tiana Ross is from Memphis, TN, but is currently in Knoxville pursuing her Bachelor’s degree at the University of Tennessee with a Bachelor’s of Science in Neuroscience and a minor in Hispanic Studies. She is involved in Phi Eta Sigma – an academic honor society, Global Medical Training – a pre-health club, and Advancement of Neuroscience – a neuroscience club. Tiana began as an intern in January of 2020 before becoming Clinical Coordinator a year later. As Clinical Coordinator, Tiana oversees the intern program at the clinic. The internship allows a diverse group of students to get hands-on clinical experience and become future healthcare workers. Tiana is passionate about neurology as well as psychiatry and hopes to become a doctor of both fields. Tiana is available by email for inquires about the Genesis Neuroscience Internship Program at clinical.coordinator@genesisneuro.com.

Ridhwan Shakil, BA

Ridhwan Shakil, BA

Supporting Clinical Coordinator

Ridhwan Shakil, fondly known by his nickname “Riddy”, is the Supporting Clinical Coordinator at Genesis Neuroscience Clinic, where he serves as the clinic’s catch-all staffer, assisting the Senior Clinical Coordinator with any and all clinic tasks as well as leading the Genesis Neuroscience Clinical Internship Program, designed to provide a diverse group of interns a unique hands-on experience aimed towards shaping future healthcare professionals. Riddy is a junior at The University of Tennessee, Knoxville pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, where he also spends his time conducting research and serving his community. In his free time, Riddy loves lounging around with a good show. Riddy is available by email for inquires about the Genesis Neuroscience Internship Program at clinical.coordinator@genesisneuro.com.

Lazarius Alexander, BS

Lazarius Alexander, BS

Clinical Research Coordinator

Lazarius Alexander, a Senior at The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, is pursuing a Chemical Engineering major with a Biomolecular Concentration. Lazarius is from Memphis, TN and has been an intern at Genesis Neuroscience Clinic since the beginning of 2021, with aspirations of becoming an Otolaryngologist in the future. Currently, he is involved with Minority Enhancement for UT(ME4UT), the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE), and Kappa Alpha Psi, Fraternity Inc. He was recognized as the 2018-2019 NSBE Freshman of the Year and Black Engineer of the Year Awards representative for his diligent hard work within the organization. Since his sophomore year, he has served as the Secretary of NSBE. Additionally, since joining Kappa Alpha Psi, Fraternity Inc, he has served as the Standards of Fraternal Excellence (SOFE) chair, Vice Polemarch (Vice President) and most recently, the Polemarch (President). His involvement with our clinic also includes research for an assistive robot for our Alzheimer’s and Dementia patients.

Myles Guyton, BS

Myles Guyton, BS

Outreach Coordinator

Myles Guyton is from Memphis Tennessee and has been an intern at Genesis Neuroscience since August of last year. Myles recently graduated from The University of Tennessee, Knoxville with a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology. During his academic career at UTK, Myles was involved with many organizations, including the ambassador organization, Student Government Association, Best Buddies and many others. At Genesis, Myles is involved in the Alzheimer’s Tennessee research project as well as leads community outreach efforts. Myles’ goal is to pursue his dream of attending medical school and becoming a radiologist. 

Ashley Wells, BS

Ashley Wells, BS

Scheduling Coordinator/Clinical Assistant

Ashley Wells is an undergraduate Junior Neuroscience major with minors in Leadership Studies as well as Hispanic Studies. She was chosen as a member of Honors Leadership Program at UTK and is currently involved in the Knoxville community as a volunteer at UT Hospice, CONTACT Care crisis line, and Brain Exercise Initiative. Ashley began as an intern at Genesis to explore her interest in neurology and now hopes to combine her passions of medicine and the Spanish language in her dream of becoming a neurologist for underserved Spanish-speaking populations.

Soniya Patel, BA

Soniya Patel, BA

Scheduling Coordinator/Clinical Assistant

Soniya Patel is an undergraduate Senior at The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with a minor in Public Health. Soniya became an intern at Genesis during the fall of 2018 and has found a passion working with the clinic’s geriatric population. Inspired by her work at Genesis, she plans to attend a Clinical Psychology PhD program to study mental illness in the geriatric population. When not working or studying, Soniya enjoys spending time with friends and family, traveling, dancing, and trying the trendiest foods.

Special thanks to Beall & Thomas Photography for our staff photos.