Multiple Sclerosis Care Specialists
Meet Our Treatment Team
At Shepherd Center, we believe that early and appropriate treatment results in better quality of life for people with MS and may protect against future illness. Our staff of medical professionals works aggressively to slow the progression of the disease. Meet our renowned team of MS specialists who provide dedicated care and rehabilitation for our patients.
Ben Thrower, M.D., Medical Director
Ben Thrower, M.D., treats individuals with multiple sclerosis and has been a valued part of the Shepherd Center team since 2001. He also conducts research, collaborating with organizations such as Harvard Medical School and Emory University, to test new MS compounds, investigate new drug therapies and search for a genetic marker for immune activity in people undergoing various MS therapies. Before joining Shepherd Center, Dr. Thrower was medical director of the Holy Family MS Institute in Spokane, Washington. He is fully committed to quality care of the MS community and works closely with the National Multiple Sclerosis Society (NMSS) in various capacities. Dr. Thrower has received the society's Norman Cohn Hope Chest Award. He was the first physician to be inducted into the NMSS Volunteer Hall of Fame. He also serves as a clinical instructor of neurology at Emory University. Click here to watch a video interview with Dr. Thrower.
Guy Buckle, M.D., Director of Neuroimaging Research
Guy Buckle, M.D., MPH, joined the Andrew C. Carlos MS Institute at Shepherd Center as the Director of Neuroimaging Research in 2014. Dr. Buckle came to Shepherd Center following nearly 20 years at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. There, he was the Director of Clinical Care at Partners Multiple Sclerosis Center. He also served as assistant professor of neurology at Harvard Medical School. He was drawn to Shepherd Center’s MS Institute for the chance to work in a smaller environment and to expand the Center’s neuroimaging program. Click here to watch a video interview with Dr. Buckle.
Sherrill Loring, M.D., Neurologist
Sherrill Loring, M.D., treats patients and conducts research at the MS Institute. Previously, she was an associate professor of neurology at the University of Florida. Dr. Loring earned her medical degree from the Medical University of South Carolina. She then completed an internship and residency at the Medical College of Georgia, where she was later a clinical assistant professor of neurology. She also worked as the chief of neurology at University Hospital in Augusta, Georgia, and later directed the MS Clinic at Georgetown University Hospital in Washington, D.C., before taking the position at the University of Florida. Dr. Loring is a member of the American Academy of Neurology and the American Medical Association.
Robert Godsall, Ph.D., Neuropsychological Services Coordinator
Robert Godsall, Ph.D., coordinates neuropsychological services in the MS Institute at Shepherd Center. Dr. Godsall received his doctorate in clinical psychology from the Georgia State University Department of Psychology, where his specialty interests were clinical neuropsychology and family systems therapy. Following completion of his clinical internship, where he completed major rotations in forensic psychology and neuropsychology, Dr. Godsall completed a two-year post-doctoral fellowship in neuropsychology in the Behavioral Neurology Section of the Neurology Department at the Emory School of Medicine. Along with his work in neuropsychology, Dr. Godsall continues to pursue his interests in the impact of family systems on the course of neurological disorders.
Tracy Walker, Nurse Practitioner, WOC
Tracy Walker, NP, WOC, specializes in treating patients with neurological conditions. She is a certified family nurse practitioner, a wound ostomy continence nurse, as well as a Georgia registered nurse. Walker received a bachelor's of science in nursing from the Medical College of Georgia. She also earned a certification in enterostomal therapy nursing at Emory University and a master's of science in nursing at Georgia State University. Walker is actively involved in the MS community and frequently speaks on MS issues. Most notably, she has spoken on behalf of the MS Consortium of MS Institutes.
Colby Doepel, Certified Nurse Practitioner
Colby Doepel, NP-C, educates patients and their families on quality of life improvements, disease and symptom management, and assesses their needs for supplementary hospital and community support. After graduating from the Medical College of Georgia, he joined the MS Institute as an extern and quickly transitioned from a tech to a RN and finally a nursing manager. He earned his master’s degree from Kennesaw State University, which allowed him to become a nurse practitioner. Doepel is a member of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, International Organization of Multiple Sclerosis Nurses and Sigma Theta Tau.
Adrienne Garofalo, Physician Assistant
Adrienne Garofalo, PA-C, discusses and manages treatment plans of patients with multiple sclerosis with the goal of optimizing her patient’s quality of life. Garofalo received a bachelor’s of science degree in education, specializing in exercise and sports science, from the University of Georgia, where she graduated cum laude. Garofalo earned a master’s degree in physician assistant studies from Pace University’s Lenox Hill Hospital Physician Assistant Program. She is a member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA), the Georgia Association of Physician Assistants (GAPA) and is board certified by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants.
MS Institute Information & Appointments
At Shepherd Center, multiple sclerosis treatment is specific to the individual’s needs and goals. Submit a request for more information about the MS Institute at Shepherd Center to learn about our MS treatment and services. Call us directly to get specific information, schedule an appointment, or plan a visit:
Hours: 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. Monday – Friday
New patients may also download a form, complete it and follow the instructions on the form for submitting it to the MS Institute.