Dr. Syed Asad, MD
Dr. Asad has over 25 years experience as an expert in Neurological Medicine and is Board Certified in Traumatic brain injury by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.
He attended Medical School at the Dow University of Health Sciences and received medical training and Board Certification in Nuclear Medicine from the Harvard Medical School joint program of Nuclear medicine and the Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. Dr, Asad furthered his medical training and Board Certification in Neurology from Emory University Hospital in Atlanta from 2002 though 2005.
Dr. Asad proudly served in the US Army reserves, Medical Corp from 2001 through 2008 when he received an Honorable Discharge.
He founded the Universal neurological Care outpatient neurology clinic in 2015 with special focus on Traumatic Brain Injury.
He also served as an independent neuro-trauma consultant to the Jacksonville Jaguars NFL football team from 2011 through 2014. Dr. Asad also practiced as an unaffiliated neuro-trauma consultant to the NFL with sideline assessments to concussed players during NFL football games in 2013, and continues to serve as a consultant and Neurological Specialist to the Jacksonville Jaguars today. He also follows and treats the AEW Wrestling team in Jacksonville, Florida.
Dr. Asad has served as Medical Director for the Eisenhower Center in Jacksonville, Fl since 2017. The Eisenhower center is a traumatic brain injury rehab facility mainly catering to retired professional athletes and military vets.
Dr. Angelo Capobianco, PA-C
Angelo Capobianco holds an impressive record of medical training. He received his Bachelor’s in Biology from Nova Southeastern University, Master of Medical Science from the University of South Florida, received 1 year of training in ophthalmology and holds a Second Master’s of Medical Science in Physician Assistant Studies from Nova Southeastern University-Jacksonville.
Angelo’s undergraduate research was in Organic Chemistry, utilizing a compound that he synthesized as a possible drug transfer agent. His recent Master’s Thesis was on the utilization of Deep Brain Stimulators for the treatment of both motor and non-motor symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease.
He always knew that he wanted to work in medicine. After being flagged down in the street at the scene of a motorcycle accident at the age of 19, he then vowed to complete medical training to help people in need after one victim in the crash didn’t make it home to his family that night.
Angelo’s hobbies include watching movies and sports or just spending time with his dog, Samson.
Emily Vander Zee, PA-C, MMS
Emily Vander Zee is a board certified Physician Assistant with a passion for Neurology, Critical Care and Emergency Medicine.
She graduated from Nova Southeastern University in 2014 and earned her Master of Medical Science in Physician Assistant in 2020.
Emily currently holds certifications in ACLS, BLS, PALS and Stop the Bleed, Save a Life
Megan Weigel, DNP, APRN
Megan Weigel, DNP, APRN is a board-certified family nurse practitioner, advanced practice holistic nurse, and Multiple Sclerosis certified nurse who has been practicing as an NP in neurology for over 20 years with a special interest in MS care. In addition to her work at Universal Neurological Care, she has her own Integrative Medicine practice, First Coast Integrative Medicine, where she uses a holistic approach to care. She is a graduate of the University of Florida: BSN 1998, MSN 2000, DNP 2009and completed her fellowship of Integrative Medicine, completed at the University of Arizona in 2018.
She has been an MS Certified nurse for over 15 years and is the past President of the International Organization of MS Nurses. She brings MS specialty knowledge to UNC in order to provide the best care possible to people living with MS and their families through modern therapeutics, rehabilitation services, lifestyle changes, and referrals to patient advocacy organization for support and connection.
Megan comes with an extensive list of recognitions to include:
- Nightingale Award Recipient, 2020
- Live Well MS Award Recipient, 2019
- Great 100 Nurses of Northeast Florida Award Recipient, 2015
- Partners in Hope Award Recipient, North Florida Chapter, National MS Society, 2013
- Young Alumnus of the Year recipient, University of Florida Alumni Association, 2010
- Forty under 40 Award recipient, Jacksonville Business Journal, 2010
- Can Do MS, Consultant, 2018-present
- MS Coalition, Board Member, 2016-2018
- MS Views and News, Medical Advisor Board Member, 2015-present
- Editorial Board Member, International Journal of MS Care, 2012-present
- Co-Lead, National MS Society Goal Steering Team, “We Develop, Deliver, and Leverage Resources”, 2012-2014
- Peer Reviewer, Journal of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, 2009-present
- Research Advocate, North Florida Chapter, National MS Society, 2008-2018
When not in the clinic, she enjoys teaching Yoga at the studio she co-founded, OMS Yoga, a non-profit organization that brings free yoga classes to people living with MS virtually. She is a yogi, surfer, runner, and writer. She is a certified HeartMath biofeedback practitioner and a student of Soul Lightening acupressure. She loves being on the beach with her family. You can follow her on Instagram @fcintegrativemedicine.
“Having had major medical issues as a child and spent a couple of years in and out of hospitals, I remember feeling scared and alone, and how much better I felt when I had a nurse who spent extra time with me, or a physician who explained things well to both me and my parents. I could see the relief in their eyes. When I was about a year into college, I learned about the career path of a Nurse Practitioner. The caring and holistic principles of nursing resonated with me, and I decided to change my major and embark on that journey”.
Zlatan Pecar, RN
Zlatan Pecar – “Z” was born Sarajevo, Bosnia. He moved to the United States in 2000 and received his Bachelor of Science in Biology in December 2010.
In May of 2015, “Z” received his Associate in Science degree in Nursing. After successfully completing his NCLEX boards, he joined the Universal Neurological Care team in September of 2015 as a Registered Nurse.
Spring of 2017, he received his Bachelor of Science in Nursing and is looking forward to acquiring an Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner (ARNP) degree. At Universal Neurological Care, Zlatan is in charge of diagnostic testing as well as various therapy modalities.