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Neuropsychiatric Research Center of Southwest Florida
14271 Metropolis Avenue
Fort Myers, FL 33912

239-939-7777

About Neuropsychiatric Research Center of Southwest FL

The Neuropsychiatric Research Center has conducted over 100 clinical trials dedicated to dementia. You will receive the latest diagnostics and treatments available in a safe, well controlled environment.

Frederick W. Schaerf, M.D., Ph.D. and Wendy R. Bond, M.D. have conducted over 100 clinical trials dedicated to dementia. You will receive the latest diagnostics and treatments available in a safe, well controlled environment.

The Neuropsychiatric Research Center of Southwest Florida is dedicated in finding effective treatments for those with Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI) and Alzheimer’s Disease (AD). Early detection is as crucial a component for treating this disease as the treatments themselves. We are committed to bringing the best advancements in clinical research trials being conducted all over the world, and making them available to patients in Southwest Florida.

Neuropsychiatric Research Center of Southwest FL Facilities

We are located on Metropolis Avenue, which runs parallel to Metro Parkway between Six Mile Cypress Parkway and Daniels Parkway. For directions, please use the interactive map below to help navigate to our location. We look forward to seeing you.

Wendy R. Bond, M.D.

Principal Investigator

Dr. Wendy Robinson Bond was born in Michigan and has been in SW Florida for the past 13 years. She graduated from Wayne State University School of Medicine in 2000 and completed her internship at Oakwood Hospital in Dearborn, Michigan. She then went on to Tufts University from 2000-2004 for her neurology residency. She continued her education with a fellowship in muscle and nerve disorders at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Brighton, MA form 2004-2005.

She is Board Certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.

For the past 13 years, Dr. Bond has been practicing General Neurology in the Fort Myers and Cape Coral Area. She was the previous medical director of the Lee Health ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis) Clinic. She is a current member of the American Academy of Neurology, AAN Fellow. Locally, she is a member of the Lee County Medical Society.

Because of her personal experiences with Alzheimer’s Disease, she recently joined Dr. Fred Schaerf, who founded the Neuropsychiatric Research Center of Southwest Florida. She will continue, with his guidance, to maintain the high quality of clinical research trials here in Southwest Florida, in hopes of finding some relief for everyone suffering from this type of dementia.


Frank Melo, M.D.

Lead Investigator

Neuropsychiatric Research Center of Southwest Florida (NPRC) an Evolution Research Group (ERG) site is excited to announce that Dr. Frank Melo, M.D. has recently joined the NPRC team as a Lead Investigator. Prior to joining NPRC, Dr. Melo has participated in over 40 pre-clinical, and clinical research trials in laboratory, pharmaceutical, and medical devices. He has16 years in various roles in clinical research in Texas and Florida, along with 10 years clinical experience in family medicine and addiction medicine.

“We welcome Dr. Melo as a Lead Investigator. He has experience, leadership skills, and mission focus to lead exceptional clinical trials and improving operational excellence,” said Erica Ridolfi, Executive Director of Clinical Operations for ERG. “We are happy to have a lead investigator with Dr. Melo’s dedication joining us to continue in partnership with Dr. Wendy Bond to drive future growth, improve patient experience and lead trials that provide the high-quality data our subject participants require.”


Jennifer A. Springer, M.D.

Sub Investigator

Dr. Jennifer Springer was born in Pennsylvania where she attended Temple Medical School in Philadelphia. She then went to the Medical College of Pennsylvania for her residency in Emergency Medicine.

She is Board Certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine.

For the past 19 years, Dr. Springer has resided in Southwest Florida and worked part-time in the Health Park Emergency Department and Lee Convenient Care while she helped her husband, Dr. Charles Springer, raise their four children and foster child.

She currently works as a Sub-Investigator at The Neuropsychiatric Research Center.


Frederick W. Schaerf, M.D., Ph.D.

Founder

In 2001, Dr. Frederick W. Schaerf founded the Neuropsychiatric Research Center of Southwest Florida to establish, develop and maintain a high quality neuropsychiatric clinical research program in Southwest Florida. With over 30 years of experience in clinical research, Dr. Schaerf and the medical research team conduct Phase Ib, II, III and IV outpatient clinical trials in Alzheimer’s Disease.


RESEARCH TEAM

Wendy R. Bond, M.D,
Principal Investigator

Jennifer A. Springer, M.D.
Sub Investigator

Frank Melo, M.D.
Lead Investigator

Deanna K. Allard
Medical Assistant

Bernardo A. Avila, M.D.
Clinical Intake/Research Coordinator

Joan E. Black, R.N., B.S.N., C.C.R.C.
Rater

Stephanie Brown, RMA
Medical Assistant

Jessica G. Bur, B.S.
Site Manager

Tammara Dixon, B.S.
Quality Control Specialist

Cheryl A. Edgecomb, R.N.
Research Nurse Coordinator

Kerry Ellis-Berry, M.S., A.P.R.N., B.C.
Clinical Operations Manager/Sub-Investigator

Andrea R. Feldman, R.Ph.T., C.Ph.T.
Unblinded Pharmacist/Clinical Intake

Jacob J. Feulner B.A.
Rater

Brook L. Medina, R.N., B.S.N
Research Nurse Coordinator

Maurie Romeo, B.S.
Director Business Administration & Regulatory Affairs

Deborah C. Silver, Psy.D.
Research Associate/Rater

Joseph Spikes
Administrative Office

Robert C. Starke
Professional Relations/Marketing