Kevin A. Carneiro, DO

Co-Medical Director/Physiatrist

Kevin Carneiro is the BBHP/MWA’s medical director and serves as an Assistant Professor for PM&R at UNC-Chapel Hill and the medical director of UNC Spine Center. He also sees patients in the Matthew Gfeller Concussion Clinic.

He received an honors undergraduate degree from the University of Toronto. He received his medical degree from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. He then completed residency training in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R) and a fellowship in Sports and Spine Rehabilitation at Northwestern University Medical School / Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC). He is board certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation as well as Sports Medicine.

James Kurz, MD


James Kurz, MD, serves as the BBHP/MWA’s primary care physician. He is an Associate Professor of Medicine in the University of North Carolina School of Medicine and is board certified in internal medicine. For the past four years he has served as the Director of the UNC Executive Health Program. He is listed in Best Doctors in America and America’s Top Physicians. He has an interest in sports medicine and has cared for several retired NFL players.

Karla Thompson, PhD


Karla Thompson, PhD, serves as the BBHP/MWA’s neuropsychologist and provides neuropsychological evaluations and consultations.  She is an assistant professor in the UNC Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, with a joint appointment in Psychiatry.  She is a neuropsychologist with more than 17 years of experience in evaluating and treating patients with traumatic brain injuries, strokes, anoxic brain injuries, brain tumors, dementias, and other forms of cognitive impairment.  She also works with patients with other kinds of disabilities, such as spinal cord injuries.  She is a research collaborator with the Center for the Study of Retired Athletes, has served on the Board of Directors for the Brain Injury Association of NC, and is the faculty facilitator of UNC’s Brain Injury Support Group.

Ana Felix, MBBCh


Ana Felix serves as one of the neurologists for the BBHP/MWA. She is a Neurologist with Board Certification in Adult Neurology as well as Vascular Neurology. She graduated from the University of the Witwatersrand with MBBCh in 1989 and completed her Internship Training in Boston at St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center of Boston, followed by Neurology Residency at Boston City Hospital and the Combined TUFTS Neurology Training Program. She has been at UNC since 2002. Dr. Felix has a strong interest in clinical neurology, has experience with medical student education and patient care and is joining the program for neurological assessments.

Daniel Kaufer, MD


Daniel Kaufer serves as one of the neurologists for the BBHP/MWA.  He is the is the division chief of Cognitive Neurology and director of the UNC Memory Disorders Program in the department of Neurology at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.  He completed neurology training at the University of Pittsburgh and a fellowship in Behavioral Neurology at UCLA.  Dr. Kaufer is board-certified in Neurology, a diplomat in Behavioral Neurology & Neuropsychiatry, and was formerly president of the Society for Behavioral and Cognitive Neurology. He is consistently listed among America’s “Best Doctors” and combines research interests in the diagnosis and treatment of neurocognitive disorders with compassionate, cutting-edge clinical care.

Abbie Smith-Ryan, PhD

Exercise Physiologist & Sport Nutritionist

Abbie Smith-Ryan serves the BBHP/MWA by providing a comprehensive nutrition and body composition consult. She is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Exercise and Sport Science, with her research specializing in exercise and nutrition interventions to improve lean body mass and reduce body fat. She is a certified strength and conditioning specialist and certified sports nutritionist.

Dana Lebo, PhD

Life Skills & Transition Coach

Dana Lebo serves as one of the BBHP/MWA’s Life Skills and Transition Coaches. She is a coach, leadership trainer, and licensed psychologist with Bell Leadership Institute. For 20 years, Dr. Lebo has applied her extensive background in psychologies of performance, health, sports, and whole brain integration to help hundreds of individuals, teams, couples, and families achieve their goals in their professional and personal lives. Dr. Lebo devotes her career to helping people build the skills of leadership and manage the stress, conflict, and complexities of busy home and work lives.

Dr. Lebo earned her Ph.D. in psychology from Columbia University and Master’s degrees from Columbia’s Teachers College and Georgetown University’s School of Graduate Studies. She began her career in the field of international development with fellowships to study anthropology and Arabic in the Middle East, manage projects at a global relief agency in Cairo, and teach resettlement skills to refugees at the American Cultural Center in Alexandria, Egypt.