Our Team

Dr. Jose Americo A. Fernandes


Dr. Jose Americo M. Fernandes


Dr. J. Americo M. Fernandes is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Neurological Sciences, having joined our staff in July 2006. He is the chief of the neurology section at the Omaha VA medical center. He received his medical degree from Federal University of Bahia in Salvador, Bahia, Brazil. He completed a neurology residency and EMG training in Sao Paulo, Brazil. He completed his neurology residency at Case Western Reserve University/University Hospitals of Cleveland. Two fellowships were completed, the first in clinical neurophysiology (EMG) at Case Western Reserve University, and the second in neuromuscular disorders at Washington University in Saint Louis. Dr. Fernandes is the director of the UNMC ALS multidisciplinary treatment center, and co-director of the MDA-sponsored UNMC muscular dystrophy clinic. Dr. Fernandes evaluates patients with neuromuscular disorders, including ALS, motor neuron disease, muscular dystrophy, myopathies, myasthenia gravis and other neuromuscular junction disorders, peripheral neuropathies. He is working on enhancing neuromuscular research at UNMC.

Dr. Fernandes is board-certified in neurology and neuromuscular medicine by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, and in electrodiagnostic medicine (EMG) by the American Board of Electrodiagnostic Medicine. He is a member of the American Academy of Neurology, the American Association of Neuromuscular and Electrodiagnostic Medicine, the American Medical Association, the Northeast ALS consortium (NEALS) and the Western ALS study group (WALS).  


Pariwat Thaisetthawatkul, M.D.


Dr. Pariwat Thaisetthawatkul, M.D., is a board-certified neurologist. He graduated from Ramathibodi Hospital Medical School, Mahidol University, Bangkok, Thailand, in 1990. After that, he spent three years as a general physician working at a local hospital. In 1993, he entered his residency in internal medicine at the same medical school. In 1996, he spent one year doing a neurology fellowship, and came to the United States in 1997, when he started his internship at the State University of Buffalo in Buffalo, New York. He entered a neurology residency at the State University at Buffalo in 1998 under the chairmanship of Michael E. Cohen. He finished his neurology training in 2001. After that, he completed his neurophysiology fellowship with an emphasis on electrodiagnosis on neuromuscular diseases at the University of Rochester Medical Center under Eric Logigan and David Herrmann, and spent a year and a half at the Mayo Clinic, Rochester, for a fellowship in peripheral nerve disease under Peter James Dyck, Phillip Low and P. James B. Dyck. He then came to the University of Nebraska Medical Center in 2003 as a staff physician in the Department of Neurological Sciences. He is board-certified in neurology, clinical neurophysiology and neuromuscular medicine by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. He is also certified for neuromuscular pathology in nerve pathology by the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) Committee on Neuromuscular Pathology.

Dr. Pariwat Thaisetthawatkul

NE Med Nordness

Amy S. Nordness, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

Speech Language Pathologist

Amy Nordness received her BS degree in speech-language pathology from Marquette University and her MS and PhD in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She has worked as a clinical speech-language pathologist with children and adults across multiple levels of care, including outpatient, acute rehabilitation, and acute care and taught at Western Illinois University. She became the Director of Speech-Language Pathology at Munroe-Meyer Institute for Genetics and Rehabilitation in 2015. She specializes in motor speech disorders and augmentative and alternative communication (AAC). Amy has co-authored multiple publications in the areas of AAC, motor speech, and ALS and has presented regionally, nationally, and internationally. She has received grant funding to support projects related to pediatric swallowing disorders, instrumental swallowing training, AAC, and childhood apraxia of speech.


Jennifer McKune, M.P.T.

Physical Therapist

Jennifer graduated in 1996 from the Mayo School of Health-Related Sciences Program in physical therapy. She began working at the University of Nebraska Medical Center following graduation, and has been involved with the ALS treatment center since its inception in August 2008. Jennifer works in the outpatient physical therapy department, and enjoys treating a variety of individuals with neurological and orthopedic conditions.


NE Med Paseka

Jenna Paseka MS, RD, LMNT


Jenna received her Bachelor of Science degree in dietetics and nutrition, exercise, and health science at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She completed the dietetic internship program and her Master of Science degree in medical nutrition at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. Jenna became a registered dietitian in 2014 and works in the Neurological Sciences department at Nebraska Medicine. She sees patients with various neurological conditions to help them improve their nutritional status. Jenna joined the ALS treatment center team in 2015.


Stacy Reichmuth, O.T.R./L., C./N.D.T.

Occupational Therapist

Stacy graduated from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln in 1996 with a bachelor of arts degree in psychology, and from Creighton University in 2000 with a bachelor of science degree in occupational therapy. She has worked in a variety of settings, including skilled nursing facilities, acute care, in-patient neuro acute rehabilitation and out-patient neuro rehabilitation. She enjoys problem solving with patients and their families to enable clients to participate in meaningful activities and promote their independence through exercise, exploring adaptive equipment and strategies and splinting to maximize hand function .

Stacy Reichmuth

Case Manager



Shannon Todd, M.S.W., C.S.W.

The ALS Association Treatment Center Liaison

Shannon Todd, M.S.W., C.S.W., has worked for The ALS Association Mid-America Chapter since 2006. She received her bachelor of arts degree in psychology from Doane College in 2000, and her master’s degrees in social work and public administration from the University of Nebraska Omaha in 2005. She has been providing social work services and case management for patients and families dealing with acute and chronic health conditions since 2000. Shannon covers the state of Nebraska.