Physicians2018-10-01T07:33:11+00:00

Mentis Neuro Health Medical Directors

Zoraya M. Parrilla, MD

Dr. Zoraya Parrilla is the Medical Director of Mentis El Paso and has served as the Medical Director of the Brain Injury Program at Highlands Regional Rehabilitation Center since 2015. She is certified by the American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and serves on the organization’s Brain Injury Board.

Prior to joining Mentis, Dr. Parrilla worked as the Medical Director of the Traumatic Brain Injury Unit at Methodist Rehabilitation Center in Jackson, Mississippi for six years. She also served as the chair of the Center’s credentialing committee.

For almost two decades, Dr. Parrilla has shared her knowledge on brain injury rehabilitation through extensive teaching at the university level, industry presentations and workshops. She has also conducted research on neurorehabilitation and has authored publications on the topic. She continues to be a frequent speaker on the subject.

She earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Puerto Rico and later a medical doctor degree from its School of Medicine. She trained as an internal medicine intern and then finished her residency in physical medicine and rehabilitation at the Albert Einstein School of Medicine at Long Island Jewish Medical Center. Dr. Parrilla also completed a post-doctoral fellowship in traumatic brain injury rehabilitation at The Institute for Rehabilitation & Research (TIRR) in collaboration with Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. She has also taken the United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) parts I-III and is board certified by the state of Texas.

 

Alex C. Willingham, MD

Dr. Willingham is a board certified Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R) physician. He received his undergraduate degree from Texas Tech University and his medical degree from Autonomous University of Guadalajara, School of Medicine Guadalajara, Mexico where he received the highest academic achievement honors. He completed his residency at New York University Medical Center, becoming the chief resident at Bellevue Hospital Center and the Rusk Institute of Rehabilitation Medicine. He is a member of many professional organizations including the American Academy of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, Association of Academic Physiatrists, Bexar County Medical Society, Texas Medical Association as well as the International Academy of Life Care Planners.

Dr. Willingham is a clinical assistant professor at the University of Texas Health Science Center-San Antonio as well as a member of the advanced curriculum faculty at the University of Florida’s Department of Rehabilitation Counseling. He has presented many scientific papers on topics such as intrathecal baclofen therapy, life care planning and hemiplegia. Further, he has presented numerous speeches on the subject of traumatic brain injury, stroke, spinal cord injury and life care planning.

Clinically, Dr. Willingham serves patients at the acute rehabilitation level as the medical director for Warm Springs Rehabilitation Hospital-San Antonio. As medical director for Mentis Neuro Health San Antonio, he helps patients to transition from acute rehabilitation services into a continuum of care including an acquired brain injury rehabilitation program and community re-entry.

 

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Alex C. Willingham, MD

Dr. Willingham is a board certified Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R) physician. He received his undergraduate degree from Texas Tech University and his medical degree from Autonomous University of Guadalajara, School of Medicine Guadalajara, Mexico where he received the highest academic achievement honors. He completed his residency at New York University Medical Center, becoming the chief resident at Bellevue Hospital Center and the Rusk Institute of Rehabilitation Medicine. He is a member of many professional organizations including the American Academy of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, Association of Academic Physiatrists, Bexar County Medical Society, Texas Medical Association as well as the International Academy of Life Care Planners.

Dr. Willingham is a clinical assistant professor at the University of Texas Health Science Center-San Antonio as well as a member of the advanced curriculum faculty at the University of Florida’s Department of Rehabilitation Counseling. He has presented many scientific papers on topics such as intrathecal baclofen therapy, life care planning and hemiplegia. Further, he has presented numerous speeches on the subject of traumatic brain injury, stroke, spinal cord injury and life care planning.

Clinically, Dr. Willingham serves patients at the acute rehabilitation level as the medical director for Warm Springs Rehabilitation Hospital-San Antonio. As medical director for Mentis Neuro Health San Antonio, he helps patients to transition from acute rehabilitation services into a continuum of care including an acquired brain injury rehabilitation program and community re-entry.