Meet Our Director

Our doctors understand women’s health challenges. As a team, we have strong knowledge of the medical, psychological, stress-related and lifestyle impacts on women’s health.

Jessica Caldwell, PhD, ABPP/CN

Jessica Caldwell, PhD, ABPP/CN

Director, Women’s Alzheimer’s Movement Prevention Center at Cleveland Clinic
Director of Clinical Training in Neuropsychology

Dr. Caldwell earned her A.B. with highest honors in psychology at Princeton University, and her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology with a minor in neuroscience at the University of Wisconsin at Madison. She completed predoctoral internship at Harvard University/Massachusetts General Hospital and postdoctoral fellowship in neuropsychology and neuroimaging at Brown University.

Meet our clinical and research staff

Michelle Thompson, PA

Michelle Thompson, PA

She is dedicated to helping her patients achieve better physical and mental health and emotional well-being through dietary modifications, physical activity, sleep, and relaxation practices.

Lana Garza

Lana Garza

Lana Garza received her Medical Assistant certificate at Utah Career College in 1995 and has extensive experience in oncology/hematology, endocrinology, asthma/allergy, orthopedics, and general medicine.

Nikki Kaplan, BA

Nikki Kaplan, BA

Nikki Kaplan received her B.A. in Psychology with a minor in Neuroscience from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

Leslie Jones

Leslie Jones

She has extensive experience in healthcare and customer service and has worked in behavioral health, family medicine, community health, and orthopedics.

Meet our exercise and diet team

Shaina Meyer, OTR/L, MSCS

Shaina Meyer, OTR/L, MSCS

Clinical Rehabilitation Services Manager – Shaina Meyer received her Master’s degree in occupational therapy from St. Louis University, Missouri, and recently obtained a Master’s in Organizational Leadership from Colorado State University – Global

Christy Ross, PT, DPT

Christy Ross, PT, DPT

Dr. Christy Ross is a board certified Geriatric Clinical Specialist by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties.

Laura Kruskall, PhD, RDN, CSSD, LD, FACSM, FAND

Laura Kruskall, PhD, RDN, CSSD, LD, FACSM, FAND

Dr. Kruskall received her Master’s degree in Human Nutrition from Columbia University, her PhD in Nutrition from Penn State University, and is a Fellow of both the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND).

Meet our health psychology & social work team

Ruth Almén, LCSW

Ruth Almén, LCSW

With over 30 years of experience in the social work field working with individuals and families, her passion is program innovation and community collaboration.

Lucille Carriere, PhD

Lucille Carriere, PhD

Dr. Carriere earned her PhD in Counseling Psychology from Auburn University and completed her predoctoral internship at Vanderbilt University/VA Tennessee Valley Healthcare System and postdoctoral fellowship in health psychology specializing in multiple sclerosis and other chronic health conditions at Cleveland Clinic.

Cleveland Clinic Leadership and Administration

Erick Vidmar, MHA

Erick Vidmar, MHA

More than 10 years of leadership experience

Meat our WAM partners

Maria Shriver

Maria Shriver

WAM Founder and Cleveland Clinic Strategic Partner of Women’s Health and Alzheimer’s
Maria Shriver is a mother of four, an Emmy and Peabody award-winning journalist, a seven-time New York Times best-selling author, an NBC News Special Anchor and the founder of The Women’s Alzheimer’s Movement.

Alexandra Gleysteen

Alexandra Gleysteen

Executive Producer of Content and Programming
Alexandra Gleysteen is an award winning television journalist and media executive with extensive experience in network television news and documentaries, as well as live events production.
Erin Mulcahy Stein

Erin Mulcahy Stein

Executive Director of WAM at Cleveland Clinic
Erin is a lawyer who serves as the executive director of the Women’s Alzheimer’s Movement (WAM), a nonprofit organization committed to finding out why Alzheimer’s disproportionately impacts women.

Alzheimer’s Prevention for Women is Our Mission

We help women reduce their risks for Alzheimer’s disease