About Us

Carolina Concussion & Physical Medicine is a patient-focused, neurological rehabilitation center addressing both the physical and cognitive needs of patients. We combine the latest diagnostics with comprehensive clinical evaluations to objectively determine the cause of each patient's symptoms and tailor rehabilitation program to the individual needs of each patient. We strive to improve balance/dizziness, coordination/speed, cognition and overall function for peak performance in both sports and daily life.



Dr. Michael DeCriscio Vestibular Rehabilitation Specialist Brain Injury Concussion Raleigh NC Wake

Dr. Michael S. DeCriscio

Originally from Vineland, New Jersey, Dr. DeCriscio studied biology at Gettysburg College prior to graduating magna cum laude from New York Chiropractic College. He is the owner and senior chiropractic physician at both Carolina Concussion & Physical Medicine in Wake Forest, North Carolina and Allegany Chiropractic Center in Hagerstown, Maryland. 


Dr. DeCriscio is Board Certified in Vestibular Rehabilitation with over 375 hours of additional training in mild traumatic brain injury rehabilitation.  He is accredited as a Certified Brain Injury Specialist through the Academy of Certified Brain Injury Specialists (ACBIS). In 2010, Dr. DeCriscio founded Center for Dizziness & Balance Disorders in Hagerstown, Maryland to focus solely on patients with vertigo, vestibular issues, and balance disorders. Due to its reputation for excellent patient outcomes, Center for Dizziness received referrals from medical professionals from an extensive radius with patients traveling from Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia and throughout Maryland for treatment. Since its merger with Summit Health Hospital System, Dr. DeCriscio has remained on staff, training the physical therapists at Summit Health and providing consultation on vestibular rehabilitation and concussion management. 


Dr. DeCriscio's goal is to bring the same standard of excellence and one-on-one rehabilitative care to patients with concussion injuries, traumatic brain injuries and vestibular disorders in the Raleigh-Durham area. He lives with his wife and their four children in Wake Forest, NC and enjoys golfing when the opportunity arises.



Janine Pearson SLP Cognitive Rehabilitation Speech Language Therapy Wake Forest Raleigh NC Carolina

Janine Pearson, M.S., CCC-SLP

After earning her Master’s of Science degree from Boston’s Northeastern University, Janine lived in the Bay Area of California for 20 years. She is the owner and Lead Speech Pathologist of Cognitive Rehabilitation Services, specializing in traumatic brain injury recovery.  


Janine has been a member of the American Speech and Hearing Association for over 20 years and has worked extensively with the brain injured population in a variety of settings, including, acute hospital rehabilitation, outpatient and in-home/community settings. She has strong communication and education skills with both clients and caregivers regarding traumatic brain injuries characteristics and how they can negatively impact a person’s everyday life. 


Functional therapy sessions, designed for each individual’s needs and interests, are what Janine strives to provide for her clients.  Given the nature of mild traumatic brain injury, integrating therapy tasks which are important to each individual client are essential on the road to recovery.  She enjoys being creative with her therapy goals to provide individualized attention, facilitate increased deficit awareness and maintain her client’s interest during the rehabilitation process.   Janine lives with her husband and their three children in Wake Forest, NC and enjoys outdoor sports and cooking.