Welcome to the BrainCare Performance Center of Carlsbad
BrainCare Carlsbad Medical Director
Oluseyi Awodele, M.D., M.S.
Dr. Awodele is a residency-trained and board-certified Occupational Medicine physician. Furthermore, he has over seven years of medical expertise in Occupational & Environmental Medicine, Aviation & Aerospace Medicine, and Preventive Medicine. He has also served as a U.S. Naval Flight Surgeon.
Dr. Awodele earned his undergraduate degree in Physiology & Neurobiology at the University of Connecticut, with a focus on Neuro-Physiology.
During this time at medical school, he participated in Traumatic Brain Injury research at Harvard Medical Institute and Walter Reed National Military Naval Medical Center. Specifically, he worked with soldiers returning from the Afghanistan and Iraq war fronts, using advanced methods of magnetic resonance spectroscopy (MRS). And in doing so, he identified biomarkers of brain biochemistry that could potentially distinguish between those soldiers suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and those suffering from a mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI).
Dr. Awodele earned his medical degree from Howard College of Medicine and completed a Transitional Year Internship at Naval Medical Center San Diego. Following this, he began his military operational tour.
During his time in the military, Dr. Awodele served as the U.S. Naval Flight Surgeon for Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 169 (HMLA-169) and Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 764 (VMM-764). He also served with distinction as the Flight Surgeon for the Special Purpose Marine Corps Air Ground Task Force Pacific for the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit.
Then Dr. Awodele completed his residency in occupational medicine at the University of California, Irvine, where he also earned a Master of Science in Environmental Health Sciences (E.H.S) with a focus on toxicology.
In his own words…
I have been a military physician for most of my career. And I have seen a lot of functional marines and sailors with chronic fatigue, depression, anxiety, TBI, and PTSD who didn’t seek treatment because they felt physically strong or didn’t want to take medications due to their operational status. I have also witnessed close friends report exhaustion and near helplessness due to parenting their child with learning difficulties.
“Witnessing firsthand their transformation after receiving MeRT treatment made me a believer in its effectiveness.”
As a result of seeing these amazing successes with MeRT, Dr. Awodele is proud to bring this breakthrough technology to this area by opening BrainCare Carlsbad.
2/2016 – Present: US Navy Flight Surgeon, General Medical Officer, Medical Department Head, Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 169 (HMLA-169), Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 764 (VMM-764), Navy Special Operations.
2/2016 – 5/2021: Medical Department Head VMM-764 & HMLA-169
5/2017 – 11/2017: Unit Deployment Medical Officer, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, Japan
University of California, Irvine: Occupational & Environmental Medicine Residency
Master of Science in Environmental Health Sciences (M.S)
Naval Aerospace Medical Institute: US Naval Flight Surgeon
Naval Medical Center San Diego: Transitional Year Intern
Howard University College of Medicine: Doctor of Medicine (MD)
University of Connecticut: Bachelor of Science (B.Sc), Physiology and Neurobiology
Licensure & Specialty Certification
Full Unrestricted Medical License – California Physician and Surgeon
Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS) – American College of Surgeons
United States Naval Flight Surgeon
American Board of Preventive Medicine (ABPM) – Diplomate
Board Certified in Occupational & Environmental Medicine
American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine Member
Western Occupational and Environmental Medicine Association Education Committee Member
Aerospace Medical Association Member
Society of U.S. Naval Flight Surgeons, Member
BrainCare Carlsbad Neurologist
Joel M. Apides, Neurologist
Dr. Apides is board certified in Neurology, with a subspecialty in Neurophysiology, by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and the American Board of subspecialties.
Throughout his career, Dr. Apides has had extensive experience in managing chronic migraine headaches, stroke, and neuromuscular disorders.
Additionally, he has a great deal of experience in dealing with returning military personnel who have suffered a traumatic brain injury as a result of serving in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.
Moreover, Dr. Apides has substantial neurophysiology experience with nerve conduction studies (NCS), electromyography (EMG) tests, and electroencephalography (EEG). He also has experience with Botulinum Toxin A injections for chronic migraine headaches, upper and lower limb spasticity, torticollis, and hemifacial spasms.
And in 2009, as a result of his determination to provide the best in patient care, he was named a top 5 pain management provider of the United States Navy Medicine, by patient survey.
Dr. Apides completed his Bachelor of Science degree in Biology at Saint Louis University School of Medicine Philippines. This is also where he received his Doctor of Medicine degree. He then obtained his rotational medical internship at Saint Louis University, Hospital of the Sacred Heart, and subsequent internal medicine internship at Saint Francis Medical Center, New Jersey.
Following this, he received his neurology residency training and certification at National Naval Medical Center Bethesda, Maryland, and pursued neurophysiology fellowship training at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Washington, DC.
American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology — Diplomate
ABPN subspecialty in Neurophysiology — Diplomate
NBPS (National Board of Physicians and Surgeons – Neurology and Neurophysiology) — Diplomate
1976-1980, Bachelor of Science in Biology, St. Louis University, Phil
Academic Scholar, Ministry of Education and Culture, Phil Cum Laude
1980-1984, Doctor of Medicine St. Louis University, Phil
Academic Scholar, NISGP, Ministry of Education and Culture, Phil. Meritus award, comprehensive oral and written examination at Completion of Clinical clerkship program
Rotational Internship: 1984-1985, St. Louis University, Phil
Postgraduate Internship: 1992-1993, St. Francis Medical Center, New Jersey. Voted “best post-graduate intern of the year” by medical and nursing staff
Neurology Residency: 1993-1996, National Naval Medical Center (NNMC), Bethesda, MD
Grand rounds at NIH and NNMC: Benign Monomelic amyotrophy
Fellowship training in Neurophysiology: 1999-2000, National Capital Consortium Walter Reed Army Medical Center
2000-December 2021, Naval Medical Center San Diego. Neurologist and Neurophysiologist Special interest in neurophysiology (EEG/EMG, EP’s), Botulinum Toxin A injections for chronic migraine headaches, spasticity, cervical torticollis, hyperhidrosis, hemifacial spasms, Traumatic brain injury, stroke, immunology.
EEG/EMG Director, Neuroscience Department 2002 -Neurology Division head, Neuroscience Dept 2003
Neurology Department head Naval Hospital, Yokosuka, Japan
January 1990-December 1990
Physician’s Assistant, Federal Bureau of Prisons, Boron, California
United States Navy, Hospital Corpsman
Meet Our BrainCare Carlsbad Neuro-Technicians
Hello, my name is Arianna and I’m proud to be a Neuro-Technician at BrainCare Performance Center of Carlsbad. I have an Associate’s degree in Nursing and am currently in training for my Bachelor’s degree in Nursing at Loma Linda University.
“I developed a passion for the medical field at a young age after witnessing, firsthand, my aunt’s recovery after a severe traumatic brain injury. She required care 24/7. Watching my grandparents care for my aunt with love and compassion was inspiring. This pivotal childhood experience nudged me towards pursuing a career in the medical field helping others. In my spare time, I love to spend time with my son and explore all the fun activities that San Diego has to offer.”
My name is Olivia Rafter, born and raised in California, and I am a Neuro-Technician at BrainCare Performance Center of Carlsbad. I am EMT-B certified, a Registered Alcohol and Drug Technician, and fluent in American Sign Language.
“Working in different fields of the medical community has always been an aspiration in my life, as I grew up watching family members struggle with the repercussions of severe mental health challenges. After working through the global pandemic, my awareness of addiction and the skyrocketing rates of overdoses led me to become a Registered Alcohol and Drug Technician. I hope to pursue a career in Addiction Medicine and further my education in addiction disorders. I truly enjoy the work that I perform, knowing that I can help others with their mental health in a non-invasive way.
“When I am not working, I enjoy being able to volunteer my time at a local women’s detox center in Vista. I also enjoy being at the beach with my dog, spending time with friends and family, and kayaking on the lake.”
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