ABOUT OUR PHYSICIANS

Dr. A.J. Barot
MD, FAAN, FAASM, FRSM

Dr. A. J. Barot has been practicing medicine for more than 40 years in the Hampton Roads area. He was trained at Bethesda Naval Medical Center in Neurology and is triple board-certified in Psychiatry, Neurology, and Sleep Medicine.

He is regarded throughout the region as a thought leader in neurology. He is an Associate Professor at Eastern Virginia Medical School (EVMS) and has been elected both a Fellow of the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) and the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM). Several years ago, Dr. Barot was also bestowed the title of Fellow by the Royal Society of Medicine.

According to his sons, he spends his free time pampering his grandchildren.

Dr. N.A. Barot
MD, FAASM

Dr. N. A. Barot was valedictorian of his class at a local school, Nansemond-Suffolk Academy, after which he attended the College of William & Mary and Eastern Virginia Medical School (EVMS). After completing his neurology training at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, Dr. Barot went on to a sleep medicine fellowship at the Stanford University Sleep Center of Excellence, one of the world’s premier sleep centers. There he trained under the foremost leaders in sleep medicine, including the pioneers of research regarding the major sleep disorders (sleep apnea, pediatric sleep disorders, restless legs syndrome, narcolepsy and insomnia) and their treatments, including sleep surgery and sleep dentistry.

Dr. Barot is board-certified in both Neurology and Sleep Medicine and is an Assistant Professor at EVMS. He is an active member of the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) and has been elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM). He has written several chapters in authoritative medical textbooks. See below for his bibliography:

Klein, C., Barot, N., and Bouldin, T. (2010). In P.J. Dyck (Ed.), Companion to Peripheral Neuropathy: Illustrated Cases and New Developments (pp. 257-261). Philadelphia: Saunders.
Barot, N., and Kushida, C. (2011). Significance of deprivation studies. In B. Mallick, et al. (Eds.), Rapid Eye Movement Sleep: Regulation and Function (pp. 301-310). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Barot, N., and Kushida, C. (2012). Sleep apnea and hypertension: A clinical perspective. In A. Culebras (Ed.), Sleep, Stroke and Cardiovascular Disease (pp. 48-63). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Barot, N., and Barot, I. (2013). Optimal Sleep Habits in Middle-Aged Adults. In C. Kushida (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Sleep (pp. 88-94). Academic Press.
Barot, N., and Barot, I. (2013). Nutrition and Sleep. In C. Kushida (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Sleep (pp. 108-113). Academic Press.
Barot, N., and Barot, I. (2017). Optimal Sleep Habits in Middle-Aged Adults. In J. Stein (Ed.), Reference Module in Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Psychology. Elsevier.
Barot, N., and Barot, I. (2017). Nutrition and Sleep. In Stein, J. (Ed.), Reference Module in Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Psychology. Elsevier.
Dr. N. Barot has also reviewed numerous articles for major medical journals such as Sleep and continues to be a journal peer reviewer.

Julie Behnke
DMSc, PA-C

Julie graduated from Seton Hill University with a Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies. She continued her education and completed her Doctor of Medical Science from Lynchburg University. She has worked as a Physician Assistant for over fifteen years. While working as a PA, she has provided medical care in support of Marines and Sailors while on ships and during combat operations. She has retired honorably from the U.S. Navy.

She is a member of the American Association of Physician Assistants, Virginia Academy of Physician Assistants, American Academy of Neurology and the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family, reading and traveling.

Christina Emerson
MSN, APRN, FNP-C

Christina graduated from East Coast Polytechnic Institute with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. She worked as a Registered Nurse for 4 years at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital. While working as a Registered Nurse, she attended East Coast Polytechnic Institute and graduated with a Master of Science in Nursing from the Family Nurse Practitioner program. She is currently obtaining her Doctor of Nursing Practice at Old Dominion University.

She is a member of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners and the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. In her free time, she enjoys traveling and spending time with her family.

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