Meet Our Team

Our difference is our people.

Our Director, Clinical Staff  and Board of Directors members all believe wholeheartedly in the power of the individual, the importance of relationships and the value of respect and dignity to everyone at every stage of life. Our goal is to create a positive difference in every patient’s day, to make a personal connection and to create memorable moments that enrich the lives of each of our patients while providing end of life care at home.

Ashley Bowman
Executive Director

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Ashley Bowman
Executive Director
Ashley Bowman graduated as a Registered Nurse from the Pennsylvania College of Health Sciences, bringing with her over 13 years of valuable nursing experience. Her professional journey progressed from a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) to a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) and ultimately to a Registered Nurse (RN). She has had the privilege of working in diverse healthcare settings, contributing significantly to her wealth of knowledge and expertise. Since 2017, she has been dedicated to the hospice industry, finding it to be not just a career but a true calling. In the words of her conviction, “Hospice; a calling to be angels on earth.”

Dr. Irshad Syed
MD Medical Director

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Dr. Irshad Syed
MD Medical Director
Dr. Irshad Syed is a Board Certified Family Physician and Geriatrician with over two decades of valuable experience now offering primary care services to this Community. In Atlanta, he served as a physician in the Grady Health System for 9 very satisfying years of award-winning service in clinical, academic, and leadership roles. He is passionate about preventive health care management and improving the health of the community. Dr. Syed has a research and academic background with several national-level awards, publications, and presentations. He completed his Residency and Fellowship at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, Texas where he also served as the Chief resident. With a wide range in scope of services to all age groups with extra training in care for the elderly, the clinic is equipped with all that you would need at your primary care physicians’ office. We welcome you to the practice and thank you for choosing Marietta Family Medicine of Buckhead.

Aliza Afrah, FNP-BC
Nurse Practitioner

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Aliza Afrah is an AANP Board Certified Family Nurse Practitioner. Aliza’s passion for working with geriatric patients began as a young child when she would frequently volunteer at rehabilitation and nursing home facilities. In addition to her considerable clinical experience, Aliza has an outstanding academic background which includes two bachelor’s degrees (a BS in Sociology and a BSN in Nursing) as well as a Master of Science in Nursing. Aliza believes that health care professionals should be strong advocates for their patients and that quality, compassionate, comprehensive care is essential as a medical provider. Aliza currently enjoys serving the residents at Berman Commons and The Cohen Home. She works under the supervision of Dr. Elliott Jackson, Medical Director of The William Breman Jewish Home.

At home, Aliza can often be found with a good book and spending time with her husband and children. Aliza, along with her family, volunteer at her synagogue and look forward to opportunities to help others.

Carla Polikov
LMSW

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Carla Polikov
LMSW

joined our team in March of 2017. She has 16 years of hospice and other medical social work experience. She received her Master’s degree in social work from Tulane, but is originally from Mississippi. Carla is married and is mom to two adorable children.

Cantor Donna Faye Marcus
BCC

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Cantor Donna Faye Marcus, BCC
Manager of Spiritual and Bereavement Services

completed a three-year chaplaincy internship at Memorial Sloane Kettering Hospital in New York City. Using the gift of song, she is able to provide spiritual healing to those experiencing pain or anxiety.

Susan Sandler
LMSW

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Susan Sandler
LMSW

has been with Weinstein Hospice since 2006. She was the Executive Director of JF&CS in Des Moines, Iowa for 8 years and has run Senior Outreach programming in Dallas, Texas.

Julie Hamilton
RN, CHPN

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Julie Hamilton
RN, CHPN

has been a dedicated member of the Weinstein Hospice staff since 2008. Prior to that, she ran the AIDS program for Visiting Nurse Health System in Atlanta.

Irina Dubin
RN

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Irina Dubin
RN

has been a Registered Nurse since 1998 after attending New York University. She joined our staff in early 2015. Irina speaks fluent Russian enabling her to have a special rapport with our Russian-speaking patients.

Dana Blackbert
RN, BSN, OCN

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Dana Blackert,
RN, BSN, OCN

Dana has been part of Weinstein Hospice since 2017 as a weekend Triage nurse. She has been a nurse for 12 years, the majority working in Oncology. Dana graduated from Mercer University in 2007. She enjoys traveling and staying busy with her 3 small children.

Chiquitia Pickett
CNA

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Chiquitia Pickett
CNA

has been a CNA for 19 years. She joined the Weinstein Hospice team in September 2017.

Cindy Hopkins
LCSW

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Cindy Hopkins
LCSW

joined our team in April of 2018. She is a long term Atlantan and received her Master’s degree in Social Work from UGA. Cindy has experience in medical social work and has also spent time as a clinician, working with children and families.

Mirie Manzour
DrPH, MSG, CMC, CDP
Volunteer Services Manager

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Mirie Manzour obtained a doctorate degree in Public Health and a master’s degree in Gerontology. She is a compassionate gerontologist who cares deeply about older adults and creating meaningful connections. She has a rich set of specialized experience working with older adults in geriatric care management, health education, and preventive care. In California, she held teaching appointments in Integrative Health Studies, Community Health Education, and Lifelong Learning for Older Adults. In Atlanta, Mirie has worked in geriatric care management identifying older adults’ strengths and needs, establishing goals and plans of care, and managing and monitoring ongoing needs for care.

Watisha Farrington
Office Manager

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Kristin Pass
Intake Coordinator

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