About Us

Who We Are?

Bradenton Research Center is a dedicated research center led by Medical Director Eric Folkens, M.D. Our goal is to find better treatments than those already available for a wide variety of diseases.

Since 1992, Bradenton Research Center has completed over 150 clinical research studies. The diseases we’ve studied include Alzheimer’s Disease, Influenza, Migraines, Neuropathic Pain, Gout, Hypertension, Stroke, Type 2 Diabetes, Diabetic Neuropathy, Epilepsy, and many others.

Why We’re Different?

We’ve seen significant progress in the treatments of the diseases we study and we’re currently engaged in more than a dozen studies that will continue to move us closer to finding cures. For the protection of our volunteers, we strictly abide by both FDA regulations, as well as other protective state and federal laws concerning the conduct of human subject research.

For more information, please call us at 941-708-0005.


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Aside from our high technical standards, we also put patient experience as number one. Our customer satisfaction surveys indicate that 99% of our patients are satisfied with the care that they receive from us. We do all of this in the hope that we can have a positive impact on the future of medicine.


W. Alvin McElveen, MD

Board Certified in Neurology and Vascular Neurology. Certified by the American Board of Independent Medical Examiners. Diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, a Member of American Board of Medical Specialties Specialty of Neurology. Founder of Bradenton Neurology, Inc. in 1979.

Medical College of Georgia
Augusta, GA
Medical Doctor, 1974

Emory University
Atlanta, GA
Bachelor of Science; Physics, 1970

Honor Societies: Sigma Pi Sigma (National Physics Honor Society), Alpha Epsilon Upsilon

James McGovern, Psy.D.

Neuropsychologist specializing in memory issues. Treating patients in Bradenton for over 30 years.

Florida Institute of Technology, School of Professional Psychology
Melbourne, Florida
Doctorate of Psychology; Clinical Psychology

Florida Institute of Technology, School of Professional Psychology
Melbourne, Florida
Master of Science; Clinical Psychology

Northern Illinois University
DeKalb, Illinois
Bachelor of Arts; Psychology

Orlando Maldonado, MD

Board certified in Psychiatry and Neurology. Treating patients in the Bradenton area for 19 years.

Universidad Central Del Caribe
Bayamon, Puerto Rico
Medical Doctor

Oregon State University
Corvallis, Oregon
Bachelor of Science, 1978

Lawrence Lieberman, MD

Treating patients in the Bradenton area since 2000.

University of Florida School of Medicine
Doctor of Medicine
Gainesville, Florida, 1964

City College of New York
New York, New York
Bachelor of Science; BioChemestry, 1958

David Law, MD

Board Certified in Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Medicine, Sleep Medicine, Internal Medicine-Sleep Medicine and Critical Care Medicine Board. Treating patients in the Bradenton area since 1982.

University of Alabama School of Medicine
Birmingham, Alabama
Medical Doctor, 1973

Birmingham Southern College
Birmingham, Alabama
Bachelor of Science, 1973

Eric Folkens, MD

Diplomate of the American Board of Family Medicine. Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians. Civil Surgeon of the US Citizenship and Immigration Services. Medical Director of the Bradenton Research Center. Treating patients in the Bradenton area since 2005.

Corpus Christi Residency Program
Corpus Christi, Texas
Family Medicine Residency, 2005

Saba University School of Medicine
Saba, Netherlands Antilles
Medical Doctor, 2002

University of Louisiana at Monroe
Monroe, Louisiana
Bachelor of Science; Biology, 1989
Bachelor of Science; Medical Technology, 1991


Knowledgeable, Experienced, and Helpful

Located in Bradenton, we serve the greater Southwest Florida area and are fighting the battle with so many who suffer from varying medical conditions. Our goal is to help and give hope to not only the patient affected by the condition but their loved ones and caregivers.

Kassiie Smith, LPN

Lead Coordinator/Quality Assurance

Nannette Cherry, LPN

Research Coordinator

Gloria Carlbert, MA

Research Coordinator

Rustie Duvall, CPT

Research Assistant

Vickie Roman, RN

Psychometric/Global Rater

Jillian Chaykin

Psychometric/Global Rater

Barbara Rohr, APRN

Sub Investigator

Stephen Stiles, PA

Sub Investigator

Kristi Kita, APRN

Sub Investigator

Diane Raccio, APRN

Sub Investigator

Michelle Clark, CCMA

Lab Technician

Jennifer Fox


Michelle Scott

Site Manager

Teri Folkens, RN

Chief Financial Officer

Eric Folkens, MD

Medical Director

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