Joyce Gomes-Osman, P.T., Ph.D.Vice President of Interventional Therapy at Linus Health
Joyce is a physical therapist, health coach and neuroscientist. After completing her physical therapy degree in her native country of Brazil, she obtained her Ph.D. at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, and a postdoctoral fellowship at Harvard Medical School. As a rehabilitation neuroscientist, Dr. Gomes-Osman is driven to answer questions that can impact people’s ability to live more functional and independent lives. Before joining Linus, Dr. Gomes-Osman worked as an Assistant Professor at the Departments of Physical Therapy and Neurology at University of Miami, dividing her time between teaching neurophysiology, and carrying out studies to disentangle the complex relationships between physical exercise, brain health and postural control in older adults and individuals with various neurological conditions. An important focus of Dr. Gomes-Osman’s work is focused on better understanding how we can optimize lifestyle interventions to promote better brain health for individuals who are aging. This interest in brain health has stemmed both from scientific curiosity, and from experiencing the reality behind the statistics, witnessing memory deficits as a family member. She is deeply committed to characterizing the “active ingredients” of physical exercise as it pertains to maintaining mental sharpness in aging adults. Joyce is very excited to join Linus and work to achieve her long-term goal of delineating individualized exercise and lifestyle programs to promote better brain health in aging. Her work has been featured in many media outlets including The Boston Globe, The Times, CBS News, Medscape, Healthline, and was featured in the Time Magazine article “Here’s How Much Exercise You Need to Keep Your Brain Healthy.” On her free time, Joyce enjoys spending time with her 2.5 year old son Danilo, her husband Brian and their golden doodle puppy Samba. She is passionate about cooking and growing tropical plants, including exotic orchids from all over the world.