Rehabilitation in the Atlanta Area

April 16, 2007 at 10:37 am


My wife became ill with GBS while travelling in England this summer, had to be flown back to Atlanta on a stretcher jet, and is presently recovering at our home in Carrollton, Ga.

There are two centers for rehabilitation in the Atlanta: the Shepherd Center (which is near Crawford Long Hospital on Peachtree Street) and the Emory Rehabilitation Clinic. My wife was a patient at the latter facility for six weeks, and we were not terribly pleased with their care. The head of their program is Dr. Dale Strasser, who is also the head of Emory University Dept. of Rehabilitation. He’s a very intelligent caring person who, unfortunately, has not had much experience with GBS. He admitted that in his career he had only had 9-11 patients with the illness, my wife being the most serious. we have tended to find numerous errors in his understanding of the disorder, so that I make a point of sending him information by email on GBS that I have found helpful—often from this website.

Since returning to Carrollton, my wife has been going to Southern Therapy in Carrollton and has made significant improvement. Their facility is much more updated than Emory’s and they have a staff of very competent therapists. They Southern Therapy also has a facility in LaGrange, Ga., but I’m afraid that is as far south as they go.

Warm Springs, as I understand, has had some problems recently with budgeting, and they are more oriented toward stroke care than GBS. However, I have had no personal contact with them.

Sorry, that’s all I know–I hope it is of some help.


Don Chalfant