Our Team

undefinedAmy E. Sanders, MD, MS, FAAN, is Director of the Hartford Healthcare Memory Care Center in Wethersfield. Previously, she was Director of Cognitive and Behavioral Neurology at SUNY Upstate Medical University in Syracuse. Her primary clinical and research interests focus on neurocognitive function in older adults, including evaluation and management of Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders.

Dr. Sanders earned her medical degree at SUNY Downstate College of Medicine in Brooklyn, N.Y. She completed a medical internship at St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital Center in Manhattan and her neurology residency at Einstein/Montefiore and aging and dementia fellowship at the Einstein Aging Study in the Bronx. She is board-certified in neurology by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.

She also completed a Master of Science, with distinction, in clinical research methods, at the Albert Einstein School of Medicine in the Bronx. She is a 2016 graduate of the American Academy of Neurology’s prestigious Palatucci Advocacy Leadership Forum. 

Dr. Sanders has served as site Principal Investigator for numerous clinical trials in Alzheimer’s disease, including the recently-concluded IDEAS trial of amyloid PET imaging in the clinical management of Alzheimer’s disease. Additionally, Dr. Sanders is a member of the International Society to Advance Alzheimer’s Research and Treatment (ISTAART) and the American Geriatrics Society.

She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Neurology (AAN). She served as Chair of the AAN’s subcommittee on Quality and Safety from 2017-2019; beginning in 2019, she is a member of the AAN’s new Quality Committee. She has recently been appointed to the Medical and Scientific Advisory Council of the Connecticut chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association.

Dr. Sanders is an invited reviewer for numerous scientific journals, including Neurology, Alzheimer’s Disease and Associated Disorders, the American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, and the American Journal of Psychiatry. She has authored or co-authored more than 60 peer-reviewed publications, abstracts and book chapters. Since 2011, she has been an active contributor to quality measure development and stewardship in Neurology, most especially on quality measure sets on the management of dementia. 


undefinedIzabella Shuvayev, MD, is a geriatric psychiatrist at the Memory Care Center, where she diagnoses and provides continuing care to older adults with cognitive and behavioral problems. Dr. Shuvayev received her medical degree from the American University of the Caribbean and completed her residency in Adult Psychiatry at the Institute of Living/Hartford Hospital. She then completed a fellowship in Geriatric Psychiatry at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York. Dr. Shuvayev is board-certified in both Psychiatry and Geriatric Psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. Dr. Shuvayev speaks English, Russian and Spanish. 


undefinedKristin Slyne, Psy.D., is a Clinical Neuropsychologist at the Memory Care Center.  She sees a variety of patients with many different presenting problems, but she is most interested in older adults, especially those with both mood and thinking concerns. Dr. Slyne earned her Psy.D from the University of Hartford in 2014. She completed her doctoral internship in Clinical Neuropsychology at Yale University in the School of Medicine and finished her Post-Doctoral Residency at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine.

In addition to her clinical work, Dr. Slyne has participated in several research studies, presented at professional conferences, and enjoys teaching doctoral candidates in Psychology. Her current research interests include aging and cerebrovascular disease as well as the relationship between late-life depression and dementia.  Dr. Slyne also serves as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry, University of Connecticut School of Medicine. 


Adrianna Foreman, LCSW is the clinical social worker at the Memory Care Center. Adrianna Foreman is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who supports individuals living with neurocognitive disorders and their care teams at Hartford HealthCare’s Memory Care Center. Adrianna works with individuals, couples, families, and groups to offer education and support in ways that most effectively meet a patient’s needs. Adrianna favors a strengths-based, collaborative approach to identify existing strengths and assets by seeing the person as an individual with strengths and abilities, not solely who they are by nature of their diagnosis.

Prior to joining The Memory Care Center in April 2019, Adrianna served as a Care Consultant at the Alzheimer’s Association Connecticut Chapter, where she found an interest in working with people experiencing memory loss and related changes. Adrianna attributes her interest in the field to the individuals who allowed her to hear their stories.

Adrianna’s educational background includes a master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Connecticut and a bachelor’s degree in Social Work from Central Connecticut State University.

Interests: Neurocognitive Disorders, Care partner Fatigue, Depression, Anxiety, Grief and Bereavement, Strength-Based Perspective, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Interpersonal Therapy, Supportive Therapy and Life Transitions.


Lisa Halpern, APRN, is an ANCC Board Certified Geriatric Nurse Practitioner. She completed her undergraduate studies at Princeton University, where she earned a degree in Comparative Literature. She received her master's in nursing at the Yale School of Nursing. Following graduation, she spent the early stage of her career caring for elderly people residing in long-term care.

In 2013, she joined the team at the Institute of Living’s Memory Disorders Center, now the Ayer Neuroscience Institute Memory Care Center, where she provides psychiatric and psychosocial support for individuals with memory disorders while also attending to the needs of their care partners. She aims to collaborate with patients and their care partners respectfully, with the goal of optimizing the health, safety, and well-being of all.

Her care philosophy is to identify her patients’ and families’ strengths, and to assist them to use these skills to navigate the challenges of illness successfully. 


Neetu Kalia is the Patient Services Coordinator of the Memory Care Center.

Jennifer Cruz, LPN, joined the Memory Care Center in late June 2019.

Kirsteen Alicea is the Office Manager of the Memory Care Center.


Memory Care Center

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    Memory Care Center
    1260 Silas Deane Highway, Suite 101
    Wethersfield, CT 06109
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    Phone: 860.545.7550
    Fax: 860.545.7180

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    1260 Silas Deane Highway, Suite 101
    Wethersfield, CT 06109