CFNC Team

Brenda Schnable

Front Desk/Patient Coordinator

Brenda’s passion is wellness but the road that led her to Carolina Functional Neurology is a long and winding one. After graduating from her hometown community college in the Midwest, her first job was with AT&T Bell Labs in Naperville, IL. After that she held positions as the Assistant IT Director at the Niles School District, Computer Consultant at HP and several others in the software field. In 1999, her company transferred her to the Triangle area, where she’s been ever since. She loves NC’s weather (no more -23 degree Chicagoland winter days!), NC’s terrain – you can go to the beach or mountains within hours, and most of all NC’s people.
After realizing her true passion, she switched gears and delved into the yoga world. Changing her career changed everything. Having a new and different perspective than living in the corporate world, she found her calling in helping people feel better after injury, chronic aches and pains, or whatever. She became a master yoga teacher, creating her own style of yoga, Qi Infused Yoga™, authoring three books, and learning all she could about health and wellness.
Through study of the body and its reactions, she learned disease is caused by a dis-ease in the body. Realizing something was not right in her own body back in her computer science days, she now became even more determined to figure out what was causing the uneasiness within her own body. However, the problem was she looked healthy so most doctors just dismissed her concerns, until Carolina Functional Neurology and Dr. Brindisi. She cannot begin to express her gratitude and appreciation for Dr. Brindisi’s diligence in finally identifying the root cause of all her seemingly unrelated issues and developing a treatment plan specifically for her to bring her body back to a state of ease and wellness. She feels better than she has in years.
Besides her passion for health and wellness and yoga, she enjoys people, dogs, billiards, cooking, drawing, and reading.

Dr. Dana Brindisi

Board Certified Chiropractic Neurologist
Certified Functional Medicine Practitioner

My journey to become a Functional Neurologist started when I was a little girl. I always knew I wanted to be in the healthcare field but over the years, what that looked like as a profession, changed many times until my Junior year in college. As a young girl I wanted to be a Veterinarian and as I got older that idea changed to an overwhelming passion for wanting to help people. Throughout my years at the University at Buffalo I shadowed and volunteered at any office, hospital and clinic that would let me in. I observed surgeries, vein and laser treatments, pediatric care, emergency services and eventually Chiropractic.


The moment I left the Chiropractors office I was hooked and knew this was something special. I loved the idea of helping others through holistic and natural means and the atmosphere in this office was much different than I had experienced at any other clinic I had visited. Patients were so happy to be there, they were taking their health into their own hands and they were living a life of wellness NOT disease.

Having already taken several neuroscience classes in undergrad and being very interested in the brain I was ecstatic to find out I could be a Chiropractor AND work in Neuroscience by obtaining a diplomate in Neurology. Fast-forward several years, many courses and hours of study later and I obtained my diplomate through the American Chiropractic Neurology Board after training with the Carrick Institute for several years. I have had the distinct honor of learning directly from Professor Carrick (the father of Functional Neurology) throughout my years of study and as a certified provider. This has given me insight into treatment, diagnosis and care that few have experienced. I later obtained my certificate in Functional Medicine through FMU and Apex Energetics allowing me to better serve my patients as a whole, to better understand how many systems in our bodies can affect the way that our brains function and how diet, lifestyle and environmental factors are key to overall neurological health.

Throughout my career thus far, I have had the opportunity to work with 1000’s of patients in a clinical setting, members of the USA women’s hockey team, several NHL players and the USA ski jumping team. I am humbled by the opportunities I have been given and hope to bring the highest quality neurological care to thousands more over the life of my career.

I opened Carolina Functional Neurology Center in 2018 to provide the Carolina’s with a cutting edge approach to healthcare. A holistic treatment center that focus’s on finding the root cause of your symptoms and provides you with the treatment and tools to live your most FUNCTIONAL life!

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