M.S. Team

Vernon Rowe, MD

vernonrowe7-retouched-croppedBefore founding the institute in 1982, Dr. Vernon D. Rowe earned his BS and MD degrees at Duke University. He served his internship at Harborview Hospital in Seattle and obtained his neurology residency training at Johns Hopkins in Baltimore.

Rowe then served as a research associate at the National Institutes of Health in developmental neurobiology. Rowe next joined the faculty at the University of Kansas Medical School in the Department of Neurology as an associate professor. At KU he taught and mentored medical students and residents, and carried out basic research on neuron-target interactions, funded by grants from the National Institutes of Health, the Veterans Administration, and the March of Dimes Foundation. The author of numerous research publications, Rowe is currently an adjunct professor of neurology at the University of Kansas Medical School.

In addition to his work as a physician and researcher, Rowe has many skills and interests. He is a pilot, and for many years he flew in small planes and helicopters to several rural towns in Missouri and Kansas to hold neurology clinics. He is an accomplished bluegrass musician and songwriter, and has published a book of poetry.

Professional affiliations: certified in neurology and in sleep medicine, as well as electro-myography, electroencephalography, and neuro-MRI. His professional affiliations include the American Medical Association, the American Academy of Neurology, the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, the American Board of Electrodiagnostic Medicine,  the Society for Neuroscience, and the American Society for Neurochemistry. He is licensed in Missouri, Kansas, and North Carolina.


Doug Schell, APRN, MSCN

Clinical nurse specialist Doug Schell joined the institute in 2000. He has been studying and treating disorders of the mind and brain since receiving his bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Kansas in 1989. After earning his master’s degree in nursing from the University of Texas at Austin, Schell went on to in critical care, mental health, social work, and nursing education. Schell is interested in multiple sclerosis care and is a Multiple Sclerosis Certified Nurse and a member of the International Organization of Multiple Sclerosis Nurses.


D. Shane Jackson, DPT

Shane Jackson graduated from Baker University with a bachelor’s degree in biology. He earned his master’s of science in physical therapy through Des Moines University-Osteopathic Medical Center in Des Moines, Iowa. Following his master’s program, Jackson went on to earn his doctorate of physical therapy also from Des Moines University. Prior to working for Mid America Neuroscience Institute, Jackson worked for Kansas City Physical Therapy Group for four years, and held the position of Director of Physical Therapy at the North Facility, for two years.

Jackson specializes in the use of manual skills in conjunction with neuromuscular reeducation and individualized exercise prescription with the goal of correcting faulty movement patterns and restoring optimal joint mechanics. He works to educate and empower the patient to facilitate success in pain relief, obtaining patient goals, and promoting a healthy life style.


Kelli Wong Hagen, DPT, OCS, CKTP, CI

Kelli Wong Hagen, DPT, OCS, CKTP, CI

Kelli graduated from The University of Kansas with a bachelor’s degree in Science and a minor in pre-physical therapy in 2006. She earned her doctorate in Physical Therapy from the University of Kansas Medical Center in 2009 when she began her career with Rowe Neurology Institute.
Over the years she has completed many continuing education courses with the International Academy of Orthopedic Medicine for thoracic and lumbar spine disorders, become a certified kinesiotaping practioner and most recently earned her Board Certification through the American Physical Therapy Association as an Orthopedic Specialist. She is currently working toward a certification in Functional Dry Needling (KinetaCore) and has most recently completed the level 1 course.
Kelli became an APTA Credentialed Clinical Instructor in 2012 and is the Center Coordinator for Clinical Education (CCCE) at RNI. She has set up contracts with DPT programs from Arkansas State University, Harding University and St. Mary’s Stephani DPT program. She also manages contracts with KU Medical Center’s DPT program for final student clinical rotations.