Clinical Staff

Yoni Dokko, MD

Yoni Dokko, MD

Yoni Dokko, MD is an attentive and detail-oriented general neurologist specializing in EMG and nerve conduction studies and serving patients in New York, NY. She treats a number of conditions including carpal tunnel syndrome, ulnar neuropathy, lumbar and cervical radiculopathy, peripheral neuropathy, seizures, headaches, migraines, dementia, and Parkinson’s disease.

Dr. Dokko is board certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in Adult Neurology. She received her degree from the University of Pittsburgh. She completed her residency and EMG fellowship at the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine/University Hospitals in Cleveland. She is a member of the American Academy of Neurology. Dr. Dokko is affiliated with Mount Sinai Saint Luke’s Hospital Center.

Dr. Dokko grew up in Pittsburgh before moving to the New York area with her family. She is currently practicing in midtown at The Manhattan Center For Headache & Neurology.



Carrie Keskinen massage therapist

Carrie Keskinen, Licensed Massage Therapist

Carrie is a New York State Licensed Massage Therapist, graduating from the Swedish Institute College of Massage Therapy in 2003. She has been a therapist for 14 years and in Private Practice at The Manhattan Center for Headache and Neurology for 5 years where she loves working with Dr. Halpern’s patients. She has extensive training in Myofascial Release; a type of massage that works with the “fascia,” connective tissue of the body. It improves posture and is very effective for treating pain. It can be used in combination with Swedish, Deep Tissue and Sports Massage techniques or on its own. Carrie is also a Reiki Master, using Reiki (a light touch energy balancing technique to promote relaxation) in combination with massage therapy. For more information on Carrie, please visit her website: Entwined Bodywork.com



Rajni Bala, NP, RN

Rajni Bala, NP, RN

Rajni Bala, NP, RN is a member of the American Nurses Association. Ms. Bala received her Master’s degree as a Nurse Practitioner from New York University and obtained her Nursing degree from Hunter College. Rajni has been working with neurology and stroke patients since 2001. In addition, Ms. Bala specializes in Adult and Gerontology care. She has been mentored by Audrey Halpern, MD to treat patients for headaches and migraines. Rajni closely follows Dr. Halpern’s model of concierge-style medicine, providing patients with prompt, personalized service at The Manhattan Center for Headache and Neurology, conveniently located in midtown. Rajni is a caring provider who believes in patient centered care. Together, Rajni and The Manhattan Center for Headache and Neurology will work relentlessly to provide a holistic approach to treatment for their patients.



Caroline Pruski

Caroline Pruski, NP

Caroline Pruski, NP is excited to join the practice and to continue pursuing the insight necessary for excellence in patient welfare and to help create the best patient outcomes. Caroline obtained her Master of Science in Advanced Practice Nursing for Adult-Gerontology Primary Care at New York University. Caroline also obtained her nurse practitioner certification from the American Nurses Credentialing Center and is a member of the American Nurses Association. While at NYU, Caroline had rotations here at The Manhattan Center for Headache and Neurology and learned she was fascinated by neurology. While mentoring under MD Audrey Halpern, Caroline learned to skillfully treat patients for headaches and migraines while integrating her philosophy she initially developed as a nurse.  

Caroline obtained her Bachelor of Science for Nursing at Fairfield University and practiced as a nurse at the Hospital for Special Surgery for 6 years. As a registered nurse she was constantly at the patient bedside, experiencing everything with them and their loved ones. As a result, she developed the ability to be more empathetic and to advocate for her patients. This ability is engrained in nurses and continues on a more substantial level as they peruse their careers as nurse practitioners. This ability is what makes nurse practitioners exceptional health care providers and is the inspiration for Caroline’s philosophy.



Brooke Steiger

Brooke Steiger, FNP

Brooke is pleased to join the practice and is committed to helping patients optimize their health and well being.

She has extensive experience over the past 10 years in the areas of neurology, integrative medicine, rehabilitation, medical-surgical, occupational health, and oncologic medicine. She received her Master in Nursing from Long Island University, Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Baptist Memorial College of Health Sciences, and Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of Georgia. As part of her clinical training, she completed a clinical rotation with the Department of Integrative Medicine at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center where she also worked as an RN in neurology for several years. She received her Family Practice Nurse Practitioner board certification from the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. Additionally, she maintains a certification from the American Academy of Ambulatory Care Nursing. She has been mentored in headache and neurology by Dr. Halpern and consistently offers personalized patient care from a holistic perspective.