Our Team

HISTORY OF HEADFIRST

Robert G. Graw, Jr., MD, CIC

Founder and CEO

Dr. Graw is CEO of regional urgent care company Righttime Medical Care, President of Ancillary Services, Inc., a medical services company, and Managing Partner of the Pediatric Group, a private pediatric practice. He founded HeadFirst Sports Injury and Concussion Care in 2012 as a result of years of research, training, and planning with a task force he initiated called the Concussion Consortium. Dr. Graw obtained his B.A. from Pomona College in Claremont, California and his M.D. from the University of California in Irvine, California. He completed his internship and residency in Pediatrics and Pediatric Hematology and Oncology at the Children’s Hospital in Los Angeles.

Dr. Graw is Board-certified in pediatrics, with a sub-specialty Board certification in pediatric hematology-oncology, and has published more than 100 articles in medical literature. Dr. Graw also holds the title of Credentialed ImPACT® Consultant (CIC), and has undergone specialized ImPACT training to offer state-of-the-art concussion care management to patients. He was the first Pediatric CIC provider in the state of Maryland.

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Karen Laugel, MD, FAAP

Medical Director

Dr. Laugel oversees all HeadFirst clinics and their related clinical activities involving professional medical judgment and the delivery of patient care for mild traumatic brain injuries. She serves as HeadFirst's Medical Director and senior medical liaison to collaborate with the MedStar Health and Righttime Clinical Management teams, as well as with the company's network of specialists and hospitals throughout the state. Additionally, Dr. Laugel frequently cares for patients at the Silver Spring HeadFirst clinic.

Dr. Laugel joined HeadFirst after moving to Maryland from Connecticut, where she founded and served as medical director for HeadZone Concussion Care. Additionally, she has many years of experience as a medical provider in the hospital and pediatric urgent care setting. Dr. Laugel received her doctorate from Howard University College of Medicine, completed a pediatric residency program at the Connecticut Children's Medical Center, and is certified by the American Board of Pediatrics.

Mary Spare, NP-C

Concussion Specialist

HeadFirst - Mary Spare, NP

Ms. Spare has a clinical background in family practice and urgent care. She received her Bachelor of Science degree from University of Phoenix, Phoenix Arizona and her Master of Science as a Family Nurse Practitioner from Chamberlain University  Nursing, Chicago, Illinois. She is a member of American Academy of Nurse Practitioners.

Rachel Inman, CRNP-BC

Concussion Specialist

Ms. Inman has a wealth of experience in the primary and urgent care settings. She received her undergraduate degree from Washington State University and holds a Master of Science in Nursing degree from Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington, where she was inducted into the National Honor Society.

Daniel Pokrifka, LAT, ATC, ITAT

Lead Athletic Trainer

Mr. Pokrifka has more than 14 years of experience in sports medicine and injury prevention as a nationally Board-certified athletic trainer and is a member of the National Athletic Trainers Association and the Maryland Athletic Trainers Association. Mr. Pokrifka also serves on the Sports Medicine Advisory Committee for Frederick County Public Schools. After graduating form the University of Pittsburgh he has been a part of the development of injury prevention programs for Consol Energy Coal and Boeing Commercial Airlines and is currently overseeing the newly implemented PCS exertion testing and therapeutic exercise program for Righttime Medical Care’s HeadFirst Sports Injury and Concussion Program.

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