Mahmudah Institute Board
- Chairperson: Asma Q. Fischer, MD
- Secretary and Treasurer: Shireen Q. Moore, MD
- Annette Naber, PhD
- Zeynep Elif Can, MD
- Adonis Imam, MD
- Yasin Ozer
Asma Q. Fischer, M.D.
Dr. Asma Q. Fischer was born in Pakistan and has lived in the US as a citizen most of her life. Dr. Fischer is a Pediatric Neurologist and has served as faculty and Medical Director at the University of Nebraska in Omaha, Nebraska, the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta, Georgia, and The Child Neurology Center in Evans, Georgia.
She has served as president of the Neurosonology Research Group of the World Federation of Neurology and is the co-founder and board member of the Jannah Institute. She is a member of the Southern women’s literary club “Philomathics” and enjoys presenting research papers on unique perspectives by women.
Her interests include facilitating the work of humanitarian organizations, teaching mindfulness to young students through action, mentoring pre-medical and medical students in balancing home and professional life, and learning and promoting a global spiritual perspective of life. Her hobbies include traveling to exotic and sacred places, photography, writing, and public speaking.
She is currently studying sacred texts in a fellowship in Spiritual Studies in Istanbul, Turkey and divides her time between Turkey and Augusta, Georgia, USA.
Secretary and Treasurer
Shireen Q. Moore, M.D.
Shireen Moore spent her childhood in Augusta, Georgia. She graduated from Lakeside High School and attended college at Agnes Scott College in Decatur, Georgia. There she completed a major in biology and a minor in mathematics. She was accepted to medical school but prior to starting lost both her dear grandmother, Mahmudah Qureshi, as well as her brother, Tariq. These struggles framed her experiences in medical school and ultimately led her to pursue a career in family medicine. Shireen married Timothy Moore and moved to North Carolina where she completed residency. There she was elected chief resident and was also recognized for her compassionate and skilled care of older adults. Shireen and Tim moved back to Augusta and currently reside in Evans with their two children. She is currently in practice at the Center for Primary Care in Evans, Georgia, where she encourages her patients of all ages to pursue a mindful lifestyle every day.
Annette Naber, Ph.D.
Annette Naber, Ph.D. is a life coach, eco-therapist, organic gardener, photographer, and blogger. She spent most of her career as a clinical psychologist in Washington, DC working with a wide diversity of clients and a deep commitment to culturally appropriate assessment and therapies. She has consulted internationally with agencies focused on protecting children and families (e.g. taught play therapy to psychologists in Ukrainian orphanages; helped a South African NGO develop child protection policies; prepared lay missionaries to recognize culture shock and develop healthy coping strategies prior to their work abroad; and trained US-based refugee agency staff working with refugee families from around the world).
After moving to the Virginia mountains, she re-tooled as a coach and eco-therapist and now enjoys reconnecting people with Nature and coaching them to reach their creative potential. She facilitates retreats, workshops, and nature tours.
Annette, who was born and raised in Germany, has lived on three continents and traveled in over 30 countries. She is fluent in English and German, has a working knowledge of Spanish, and has learned a survival vocabulary in many other languages in the countries she visited. She is a life-long learner and has a deep interest in cross-cultural communication and is actively committed to environmental protection.
Zeynep Elif Can, M.D.
Dr. Zeynep Elif Can was born and raised in Istanbul, Turkey. Dr. Can has lived in the UK and Romania and speaks English, Turkish, and Romanian. She is a graduate of The Medical School at Acibadem University in Istanbul, Turkey. She is currently a Family Practioner for the Ministry of Health in Umraniye, Istanbul, and specializes in complementary medicine, cupping therapy, Ria insertion, and homeopathy.
Her interests include mentoring and English language tutoring for Turkish students, charity work providing and coordinating help for families in need, and regular emotional support and visitation of families who have lost their children. Her hobbies include participating in a book club, Eurasian marathon across two continents in Istanbul, and writing. Her interests include sign language, communication across languages and cultures, and learning new techniques to improve wellness in others. Her spiritual practices are deeply embedded in mindfulness and wellness.
Adonis Imam, M.D.
Dr Adonis Imam, after completing his specialization in Internal Medicine, has joined the faculty of Medicine at the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta Georgia as an assistant professor of hospital medicine. Dr. Imam was born in Latakia, Syria and is a US citizen living in Augusta, Georgia.
He served on the Medical Ethics Committee during his residency at Orange Park Medical Center in Orange Park, Florida. His interests and activities lie in humanitarian assistance through volunteering. He is the co-founder of The Georgia Syrian Humanitarian Aid Group and has organized several fundraisers for orphan children through this group and other like-minded organizations.
His hobbies and interests include poetry, photography, soccer, playing the guitar, and learning archery. He is deeply committed to the wellness of American youth and volunteers often in service of this cause. He speaks English, Arabic, and conversational Turkish.
Yasin Emre Ozer was born in Washington, DC to Turkish parents and was raised in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. After completing his secondary education two years early, he returned to Maryland, USA, for college and majored in Electrical Engineering with an emphasis on Digital Signal Processing. After working for the Federal Communications Commission for a few years, he joined the family construction business and spent some time at a Sufi center in the Catskill Mountains of New York. In 2010, he accepted a job offer with Turkish Airlines and moved to Istanbul where he resides in the lush greenery of Beykoz District. His interests include mindful living, Islamic history and traditional Islamic arts, architecture, and education.