Building Your Medical Network

Understanding and navigating the complex needs of living with a movement disorder can be challenging. We believe that building the strongest team of providers possible is essential, and yields the best outcomes. At the core of your medical team, we recommend a fellowship-trained, board-certified movement disorder neurologist. To complete your team we recommend including specialists amongst the myriad support providers that meet each of your unique needs. These often include: Physicians specializing in sleep, swallowing, and other issues; Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants; Neuropsychologists and Clinical Social Workers; and Physical and Occupational Therapists.

We are fortunate to have some of the best care providers across the country supporting our movement toward fully informed, comprehensive care. Below are three categories of providers that we have worked with and stand by as pillars within their community: Movement Disorder Specialist (MDS) Physicians; Advanced Practice Providers (APP); and Other Clinicians.

For a comprehensive worldwide directory of MDS physicians, click here to visit the International Parkinson & Movement Disorder Society.

Movement Disorder Specialist Physicians

We cannot overstate the importance of an individual working with an MDS physician.  All of the neurologists in this section took two crucial steps in ensuring you receive the best care. First, in addition to a residency, these doctors completed additional fellowship training specific to movement disorders, truly becoming experts in their field. 

Daniel D. Dees, MD
Univ. of Alabama / USA Health

Mobile, AL

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Dr. Dees is a neurologist and movement disorder specialist who earned his medical degree from the University of South Alabama College of Medicine, then went on to complete his internship in Internal Medicine and Neurology residency at the University of South Alabama Hospitals and a fellowship in Movement Disorders at the Medical College of Georgia, Augusta. Dr. Dees is board certified in Neurology by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and directs the USA Parkinson Disease and Movement Disorders Center. He evaluates and treats Parkinson Disease, Tremor, Dystonia and other movement problems with medications and deep brain stimulation.

Charles H. Adler, MD, PhD
Mayo Clinic

Scottsdale, AZ

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Dr. Adler is a consultant and professor with the Department of Neurology at Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, AZ who specializes in caring for patients with Parkinson’s disease and other movement disorders. Dr. Adler spends significant time in research efforts to investigate potential causes and improved treatments for PD, PD dementia, essential tremor, and restless legs syndrome. He leads the clinical component of the Arizona Study of Aging and Neurodegenerative Disorders with Dr. Thomas Beach and the brain and body donation program leading to numerous findings clinically relevant to PD. Dr. Adler and the movement disorder neurologists at Mayo Clinic Arizona are very involved in patient and physician education programs on PD and other movement disorders.

Sudeshna Bose, MD
University of Arizona

Tucson, AZ

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Dr. Bose is an assistant professor of neurology at the University of Arizona in Tucson, AZ who specializes in Parkinson disease, other movement disorders, and ion channel disorders, as well as child neurology. Dr. Bose graduated from the Nil Ratan, Sirca Medical College, University of Calcutta, Calcutta, West Bengal, India. Dr. Bose completed her residency and a fellowship in movement disorder at the University of Arizona, Tucson. Dr. Bose is affiliated with Banner University Medical Center, Banner University Medical Center South Campus, and Tucson Medical Center.

Kathryn Bradley, MD
Center for Neurosciences

Tucson, AZ

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Dr. Bradley is a neurologist and movement disorder specialist in Tucson, AZ who earned her medical degree from the University of Arizona, College of Medicine in Tucson, AZ. She completed her internship and residency at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, TN, where she also completed a fellowship in movement disorders. Dr. Bradley now specializes in movement disorders such as PD, essential tremor, and dystonia, and she also treats general neurological conditions.

John N. Caviness, MD
Mayo Clinic

Scottsdale, AZ

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Dr. Caviness is a neurologist and movement disorder specialist in Scottsdale, AZ, is a consultant and professor with the Dept. of Neurology at Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, AZ. He spends a significant amount of time in research investigating potential causes and improved treatments for PD, dementia in PD, Huntington’s disease, and myoclonus. Dr. Caviness leads the movement neurophysiology laboratory at Mayo Clinic, which performs clinical studies for diagnosis of movement disorders and research studies. This work has led to numerous findings clinically relevant to patients with PD and other movement disorders. Dr. Caviness is also very involved in patient and physician education programs on PD and other movement disorders.

Sara Dhanani, MD
Banner Sun Health Research Institute

Sun City, AZ

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Dr. Dhanani is a neurologist and movement disorder specialist at Banner Sun Health Research Institute who earned her medical degree from the Dow Medical College in Karachi, Pakistan completing a year of Preliminary Medicine and finishing her residency in Neurology at the University of Illinois, College of Medicine. Dr. Dhanani also completed a fellowship in Movement Disorders at the Muhammad Ali Parkinson’s Center with Barrow Neurological Institute in Phoenix, AZ.  Her special interests include Parkinson disease, cognition in Parkinson disease, non-motor features of Parkinson’s and deep brain stimulation.

Erika Driver-Dunckley, MD
Mayo Clinic

Scottsdale, AZ

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Dr. Driver-Dunckley is a neurologist and movement disorders specialist in Scottsdale, AZ, is an Associate Professor of Neurology on staff at Mayo Clinic Arizona in Scottsdale, AZ since 2005. Dr. Driver-Dunckley is also director of the Movement Disorder Fellowship, mentoring and educating fellows in clinical practice and research. She has clinical and research interests in epigenetics and PD, psychogenic movement disorders, autonomic dysfunction in PD, restless legs syndrome, essential tremor, restless legs syndrome, and cognitive disorders associated with PD.

Tanya Lin, MD
University of Arizona

Tucson, AZ

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Dr. Lin is a neurologist and movement disorders specialist in Tucson, AZ who is an assistant professor of neurology at University of Arizona, and is affiliated with Southern Arizona Veterans Affairs Health Care System in Tucson, AZ. She received her medical degree from Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University, New York, followed by her internship and residency at University of Arizona. Dr. Lin completed her fellowship in movement disorders at Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, AZ..

Padma Mahant, MD
Barrow & Foothills Neurology

Phoenix, AZ

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Dr. Mahant is a neurologist and movement disorder specialist at the Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center at Barrow Neurological Institute in Phoenix, AZ who focuses on movement disorders, including PD, essential tremor, dystonia, and ataxia. She received her medical degree from the Medical College of Pennsylvania, performed residency in neurology at the University of Rochester, Strong Memorial Hospital, and her fellowship at the Muhammad Ali Parkinson Research Center. Dr. Mahant’s research includes risk factors for blepharospasm, posture and gait in Parkinson’s patients, and several clinical trials of pharmaceuticals.

Shyamal H. Mehta, MD, PhD
Mayo Clinic

Scottsdale, AZ

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Dr. Mehta is a neurologist and movement disorders specialist in Scottsdale, AZ who completed his fellowship in movement disorders at the Medical College of Georgia, where he also graduated with honors and later became Chief Resident in Neurology. With more than 18 years of diverse experiences, especially in neurology, Dr. Metha also earned an MB at N.D.M.V.P. Samaj’s Medical College, University of Pune, India. He affiliates with Mayo Clinic Arizona, and cooperates with other doctors and specialists in many medical groups, including Kingman Regional Medical Center, AZ.

Srivadee Oravivattanakul, MD
Barrow Neurological Institute

Phoenix, AZ

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Srivadee Oravivattanakul, MD, is a faculty physician in the Muhuammad Ali Parkinson Center at Barrow Neurological Institute at Dignity Health St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center in Phoenix. She is board certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and she is a member of the American Academy of Neurology, the Movement Disorder Society, and the Huntington Study Group.  Her expertise includes the diagnosis and treatment of involuntary movements, essential tremor, Parkinson’s disease, Parkinsonism, Huntington’s disease, Tourette’s syndrome, blepharospasm, hemifacial spasm, dystonia, chorea, myoclonus, ataxia, and gait disorders. Dr. Oravivattanakul treats patients with deep brain stimulation (DBS) and performs botulinum toxin injections.  She received her medical degree from Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand. She completed her neurology residency at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland and her movement disorders fellowship at Cleveland Clinic.  In her free time she enjoys playing the piano and violin, drawing, and ceramic painting.

Maria Ospina, MD
Private Practice

Phoenix and Tucson, AZ

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Dr. Ospina is a movement disorder neurologist in private practice as well as an Assistant Professor of Clinical Neurology at the University of Arizona. Dr. Ospina has been active in medical research, participating in several NIH and pharmaceutical sponsored clinical trials. She has served as an investigator in the Parkinson Study Group as well as an invited speaker on a variety of topics related to movement disorders. She is trained in both the administration of botulinum toxin for dystonia, and the use of Deep Brain Stimulation at Banner Center Tucson Campus and Banner Phoenix Campus. She believes in utilizing complementary modalities in Parkinson’s care and is an advocate for exercise to improve gait, flexibility and mood.

Cynthia Reed, MD
Parkinson Wellness Clinic

Tucson, AZ

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Dr. Reed is a neurologist and movement disorders specialist in Tucson, AZ who specializes in improving the quality of life for patients with PD. She is an active member of the International Parkinson and Movement Disorder Society. Dr. Reed earned her medical degree from the University of Arizona College of Medicine, followed by a residency in neurology at Barrow Neurological Institute in Phoenix, and finally, a two-year fellowship in clinical movement disorders and deep brain stimulation at the Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center and Movement Disorders Clinic in Phoenix.

Naomi Salins, MD
Barrow Neurological Institute

Phoenix, AZ

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Dr. Salins is a neurologist and movement disorder specialist at the Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center at the Barrow Neurological Institute in Phoenix. AZ. Dr. Salins received her medical degree from K.J. Somaiya Medical College and Research Centre in Mumbai, India. She focuses on the diagnosis and treatment of involuntary movements, essential tremor, Parkinson’s disease and Parkinsonian syndromes, Huntington’s disease, dystonia, and ataxia. She is trained in managing patients with deep brain stimulation and the use of botulinum toxin (Botox) for various movement disorders.

Johan E. S. Samanta, MD
Private Practice / Univ. of Arizona / Banner

Tucson, AZ

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Dr. Samanta is a Movement Disorders Neurologist in private practice in Phoenix, AZ. In addition to his busy clinical practice he remains actively involved in academic medicine as Clinical Associate Professor of Neurology at the University of Arizona College of Medicine in Tucson, AZ and a clinical lecturer at the Phoenix Medical School Campus of the University of Arizona. He received his medical degree from the Medical College of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia before completing an internship in Internal Medicine at St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center and a residency in Neurology at Barrow Neurological Institute in Phoenix, AZ. He completed his postgraduate training as the Evelyn Kossak Movement Disorders Fellow at the Muhammad Ali Parkinson Research Center at Barrow Neurological Institute. Board-certified in Neurology, Dr. Samanta is a member of several professional societies, including the American Academy of Neurology, the Movement Disorder Society, and the Parkinson Study Group. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. Dr. Samanta’s research interests include motor learning and exercise in Parkinson’s disease, non-motor symptoms in Parkinson’s disease and surgical and non-surgical management of tremor and dystonia.

Paarth J. Shah, MD
Gilbert Neurology

Gilbert, AZ

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Dr. Shah is a board-certified neurologist currently working in private practice in Gilbert, AZ. An Arizona native and ASU alumnus, he completed his medical doctorate and Neurology residency in New York and California, followed by specialty fellowship training in Movement Disorders at the Muhammad Ali Parkinson’s Center at Barrow Neurological Institute in Phoenix, AZ. He enjoys treating patients and spending time with their families. Dr. Shah serves on the board of directors for the Huntington’s Disease Society of America. As a PMD Alliance adviser, he appreciates the opportunity to speak and extend his enthusiasm and dedication to helping those with Parkinson disease.

Scott J. Sherman, MD, PhD
Univ. of Arizona / Banner

Tucson, AZ

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Dr. Sherman is a neurologist and movement disorders specialist in Tucson, AZ and an associate professor of neurology and director of the Movement Disorders Center.  Dr. Sherman is an active provider as well as researcher. Dr. Sherman’s areas of research interest include deep brain stimulation, gene therapy, and cell-based therapy for Parkinson disease.  His original articles and abstracts on understanding and treating Parkinson’s disease have been published in many medical and scientific journals.

Holly Shill, MD
Barrow Neurological Institute

Phoenix, AZ

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Dr. Shill is the Director of Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center and Movement Disorder Program at Barrow Neurological Institute, Dignity Health, St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center in Phoenix, AZ. She is board certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. She also has a position as Research Associate Professor in the Department of Neurology, University of Arizona College of Medicine in Phoenix, AZ.  Dr. Shill’s research interests include risk factors for the development and progression of Parkinson’s disease, the pathogenesis of Essential Tremor and innovative treatments for both Parkinson’s and Essential Tremor.

David Shprecher, DO, MSci
Banner Sun Health Research Institute

Sun City, AZ

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David Shprecher, DO, Msci FAAN
Movement Disorders Director, Banner Sun Health Research Institute, Sun City, AZ
Clinical Associate Professor, University of Arizona- Phoenix
Adjunct Associate Professor, University of Utah Department of Neurology

David Shprecher, DO, MSci, serves as Movement Disorders Director at Banner Sun Health Research Institute in Sun City, Arizona and Clinical Associate Professor with the University of Arizona-Phoenix. Prior to joining Banner Health in 2015, he started the movement disorder clinical trials, Tourette Association of America Center of Excellence and Huntington Disease Society of America Center of Excellence programs at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City. Inspired by personal experience as an individual with Tourette syndrome, he has dedicated his career as a movement disorders neurologist to improving treatment options and quality of life for movement disorder patients. In addition to a long history of site investigator activities in movement disorder clinical trials, his observational research with Banner’s Brain and Body Donation Program and the North American Prodromal Synucleinopathy Consortium is aimed at improving early diagnosis of, and biomarkers for, REM sleep behavior disorder (the strongest known clinical risk factor Parkinson disease and Lewy body dementia). The ultimate goal of this work is to guide design of trials aimed at delaying or preventing these illnesses entirely.

Ryan R. Walsh MD, PhD
Barrow Neurological Institute

Phoenix, AZ

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Dr. Walsh is an Associate Professor and Neurologist at the Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center at Barrow Neurological Institute in Phoenix, AZ. His experience in Parkinson disease and movement disorders spans 10 years and includes serving as Director of the Parkinson Disease and Movement Disorders Program at the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health. He has published and presented related to the treatment, diagnosis, and investigation of Parkinson disease, and his research interests focus on developing multi-modal MRI scanning to improve diagnosis, prediction of symptom development, and tracking response to treatment in PD.

Mindy Bixby, DO
Scripps Clinic

La Jolla, CA

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Dr. Bixby is a neurologist and movement disorder specialist who cares for patients at all levels of neurological disease. She uses a multidisciplinary approach that includes medical management and physical, occupational, and speech therapies. Dr. Bixby is affiliated with the Scripps Clinic in La Jolla, CA and treats patients with a wide range of neurological diseases. She has a special interest in movement disorders, Parkinson’s, essential tremor, atypical Parkinson’s, dystonia, ataxia, and spasticity. Dr. Bixby received her Doctorate of Osteopathy from Touro University College of Osteopathic Medicine in California. She completed her residency in neurology at Georgetown University Hospital in Washington, DC. Dr. Bixby remained at Georgetown-National Rehabilitation Hospital for her fellowship in Neurorehabilitation and completed a second fellowship in Movement Disorders at Georgetown University Hospital. Dr. Bixby has received intensive training in deep brain stimulation, botulinum toxin injections, and the medical management of Parkinson’s disease and related movement disorders.

Brent Bluett, DO
Stanford University

Palo Alto, CA

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Dr. Bluett graduated medical school at Touro University with national osteopathic medicine honors as a member of Sigma Signa Phi. He completed neurology residency at the University of Texas Southwestern at Austin, during which he was resident chair of the Texas Neurological Society. Afterwards, he went on to obtain a fellowship in Movement Disorders at the University of California San Diego directed by Dr. Irene Litvan, a world renowned expert in atypical parkinsonism. Prior to joining the Stanford movement disorders program, Dr. Bluett worked at the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health. Dr. Bluett’s clinical expertise is in all movement disorders including Parkinson’s disease, essential tremor, Huntington’s disease, dystonia, normal pressure hydrocephalus, ataxia, and atypical parkinsonism (progressive supranuclear Palsy, dementia with lewy bodies, corticobasal degeneration, and multiple system atrophy). He has also published in a variety of medical journals on the subject of Parkinson’s and other movement disorders.  

Yvette Bordelon, MD, PhD
UCLA Medical

Los Angeles, CA

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Dr. Yvette Bordelon received her MD and PhD degrees from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine in Philadelphia.  She completed Neurology residency training at Massachusetts General and Brigham and Women’s Hospitals and then a Movement Disorders Fellowship at Columbia University.  Dr. Bordelon is a Clinical Professor in the UCLA Neurology department. Her clinical work involves the diagnosis and treatment of Movement Disorders including Huntington Disease and Parkinson disease among other neurodegenerative diseases. Her clinical research interests include the conduct of clinical trials in these disorders.

Salima Brillman, MD
Private Practice

Menlo Park, CA

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Dr. Brillman is a neurologist and movement disorders specialist in Menlo Park, CA. Upon completion of her fellowship in 2006, she was a pioneer in the development of the only DBS program in North Dakota where she also was on the faculty at University of North Dakota. She later moved to Florida, where she became involved in clinical trials, served on the faculty at Florida International University, and continued her passion for patient care. In 2015, she and her family moved back to her native California, where she was the Director of the Clinical Care Program at the Parkinson’s Institute and Clinical Center in Mountain View, CA. Dr. Brillman is happy to have had the privilege over the past decade to give lectures to colleagues and patients regarding movement disorders. Dr. Brillman has not only been an active participant in the proliferation of improvements in PD treatments, but also serves as an integral resource and advocate for patients and their families.

Jeff Bronstein, MD, PhD
UCLA Health

Los Angeles, CA

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Jeff Bronstein received his bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Berkeley and M.D. and Ph.D. from UCLA as a recipient of the Medical Scientist Training Program Award.   He completed a residency in Neurology and fellowship training in Movement Disorders at UCLA and at Queens Square in London.  Dr. Bronstein also completed a postdoctoral fellowship in molecular biology before being appointed an Assistant Professor of Neurology in 1994, Director of the Movement Disorders Program at UCLA in 1996, Professor of Neurology in 2006, and Professor of Molecular Toxicology in 2007.  His clinical interests include the medical and surgical management of Parkinson’s disease (PD), Wilson’s disease and other movement disorders. Dr. Bronstein runs an active research program that includes clinical trials to develop new therapies.  He also directs a basic science laboratory investigating the causes of PD (environmental and genetic) using cell and zebrafish models as well as population-based studies.

David Coughlin, MD
UC San Diego Health

San Diego, CA

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Dr. Coughlin is a board-certified neurologist specializing in the diagnosis and treatment of movement disorders such as Parkinson’s disease, tremor, essential tremor, progressive supranuclear palsy (PSP), multiple system atrophy (MSA), corticobasal syndrome, dementia with lewy bodies, ataxia, dystonia, myoclonus, drug-induced movement disorders, and gait abnormalities. He is experienced in the use of botulinum toxin for hemifacial spasm, blepharospasm, cervical dystonia, limb dystonias and siallorrhea (drooling or excessive salivation). Dr. Coughlin is also skilled in patient selection and post-operative management of deep brain stimulation. Dr. Coughlin is a recipient of the 2019 American Academy of Neurology Healthcare Quality and Safety Award and the 2019 American Academy of Neurology/American Brain Foundation clinical research training scholarship in Parkinson’s Disease. His work has been published in several peer-reviewed journals.
He is a member of the American Academy of Neurology, the American Neurological Association, and the International Parkinson and Movement Disorder Society.

Khashayar Dashtipour, MD PhD
Loma Linda University

Loma Linda, CA

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Dr. Dashtipour is a neurologist and movement disorder specialist affiliated with Loma Linda University. He completed his residency at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine and the USC University Hospital in Glendale, CA, followed by a fellowship at USC. His areas of focus in movement disorders include: psychiatry, neurosurgical options, and treating spasticity and pain. He treats people with Parkinson disease, Torticollis, Blepharospasm, Dystonia and other movement disorders. A nationally recognized speaker, he actively educates neurologists and communities across the country. Dr. Dashtipour’s philosophy of care that guides his interactions with his patients is “to harmonize my patients’ movements, posture, behavior and emotions with their true spirit.”

Natalie Diaz, MD
Pacific Neuroscience Institute

Torrance, CA

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Dr. Diaz is a board-certified neurologist and movement disorder specialist who has practiced at the Harbor UCLA Medical Center in the South Bay for the last 12 years. She is on the faculty at UCLA as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Neurology where she also serves as the Medical Student Rotation Coordinator. Dr. Diaz earned her medical degree from the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, completed her residency at Northwestern University and her movement disorders fellowship at the UCLA School of Medicine. She has training in deep brain stimulation evaluation and programming and the administration of botulinum toxin injections.

Karen Frei, MD
Loma Linda University

Loma Linda, CA

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Dr. Frei is a neurologist and movement disorder specialist at Loma Linda University, Loma Linda, CA. She is a neurologist is affiliated with multiple hospitals in the area, including Fountain Valley Regional Hospital and Medical Center and Loma Linda University Medical Center-Murrieta. She received her medical degree from Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, PA. Dr. Frei trained at Barrow’s Neurological Institute in Phoenix, AZ and completed a fellowship in neurogenetics at the National Institutes of Health. She has been in practice for more than 25 years.  She is passionate about educating patients about their disease.

Janice Fuentes, MD
Loma Linda Univ. /
Riverside Medical

Loma Linda, CA

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Dr. Fuentes is a board-certified neurologist and fellowship trained movement disorder specialist at Loma Linda University in Southern California. Dr. Fuentes completed graduate school at the University of Puerto Rico and received her medical degree from the Universidad Autonoma de Guadalajara and Mount Sinai School of Medicine Fifth Pathway Program. She completed both her residency and movement disorders fellowship at Loma Linda University Medical Center, and has been practicing for over 10 years.  

Adrienne Keener, MD
UCLA, Southwest VA PADRECC

Los Angeles, CA

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Dr. Keener is a board-certified neurologist and Movement Disorders specialist at UCLA and the West Los Angeles VA PADRECC (Parkinson’s Disease Research Education and Clinical Center). She received her medical degree from the USC Keck School of Medicine where she was elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honors Society. She completed her Neurology residency training and Movement Disorders fellowship at UCLA before joining the faculty in 2016. Dr. Keener participates in clinical research and patient care, and is interested in interdisciplinary treatment approaches for movement disorders, including deep brain stimulation, botulinum toxin injection, and rehabilitation therapies. Dr. Keener is also passionate about medical education, and serves as the Associate Program Director of the UCLA Neurology Residency Program. She is a member of the American Academy of Neurology, the American Neurological Association, and the International Parkinson and Movement Disorders Society.

Stephanie Lessig, MD
UC San Diego Health

San Diego, CA

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Stephanie Lessig, MD, is a board-certified neurologist with UC San Diego Health and the VA San Diego Healthcare System. She regularly sees people with Parkinson’s disease and other movement disorders, such as dystonia and ataxia. Dr. Lessig specializes in both deep brain stimulation and the administration of botulinum toxin.
She is involved in research and clinical trials, with a clinical research focus on Parkinson’s disease and Parkinsonian disorders. Dr. Lessig is a principal investigator on four clinical trials, two of which are funded by the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke. Her general research interests include neurodegenerative disorders, such as Huntington’s disease.
Dr. Lessig earned her medical degree from Stony Brook University School of Medicine. She was a neurology resident and chief resident at UC San Diego School of Medicine, where she also completed her fellowship.
She is a member of the American Academy of Neurology, International Parkinson and Movement Disorder Society, and American Society for Experimental NeuroTherapeutics. Dr. Lessig is also a member and served as past president of the San Diego Neurology Society.

Irene Litvan, MD, FAAN, FANA
UC San Diego Health

San Diego, CA

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Irene Litvan, MD, is a board-certified neurologist and director of the Parkinson and Other Movement Disorders Center at UC San Diego Health. Dr. Litvan treats and diagnoses individuals with Parkinson disease, progressive supranuclear palsy (PSP), dementia with Lewy bodies, corticobasal degeneration, multiple system atrophy (MSA), Huntington’s disease, essential tremor and frontotemporal dementias. Dr. Litvan’s research focuses on a better understanding of Parkinsonian and dementia disorders and discovering novel therapeutic approaches, including symptomatic and disease modifying therapies, and technology for better disease management.
Dr. Litvan is a fellow of the American Academy of Neurology and American Neurological Association, and is an internationally recognized expert in movement disorders and dementia. Dr. Litvan completed a clinical fellowship in neuropsychology and a research fellowship in dementia at the Hospital de la Sta Creu i St Pau, Barcelona, Spain. She completed a dementia and movement disorders research fellowship at the Experimental Therapeutics Branch, National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) in Bethesda, MD, as well as one year of psychiatry at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Washington, DC. She was a senior staff fellow in neuroepidemiology, at the NINDS, NIH.
In addition to directing the Parkinson and Other Movement Disorders Center, Dr. Litvan is the Tasch Endowed Professor in Parkinson Disease Research at UC San Diego School of Medicine. Under her direction, the Center has become a Parkinson Foundation Center of Excellence and Research Center of Excellence in Lewy Body Dementia, and is a CurePSP Center of Care.

Michael Marvi, MD
Providence St John's

Burbank, CA

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Dr. Marvi is a board-certified neurologist. He received his fellowship training in movement disorders and his master’s degree in neurobiology at the University of Southern California. He attended medical school at Sackler School of Medicine/Tel Aviv University and completed his medical internship and neurology residency at the Kaiser-Permanente Los Angeles Medical Center.   Dr. Marvi is a specialist in the diagnosis and treatment of Parkinson’s disease, essential tremor, dystonia, and tic disorders. He is experienced in deep brain stimulation (DBS) programming and the administration of botulinum toxin injections for challenging movement disorders . Dr. Marvi is a Credentialed ImPACT Consultant (CIC) for the assessment, management, and clearance of athletes with sports related head injuries, and maintains a separate focus on the treatment of acute stroke using tele-health technologies for thrombolytic therapy.

Anna Morenkova, MD, PhD
UC Irvine

Irvine, CA

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Dr. Morenkova is a board-certified neurologist with fellowship training in Movement Disorders. She is an Assistant Professor of Neurology and sees patients at the UC Irvine Program for Parkinson’s Disease & Movement Disorders. She received her medical degree from the Russian State Medical University and has been in practice for more than 20 years. Her areas of specialty include Parkinson’s disease, Dystonia, Essential Tremor and other tremors, Tics and Tourette’s Syndrome, chorea, Huntington’s Disease, Headaches and migraines, Myoclonus, Restless Leg Syndrome, and Spasticity.  Dr. Morenkova has published on topics in Movement Disorders. She speaks English and Russian.

Caitlin Mulligan, MD
UC San Diego Health

San Diego, CA

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Caitlin Mulligan, MD, is a board-certified neurologist who treats patients with movement disorders, including Parkinson’s disease, tremor, dystonia, or other gait and balance problems. She has expertise and special interest in deep brain stimulation (DBS) as a tool to treat movement disorders, as well as botulinum toxin injections.
As an assistant professor of in the Department of Neurosciences, Dr. Mulligan trains medical students, residents and fellows. She recently co-authored a review on the diagnosis and management of Wilson’s disease.
Dr. Mulligan completed a fellowship in movement disorders at the UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine, where she also did her residency and served as chief resident. She earned her medical degree from the UC San Diego School of Medicine.
She is a member of the American Academy of Neurology and the Movement Disorders Society (MDS).
In her free time. Dr. Mulligan enjoys nature and spending time with her family.

Farzin Pedouim, MD
Private Practice /
Loma Linda Univ.

Los Angeles, CA

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Dr. Pedouim is a neurologist and movement disorder specialist who completed his neurology training at University of California Irvine, followed by a Movement Disorder Fellowship at Loma Linda University.  He is currently practicing and conducting clinical trials at Loma Linda University. Dr. Pedouim sees patients in Newport Beach as well as via the VA Long Beach Healthcare System.  He has a passion for music and the therapeutic benefits of music in people with PD. Additionally, he treats patients with Tremor, Torticollis, Blepharospasm, Dystonia and other movement disorders.

Melita Petrossian, MD
Pacific Neuroscience Institute

Santa Monica, CA

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Dr. Petrossian is a board-certified neurologist and Movement Disorders specialist whose focus is on a multidisciplinary approach to movement disorders. A native of southern California, Dr. Petrossian graduated from UCLA, summa cum laude, and received her medical education at the University of California, San Francisco. She completed her neurology residency at Massachusetts General Hospital and Brigham and Women’s Hospital, affiliated with Harvard Medical School in Boston, MA, followed by a fellowship in movement disorders at the same institutions. She is the Medical Director of the Pacific Movement Disorders Center at Pacific Neuroscience Institute. Her specialties include Parkinson’s disease, essential tremor, gait disorders, dystonia, hemifacial spasm, restless legs, and tic disorders. Her approach begins with appropriate diagnosis utilizing the latest imaging; optimization of medical treatment; botulinum toxin (Botox®) injections when indicated; and coordination with physical, occupational, and speech therapists. She assesses patients for deep brain stimulation surgery and creates a custom-tailored program of DBS settings.

Nicolas Phielipp, MD
UC Irvine

Irvine, CA

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Dr. Phielipp is a board-certified neurologist with fellowship training in Movement Disorders.   He is an Assistant Professor of neurology and sees patients at the UC Irvine Program for Parkinson’s Disease & Movement Disorders. He received his medical degree from University of Buenos Aires, where he trained in Neurology and Movement disorders, completing a fellowship in Movement Disorders and Neurophysiology in the University of Toronto. In practice for more than 14 years, he spends the majority of time in patient care and also has research interest in Parkinson’s, dystonia, Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation, musician’s dystonia, writer’s cramp, chorea, myoclonus, tremor, restless leg syndrome, Tic and Tourette’s Syndromes, and spasticity. He has published numerous articles on Parkinson’s and other movement disorders.  He speaks English and Spanish.

Dr. Portera-Cailliau, MD
UCLA Medical

Los Angeles, CA

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Dr. Portera-Cailliau was born and raised in Madrid, Spain. He obtained his MD-PhD from the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in 1997.  After finishing a residency in Neurology at The Massachusetts General Hospital and Brigham & Women’s Hospital in Boston in 2001, Dr. Portera-Cailliau completed his fellowship in Movement Disorders at Columbia University, training under Dr. Stanley Fahn.  He joined the UCLA faculty in 2005 and has joint appointments in the Departments of Neurology and Neurobiology. His laboratory investigates how developmental defects in network connectivity at the level of the cerebral cortex directly lead to neurodevelopmental and neurodegenerative disorders. When he is in clinic on Friday afternoons, he sees primarily patients with Parkinson Disease and Atypical Parkinsonism Disorders.

Paula Ravin, MD
UCLA Medical

Los Angeles, CA

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Dr. Ravin, MD is a practicing Neurologist in Los Angeles, CA. Dr. Ravin graduated from Wayne State University School of Medicine in 1980 and has been in practice for 39 years. She completed a residency at U S Department of Veterans Affairs. Dr. Ravin also specializes in Psychiatry. She currently practices at UCLA Department of Radiology and is affiliated with Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. Dr. Ravin accepts multiple insurance plans including Aetna, Medicare, and Cigna. Dr. Ravin is board certified in Neurology. Dr. Ravin also practices at UCLA Neurology Group Practice in Los Angeles, CA.

Indu Subramanian, MD
UCLA, Southwest VA PADRECC

Los Angeles, CA

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Dr. Subramanian is a practicing Movement Disorder Specialist in Los Angeles, CA. She is an Associate Clinical Professor at UCLA, practices at UCLA Neurological Services, and is Director of the Southwest VA Medical Center Parkinson’s Disease Research, Education, and Clinical Centers (PADRECC) in Los Angeles. She has an interest in integrative medicine and yoga and mindfulness in the PD population. Dr. Subramanian graduated from University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine in 1996 and has been in practice for over 20 years. Dr. Subramanian also specializes in Psychiatry.

Michele Tagliati, MD
Cedars-Sinai

Los Angeles, CA

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Dr. Tagliati is a neurologist and movement disorder specialist and Director of the Movement Disorders Program at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, CA. Dr. Tagliati is one of the pioneers of deep brain stimulation and an expert in the use of botulinum toxin injections to control involuntary muscle contractions. One of the nation’s leading research and treatment specialists in Parkinson’s disease and other movement disorders, he received his medical degree from Sapienza University of Rome and has been in practice for more than 20 years.

Echo Tan, MD
Cedars-Sinai

Los Angeles, CA

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Dr. Tan is a neurologist and movement disorder specialist at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, CA. She received her medical degree from the New York Medical College and completed her fellowship with Cedars-Sinai.  She treats people with Parkinson disease,  dystonia, dyskinesia, essential tremor.   Dr. Tan has lectured nationally on various movement disorder topics including new wearable technologies for diagnosis and management of Parkinson’s disease as well as dystonia and its treatments. She has co-authored articles with Dr. Michele Tagliati and presented research at national and international conferences including the Movement Disorders Society annual meeting.

Sandeep Thakkar, DO
HOAG

Newport Beach, CA

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Dr. Thakkar is a neurologist and movement disorder specialist, whose practice is patient-centered care for Parkinson disease. He believes in providing academic-level care in a private clinical setting, the importance of creating a global awareness of the disease, and strives to stay current with all modalities of care throughout the movement disorders field. This includes specialization in conditions such as dystonias, chorea, Huntington’s disease, essential tremor, Botulinum toxin therapy, spasticity, and other abnormal involuntary movements. He is also involved with the United States Department of Veterans Affairs Parkinson’s Disease Research, Education and Clinical Center or PADRECC in Los Angeles, CA.

Ronak Vora, DO
St. Joseph Health

Mission Viejo, CA

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Dr. Vora is a board-certified neurologist and movement disorders specialist who is a member of the Mission Heritage Medical Group in Mission Viejo, CA. He is a native of Orange County and completed his medical education at Western University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific in Pomona, CA.  Dr. Vora completed his Neurology residency at the Barrow Neurological Institute at St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center in Phoenix, AZ, followed by a two-year fellowship in Movement Disorders at the Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center at the Barrow Neurological Institute.

Allan Wu, MD, PhD
UCLA Medical

Los Angeles, CA

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Dr. Wu, MD is a practicing Neurologist in Los Angeles, CA. Dr. Wu graduated from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in 1995 and has been in practice for 24 years. He completed a residency at Beth Israel Medical Center. Dr. Wu also specializes in Psychiatry. He currently practices at University of California Los Angeles and is affiliated with Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. Dr. Wu accepts multiple insurance plans including Aetna, Medicare, and Cigna. Dr. Wu is board certified in Neurology. Dr. Wu also practices at UCLA Neurological Services in Los Angeles, CA.

Brenton A. Wright, MD
UC San Diego Health

San Diego, CA

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Brenton Wright, MD, is a board-certified neurologist who treats people with movement disorders, including Parkinson’s disease, dystonia, tremor, ataxia, chorea, tics, tardive syndromes and other rare diseases. He also conducts research on gait and balance in neurodegenerative diseases; clinical research in Parkinson’s disease, Huntington’s disease and other movement disorders; mechanisms and outcomes of deep brain stimulation (DBS) surgery; and outcomes of continuous intraintestinal levodopa infusion. His research has been published in several peer-reviewed journals.
Prior to joining UC San Diego Health, Dr. Wright served on the faculty at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. Dr. Wright was a fellow in movement disorders at the Neurological Institute of New York at NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center.  He is a member of the Huntington Study Group, the International Parkinson and Movement Disorders Society, the American Neurological Association, the American Academy of Neurology and the American Medical Association.

Christina Vaughan, MD, MHS
University of Colorado Neurology Palliative and Supportive Care Clinic

Aurora, CO

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Christina Vaughan, MD, MHS is an Associate Professor of Neurology and Medicine at the University of Colorado, Anschutz Medical Center (UCAMC), interest in neurology is long-standing as she was inspired by two close family members with Parkinson’s disease. Her pursuit began with a Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience from the University of Rochester followed by a pre-doctoral fellowship at the National Institutes of Neurological Disorders and Stroke where she worked in an experimental therapeutics laboratory. Dr. Vaughan went on to receive a master’s degree in mental health from the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health and for medical school she attended the State University of NY at Buffalo, her home town. She completed a neurology residency at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, where she served as Chief Resident, and completed a two-year fellowship in Movement Disorders at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago.

While at Rush and for several years afterwards she served as the Medical Advisor to the Help Line with the PDF. Once training was completed she worked as a movement disorders specialist at the Medical University of South Carolina for four years. After several years of practice, she realized she wanted to broaden the scope of the care she could provide and went back to training for one more year and completed a fellowship in Palliative Medicine/Hospice in San Diego, CA. Dr. Vaughan considered this training one of the highlights of her career and thoroughly enjoyed learning more about comprehensive care of patients and their families.

She began her current post at UCAMC in August, 2017 and is now the Chief of the Section of Neuro-palliative care. She spends her time in clinic and attending the inpatient Palliative care service. In clinic she sees patients with chronic life-limiting neurologic conditions and their families, and works with an interprofessional team.

Laxman Bahroo, DO, MS
Medstar Health /
Georgetown Univ.

Washington, DC

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Dr. Bahroo is a board-certified neurologist and movement disorder specialist and the director of both the Neurology Residency Program and Botulinum Toxin Clinic at Georgetown University Medical Center in Washington, DC. He is also an associate professor at the Georgetown University Department of Neurology. After receiving his medical degree at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, Dr. Bahroo completed his residency and fellowship at the Georgetown University Hospital. Dr. Bahroo’s primary areas of focus include the medical and surgical management of Parkinson’s disease and essential tremor. He also specializes in therapeutic botulinum toxin injections for dystonia spasticity and excessive drooling.

Yasar Torres-Yaghi, MD
Medstar Health /
Georgetown Univ.

Washington, DC

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Dr. Torres-Yaghi is a board-certified neurologist who is on staff at the MedStar Georgetown University Hospital in Washington, DC. He completed his medical training at George Washington University, an internship at MedStar Union Memorial Hospital, and his residency and movement disorders fellowship at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital. In his role of movement disorder neurologist, Dr. Torres-Yaghi is spearheading an initiative to care for the growing population of aging patients with neurodegenerative conditions characterized by overlapping features of both cognitive impairment and Parkinson’s. His specializations include movement disorders, Lewy body dementia, progressive supranuclear palsy, multiple-system atrophy, and frontal temporal lobe dementia. 

Anwar Ahmed, MD
AdventHealth

Winter Park, FL

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Dr. Ahmed is the Medical Director at Advent Health’s Neuroscience Institute. He earned his medical degree from Dow Medical College in Karachi, Pakistan. He completed his internship at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York and neurology residency at Detroit Receiving Hospital and University Health Center (Wayne State University) in Detroit, Michigan. He completed a surgical approaches fellowship at the Neurological Institute at Columbia-Presbyterian University Medical Center in New York focused on movement disorders and motor physiology, and a clinical research fellowship in movement disorders at the Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, OH. His His research and published works have focused on such topics as unusual movement disorders, treatment of tremor caused by multiple sclerosis, brain stimulation for movement disorders, and Parkinson’s disease.

 

Sheila Baez-Torres, MD
Compass Clinic

Orlando, FL

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Dr. Baez-Torres is a board-certified neurologist specializing in movement disorders. Born and raised in Puerto Rico, she received her medical degree from the Universidad Central Del Caribe. After obtaining her degree she completed a neurology residency at the University of Miami and a Movement Disorders and Electromyography Fellowship at the Cleveland Clinic Florida. Dr. Baez- Torres is currently in private practice at the Compass Clinic in Orlando, FL. 

Deborah Boland, DO, MSPT
Be Mobile Neurology

Tampa, FL

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Dr. Deborah Boland, D.O., MSPT, is a neurologist, Diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. She is one of only a handful of movement disorder specialists in Tampa Bay. Dr. Boland began as a physical therapist, practicing for 10 years before going to medical school. She completed her internship and neurology residency, then went on to fellowship training specializing in Movement Disorders. Dr. Boland’s unique background and commitment to patient-centered, individualized care has made her a pioneer in the mobile delivery of neurological services. She also is a frequent presenter at support groups and community organizations, sharing her knowledge and expertise to help people live their best lives, no matter the diagnosis.

Robert A. Hauser, MD
University of Southern Florida

Tampa, FL

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Dr. Hauser is a board-certified neurologist specializing in evaluation and care of Parkinson disease and other movement disorders, including tremor and dystonia. He is a professor of neurology and molecular pharmacology, and is Director of the Parkinson Disease and Movement Disorders Center, a National Parkinson Foundation Center of Excellence at the University of South Florida. He also performs injections of botulinum toxin for patients with cervical dystonia, blepharospasm, and hemifacial spasm. Dr Hauser’s research focuses on the development of new treatments for Parkinson disease and other movement disorders. Dr. Hauser is a past chairman of the Interventional Neurology Section of the American Academy of Neurology, a past member of the executive committee of the Parkinson Study Group, and is a member of the steering committee, NIH Exploratory Trials in Parkinson’s disease. He has authored or co-authored over 300 publications.

Heather A. Herrema, DO
Central Neurology

St. Petersburg, FL

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Dr. Herrema is a neurologist and movement disorder specialist who received her medical degree from the Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Herrema completed a fellowship specializing in Movement Disorders at the Henry Ford Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorder Program.  Dr. Herrema treats all neurological conditions but has a special interest in Parkinson’s Disease and other movement disorders which includes Essential Tremor, Dystonia, Huntington’s Disease, and ataxia. She is experienced with administering Botox to help with conditions including dystonia, spasticity, hemifacial spasm and blepharospasm. In addition, she evaluates and recommends patients for the selection of deep brain stimulation and manages the programming following their surgery. She works with the Suncoast Medical Research Center in St. Petersburg, FL, as a clinical investigator for several medication trials. On the third Wednesday of every month, she leads a Parkinson’s Disease Support group in the Central Neurology waiting room. 

Stuart Isaacson, MD
Boca Raton Regional Hospital

Boca Raton, FL

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Stuart H. Isaacson MD, is Associate Professor of Neurology at the Florida International University Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine in Miami, Florida, and Director of the Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders Center of Boca Raton in Florida, a nationally recognized center for the evaluation, care, and clinical research for patients with these disorders. He is also the Medical Director of the Parkinson’s Research and Education Foundation.

The development of new treatments for Parkinson’s disease and other movement disorders, including essential tremor, dystonia, restless legs syndrome, Huntington’s disease, and atypical forms of parkinsonism, has long been the research focus of Dr. Isaacson. He has been involved in over 75 clinical trials and has served on national and international committees for many drug development programs and trials, as well as for the Parkinson Study Group and the movement disorders section of the American Academy of Neurology. Dr. Isaacson has authored or coauthored nearly 100 abstracts, journal articles, and book chapters. He lectures frequently and has presented abstracts at national and international scientific meetings and patient symposiums, and has trained numerous physicians in the injection of botulinum toxins. Dr. Isaacson has worked closely with national foundations, including the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research. He is a member of the American Academy of Neurology and the Movement Disorders Society, among others, and has been recognized in Best Doctors in America, America’s Top Physicians, and Florida SuperDoctors.

Nick McFarland, MD, PhD
UF Health, University of Florida Health

Gainesville, FL

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Dr. McFarland is an Associate Professor of Neurology in the Movement Disorders division at the University of Florida College of Medicine. He holds the Wright/Falls/Simmons Professorship in PSP/Atypical Parkinson’s. He is a member of the Norman Fixel Institute for Neurological Diseases and the Center for Translational Research in Neurodegenerative Disease (CTRND) that aims to bring bench research closer to the bedside. Dr. McFarland directs a comprehensive multidisciplinary clinical-research program for Atypical Parkinson disorders and is also the Director of the UF Huntington Disease Society of America (HDSA) Center of Excellence and the Fixel Biomarkers laboratory.

Shahnaz Miri, MD
University of Miami Health

Miami, FL

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Dr. Shahnaz Miri is a neurologist and movement disorder specialist who earned her medical degree from Tehran University of Medical Sciences, then completed her internship in Internal Medicine and Neurology residency in a Clinician- Scientist track at NIH- Georgetown University Medical Center program and a fellowship in Movement Disorders Georgetown University Hospital. Dr. Miri is board certified in Neurology by the American Board of Psychiatry. She is currently a clinical instructor at the University of Miami and a neuro-ophthalmology fellow at the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute. Her research interest is the evaluation of visual disturbances in Parkinson’s diseases and Dementia. With a background in information technology management, she is engaged in developing digital biomarkers, and creating innovative health IT solutions for patient engagement and improving care access for movement disorders patients. She evaluates and treats Parkinson’s Disease, Lewy Body Dementia, Tremor, Dystonia, and other movement disorders with medications, botulinum toxin treatment, and deep brain stimulation.

Ramon Rodriguez Cruz, MD
Neurology One

Orlando, FL

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Dr. Ramon L. Rodriguez received his medical degree (M.D.) from the University of Puerto Rico, Medical Sciences Campus in San Juan, PR, where he graduated Magna Cum Laude. Dr. Rodriguez completed his Internship in Internal Medicine at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, Texas. After this, he completed his residency in Neurology at the same institution under the mentorship of Dr. John Calverley. After finishing his residency, Dr. Rodriguez completed a fellowship in the Medical and Surgical management of Movement Disorders under the mentorship of Michael S. Okun, MD, Hubert H. Fernandez, MD, and Dr. Kelly Foote, MD. Following his fellowship, he was honored with an invitation to join as a faculty member in the Department of Neurology at the University of Florida, College of Medicine in Gainesville, Florida. 

Brandon Barton, MD
Rush University

Chicago, IL

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Dr. Barton is a Professor in the Department of Neurological Sciences at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, IL.  He received his training from the Medical College of Wisconsin and completed his residency and Movement Disorders Fellowship at Rush University.  Dr. Barton states that he “sees success for us as improving quality of life, improving mobility, improving mood and sleep, and hopefully enhancing cognition and ability to do your daily tasks and enjoy your life. I’m never out of options for patients.  A lot of doctors say, “I have nothing more to offer you.” And that’s often the reason they come to our clinic.” But he is always able to say there’s other things that we can try. There are other ideas. There are other tools in the toolbox. 

Cynthia L. Comella, MD
Rush University

Chicago, IL

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Dr. Comella is a Professor in the Department of Neurological Sciences at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, IL. She completed her medical training at the University of Cincinnati Medical College and did her internal medicine and neurology residencies at Rush University Medical Center where she also completed fellowships both in movement disorders and sleep disorders. She is an active member of the Movement Disorders Society (MDS) and was the first woman officer in the MDS. She has been active in the American Academy of Neurology, serving on the Science committee, Chair of the Education committee, the Annual Meeting subcommittee, editorial board of Continuum and the Board of Directors of the AAN institute and chairs the Women in Leadership task force. She has also conducted dystonia research, working to develop new rating scales for dystonia and evaluating the safety and efficacy of oral medications and botulinum toxins for dystonia.  She chairs the Dystonia Study Group and serves on the steering committee of the Dystonia Coalition. Dr. Comella is the author or co-author of more than 165 articles, reviews, research papers, books, and book chapters related to Movement disorders. She is been very interested in Restless Legs Syndrome (RLS) and has recently has written several review articles related to RLS treatment. 

Jori Fleisher, MD
Rush University

Chicago, IL

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Jori Fleisher, MD, MSCE, is a fellowship-trained, movement disorders neurologist with a special interest in understanding the needs of individuals and families who are living with advanced Parkinson’s disease and related disorders. She also has a special interest in designing new models of care to better serve this population. After three years on the faculty at New York University, she joined the Rush University Medical Center Parkinson’s disease and Movement Disorders Program in 2017, where she sees patients and conducts research.

She is supported by the National Institutes of Health and various non-profit foundations, and has several research studies underway that are focused on interdisciplinary home visits and caregiver peer mentoring to improve the lives of patients and families who are living with these conditions. She is also studying the impact of karate on mobility, mood, and cognitive outcomes in people with Parkinson’s disease. She has a longstanding interest in global neurology and is working to create the first registry of people with Parkinson’s disease in Zambia. In addition, she has been recognized as an Emerging Leader and Outstanding Patient Advocate by the American Academy of Neurology.

Christopher Goetz, MD
Rush University

Chicago, IL

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Dr. Goetz is a professor of neurological sciences and pharmacology at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, IL and serves as Director of the Movement Disorders program. He is a senior Fulbright Scholar and worked for two years at the College de France in Paris. He has served on several national and international advisory boards, including the Tourette Association of America’s Scientific Advisory Board and Dystonia Medical Research Foundation Advisory Board. He is a reviewer for several journals and is a McHenry Award recipient of the American Academy of Neurology. He is a member of the Movement Disorder Society, the American Neurological Association, the American Academy of Neurology, The American Olser Society, and the French Neurological Society. Goetz has published over 450 peer-reviewed articles and over 200 book chapters in the field. He has also published and co-authored fourteen books and monographs. He has been one of two co-editors-in-chief of the Movement Disorders journal, and is the former editor-in-chief of Clinical Neuropharmacology. He is the past history section editor of the Archives of Neurology journal, and he has served an editorial board member of the Archives of Neurology. He is an advisory editorial board member of the Journal of the History of the Neurosciences, as well as reviewer for several neurology journals. 

Jennifer Goldman, MD, MS
Shirley Ryan AbilityLab

Chicago, IL

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Dr. Goldman is Section Chief, Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders at the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab and Professor, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago, IL.  Dr. Goldman is a fellowship-trained movement disorder neurologist with specialty training and board certification in behavioral neurology and neuropsychiatry. Dr. Goldman graduated from Princeton University and received her MD from Northwestern University Medical School. She completed her neurology residency training at Washington University in St. Louis, followed by a movement disorder fellowship and a Master of Science degree in clinical research at Rush University in Chicago. Her clinical and research work focuses on understanding and improving treatments for cognitive and behavioral features of Parkinson’s disease, parkinsonian disorders, dementia with Lewy bodies, and other movement disorders using advanced neuroimaging, genetics, and other biomarkers. She has published multiple research articles and book chapters on Parkinson’s disease, cognition, behavior, and other movement disorders. 

Deborah Hall, MD
Rush University

Chicago, IL

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Dr. Hall is an adult neurologist and movement disorder specialist at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, IL. She received her MD from Indiana University and her PhD from University of Colorado, where she completed residency and fellowship. She has training in genetics, epidemiology and human subjects research. She conducts research primarily in two areas: Parkinson’s disease and Ataxia. Her work in Parkinson’s disease focuses on early interventions, such as neurotrophic factors and exercise, genetics and genomic causes of disease, and treatment for complications including falls. Her work in the field of ataxia, specifically fragile X-associated disorders, includes investigating epidemiology, clinical features of movement and balance, and interventions.  She is the director of the FXTAS (Fragile X-associated tremor/ataxia syndrome) Clinic at Rush and the Movement Disorder DNA Repository within the Section of Movement Disorders at Rush. In addition, she is clinical director of the neuroscience block for the first-year medical students at Rush University. She is the chair of the Rush Institutional Review Board, which reviews research studies at Rush.

Aikaterini (Katie) Kompoliti, MD
Rush University

Chicago, IL

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Dr. Kompoliti was born in Greece, remaining there until finishing medical school. After graduating from the University of Patras Medical School, Greece, she pursued her interest in neuroscience by completing a residency in neurology at Northwestern University and a fellowship in movement disorders at Rush University Medical Center,  both in Chicago, IL. Following her fellowship, she became faculty in movement disorders in the Department of Neurological Sciences at Rush University Medical Center where she is currently professor of neurology. She is the author and coauthor of numerous publications. Her clinical interests as a principal investigator have focused on several therapeutic areas including studies to evaluate the safety and efficacy of new compounds to treat Parkinson’s disease, Tourette syndrome, functional movement disorders and dystonia. Furthermore, she is the educational director of the section of movement disorders and the director of the movement disorders fellowship at Rush University Medical Center.

Gian Pal, MD, MS
Rush University

Chicago, IL

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Dr. Pal is a neurologist and movement disorders specialist and an Associate Professor in the Department of Neurological Sciences at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, IL. Dr. Pal received his MD from Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and went on to complete his neurology residency at Georgetown University Medical Center and movement disorders fellowship training at Rush University Medical Center.  Dr. Pal has published many articles and has an interest in deep brain stimulation. His work currently includes working as the primary investigator in a Parkinson’s and DBS-related study funded by the National Institute of Health. 

Leonard (Leo) Verhagen Metman, MD
Rush University

Chicago, IL

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Dr. Verhagen Metman is a board-certified neurologist and movement disorders specialist practicing at Rush University Hospital in Chicago, IL for almost two decades.  He was trained at the Leiden University Faculty of Medicine in the Netherlands and completed a fellowship at the National Institute of Health.  He has clinical expertise in: botulinum toxin injections, chorea, corticobasal degeneration, deep brain stimulation, dystonia, microelectrode recording, movement disorders and movement disorder surgery, patient assessment, multiple system atrophy, myoclonus, Parkinsonism, Parkinson’s disease, progressive supranuclear palsy, tics, Tourette syndrome and tremor.

R. Ross Coleman, MD
Spectrum Health

Grand Rapids, MI

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Dr. Coleman is a neurologist specializing in movement disorders who earned his medical degree from Vanderbilt University School of Medicine in Nashville, TN and completed his neurology residency at University of Michigan Health System in Ann Arbor, MI. He completed his movement disorders fellowship at University of California, San Francisco, and at the San Francisco Veterans Affairs Medical Center. Dr. Coleman’s clinical interests include Parkinson’s disease, essential tremor and other tremor disorders, dystonia, deep brain stimulation, levodopa intestinal infusion therapy, botulinum toxin injection, ataxia, Huntington’s disease, progressive supranuclear palsy, multiple system atrophy, corticobasal degeneration, and other movement disorders.

Christopher Kobet, MD
Spectrum Health

Grand Rapids, MI

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Dr. Kobet is a board-certified neurologist specializing in movement disorders who earned his medical degree from University of Cincinnati College of Medicine in Cincinnati, OH. He completed both his neurology residency and movement disorders fellowship at University of Cincinnati College of Medicine in Cincinnati. Dr. Kobet’s clinical interests include Parkinson’s disease, ataxia, dystonia, evaluation for deep brain stimulation, progressive supranuclear palsy, multiple system atrophy, corticobasal degeneration, restless leg syndrome, tic disorders, Huntington’s disease, treatment of migraines and dementia.

Emily Ruether, MD
Spectrum Health

Grand Rapids, MI

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Dr. Ruether is a board-certified neurologist specializing in movement disorders who attended University of Notre Dame for her undergraduate education, and earned her medical degree from Michigan State University College of Human Medicine. She completed her neurology residency and movement disorders fellowship at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. Dr. Ruether’s clinical interests include Parkinson’s disease and atypical parkinsonian conditions, tremor, dystonia, deep brain stimulation, treatment of movement disorders using botulinum toxin injections, ataxia/gait disorders, myoclonus, hemifacial spasm, and other movement disorders.

Ashok Sriram, MD, MS
Spectrum Health

Grand Rapids, MI

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Dr. Sriram is a board-certified neurologist and fellowship-trained movement disorders specialist. After earning his medical degree from the Armed Forces Medical College in India, Dr. Sriram earned a Master of Science in applied cognition and neuroscience from the University of Texas in Dallas. He completed his neurology residency training at the Saint Louis University School of Medicine in Missouri and a fellowship in movement disorders at the Center for Movement Disorders and Neurorestoration at University of Florida College of Medicine, in Gainesville. Dr. Sriram uses a multidisciplinary team approach to care for people with Parkinson’s disease, tremors, dystonia, ataxias, and other movement disorders. His clinical interests include surgical treatment/deep brain stimulation (DBS) for Parkinson’s disease, dystonia and tremors, and botulinum toxin injections for cervical dystonia, blepharospasms, hemifacial spasms, spasticity, sialorrhea and chronic migraines.

Eric Farbman, MD
Roseman University

Las Vegas, NV

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Dr. Farbman is a board-certified neurologist and movement disorder specialist in Las Vegas, NV. He received his medical degree from Rutgers New Jersey Medical School and completed his residency and fellowship training at the University of Pittsburgh. He has been in practice for more than 20 years, is seeing patients at Roseman University Health and is an Assistant Professor at the University of Nevada School of Medicine. Dr. Farbman is published in multiple scientific journals including Neurology, Annals of Neurology, and Movement Disorders. He has also contributed a book chapter to the textbook, “Contemporary Neurobehavioral Syndromes.” He is a compassionate physician able to meet his patients where they are at in the disease process. 

Zoltan Mari, MD
Cleveland Clinic

Las Vegas, NV

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Dr. Mari is a neurologist and movement disorder specialist practicing in Las Vegas, NV. After his clinical fellowships in both movement disorders and clinical neurophysiology at NIH, he joined Johns Hopkins University faculty. He was later promoted to Associate Professor and served as Director of the PD & Movement Disorder Division and Center. In 2017, after 11 years at Hopkins, Dr. Mari joined the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health in Las Vegas, where he is the Director of the PD and Movement Disorders Program. Dr. Mari has published 70 peer-reviewed papers, authored multiple book chapters, and founded and directed many nationally recognized CME programs.  He is a co-founder of Neuraly, Inc. which is developing a revolutionary disease modifying treatment for PD and the coauthor on a patent for the use of transcranial direct current stimulation in PD.

Jill Giordano Farmer, DO, MPH
Global Neurosciences Inst. / Drexel Univ.

Lawrenceville, NJ

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Dr. Farmer is an assistant professor of neurology at Drexel University and is the director of the Parkinson’s Disease & Movement Disorder Program at the Global Neurosciences Institute (GNI). She is board certified in neurology. As the first movement disorder specialist at GNI (GNI is the clinical practice partner of Drexel’s Neurosciences Institute), Dr. Farmer has developed a comprehensive movement disorder program to address medical management, surgical management and rehabilitation strategies for patients with Parkinson’s disease and other movement disorders. She developed clinics for botulinum toxin (Botox®) therapy to treat dystonia and spasticity, as well as deep brain stimulation to manage Parkinson’s disease, essential tremor and dystonia. Dr. Farmer was the first movement disorder specialist in New Jersey to use Duopa, the newest surgical intervention for Parkinson’s disease. She is passionate about patient education and strives to create a comprehensive and empowering clinic for patients at every stage of their disease. Dr. Farmer is currently the president of the Philadelphia Neurological Society.  

Neil Hermanowicz, MD
Christus St. Vincent Health System

Santa Fe, NM

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Dr. Hermanowicz is a board-certified neurologist with fellowship training in Movement Disorders. He is now practicing medicine in Santa Fe with Christus St. Vincent after 30 years of serving in other communities. Most recently he was a Professor of Neurology and served as Director of the UC Irvine Program for Parkinson’s Disease & Movement Disorders, and  Vice-Chair for Clinical Affairs in the Department of Neurology. He continues to spend the majority of his time in patient care, and is also engaged in clinical research, clinical trials and education. He received his medical degree from Temple University School of Medicine. Primary areas of interest include: Parkinson’s disease and related disorders, Huntington’s disease, dystonia, essential tremor and other tremors, tardive dyskinesia, tic, restless leg, and Tourette syndromes, and spasticity.Professional memberships include the American Academy of Neurology and the International Parkinson and Movement Disorder Society

Sarah Pirio Richardson, MD
University of New Mexico

Albuquerque, NM

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Dr. Pirio Richardson is a board-certified neurologist who is an Assistant Professor of Neurology and directs the Movement Disorders Program at the University of New Mexico and directs the Movement Disorders Program and at the New Mexico VA Healthcare System.  She received her medical degree from the University of New Mexico School of Medicine.  She has an active research program aimed at non-invasively altering plasticity in the brain through transcranial magnetic stimulation to improve symptoms and quality of life in patients with movement disorders. She has been the recipient of multiple grants, published in many medical journals, and frequently presents to her colleagues and persons with movement disorders. She also previously served as a Medical Advisor to the New Mexico Parkinson’s Disease Coalition. 

Michael Rezak, MD, PhD
Nuvance Health

Highland, NY

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Dr. Rezak is a neurologist and movement disorders specialist practicing at Nuvance Health in Highland, New York. He previously worked at Northwestern Medicine’s Central DuPage Hospital where he headed the Movement Disorders Center and the Movement Disorders Functional Neurosurgery Program. Dr. Rezak also previously served as the Medical Director of the Parkinson’s Disease Research Society and the American Parkinson Disease Association Midwest Chapter. Dr. Rezak received his Ph.D. in neuroanatomy from the University of Illinois Medical Center and his Medical Degree from Loyola University, Stritch School of Medicine, both in Chicago, IL. He completed his neurological training at Yale University School of Medicine and has been board certified in Neurology since 1990. Dr. Rezak is active in Parkinson’s disease research and currently serves as Principal Investigator in several trials. His work has been published in such journals as Archives of NeurologyMovement Disorders, and Brain Research; and in books including Young Parkinson’s Handbook: A Guide for Patients and Families, published by the American Parkinson Disease Association and the Complete Medical Encyclopedia, published by Random House.

Anh-Thu N. Vu, MD
Drexel University

Philadelphia, PA

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Dr. Vu is board-certified neurologist, an assistant professor of Neurology and a member of the Movement Disorders division at the Drexel Neurosciences Institute. She obtained her undergraduate degree in Psychology at Louisiana State University, and completed a Master of Science degree in Neuroscience at Tulane University. She graduated from Weill Cornell Medical College and completed neurology training at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. She completed a fellowship in Movement Disorders at Emory University. She is a key member of the comprehensive Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorder Program at Drexel, which aims to provide medical care, surgical management, and rehabilitation strategies for patients with Parkinson’s disease and other movement disorders. She has clinics for botulinum toxin therapy to treat dystonia and spasticity, as well as clinics to manage deep brain stimulation for Parkinson’s Disease, essential tremor, and dystonia. 

Juan Ramirez Castaneda, MD
UT Health San Antonio

San Antonio, TX

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Dr. Juan Ramirez-Castaneda, MD is a board-certified neurologist neurology specialist in San Antonio, TX. Dr. Ramirez-Castaneda received his medical degree from Pontifical Catholic University of Ecuador in Quito in 2004. He completed his residency and fellowship at Baylor College and has remained in Texas. He currently works at the University of Texas Health – San Antonio.

Michael J. Soileau, MD

Georgetown, TX

Texas Movement Disorder Specialists
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Dr. Michael Soileau is a board-certified movement disorder specialist who founded the Texas Movement Disorder Specialists practice in Waco, TX. He graduated from medical school at The University of Texas Medical School in Houston. He completed his neurology residency and internship at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan. He is currently on faculty at Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine in Bryan, TX and University of Texas Dell Medical School in Austin, TX.  He authored four separate book chapters, five peer-reviewed journal articles, and co-authored a board review textbook for neurology students and providers.  He is also a member of the prestigious Parkinson Study Group (PSG) as well as a board member of the Texas Neurological Society.  Dr. Soileau remains active within the community through lecturing at conferences and symposia, as well as attending various support groups to share his expertise. 

Pinky Agarwal, MD
Evergreen Health

Seattle, WA

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Dr. Agarwal is a board-certified neurologist who received her medical degree from NRS Medical College in Kolkata, India. Her residency was completed at the JFK Medical Center in Edison, NJ, followed by fellowship training in movement disorders at The Neurological Institute at Columbia-Presbyterian Hospital in New York City. She is currently an attending neurologist at the Booth Gardner Parkinson’s Care Center at Evergreen Medical Center in Kirkland, WA. Dr. Agarwal is a Clinical Associate Professor of Neurology at the University of Washington in Seattle, WA. She has been principal investigator or sub-investigator in > 50 clinical trials for Parkinson’s disease, and was previously the Director of Clinical Research at The Colorado Neurological Institute. She has authored more than 20 peer reviewed publications. 

 

Laura Goldstein, MD
Evergreen Health

Kirkland, WA

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Dr. Goldstein is a community practice board-certified neurologist at Evergreen Health. She was most recently an associate professor in the Department of Neurological Sciences Section of Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, IL. She received her medical degree and residency at the University of Michigan Medical School, and fellowship-trained at the University of Iowa Hospitals’ clinical neurophysiology program. She cares for patients with: autoimmune disorders, Bell’s palsy, dementia and degenerative disease, demyelinating diseases, epilepsy, memory loss, and all movement disorders. She describes her philosophy of care is to “value a partnership with [her] patients to understand their illness and the impact of their symptoms on their life. Together we can craft a treatment plan to optimize health and wellness and minimize the disruption to their quality of life.”

 

Advanced Practice Providers

Many neurology practices have nurse practitioners (NP) and physician assistants (PA) on their team. Individuals will often speak with an APP for routine appointments, on phone calls, and even in a hospital setting. Like MDS physicians, APPs take steps to advance their knowledge and further integrate into the ecosystem. Below are some whose work we know elevates the qualities and outcomes in their practices. 

Stephanie De Santiago, DNP
Banner Sun Health Research Insititute

Sun City, AZ

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Stephanie De Santiago is an Adult Gerontology Nurse Practitioner who specializes in movement disorders and cognitive neurology at Banner Sun Health Research Institute. She holds a doctoral degree in nursing practice along with a bachelor’s degree in nursing, both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in Kinesiology and is a Certified Neuroscience Registered Nurse. She has a special interest in movement disorders and has been working with this population for the past 7 years. Prior to becoming a nurse practitioner, she worked as a neurology nurse research specialist, neurosurgical critical care nurse, and a movement disorders exercise physiologist. She is also currently an associate faculty member at Arizona State University for the Doctor of Nursing Practice program.

Sherrie Gould, FNP
Scripps Green Hospital

La Jolla, CA

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Sherrie Gould is a nurse practitioner who received her Masters of Science in Nursing from the University of San Diego.  She specializes in neurology and gastrointestinal pathology and has maintained her credentialing with the American Nurses Credentialing Center since 2006. She remains active in the community with regard to movement disorders, including speaking at local support groups.
Julie Berk, PA-C, MS
University of Colorado Neurology Palliative and Supportive Care Clinic

Aurora, CO

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Julie Berk is a Physician Assistant who specializes in Hospice and Palliative Medicine. Ms. Berk also maintains board certification in neurology. She sees patients at the University of Colorado Neurology Palliative and Supportive Care Clinic and is a Senior Instructor at the University of Colorado (UC). She received a bachelor’s degree in biology from UC Boulder, followed by a master’s degree from UC Health Science Center in Denver. Her training as a physician assistant included completing a surgical residency at Yale University. She also received an additional graduate degree from UC’s Master of Palliative Medicine Program, a combined program for MDs, PA/RNs, and Pharmacists.

Her work at the clinic is to improve the quality of life and reduce the suffering for patients and their families. This is done by addressing difficult to treat medical symptoms (e.g. pain, fatigue), psychiatric symptoms (e.g. depression), psychological issues (e.g. guilt, grief), caregiver support, spiritual well-being and planning for the future. Ms. Berk’s specific clinical interests include supporting family and caregivers and designing group visit modules for patients and families. She also performs Botox injections for sialorrhea and provides care of baclofen pumps for MS Center. She is very interested in care and treatment of entire family coping with chronic neurologic and neurosurgical conditions and values close communication with patients and families. Her goal in the neuro-palliative care program is to provide close follow-up of patients and to ensure care is always patient and family-centered.

Kelly Hussey, PA-C
USF Health

Tampa, FL

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Ms. Hussey graduated with a Master’s degree in Physician Assistant Studies from the University Of Florida College Of Medicine. She is a member of the team at the USF Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders Center and has worked with Dr. Hauser at USF since 2012. Ms. Hussey is also the sub-investigator for many of the USF clinical trials. She sees new and established patients at the clinic Monday through Friday and is working hard to get people involved in clinical research trials.

Meredith Rollins, PA-C
Texas Movement Disorder Specialists

Georgetown, TX

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Meredith Rollins is a native of Texas and completed her undergraduate degree from Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas. Meredith went on to attend Trevecca Nazarene University in Nashville, Tennessee where she received a Master of Science in Medicine – Physician Assistant. While attending Trevecca she was honored with the Dr. G Michael Moredock Award in recognition of consistently exhibiting how a Christian professional should behave with compassion, integrity, and grace.
After graduate school, Meredith joined the team at Texas Movement Disorder Specialists in November 2017 and began training under Dr. Soileau to pursue her interest in movement disorders. As a physician assistant, she strives to provide excellent care by supporting patients physically, emotionally, and spiritually. Ms. Rollins also maintains certification through the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants.
Outside of the practice, she enjoys spending time with her friends and family, traveling, and the outdoors.

Alexis Santangelo, GNP
UT Health - San Antonio

San Antonio, TX

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Alexis Santangelo is a nurse practitioner who received her Master of Science, with a focus in Adult/Gerontology, from the University of Akron. She received her board certification from the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners in July 2015. She has a demonstrated history of working in the higher education industry, beginning her movement disorder-specific focus in March 2017. Ms. Santangelo currently works at the University of Texas Health – San Antonio’s Movement Disorder Clinic where her areas of focus include deep brain stimulation, baclofen pumps, injections, and headache management. She is deeply committed to providing the best care possible for her patients and regularly participates in educational opportunities to elevate the scope and quality of services provided.

Tara Biller, ARNP
Swedish Neuroscience Specialists

Seattle, WA

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Tara Biller, ARNP is a nurse practitioner with specialized training in neurology, and a focus on the management and treatment of movement disorders. She crafts individualized care plans with her patients, combining holistic and non-pharmacological treatments with pharmacotherapeutic and surgical interventions. Her practice focuses on patient-centered, personalized care that fosters physical and mental health, well-being, and quality of life.

Other Clinicians

Having a robust and wide-ranging network of specialty providers is crucial. It is also important that clinicians have proven histories of being part of a multi-disciplinary team. If care is not integrated, communication breaks down. Below are providers we have been fortunate to work with who demonstrate a commitment to both individual and integrated care.

Meredith Bartlett, SLP
ASU Preparatory Academy

Tempe, AZ

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Meredith A. Bartlett is a speech-language pathologist, who until recently, worked at the Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center at Barrow Neurological Institute. She is licensed by the Arizona Department of Health Services and holds a Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) in Speech-Language Pathology through the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. Meredith is a member of the Legacy Care Clinic at Barrow Neurological, where she serves patients in need of palliative care. Meredith’s expertise includes the evaluationand treatment of individuals with neurological diagnoses, including Parkinson’s disease. Meredith is certified in Lee Silverman Voice Treatment(LSVT LOUD), LSVT e-LOUD, Loud for Life, SpeakOut! and SpeechVive. Meredith has a special interest in providing classes and treatment via telepractice.

Christine Belden, PsyD
Banner Health - Cleo Roberts Center

Sun City, AZ

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Dr. Belden is a neuropsychologist with Banner Health Institute who has been in practice for 13 years, which included a one year neuropsychology fellowship. Her focus of practice is primarily in the service of with individuals diagnosed with neurogenerative diseases. Two of her greatest passions are working with Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases, to provide best assessments and most meaningful information to ensure the greatest quality of life.

Stacey Brooks, PT, DPT
STI Physical Therapy & Rehab - East Yuma
Yuma, AZ
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Dr. Stacey Brooks PT, DPT is a physical therapist in Yuma, AZ. Stacey received her DPT at A.T. Still University in 2017 in Mesa, AZ. She currently works at STI Physical Therapy, an outpatient orthopedic clinic, often working with a wide variety of patients. She is certified in the LSVT BIG program, focusing on high intensity exercise to promote bigger movements in daily activities. Stacey has presented within local support groups demonstrating and educating others on the importance and impact of exercise on Parkinson’s Disease.

Jason Caplan, MD
Dignity Health - St. Joseph's Hospital

Phoenix, AZ

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Dr. Caplan is a board-certified psychiatrist who is the Chair of Psychiatry at St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center. Dr. Caplan received his medical degree from the Creighton University School of Medicine. He completed his residency in psychiatry at the Harvard Longwood Psychiatry Residency Training Program and a fellowship in psychosomatic medicine/consultation psychiatry at the Massachusetts General Hospital.

Dr. Caplan’s expertise centers on the psychiatric care of the medically ill patient, particularly on the prevention and management of delirium. He has authored many journal articles and textbook chapters on various aspects of the practice of psychiatry in the medical hospital and serves on the editorial board of two major psychiatric journals.

Cecilia Daily, PT, DPT
Bayada Assistive Care
Tucson, AZ
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Cecilia Daily, PT, DPT is a physical therapist with more than a decade of successful experience working with patients with various musculoskeletal, cardiovascular and neurological diagnoses. She graduated from Fordham University in 1998 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology, and Northern Arizona University with a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree in 2007. She spent 8 years treating patients in hospital-level acute rehabilitation at Spaulding Cape Cod Rehabilitation Hospital, and now works for Bayada Home Health Care treating seniors in their homes. She has a passion for working with people with Parkinson’s disease and is PWR!Moves Certified. Outside of work, Cecilia enjoys exploring Tucson and southern Arizona with her family, and trying to remember days living near the beach!

Jose “Joel” De Ocampo, MD
Arizona Sleep and Neurology Clinic

Scottsdale, AZ

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Dr. De Ocampo is board certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. His practice, based in Scottsdale, AZ, includes sleep disorders for people with neuromuscular disorders, movement disorders, as well as various sub-specialty areas from check-ups to treatment. In practice since 2001, Dr. De Ocampo possesses a special understanding of the profound issues facing people with PD and other movement disorders, as well as care partners.

Julie Hershberg, PT, DPT, NCS
Re+Active Physical Therapy

Los Angeles, CA

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Julie Hershberg PT, DPT, NCS is an adjunct instructor of physical therapy at the University of Southern California, Department of Biokinesiology and Physical Therapy. In clinical practice, Dr. Hershberg enjoys working with adults with neurologic diagnoses with a special interest in walking recovery and prevention and balance and falls. She is the founder and owner of [re+active] physical therapy & wellness in Los Angeles, a unique outpatient neurology clinical practice. She completed the neurologic residency program at USC and Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center and is a board certified neurologic clinical specialist. She has practiced in outpatient, inpatient and home health neurologic rehabilitation settings in Southern California and was the site team leader for the NIH-sponsored Locomotor Experience Applied Post Stroke (LEAPS) clinical research trial at USC and Centinela Freeman Regional Medical Center. She started the first in the world neurologic fellowship program from physical therapists–the Schmidt Movement Disorders Fellowship at re+active and enjoys teaching and mentoring clinicians from all over the world.

Arik Johnson, PsyD
The Regents of UCLA

Los Angeles, CA

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Arik Johnson, PsyD is a clinical psychologist specialist in Los Angeles, California. He graduated from the California School of Professional Psychology in 2005 and specializes neuropsychology. Dr. Johnson actively collaborates with other doctors and physicians in Southern California. He is currently a member of the The Regents Of The University Of California group practice.

Claire McLean, DT, PDT
Rogue PT

Fountain Valley, CA

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Claire McLean, PT, DPT, NCS, is a Board Certified Neurologic Clinical Specialist. She graduated with a doctorate in physical therapy from the University of Southern California and has specialty training through the
USC/Rancho Los Amigos Neurologic PT Residency program. Claire worked as a neuro clinical specialist at Hoag Hospital, an NPF Care Center from 2010 to 2015. She was also on the interdisciplinary team assessing & treating
patients prior to and after receiving DBS surgery. She has research experience working as an intervention therapist on multiple studies investigating the effect of exercise in people with PD. Claire has also started a
community wellness program for people with PD in Orange County, CA.

Meena Makhijani, DO
UCLA Health MPTF Age Well

Woodland Hills, CA

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Dr. Makhijani is a geriatrician, providing primary care for individuals 65 years and over; as well as providing consultative services for Geriatric syndromes. After earning her Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from UC Berkeley, she went on to pursue medicine, graduating from Nova Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine. After that she returned home to the Los Angeles area, completing a Family Medicine Residency at Northridge Hospital, followed by a fellowship in Geriatric Medicine at UCLA. She is currently Chief of Staff of the Motion Picture and Television Hospital, in addition to her Geriatrics practice at the Age Well facility. Dr. Makhijani is also board certified in Integrative Holistic Medicine. In addition to her passion for caring for older adults, she also has a passion for global relief work. She has done disaster relief work in Haiti and Nepal and medical missions in various parts of the globe.

Naoya Ogura OTD, OTR/L
Re+Active Physical Therapy

Los Angeles, CA

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Naoya Ogura OTD, OTR/L specializes in treating chronic conditions through health-promoting lifestyle changes. How we eat, move, sleep, and think can have subtle effects that, when compounded, have a significant impact on our ability to function. Using behavior change and occupational therapy techniques, Dr. Ogura helps people manage conditions like stress, anxiety, chronic pain, and diabetes, and has produced clinically significant improvements in quality of life measures.

Dr. Ogura has practiced culturally-fluid care in his clinical work in Los Angeles and Hawaii, and has a passion for working with culturally and ethnically diverse communities and in university health centers and integrative care clinics.
Experienced in:
– Research-driven, dynamic systems approach to chronic disease management.
– Management of: stress, anxiety, depression, sleep disruptions, fatigue, chronic headaches, back pain, ADD/ADHD, metabolic syndrome, pre-diabetes/diabetes, multiple sclerosis, fibromyalgia.
– Health education topics: stress management, time management, sleep hygiene, exercise routine establishment, meal planning, basic nutrition.
– Intervention strategies: Cognitive behavioral therapy, mindfulness meditation, restorative yoga, therapeutic exercises, health coaching, ergonomics, adaptive equipment training.
– Use of validated outcome measures to analyze efficacy of intervention programs.
– Telehealth lifestyle intervention services.

Summer San Lucas, DPT, DSc
Loma Linda University Health

Loma Linda, CA

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Dr. Summer San Lucas, DPT, specialist in neurology physical therapy, currently practices medicine at Los Angeles, California and Loma Linda, California. She maintains multiple certifications including as a Board Certified Neurologic Clinical Specialist, LSVT BIG Therapy, Neuro-IFRAH, and Saebo.

Dr. Greg Serpa
VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System

Los Angeles, CA

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Greg Serpa, PhD, is a clinical psychologist for the US Department of Veterans Affairs at the VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System. He is honored to teach mindfulness to America’s veterans and is the first full-time mindfulness teacher and trainer in the federal system. Serpa is an associate clinical professor in the psychology department at the University of California, Los Angeles, and an associate visiting clinical scientist at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA.

He teaches intensive Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC), and introductory level mindfulness classes at four area hospitals, and serves as a trainer, supervisor, and consultant to clinicians at the VA and UCLA. He is currently the director of interprofessional mental health education at the West Los Angeles VA, where he trains psychology postdoctoral fellows, psychiatry residents, social work interns, and nurses in mindfulness and integrative modalities of health and well-being. Serpa is a national mindfulness content expert for the VA’s Office of Patient Centered Care and Cultural Transformation, and is developing a national mindfulness certification program for VA clinicians based upon his book, co-authored with Christiane Wolf, The Clinician’s Guide to Teaching Mindfulness.

He is also an active researcher with a number of projects expanding on the evidence basis of mindfulness interventions. This includes a National Institutes of Health–funded biomarker study examining the impact of meditation on brain structure in combat veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan who have traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic headache.

Michal Moskowitz, PhD
Rockville Internal Medicine Group

Rockville, MD

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Dr. Michal Moskowitz is a clinical health psychologist. She grew up in Silver Spring, MD and received a BA in History of Science from Harvard University. After college, she returned to the DC area and completed her PhD in Clinical and Medical Psychology at Uniformed Services University. Dr. Moskowitz’s graduate research focused on cancer survivorship, and she published six peer-reviewed journal articles in this area.
Before coming to RIMG, Dr. Moskowitz worked with veterans and the military. She completed her internship at the Philadelphia Veterans Affairs Medical Center and then worked as a clinical psychologist for cancer patients and their caregivers at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.
As a clinical health psychologist, Dr. Moskowitz specializes in the connection between physical health, behavior, and emotional well-being. For example, she helps patients improve sleep; cope with serious or life-threatening illness; make changes in healthy habits such as diet and exercise; and overcome challenges in adhering to medical treatment. Dr. Moskowitz also sees patients with a wide variety of emotional health concerns such as depression, anxiety, stress, and life transitions.
Dr. Moskowitz combines evidence-based treatments with a client-centered approach that meets each individual’s needs.

Laurie Mischley, ND, PhD, MPH
Seattle Integrative Medicine

Seattle, WA

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Dr. Mischley is a naturopathic doctor with a specific focus on Parkinson’s and Parkinsonism. She has received multiple degrees and certifications, including received Naturopathic Medicine from Bastyr University, a PhD in Nutrition from the University of  Washington (UW) and a Masters in Public Health in Epidemiology from UW.

Dr. Mischley is a clinical research assistant professor at Bastyr University, where she is principal investigator of other PD studies including, “CAM Care in PD” and “Cannabis in PD Tremor.” She is actively involved in providing care in the Seattle area, Speaking and contributing internationally, and conducting unique trainings and seminars including PD Summer School.

Julia Alleyne, MD, BHSC(PT), CCFP(SEM), FCFP, MScCH
Cleveland Clinic

Toronto, ON

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Julia Alleyne, MD is sports medicine physician at the Cleveland Clinic in Toronto and the Toronto Rehab Institute. She is also an associate professor at the University of Toronto, Department of Family and Community Medicine, teaching in the undergraduate, post graduate and Master’s level programs. Her clinical work is based She has a long history as a Sport Medicine Physician including being selected to five Canadian Olympic Teams and was the Chief Medical Officer for the 2015 Toronto Pan American Games. She was honoured by the Canadian Association for the Advancement of Women in Sport and Physical Activity as a recipient of the 2003 and 2015 Most Influential Women in Sport and Physical Activity Award.