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, 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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Daniel D. Dees, MD is a neurologist and movement disorder specialist. He 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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Charles H. Adler, MD, PhD 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 completed medical school at NYU School of Medicine and completed his residency and fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania. He spends significant time in research efforts to investigate potential causes and improved treatments for PD, PD dementia, essential tremor, and restless legs syndrome. Dr. Adler also 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. He has also been a part of several medical publications related to Parkinson’s disease and other movement disorders. 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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Sudeshna Bose, MD is a neurologist at Banner University Medical Tucson and is an assistant professor of neurology at the University of Arizona in Tucson, AZ. She specializes in Parkinson disease, other movement disorders, ion channel disorders and child neurology. Dr. Bose graduated from Calcutta University, Nil Ratan Sirca Medical College and completed her residency and fellowship in movement disorders at the University of Arizona. Dr. Bose is affiliated with Banner University Medical Center, Banner University Medical Center South Campus, and Tucson Medical Center and has been practicing for 30 years.

Kathryn Bradley, MD
Center for Neurosciences

Tucson, AZ

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Kathryn Bradley, MD is a neurologist and movement disorder specialist at the Center for Neurosciences in Tucson, Arizona. Dr. Bradley earned her medical degree from the University of Arizona, College of Medicine. She completed her internship and residency at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee, 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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John N. Caviness, MD is a neurologist and movement disorder specialist and a consultant and professor with the Department of Neurology at Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, Arizona. He earned his medical degree from Indiana University School of Medicine and completed his residency and fellowship in electroencephalography at Mayo Clinic College of Medicine. Dr. Caviness also completed a fellowship in movement disorders at Queen Square Institute of Neurology. 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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Sara Dhanani, MD is a neurologist and movement disorder specialist at Banner Sun Health Research Institute in Sun City, Arizona. Dr. Dhanani 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. She also completed a fellowship in Movement Disorders at the Muhammad Ali Parkinson’s Center with Barrow Neurological Institute in Phoenix, Arizona.  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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Erika Driver-Dunckley, MD is a neurologist and movement disorders and an Associate Professor of Neurology on staff at Mayo Clinic Arizona in Scottsdale, Arizona. Dr. Driver-Dunckley is also director of the Movement Disorder Fellowship, mentoring and educating fellows in clinical practice and research. She earned her medical degree at University of Arizona School of Medicine, completed her residency at Barrow Neurological Institute and completed her fellowship at Mayo Clinic. Her clinical and research interests are 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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Tanya Lin, MD is a neurologist and movement disorders specialist affiliated with Southern Arizona Veterans Affairs Health Care System in Tucson, Arizona and an assistant professor of neurology at University of Arizona. 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, Arizona.

Padma Mahant, MD
Barrow & Foothills Neurology

Phoenix, AZ

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Padma Mahant, MD is a neurologist and movement disorder specialist at the Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center at Barrow Neurological Institute in Phoenix, Arizona. 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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Shyamal H. Mehta, MD, PhD is a neurologist and movement disorders specialist at Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, Arizona. He earned his medical degree N.D.M.V.P. Samaj’s Medical College, University of Pune, India and completed his residency in neurology and fellowship in movement disorders at the Medical College of Georgia. Dr. Mehta is active in research and education, providing mentorship to residents and fellows. He authors expert content and publishes in high-impact scientific journals.

Maria Ospina, MD
Private Practice

Phoenix and Tucson, AZ

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Maria Cristina Ospina, MD is a movement disorder neurologist in a private practice as well as an Assistant Professor of Clinical Neurology at the University of Arizona. Dr. Ospina earned her Bachelor’s degree at the University of California, her Doctor of Medicine degree at St. George’s University School of Medicine and a MBA from the University of Miami Herbert Business School. She was a Resident Physician at University of Oklahoma Medical College as well as Tulane School of Medicine and was a Movement Disorders Fellow at LSU School of Medicine. During her medical career, Dr. Ospina has been active in medical research including participating in several NIH and pharmaceutical sponsored clinical trials and serving as an investigator in the Parkinson Study Group.

Cynthia Reed, MD
Parkinson Wellness Clinic

Tucson, AZ

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Cynthia Reed, MD is a neurologist and movement disorders specialist at the Parkinson Wellness Clinic in Tucson, Arizona. 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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Naomi Salins, MD is a board-certified 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 completed her residency in neurology at the University at Buffalo – The State University of New York and a fellowship in clinical movement disorders and deep brain stimulation at Barrow Neurological Institute. Her research interests include the presentation of symptoms in Parkinson’s disease and treatment outcomes.

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

Tucson, AZ

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Johan E. Samanta, MD is a board-certified Movement Disorders Neurologist in private practice in Phoenix, Arizona, a Clinical Associate Professor of Neurology at the University of Arizona College of Medicine in Tucson, Arizona and a clinical lecturer at the Phoenix Medical School Campus of the University of Arizona. Dr. Samanta received his medical degree from the Medical College of Pennsylvania 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. 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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Paarth J. Shah, MD is a board-certified neurologist currently working in private practice in Gilbert, Arizona. Dr. Shah completed his medical doctorate at NYMC followed by a residency in Neurology at UC Davis in Sacramento, California. After his residency, he completed fellowship training in Movement Disorders at the Muhammad Ali Parkinson’s Center at Barrow Neurological Institute in Phoenix, Arizona. 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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Scott J. Sherman, MD, PhD is a board-certified neurologist and movement disorders specialist directing the Parkinson’s Disease Research, Education and Clinical Center at the Southern Arizona VA and an associate professor of neurology and director of the Movement Disorders Clinic at the University of Arizona College of Medicine.  He received his medical degree and his PhD in pharmacology at the University of Seattle. After, Dr. Sherman completed a residency in anesthesiology at the University of Seattle and a neurology residency and epilepsy fellowship at the University of Arizona. 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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Holly Shill, MD is the board-certified 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, Arizona. She also has a position as Research Associate Professor in the Department of Neurology, University of Arizona College of Medicine in Phoenix, Arizona.  Dr. Shill earned her medical degree at the University of Arizona College of Medicine, completed her neurology residency at Barrow Neurological Institute and completed a movement disorders fellowship at the National Institutes of Health. Her 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 is a Movement Disorders Director at Banner Sun Health Research Institute in Sun City, Arizona and a Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Arizona. Dr. Shprecher earned his medical degree from Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine. He went on the complete his neurology residency at the University of Utah School of Medicine and his movement disorders and experimental therapeutics fellowship at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry. 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.

Ryan R. Walsh MD, PhD
Barrow Neurological Institute

Phoenix, AZ

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Ryan R. Walsh, MD, PhD, FAAN is a board-certified neurologist and director of the Huntington’s Disease Program at the Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center at Barrow Neurological Institute in Phoenix, Arizona. Dr. Walsh received his medical degree and PhD from the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. He completed his neurology residency at the University Chicago Medical Center and a movement disorders fellowship at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. 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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Mindy Bixby, DO is a neurologist and movement disorder specialist at Scripps Clinic in La Jolla, California. 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. Her research interests focus on building an understanding of the effect of the gut-brain axis on a variety of neurological disease states. 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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Brent Bluett, DO is a neurologist at Dignity Health Arroyo Grande Specialty Center in Arroyo Grande, California. He graduated medical school at Touro University and then completed his neurology residency at the University of Texas Southwestern at Austin. Afterwards, he went on to obtain a fellowship in Movement Disorders at the University of California San Diego. 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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Yvette Bordelon, MD, PhD is a neurologist at UCLA Westwood Neurology and a Clinical Professor in the UCLA Department in Los Angeles, California. She received her MD and PhD degrees from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. Dr. Bordelon’s Neurology residency training was completed at Massachusetts General and Brigham and Women’s Hospitals and then a Movement Disorders Fellowship at Columbia University followed.  Her clinical work involves the diagnosis and treatment of Movement Disorders including Huntington Disease and Parkinson disease among other neurodegenerative diseases. Dr. Bordelon’s clinical research interests include the conduct of clinical trials in these disorders.

Salima Brillman, MD
Private Practice

Menlo Park, CA

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Salima Brillman, MD is a board-certified neurologist and movement disorders specialist at the Parkinson’s Disease & Movement Disorders Center of Silicon Valley in Palo Alto, California. Dr. Brillman holds a Bachelor’s of Art in Psychology from Loyola Marymount University and a Master’s degree in Neuroscience from the University of Hartford. She attended the Pre-Medical Program at Columbia University and earned her medical degree at Universidad Autonoma de Guadalajara and completed a Fifth pathway program with New York Medical College. Her residency and fellowship were completed at Allegheny General Hospital. 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. Dr. Brillman became one of the first concierge movement disorder neurologists in the Bay Area, seeing patients in her office, in their homes or via telemedicine. She is not only interested in the motor aspects of movement disorders, but the vast non-motor elements that accompany each disease state and recognizes the importance of following those as well.

Jeff Bronstein, MD, PhD
UCLA Health

Los Angeles, CA

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Jeff Bronstein, MD. PhD is a neurologist at UCLA Westwood Neurology in Los Angeles, California. He received his bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Berkeley and his medical degree and PhD from UCLA. Dr. Bronstein completed a residency in Neurology and fellowship training in Movement Disorders at UCLA and at Queens Square in London.  He also completed a postdoctoral fellowship in molecular biology.  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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David Coughlin, MD is a board-certified neurologist at UC San Diego Health and an assistant professor in the Department of Neurosciences at UC San Diego School of Medicine in La Jolla, California. Dr. Coughlin earned his medical degree at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons and completed his neurology residency and fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. He 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.

Khashayar Dashtipour, MD PhD
Loma Linda University

Loma Linda, CA

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Khashayar Dashtipour, MD, PhD is a neurologist and movement disorder specialist and Associate Professor of Neurology and Basic Sciences at Loma Linda University School of Medicine in Loma Linda, California. Dr. Dashtipour earned his medical degree at Università Politecnica delle Marche Facoltà di Medicina e Chirurgia,. He then completed his residency at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine and the USC University Hospital followed by a fellowship at USC. Dr. Dashtipour has been part of several medical publications.

Natalie Diaz, MD
Pacific Neuroscience Institute

Torrance, CA

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Natalie Diaz, MD is a board-certified neurologist and movement disorder specialist at the Pacific Neuroscience Institute in Torrance, California. 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. Her clinical interests are Parkinson’s disease, Atypical Parkinsonian disorders, tremor, dystonia, Huntington’s disease and other choreiform disorders.

Karen Frei, MD
Loma Linda University

Loma Linda, CA

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Karen Frei, MD is a neurologist and movement disorder specialist at Loma Linda University, Loma Linda, California. She received her medical degree from Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University. Dr. Frei trained at Barrow’s Neurological Institute in Phoenix, AZ and completed a fellowship in neurogenetics at the National Institutes of Health. Her clinical and research interests include Parkinson’s disease, dystonia/torticollis, Botulinum injections, deep brain stimulations and the genetics of movement disorders. She has been in practice for more than 25 years.

Janice Fuentes, MD
Loma Linda Univ. /
Riverside Medical

Loma Linda, CA

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Janice Fuentes, MD is a board-certified neurologist and fellowship trained movement disorder specialist at Loma Linda University in Loma Linda, 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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Adrienne Keener, MD is a board-certified neurologist and Movement Disorders specialist at UCLA Westwood Neurology. Dr. Keener is affiliated with Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. She received her medical degree from the USC Keck School of Medicine followed by a Neurology residency training and Movement Disorders fellowship at UCLA. 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. She has also been of several medical publications.

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. 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. Dr. Lessig is involved in research and clinical trials, with a clinical research focus on Parkinson’s disease and Parkinsonian disorders. She 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.

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 and the Tasch Endowed Professor in Parkinson Disease Research at UC San Diego School of Medicine. She earned her medical degree from Universidad de la República Oriental del Uruguay and completed her residencies at Hospital de la Sta Creu i St Pau and Georgetown University School of Medicine. 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 also completed a dementia and movement disorders research fellowship at the Experimental Therapeutics Branch, National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), as well as one year of psychiatry at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Washington, DC.  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.

Michael Marvi, MD
Providence St John's

Burbank, CA

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Michael Marvi, MD is a board-certified neurologist at the Neurovascular Center – Providence St. Joseph Medical Center in Burbank, California. Dr. Marvi attended medical school at Sackler School of Medicine/Tel Aviv University. He then completed a medical internship and neurology residency at the Kaiser-Permanente Los Angeles Medical Center followed by fellowship training in movement disorders at the University of Southern California, where he also received his Master’s degree in neurobiology. 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.

Krishe Menezes, MD
UCLA Medical

Los Angeles, CA

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Krishe Menezes, MD is a board-certified neurologist at UCLA Health. He obtained his medical degree from the University of Goa. After, he completed a neurology residency at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation, followed by a neurology fellowship at the University of Bombay and a movement disorders fellowship at the University of Western Ontario. Dr. Menezes is affiliated with Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center.

Anna Morenkova, MD, PhD
UC Irvine

Irvine, CA

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Anna Morenkova, MD, PhD is a board-certified neurologist and Professor of Neurology at UC Irvine Program for Parkinson’s Disease & Movement Disorders in Orange, California. She received her medical degree from the Russian State Medical University. Her neurology residency and movement disorders fellowship were completed at UC Irvine Medical Center. Dr. Morenkova’s areas of clinical interest 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.  She has been published on topics in Movement Disorders and has been in practice for more than twenty years.

Caitlin Mulligan, MD
UC San Diego Health

San Diego, CA

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Caitlin Mulligan, MD, is a board-certified neurologist and an assistant professor in the Department of Neurosciences at UC San Diego Health in La Jolla, California. Dr. Mulligan earned her medical degree at UC San Diego School of Medicine. After, she completed a residency (serving as chief resident) and a fellowship at the UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine. She has co-authored a review on the diagnosis and management of Wilson’s disease.

Farzin Pedouim, MD
Private Practice /
Loma Linda Univ.

Los Angeles, CA

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Farzin Pedouim, MD is a board certified Neurologist running his own private practice and is the Clinical Professor of Neurology at Loma Linda University in California. Dr. Pedouim attended medical school at St. George University School of Medicine and completed his internship in Internal Medicine at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City. He then continued to complete his neurology residency at the University of Irvine and completed his fellowship in Movement Disorders and Botox at Loma Linda University. He is associated with Garden Grove Hospital Medical Center.

Melita Petrossian, MD
Pacific Neuroscience Institute

Santa Monica, CA

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Melita Petrossian, MD is a board-certified neurologist and Movement Disorders specialist serving as Director of the Pacific Movemnet Disorders Center at the Pacific Neuroscience Institute in Santa Monica, California. Dr. Petrossian graduated from UCLA and received her medical education at the University of California. She completed her neurology residency at Massachusetts General Hospital and Brigham and Women’s Hospital, followed by fellowship in movement disorders at the same institutions. Her clinical interests and expertise are in movement disorders such as Parkinson’s disease (PD)tremor including essential tremordystoniagait disordersataxiamyoclonus, blepharospasm, hemifacial spasm, Meige syndrome, spasticity, tics and Tourette’s syndrome. She also specializes in Parkinson’s-related conditions such as Dementia with Lewy Bodies, progressive supranuclear palsy, multiple system atrophy, corticobasal degeneration, primary freezing of gait, and Parkinson’s Disease Dementia.

Nicolas Phielipp, MD
UC Irvine

Irvine, CA

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Nicolas Phielipp, MD is a board-certified neurologist and Assistant Professor of neurology at the UC Irvine Program for Parkinson’s Disease & Movement Disorders in Orange, California. He earned his medical degree and completed his residency at the University of Buenos Aires and completed a fellowship in Movement Disorders and Neurophysiology at the University of Toronto. His research interest includes 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. Dr. Phielipp has been in practice for over fifteen years.

Dr. Portera-Cailliau, MD
UCLA Medical

Los Angeles, CA

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Carlos Portera-Cailliau, MD is a neurologist at UCLA Health Neurology in Los Angeles, California. He obtained his MD-PhD from the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.  After finishing a residency in Neurology at The Massachusetts General Hospital and Brigham & Women’s Hospital in Boston, Dr. Portera-Cailliau completed his fellowship in Movement Disorders at Columbia University. His laboratory investigates how developmental defects in network connectivity at the level of the cerebral cortex directly lead to neurodevelopmental and neurodegenerative disorders.

Paula Ravin, MD
UCLA Medical

Los Angeles, CA

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Paula Ravin, MD is a board-certified Neurologist at the UCLA Neurology Group Practice in Los Angeles, CA. Dr. Ravin graduated from Wayne State University School of Medicine and completed a residency at U S Department of Veterans Affairs and a fellowship at NIH. She is affiliated with Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. She has been in practice for more than forty years.

Indu Subramanian, MD
UCLA, Southwest VA PADRECC

Los Angeles, CA

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Indu Subramanian, MD is a Movement Disorder Specialist practicing 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, California. She also serves as an Associate Clinical Professor at UCLA. Dr. Subramanian graduated from University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine. She completed her neurology residency and movement disorders fellowship at UCLA School of Medicine. Dr. Subramanian has an interest in integrative medicine and yoga and mindfulness in the PD population. She has been practicing for over twenty years.

Michele Tagliati, MD
Cedars-Sinai

Los Angeles, CA

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Michele Tagliati, MD is a neurologist and movement disorder specialist serving as the Director of the Movement Disorders Program at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, California. He received his medical degree from Sapienza University of Rome. Dr. Tagliati completed two residencies at the University of Rome Tor Vergata and Mount Sinai Hospital and a fellowship at Mount Sinai Beth Israel. Dr. Tagliati is one of the nation’s leading research and treatment specialist. He has been in practice for more than 20 years.

Echo Tan, MD
Cedars-Sinai

Los Angeles, CA

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Echo Tan, MD 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. After, she completed her residency at Los Angeles County USC Medical Center and then completed her fellowship with Cedars-Sinai. 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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Sandeep Thakkar, DO is a neurologist and movement disorder specialist at Hoag Pickup Family Neurosciences Institute. Dr. Thakkar earned his doctor of osteopathic medicine degree from Western University of Health Sciences in Pomona, California. He completed his medical internship at Mount Sinai in New York, followed by his neurology residency at Loma Linda University Medical Center in Loma Linda, California. He then did his fellowship training in movement disorders at University of California Los Angeles. Dr. Thakkar 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. He has done clinical research on the subjects of deep brain stimulation for the treatment of and the effects diet can have on Parkinson’s disease, as well as the effects of certain drug therapies on mood and behavior. Dr. Thakkar has published numerous journal papers.

Ronak Vora, DO
St. Joseph Health

Mission Viejo, CA

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Ronak Vora, MD is a board-certified neurologist and movement disorders specialist at the Mission Heritage Medical Group in Mission Viejo, CA. He 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.

Brenton A. Wright, MD
UC San Diego Health

San Diego, CA

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Brenton A. Wright, MD, is a board-certified neurologist at UC San Diego Health in La Jolla, California. He earned his medical degree from University of Louisville School of Medicine. Dr. Wright completed his residency at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons and was a fellow in movement disorders at the Neurological Institute of New York at NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center.  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.

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 and the Chief of the Section of Neuro-palliative care at the University of Colorado, Anschutz Medical Center (UCAMC). 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 attended medical school at the State University of New York at Buffalo, her hometown. 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. 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.

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

Washington, DC

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Laxman Bahroo, DO, MS 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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Yasar Torres-Yaghi, MD is a board-certified neurologist 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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Anwar Ahmed, MD is the Medical Director at Advent Health’s Neuroscience Institute in Florida. Dr. Ahmed earned his medical degree from Dow Medical College. 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). After, 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. 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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Sheila Baez-Torres, MD is a board-certified neurologist specializing in movement disorders at Neurology & Movement Disorders Healthcare in Winter Park, Florida. 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.

Deborah Boland, DO, MSPT
Ascension Medical Group

Pensacola, FL

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Deborah Boland, DO, MSPT, is a neurologist and movement disorder specialist at Ascension Medical Group Sacred Heart in Pensacola, Florida. She is a Diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. Dr. Boland began as a physical therapist, practicing for 10 years before going to medical school at Des Moines University. She completed her neurology residency at University of Illinois Medical Center and then went on to fellowship training specializing in Movement Disorders at Duke University. Her research has been published in the Journal of Stroke and Cerebrovascular Diseases and the American Journal of Managed Care. 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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Robert Hauser, MD, MBA FAAN is a board-certified neurologist serving as Professor of Neurology at the University of South Florida College of Medicine, in Tampa, Florida and as Director of the USF Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders Center, a Parkinson Foundation Center of Excellence. He earned a medical degree from Temple University School of Medicine, completed neurology training at the Eastern Virginia Graduate School of Medicine and completed a fellowship in Movement Disorders at the University of South Florida. Dr. Hauser has authored or co-authored more than 300 peer-reviewed publications and is one of the world’s most cited Parkinson’s Disease investigators. In addition to his extensive expertise in clinical trial design and execution, Dr. Hauser has served on the executive committee of the Parkinson Study Group and was a member of the steering committee for the NIH sponsored Neuroprotective Exploratory Trials in Parkinson’s Disease program (NET-PD). Dr. Hauser maintains an active patient practice in Tampa, Florida.

Heather A. Herrema, DO
Central Neurology

St. Petersburg, FL

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Heather A. Herrema, DO is a neurologist and movement disorder specialist at Central Neurology in St. Petersburg, Florida. Dr. Herrema received her medical degree from Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine. She completed her residency at Botsford Hospital (serving as chief resident) and a fellowship specializing in Movement Disorders at the Henry Ford Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorder Program. She works with the Suncoast Medical Research Center in St. Petersburg, FL, as a clinical investigator for several medication trials.

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. He is also the Medical Director of the Parkinson’s Research and Education Foundation. Dr. Isaacson earned his medical degree at Northwestern University – The Feinberg School of Medicine. After, he completed his residency and fellowship at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. 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.

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

Gainesville, FL

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Nick McFarland, MD, PhD is an Associate Professor of Neurology in the Movement Disorders division at the University of Florida College of Medicine. Dr. McFarland earned his medical degree at the University of Rochester School of Medicine. He completed a neurology residency with the University of Virginia Health System and a movement disorders fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. McFarland is an active member of the Center for Translational Research in Neurodegenerative Disease (CTRND) which aims to bring the bench closer to the bedside. His research focuses on understanding the pathological mechanisms of Parkinson disease and related disorders, and in particular the role of alpha-synuclein in cell toxicity and neurodegeneration. His current studies utilize both cellular and preclinical models to study genes and molecules that may affect brain pathology. A primary goal of his research is to identify and to develop potential novel therapeutics for Parkinson disease and related disorders. His research extends also to the clinic where he is actively involved in multiple clinical trials for atypical Parkinson disorders and Huntington disease. He has been a part of several medical publications.

Shahnaz Miri, MD
University of Miami Health

Miami, FL

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Shahnaz Miri, MD is a board-certified neurologist and movement disorder specialist serving as a clinical instructor at the University of Miami and a neuro-ophthalmology fellow at the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute.  She earned her medical degree from Tehran University of Medical Sciences. Following, she completed her neurology residency and a fellowship in Movement Disorders at Georgetown University Hospital. 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.

Srivadee Oravivattanakul, MD
Private Practice

Daytona Beach, FL

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Srivadee Oravivattanakul, MD, is a board certified at a private practice in Daytona Beach,  Florida. She received her medical degree from Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand. Her neurology residency was completed at Case Western Reserve University and her movement disorders fellowship was completed at Cleveland Clinic.  Dr. Oravivattanakul is affiliated with Halifax Healthcare Systems and has over sixteen years of experience.

Ramon Rodriguez Cruz, MD
Neurology One

Orlando, FL

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Ramon L. Rodriguez, MD is a neurologist at Neurology One in Winter Park, Florida. He is also a faculty member at the University of Florida College of Medicine and the University of Central Florida College of Medicine. Dr. Rodriguez received his medical degree from the University of Puerto Rico, Medical Sciences Campus. Dr. Rodriguez completed his Internship in Internal Medicine at the University of Texas Medical Branch. After this, he completed his residency in Neurology at the same institution and 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 at the University of Florida College of Medicine.  During a previous position at University of Florida Center for Movement Disorders and Neurorestoration and Director of the Clinical Research Center for Neurological Disorders, he supervised over 50 clinical research studies encompassing areas such as Parkinson’s disease, Huntington’s disease, Dystonia, Alzheimer’s Disease, Deep Brain Stimulation, Advanced therapies for Parkinson’s disease, Telemedicine for Movement Disorders and the quality of care initiative for best care for patients with movement disorders.

Brandon Barton, MD
Rush University

Chicago, IL

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Brandon Barton, MD is a Professor in the Department of Neurological Sciences at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, Illinois.  He received his training from the Medical College of Wisconsin and completed his residency and Movement Disorders Fellowship at Rush University.  His areas of research interest are Parkinson’s disease, movement disorders, clinical trials, botulinum toxin, dystonia, dyskinesia and hallucinations.

Cynthia L. Comella, MD
Rush University

Chicago, IL

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Cynthia L. Comella, MD 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.  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 has recently written several review articles related to Restless Leg Syndrome treatment.

Jori Fleisher, MD
Rush University

Chicago, IL

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Jori Fleisher, MD, MSCE, is a fellowship-trained, movement disorders neurologist at Rush University Medical Center Parkinson’s disease and Movement Disorders Program and an Associate Professor in the Department of Neurological Sciences at Rush Medical College. She earned her medical degree at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Her neurology residency was completed at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and her movement disorders fellowship was completed at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. Dr. Fleisher conducts research at Rush University Medical Center. 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.

Christopher Goetz, MD
Rush University

Chicago, IL

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Christopher Goetz, MD is a professor of neurological sciences and pharmacology at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, Illinois and serves as Director of the Movement Disorders program. Dr. Goetz received his medical degree from Rush Medical College. He is a reviewer for several journals  and 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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Jennifer Goldman, MD, MS is Section Chief, Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders at the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab and Professor, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago, Illinois.  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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Deborah Hall, MD is an adult neurologist and movement disorder specialist at Rush University Medical Center and a professor in the Department of Neurological Sciences at Rush Medical College in Chicago, Illinois. She is also 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. Dr. Hall received her MD from Indiana University and her PhD from University of Colorado, where she completed residency and fellowship. She conducts research primarily in two areas: Parkinson’s disease and Ataxia.

Aikaterini (Katie) Kompoliti, MD
Rush University

Chicago, IL

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Aikaterini Kompoliti, MD is a professor of Neurology and the educational director of the section of movement disorders and the director of the movement disorders fellowship at Rush University Medical Center Chicago, Illinois. 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. 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.

Leonard (Leo) Verhagen Metman, MD
Rush University

Chicago, IL

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Leonard Verhagen Metman, MD, PhD is a board-certified neurologist and movement disorders specialist practicing at Rush Neurology – Movement Disordes in Chicago, Illinois.  He was medically trained at the Leiden University Faculty of Medicine in the Netherlands, completed his neurology residency at Thomas Jefferson university Hospital and completed a Parkinson’s disease 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. Dr. Verhagen Metman has over twenty years of experience.

R. Ross Coleman, MD
Spectrum Health

Grand Rapids, MI

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Ross Coleman, MD is a neurologist specializing in movement disorders at Spectrum Health in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Dr. Coleman 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, Michigan and 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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Christopher Kobet, MD is a board-certified neurologist specializing in movement disorders at Spectrum Health in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Dr. Kobet earned his medical degree from University of Cincinnati College of Medicine in Cincinnati, Ohio. 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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Emily Ruether, MD is a board-certified neurologist specializing in movement disorders at Spectrum Health in Grand Rapids, Michigan. She attended University of Notre Dame for her undergraduate education and earned her medical degree from Michigan State University College of Human Medicine. Dr. Ruether completed her neurology residency and movement disorders fellowship at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. Her 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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Ashol Sriram, MD, MS is a board-certified neurologist and fellowship-trained movement disorders specialist at Spectrum Health in Grand Rapids, Michigan. 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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Eric Farbman, MD is a board-certified neurologist and movement disorder specialist at Roseman University Health and an Assistant Professor at the University of Nevada School of Medicine. Dr. Farbman received his medical degree from Rutgers New Jersey Medical School and completed his residency and fellowship training at the University of Pittsburgh. He 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.” Dr. Farbman has been practicing for more than twenty years.

Zoltan Mari, MD
Cleveland Clinic

Las Vegas, NV

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Zoltan Mari, MD is a neurologist and movement disorder specialist and the director of the PD and Movement Disorders Program at Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health in Las Vegas, Nevada. After his clinical fellowships in both movement disorders and clinical neurophysiology at NIH, he joined Johns Hopkins University faculty. 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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Jill Giordano Farmer, DO, MPH, is an assistant professor of neurology and director of the Parkinson’s Disease & Movement Disorder Program at Global Neurosciences Institute and is board certified in neurology. Dr. Farmer attended medical school at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey School of Osteopathic Medicine and completed her MPH at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey Robert Wood Johnson School of Public Health. As the first movement disorder specialist with GNI, 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 has developed clinics for botulinum toxin 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.

Gian Pal, MD, MS
Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School

New Brunswick, NJ

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Gian Pal, MD, MS is a neurologist and movement disorders specialist serving as an Assistant Professor at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in New Brunswick, New Jersey. Dr. Pal received his medical degree 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.

Neil Hermanowicz, MD
Christus St. Vincent Health System

Santa Fe, NM

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Neal Hermanowicz, MD is a Movement Disorder Specialist at the Christus-St. Vincent Medical Center in Santa Fe, New Mexico and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Neurology (FAAN). Dr. Hermanowicz received a Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from the University of Illinois and attended medical school at Temple University. His medical training includes an internship in Internal Medicine and a residency in Neurology at the University of Wisconsin and a fellowship in Movement Disorders at the University of Michigan. Dr. Hermanowicz has over 28 years of neurological experience. He has authored and co-authored several articles and two book chapters, mostly relating to Movement Disorders, frequently citing Parkinson’s disease. He has been involved in numerous clinical trials and collaborative laboratory research.

 

Sarah Pirio Richardson, MD
University of New Mexico

Albuquerque, NM

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Sarah Pirio Richardson, MD is a board-certified neurologist that directs the Movement Disorders Program at the University of New Mexico and the Movement Disorders Program at the New Mexico VA Healthcare System. She is also an Assistant Professor of Neurology at the University of New Mexico. Dr. Pirio Richardson received her medical degree from the University of New Mexico School of Medicine.  She completed her residency at UC Davis and her fellowship at the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke. Her active research program is 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.. 

Michael Rezak, MD, PhD
Nuvance Health

Highland, NY

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Michael Rezak, MD, PhD is a neurologist and movement disorders specialist practicing at Nuvance Health in Highland, New York. 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. 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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Anh-Thu N. Vu, MD is a 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, completed neurology training at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and 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.

Joseph Friedman, MD
Butler Hospital

Providence, RI

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Joseph Friedman, MD is a neurologist and chief of Butler Hospital’s Movement Disorders Program. He is also a professor and chief of the division of Movement Disorders in the Department of Neurology at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University and adjunct professor in the School of Pharmacy at the University of Rhode Island. Dr. Friedman received his medical degree from the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons and completed his residency in neurology at the Neurological Institute of New York. Dr. Friedman is a recognized researcher in the treatment and study of Parkinson’s and related movement disorders. He is an active member in the Parkinson and the Huntington Study Groups, and participates in multicenter trials sponsored by the NIH, Michael J. Fox Foundation, pharmaceutical companies, and single-center unfunded studies.

Juan Ramirez Castaneda, MD
UT Health San Antonio

San Antonio, TX

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Juan Ramirez-Castaneda, MD is a board-certified neurologist, movement disorders specialist at University of Texas Health 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.

Michael J. Soileau, MD

Georgetown, TX

Texas Movement Disorder Specialists
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Michael J. Soileau, MD is a board-certified movement disorder specialist who founded the Texas Movement Disorder Specialists practice in Waco, TX as well as current faculty at Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine in Bryan, Texas and the University of Texas Dell Medical School in Austin, Texas. Dr. Soileau graduated from medical school at The University of Texas Medical School in Houston and completed his neurology residency and internship at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan. He has authored four separate book chapters, five peer-reviewed journal articles, and co-authored a board review textbook for neurology students and providers.

Pinky Agarwal, MD
Evergreen Health

Seattle, WA

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Pinky Agarwal, MD is a board-certified attending neurologist at the Booth Gardner Parkinson’s Care Center at Evergreen Medical Center in Kirkland, WA and is a Clinical Associate Professor of Neurology at the University of Washington in Seattle, WA.  Dr. Agarwal 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 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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Laura Goldstein, MD is a community practice board-certified neurologist at Evergreen Health General Neurology. Dr. Goldstein received her medical degree and completed her 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. Dr. Goldstein has more than twenty years of experience.

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, DNP, AGNP-C is a Certified Neuroscience Registered Nurse and an Adult Gerontology Nurse Practitioner at Banner Sun Health Research Institute in Phoenix, Arizona. She is also an associate faculty member at Arizona State University for the Doctor of Nursing Practice program. She holds a doctoral degree in nursing practice along with a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Arizona State University. Stephanie also holds both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in Kinesiology from Arizona State University and A.T. Still University of Health Sciences, respectively.

Sherrie Gould, FNP
Scripps Green Hospital

La Jolla, CA

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Sherrie Gould, MSN, NP-C is a nurse practitioner at Scripps Clinic Movement Disorders Center in La Jolla, California. Sherrie holds a Masters of Science in Nursing from the University of San Diego and a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing from the University of Michigan. She is an expert DBS programmer and is a national speaker on Parkinson’s Disease. In 2010, Sherrie created a grassroots non profit organization called Summit for Stem Cell, which supports fundraising and education for research using patient specific non embryonic stem cell therapy for a proposed long term treatment for Parkinson’s disease.
Kathy Huynh, NP-C
UC San Diego Health

San Diego, CA

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Ms. Huynh graduated from UCSD graduating in 2000 with a BS in biochemistry and cell biology. She was licensed as a registered nurse in 2007 and obtained her MS in Nursing in 2010 from Samuel Merritt University. She is board certified by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners as a Family Nurse Practitioner.

Julie Berk, PA-C, MS
University of Colorado Neurology Palliative and Supportive Care Clinic

Aurora, CO

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Julie Berk, PA-C, MS is a board-certified Physician Assistant at University of Colorado’s Neurology Supportive and Palliative Care clinics and is a Senior Instructor at the University of Colorado. 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.

Kelly Hussey, PA-C
USF Health

Tampa, FL

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Kelly Hussey, MPAS-PA-C is a Physician Assistant at the USF Health Byrd Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders Center of Excellence in Tampa, Florida. She graduated with a Master’s degree in Physician Assistant Studies from the University of Florida College of Medicine. She has been working with Dr. Hauser at USF for over eight years and is the sub-investigator for many of their clinical trials.

Arita McCoy, MSN, CRNP
Johns Hopkins Medicine

Baltimore, MD

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Arita McCoy is a Nurse Practitioner at the Johns Hopkins Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorder Center. She has worked at the center for the past 13 years in multiple roles, including outreach assistant and research nurse. In her current role as a nurse practitioner, Arita splits her time between regular clinical care of patients and rating/performing procedures in clinical trials. She is also the coordinator of the Johns Hopkins Parkinson’s Foundation Center of Excellence, which allows her to play an active role in community outreach and education.

Kelly Papesh, MSN, DNP
Cleveland Clinic

Las Vegas, NV

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Kelly Papesh, MSN, DNP is a doctorally-trained and board-certified family nurse practitioner, specializing in movement disorders at Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health in Las Vegas, NV. After completing her Bachelor of Science in nursing at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, she also completed a Master of Science in nursing and a doctorate in Nursing Practice from Frontier Nursing University in Versailles, KY. She has extensive experience as a registered nurse in neurology and patient case management with over four years of experience specializing in movement disorders. Her clinical practice focuses on neurology assessment, diagnosis, treatment and management of patients with a variety of movement disorders including Parkinson disease, essential tremor and Huntington disease.

Joan Miravite Harper, DNP
Mount Sinai

Las Vegas, NV

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Joan Miravite, DNP, has over 18 years of experience in the evaluation, programming and management of Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) for Parkinson’s disease, Essential Tremor and Dystonia.  Her clinical expertise as a DBS programmer has allowed her to improve the quality of life of patients with disabling and advanced movement disorders.  She has built a strong DBS Program at Mount Sinai by educating physicians, nurse practitioners, students and patients about DBS.  She is heavily involved in the training of Movement Disorder Fellows on management of patients with DBS.

Dr. Miravite has presented at local, regional and national CME meetings on DBS programming and management.  She has been invited to serve as member of multiple advisory groups to the Parkinson Foundation, the New York State Department of Health Advisory Workgroup for Neurodegenerative Diseases and is co-facilitator for the Movement Disorder Special Focus Group of the AANN.  She is currently director for the Greater New York City Chapter of the AANN.  She serves as an invited member of multiple foundation advisory and review boards.  She has earned numerous state, regional and national awards for education, clinical care and patient advocacy.

She was appointed co-lead author of a Clinical Practice Guideline (CPG) for the AANN “Evidence-Based Strategies for Care of the Patient with Movement Disorders and Deep Brain Stimulation” (2019).  Dr. Miravite is also invited faculty for the Parkinson Foundation Allied Team in Training for Parkinson’s (ATTP) Program.  ATTP is a national training program that utilizes a team-based approach in which medical professionals from diverse disciplines learn leading techniques in Parkinson’s disease care.

Dr. Miravite offers telemedicine appointments when appropriate.  Please call her office to schedule a video visit.

Dr. Miravite is registered to provide telehealth services in Florida.

Meredith Hatcher (Rollins), PA-C
Texas Movement Disorder Specialists

Georgetown, TX

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Meredith Hatcher (Rollins), PA-C is a Physician Assistant at Texas Movement Disorder Specialists in Georgetown, Texas. She completed her undergraduate degree from Southwestern University. Meredith went on to attend Trevecca Nazarene University in Nashville, Tennessee where she received a Master of Science in Medicine – Physician Assistant. Meredith also maintains certification through the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants.

Alexis Santangelo, GNP
UT Health - San Antonio

San Antonio, TX

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Alexis Santangelo, GNP is a board-certified nurse practitioner serving as a supervisor at the University of Texas Health – San Antonio’s Movement Disorder Clinic in San Antonio, Texas. She received her Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing and Master of Science, with a focus in Adult/Gerontology, from the University of Akron. 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 at Swedish Neuroscience Specialist in Seattle, Washington. 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, SLP is a speech-language pathologist at ASU Preparatory Academy in Tempe, Arizona. 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.

Christine Belden, PsyD
Banner Health - Cleo Roberts Center

Sun City, AZ

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Christine Belden, PsyD is a neuropsychologist with Banner Health Institute in Sun City, Arizona. She received her medical degree in psychology at Argosy University followed by an internship at Carl T Hayden VA Medical Center and a fellowship at Banner Sun Health Research Institute. She is affiliated with Banner Boswell Medical Center and has been in practice for over 13 years.

Stacey Brooks, PT, DPT
STI Physical Therapy & Rehab - East Yuma
Yuma, AZ
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Stacey Brooks PT, DPT is a physical therapist at STI Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation in Yuma, AZ. Stacey received her DPT at A.T. Still University. 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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Jason Caplan, MD is a board-certified psychiatrist who is the Chair of Psychiatry at St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center in Phoenix, Arizona. 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. 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 PWR!Moves Certified physical therapist at Bayada Home Health Care in Tucson, Arizona. She graduated from Fordham University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and Northern Arizona University with a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree. She has more than thirteen years of experience.

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

Scottsdale, AZ

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Jose De Ocampo, MD is board certified neurologist and has a private practice called Arizona Neurology and Sleep Center in Scottsdale, Arizona. His practice, includes sleep disorders for people with neuromuscular disorders, movement disorders, as well as various sub-specialty areas from check-ups to treatment.  Dr. De Ocampo has been in practice for over twenty years.

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

Los Angeles, CA

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Julie Hershberg PT, DPT, NCS is a board certified neurologic clinical specialist serving as a Clinical Associate Professor of Physical Therapy at the University of Southern California, Department of Biokinesiology and Physical Therapy. She is also the founder and owner of [re+active] physical therapy & wellness in Los Angeles, a unique outpatient neurology clinical practice. Her Doctor of Physical Therapy was completed at Slippery Rock University and her neurology residency at the University of Southern California and Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center. She 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. Dr. Hershberg 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 at UCLA Health Westwood Neurology in Los Angeles, California. He graduated from the California School of Professional Psychology. Dr. Johnson actively collaborates with other doctors and physicians in Southern California. He is affiliated with Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center.

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 at PWR! Parkinson Wellness Recovery in Fountain Valley, California. Claire has also started a community wellness program for people with PD called Rogue Physical Therapy & Wellness in Orange County, California. 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. She has research experience working as an intervention therapist on multiple studies investigating the effect of exercise in people with PD.

Meena Makhijani, DO
UCLA Health MPTF Age Well

Woodland Hills, CA

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Meena Makhijani, DO is a board-certified geriatrician at UCLA Health MPTF Age Well in Woodland Hills, California and Chief of Staff of the Motion Picture and Television Hospital. 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, she completed a Family Medicine Residency at Northridge Hospital, followed by a fellowship in Geriatric Medicine at UCLA.

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

Los Angeles, CA

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Naoya Ogura OTD, OTR/L  is an Occupational Therapist and Parkinson Wellness Recovery Certified Therapist serving as the West LA Clinic Director at re+active. He received his Bachelor’s degree in psychology from UCLA. He then went on to receive his Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy and his Doctor of Occupational Therapy at the University of Southern California. Naoya is experienced in research-driven, dynamic systems approach to chronic disease management.

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. Dr. Serpa is also 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 is currently the director of interprofessional mental health education at the West Los Angeles VA as well, where he trains psychology postdoctoral fellows, psychiatry residents, social work interns, and nurses in mindfulness and integrative modalities of health and well-being. He 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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Michal Moskowitz, PhD is a clinical health psychologist at Rockville Internal Medicine Group, in Rockville, Maryland. She received a BA in History of Science from Harvard University and her PhD in Clinical and Medical Psychology at Uniformed Services University. Dr. Moskowitz 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. Her graduate research focused on cancer survivorship and she has published six peer-reviewed journal articles in that area.

Laurie Mischley, ND, PhD, MPH
Seattle Integrative Medicine

Seattle, WA

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Laurie Mischley, ND, PhD, MPH is a naturopathic doctor serving as an Associate Clinical Investigator at Bastyr University Research Institute. 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. Laurie is principal investigator of other PD studies including, “CAM Care in PD” and “Cannabis in PD Tremor” at Bastyr University Research Institute.

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

Toronto, ON

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Julia Alleyne, MD, BHSC(PT), CCFP(SEM), FCFP, MScCH is sports medicine physician at the Cleveland Clinic in Toronto and the Toronto Rehab Institute in Toronto, Canada. 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. 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.