Movement Disorder Specialists

PMD Alliance is grateful for the partnership we have with nearly 100 movement disorder specialists (MDS) across the United States. Our MDS physician advisors, neurologists with advanced fellowship training in movement disorders, volunteer their time, energy, and expertise to help refine and deliver our clinical program content. We strongly and categorically encourage people living with Parkinson’s and other movement disorders to seek out the highest level of expert care by seeing an MDS.

You can view our partners by clicking on the states below.

As a member of the International Parkinson Movement Disorder Society, we are pleased to provide a link to their comprehensive and up to date directory. Please Click Here to locate providers across the continuum of care worldwide.

Charles H. Adler, MD, PhD
Mayo Clinic

Scottsdale, AZ

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

Sudeshna Bose, MD
University of Arizona

Tucson, AZ

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

Kathryn Bradley, MD
Center for Neurosciences

Tucson, AZ

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

John N. Caviness, MD
Mayo Clinic

Scottsdale, AZ

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

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

Scottsdale, AZ

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

Sara Dhanani, MD
Banner Sun Health Research Institute

Sun City, AZ

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

Erika Driver-Dunckley, MD
Mayo Clinic

Scottsdale, AZ

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

Tanya Lin, MD
University of Arizona

Tucson, AZ

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

Padma Mahant, MD
Barrow Neurological Institute

Phoenix, AZ

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

Shyamal H. Mehta, MD, PhD
Mayo Clinic

Scottsdale, AZ

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

Srivadee Oravivattanakul, MD
Barrow Neurological Institute

Phoenix, AZ

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

Maria Ospina, MD
Private Practice

Phoenix and Tucson, AZ

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

Cynthia Reed, MD
University of Arizona

Tucson, AZ

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

Naomi Salins, MD
Barrow Neurological Institute

Phoenix, AZ

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

Johan E. S. Samanta, MD
University of Arizona

Tucson, AZ

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

Paarth J. Shah, MD
Gilbert Neurology

Gilbert, AZ

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

Scott J. Sherman, MD, PhD
University of Arizona

Tucson, AZ

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

Holly Shill, MD
Barrow Neurological Institute

Phoenix, AZ

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

David Shprecher, DO, MSci
Banner Sun Health Research Institute

Sun City, AZ

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Dr. Shprecher is a neurologist and movement disorder specialist in Sun City, AZ, and Banner Sun Health Research Institute’s Movement Disorders Program Director who oversees patient care and clinical research studies. He specializes in diagnosis, treatment and research for movement disorders including PD, tics and Tourette syndrome, Huntington disease, dystonia, tardive dyskinesia, tremor, and others. Inspired by personal experience as an individual with Tourette syndrome, Dr. Shprecher has dedicated his career to improving treatment options and quality of life for patients with movement disorders.

Ryan R. Walsh MD, PhD
Barrow Neurological Institute

Phoenix, AZ

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

Daniel D. Dees, MD
University of Alabama

Mobile, AL

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

Mindy Bixby, DO
Scripps Clinic

La Jolla, CA

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

Brent Bluett, DO
Stanford University

Palo Alto, CA

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

Yvette Bordelon, MD, PhD
UCLA Medical

Los Angeles, CA

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Dr. Bordelon received her MD and PhD degrees from the University of Pennsylvania. Her thesis work was performed with Dr. Marie-Francoise Chesselet and involved investigating mechanisms of cell death in an animal model of Huntington disease. She went on to residency training at Massachusetts General and Brigham and Women’s Hospitals and then did a Movement Disorders Fellowship at Columbia University before joining the Neurology faculty at UCLA in 2004. Her clinical work involves the diagnosis and treatment of Movement Disorders and her clinical research interests include clinical trials and development of biomarkers of disease in this subspecialty.

Salima Brillman, MD
Private Practice

Menlo Park, CA

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

Jeff Bronstein, MD, PhD
UCLA Medical

Los Angeles, CA

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

David Coughlin, MD
UC San Diego Health

San Diego, CA

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

Khashayar Dashtipour, MD PhD
Loma Linda University

Loma Linda, CA

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

Natalie Diaz, MD
UCLA

Los Angeles, CA

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

Karen Frei, MD
Loma Linda University

Loma Linda, CA

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

Jennifer Friedman, MD
UC San Diego Health

San Diego, CA

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Dr. Friedman is an expert in adult and pediatric movement disorders and has particular interest in genetic and metabolic disorders that affect movement. She directs the Movement Disorders and Tourette/Tic Disorder Clinics at Rady Children’s Hospital and conducts research in the areas of neurogenetics, Tourette’s Syndrome and disability awareness education. Dr. Friedman received her undergraduate training at Princeton University and earned her MD from Stanford University in 1991. She completed an internship in internal medicine at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center followed by residency in neurology at Harvard Longwood Training Program. She was a clinical fellow in movement disorders at Boston University Medical Center and a clinical and research fellow in neurogenetics and dystonia at Massachusetts General Hospital.

Janice Fuentes, MD
Loma Linda University

Loma Linda, CA

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

Neal Hermanowicz, MD
UC Irvine

Irvine, CA

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Dr. Hermanowicz is a board-certified neurologist with fellowship training in Movement Disorders. He is a Professor of Neurology, serves as the Director of the UC Irvine Program for Parkinson’s Disease & Movement Disorders, and is the Vice-Chair for Clinical Affairs in the Department of Neurology. He spends the majority of his time in patient care, and is also engaged in clinical research, clinical trials and education. He received his medical degree from Temple University School of Medicine. Primary areas of interest include: Parkinsons disease and related disorders, Huntington’s disease, dystonia, essential tremor and other tremors, restless leg syndrome, tardive dyskinesia, tic and tourettes syndromes, and spasticity.

Adrienne Keener, MD
UCLA Medical

Los Angeles, CA

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Stephanie Lessig, MD
UC San Diego Health

San Diego, CA

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

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

San Diego, CA

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

Michael Marvi, MD
Providence St John's

Burbank, CA

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

Anna Morenkova, MD, PhD
UC Irvine

Irvine, CA

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

Caitlin Mulligan, MD
UC San Diego Health

San Diego, CA

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

Farzin Pedouim, MD
Loma Linda University

Loma Linda, CA

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

Melita Petrossian, MD
Pacific Neuroscience Institute

Santa Monica, CA

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

Nicolas Phielipp, MD
UC Irvine

Irvine, CA

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

Dr. Portera-Cailliau, MD
UCLA Medical

Los Angeles, CA

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

Paula Ravin, MD
UCLA Medical

Los Angeles, CA

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

Indu Subramanian, MD
UCLA, Southwest VA PADRECC

Los Angeles, CA

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

Michele Tagliati, MD
Cedars-Sinai

Los Angeles, CA

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

Echo Tan, MD
Cedars-Sinai

Los Angeles, CA

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

Sandeep Thakkar, DO
HOAG

Newport Beach, CA

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

Ronak Vora, DO
Mission Heritage

Mission Viejo, CA

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

Allan Wu, MD, PhD
UCLA Medical

Los Angeles, CA

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

Brenton A. Wright, MD
UC San Diego Health

San Diego, CA

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

Laxman Bahroo, DO, MS
Georgetown University

Washington, DC

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

Yasar Torres-Yaghi, MD
Georgetown University

Washington, DC

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

Sheila Baez-Torres, MD
Compass Clinic

Orlando, FL

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

Deborah Boland, DO, MSPT
Be Mobile Neurology

Tampa, FL

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Dr. Boland is a board-certified neurologist who is in private practice in Tampa, FL. She started in healthcare as a Physical Therapist and received her Masters Degree in Physical Therapy from Andrews University in Berrien Springs Michigan.  Prior to attending medical school, Dr. Boland practiced as a Physical Therapist for 10 years. She earned her medical degree from Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine.  Following medical school, Dr. Boland completed an internship and neurology residency at the University of Illinois College of Medicine/OSF Saint Francis Medical Center. She completed fellowship training specializing in Movement Disorders at Duke University. Dr. Boland has a passion for improving patient’s quality of life. Her unique private practice includes services provided in home. The creates an opportunity to develop personal and individualized plans of care. She enjoys establishing long-term relationships with her patients and educating them on ways to live a fuller life in the setting of neurodegenerative disease.  

Robert A. Hauser, MD
University of Southern Florida

Tampa, FL

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

Heather A. Herrema, DO
Central Neurology

St. Petersburg, FL

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

Ramon Rodriguez Cruz, MD
Orlando VA Medical Center

Orlando, FL

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Dr. Cruz is a neurologist and movement disorders specialist in Orlando, FL, with a strong focus in improving the quality of life for patients with PD. He is the Chief of Neurology, Orlando Veterans Administration Medical Center and is a professor of neurology at the University of Central Florida College of Medicine. He completed his residency at the University of Texas Medical Branch and a fellowship in Movement Disorders at the University of Florida. His clinical interests focus on the motor and non-motor aspects of basal ganglia diseases, particularly Parkinson’s disease, dystonia, and Huntington’s disease, and has conducted research focusing on assessing the safety and efficacy of various devices and agents used for the treatment of PD. His work has been published in numerous peer-reviewed journals including the Journal of Neurology, Movement Disorders, and The Neurologist. 

Brandon Barton, MD
Rush University

Chicago, IL

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

Cynthia L. Comella, MD
Rush University

Chicago, IL

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

Christopher Goetz, MD
Rush University

Chicago, IL

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

Jennifer Goldman, MD, MS
Rush University

Chicago, IL

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

Laura Goldstein, MD
Rush University

Chicago, IL

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Dr. Goldstein is an associate professor in the Department of Neurological Sciences, Section of Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, IL. She received her medical degree and residency at the University of Michigan Medical School, and fellowship-trained at the University of Iowa Hospitals’ clinical neurophysiology program. She cares for patients with: autoimmune disorders, Bell’s palsy, dementia and degenerative disease, demyelinating diseases, epilepsy, memory loss, and all movement disorders. 

Deborah Hall, MD
Rush University

Chicago, IL

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

Aikaterini (Katie) Kompoliti, MD
Rush University

Chicago, IL

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

Gian Pal, MD, MS
Rush University

Chicago, IL

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

Michael Rezak, MD, PhD
Northwestern University

Evanston, IL

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

Leonard (Leo) Verhagen Metman, MD
Rush University

Chicago, IL

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

R. Ross Coleman, MD
Spectrum Health

Grand Rapids, MI

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

Christopher Kobet, MD
Spectrum Health

Grand Rapids, MI

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

Emily Ruether, MD
Spectrum Health

Grand Rapids, MI

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

Ashok Sriram, MD, MS
Spectrum Health

Grand Rapids, MI

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

Eric Farbman, MD
Roseman University

Las Vegas, NV

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

Zoltan Mari, MD
Cleveland Clinic

Las Vegas, NV

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

Sarah Pirio Richardson, MD
University of New Mexico

Albuquerque, NM

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

Jill Giordano Farmer, DO, MPH
Drexel

Philadelphia, PA

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

Anh-Thu N. Vu, MD
Drexel

Philadelphia, PA

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

Pinky Agarwal, MD
Evergreen Health

Seattle, WA

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