Physicians and Staff

Rajesh Pahwa, M.D.

Rajesh Pahwa, M.D.
Director, Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorder Center
Laverne and Joyce Rider Professor of Neurology

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Kelly Lyons, Ph.D.

Kelly E. Lyons, Ph.D.
Research Professor
Director of Research and Education for the Parkinson's Disease and Movement Disorder

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Jules M. Nazzaro, M.D.

Jules Nazzaro, M.D.

Director, Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery Center
Associate Professor of Neurosurgery, Neurology, Molecular and Integrative Physiology

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Clinical and Research Staff

Meghan Bui

Meghan Bui, R.N., B.S.N.
Nurse Clinician, Deep Brain Stimulation Programmer

Meghan attended Fort Hays State University and graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Nursing. Her previous experience includes working for The University of Kansas Hospital on the Neurology, Neurosurgery, and ENT unit since February 2009. Meghan joined the Parkinson's Disease and Movement Disorder Center in September 2013.

Photo: Janet Kirk, B.S.N.

Janet Kirk, R.N., B.S.N.
Nurse Clinician, Deep Brain Stimulation Programmer

Janet attended Graceland College and graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Nursing. She has worked at KUMC since 1987 with the majority of her experience in the Medical Intensive Care Unit. In November of 2003 she took a position working in the Movement Disorder Center as a Nurse Clinician, programming deep brain stimulators for movement disorder surgery patients.

April Langhammer, B.A., C.C.R.P.
Clinical Research Coordinator

April joined the Parkinson's Disease and Movement Disorder Center in July 2003. She started as a medical secretary for the Movement Disorder program. Since 2005, she has been working as a research study coordinator. She graduated in 2003 from Truman State University with a Bachelor's degree in Biology. In August 2008 April became a Certified Clinical Research Professional.

Kim Lee, L.P.N.
Clinic Nurse

Kim has worked at KUMC since 2012 in outpatient Internal Medicine. She joined the Parkinson's Disease and Movement Disorder Center in October 2015

Drinnan Sante

Drinnan Sante, B.S.
Research Assistant

Drinnan joined the Parkinson's Disease and Movement Disorder Center in March 2015.  Drinnan previously worked as an intern in the Huntington's Disease Program at the University of Connecticut.  He graduated in 2014 from Ottawa University with a degree in Biology.

Sydney Webb

Sydney Webb, B.S.
Research Assistant

Sydney joined the Parkinson's Disease and Movement Disorder Center in February 2015. She started in the Kidney Institute as a research assistant working on Polycystic Kidney Disease. She graduated from Graceland University in 2013 with a degree in Biology.

Interdisciplinary Team Members

Dave Burkett

David Burkett, LSCSW
Clinical Social Worker

Dave joined the Parkinson's Disease and Movement Disorder Center in 2004. Dave graduated from the University of Kansas with a Master's degree in Social Work. Dave is a licensed social worker in both Kansas and Missouri.

Maria Davenport

Maria Davenport, PT, MS
Physical Therapist
LSVT-BIG certified

Maria joined the Parkinson's Disease and Movement Disorder Center in 2012. Maria graduated from Pittsburg State University in 1994 with a B.S. in Biology, and pursued her Master’s Degree in Physical Therapy from the University of Kansas in 1996.  Maria currently practices in the Marc A. Asher Comprehensive Spine Center with clinical emphasis in neurological diseases, orthopedics, geriatrics and overall conditioning for the adult client.

Eric Ecklund-Johnson

Eric Ecklund-Johnson, Ph.D.
Clinical Neuropsychologist

Dr. Ecklund-Johnson is a clinical neuropsychologist in the neuropsychology department at the University of Kansas Hospital and clinical assistant professor in the KUMC departments of neurology and psychiatry.  He is board certified in clinical neuropsychology through the American Board of Professional Psychology and his clinical and research work has focused on cognitive assessment of patients with known or suspected neurological problems including Parkinson's disease and other movement disorders.

Lindsey Heidrick, MA, CCC-SLP
Speech Language Pathologist
LSVT certified, FEES certified

Lindsey joined the Parkinson's Disease and Movement Disorder Center in 2010. Lindsey graduated from Kansas State University with bachelors' degrees in Communication Sciences and Disorders and Gerontology and graduated from the University of Kansas with a Master's degree in Speech Language Pathology.

Jamie Johnson

Jamie Johnson, MA L/CCC-SLP BCS-S
Speech Language Pathologist
LSVT certified
Board Certified Specialist in Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders

Jamie joined the Parkinson's Disease and Movement Disorder Center in 2015. Jamie graduated from University of Kansas with a bachelor's degree in Speech, Language and Hearing. She received her Master's degree in Communication Disorders from the University of Northern Colorado in 1994. She joined the staff at KU Hospital in 2008. She currently practices in the Marc A. Asher Comprehensive Spine Center. Her areas of interest include adult Neurology/Neuro Surgery and various Swallowing Disorders.

Claude

Claude Lamoureux, PT, DPT, NCS
Physical Therapist
LSVT-BIG certified

Claude joined the Parkinson's Disease and Movement Disorder Center in 2012. Claude graduated from McGill University, Montreal, Canada in 1998. She received her doctorate in Physical Therapy from The University of Kansas in 2011. Claude received her Board Certification in Neurology through the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties in 2012. She currently practices in the Marc A. Asher Comprehensive Spine Center.  Claude’s area of expertise consists of adult neurological conditions.

Lum

Ryan Lum, MOT, OTR/L
Occupational Therapist
LSVT-BIG certified

Ryan joined the Parkinson's Disease and Movement Disorder Center in 2012. He is a new graduate Master of Occupational Therapy from Rockhurst University and provides outpatient occupational therapy services at the Marc A. Asher, MD, Comprehensive Spine Center.  Ryans' undergraduate background is in Sports Science: Health and Wellness.

Caleb Pearson

Caleb Pearson, Psy.D.
Clincal Neuropsychologist

Dr. Caleb Pearson joined the University of Kansas Hospital and Medical Center as an assistant clinical professor in October of 2013. He focuses on the evaluation of individuals with various neurodegenerative disorders such as  Parkinson's disease and Alzheimer's disease, as well as surgical epilepsy candidates.  

Dr. Pearson's clinical and research interests have focused primarily on the presurgical evaluation of patient's with Parkinson's disease or epilepsy, cognitive outcomes following functional neurosurgery, and the identification of risk factors related to cognitive decline following neurosurgical interventions.

Kelli

Kelli Reiling, OTD, OTR/L
Occupational Therapist

Kelli joined the Parkinson's Disease and Movement Disorder Center in 2012. Kelli graduated from the University of Kansas in 1993.  She received her doctorate in Occupational Therapy from the University of Kansas in 2012.  Kelli’s currently practices in the Marc A. Asher Comprehensive Spine Center with diagnostic emphasis for neurological diseases, trauma-related injuries, orthopedics, wheelchair seating, and work conditioning for the adult client.  

Sabata

Dory Sabata, OTD, OTR/L, SCE
Occupational Therapist

Dory joined the Parkinson's Disease and Movement Disorder Center in 2012. Dory graduated from Missouri State University with a BS in Gerontology & Psychology and earned her Occupational Therapy Doctorate from Washington University. Her practice and research interests are focused upon home modifications for aging-in-place.

Jeff Searl

Jeff Searl, Ph.D,, CCC
Speech Language Pathologist
LSVT certified

Jeff joined the Parkinson's Disease and Movement Disorder Center in 2006. Jeff graduated from Santa Clara University with a bachelor's degree in Psychology and from the University of Kansas with a Master's degree and Ph.D. in Speech Language Pathology.

 Interdisciplinary Care Partners

Kansas Rehabilitation Hospital - Inpatient Care
1504 SW Eighth Ave., Topeka, KS 66606
785-232-8533
kansasrehabhospital.com

Christian Benedict

Christian Benedict, DPT, LSVT-BIG
Physical Therapist, Kansas Rehabilitation Hospital
LSVT-BIG certified

Christian graduated from the University of Kansas with his Doctorate of Physical Therapy in May of 2007. Christian works at Kansas Rehabilitation Hospital in Topeka, KS, in the inpatient rehabilitation department. Christian has worked with a wide variety of patients with orthopedic and neurological conditions, with an emphasis on Parkinson's Disease, joint replacement rehabilitation and the geriatric population. Christian is certified in LSVT-BIG, trained in T.I.P's and is part of the Parkinson's Team at Kansas Rehabilitation Hospital.

Daniel Schmitt

Daniel Schmitt MS, CCC-SLP, CBIS
Speech-Language Pathologist, Kansas Rehabilitation Hospital
LSVT-LOUD, VitalStim, FEES certified

Dan graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 2004 with a Master's degree in Speech-Language Pathology. Dan has worked at the Kansas Rehabilitation Hospital in Topeka, KS, in the inpatient rehabilitation department, since 2006. He holds certification in LSVT-LOUD, FEES, VitalStim, and is a certified brain injury specialist. Dan has worked extensively with patients with Parkinson's Disease, brain injury and stroke, as well as other neurological conditions, and is part of the Parkinson's Team at KRH.

Parkinson's Program of Manhattan at Meadowlark Hills
2121 Meadowlark Rd., Manhattan, KS 66502
785-323-3874
www.meadowlark.org

 Michelle Haub

Michelle R. Haub, MS, CCC-SLP
Speech-Language Pathologist and Director, Parkinson's Program of Manhattan at Meadowlark Hills
LSVT-Loud Certified

Michelle earned her Bachelors & Masters degrees from Fort Hays State University.  Her professional certifications include LSVT-LOUD © and Speak Out!© and training in Vital Stimulation.  Michelle has worked with individuals with speech, language, hearing, swallowing, voice and memory deficits for more than 20 years. Michelle is the co-creator and Director of the Parkinson's Program of Manhattan at Meadowlark Hills in Manhattan, KS.  In 2014, the Parkinson's Program of Manhattan received the Excellence in Social Accountability Award from LeadingAge Kansas.

Stormont Vail Outpatient Therapy at Kansas Rehab Hospital
1504 SW 8th St., Topeka, KS 66606
785-354-6761 or 785-354-6762

Karen Farron

Karen Farron, OTR/L, MHS, MIMC, CBIS
Senior Occupational Therapist, Stormont Vail Outpatient Therapy at KRH
LSVT-BIG certified

Karen has worked as an Occupational Therapist for more than 28 years. She graduated from the University of Missouri with a BHS in Occupational Therapy in 1984, and then earned her Master's Degree from Washington University in 1990. She is certified as a Master Interactive Metronome (IM) provider.  Karen is a Certified Brain Injury Specialist and is certified to use the DRIVEAble Cognitive Assessment Test (part of an "In Clinic" assessment of visual, perceptual, cognitive, and motor skills necessary for driving). Karen is dedicated to identifying creative ways (including the use of music and other rhythmic cues) to empower individuals dealing with the symptoms of a newly diagnosed or chronic neurological condition.

Becky Foster

Becky Foster, CPTA
Physical Therapist Assistant, Stormont Vail Outpatient Therapy at KRH
LSVT-BIG certified

Becky graduated from Washburn University with her Associate of Science from the school of Allied Health with emphasis in Physical Therapy Assistant. Becky has over 6 years of experience working with neurological and orthopedic conditions. Becky has been a part of the Outpatient team at the Kansas Rehabilitation Hospital for her entire career and is part of the Parkinson's Team at Kansas Rehabilitation Hospital.  She became LSVT-BIG certified in February of 2012.

Jacque Henne

Jacque Henne, PT
Physical Therapist, Stormont Vail Outpatient Therapy at KRH
LSVT-BIG certified

Jacque graduated from the University of Kansas Medical Center with her Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy in 1977. Jacque has worked in a variety of settings around the country with experience in acute rehabilitation, sub-acute rehab, orthopedics and neurological disorders.  Jacque has worked at the Kansas Rehabilitation Hospital since 1989 and is certified in LSVT-BIG and is a part of the Parkinson's Team at Kansas Rehabilitation Hospital.  Jacque also specializes in Neurological Development Techniques for ADL's.

Elizabeth Parker

Elizabeth Parker, M.S., CCC-SLP
Speach Therapist, Stormont Vail Outpatient Therapy at KRH
LSVT-LOUD certified

Elizabeth Parker graduated in 2005 with Master's degree from Fort Hays State University. She has over 9 years of experience working with adults with neurogenic communication and swallowing disorders, and joined the Kansas Rehabilitation Hospital team in 2012. Her certifications included LSVT-LOUD and Vital-Stim. Kansas Rehabilitation Hospital also offers FEES for the assessment and diagnosis of patients with dysphagia.

Last modified: May 05, 2016
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