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Faculty and Staff

PahwaRajesh Pahwa, M.D.
Laverne and Joyce Rider Professor of Neurology
Movement Disorders Division Chief
Director, Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorder Center
Director, Parkinson's Foundation Center of Excellence


Lyons bioKelly E. Lyons, Ph.D.
Research Professor
Director of Research and Education, Parkinson's Disease and Movement Disorder
Co-Director, Parkinson's Foundation Center of Excellence


Au bioKelvin Au, M.D.
Assistant Professor of Neurology


Cheng bioJennifer Cheng, M.D., M.S.
Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery


DubinskyRichard Dubinsky, M.D., MPH
Professor of Neurology


KinsmanMichael Kinsman, M.D.
Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery


NashatizadehMuhammad M. Nashatizadeh, M.D.
Clinical Assistant Professor
Director, Inpatient Movement Disorders
Assistant Director, Neurology Medical Student Clerkship

Sees only hospitalized patients with no clinic.


NazzaroJules Nazzaro, M.D.
Director, Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery
Professor of Neurosurgery


Sharma bioVibhash Sharma, M.D.
Clinical Assistant Professor 


Clinical and Research Staff


Tris Brady, RN, BSN
Clinical Research Nurse
COE Center Coordinator

Tris completed her Bachelor of Science in Psychology with a Minor in Biology at Kansas State University in 2013, during this time she worked at the Reward, Timing, and Decision Lab at K-State as a Research Assistant. Upon graduation she went on to obtain her Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing from Research College of Nursing in 2015. She then worked at Tulane University, New Orleans in the Pediatric ER from 2015 to 2016. Moving home to Kansas City, she proceeded to work at Centerpoint Medical Center in the Adult ICU, a medical, surgical, and trauma ICU. Tris joined the Parkinson's Disease and Movement Disorder Center in July 2019.


Crystal Cramer, BSN
Nurse Clinician, Deep Brain Stimulation Programmer

Crystal obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 2014. During her time there, she worked as a Research Assistant in the Center for Brain, Biology, and Behavior's Developmental Brain Laboratory, and was also a Research Assistant in the Trauma, Violence and Abuse Laboratory. Crystal went on to complete her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Nebraska Medical Center in 2017. She then worked at Bryan Medical Center in the Neurology/Neurosurgery Progressive Care Unit for three years, before joining the University of Kansas Health System Department of Neurology in April 2020 as the Neurology Clinical Nurse Coordinator. Crystal joined the Parkinson's Disease and Movement Disorder Center in November 2020 as a Deep Brain Stimulation Nurse Programmer.


Sarina Fay, B.S.
Research Assistant


Kimber Foster, RN
Clinic Nurse

Kimber graduated from Johnson County Community College with her Associate's degree in nursing in May 2020.  Kimber joined the KU Alzheimer's and Memory Clinic and tranisitioned to the Parkinson's Disease and Movement Disorder Center in December 2020.


Stevie Huggins
Medical Assistant

Stevie graduated from Concorde as a Medical Assistant in 2011.  She is currently studying at Metropolitan Community College.  Stevie joined the Parkinson's Disease and Movement Disorder Center in May 2017.


Janet Kirk, RN, BSN
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., CCRP
Senior 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 and since 2005, she has been working as a clinical research 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, LPN
Clinic Nurse

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


Lauren O'Brien, B.S.
Research Assistant

Lauren graduated from Colgate University with a Bachelor's degree in Cellular Neuroscience and a Minor in Biology in May 2020. She joined the Parkinson's Disease and Movement Disorder Center in March 2021.


Interdisciplinary Team Members

Maria Davenport, PT, M.S.
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.


Hannes Devos, Ph.D.
Director, Laboratory for Advanced Rehabilitation Research in Simulation

Dr. Devos is currently as Assistant Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science with a joint appointment in the Department of Occupational Therapy Education.  He is Director of the Laboratory for Advanced Rehabiltation Research in Stimulation (LARRS).  His research is focused on the use of innovative virtual reality technologies to improve the quality of life in people with people with Parkinson's disease.  As a Driving Rehabilitation Specialist, he renders clinical services to patients with medical conditions who seek to restore their driving privileges.


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, SLPD-CCC
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 and Doctorate degrees in Speech Language Pathology.


Emily Hunt, MSW, LCSW, LSCSW
Clinical Social Worker

Emily graduated with her Bachelor of Social Work from the University of Missouri in 2007 and her Master of Social Work from the University of Kansas in 2009. She is a Missouri Licensed Clinical Social Worker and a Kansas Licensed Specialist Clinical Social Worker. She has been practicing Social Work in the Kansas City metro area for the past 12+ years. Emily has experience in medical, behavioral health, and crisis intervention. She joined the Parkinson's Disease and Movement Disorder Center in 2021 as a Clinical Social Worker.


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 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.


Sarah Luby, PharmD
Clinical Pharmacist


Adam Parks, Ph.D.
Clinical Neuropsychologist

Dr. Parks is a clinical neuropsychologist in the University of Kansas Health System Department of Neuropsychology and clinical assistant professor in the University of Kansas Medical Center Departments of Neurology and Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences. He works with patients with Parkinson's disease and other movement disorders to better understand the neuropsychological impact of these conditions on everyday functioning. He completed his doctoral training at Saint Louis University, and then an internship at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, and a two-year fellowship at Mayo Clinic. His research has focused on investigating cognitive functioning in Parkinson's disease and Parkinson-plus syndromes.


Kelli Reiling-Ott, 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.  


Kelsey Sewell, Ph.D.
Clinical Psychologist

Dr. Sewell is a Clinical Psychologist specializing in Health Psychology. She completed her doctoral work at the University of Utah, where she received a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology with a Health Psychology and Behavioral Medicine Specialization. She completed a one-year internship at the VA Palo Alto Healthcare System, with a focus in Behavioral Medicine. She then completed a one-year fellowship at the University of Kansas Medical Center in Onco-Psychology and Behavioral Medicine. Dr. Sewell joined the faculty of the Department of Psychiatry as a Clinical Assistant Professor in 2017. She works with patients in the Parkinson's Disease and Movement Disorder Center at the University of Kansas Medical Center on a variety of issues, such as coping with Parkinson's Disease, managing depression and anxiety, and improving sleep difficulties.


Carrie Spresser, Ph.D.
Clinical Neuropsychologist

Dr. Spresser is a clinical neuropsychologist in the University of Kansas Hospital department of neuropsychology and clinical assistant professor of neurology and psychiatry. Her work focuses on the evaluation of patients with suspected cognitive disorders, including patients with Parkinson's disease and other movement disorders. She also has participated in pre-surgical evaluations to aid in identifying risk factors that may impact surgical outcomes.


Interdisciplinary Care Partners

Kansas Rehabilitation Hospital - Inpatient Care

1504 SW Eighth Ave., Topeka, KS 66606
785-232-8533
kansasrehabhospital.com

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 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 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, 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, 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, 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.


Freudenthal Center for Parkinson's Disease

3702 Frederick Avenue, St. Joseph, MO
816-676-8050
www.freudenthalhh.com/fcpd


Stephanie Stewart, MSN, RN-BC
Associate Professor of Nursing, Missouri Western State Nursing
Co-Founder and Executive Director, Freudenthal Center for Parkinson's Disease
Scholar, Edmond J. Safra Visiting Nurse Faculty Program at the Parkinson's Disease Foundation

Stephanie has been a Registered Nurse for over 20 years after graduating from Missouri Western State University with her BSN in 1997. Stephanie became an Edmond J. Safra Visiting Nurse Faculty Scholar in 2018. In December 2018, Stephanie and two other women co-founded the Freudenthal Center for Parkinson's Disease in St. Joseph, MO where seven classes per week are offered to individuals with Parkinson's disease for no cost. Additionally, the Center sponsors a minimum of one education and support group per month. Stephanie was recently named the named the Edmond J. Safra Visiting Nurse Faculty Scholar Annual Alumni Awardee for 2019 by the Parkinson's Foundation.

Parkinson's Disease and Movement Disorder Center

University of Kansas Medical Center
Parkinson's Disease and Movement Disorder Center
Mailstop 3042
3901 Rainbow Boulevard
Kansas City KS 66160
Appointments: 913-574-0038