People

Janis Miyasaki, MD, MEd, FRCPC, FAAN (Neurology)
Director, Parkinson and Movement Disorders Program

Dr. Miyasaki completed her medical school, residency and fellowship in Movement Disorders at the University of Toronto. She also completed a Masters in Education, Theory and Policy in Higher Education at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education and the University of Toronto. Her area of interests are clinical trials, evidence-based medicine and palliative care. She is a professor in Medicine. She is currently on the Board of Directors for the American Academy of Neurology and an officer of the Pan-American Section of the Movement Disorders Society. She joined the University of Alberta in 2014. She is currently also the co-director of the complex neurological clinic.

Richard Camicioli, MD, FRCPC (Neurology)
Co-Director, Parkinson and Movement Disorders Program

Dr. Camicioli completed his undergraduate education at Queen's University in Kingston, Ont., and his medical education at McGill University in Montreal. After completing a neurology residency at McGill, he obtained postgraduate research training in geriatric neurology and in movement disorders at Oregon Health Sciences University in Portland, Oregon. He then assumed a faculty position as Assistant Professor in the movement disorders group at Oregon Health Sciences University until 2000 when he moved to the University of Alberta, initially as an Associate Professor in the Division of Neurology. He is currently a Professor and the director of the cognitive clinic, and the co-director of the Movement Disorders Program. His major research interests relate to neuroimaging and the brain changes associated with impaired cognition in patients with movement disorders.

Oksana Suchowersky, MD, FRCPC (Neurology), FCCMG

Dr. Suchowersky received her undergraduate and graduate education at the University of Alberta following which she trained in medicine at the University of Calgary. She completed a neurology residency and fellowships in movement disorders and neurogenetics at the University of British Columbia. In 1984, she joined the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Calgary where she developed their Movement Disorders Program and a Neurogenetics Clinic. She moved to the University of Alberta in 2010 as a Professor of Medicine & Medical Genetics, assuming the Toupin Research Chair in Neurology. She has many research interests, including the genetic basis for movement disorders. She is on the Board of Parkinson Alberta, and the Pan American Section Movement Disorders Society.

Jennifer McCombe, MD, MPH, FRCPC (Neurology)

Dr. McCombe received her MD degree from Queen's University in 2004, and finished her Neurology training at the University of Alberta in 2009. She then obtained her Master's degree in Public Health from Johns Hopkins University. Dr. McCombe is currently an Associate Clinical Professor in the Division of Neurology. She is also actively involved in the Neuroinflammatory clinic and in resident education.

Fang Ba, MD, PhD, FRCPC (Neurology)

Dr. Ba received her MD degree from University of Calgary in 2007. She also obtained her PhD degree in Physiology/Neuroscience from University of Alberta. She finished her neurology residency and CIHR fellowship in Movement Disorders at the University of Alberta. She also pursued further training in Deep brain stimulation (DBS) in University of Florida. Her research interest and practice are in DBS for movement disorders. She is currently Assistant Professor in the Division of Neurology, University of Alberta.

Tom Nowacki, MD, FRCPC (Neurology)

 

 

 

Aakash Shetty, MBBS, MD, DM, DNB (Neurologist)

Dr. Shetty obtained his medical training and Neurology residency in India. He did further training in movement disorders at the University of Alberta, and extended his training in Toronto Western Hospital, University of Toronto. He is trained in advanced and device-aided treatment in Parkinson’s disease, such as deep brain stimulation, Duodopa treatment. He joined the Parkinson and Movement Disorders Program in 2020.

Jorge Perez-Parada, MD, FRCPC (Psychiatry)

Dr. Perez-Parada completed his medical degree and post-graduate training in psychiatry at the University of Alberta. He also completed an MSc in psychiatry at the University of Alberta focusing on the link between panic disorder and cardiovascular morbidity and mortality. He is presently a member of the Psychiatric Consult-Liason team at the University of Alberta Hospital and has an appointment as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry. He joined the Movement Disorders Program in 2008.

Tejas Sankar, MD, FRCSC (Neurosurgery)

Dr. Sankar completed his medical degree from McGill University in Montreal. He then went on to complete his neurosurgery residency at the University of Alberta in 2010. During his residency, he spent 2 years at the Barrow Neurological Institute in Phoenix, Arizona, developing research expertise in structural and metabolic neuroimaging. From 2010-2012, he completed a combined clinical-research fellowship at the University of Toronto in Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery, before returning to the University of Alberta as an Assistant Professor in the Division of Neurosurgery. He is now Associate professor in Neurosurgery, and his role in the Movement Disorders Program is to perform Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) surgery for suitable patients. His research focuses on the use of neuroimaging to study the effects of DBS on plasticity in the brain.

Nancy Fisher, PhD

Dr. Fisher completed her undergraduate education at York University in Toronto, and her graduate education in Clinical Neuropsychology at the University of Windsor in Windsor, Ontario. She subsequently joined the University of Alberta Hospital as a clinical neuropsychologist. She has been part of the Movement Disorders Program since 2002 as a neuropsychologist involved in the Neuromodulation Program.

Naheed Rajabali

Dr. Naheed Rajabali completed his Internal Medicine residency and Geriatric Medicine Fellowship at the University of Alberta. He was appointed a clinical lecturer in 2017. He works at the Royal Alexandra Hospital's acute inpatient ward and consult service and leads a new geriatric emergency department service at the site. He also provides his expertise and delivers care for geriatric patients with Parkinson's disease at the Parkinson and Movement Disorders Program at the Kaye Clinic. He researches fitness and frailty in the context of critical care and surgery.

Charlene Heavener, RN

Ms Heavener received her nursing diploma from Kelsey Institute of Applied Arts and Science in Saskatoon. Since graduation, she has worked in a variety of areas in both urban and rural Alberta. She has experience with nursing in acute care, long term care and in the community. Charlene joined the Movement Disorders Program as a clinic nurse in April 2009.

Jennifer Mah, RN, BScN

Jennifer got her BScN degree from University of Alberta. She has nursing experience in multiple clinical settings, including emergency medicine, day surgery, medicine and palliative. She started to involve in neurology patient care when she joined Glenrose Hospital Brain Injury Rehabilitation Program, and subsequently worked at Multiple Sclerosis Clinic. Jennifer joined movement disorders program in 2015 as a clinic nurse.

Genise Tremain

Genise received her nursing diploma from Grant MacEwan Community College. She has worked in a variety of clinical settings, including emergency, ICU, medicine, and clinic research. Genise joined the Movement Disorders Program in 2014 in the Duodopa program. She is also involved in research related to Parkinson's Disease and Duodopa.

Michelle Waldron, RN, BScN

Michelle received her BScN degree in from Southern Adventist University in Tennessee in 1998. She has worked as a nurse in 4 different countries and across a variety of areas - including acute care, intensive care, and community nursing. She joined the Movement Disorders Program in August 2017 and is coordinating the Deep Brain Stimulation program.

Susan Loewen, BScPT

Ms. Loewen obtained her undergraduate education in physical therapy at the University of Alberta. She has worked as a physiotherapist in various settings including private practice, pediatric and adult neurology, long term care and sub-acute rehabilitation. She joined the Movement Disorders Program as a physiotherapist in 2009. She has previously taught at NorQuest College and enjoys providing information regarding physiotherapy and Parkinson's disease to various professional and community groups.

Jennifer McMullen Krysa, BScOT, BSc(Psych), OT(c)

Ms. Krysa graduated from the University of Alberta earning a Master of Science degree from the Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine in addition to a Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy degree and a Bachelor of Science with Specialization (Psychology) degree. She is a certified PWR! Moves instructor and has completed additional coursework in hand therapy and handwriting interventions. Ms. Krysa has worked as an OT in Canada and the United States in both clinical and leadership roles. She has worked as a teaching assistant and a research assistant in the departments of Occupational Therapy, Psychology and Sociology at the University of Alberta.

Francis Cheung, BSc, CCRP

Francis joined the Movement Disorders Program in March 2016 as a Research Coordinator. He completed his Bachelor of Science in microbiology at the University of Alberta and then obtained his CCRP in 2011. His clinical research background includes working for contract research organizations in fields such as cardiology, diabetes, and oncology.

Paul McCann, BA, BScN, RN, MPH

Study Coordinator

Daniela Buttenschoen

Palliative care consultor for complex neurological clinic.

Caroline Nolan BA Th, M Th, MACP, LSS, PhD, R. Psych
Clinical Chaplain Specialist & Registered Psychologist

Caroline joined the team in 2015 and works as a pastoral psychologist for the Complex Neurology Symptoms Clinic.

Jeanette Amene

Palliative care nurse for complex neurological clinic.

Brigette Heppner

Ms. Heppner joined the Movement Disorders Program in 2008 as an Research Assistant. In 2010, she began a secretary for the program to provide assistance and support to the patients and staff.