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Our Team


The Movement Disorder Center embraces a team approach to ensure that our patients have comprehensive access to the best care possible. Attending physicians work closely with advanced practice providers and fellows. Our multidisciplinary clinics provide the opportunity to see a variety of specialists in one visit, including movement disorders specialists, physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech therapists, and social workers.

Attending physicians are board-certified neurologists responsible for treating a patient's movement disorders, as well as supervising fellows and advanced practice providers.

Fellows are licensed doctors who have completed their medical education and neurological training and are completing an additional one to two years of instruction in movement disorders.

Advanced Practice Providers (APPs) are nurse practitioners and physician assistants who have completed their medical education at an accredited university and are state licensed and board-certified. APPs are supervised by an attending physician and are able to provide most of the same services.

Mecial Assistants support the physician and APPs by performing administrative and clinical tasks such as taking weight or drawing blood. They have obtained certification through an accredited college program.

 

   
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Maureen Leehey, MD, FAAN
Professor of Neurology
Chief, Movement Disorders Section
 
Dr. Leehey is a board-certified in Neurology and fellowship-trained in Movement Disorders. She is the senior movement disorders neurologist in the Rocky Mountain region and has mentored numerous neurologists. During her time at the University of Colorado, she has managed thousands of patients with Parkinson’s disease, is Lead Investigator in the International Parkinson Disease Study Group and has been the Primary Investigator for over 20 Parkinson’s disease clinical trials
 
 
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Lauren Seeberger, MD, FAAN
Associate Professor of Neurology
Director, Movement Disorders Center
 
Dr. Seeberger is a board-certified neurologist, specializing in Movement Disorders. She provides treatment and care for patients with Parkinson's disease, Parkinson plus syndromes, Lewy Body disease, Huntington's disease, dystonia, Tourette, tics, chorea, ataxia, Restless legs syndrome, myoclonus, drug-induced movement disorders, Essential Tremor and tremor. She has long-standing expertise in the use of botulinum toxins for neurological conditions as well as the use of deep brain stimulation for Parkinson's disease, Essential tremor and dystonia. Her research has focused on clinical testing of new medications to treat or slow progression of movement disorders and in new uses for already approved medications.
 
 
 
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Brian Berman, MD, MS
Associate Professor of Neurology
Associate Director of Research, Movement Disorders Center
Co-director, Clinical Faculty Scholars Program
 
Dr. Berman is a board certified Neurologist with subspecialty expertise in movement disorders and a particular clinical interest in dystonia and tremors. His research pursuits include using advanced imaging techniques to study the pathophysiology of Parkinson disease and dystonia, as well as investigating the effects of transcranial neurostimulation on brain function and symptoms in these disorders. He sees a variety of movement disorders patients at UCHealth in Aurora and Boulder and at the Denver VA Medical Center, and performs botulinum toxin injections for dystonia, spasticity and other neurologic conditions.
 
 
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Michelle Fullard, MD, MSCE
Assistant Professor of Neurology
 
Dr. Fullard is a movement disorders neurologist with a research focus on health outcomes and health services research in Parkinsons disease, as well as examining disparities in outcomes and care. She sees patients at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. SHe also performs botulinum toxin injections for dystonia, spaticity, and other neurological disorders. 
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Assistant Professor of Neruology
 
Dr. Hawkins is a  board-certified neurologist with subspeciality expertise in movement disorders. He provides treatment and care for patients with Parkinson's disease, Parkinson pkus syndromes, Lewy Body disease, Huntington's disease, dystonia, Tourette, tics, chorea, ataxia, Restless leg syndrome, myoclonus, drug-induced movement disorders, Essential Tremor, and tremor. In addition, he performs botulinum toxin injections for neurological disorders and has expertise in deep brain stimulation for movement disorders. He has particular research interests in genetic and clinical causes of ataxia as well as Huntongton's disease. He currently sees patients at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, the Denver VA Medical Center, and is working to develop the movement disorders telehealth network through UCHealth.
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Drew Kern, MD, MS
Assistant Professor of Neurology
Associate Clinical Director
 
Dr. Kern is a board-certified neurologist and movement disorders neurologist at the University of Colorado Denver. He completed his undergraduate and graduate education at the University od Colorado. Thereafter, he obtained his medical degree from the University of Vermont and completed a translation research fellowship studying the effects of stem cell transplancation in Parkinson's disease and Alzheimer's disease at the University of Colorado under the mentorship of Dr. John Sladek. He completed his neurology residency at the University of Colorado Denver and his clinical fellowhsip in movement disorders at the Toronto Western Hospital under the mentorship of Dr. A. E. Lang. His research has focused on developingbiomarkers, including colon and skin tissue as well as cardiac MIBG SPECT for the diagnosis of Parkinson's disease and atypical parkinsonism. Currently, he studies treatment options for advanced Parkinson's disease, including novel drug delivery systems, carbidopa levodopa enteral suspension (Duopa) and deep brain stimulaton. He established our carbidopa levodopa program and evaluates and manages patients with deep brain stimulation. He sees patients at three different locations: University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, UCHealth Boulder Health Center, and Denver Health.
 
 
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Olga Klepitskaya, MD, FAAN
Associate Professor of Neurology
Associate Director of Clinical Practice and Deep Brain Stimulation
 
Dr. Klepitskaya's clinical expertise and research interests are in the surgical treatment for movement disorders. She is co-director and the leading neurologist in the multidisciplinary Deep Brian stimulation (DBS) program at the University of Colorado Hospital (UCH) that includes neurologists, neurosurgeons, neuropsychologists, psychiatrists and specialists in physical medicine, speech therapy, and rehabilitation. She also does botulinum toxin injections for dystonia and other neurological disorders.
 
 
 
 
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Jessica Barr, PAC
Senior Instructor of Neurology
 
Jessica Barr is a certified Physican's Assistant who specializes in Movement Disorders. She sees patients with a variety of Movement disorders at the UCH Movement Disorders Center on the Anschutz Campus and in Boulder. She works with Deep Brain STimulation for Parkinson disease, Essential tremor and works with the Duopa program for Parkinson disease. She helps facilitate and run the Parkinson disease Interdisciplinary Clinic which includes evaluation with PT/OT/ST. She established and helps run the Newly Diagnosed and Advanced Parkinson disease group educaiton visits. Her research is focused on Parkinson disease.
 
 
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Christen Epstein, FNP
Senior Instructor of Neurology
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Heather Baer, MD
Associate Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
 
Heather Baer is a neuro rehabilitation expert Physiatrist with additional fellowship training in movement disorders. She sees a diverse group of patients with impairments and disabilities that result from central and peripheral nervous system dysfunctions, including all forms of movement disoders. She sees patientsin both the Movement Disorders and the Rehabilitation Medicine clinics at the Anschutz Outpatient Pavilion (AOP) of the University of Colorado Hospital. She also sees patients at the Univeristy of Colorado Family Medicine Clinic in Boulder, CO.
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Samantha Holden, MD, MS
Assitant Professor of Neurology (Movement Disorders & Behavioral Sections)
 
Dr. Holden is a neurologist with fellowship training in Movement Disorders and Behavioral Neurology which were both completed at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. She is interested in conditions that present with sympotoms affecting both cognition and movement, such as Parkinson disease, Lewy Body dementia, and Alzheimer's disease with parkinsonism.
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Professor of Neurology (Palliative Care Section)
Chief, Palliative Care Section
 
Dr. Kluger specializes in neuro-palliative care, movement disorders, behavioral neurology, and in the overlap of these fields. He has a particular interest in nonpharmacological treatments for movement disorders and the non-motor symptoms of Parkinson disease, including cognitive deficits and fatigue. His research has been funded by the National Institutes of Health, the Michael J Fox Foundation, the Colorado Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute, and the Department of Defense. His clinical practice includes a movement disorders, cognitive and behavioral neurology, interdisciplinary palliative care clinic for patients with neurological disorders, and botulinum toxin injections for dystonia and headache.
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Assistant Professor of Neurology (Palliative Care Secction)
 
Dr. Vaughan has fellowship training in both Movement Disorders and Palliative Medicine. She practices within the new section of Neuro-Palliative care and takes care of patients with advanced or end-stage neurologic disease through the course of their illnesses. She provides botulinum toxin injections for symptom management (dystonia, spasticity, drooling, and migraine). Dr. Vaughan sees patients at the University of Colorado Hospital and at satellite clinics.