A CU Medicine provider.
I hope to ensure that my patients are living their best life possible, even in the face of a chronic neurologic disease. I emphasize the importance of physical exercise, diet, social activities, and cognitively stimulating activity to not only improve quality of life, but to help delay the progression of the neurodegenerative diseases I treat.
I enjoy reading historical fiction, especially anything that focuses on Eleanor of Aquitaine.
Qualifications and experience
- Brain and Nervous System, Brain and Nervous System - Alzheimer's Disease, Brain and Nervous System - Movement Disorders, Brain and Nervous System - Parkinson's Disease, Neurology
- Languages spoken
- Clinical interest for patients
I am interested in conditions that present with symptoms affecting both cognition and movement, such as Parkinson's disease dementia, dementia with Lewy bodies, and Alzheimer's disease with parkinsonism. I have fellowship training in both Movement Disorders and Behavioral Neurology, which has laid the foundation for these interests.
- Research interest for patients
My research is focused on how to best evaluate cognition as it relates to daily functioning. Paper and pencil tests done in clinic do not always fully evaluate how thinking and memory problems can affect someone's day-to-day function. I hope to validate a new type of assessment that directly evaluates daily activities that require higher levels of cognitive function. In the future, I hope to work on developing non-pharmacologic treatments for cognitive impairment that focus on improving independence and functionality, such as an exercise program that also involves cognitive training.
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