⇒ Kim Cousineau, MPA – President
⇒ Scott Pierce – Vice President
⇒ Donald J. Michaud, MBA – Treasurer
⇒ Shaun Hindley, MS – Secretary
Directors (in alphabetical order)
⇒ Dr. Robert “Ross” Coleman, MD
Dr. Coleman, MD, is a neurologist specializing in movement disorders. Dr. Coleman earned his medical degree from Vanderbilt University School of Medicine in Nashville, Tennessee, and completed his neurology residency at University of Michigan Health System in Ann Arbor. He completed his movement disorders fellowship at University of California, San Francisco, and San Francisco Veterans Affairs Medical Center. Dr. Coleman’s clinical interests include Parkinson’s Disease (PD), essential tremor and other tremor disorders, dystonia, deep brain stimulation, levodopa intestinal infusion therapy, botulinum toxin injection, ataxia, Huntington’s disease, progressive supranuclear palsy, multiple system atrophy, corticobasal degeneration, and other movement disorders.
⇒ Gary Conn
⇒ Joy Gianakura, EdD
⇒ Dr. Jessica Hedeman, DO
Dr. Hedeman is part of the Mercy Health Hauenstein Neurosciences, Essential Tremor Group. She specializes in Essential Tremor, Movement Disorders, Neurology, and PD. Dr. Hedeman completed her medical degree at Michigan State University, her fellowship at the University of Colorado Denver, and her residency at Betsford Hospital.
⇒ Caryl Sortwell, PhD
Dr. Caryl Sortwell’s research investigates therapeutic strategies for the treatment of PD including transplantation, pharmacotherapy, trophic factor augmentation via gene therapy and deep brain stimulation. Particular emphasis is placed on characterizing the time course and magnitude of nigrostriatal degeneration and functional impairment produced by a variety of insults in rat models of PD. These same rat models are then utilized to determine the potential of various neuroprotective approaches to slow degeneration. Dr. Sortwell is also interested in understanding how the aging brain environment impacts therapeutic strategies for PD.
⇒ Brian Toronyi
Emeritus (in alphabetical order)
⇒ Betsy Borre
⇒ Don Butcher
⇒ Kurt Stiensen