Movement Disorders

Our Team

Helen Bronte-Stewart, MD, MSE
Helen Bronte-Stewart, M.D., MSE John E. Cahill Family Professor
Director Stanford Movement Disorders Center
Director Stanford Human Motor Control and Balance Laboratory

Dr. Bronte-Stewart received a Master of Science in Bioengineering and her MD degree from University of Pennsylvania Schools of Engineering and Medicine respectively. Dr. Bronte-Stewart did her internship in medicine and a residency in neurology at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. She completed post-doctoral fellowships in movement disorders in single unit electrophysicology and motor control with Dr. Stephen Lisberger, at the University of California, San Francisco.

Her expertise in single neuronal electrophysicology in primates has been transferred to the operating room where she performs the intra-operative microelectrode mapping of basal ganglia nuclei during deep brain stimulations (DBS) procedures for the treatment of patients with Movement Disorders.

Dr. Bronte-Stewart's research focus is on elucidating the mechanisms of abnormal brain activity that contribute to abnormal movement and balance disorders in Parkinson's disease, tremor and dystonia. She has developed new technology to measure human motor control such as a MIDI keyboard, which has been developed by Intel's division of Healthcare Technology. In the Stanford Human Motor Control & Balance laboratory, Dr. Bronte-Stewart and her colleagues are investing the effects of interventions such as DBS and/or exercise on specific aspects of balance and upper extremity movement in Parkinson's disease. In the operating room, she and her colleagues record electrical signals directly from the human brain and have demonstrated that DBS suppresses an abnormal rhythm in the brain and may act like a brain pacemaker. Dr. Bronte-Stewart's passion for understanding how the brain controls movement comes from a background in classical and modern dance.

Jaimie M. Henderson, MD
Jaimie M. Henderson, MD Director, Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery

Jaimie M. Henderson, M.D., is director of the Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery program at Stanford. Dr. Henderson is an expert in the surgical treatment of movement disorders and chronic pain, and is active in research to improve stereotactic navigation and the efficacy of neuromodulatory therapies for movement disorders, pain, and other neurological diseases.

Dr. Henderson joined the Stanford Movement Disorders team in 2004, after spending three years developing innovative surgical techniques for deep brain stimulator placement at the Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio. Prior to this, he started the movement disorders surgery program at St. Louis University in 1995, remaining on the faculty there for six years.

Dr. Henderson received his MD from Chicago's Rush Medical College in 1988, completed his residency in Neurosurgery at Saint Louis University in 1995 and completed fellowship training in Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery before joining the faculty at St. Louis University. He is presently Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery and, By Courtesy, of Neurology and Neurological Sciences at Stanford University School of Medicine.

Katherine Mackenzie, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor, Neurology & Neurological Sciences
Pediatric Movement Disorders Specialist
Kathleen Poston, MD, MS
Poston, Kathleen, MD Assistant Professor, Neurology and Neurological Sciences

Dr. Kathleen Poston is Assistant Professor of Neurology and Neurosciences and, by courtesy, Neurosurgery. Dr. Poston received her Bachelorís of Science in Bioengineering at the University of Pennsylvania and her Masterís Degree in Biomedical Engineering at Vanderbilt University. She also obtained her medical degree from Vanderbilt University and then completed her Neurology residency training at UCSF, where she was Chief Resident.

She also completed a fellowship in clinical Movement Disorders under the mentorship of Dr. Stanley Fahn at Columbia University and post-doctoral training in Functional Neuroimaging with Dr. David Eidelberg at the Feinstein Institute.

Dr. Postonís research focuses on the development of novel neuroimaging biomarkers to improve diagnostic accuracy and monitor the efficacy of investigational treatments for Parkinsonís disease and other movement disorders. Her clinical interests include Parkinsonís disease, atypical Parkinsonian disorders, essential tremor, Huntingtonís disease, and tics. She also has interest in the treatment of dystonia and blepharospasm with botulinum toxin.

Camilla Kilbane, MD
Camilla Kilbane, MD Clinical Assistant Professor, Neurology

Dr. Kilbane received a national Norwegian scholarship to attend medical school at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, where she received her MD degree. After completing an internship in medicine and surgery in Ireland, she went on to complete her Neurology Residency at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City, where she was Chief Resident. She subsequently completed a 2 year fellowship in Movement Disorders at the University of California San Francisco.

Dr. Kilbane's clinical speciality includes the assessment and treatment of movement disorders, including dystonia, Parkinson's disease, atypical Parkinsonian disorders, essential tremor, Huntington's disease, myoclonus, functional movement disorders and tics. She treats patients with botulinum toxin for dystonia and spasticity. She also performs intra-operative neurological assessments during deep brain stimulation surgery.

Dr. Kilbane's research focus includes optimal target selection for deep brain stimulation and neuropsychological disturbances in movement disorders.

Rosalind Chuang, MD
Rosalind Chuang, MD Clinical Assistant Professor, Neurology

Dr. Chuang received her B.A. in Biology from the University of Chicago and her M.D. from University of Washington in Seattle , where she also completed her Neurology residency training. She received her movement disorders fellowship training at University of Toronto under Dr. Anthony Lang and then completed an additional movement disorders surgical fellowship under the mentorship of Dr. Elena Moro.

Dr. Chuangís clinical specialty includes the assessment and treatment of movement disorders, with expertise in dystonia, Parkinson's Disease, atypical Parkinsonian disorders, Essential Tremor, Huntington's Disease, and ataxia. She is the clinical director of Stanfordís multi-disciplinary Huntingtonís Disease/Genetic Ataxia clinic. In addition, she treats patients with botulinum toxin for dystonia, blepharospasm, hemifacial spasm, and tics.

With a focus on improving clinical care, Dr. Chuang is involved in clinical trials on emerging therapeutics for movement disorders. She has a special interest in the genetics of movement disorders, identifying families with inherited forms of dystonia, parkinsonian disorders, and ataxia in hopes of finding novel genes and understanding how genes modify clinical characteristics of disease.

Bruce C Hill, PhD
Bruce C Hill, PhD Medical Physicist

Bruce C. Hill, PhD performs calculations to assist the interoperative navigation during DBS surgery and oversees technical quality assurance for the program.

He insures that the various computer, electronic, and mechanical systems used in the clinic and operating room are operating correctly. He also collaborates with a number of the program's neurological and neurosurgical research efforts.

Dr. Hill received his BA in Physics (summa cum laude) from Rice University, his doctorate in Applied Physics from Stanford University and his residency training in Medical Physics from the University of California, San Francisco.

He also performed biomedical research and instrument development for fifteen years as a Principal Investigator on National Institutes of Health grants and was a Visiting Professor of Biomedical Engineering at Duke University.

Simon Tan, PsyD, ABPP
Simon Tan, PsyD, ABPP Neuropsychologist

Simon Tan, PsyD, ABPP, received his bachelor's degree at Dartmouth College, doctorate in clinical psychology from Yeshiva University, and completed a pre-doctoral internship at the Massachusetts Mental Health Center, Harvard Medical School.

Dr. Tan also completed a post-doctoral fellowship specializing in clinical neuropsychology in both adult inpatient and outpatient settings at the Behavioral Neurology Unit, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Cambridge Hospital at Harvard.

Carlos Rodriguez, RN, CNRN

Carlos Rodriguez, RN, CNRN Deep Brain Stimulator Program and
Stanford Balance Center Nurse Coordinator

Carlos graduated cum laude from Washington State University with a Bachelors of Science in Nursing in May 2007. He started his career here at Stanford in July 2007 working in the Neuro-Surgical inpatient unit. Carlos obtained his certification as a neuroscience nurse (CNRN) in 2009 and joined the Movement Disorders group in December 2011.

Leanel Liwanag, BS, CFT

Leanel Liwanag, BS, CFT Movement Analysis Technologist

Leanel graduated from the University of Hawaii at Manoa, receiving her Bachelor's of Science in Kinesiology and interned as an Athletic Trainer Student for the UH Warrior football team. She has been a Physical Therapy Aide since 2003 and continued her education in becoming a Physical Therapist Assistant. With her tremendous interest in exercise, fitness and nutrition, Leanel obtained her certification as a Health & Fitness Trainer from the International Sports Sciences Association.

Leanel manages the Stanford Human Motor Control and Balance Laboratory. She administers balance and kinematic testing for the Stanford Movement Disorders Center and the Stanford Balance Center. Leanel also assists with the intra-operative microelectrode mapping during deep brain stimulation (DBS) procedures in the operating room.

Irina Krugomova, PA
Physician Assistant

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