Council, Committees, & Advisors

AMDAPP could not effect real and lasting change without the selfless support. Below are health care professionals working in the movement disorder space who are or have given the priceless gift of time.

APP Advisory Council

These APPs have been the part of the movement since the beginning. This small representative group has done everything from sending individual emails to planning APP-led CMEs.

Juliana Atem, NP

Veterans Affairs

Juliana Nkea Atem is a certified nurse practitioner currently working at the Dallas VA Medical Center. She received a Master's in Nursing from University of Texas (UT) Arlington and her Doctorate in Nursing Practice from Briar Cliff University in Sioux City, IA, and is certified in acute care and adult gerontology. Prior to joining the VA and fulfilling her desire to serve veterans, Dr. Atem worked for five years at UT Southwestern Movement Disorders Program. She began her work in nursing sixteen years ago and has worked in a variety of specialties.

Clarisse Goas, NP

University of Ohio Wexler

Clarisse Goas, APRN-CNP is a Nurse Practitioner who graduated Summa Cum Laude with Research Distinction from The Ohio State University in 2008 with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology. She graduated in 2012 with her MSN in Adult Health after receiving the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Award. Her father’s diagnosis of Parkinson disease contributed to her desire to subspecialize in Movement Disorders. She returned to Ohio in 2019 and joined The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center in the Advanced Therapies Movement Disorders program in January of 2020. She has experience in clinical trials (both as the principal investigator and co-investigator), including new medication symptomatic interventions, deep brain stimulation and intestinal pump drug delivery systems. She currently runs the virtual quarterly PD patient education series “Understanding the Disease,” is the PD Multidisciplinary Clinic Coordinator at OSU, and the NP team lead for Duopa.

Sherrie Gould, NP

Scripps Health

Sherrie Gould, MSN, NP-C is a board-certified nurse practitioner at Scripps Clinic Movement Disorders Center in La Jolla, CA. She holds a Masters of Science in Nursing from the University of San Diego and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Michigan. She is an expert DBS programmer and is a national speaker on Parkinson Disease. In 2010, she created a grassroots nonprofit organization which supports fundraising and education for research using patient specific non-embryonic stem cell therapy for a proposed long-term treatment for Parkinson disease.

Meredith Hatcher, PA

Texas Movement Disorder Specialists

Meredith Hatcher (Rollins), PA-C is a Board-Certified Physician Assistant who grew up in Allen, Texas. She attended Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas. There she played on the NCAA volleyball team for four years and was a member of the Christian sorority, Sigma Phi Lambda. Meredith attended the Physician Assistant program at Trevecca Nazarene University in Nashville, Tennessee for her Master of Science in Medicine. After graduate school, she began training under Dr. Soileau to pursue her interest in movement disorders. In November 2017, Meredith joined the team at Texas Movement Disorder Specialists where she strives to provide excellent care by supporting patients physically, emotionally, and spiritually.

Arita McCoy, NP

Johns Hopkins

Arita McCoy, MSN, CRNP is a Board-Certified Nurse Practitioner at the Johns Hopkins Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorder Center. During her 15 years the center she previously worked as an outreach assistant and research nurse. In her current role as a nurse practitioner, Arita provides clinical care to patients and rating/performs procedures in clinical trials. Also, in her role, she is the coordinator of the Johns Hopkins Parkinson Foundation Center of Excellence, which allows her to play an active role in community outreach and education. She has a special clinical interest in the advanced therapeutic treatment options for individuals with movement disorders.

Alexis Santangelo, NP

University Hospitals - Cleveland

Alexis Santangelo, AGNP-C is a Board-Certified Nurse Practitioner who obtained her BSN and MSN from The University of Akron. She has a demonstrated history of working in the higher education industry and neurology since 2017. She worked for 4 years at University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio seeing movement disorder patients in clinic and in a research setting. She is currently working at University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center Movement Disorders Center. She is skilled in procedures that include deep brain stimulation, baclofen pumps, and injections.

Onboarding Committee

This group is working to establish best practices for providers who are onboarding APPs to excel in delivering movement disorder care within a multidisciplinary team.

Patricia Clark, PA

Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland

Lawrence Elmer, MD

University of Toledo

Jill Farmer, MD

Global Neurosciences Institute

Alyssa Jacek, NP

University of Rochester

Jacqueline Murphy, NP

Brain and Spine Center of Arizona - Chandler, AZ

Kyla Newman, PA

INOVA Parkinson's and Mvmt Disorders Center - Fairfax, VA

Mary Scott

University of Toledo

MDS Advisors

The MDS physicians below have given the gift of time and expertise to raise the bar of care that APPs provide to persons with movement disorders.

Mindy Bibxy, MD

HOAG Hospital - Newport Beach, CA

Cynthia Comella, MD

Rush University - Chicago

Lawrence Elmer, MD

University of Toledo

Jill Farmer, MD

Global Neurosciences Institute - Pennington, NJ

Jean Hubble, MD


Zoltan Mari, MD

Luo Ruvo Celeveland Clinic - Las Vegas

Maria Cristina Ospina, MD

Regional Parkinson Center - Phoenix

Michael Soileau, MD

Texas Movement Disorder Specialists = Georgetown, TX

Legacy APPs

The APPs below are part of a growing list of APPs who have given their time to help AMDAPP grow and a make a lasting difference in the field of APPs working in movement disorders.