Stanford Balance Center Staff

Kristen K. Steenerson, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor, Neurology & Neurological Sciences
Co-Director, Stanford Balance Center

Kristen Steenerson is a board-certified neurologist with fellowship training in otoneurology. Her specific interests include Vestibular Migraine, Benign Paroxysmal Positional vertigo, Ménière's Disease and Persistent Postural-Perceptual Dizziness. Her goal is to work in tandem with Movement Disorders specialists to help address the unmet need in balance disorders through the comprehensive evaluation and care allowed by the Stanford Balance Center, jointly addressing the junction of inner ear and brain disorders.

Leanel Liwanag, BS, CPT

Leanel graduated from the University of Hawaii at Manoa receiving her B.S. in Kinesiology.  While at university, Leanel was an Athletic Trainer Student for the UH Warrior Football team during their undefeated season.  Leanel has been a Physical Therapy Aide since 2003 and continued her education in becoming a Physical Therapist Assistant.  Her interest in fitness and nutrition led her in becoming a Certified Fitness Trainer from the International Sports Sciences Association. 

Leanel will continue to be involved with Dr. Bronte-Stewart's research and plans on assisting with the future "Stanford Smart Gym".  During her spare time, Leanel enjoys volunteering for the American Red Cross, staying active and being outdoors hiking, running and traveling.

Carlos A 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. He obtained his certification as a neuroscience nurse (CNRN) in 2009 and joined the Movement Disorders group in December 2011.

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