Huntington’s Disease Center of Excellence at Stanford

We are proud to be named a Huntington’s disease Center of Excellence at Stanford University!  The HDSA Centers of Excellence provide a multidisciplinary team approach to Huntington’s disease care. Patients benefit from expert neurologists, psychiatrists, social workers, therapists, counselors and other professionals who have extensive experience working with families affected by HD and who work collaboratively to help families plan the best HD care program throughout the course of the disease. Stanford is part of a prestigious network of 55 HDSA Centers of Excellence across the United States.

Sharon Sha, MD, MS
Director, Huntington's Disease Center of Excellence
Clinical Associate Professor, Neurology & Neurological Sciences

Dr. Sharon Sha is a Clinical Associate Professor at Stanford University. In addition to LBD RCOE Co-Director, she is Associate Vice Chair of Clinical Research for the Department of Neurology, Director of the Huntington’s disease and Ataxia Clinic, clinical core co-leader of the Stanford ADRC, the founding Director of the Stanford Behavioral Neurology Fellowship and leads the clinical trials for the Memory Disorders division. The majority of her clinical and research time is devoted to caring for patients with behavioral neurodegenerative disorders, finding treatments for them, and training the next generation to do the same.

Neurologists

Kyan Younes, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor, Neurology and Neurological Sciences

Dr. Kyan Younes is a behavioral and cognitive neurologist. He cares for people living with memory, language, executive, visuospatial, behavioral, or psychiatric symptoms. He completed an epilepsy research fellowship at Case Western Reserve University, a neurology residency at the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston, and a behavioral neurology fellowship at the University of California San Francisco. His recent research projects focused on characterizing patients with right anterior temporal degeneration and on understanding the role of the glymphatic system in neurodegenerative illnesses. His broad focus involves implementing various neuroimaging approaches to achieve early and accurate diagnosis of patients with neurodegenerative diseases.

Laurice Yang, MD, MHA
Clinical Associate Professor, Neurology & Neurological Sciences

Dr. Laurice Yang received her bachelor’s degree in Molecular Cell Biology at the University of California in Berkeley.  Subsequently, she earned a master’s degree in Health Administration at the University of Southern California where she received the high honor as a Dean Merit Scholar.  She went on to obtain her medical degree from the University of Vermont and completed her neurology residency at the University of Southern California where she was appointed Neuroscience Chief Resident and spent the year revamping the entire medical student/resident education curriculum.  She completed her clinical training as a movement disorders fellow at the University of California in Los Angeles.

Dr. Laurice Yang is a board certified neurologist, specializing in the diagnosis of movement disorders including Parkinson’s disease, atypical parkinsonian disorders, Essential Tremor, and Huntington’s disease.  Dr. Yang has a particular interest in dystonia and spasticity and has been trained to perform botulinum toxin injection under ultrasound guidance to better ensure accuracy and efficacy with each procedure. 

Dr. Yang is also passionate about medical education and serves as the Co-Director for the Medical Student Year II Advanced Clinical Skills. She also has a background in healthcare administration and is currently the Associate Physician Improvement Leader, the Assistant Clinic Chief and the Associate Vice Chair for Clinical Affairs in the Department of Neurology.

Jacinda Sampson, MD, PhD
Clinical Professor of Neurology and Neurological Sciences

Dr. Jacinda Sampson received her MD and a PhD in biochemistry from University of Alabama at Birmingham, and completed her neurology residency and neurogenetics fellowship at the University of Utah. She served at Columbia University Medical Center prior to joining Stanford University Medical Center in 2015. Her areas of interest include myotonic dystrophies, Duchenne muscular dystrophy, and neurogenetic disorders such as neurofibromatosis, hereditary spastic paraparesis, spinocerebellar ataxia, among others. She is interested in clinical trials for treatment of neurogenetic disorders, and is the clinical application of next-generation genomic sequencing to genetic testing.

Maya Katz, MD
Clinical Associate Professor, Neurology and Neurological Sciences

Dr. Maya Katz specializes in treating patients with Parkinson's disease, essential tremor, dystonia and other movement disorders. She is dedicated to taking a comprehensive approach to well-being and to understanding what matters most to her patients and their families. She is a pioneer of integrating palliative care into the treatment of advanced movement disorders; this interdisciplinary approach addresses the physical, psychosocial, spiritual and practical distress caused by serious illness, and has been shown to significantly improve quality of life in people with Parkinson's disease and related disorders.  

In addition, Dr. Katz is passionate about improving access to neurological care in under-resourced areas. In medical school, she co-founded the Weill Cornell Community Clinic, a free clinic for uninsured and underinsured patients in New York City. As a founding member of the International Parkinson and Movement Disorders Society Telemedicine Task Force, she co-founded the Asynchronous Consultation for Movement Disorders (ACMD) program, whose mission is to provide movement disorder specialty consultation services to providers in under-resourced areas of the world.

Dr. Katz received her Medical Degree from Cornell University. She completed her residency in Neurology at Mount Sinai Medical Center, where she was appointed Chief Resident during her fourth year of residency. She then completed her Movement Disorders Fellowship at University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) Medical Center. 

Neuropsychiatrists

John Barry, MD
Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Professor of Neurology and Neurological Sciences (by courtesy)

Dr. Barry, director of the Neuropsychiatry and Psychotherapy Clinics, has a special interest in neuropsychiatric problems of people with dementia. He directs the UCNS-accredited Stanford Neuropsychiatry Fellowship Program and is consultant to the Stanford Center on Memory Disorders and the Stanford Movement Disorders Center.

Sepideh Bajestan, MD, PhD
Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Dr. Bajestan serves as Neuropsychiatry Section Chief, the Associate Neuropsychiatry Fellowship Director, Co-director of Individual Psychotherapy Clinic and Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University.She is involved in clinical practice, research and training of the psychiatry residents and neuropsychiatry fellows. Dr. Bajestan is the neuropsychiatric consultant at Stanford University’s Inpatient Neurology Units, Epilepsy Monitoring Unit, and Outpatient Neurology Clinics. She also works in different psychiatry clinics in department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, providing consultations (mainly) and outpatient care (both medication management and psycho therapy). She takes joy in working closely with her patients, their family members, other health care providers, teaching/mentoring trainees and also attending to her research projects.

Genetic Counselors

Carly Siskind, MS, LCGC
Senior Genetic Counselor
Clinical Associate Professor (Affiliated)

Before joining the neuromuscular team in 2011, Carly Siskind worked in neurogenetics at Wayne State University in Detroit. She sees patients both at Stanford Hospital and Clinics and Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital. Ms. Siskind is a Clinical Associate Professor of Neurology (Affiliated). She has been working in Huntington disease clinics since 2012, and is active in research around genetic counseling for HD.

Ms. Siskind obtained her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan with a major in Biology, minor in Global Change and a teaching certificate for high school science. She obtained her Master’s degree from Northwestern University in Chicago. She was board certified by the National Society of Genetic Counselors in 2009 and licensed by the state of California since 2011.
 

Andrea Hanson-Kahn, MS
Clinical Associate Professor
Dept of Genetics and Dept of Pediatrics

Andrea Hanson-Kahn is a clinical associate Professor at Stanford University. She facilitates the Northern California HDSA Palo Alto HD support group, provides clinical care to genetics patients in Pediatrics and is the associate director of the MS in Human Genetics and Genetic Counseling training program at Stanford.

Social Workers

Satve Ilango
Frank Kremski
 

Nurse Coordinators

Angela Bayot Asilo RN, BSN
RN Coordinator, Neuroscience

Nurses

Effie Kan 

Physical Therapists

Tashina Fuelling, MPT
Physical Therapist II

Jesse Klimek, DPT, NCS
Physical Therapist II

Kristin Morris, PT, DPT, NCS
Physical Therapist III

Ellese Miller, PT, DPT, NCS
Physical Therapist II

Diego Rodriguez, PT, DPT
Physical Therapist II

Emily Spear, PT, DPT
Physical Therapist

Pamela Triano, PT, NCS
Assistant Manager, Physical Therapist
 

Occupational Therapists

Alyssa Nolff, MS, OTR/L
Occupational Therapist II

Lisa Hanano, MS, OTR/L
Occupational Therapist III

Jennifer Williams, OTR/L
Occupational Therapist II
 

Speech-Language Pathologists

Julie Hicks, MA, CCC-SLP
Senior Speech-Language Pathologist II

Sarah Stranberg, MA, CCC-SLP
Speech-Language Pathologist III