Parkinson’s disease & Movement Disorders Clinic
Empathic Care. Empowered Patient. Mindful Healing.
Dr. Monique Giroux combines medical, rehabilitation and wellness therapies offering the most holistic, empathic and comprehensive movement disorders personalized care in Colorado. Early in 1999, Dr. Giroux considered patient-centered comprehensive care ideal for her patients quality of life and set the course to develop one of the first specialty centers for Parkinson’s in Seattle when the concept of holistic care was unknown in the field of Movement Disorders. Her interest in the mind-body connection grew out of observations of her patients’ capacity for self-healing. Moving toward this complementary side of medicine, she explored mindfulness training under the Jon Kabat Zinn approach at the University of Massachusetts, completed an extensive mindfulness training certification for professionals at Duke Integrative Medicine at Chapel Hill and studied Therapeutic Yoga at White Lotus. Further shaping the next decade of her evolving care model, Dr. Giroux completed an additional fellowship in Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona under direction of Andrew Weil. Dr. Giroux’s strong belief that patient-centered care empowers and strengthens resiliency is evident in the hope she inspires in her patients. Dr. Giroux is an author of several patient books, national speaker and recognized specialist in Movement Disorders, deep brain stimulation and complementary therapies. Dr. Giroux has participated in research that has shaped best treatments strategies and is currently enrolling patients in the INTREPID trial, the latest innovation in deep brain stimulation therapy.
Sierra Farris PA-C, DBS medical specialist since 2000, directs the Deep Brain Stimulation Program. Sierra works with her team coordinating care every step of the way. The comprehensive team approach includes the surgical evaluation, DBS education and surgical risk assessment. Sierra assists in the operating room to customize DBS placement with high precision, integrates rehabilitation into the DBS treatment plan and monitors the overall success of stimulation. Sierra has extensive experience programming all Medtronic and Boston Scientific neurostimulation systems (coinvestigator in the Intrepid research trial) and offers a unique personalized DBS troubleshooting VIP program. Sierra’s additional training and degree in philosophy and bioethics has offered her the opportunity to serve on hospital ethics committees, an insight which she brings to the table as member of the multidisciplinary DBS team at Swedish Medical Center.
Our comprehensive DBS Troubleshooting Clinic has improved the lives of many living with DBS in the USA and abroad – optimizing benefit, eliminating stimulation side effects, investigating hardware problems or providing second opinion about revision surgery. We want the best possible care and results for all people living with DBS. Read more about care coordination for patients living outside Colorado.