Expert Medical Team & Rehabilitation Consultants

Monique L. Giroux, Medical Director and CEO

Dr. Monique Giroux is co-founder and medical director of the Movement and Neuroperformance Center of Colorado. She is a board certified neurologist with fellowship training in Movement Disorders, PET Imaging and Integrative Medicine and a bachelor’s degree in engineering. Her philosophy of care stems from the belief that people do best when they are active partners in their care and when treatment blends the best of traditional medicine with approaches that strengthen and engage the mind-body-spirit. Dr. Giroux is past medical director of the Northwest Parkinson Foundation and founding physician for the Booth Gardner Parkinson’s Care Center, one of the first interdisciplinary care centers in the USA. Dr. Giroux also served as medical director of the Cleveland Clinic Movement Disorders and DBS outpatient program. Additionally, Dr. Giroux and Sierra Farris PA-C were recognized by the Cleveland Clinic in 2006 earning their Shining Star Award for teamwork. Dr. Giroux most recently revived the Swedish Medical Center Movement Disorders & Deep Brain Stimulation program in Englewood Colorado. Dr. Giroux has authored patient centered books that have reached several thousand readers. As a professional motivational and educational speaker, Dr. Giroux has inspired and empowered people to live life to the fullest. Read more about  Monique Giroux, MD.

Sierra Farris, MA, MPAS, PA-C Director Deep Brain Stimulation Services

Sierra Farris is a board certified physician assistant since 1998 specializing in neurology and deep brain stimulation and co-founder of the Movement & Neuroperformance Center. Sierra began her career in DBS in 2000 treating more than 1000 people with DBS. Sierra is a national DBS educator since 2004 and developed one of a few nationally recognized intensive troubleshooting clinics for people with complicated and unsatisfactory results from DBS. Sierra works closely with the team to optimize DBS outcomes for all patients. Sierra provides neurology support during DBS surgery for examination and test stimulation. Sierra is also a Clinical Exercise Physiologist certified by the American College of Sports Medicine and a master’s degree in Bioethics and Clinical Neurology. Appointments include Assistant Clinical Professor and Clinical Instructor at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. Sierra was recognized by her national professional society in 2007 with a Paragon Award for MD-PA Partnership by the American Academy of Physician Assistants and chosen as Outstanding Alumni of the Year 2007 by her Alma mater State University of New York Stony Brook School of Health Technology and Management Physician Assistant program.

The following are outside consultants we work most closely to optimize the care of our patients. We have frequent communication, and coordination of care with the following neurological medical, psychology and rehabilitation specialists. 

Danielle Spivey, PT, MSPT – Physical Therapy, Colorado Springs
Danielle is a Certified Vestibular Therapist holding a Master of Science degree in Physical Therapy from Regis University in Denver, Colorado, in 1999. Her research topic was on the reliability of the sensory organization on balance, which started her in the direction of vestibular rehabilitation. She passed the vestibular competency exam with Susan Herdman PT, PhD at Emory University in March of 2004. She established the Balance Center at Orthopedic Rehabilitation Associates in Colorado Springs to focus her attention to providing compassionate one on one care to individuals with balance and mobility impairments from vestibular dysfunction and neurological diseases. In addition to her work at Orthopedic Rehabilitation Associates, she instructs other physical therapists in the specialty of vestibular rehabilitation. Since 2012 Danielle completed certification for LSVT BIG for the treatment of people with Parkinson’s disease.

Kevin J. Reilly, Psy.D Clinical Neuropsychologist, Denver

Dr. Kevin Reilly is an independent practitioner/consultant for patients undergoing evaluation for deep brain stimulation as well as providing neuropsychological evaluations and consultation for cognitive changes. Dr. Reilly has been in practice as a clinical and rehabilitation neuropsychologist for over 20 years. His practice involves inpatient rehabilitation neuropsychology consultation for people with neurological conditions and traumatic injuries. His primary office and hospital practice is at Swedish Medical Center. His research focuses on brief assessment techniques that predict improved functional outcomes. In addition to his clinical practice Dr. Reilly is a Field Instructor for the Denver University Graduate School of Professional Psychology. Clinic location – Denver.

Cara Dobbertin, DPT, Physical Therapy Denver

Cara Dobbertin, owner of Foundation Physical Therapy, works closely with the Movement & Neuroperformance Center of Colorado specializing in Parkinson’s disease, Tremors, Dystonia and other Muscle Spasms, RLS, Tics, Myoclonus, walking and balance problems, Progressive Supranuclear Palsy, Corticobasal Degeneration, Huntington’s Disease, Wilson’s Disease, and other forms of involuntary movement. Cara is a member of our deep brain stimulation interdisciplinary team and collaborates directly with Sierra Farris’s DBS Troubleshooting Specialty Clinic. Care is the blinded certified assessor for our Parkinson’s DBS research study (Intrepid DBS). Cara’s is certified in Parkinson’s with expertise in joint mechanics, posture, balance and gait offers patients an insight into their mobility before DBS and targeted therapy after DBS. Clinic location – Denver.

Leslie Duran, PT, Physical Therapy Denver

Leslie Saueressig Duran is a physical therapist with Foundation Physical Therapy and brings a wealth of knowledge to her rehabilitation team from working in a variety of clinical settings. All treatment sessions with Leslie are one-on-one and geared to treating the specific deficits/impairments causing difficulty in you daily life. This may include difficulty with getting into and out of bed, balance problems, difficulty getting out in the community, or difficulties with specific recreational activities. Leslie is a board certified Geriatric Clinical Specialist and has an excellent grasp on normal aging vs. aging that is exacerbated by a medical condition. Clinic location – Denver.

Dr. Nancy Quick, PT, PhD, Physical Therapy Fort Collins

Dr. Quick, founder and CEO Berkana Rehabilitation Institute in Fort Collins received her B.S. in Physical Therapy from the University of Colorado Health Science Center, her Master’s degree in biomechanics from the University of Northern Colorado and her PhD in biomechanics from the University of Kentucky. Over the past 20 years, Dr. Quick has practiced physical therapy in a variety of clinical settings focused on orthopedic and neurological care as well as worked as a physical therapy professor and researcher. Clinic location – Fort Collins.

Tonya Fuller, PT, Physical Therapy Denver

Tonya Fuller is a physical therapist with Foundation Physical Therapy and has practiced in Physical Therapy for over 12 years specializing in Neuro and Vestibular rehab and holds multiple certifications in both Vestibular and Dizziness competencies. Tonya is also a vestibular instructor. Dizziness is a complex symptom that requires a multidisciplinary approach. People suffering with vestibular disorders may have symptoms of dizziness, vision problems and/or imbalance and may have a diagnosis of vertigo or inner ear problem. These symptoms are evaluated and may improve or resolve with vestibular rehabilitation. Clinic location – Denver.

Jennifer Carter, M.Ed., CCC-SLP, BCS-S, Speech and Swallowing Therapy Denver

Jen Carter is a speech-language pathologist with over 20 years of experience evaluating and treating adults with speech and swallowing difficulty due to medical conditions such as Parkinson’s disease. She is a Board Certified Specialist in Swallowing and is a certified provider of the Lee Silverman Voice Treatment (LSVT). She currently treats patients at her private practice, the Carter Swallowing Center, and she works closely with the team at the Movement and Neuroperformance Center. In addition to treating patients, Jen frequently teaches continuing education courses, including the VitalStim Therapy Certification course, and lectures on the topic of swallowing disorders around the country. Clinic location – Denver.

Michelle Underhill, MA, CCC-SLP, Speech and Swallowing Therapy Fort Collins

Michelle Underhill is a speech-language pathologist specializing in Parkinson’s disease. She is the founder and owner of Northern Colorado Therapy Services in Fort Collins, a private practice focused on providing rehabilitation to adults with Parkinson’s in the Northern Colorado area. Michelle received her Bachelor’s degree (BS) in Communication Disorders from Colorado State University in 1994, her Master’s degree (MA) in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Northern Colorado in 1996, and Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) in 1998. Michelle is a Certified Clinician for LSVT LOUD®, and offers extensive experience in the evaluation and treatment of speech, voice, language, swallowing, and cognition. Michelle is passionate about challenging the changes often experienced by people living with Parkinson’s. Northern Colorado Therapy Services offers therapy in the Fort Collins office or in your own home. Clinic location – Fort Collins.

Charissa Richter, MOTR, Occupational Therapy Fort Collins

Charissa is an occupational therapist with Northern Colorado Therapy Services, a Fort Collins-based private practice focused on providing rehabilitation to adults with Parkinson’s in the Northern Colorado area. She received her Master of Occupational Therapy degree in 2009 from Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio. Charissa has dedicated much of her clinical work to specializing in Parkinson’s disease, becoming a Certified Clinician for LSVT BIG® and training as a PWR!® Moves Certified Therapist. Charissa provides skilled therapy services addressing self-care tasks, functional mobility, fall prevention and recovery, handwriting, and urinary incontinence. She conducts informal driving screens when needed, and addresses areas of difficulty with completion of home management tasks and/or leisure activities. Charissa offers these rehabilitation services in the most beneficial setting for the individual, whether that is within the home or in the office. Clinic location – Fort Collins.