Health Professionals (Non-Physician) Special Interest Group

(L to R): Ruth Hagestuen, Hanneke Kalf, and Ingrid Sturkenboom have a little fun at the International Congress in Berlin in June 2016. Photo credit: Jens JeskeMDS HP-SIG Mission

To establish within the International Parkinson and Movement Disorder Society an international interdisciplinary network of professionals in counseling, nursing, rehabilitation and genetics, who enrich and broaden the scope of care, management and research initiatives in Movement Disorders. Learn more

The Health Professionals (Non-Physician) Special Interest Group (HP-SIG) has a Facebook Group.  


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HP-SIG Leadership

Victor McConveyVictor McConvey


Hanneke KalfHanneke Kalf

Maria Elisa Pimentel PiemonteMaria Elisa Pimentel Piemonte

MDS Staff Liaison: Rebecca Tripp

Members of the HP-SIG

Chair: Victor McConvey
Co-Chair: Hanneke Kalf
Co-Chair: Maria Elisa Pimentel Piemonte

John Dean
Julie Carter
Alice Nieuwboer
Mariella Graziano
Patrick Browne
Meg Morris
Lynn Rochester
Susan Heath
Elaine Book
Samyra Keus
Gila Bronner
Siok-Bee Tan
Clynton Correa
Cathi Thomas
Terry Ellis
Ashwini Rao
Gwyn Vernon
Vicki Segro
Pravin Khemani

HP-SIG Appoints New Leaders for Section Roles

We are pleased to announce the following individuals have been selected for Leadership Roles with the HP-SIG:

  • Maria Elisa Pimentel Piemonte, PT, PhD
    Co-Chair, Pan American Section of the HP-SIG

    Dr. Piemonte will serve as Co-chair with Dr. Hanneke Kalf, Co-Chair of the HP-SIG-European Section, and Victor McConvey, Chair of the HP-SIG and HP-SIG-Asian & Oceanian Section. Ruth Hagestuen will serve as a resource to Dr. Piemonte as past-Chair of the HP-SIG-Pan American Section.
  • John Dean, MA, CCC-SLP
    Chair, Website Editorial Group of the HP-SIG

    Mariella Graziano will serve as a resource to John as past-Chair of the Website group.
  • Amy Lemen, LCSW
    Chair, Education Committee of the HP-SIG

    This is a new role and will share and discuss ideas and initiatives with the HP-SIG Chair and Co-Chair, Victor McConvey and Hanneke Kalf.

Basecamp Meetings

Watch for your invitation to the next MDS HP-SIG Basecamp meeting

The MDS HP-SIG is pleased to announce that as the Health Professional group continues to grow within the Society there is an increasing need to facilitate communication via an online platform in order to pursue the group’s mission. Due to the increased global reach, versatility and growing number of time zones to be considered, the group moved to communication via the online project management and meeting platform Basecamp. To date, the MDS HP-SIG has held six meetings online via Basecamp. 

Read Basecamp Posts and Minutes for 2015, 2016, and 2017.

Interested in joining the HP SIG on Basecamp? Contact Rebecca Tripp.

News for Health Professionals

Updates from the Sub-Sections

Edmond J. Safra Visiting Nurse Faculty 2018 Program Dates 

Read the The Edmond J. Safra Visiting Nurse Faculty Program at the Parkinson's Foundation program sites and dates from 2018. Read more

MDS HP-SIG Asian and Oceanian Section (HP-SIG-AOS)

Read the March report from the Chair and the report from the 4th Asian and Oceanian Parkinson's Disease and Movement Disorders Congress

MDS HP-SIG Pan American Section (HP-SIG-PAS)

Read the March report update from Health Professionals in the Pan American Section

Message from the Webpage Editor

Mariella Graziano, BSc (Hons), Physiotherapist - Luxembourg
Read the March 2015 Report

News Archives


More Resources for Health Professionals

How To Join

As a Health Professional (Non-Physician), you may become a member of MDS for a joining fee of $100/$175 USD (with print journal subscription)  annually.

To join the HP-SIG, log into your MDS Members-Only account and select My Profile.  The HP-SIG option is located on the Professional tab under Special Interest Groups.


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