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 JeskeOur 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


(Photo caption, left to right): Ruth Hagestuen, Hanneke Kalf, and Ingrid Sturkenboom have a little fun at the International Congress in Berlin in June 2016.

Photo credit: Jens Jeske


HP SIG Leadership

Victor McConveyVictor McConvey


Hanneke KalfHanneke Kalf

Maria Elisa Pimentel PiemonteMaria Elisa Pimentel Piemonte

MDS Staff Liaison: Samantha Surillo

Members of the HP-SIG

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

John Dean
Amy Lemen
Julie Carter
Alice Nieuwboer
Ruth Hagestuen
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

Health Professionals are invited to participate in an upcoming online meeting with the MDS Health Professionals (non-physician) Special Interest Group (HP-SIG) occurring September 1-5, 2017 via Basecamp.

Meeting Topic: Cognitive Change in Parkinson's disease (PD)
Meeting Date(s): Friday, September 1 through Tuesday, September 5, 2017
Meeting Venue: Online via Basecamp (RSVP Required to Participate*)
Meeting Agenda: See the agenda

RSVP by Monday, August 28, 2017

*Additional login credentials will be required to access the 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 four meetings online via Basecamp. 

Read Basecamp Posts and Minutes for 2015 and 2016.

Interested in joining the HP SIG on Basecamp? Contact the International Secretariat.

News for Health Professionals

Updates from the Sub-Sections

MDS HP-SIG European Section (HP-SIG-ES)

Register now for the 3rd Middle East Camp for Parkinson’s Disease, Movement Disorders and Neuromodulation for Health Professionals occurring October 5-6, 2017; recommended audience includes physiotherapists, occupational therapists, and speech therapists. A faculty of movement disorders rehabilitation specialists will teach the course.

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

Join MDS

As a Health Professional (Non-Physician), you may become a member of MDS for a joining fee of $100/$175* U.S. annually.

Membership applies to nurses, nurse practitioners, clinical nurse specialists, occupational therapists, physical therapists, physiotherapists, speech therapists, clinical psychologists, neuropsychologists, dieticians, genetic counselors, sexologists, and social workers.

* Health Professional Members may choose to add the print subscription to Movement Disorders for an additional fee.