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The VCU Parkinson's and Movement Disorders Center strives to provide a seamless experience for the movement disorders community by providing access to clinicians from a variety of disciplines in one location. You may be referred by your doctor or you may directly make an appointment for yourself or a family member.

We offer evaluation and care for the full spectrum of movement disorders:

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Please call (804) 662-9185 to schedule an appointment.

  • Ataxia
  • Blepharospasm
  • Chorea
  • Corticobasal degeneration (CBD)
  • Dystonia
  • Essential Tremor
  • Huntington Disease
  • Multiple System Atrophy (MSA)
  • Myoclonus
  • Parkinson's Disease
  • Parkinsonism/Parkinson-Plus Syndromes
  • Progressive Supranuclear Palsy (PSP)
  • Restless Legs Syndrome
  • Tardive Dyskinesia / Tardive Dystonia
  • Tics
  • Torticollis
  • Tourette Syndrome
  • Tremor
  • Wilson's Disease
  • Writer's Cramp and Musician's Cramp

 

Interdisciplinary evaluation

The VCU Parkinson’s and Movement Disorders Center interdisciplinary evaluation allows patients to access sub-specialty care providers in one location. This evaluation will include assessments by the professionals described below, and will result in a comprehensive treatment plan that will address each individual's needs. This treatment plan will be shared with other healthcare providers managing a patient's care.

  • Movement Disorder Neurology
    • The movement disorder neurologist evaluation includes assessment of symptoms, including non-motor features such as gastrointestinal and sleep problems.
  • Clinical Neuropsychology [PDF]
    • The neuropsychologist examines thinking skills such as attention, speed of thinking, visual and language skills, learning and memory, problem-solving, reasoning, and other brain and behavior functions including mood and quality of life.
  • Genetic Counseling
    • The genetic counselor is available to discuss genetic testing, including pre-symptomatic testing for Huntington Disease.
  • Physical Therapy
    • The physical therapist evaluates conditioning, balance, coordination and motor skills.
  • Speech Therapy
    • The speech therapist evaluates speaking and swallowing.

As part of VCU Medical Center, our patients have access to other services as recommended by our team.

Care and treatment

We offer state-of-the-art medical and surgical treatment options. Our movement disorders specialists are able to provide individual treatment recommendations and referrals as appropriate.

Dr. Sarah Lageman consults with patientsOur center offers access to a variety of treatment options, including:

Our team will provide recommendations and work with you and your family to determine the best treatments for you.

Other services

Other services available include geriatric psychiatry, genetic counseling, and evaluation for Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) surgery and post-surgical DBS programming.

Telemedicine services

We offer telemedicine consultations to patients on Virginia's Eastern Shore in partnership with Dr. Robert Paschall of Riverside Neurology Specialists.

Dr. Leslie Cloud conducts a telemedicine visit

Telemedicine uses secure technology to connect two locations with video and sound through a computer, allowing for access to our specialists without having to travel long distances.

Patients go to Dr. Paschall's office, where a computer with special video equipment will securely connected to a similarly equipped computer at the VCU Parkinson's and Movement Disorders Center in Richmond. Dr. Leslie Cloud is the VCU neurologist who provides these consultations. She talks with the patient and family members using a video chat program on the computer. The computer software and connections are secured using special technology to ensure that private health information is protected.

Dr. Cloud provides advice for ongoing care and treatment for patients with movement disorders, and Dr. Paschall and his office help to facilitate any follow-up testing or prescriptions.

Dr. Paschall and his staff arrange telemedicine appointments. Please contact his office at (757) 442-6600 with any questions or to set up an appointment.

HDSA Center of Excellence

HDSA Center of Excellence logoOur Huntington Disease program has been designated a Center of Excellence by the Huntington’s Disease Society of America. Our team of experienced providers is dedicated to providing interdisciplinary consultations to meet our patients’ individual needs. We strive to integrate expert clinical care with clinical research to advance knowledge in HD.

Our program is one of 29 selected nationwide for this prestigious designation, reserved for programs committed to collaborative, multidisciplinary care for HD affected families.

Huntington Disease (HD) is an inherited neurodegenerative disease.  HD is most often thought of as a movement disorder, but it also causes emotional and behavioral changes, and cognitive decline.  The symptoms associated with HD usually become more severe over time.  Currently there is not a cure for HD, but there are medications to manage the symptoms.  There are also many other ways to improve a person’s independence and quality of life.

Learn more about our HD Program.

Resources and education

In additional to clinical care services, we also offer resources and education opportunities. You do not have to be a current patient to participate.

Upcoming educational conferences

We also host two support groups at our center:

  • Richmond Metro Huntington Disease Support Group
    Meets the 2nd Tuesday of each month at 6pm
    Contact Ginger Norris, vwnorris@vcu.edu or (804) 662-5307
  • Women's Support Group - for women diagnosed with Parkinson's disease or other movement disorder
    Meets the 2nd Friday of each month at 10am
    Contact Andrea Perseghin, pdcenter@vcu.edu or (804) 662-5302

Other support groups are available and we maintain a listing of groups in Virginia for:

Financial assistance

If you worry that you may have difficulty paying your bill for your care in full, VCU may be able to help.  It is important that you let us know if you will have trouble paying your bill or balances after insurance. For more information about financial assistance please, please visit the VCU Medical Center website.

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