Keep Moving!  Symposium

Join us for the Keep Moving! - Symposium



8:30 AM: Registration and Exhibits

9:15 AM: Opening Remarks

                  Leisha Phipps, DAPS Executive Director

9:30 AM: Understanding Parkinson’s Disease

                 Dr. Mazen Elkurd, D.O. Director of Movement Disorders Program at Baylor University Medical Center

10:15 AM: Break: Restrooms and Exhibits

10:30 AM: Exercise and Fall Prevention

                    Stephanie Gil, PT, DPT at OneRehab

11:15 AM: Lunch and Exhibits

12:15 PM: Break Out Sessions

1) Deep Brain Stimulation Panel – Learning about DBS and New technology: 

                         Jessica Wilden, MD and Neurosurgeon

                         Boston Scientific, Abbott, Medtronic, ClearPoint Neuro

2) Managing and Optimizing Sleep:

                         Juliana Atem, Nurse Practitioner at Dallas Veterans Administrative Hospital

3) Wellness for Care Partners Panel:

    Nutrition, Faye Elahi, MS, MA

    Speech & Swallowing, Lynn Glover, SLP

    New Approaches to Managing Stress, Martha Fiddes, PT GCS, CQM


1:15 PM: Apathy and Finding Meaning

                 Brad McDaniels, PhD, CRC

2:00 PM: Dismissed



Mazen Elkurd,DO

Director, Movement Disorders Program at Baylor University Medical Center

Understanding Parkinson’s Disease

Dr. Elkurd is a board-certified neurologist with additional fellowship training in movement disorders from UT Southwestern Medical Center. He has strong interests in Parkinson disease, tremors, dystonia, and other movement disorders. Dr. Elkurd has published numerous peer-reviewed papers in the area of movement disorders, is involved in education of medical students and residents and is involved in numerous professional organizations locally, nationally and internationally.


Stephanie Gil, PT, DPT
Doctor of Physical Therapyat One Rehab

Exercise and Fall Prevention

Dr. Gil attended the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida where she received her Bachelors in Applied Physiology and Kinesiology. She has been a die-hard Gator fan ever since and spends every Saturday in the fall cheering on her team! Dr. Gil then pursued her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. While in PT school she volunteered with a boxing program aimed specifically at working with individuals with Parkinson’s Disease. It was here that her passion for working with the Parkinson’s community grew. To this day, she is fascinated by the impact that exercise can have on the PD community. Dr. Gil has been a therapist at OneRehab for the last two years and has had the pleasure of working with patients with Parkinson’s in all stages of the disease. Watching patients utilize movement and exercise to regain their independence is what drives her to work harder each and every day. Dr. Gil is also a certified LSVT BIG provider and enjoys utilizing and building upon these foundations throughout her experiences. As a physical therapist she strives to create a treatment plan for patients that incorporates the physical, mental, and emotional aspects of the disease to provide holistic care for patients.

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Jessica Wilden, M.D.

Board-certified Neurosurgeon, Specializing in Movement Disorders

Advancements in Deep Brain Stimulation

Dr. Wilden’s medical school training began at the mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, where she was first exposed to movement disorders in 2001. Her free time was spent working closely with the movement disorder team, where her passion for surgical treatments like Deep Brain Stimulation grew.  She completed a movement disorder fellowship under the direction of dr. Philip Starr at the University of California San Francisco.  Dr. Wilden served veterans during her time at UCSF, at a specialized clinic for PD. She learned how to perform MRI-based surgery, which allows patients to be under general anesthesia during DBS, since 2013.


Juliana Atem, NP

Specialized in Neurology at Dallas VA Medical Center

Managing and Optimizing Sleep

Juliana Nkea Atem is an NP at the Dallas VA Medical Center for a little over 2 years now. Prior to joining the VA and fulfilling her desire to serve veterans, Juliana was an NP at The Movement disorders clinic at UTSW medical center for 5+ years. She obtained her Doctorate in Nursing Practice (DNP) from Briar Cliff University in Sioux City, IOWA in 2020 in the heart of the pandemic. She obtained her Masters in Nursing in 2014 and obtained a Certification in Acute care, adult gerontology. She has been in Nursing since 2007 where she has worked in several different arenas. She enjoys interacting with her patients, providing patient education and demystifying some of the myths about Parkinson’s disease. She spends her free time catering to her family’s needs and enjoys listing to music and dancing as well.


Faye Elahi, MS, MA

Special Parkinson's Disease Nutritionist

Wellness for Care Partners

Faye Elahi is a nationally recognized speaker in the field of special needs nutrition. Her extensive research and experience in the field of Human Gut Microbiome and its influence on raising the risks for neurodegenerative & Autoimmune diseases such as Celiac, Parkinson’s, Lupus, and Multiple Sclerosis, have made her a sought-out speaker and consultant. The author of the popular book Ready, Set, Eat, Faye Elahi has been a regular guest on many local TV stations. In 2015, Ms. Elahi was chosen for her cutting edge dietary intervention for management of Parkinson’s disease as a guest speaker at the Capra Symposium at UT Southwestern Medical School, Physical Therapy Department in Dallas, Texas. Faye Elahi has received a Master’s degree in Child Psychology from the University of Nice, France, a Master’s in Mass Communication from University of Denver, Colorado, and a Master’s in Nutrition from Texas Woman’s University, Denton, Texas.  For the last 25 years, Ms. Elahi has had a functional nutrition private practice in Plano, Texas serving over 1600 special needs families.


Lynn Glover, SLP

LSVT LOUD, Speech Language Pathologist

Wellness for Care Partners

Lynn became involved as a Speech Therapist with DAPS in 1989.  She has led speech classes at the Carrollton and Dallas DAPS locations for over 25 years, in addition to providing virtual services to those unable to make her in-person classes. Lynn maintains a private practice for children in Dallas, but she has always prioritized the DAPS speech classes, making time to travel to the Carrollton and Dallas locations. Her approach focuses on healthy thinking and draws on the words from Zig Ziglar, “Your past is important because it uniquely positions you to help other people in the future in ways that no one else can.”

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Martha Fiddes, PT GCS, CQM

Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Geriatrics

Wellness for Care Partners

Martha Fiddes is a Physical Therapist and Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Geriatrics with over 40 years of experience. She is a Certified Qigong Master and owner of North Texas Qigong located in Pantego, Texas where she provides medical Qigong, and qigong and meditation classes. Her passion is helping people and animals heal through Qigong practice or treatments.  Martha is on the Research Committee for the National Qigong Association and teaches over 50 different continuing education courses on varying topics including Professional Exhaustion, Compassion Fatigue, Qigong, Government Regulations and Ethics. Martha is also on the Board of Directors for two local non-profit organizations: Be Natural Wellness and Music Therapy and Ed-U-CARE.

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Bradley McDaniels, PhD, CRC
Assistant Professor, Department of Rehabilitation & Health Services at University of North Texas

Apathy and Finding Meaning

Bradley McDaniels is an assistant professor and program coordinator for the Rehabilitation Studies program in the Department of Rehabilitation and Health Services at the University of North Texas. Brad’s research interests include apathy, meaning in life, resilience, post-traumatic growth, loneliness, demoralization, and psychological flexibility, and intolerance of uncertainty in people with Parkinson’s disease. Brad earned his PhD from the University of Kentucky, and after graduating, completed a Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation in the School of Medicine at  Virginia Commonwealth University focusing exclusively on Parkinson’s disease.

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