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Two of our Living Well Challenge panelists, Dr. Monique Giroux and Dr. Terry Ellis, along with DBS specialist Sierra Farris have reviewed the many excellent questions that were submitted during the Living Well Challenge. Read their responses here.

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About the Experts

Monique L. Giroux, M.D.
Dr. Monique Giroux is a nationally-recognized leader in comprehensive patient-centered care for Parkinson’s and related movement disorders. Dr. Giroux complements her expertise in disease management with an added focus in self care management, wellness, lifestyle and personal healing to promote living best with chronic neurologic conditions. Dr. Giroux completed her Neurology residency at Yale followed by a 2 year fellowship in Movement Disorders at Emory University in Atlanta. She has also studied holistic health as a clinical fellow in Integrative Medicine at the University of AZ. She is board certified in Neurology. Dr. Giroux has developed comprehensive care programs for people with Parkinson’s including the Booth Gardner Parkinson’s Care Center in Kirkland, WA and the Cleveland Clinic Foundation. In addition to her clinical care, Dr. Giroux is advancing quality care and wellness for Parkinson’s in her positions as medical director of the Northwest Parkinson’s Foundation in Seattle and medical director for the National Parkinson’s Foundation’s Allied Team Training Program and national care consortium project. She is the director of a unique Parkinson’s virtual wellness center has developed specialized Neurorehabilitation programs for patients with Parkinson’s and movement disorders, Deep brain stimulation patients, Botulinum toxin therapies, spasticity, and gait and balance problems.

Terry Ellis, PhD, PT, NCS
Dr. Ellis is a Clinical Associate Professor at Boston University, College of Health & Rehabilitation Sciences: Sargent College in the Department of Physical Therapy & Athletic Training. Dr. Ellis is also the Co-Director of the Center for Neurorehabilitation at Boston University where she conducts research, provides clinical consultations and education to healthcare professionals and to persons with neurological disorders. She teaches examination and treatment of patients with neurological disorders within the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program. In addition, Dr. Ellis directs the APDA National Rehabilitation Resource Center housed at Boston University. Dr. Ellis has a Ph.D. in Behavioral Neurosciences from Boston University School of Medicine. In addition, she is a board certified specialist in Neurologic Physical Therapy. Her research focuses on investigating the impact of exercise and rehabilitation on the progression of disability in individuals with Parkinson disease. She is the recipient of a K12 Boston University Building Interdisciplinary Research in Women’s Health (BIRCWH) career development award where she is investigating the natural history of change in quality of life and physical function in women with Parkinson Disease. As part of the Research Career Development Core in the Pepper Center at Boston University, she is investigating the effects of an exercise program in reducing fall risk and fall rate in people with Parkinson Disease.

Sierra Farris, PA-C, MPAS
Sierra Farris is a certified neurological physician assistant and an accomplished clinician in the treatment of Parkinson’s disease with over a decade of expertise in deep brain stimulation programming and education. She has programmed more than 1000 neurostimulators with special interest in troubleshooting DBS complications. Sierra has worked primaily in an intradisciplinary patient centered care setting to include neuro-rehabilitation and neurosurgery. Sierra is a clinical exercise specialist certified by the American College of Sports Medicine with primary exercise interests as a treatment for Parkinson’s disease and other neuroloical conditions. Sierra just recently completed a Master’s degree in Bioethics and plans to continue promoting patient advocacy.