Meet Our Team

Physician Leadership

Kaveh Saremi, M.D.

Dr. Kaveh Saremi received his medical degree in 1997 and is double board certified in Neurology and Clinical Neurophysiology.

Dr. Saremi had an opportunity to work for three years in clinical research trials in the neurorehabilitation program at University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) under the direction of Dr. Bruce Dobkin. The research trials offered a broad, multi-disciplinary treatment approach for patients who have neurologic impairments and functional disabilities and handicaps caused by conditions such as stroke, brain trauma, spinal cord injury, multiple sclerosis, and other diseases of nerve or muscle.

He completed his residency in neurology and fellowship training in Clinical Neurophysiology at University of California, Irvine (UCI). He then accomplished his second fellowship in Movement Disorders at UCLA under the guidance of Dr. Jeff Bronstein. His clinical interests are not only general neurology but include the management of Parkinson’s disease (PD) and other movement disorders, surgical treatment of PD, Botulinum toxin injections for the treatment of Movement Disorders, the diagnosis and treatment of various neuromuscular disorders, and epilepsy.

Saulena Shafer, D.O.
Neurologist and Movement Disorders Specialist

Dr. Shafer received her Doctorate of Osteopathic Medicine from Touro University in Nevada, and spent time training in North Carolina. She did her residency in Neurology at Loyola University Medical Center and Edward Hines VA, then completed a Movement Disorder Fellowship at the Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center at Barrow in Arizona. Dr. Shafer subsequently joined the faculty at the University of Utah, as an instructor, researcher, and Movement Disorder attending physician. She was a student in the UCR/UCLA Biomedical Sciences Program and earned her undergraduate degree at University of California, Riverside, where she studied Biomedical Sciences with an emphasis in medical biology and a minor in Neuroscience.

Sandeep Thakkar, D.O.​
Parkinson’s and Movement Disorders Specialist

Dr. Thakkar’s practice is patient-centered care for Parkinson’s disease. He believes in providing academic-level care in a private clinical setting. Dr. Thakkar believes in the importance of creating a global awareness of the disease, and strives to stay current with all modalities of care throughout the movement disorders field, including conditions such as dystonias, chorea, Huntington’s disease, essential tremor, Botulinum toxin therapy, spasticity, and other abnormal involuntary movements.

Christopher Duma, M.D.

Dr. Christopher Duma is a board-certified neurosurgeon, and pioneer in the surgical management of movement disorders. He completed his neurosurgical training at Georgetown University in 1993 which included a fellowship in stereotactic and functional neurosurgery at the University of Pittsburgh in 1991. He has been at the forefront of the modern surgical management of diseases such as Parkinson's disease, dystonia, essential tremor, and trigeminal neuralgia.

To date, Dr. Duma has performed more than 1,300 deep brain stimulator implants for Parkinson's disease, dystonia, obsessive-compulsive disorder, Tourette's syndrome, and essential tremor and was one of the first in the United States to implant stimulators starting in 1997 at Hoag Hospital, in Newport Beach, CA. He currently ranks in the top 27th in volume out of the approximate 750 neurosurgeons who do this procedure in the United States.

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Julie Treat, R.N.

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