Meet Our Team

Physician Leadership

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.

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.

Christopher Duma, M.D.
Neurosurgeon

Dr. Duma is a specialist in surgical treatment for movement disorders. Because he performs both open general brain surgery and Gamma Knife radiosurgery, Dr. Duma is uniquely equipped to offer an unbiased opinion as to how any brain pathology should be managed. As a board-certified neurosurgeon and fellow of the American College of Surgeons, he is one of the most experienced neurosurgeons in the specialty of stereotactic radiosurgery.

Kaveh Saremi, M.D.
Neurologist

Movement Disorder Nurse Navigator

Julie Treat, R.N.

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