Parkinson & Movement Disorder (PMD) Alliance Announces Its Newly-Appointed APProviders™ Consortium Advisory Board



DATE: January 18, 2022
CONTACT: Debbie Rich, PMD Alliance Director, Community Development 800-256-0966 or

The APProviders™ Consortium is an initiative sponsored by PMD Alliance that engages Advanced Practice Providers, or APPs (nurse practitioners and physician assistants), working in movement and related disorders. The APProviders™ Consortium envisions and actively fosters:

  1. a collaborative, engaged network exclusively for and by APPs in movement and related disorders.
  2. a space for APPs to connect, refuel their inspiration, share resources, and work together to enhance the lives of their patients.
  3. a community that celebrates and builds upon the unique offerings and expertise of every member of the care team, including APPs.
  4. a field of APPs fully trained and equipped with ongoing educational opportunities through our monthly continuing medical education (CME) offerings, ensuring the highest level of skill and competency.

To build this community’s foundation alongside us, PMD Alliance has welcomed nine members to our APProviders™ Consortium’s Advisory Board. These active, passionate board members will inform the direction of our APProviders™ Consortium, help create educational and networking opportunities, have an engaged presence on our APProviders™ Member Portal, and will guide our continuing medical education (CME) offerings BY APPs FOR APPs, including working with PMD Alliance as expert faculty.

Meet theAPProviders™ Consortium’s Advisory Board:

APProviders™ Consortium Advisory Board Co-Leads:

  1. Sherrie Gould, MSN, NP-C, Scripps Clinic Movement Disorders Center
  2. Kelly Papesh, MSN, DNP, Advanced Neurology of Colorado

APProviders™ Consortium Advisory Board Members:

  • Clarisse Goas, APRN-CNP, Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center - Madden Center for Parkinson Disease and other Movement Disorders
  • Meredith Hatcher (Rollins) PA-C, Texas Movement Disorder Specialists
  • Arita McCoy, MSN, CRNP, Johns Hopkins Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorder Center
  • Joan Miravite, DNP, RN, FNP-BC, Mount Sinai Beth Israel
  • Juliana Nkea Atem, DNP, Dallas VA Medical Center
  • Alexis Santangelo, AGNP-C, University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center Movement Disorders Center
  • Rebekah Torres NP-C, Neurology and Pain Specialty Center

About Sherrie Gould, MSN, NP-C

Sherrie Gould, MSN, NP-C is a board-certified nurse practitioner at Scripps Clinic Movement Disorders Center in La Jolla, CA. She holds a Masters of Science in Nursing from the University of San Diego and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Michigan. She is an expert DBS programmer and is a national speaker on Parkinson disease. In 2010, she created a grassroots nonprofit organization which supports fundraising and education for research using patient specific non-embryonic stem cell therapy for a proposed long-term treatment for Parkinson disease.

About Kelly Papesh, MSN, DNP

Kelly Papesh, MSN, DNP is a doctorally-trained and board-certified family nurse practitioner, specializing in movement disorders at Advanced Neurology of Colorado in Northern Colorado. After completing her Bachelor of Science in nursing at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, she completed a Master of Science in nursing and a doctorate in Nursing Practice from Frontier Nursing University in Hyden, KY. She has extensive experience as an advanced practice provider in neurology and patient case management with over five years of experience specializing in movement disorders. Her clinical practice focuses on neurology assessment, diagnosis, treatment, and management of patients with a variety of movement disorders including Parkinson disease, essential tremor, and Huntington disease.

About Clarisse Goas, APRN-CNP
Clarisse Goas, APRN-CNP is a Nurse Practitioner who graduated Summa Cum Laude with Research Distinction from The Ohio State University in 2008 with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology. She graduated in 2012 with her MSN in Adult Health after receiving the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Award. Her father’s diagnosis of Parkinson disease contributed to her desire to subspecialize in Movement Disorders. She returned to Ohio in 2019 and joined The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center in the Advanced Therapies Movement Disorders program in January of 2020. She has experience in clinical trials (both as the principal investigator and co-investigator), including new medication symptomatic interventions, deep brain stimulation (Medtronic, Boston Scientific, Abbott) and intestinal pump drug delivery systems. She currently runs the virtual quarterly PD patient education series “Understanding the Disease,” is the PD Multidisciplinary Clinic Coordinator at OSU, and the NP team lead for Duopa.

About Meredith Hatcher (Rollins), PA-C

Meredith Hatcher (Rollins), PA-C is a Board-Certified Physician Assistant who grew up in Allen, Texas. She attended Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas. There she played on the NCAA volleyball team for four years and was a member of the Christian sorority, Sigma Phi Lambda. Meredith attended the Physician Assistant program at Trevecca Nazarene University in Nashville, Tennessee for her Master of Science in Medicine. After graduate school, she began training under Dr. Soileau to pursue her interest in movement disorders. In November 2017, Meredith joined the team at Texas Movement Disorder Specialists where she strives to provide excellent care by supporting patients physically, emotionally, and spiritually.

About Arita McCoy, MSN, CRNP

Arita McCoy, MSN, CRNP is a Board-Certified Nurse Practitioner at the Johns Hopkins Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorder Center. She has worked at the center for the past 14 years in multiple roles, including outreach assistant and research nurse. In her current role as a nurse practitioner, Arita splits her time between regular clinical care of patients and rating/performing procedures in clinical trials. She is also the coordinator of the Johns Hopkins Parkinson’s Foundation Center of Excellence, which allows her to play an active role in community outreach and education. She has a special clinical interest in the advanced therapeutic treatment options for individuals with movement disorders.

About Joan Miravite, DNP, RN, FNP-BC

Joan Miravite, DNP, RN, FNP-BC is a practicing Family Nurse Practitioner with over 20 years of clinical experience working in Neurology. Joan received her Bachelor and Master of Science in Nursing from Columbia University, School of Nursing. She completed her Doctorate in Nursing Practice at New York University, Rory Meyers School of Nursing. Dr. Miravite has been appointed Assistant Professor of Neurology at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and serves as Director of Interdisciplinary Clinical Care in Movement Disorders at Mount Sinai Beth Israel in New York City, where she has helped build a strong DBS program. She is also an Adjunct Professor at NYU Rory Meyers College of Nursing and Clinical Instructor at Columbia University School of Nursing. Dr. Miravite was awarded the 2021 AANP Nurse Practitioner State Award for Excellence from New York. She was chosen for the 2019-2020 Columbia University School of Nursing, Adult Gerontology Primary Care DNP Preceptor of the Year Award.

About Juliana Nkea Atem, DNP

Juliana Nkea Atem DNP is a doctorally-trained and board-certified acute care adult gerontology nurse practitioner working at the Dallas VA Medical Center, Neurology department. She immigrated to the United States of America in 1999 in pursuit of an MBA in Finance which she obtained from Alabama A&M University in 2002. Her deep interest in healthcare and helping others led her to obtain a BSN in 2007 from MedCentral College of Nursing. She subsequently obtained an MSN Degree from The University of Texas at Arlington in 2014 and a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree in 2020 from Briar Cliff University in Sioux Falls, Iowa.She is passionate about providing care to patients with movement disorders and has developed a special interest in the role of palliative care in management of her patients.

About Alexis Santangelo, AGNP-C

Alexis Santangelo, AGNP-C is a Board-Certified Nurse Practitioner who obtained her BSN and MSN from The University of Akron. She has a demonstrated history of working in the higher education industry and neurology since 2017. She worked for 4 years at University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio seeing movement disorder patients in clinic and in a research setting. She is currently working at University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center Movement Disorders Center. She is skilled in procedures that include deep brain stimulation, baclofen pumps, and injections.

About Rebekah Torres, NP-C

Rebekah Torres, NP-C is Board-Certified Family Nurse Practitioner and member of the team at the Neurology and Pain Specialty Center. Rebekah specializes in movement disorders, specifically Parkinson disease. She also has extensive experience and a comprehensive knowledge of deep brain stimulation (DBS). Rebekah performs many duties, including coordinating surgical candidates for deep brain stimulation, providing their follow-up care, and adjusting deep brain stimulators. Rebekah graduated from Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego with a B.S. in nursing and, in 2007, she earned her M.S. in nursing and Family Nurse Practitioner degree from UCI when Rebekah teamed with Dr. Martinez to organize and manage his Movement Disorder Clinic. Rebekah is a member of the California Association for Nurse Practitioners, the Transcultural Nursing Society, American Academy of Neurology, and International Movement Disorder Society.

About Parkinson & Movement Disorder Alliance (PMD Alliance)

Parkinson & Movement Disorder Alliance is an independent, national 501(c)3 nonprofit dedicated to providing opportunities for people to learn, live life more fully, and spark meaningful connections around them. PMD Alliance serves people across the United States and is not affiliated with any medical practice or institution. PMD Alliance is committed to keeping our community safe and healthy. Visit to learn more.

About the APProviders™ Consortium

The APProviders™ Consortium is an initiative sponsored by PMD Alliance that engages Advanced Practice Providers, or APPs (nurse practitioners and physician assistants), working in movement and related disorders. APProviders™ aims to support the ability of APPs in movement and related disorders to network and learn within their field of practice. The APProviders™ Consortium offers an online website and app that allows for messaging, shared learning and collaboration across the country, monthly CME topics, and an annual APP Conference to be launched on June 16, 2022 as a part of the ATMRD (Advanced Therapeutics in Movement & Related Disorders) Congress. The APProviders™ portal is an online forum for APPs to share information, resources, and knowledge.

This is the only organized network for movement and related disorder APPs in the United States. APPs play a vital role in the patient care team in healthcare settings. Because of the APP’s whole person, patient-centric approach to care, the service and care model is ideally aligned with the philosophies and practices of PMD Alliance.

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