A movement disorder is defined as any neurological condition where a patient’s primary symptom is not caused by motor weakness and involves disruption of voluntary motor control.

When a patient does not experience primary weakness, researchers are able to clearly distinguish movement disorders from motor neuron disease (which falls under the area of the neuromuscular subspecialty.) 

Fellowship Training & Experience

Fellowship training and experience are focused on:

  • Phenomenology (characterizing disorders based on localization, rate, amplitude, rhythmicity, distractibility, suggestibility, and entrainment);
  • advanced diagnostic considerations,
  • and management considerations. 

We help fellows develop skills in case selection and administration of movement disorders procedures (deep brain stimulation and botulinum toxin injection) that are not acquired in a typical neurology residency. 

Who Are Our Patients? 

Our division is the primary provider of subspecialty evaluation and management for a region that includes all of Utah and large parts of Idaho, Wyoming, Nevada, and Montana.  

We receive an average of 100 new movement disorders consultation requests per month for a wide variety of conditions.  

Designated a Center of Excellence by the Tourette Syndrome Association, we see pediatric as well as adult patients. We average one to two deep brain stimulation surgery cases per week for all recognized indications (including dystonia). 

Master’s in Clinical Investigation

We offer a Masters in Clinical Investigation through our Center for Clinical and Translational Science, and participation as co-investigator in a number of clinical research studies. 

Contact Us

Neli Olson
Fellowship Coordinator
Email: neli.olson@hsc.utah.edu

Department of Neurology
Division of Sleep & Movement Disorders

Phone: 801-587-9625

729 Arapeen Drive
Salt Lake City, UT 84108