Dystonia is a neurologic movement disorder characterized by sustained muscle contractions, usually producing twisting and repetitive movements or abnormal postures. During voluntary movement, there is often activation of additional muscles not necessary for the intended movement. Dystonia can be focal, involving a single body region (such as cervical dystonia, writer’s cramp), multiple body regions (Meige syndrome or craniocervical dystonia), or can involve the entire body (generalized dystonia). Treatment options may include medications, botulinum toxin injections, or deep brain stimulation in certain cases. Read More

Additional Resources:

Dystonia Coalition
Dystonia Medical Research Foundation

D. James Ballard, P.T., DPT

Jim’s chief clinical interests are Parkinson's disease rehabilitation, balance training, vestibular rehabilitation and male and female pelvic floor muscle rehabilitation. He is a member of the Deep Brain Stimulation Team at the University Health Sciences Center. In this capacity, he assesses the motor effects of levodopa in individuals with Parki... Read More


Balance/Vestibular, Geriatrics, Movement Disorders, Parkinson's Disease, Pelvic Dysfunction/Incontinence, Physical Therapy


Health Profession Education Building
University Rehabilitation and Wellness Clinic
(801) 587-9161

Heather A. Hayes, P.T., Ph.D., DPT

Heather Hayes, DPT, NCS, PhD is a Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) with advanced certification as a neurologic clinic specialist (NCS). She specializes in the treatment and research of individuals with any neurological disorders, including but not limited to; Stroke, Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinsonsim, ALS, balance and vestibular disorders.... Read More


ALS, Balance/Vestibular, Geriatrics, Movement Disorders, Multiple Sclerosis, Neurology, Physical Therapy, Stroke


Health Profession Education Building (801) 587-9161

Paul A. House, M.D.

Dr. House specializes in the surgical treatment of Epilepsy, Movement Disorders,Trigeminal Neuralgia, Brain Tumors, and Traumatic Brain Injury. Paul A. House, MD surgically treats patients who suffer from epilepsy, movement disorders (including tremor, Parkinson’s disease, and dystonia), trigeminal neuralgia and brain tumors. His research interes... Read More

Stefan M. Pulst, M.D., Dr. med.

Stefan-M. Pulst, MD, Dr med is Professor and Chair of Neurology. His clinical and research interests focus on inherited diseases of the nervous system with an emphasis on spinocerebellar ataxias and Parkinson´s disease. He received his medical school training at Medizinische Hochschule, Hannover (Germany) and at Harvard Medical School, Boston. Aft... Read More

David R. Renner, M.D.

In 2002, Dr. Renner joined the Department of Neurology faculty, where he currently holds a position as an Associate Professor of Neurology and a diplomate of tropical medicine and infectious disease. Dr. Renner is the course director for medical school neurosciences (Brain and Behavior). Dr. Renner is very active in teaching and mentoring, and ha... Read More


Movement Disorders, Sleep Disorders


Imaging & Neurosciences Center (801) 585-2886

Lauren E. Schrock, M.D.

Lauren E. Schrock, MD joined the Department of Neurology in July 2009. Her clinical interests include movement disorders, with particular focus on dystonia and the surgical management of movement disorders. Dr. Schrock has a special interest in the neurophysiology of basal ganglia-thalamocortical circuits and their role in Parkinson’s disease, dyst... Read More

David R. Shprecher, D.O., M.S.C.I

David Shprecher, DO Msci has dedicated his career to improving treatment options for individuals with movement disorders including ataxia, dystonia, essential tremor, Huntington disease, multiple system atrophy, progressive supranuclear palsy, tardive dyskinesia, tic disorders, Lewy body dementia and Parkinson disease. This includes use of botulinu... Read More

Perla C. Thulin, M.D.

Perla C. Thulin, MD, has special expertise and training in the evaluation and treatment of movement disorders, including Parkinson´s disease, essential tremor, chorea, hemifacial spasm, tics, and dystonia, including torticolllis and blepharospasm, and is an expert in the use of Botox and Myobloc.... Read More


Movement Disorders, Neurology


Imaging and Neurosciences Center (801) 585-7575

Meghan S. Zorn, PA-C

Meghan Zorn, PA-C, is a Physician Assistant, seeing patients with movement disorders. She has expertise in the treatment of Parkinson’s disease, Multiple System Atrophy, Progressive Supranuclear Palsy, Dementia with Lewy Bodies, Essential Tremor and Huntington’s disease. She has extensive experience with Deep Brain Stimulation for the treatment o... Read More


Movement Disorders, Neurology, Parkinson's Disease, Physician Assistant


Imaging & Neurosciences Center (801) 585-7575

University Campus/Research Park

Clinical Neurosciences Center 175 N. Medical Drive
Salt Lake City, UT 84132
(801) 585-7575
Imaging & Neurosciences Center 729 Arapeen Drive
Salt Lake City, UT 84108
(801) 585-7575
  • ARM-TD
    Keywords: Tardive Dyskinesia, Deutetrabenazine, SD-809, hyperkinetic movement disorder, involuntary movement, athetosis
    Status: Active, not recruiting