Kaiser Permanente

Kaiser Permanente


Rupa Lekh Nanavati, MD

I was born in England, where I also grew up and did all my undergraduate medical training. People are often surprised to hear my British accent on seeing that I am an Indian woman living in the U.S.! I moved to the U.S. to do my residency. I was in Houston for my neurology residency and epilepsy fellowship. My husband and I moved to San Diego and I did my second fellowship in movement disorders at UC San Diego. When I am not working, I love to travel and enjoy all the wonderful leisure activities San Diego has to offer. My husband and I enjoy eating out and I am always happy to get people’s recommendations on their favorite eating spots!

I specialize in treating movement disorders, and so I spend much of my time treating patients with Parkinson’s disease. I am also trained in the management of patients who have had deep brain stimulation surgery. Another area of interest for me is the management of patients with epilepsy. However, I enjoy seeing patients with a wide variety of general neurological problems, as it keeps my day interesting.

Rita Ceponiene, MD

I graduated from medical school in Vilnius, Lithuania, attending one of the oldest universities in Europe. After brief post-graduate training in neurology in Vilnius, I moved to Helsinki, Finland, to complete a Ph.D. in neuroscience, which I defended in 2002, graduating magna cum laude. My post-doctoral training brought me to UC San Diego, and although I was very successful in research, I missed the feeling of helping patients. So I re-did an internship at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital in Ann Arbor, Michigan (loved it there!) and a residency in adult neurology, followed by a movement disorders fellowship at UC San Diego Medical Center, lead by one of the top specialists in the nation, Irene Litvan.

Although my main expertise lies in the field of movement disorders, I welcome patients with any neurological condition. I serve, respect, and do my personal and professional best to every person who comes through my office door. I maintain ties with UC San Diego Movement Disorder Center via research studies as well as shared learning via professor video rounds and case discussions.