Scripps Clinic Parkinson’s Disease Movement Disorders Center

Scripps Clinic Parkinson’s Disease Movement Disorders Center


Melissa Houser, M.D.

Dr. Houser is the Director of the Parkinson’s disease and Movement Disorder Center at Scripps Clinic in La Jolla, CA.

She is a board certified neurologist with neurophysiology and movement disorders fellowships. She and her team specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of Parkinson’s disease, parkinsonism, dystonia, myoclonus, tics, tremor and conditions requiring botulinum toxin injections. Her clinical focus is on an integrative team approach to treatment and her research interests lie in stem cell therapy and other bio implantable or bio mechanical therapies for Parkinson’s disease and dystonia.

Nelson Hwynn, DO

Nelson Hwynn, DO is a neurologist with Scripps Clinic. He treats a variety of neurological conditions and has subspecialty fellowship training in the area of movement disorders including tremors, Parkinson’s disease, dystonia, Tourette’s syndrome, and ataxia. He has had extensive training in administering botulinum toxin (Botox) injections for disorders such as cervical dystonia, blepharospasm, hemifacial spasm, and spasticity. Dr. Hwynn is the co-director of the Scripps Clinic deep brain stimulation (DBS) program with neurosurgeon, Dr. Adam Burdick, and has expertise in evaluating and managing patients with this surgery.

Sherrie Gould, NP

Sherrie Gould NP currently works as a Movement Disorders Nurse Practitioner at the Scripps Clinic Center for Neurorestoration in La Jolla, CA. She is currently an “expert nurse program educator” nationally and speaks to patients from around the country about DBS. She serves as faculty for Medtronic teaching the art and science of DBS to other professionals around the country.

She is on a number of Advisory Councils for Parkinson’s disease and speaks around the country to groups on Parkinson’s disease and various treatments.

Her passion is empowering people with Parkinson’s to reach lofty goals and as a consequence has lead trips around the globe with people with Parkinson’s and their loved ones to Kilimanjaro, base camp of Everest, Machu Picchu and more recently the Camino de Santiago in Spain.

She was awarded the Health Hero Award in both 2011 and 2013 for her commitment to the Parkinson’s community. Sherrie was recognized by CANP for her commitment to Parkinson’s research in 2014. She was given the NP Award of Distinction by the California Association of Nurse Practitioner in 2018.