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September 1, 2021

Cervical Dystonia: A Pain in the Neck

by Melita Petrossian

Many of our patients tell us that prior to being seen by us, their symptoms were dismissed by physicians or other providers. Because many movement disorders show no abnormalities on blood testing or imaging, patients are often told that there is “nothing wrong” and that they should learn to “live with it.”

Providence Saint John's Health Center
August 10, 2021

Providence Saint John’s Health Center in Santa Monica Named among Top 50 Hospitals in the United States for Neurology and Neurosurgery

by Amelia Garrison

U.S. News & World Report highlights quality, specialty care Providence Southern California hospitals and affiliates received more than 100 honors from the U.S. News & World Report, which released its Best Hospital ratings in July 2021. The report, which reviews hospital performance in adult, pediatric,...

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March 5, 2021

PNI’s 2020 Year-in-Review & What To Expect in 2021

by Zara Jethani

PNI’s Year-in-Review 2020 was, despite the pandemic, a strong year for clinical care delivered by PNI providers with multiple milestones being achieved.  We’ve entered 2021 with a deep commitment to treating our patients at our ten centers of excellence, doing groundbreaking research, providing innovative clinical...

Parkinson's disease
January 30, 2021

New Diagnostic Test for Parkinson’s Disease available at Pacific Neuroscience Institute

by Melita Petrossian

In most cases, the diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease (PD) is clear based on clinical signs of rest tremor, bradykinesia (slowness or small size of movements), and rigidity. However, too frequently, aspects of the clinical symptoms and signs can be equivocal, and the diagnosis may be...

Jean-Philippe Langevin MD and Melita Petrossian MD
January 7, 2021

Innovative Deep Brain Stimulation device reads brain signals, allowing for individualized treatment for Parkinson’s patients

by Zara Jethani

Pacific Neuroscience Institute at Providence Saint John’s Health Center among first treatment sites SANTA MONICA (January 7, 2021) – Pacific Neuroscience Institute is the first provider in the Providence health system to treat a patient with an innovative surgically implanted Deep Brain Stimulation device. Used...

Parkinson's disease
January 4, 2021

Everything Parkinson’s Webinar Series: Motor Symptoms Medications Update

by Giselle Tamula

JANUARY 2021 Current and future medications The Pacific Movement Disorders Center hosted the second Everything Parkinson’s webinar series installment.   The lecture in January 2021 “Update on medications for motor symptoms of PD” was given by Movement Disorders medical director, Dr. Melita Petrossian.   Dr. Petrossian...

PNI 2021
January 1, 2021

PNI Founders’ Message 2021

by Guest Author

Although our medical community continues to strain under the burden of COVID-19, there has been hope, determination and progress. Neurological diseases do not stop and neither have we at Pacific Neuroscience Institute.

Parkinson's Disease Webinar Cover Bright and Bumpy Road
December 7, 2020

Everything Parkinson’s Webinar Series: Introduction

by Giselle Tamula

The Pacific Movement Disorders Center kicked off its new monthly Let's Talk Parkinson's webinar series featuring its specialists and care team providers on various topics in Parkinson's disease.

Dementia with Lewy Bodies Phase 2 Clinical Trial
October 30, 2020

New Drug for Lewy Body Dementia Shows Promise

by Guest Author

Drug shows encouraging signs for patients of less common type of dementia. Pacific Neuroscience Institute located at Providence Saint John’s Health Center among sites for clinical trial.

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August 27, 2020

Wrist Band Helps Control Hand Tremors In Essential Tremor Patients

by Zara Jethani

Imagine trying to drink a glass of water on a hot day, only to find that you can’t hold your glass steady; or trying to button a shirt but you’re unable to align the buttonhole.

Last updated: March 10th, 2021