Awards and Accomplishments
About Dr. Petrossian
Dr. Melita Petrossian is a fellowship-trained neurologist and movement disorders specialist and is the Director of the Pacific Movement Disorders Center located at Providence Saint John’s Health Center and Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center Torrance.
Dr. Petrossian’s clinical interests and expertise are in movement disorders such as Parkinson’s disease (PD), tremor including essential tremor, dystonia, gait disorders, ataxia, myoclonus, blepharospasm, hemifacial spasm, Meige syndrome, spasticity, tics and Tourette’s syndrome. She also specializes in Parkinson’s-related conditions such as Dementia with Lewy Bodies, progressive supranuclear palsy, multiple system atrophy, corticobasal degeneration, primary freezing of gait, and Parkinson’s Disease Dementia.
Dr. Petrossian’s focus is on a multidisciplinary approach to these movement disorders, including appropriate diagnosis utilizing the latest imaging techniques such as MRI, PET and DaTscan, optimization of medical treatment, and chemodenervation using botulinum toxin injections (e.g., Botox). In coordination with physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech therapists, and other specialists as necessary she treats motor and non-motor symptoms of PD and other movement disorders. Dr. Petrossian provides assessments for candidates for deep brain stimulation surgery for PD, essential tremor and dystonia, guides patients through the pre- and post-operative period, and creates a custom-tailored program of deep brain stimulation settings.
A native of southern California, Dr. Petrossian graduated from UCLA, summa cum laude, and received her medical education at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). She completed her neurology residency at Massachusetts General Hospital and Brigham and Women’s Hospital, affiliated with Harvard Medical School in Boston, followed by fellowship in movement disorders at the same institutions. She is a member of the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) and Movement Disorders Society (MDS).
- Parkinson’s Disease
- Parkinson’s Disease Dementia
- Dementia with Lewy Bodies
Medicare, medicaid and most insurance plans are accepted. Please contact us to confirm coverage.
- Pacific Movement Disorders Center
- Parkinson’s Disease
- Essential Tremor
- Movement Disorders Blog Articles
- Parkinson’s Disease Support Group
- Parkinson’s Disease Webinar
Frequently Asked Questions
Yes, she is accepting new patients at this time.
Dr. Melita Petrossian’s clinical focus is Parkinson’s Disease.
Dr. Melita Petrossian speaks English and Armenian.
Yes, Dr. Melita Petrossian is taking telehealth appointments. Please call 310-582-7433 to make an appointment.
Dr. Melita Petrossian’s office is located at 1301 20th St. #150, Santa Monica CA 90404.
Articles by Dr. Petrossian
Cervical Dystonia: A Pain in the Neck
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.”
New Diagnostic Test for Parkinson’s Disease available at Pacific Neuroscience Institute
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…
Medical DegreeMD, University of California, San Francisco
ResidencyMassachusetts General Hospital and Brigham and Women’s Hospital / Harvard Medical School
FellowshipMassachusetts General Hospital and Brigham and Women’s Hospital / Harvard Medical School