MEET OUR BOARD
Dr. Eric Farbman
After completing his master’s degree in chemistry at Tufts University, Dr. Farbman completed his medical degree at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey in Newark. He went on to complete his residency in neurology at the University of Pittsburgh and fellowship training in movement disorders in 2004. Dr. Farbman was a clinical instructor in the neurology department and Alzheimer’s disease research center at the University of Pittsburgh.
As a member of the University of Nevada School of Medicine faculty, Dr. Farbman has presented at local, national, and international meetings. He is published in multiple scientific journals including Neurology, Annals of Neurology, and Movement Disorders. He has contributed a book chapter to the textbook, “Contemporary Neurobehavioral Syndromes.”
His current research interest is in Parkinson’s disease and other movement disorders. However, his fellowship training as a movement disorder specialist makes him uniquely qualified in the diagnosis and treatment of Parkinson’s disease, Huntington’s disease, Tourette syndrome, as well as, other neurologic movement disorders.
Dr. Farbman is the director of the movement disorders center at the School of Medicine. He is director of the medical school’s Huntington Study Group site, as well as, director of the Parkinson Study Group site, the only such site in Nevada.
He is currently recruiting patients for multiple trials in Parkinson’s disease and Huntington’s disease.
He is a board-certified neurologist and an active member of the American Academy of Neurology and the Movement Disorder Society.
Merrill Landers, PT, DPT, Ph.D., OCS
Dr. Merrill Landers is a tenured, associate professor at UNLV and a licensed physical therapist. He earned a BS in Exercise Science from Brigham Young University, a DPT from Creighton University, and a Ph.D. in Biological Sciences (Integrative Physiology with cognates in neurobiology and statistics). He is in his seventh year as the Department Chair of Physical therapy at UNLV. His current research interests related to Parkinson’s disease are in the following areas: balance/falls, fear of falling avoidance behavior, high-intensity exercise, and neuroprotection.
Over the last 17 years, he has conducted research studies using both rodent models of Parkinson’s disease and human clinical trials of Parkinson’s disease. He has had 50+ peer-reviewed publications, 50+ peer-reviewed abstracts, and 50+ national and international scientific presentations.
Personal statement about interest in Friends of Parkinson’s
I am flattered to be asked to participate on the Medical Advisory Board of Directors. I have a very big passion for improving the care for individuals with Parkinson’s disease (PD), particularly in the realm of conservative care (e.g., exercise, physical therapy, balance training). PD is my primary area of research and my primary area of continuing education. I attend and present my research at a major international PD conference almost every year. I am a big believer in evidence-based practice and, subsequently, feel that I would offer the board a balanced but evidence-based approach in helping shape the direction of events that the Friends of Parkinson’s hosts.
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Galya Raz, DMD, MS
Diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology
Dr. Galya Raz received her Doctor of Dental Medicine from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. While in dental school Dr. Raz became passionate about periodontics and pursued further education at the University of California, Los Angeles where she received her specialty certification in Periodontics and Implant Surgery as well as a MS in Oral Biology. During her time at UCLA, she focused extensively on the management of advanced periodontal disease and patient-centered outcomes. Additionally, she initiated and conducted research assessing adjunctive periodontal laser therapies while exploring the use of lasers in the treatment and management of peri-implantitis. She served as a Visiting Assistant Professor at UNLV for the past three years where she taught pre-doctoral periodontics full-time and developed the Pre-Doctoral Implant Program. Dr. Raz recently returned to her hometown of San Diego, California where she has joined one of her mentors in private practice.
Selina Parveen, MD
Dr. Parveen is a Staff Neurologist/Movement Disorder Specialist with the Veteran’s Administration Southern Nevada Healthcare System in Las Vegas. She is also an Adjunct Professor of Neurology at Touro University Nevada and a Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Nevada, Reno. Dr. Parveen did her fellowship in Movement Disorders at the VA Medical Center at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Parveen has been a guest speaker at Friends of Parkinson’s Support Group meetings and serves on the organization’s Medical Advisory Board. She has also been a featured speaker at Victory Summit, The Davis Phinney Foundation at the University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV). Her published articles include Improving Quality of Care in Parkinson’s disease: a randomized Controlled Trial. Study protocol of ‘CHAPS’ published in BMCNeurology (BMC Neuro. 2015; 15:258)
Dr. Tariku Mekennon Assen, MD
Janice Hayes Kyser is a Las Vegas-based freelance writer and communications consultant. She spent more than two decades in major city newsrooms as a reporter and editor before becoming a communications executive with several Fortune 100 companies. Her stories have appeared in The Seattle Times, The Detroit News, Essence Magazine and USA Today among a host of other publications. Janice serves on the advisory board of Las Vegas-based Friends of Parkinson’s and is the Editorial Director for that organization’s newsletter. A native of Tacoma, Washington, Janice is a proud adoptive parent and advocate who enjoys travelling, supporting young artists, reading, swimming and home decor.
Kelly Bone, BSHS, MSW Intern
Currently studying for Masters Degree in Social Work at Arizona State University. She has been an intern for Friends of Parkinson’s since May of 2019. Her Social Work concentration is in geriatrics. She has been finding ways to reach out to the community with the Friends of Parkinson’s organization by utilization social media. She has worked with numerous non-profits in the past to better assist the senior population in Las Vegas, NV. Kelly will achieve her Master’s degree in May of 2020 and plans to obtain her license in social work to better advocate the senior population.