University at Buffalo

University at Buffalo

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Contact Information

 UB Department of Neurology, 5851 Main St., Williamsville, NY 14221

  Rachel Shepherd, RN (716) 932-6080

  rlaporta@buffalo.edu

 

Site Coordinator

ShepherdRachel Shepherd, RN, BSN 

Rachel Shepherd is a registered nurse and research coordinator in the Department of Neurology at the University at Buffalo. Rachel began her career with the University’s Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology in 2014 before joining the Department of Neurology in 2017. Since then she has enjoyed focusing on working with patients diagnosed with neurodegenerative disorders and dementia. She is trained in Deep Brain Stimulation programming of patients with Parkinson’s disease, Essential tremor, and Dystonia and also management of patients receiving Duopa therapy. Rachel also serves as the clinical research coordinator for Movement Disorder clinical trials in the Department of Neurology.
Rachel is a native of Buffalo, NY and earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology from the University at Buffalo in 2004, a Master of Arts degree in Psychology from Long Island University in 2007, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from the University at Buffalo in 2014.

Site Investigator


andrzejewski_kelly-professional-head-shotKelly Andrzejewski, DO, PhD

Dr. Andrzejewski is a neurologist with special training in the treatment of movement disorders, caring for patients with Parkinson’s disease, Huntington’s disease (HD), generalized and focal dystonia, essential tremor, Tourette’s syndrome, tardive dyskinesia and other movement disorders. She created a comprehensive HD clinic in Western New York, at the University at Buffalo, where she ensures that patients receive a team- and family-centered approach to their care. This means that in addition to the medical care patients receive from Andrzejewski, they and their families receive support from a social worker and a genetic counselor. The clinic also offer counseling and genetic testing for individuals that are at risk of having HD.

Andrzejewski’s research is focused on the role of the cannabinoid system in HD, and she collaborates with my basic science colleagues to provide a translational approach in this area of research. Her research efforts also include a study determining the reliability of Parkinson’s disease rating scales assessments performed remotely via virtual telemedicine visits compared to in-person assessments completed as part of an active clinical trial.