University of Calgary Movement Disorders Clinic

University of Calgary Movement Disorders Clinic

Contact Information

  University of Calgary Movement Disorders Clinic
3350 Hospital Drive NW
Calgary, Alberta T2N 1N4

  Carol Pantella (403) 220-2276



Site Coordinator

Carol Pantella, RN
Phone: (403) 220-2276

Site Investigator

Furtado _calgarySarah Furtado, MD, PhD, FRCPC

Dr. Furtado completed medical school and Neurology residency training at the University of Calgary after having obtained a PhD in neurosciences at McMaster University. Following the completion of her Neurology residency, she completed a fellowship in movement disorders and PET imaging with Dr. Jon Stoessl at UBC. Subsequent to this she joined DCNS in 2001.

She works in both the Movement Disorders and Urgent Neurology clinics at the Foothills Hospital. She is actively involved in clinical trials in Movement Disorders, and is a member of both the Huntington Study Group and Parkinson Study Group. Past research interests have included neuropathologic and neuroimaging studies in Huntington’s Disease patients, as well as behavioural and neuroimaging studies in Parkinson’s Disease patients. Present research interests include investigation of medication ordering errors in Parkinson’s Disease patients admitted to hospital, analysis of the association of peripheral neuropathy and Parkinson’s Disease and assessing the impact of the Urgent Neurology clinic on patient care. Dr. Furtado is a member of the neurology residency training committee and co chair of the National Residents’ Movement Disorders Course.


Sarna_calgaryJustyna Sarna, MD

Dr. Justyna Sarna is a neurologist in Calgary with a subspecialty in Movement Disorders. She obtained her Bachelor of Science with Great Distinction in Biochemistry from the University of Lethbridge. She became involved in research in the undergraduate years and subsequently enrolled in the Leaders in Medicine combined MD/PhD program at the University of Calgary.

She studied neurodegeneration in animal models and after finishing her degrees pursued a five-year Neurology residency at the University of Calgary. She was fascinated by Movement Disorders early on in her training and following residency, completed her fellowship at the University of Calgary. Dr. Sarna is interested in all aspects of Parkinson’s disease and prides herself in compassionate care of patients with this diagnosis through early to advanced stages.

She is involved in clinical research trials as well as teaching of both medical students as well as residents.


suchowersky_albertaOksana Suchowersky, MD, FRCPC (Neurology), FCCMG

Dr. Suchowersky received her undergraduate and graduate education at the University of Alberta following which she trained in medicine at the University of Calgary. She completed a neurology residency and fellowships in movement disorders and neurogenetics at the University of British Columbia. In 1984, she joined the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Calgary where she developed their Movement Disorders Program and a Neurogenetics Clinic. She moved to the University of Alberta in 2010 as a Professor of Medicine & Medical Genetics, assuming the Toupin Research Chair in Neurology. She has many research interests, including the genetic basis for movement disorders.