Movement Disorder Fellows and Students


Kristen Kelley

Kristen graduated from UC Davis with a B.S. in Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior with the University Medal, the highest honor awarded to a graduating senior. She is a medical student at UCSD School of Medicine, and is currently completing a Master's in Clinical Research while working under Dr. Litvan at the Movement Disorder Center. Her current projects focus on investigating risk factors for the development of progressive supranuclear palsy. She will be graduating from UCSD School of Medicine in 2017 and plans to pursue a career as an academic physician.  



    Amanda Yu, DO, PhD

A native of St. Petersburg, Florida, from age 10, she was motivated to pursue medicine, a goal that was influenced by her mother's traumatic brain injury. She studied biology and chemistry at the University of South Florida and did research in marine molecular biology. She then earned her medical degree and doctorate in biomedical sciences at Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine in Ft. Worth. Dr. Yu is especially interested in movement disorders and is pursuing a fellowship in that field. She enjoys spending her precious free time with her family, cooking, running, hiking and mountain biking.

Yuan Xing, MD

Dr. Xing completed her medical education at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, after which she completed her residency training at University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, Texas.  She presented her research on zinc supplementation with Botulinum toxin for treatment of dystonia at the American Academy of Neurology annual conference in 2015.  Dr. Xing will continue her education as a movement disorders specialist at the University of California, San Diego.  She has special interests in the treatment of dystonia and Parkinson's disease.  


Priscilla Mendoza, Executive Assistant

Ms. Mendoza joined the Movement Disorder Center in September of 2015. She provides administrative support to Dr. Irene Litvan, MD Professor of Neurosciences, Director of the Movement Disorder Center and program staff. Ms. Mendoza has eight years of experience in health care, previously working as an Administrative Associate in the Pediatric Department of Rheumatology at Rady Children's Hospital in San Diego where she supported a total of four physicians. In April of 2014, she was awarded "Employee of Excellence" and was recognized by Rady Children's Hospital as one of the top 12 employees of the year.