Movement Disorder Rehabilitation Team

Rehab team

        Kim Bond, OTR/L, ARP, CLT

 Kim graduated from Eastern Michigan University in 2000 with a Master’s Degree in Occupational Therapy and has experience in treating a variety of neurological diseases. She joined the UC San Diego Health System in 2010 and spends her time between treating patients in the outpatient neuro-rehab department and being an active member of the MS, ALS and Movement Disorder Treatment Teams. As an Assistive Technology Professional, she specializes in wheelchair seating and currently facilitates the wheelchair seating clinic at UCSD. She is PWR! Certified in working with Parkinson's Disease and holds an additional certification in Lymphedema treatment. 

Andrea Coverdale, DPT

Physical Therapist. Andrea earned her doctoral degree in physical therapy from Northeastern University in Boston, MA. Prior to joining UC San Diego Health, Andrea worked at NYU Langone Medical Center's Rusk Institute of Rehabilitation in New York City. She specializes in treating patients with various neurological conditions, including Parkinson's Disease, Stroke, and Multiple Sclerosis. Andrea also enjoys working with the geriatric population and holds a certification as a Stroke Rehabilitation Specialist.



Allison Helm

Allison Helm, MOT, OT/L

Assistant Director, Rehabilitation Services. Ms. Helm has worked for UC San Diego Health since 1996. She started as a home health therapist, and in 2002 transitioned to the acute setting as the Lead Burn Therapist for the Burn Center. She was the Occupational Therapy Supervisor in Hillcrest for 4 years before being promoted to Assistant Director in 2008 to manage the UCSD La Jolla therapies.

Carter McElroy, MPT

A physical therapist for 12 years, Mr. McElroy has specialized in treating patients with various neurological disorders for the past 8 years.  He has given many community outreach presentations through UCSD and the University of Virginia on the role of physical therapy in treating both Parkinson’s Disease and Multiple Sclerosis.

Susan Neese, M.A., CCC-SLP

Speech Pathologist II. Ms. Neese has worked Thornton Pavilion part of Jacobs Medical Center in the Rehabilitation Department since 2006. She has experience working with movement disorders and provides voice, speech, and swallowing therapy to this population. Ms. Neese has been certified in Lee Silverman Voice Treatment (LSVT-LOUD) since 2008 and enjoys assisting others in improving communication and swallowing.


Lauren Santimaw, MS, CCC-SLP

Lauren received her Master's degree in speech language pathology from Vanderbilt University in 2010. Prior to joining UC San Diego Health, Lauren worked as a clinical speech-language pathologist at Genesis Rehabilitation Services in both San Diego and Hampstead N.C., as well as Scripps Mercy Hospital in San Diego and the University of Kentucky in Lexington, Ky. She is certified in SPEAK OUT! voice treatment for Parkinson's disease and has extensive experience working with patients with neurological conditions including stroke, traumatic brain injury, and ALS. She holds a Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech-Language Pathology (CCC-SLP) from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA).


Julie Walker, PT, DPT, NCS

Physical Therapist. After receiving her doctoral degree in Physical Therapy from Boston University, Julie completed the John Hopkins and University of Delaware Neurological Physical Therapy Residency Program. Prior to joining the UC San Diego Health team, Julie was a primary outpatient therapist at John Hopkins in Baltimore, MD and was involved in munltidisciplinary clinics including Ataxia and ALS Clinic. Julie is a Neurological Certified Specialist in Physical Therapy and has experience treating patients with a wide range of neurological conditions including: ALS, Ataxia, Concussion, Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson's Disease, Traumatic Brain Injury, and Stroke.