Dr. Georgeta Varga
[For more information] To learn more about Dr. Georgeta Varga and Parkinson Disease Movement Disorders Clinic or to schedule an appointment, go to movementdisorderclinic.com, call 512.900.2477 or visit them at 3001 Bee Cave Rd., Suite #210.By Jon Black
Treating patients with movement disorders is very demanding, requiring continuing and comprehensive medical care. Another challenging aspect of these disorders, says movement disorder specialist Dr. Georgeta Varga, is that they take a psychological as well as physical toll on patients. “Patients need to feel that they are not alone in their battle, and Parkinson Disease Movement Disorders Clinic is here to be the ally they need.”
Dr. Varga specializes in the diagnosis and comprehensive treatment of movement disorders using multiple techniques and therapies. She also employs clinical research as an avenue to contribute to this rapidly expanding field of medicine, with the intent of providing cutting-edge treatment for her patients.
The complexity of movement disorders requires PDMDC to foster close cooperation with a team of specialists to address the full range of a patient’s needs. Depending on a particular patient’s requirements, this team may include neurosurgeons, neuropsychologists, psychologists, neurobehavioral specialists, physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech pathologists and others.
Among the conditions treated by PDMDC are Parkinson’s disease, Parkinson’s plus syndrome, dystonia, tremor, gait disorders, Huntington’s disease and other choreiform movements, ataxia, myoclonus, restless leg syndrome, tics and Tourette syndrome and psychogenic movement disorder.
Dr. Varga treats patients with a variety of therapies optimized for a patient’s unique condition, beginning with medical visits for diagnosis and medication management. Other treatments include botulinum toxin injections for treatment of dystonia or spasticity; deep brain stimulation (DBS) screening evaluation for treatment of Parkinson’s disease, dystonia or essential tremor; DBS programming for Parkinson’s disease, dystonia or essential tremor as well as baclofen pump management for treatment of spasticity.
While movement disorders are challenging and frustrating for patients, Dr. Varga says this is a time of great promise for their treatment. “In a time when our understanding of these disorders is accumulating faster and faster, and the practice of medicine is undergoing dramatic changes, physicians need to make every effort in the best interests of their patients.”
Dr. Varga feels strongly that part of providing the best service to her patients comes from constantly advancing research in the field of movement disorders. “I pursue clinical research as an avenue to learn more and contribute to the rapidly expanding knowledge base in this field,” she explains. Currently, one of PDMDC’s major research projects involves collaborating with the University of Tennessee as an investigative site to develop a genetic repository for movement disorders.
In addition to her clinical and research work, Dr. Varga conducts educational programs on movement disorders both for her patients and for the community at large.
Dr. Varga is a board certified neurologist and a Medical Diplomat of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. She received her MD from the University of Medicine and Pharmacy in Cluj-Napoca, Romania, where she also completed a residency in radiology. Dr. Varga completed a second residency, in neurology, at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center as well as a fellowship in movement disorders at the Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio. Her work on deep brain stimulation for movement disorders has been published in the Oxford American Neurology Library.
Given the complex needs of the patients under her care, Dr. Varga has worked to ensure that every position at PDMDC is staffed by qualified and compassionate individuals. “I am very grateful to have a very professional and dedicated team in my office that allows me to focus on the most important part of my work – taking care of patients.”