I became interested in movement disorders while studying classics and biochemistry at the University of Tennessee. My senior thesis, “Mental Illness and Neurological Disorders Between the 8th and 2nd century BCE” focused on how older societies understood the concept of free will and motivation for behaviors, which underlies the biology of movement. In medical school at the University of Tennessee, I decided that neurology, especially movement disorders neurology, would be a great fit for both my interests as well as satisfy my preference to get to know patients over years and work with them on complex problems.
I completed a four-year neurology internship/residency at Oregon Health & Science University and was selected to be chief resident in my final year. I then stayed on at OHSU to complete a two-year movement disorders fellowship as well as the Human Investigators Program, where I learned formally how to conduct clinical trials. After moving to Wisconsin to start a movement disorders program and living there for five years my family and I decided to move back northwest, and Spokane would be a great place to live as well as build a movement disorders practice.
As of April 2014, we have been the busiest movement disorders practice in the Inland Northwest. I maintain a full-time movement disorders clinic at Selkirk Neurology as well as a thriving clinical research center, Inland Northwest Research, both located on-site at our location in downtown Spokane.
Receiving care at a private practice focused on movement disorders has been a great fit for many patients. Our clinic uses newly developed, peer-reviewed and validated methods in genetic testing, imaging, wearable sensors, neurostimulator implantation, botulinum toxin injection, and serial in-home remote assessment known as chronic care management to provide what I feel is the best care available anywhere for movement disorders. However, what really makes Selkirk Neurology different is that as a smaller practice our patients are all known to the clinic beyond their medical record or billing number. We provide a very person and family focus manner of interaction with our patients and their care partners. We work very hard to stay an independent medical practice with the reason being so we can maintain this type of relationship with our patients that is not encouraged in the environment experienced in of large medical systems. Due to there being very few neurologists in our region and even fewer movement disorders neurologists the wait to get into our clinic can be long. However, if you have the type of problems we treat you will probably find that the wait is worth it.
Jason Aldred, MD, FAAN
Selkirk Neurology, PLLC
Inland Northwest Research, LLC
Clinical Associate Professor, University of Washington Department of Neurology
Clinical Assistant Professor, Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine, Washington State University