Movement Disorder Rehabilitation Team

Velvet Hewett, OT/L, MPA

Velvet Hewett is the Director of Rehabilitation Services and is an Occupational Therapist by background. She has worked both inpatient and outpatient therapy and ancillary settings is an administrative capacity leading program management, regulatory processes, service line development, and operations. As an Occupational Therapist, she has practices with both adults and children specializing in stroke rehabilitation, cognition, muscular dystrophy, arthritis and pediatric development and feeding disorders. Velvet joined UCSD in the summer of 2019


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.


Lindsey A. Unger, M.S., CCC-SLP

Lindsey A. Unger, has been a Medical Speech- Language Pathologist since 2011. She is newly employed with UCSD Health as of December 2018 and joining us from the VA Healthcare System of Greater Los Angeles County. Lindsey has a specific interest in working with patients with Neurodegenerative Disorders, specifically Parkinson's Disease. She is certified in SPEAK OUT!, Lee Silverman Voice Treatment (LSVT) and LSVT eLoud. Her passion lies in assisting individuals live their best lives possible through optimizing communication and swallowing and breaking through the barriers and challenges that hinder positive change.

Kristine C. Negrete, PT, DPT, NCS

Ms. Negrete earned her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from A.T Still University in Arizona. She complete a Neurologic Physical Therapy Residency with Northern Arizona University and Honor Health. She is Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Neurologic Physical Therapy (NCS). Ms. Negrete is a physical therapist who specializes in treating patients with various neurological conditions, including Parkinson's Disease, Stroke, brain and spinal cord injuries, vestibular and balance disorders including post- concussion syndrome, multiple sclerosis, Guillain-Barre and Post-polio syndrome.

Jessie Altman, PT, DPT, NCS

Jessie Altman, is a physical therapist who specializes in treating patients with various neurological disorders, including Parkinson's Disease, stroke, vestibular and balance disorders, multiple sclerosis and spinal injuries, Guillain-Barre syndrome, ALS and post polio syndrome. Dr. Altman teaches individuals how to manage, prevent, or improve their condition to maximize movement and function, and improve quality of life across the lifespan. Prior to joining UCSD, Dr. Altman completed the neurologic physical therapy residency program at the University of Washington  Medical Center in Seattle Washington. She is Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Neurologic Physical Therapy (NCS). She earned her doctorate in physical therapy at San Diego State University. 

Julie Larsen, OTD, OTR/L

Julie is an occupational therapist who treats patients with neurological disorders and is paneled by California Children's Services (CCS). Julie received her Bachelors of Science in Biology from UCLA, a Master of Arts degree in Occupational therapy from USC, and a Doctor of Occupational Therapy degree from USC with emphasis on mental health. Prior to UCSD, Julie worked at Loma Linda University Medical Center specializing in pediatric and adult neurological rehab. Working with stroke, TBI, SCI, CP, Low vision, developmental delay, and autism. Additional experience in feeding and low vision. Julie enjoys being outdoors and spending time with family in her spare time.

Cory Troyer, PT, DPT

Cory Troyer, is a licensed physical therapist who helps people with orthopedic and neuromuscular conditions, She enjoys using evidenced based practice to progress patients towards their functional goals  through the use of movement.  Cory earned her doctoral degree in Physical Therapy from Grand Valley State University in Allendale, Michigan and Bachelor's of science Degree in Health Fitness Preventative and Rehabilitative Programs from Central Michigan University in Mount Pleasant, Michigan.