Soania Mathur, MD, is a former writer for Verywell Health covering Parkinson's disease. Dr. Mathur was diagnosed with young-onset Parkinson's disease at the age of 27 at the start of her medical career. During her twelve years of family medicine before she had to take a medical leave from her practice, she cared for a number of patients with the same diagnosis.
Now she is a dedicated speaker, writer, educator, and Parkinson's advocate. She speaks passionately at the local and international level, about the challenges of adjusting physically and emotionally and the coping strategies available to patients.
Dr. Mathur is an active speaker with the Parkinson’s Society of Canada at patient-directed conferences and also serves as a resource for education projects. She works with The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research and serves on their Patient Council. She is a member of The Brian Grant Foundation Advisory Board that helps to create educational programming.
Dr. Mathur is the founder of Designing A Cure Inc. which was initially created to raise funds directed towards research and awareness of Parkinson's disease and now serves as a platform to educate and inspire those living with this disease to take charge of their lives, to live well with Parkinson's.
Dr. Mathur has a special interest in helping educate the youngest affected by the stress of this chronic disease. To help facilitate dialogue between children and their loved ones, she has authored two books: "My Grandpa's Shaky Hands" and "Shaky Hands–A Kid’s Guide To Parkinson’s Disease."
Dr. Mathur graduated from Dalhousie University with a Bachelor of Science and subsequently attended medical school there as well. She completed a residency in family medicine at the University of Toronto followed by a fellowship in low-risk obstetrics.
There are over one million people living with Parkinson's disease in North America alone, some who are farther along in the disease process, some struggling with the burden of a new diagnosis. Helping to alleviate some of the disability that so many are faced with and to prevent others from having to embark down this path at all, is where my dedication now lies.
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