Our Team

Debbie Shapiro

Debbie Shapiro

Person with Parkinson and founder of Tikvah for Parkinson

Debbie brings over 9 years of work in the non-profit sector to this project. A popular author and well known speaker, now challenged with Parkinson, she has decided to create a center for people in Jerusalem because, as she explains, “I’m going to need it in a few years. And since it’s not currently available, I’m going to create it.”

doctor david-arkadir

David Arkadir, MD PhD

Senior Neurologist, Hadassah Ein Kerem Medical Center, Jerusalem

Dr. David Arkadir is a senior neurologist specialized in treating Parkinson’s disease and other movement disorders. He received both his M.D. and Ph.D. from Hebrew University Medical School and completed his fellowship at Columbia University Medical Center.

Tanya Gurevich, MD

Tanya Gurevich, MD

Director, Parkinson's Disease and Neuroautonomic Services, Movement Disorders Unit at Tel Aviv Sourasky Medical Center, Tel Aviv, Israel

Dr. Gurevitch heads the multidisciplinary clinic for patients with Parkinson’s disease and other movement disorders at Ichalov Hospital, Tel Aviv. Multiple clinical trials are conducted under this flagship. She is a reviewer of various scientific journals, and a member of the Tel Aviv Sourasky Medical Center Ethics Committee.

Uri P. Hadelsberg, MD

Uri P. Hadelsberg, MD

Neurosurgery Resident, Shaare Zedek Medical Center, Jerusalem

Dr. Uri Hadelsberg is a resident in neurosurgery at Shaare Zedek Medical Center, Jerusalem. He has published several papers in neurosurgery and has fund-raised for non-profit organizations. He is the founder of four startups, two of which still exist to this day. Uri is married to Sivan, a pediatrician, and lives in Tel-Aviv. 

Ariel Simantov

Ariel Simantov

MD Candidate, Tel Aviv University Sackler School of Medicine

Ariel Simantov is an M.D. candidate at the Tel Aviv University Sackler School of Medicine. He received his B.A. with honors from Queens College, City University of New York with a concentration on neuroscience and chemistry. His baccalaureate thesis focused on the development of new research methodologies and synthetic pathways for synthesizing many anticancer, antipsychotic, and biologically aposite precursors. Currently, his research focuses on the modalities of motor learning and retention in people with Parkinson’s disease. 

Yaakov Levinson, MS, RD, Nutritionist

Yaakov Levinson, MS, RD, Nutritionist

MS in clinical nutrition, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland OH

Mr. Levinsion is an author, consultant, researcher and lecturer.  In Israel, he has worked at the Zefat hospital, Hadassah Hospital, Ein Karem, and was the head dietitian at Hadassah Mt. Scopus. Mr. Levinson developed two nutrition formulas, Halvah Shake for people with poor appetites, and Sovah Shake for weight management.

Rabbi Chaim Walkin

Rabbi Chaim Walkin

Dean of Rabbinical Academy and Yeshiva Ateres Israel

Rabbi Chaim Walkin, a spiritual leader for over thirty years, is a published author and speaker. He resides in Bayit Vegan, Jerusalem.

Consultants

Yakir Kaufman, MD, MPH

Yakir Kaufman, MD, MPH

Director of Neurology, Herzog Hospital, Jerusalem

​Dr. Kaufman is the Director of Neurology Services at Hertzog Hospital, Jerusalem. A graduate of Hebrew University Medical School, he completed his neurology residency in Hadassah Medical Center. He completed his fellowship and clinical research in behavioral neurology at Baycrest, Toronto, Canada. His research areas of interest are psycho-neuro-immunology, spirituality and health, and neuro-immunology of neurodegenerative disease.

Leonard Sokol, MD

Leonard Sokol, MD

Neurology Resident, Northwestern University

Dr. Leonard L. Sokol is a resident-physician at Northwestern University. He received his MD from the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine and his BSc in Information Systems from Carnegie Mellon University. His clinical and research interests are within neurology, especially Parkinson and related movement disorders.