Parkinson’s disease affects more than 1300 patients in the Okanagan, according to the British Columbia Ministry of Health data from 2016/2017:
Our vision is to provide comprehensive multidisciplinary care, advanced therapies and research for patients in the Okanagan with Parkinson’s disease and other Movement Disorders.
LOCATION & APPOINTMENTS
Kelowna General Hospital
Walter Anderson Building, 2nd Floor
2251 Pandosy Street, Kelowna, BC V1Y 1T2
Tel | (250) 862-4181
Fax | (778) 478-2186
The Walter Anderson Building is directly across from the Kelowna General Hospital Centennial Building, on Pandosy Street.
Clinics typically run Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Administrative staff answer phone messages at those times. To leave a written message for us, use the Contact Us page. Note that referrals must come from your doctor in order for you to be seen in the clinic.
PARKING & TRANSIT
Parking on site costs $1.50 per hour. A smartphone app is available to prepay or update your parking (hangtag.io) but you can also use good old fashioned coins or credit card.
There are bicycle racks for lockup in the front of the building and also in the covered parking area.
Please plan for 90 minutes at the clinic. Arriving 10 minutes prior to your appointment is advised to park and register. The needs of your visit or other patients’ visits might cause unexpected delays.
The parking area (shown below) has a covered entrance to the building elevators. The clinic is on the second floor at the end of the hallway.
Who is this Dr. Wile?
Dr. Wile completed a Bachelor of Science in Psychology at UBC, a Master of Science in Behavioral Neuroscience at McGill University, and Doctor of Medicine followed by residency training in Neurology at the University of Calgary, with certification in Neurology by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.
He completed a Clinical Movement Disorders Fellowship supported by the Parkinson’s Society of Canada at the Pacific Parkinson’s Research Centre in Vancouver with a focus on genetic and brain imaging markers of clinical differences in Parkinson’s disease.
Particular interest and expertise in movement disorders including Parkinson’s Disease, dystonias, tremor disorders, ataxias, chorea including Huntington disease.
Botulinum toxin injections for dystonias, hemifacial spasm, blepharospasm, and in some cases spasticity and migraine.
Dr. Wile sees patients with other neurological problems when covering on-call hospital service, and endeavors to provide ongoing care for these patients as we are able to accommodate in the Movement Disorders Clinic, and by phone.
Active research projects
- Development of clinical tools to improve care in Parkinson’s disease
- Internet based patient portal system
- Device based symptom tracking tools
- Telemedicine for Parkinson’s disease
- Muscle and tendon properties and balance in Parkinson’s disease (Principal Investigator Jennifer Jakobi, PhD | School of Health & Exercise Sciences | UBC Okanagan Campus)
- EMBARK Trial: Eliminate Brain Iron in Parkinson’s
- ARISE Trial for Progressive Supranuclear Palsy
- Research links (Publications)
- Pubmed links https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/?term=wile+dj
- Google scholar https://scholar.google.ca/citations?user=k_eyQyoAAAAJ&hl=en
- Dr. Wile is a Clinical Assistant Professor with the UBC Southern Medical Program.
- Dr. Wile provides lectures and clinical teaching to medical students and residents (doctors doing additional training after finishing medical school).
- Training doctors to be proficient in neurological diagnosis is a focus for Dr. Wile – clinic visits are sometimes attended by medical students and resident doctors.