Comprehensive multidisciplinary care, advanced therapies and research for patients 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.
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.
Neurological diagnosis and treatment for most neurological conditions in adults, including stroke, epilepsy, dementia and neurodegenerative disease, headache, cranial nerve disorders, multiple sclerosis and neuroinflammatory disorders. Some treatments for MS are coordinated through the MS clinic by other neurologists (including MS disease modifying treatments). Dr. Wile sees patients with nerve and muscle disease but does not perform nerve conduction studies.
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.
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
- Efficacy and safety of deferiprone (a drug that binds to iron) in Parkinson’s disease
- deferiprone has been available in Canada since 2015 (US 2011, Europe 1999) for treatment of iron overload
- This study is being conducted at Okanagan Clinical Trials (http://www.okanaganclinicaltrials.com) with Dr. Wile as a sub-investigator
- The study is enrolling patients who have been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease within the last 3 years
- 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.