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Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

In 2013, the UC Davis Neurology Department ranked 22nd of all US Departments in NIH funding.


UC Davis received $754 million in research awards in 2012-13, ranking 21st among US universities


UC Davis Institute for Regenerative Cures has the most advanced, academic Good Manufacturing Practice Stem Cell facilities in the nation.

U.S. News Best Hospitals


A U.S. News & World Report best hospital in cancer, cardiology & heart surgery, ENT, geriatrics, gynecology, nephrology, neurology & neurosurgery, orthopedics, pulmonology, and urology. 

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The Leapfrog Group, which conducts a national, public comparison of hospital quality, safety, and efficiency, ranked UC Davis Medical Center as one of the top U.S. hospitals.


UC Davis Multidisciplinary ALS Clinic,
an ALS Association Certified Center of Excellence


  Nannette Joyce DO

Nanette Joyce, D.O., ALS Director.  Board Certified in: PM&R and Neuromuscular Medicine.  Dr. Joyce is one of the nation’s few ALS physiatrists. Her extensive involvement in the UC Davis ALS clinic distinguishes it from other California ALS clinics.  Her research interests include developing stem cell therapeutics for patients with neuromuscular disease.



UC Davis ALS Clinic

UC Davis Medical Center
Lawrence J. Ellison Ambulatory Care Center
Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation 4860 Y Street, Suite 1700
Sacramento, CA 95817
(916) 734-6304, Fax (916) 734-7838


  • UC Davis Neurology Clinic     (916) 734-3588
  • Participate in ALS Research   (916) 734-6265
  • UC Davis New Referral Center  800-2-UCDAVIS (282-3284)
  • Give to UC Davis   Your support makes a difference call   (916) 734-9400


Michelle Cregan, CRA
(916) 734-6304

Ultrasound in ALS

Mexiletine for the Treatment of Muscle Cramps in ALS

Developing new outcome measures in ALS

Research Registry


Lou Gehrig's Disease


ÆMessage from the Director (please click on link)

Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig's or motor neuron disease, is a neurodegenerative disorder affecting motor nerves that control muscle function. The loss of motor nerves results in weakness and wasting of muscles throughout the body. Today, we cannot cure ALS, but we can treat it.

ALS CoE BadgeThe UC Davis Multidisciplinary ALS Clinic is conducted jointly by the Department of Neurology and the Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation. Founded in 2009, the clinic has been part of the UC Davis Muscular Dystrophy Association clinic since 2013, and is certified as an ALS Center of Excellence by the ALS Association.

Our mission is to provide the best possible care for people living with ALS.

Our Team

Our team consists of experts from several departments. Together we provide patient-centered compassionate care.






Clinic Director                                                Nanette Joyce, DO         

Professor Emeritus, pulmonary                    William Bonekat, DO      

Nurse                                                             Mandy Walker, RN

Clinic Coordinator                                         Michelle Cregan, CRA

Social Worker                                               Holly Bleasdale, LCSW

Physical Therapist                                        Linda Johnson, PT

Respiratory Therapist                                   Micaela Sarazen, RT

Occupational Therapist                                Terri Hayward, OT

Speech Pathologist                                       Matt Osecheck, MA, CCC-SLP

                                                                       Kyle Renke, MS

Dietitian                                                         Jennifer Manning, RD, CNSC

Research coordinators                                 Michelle Cregan, CRA; Alina Nicorici, BS,

                                                                        Erica Goude, BA

Giving to the UC Davis Multidisciplinary ALS Clinic

If you would like to donate to the UC Davis ALS Clinic, please click on the Giving Tree at left to open the UC Davis Health System secure donations page. Select Neurosciences from the Recipient drop-down menu and enter "ALS" in the "Special instructions" box.


The UC Davis Medical Center, a 645-bed teaching hospital, offers excellent inpatient neurology and PM&R services, pulmonology, interventional radiology, ENT, and palliative care/hospice services. These integrated resources allow us to provide comprehensive care to meet our patients' needs. In addition, the local ALS community provides critical support for our patients and their families, and our clinic facilitates these relationships by involving representatives from the regional ALS patient advocacy organizations.  Our patients and their families are a vital part of our team in the fight against ALS. 


"The ALS clinic has provided us with incredible care, information and support. Our journey is difficult, but knowing the clinic is there, to help in any way, is assuring and lightens the load."

 Stacey and Patricia Howe, Pollock Pines CA

 "When my father was diagnosed with ALS, our family worked to find a physician specialist that could meet his needs. We chose Dr. Oskarsson at the ALS clinic at UC Davis in Sacramento, and we know we made the right decision. Even though we were at a distance, Dr. Oskarsson kept in contact with my father's care team which was based in our home town, in Chico. He was also available by phone when we needed him. He listened to my father's concerns and concerns of me and my brother. And most importantly, the UC Davis team honored my father's wishes."

 Norae Ferrara, Chico CA

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