Melissa Houser, MD

Melissa Houser, MD, is a neurologist with fellowship training in sleep-related movement disorders.

Dr. Houser is the founder and clinical director of the Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorder Center at Scripps Clinic in San Diego, California. Here, she and her team provide advanced treatment of the following disorders with a multidisciplinary, integrative and caring approach:

  • Ataxia
  • Disorders requiring treatment with botulinum toxin therapy
  • Deep brain stimulation (DBS)
  • Dyskinesia and dystonia
  • Myoclonus
  • Parkinson’s disease and atypical parkinsonism
  • Restless legs syndrome (RLS) and other sleep-related movement disorders
  • Tics – including Tourette’s syndrome
  • Tremor

She is also the director of the Deep Brain Stimulation Program at Scripps Clinic.

In addition to her clinical practice, Dr. Houser has a research program which primarily investigates the causes and treatment of Parkinson’s disease, including non-embryonic stem cell research. She has been the recipient of a number of grants for this research.

Dr. Houser is also an adjunct associate professor at the Scripps Research Institute (TSRI), and participates in the medical education of physicians in training. She is one of few fellowship-trained movement disorder specialists in the San Diego area. Her subspecialty training took place at Queen Square in London, where she was on staff before joining Scripps Clinic in 1998. She is a member of the Movement Disorder Society and a fellow of the Royal College of Medicine.


  • Neurology

Areas of Expertise

  • Movement Disorders
  • Neurology

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology, Neurology, 1997

Medical Education

  • Texas Tech University, MD, 1989


  • Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Internal Medicine, 1990


  • Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Neurology, 1993