Dr. Soania Mathur is a family physician living outside of Toronto, Ontario who resigned her clinical practice twelve years following her diagnosis of Young Onset Parkinson's Disease at age 27. Now she is a dedicated speaker, writer, educator and Parkinson's advocate. She speaks passionately about the challenges of adjusting physically and emotionally and the coping strategies available to patients.
Dr. Mathur is an active speaker in Canada and the US at patient-directed conferences and also serves as a resource for education projects. She works with The Michael J. Fox foundation for Parkinson’s Research and serves as Co-Chair of their Patient Council. She is a member of The Brian Grant Foundation Advisory Board, the Medical Advisory Board for Parkinson Canada and also works with Parkinson’s Movement UK on North American initiatives. Dr. Mathur has valued her involvement with World Parkinson Congress as both a speaker and committee member. Locally she is a member of the Board of Directors for the Lakeridge Health Foundation. She has authored a number of published papers and online pieces and is a regular contributor to Huffington Post Blog. She is the founder of Designing A Cure Inc., which was initially created to raise funds directed towards research and awareness of Parkinson's disease and now serves as a platform to educate and inspire those living with this disease to take charge of their lives and to live well with Parkinson's. Dr. Mathur has a special interest in helping educate the youngest affected by the stress of Parkinson's. To help facilitate dialogue between children and their loved ones, she has authored two books: “My Grandpa’s Shaky Hands”and “Shaky Hands – A Kid’s Guide To Parkinson’s Disease”. All proceeds from the sales of these books (available on Amazon) will be donated back to support Parkinson’s research and other efforts that serve the Parkinson's community.