In 2017, Kathy Smith, a traveling nurse with Klarus Home Care, started seeing a neurologist at the North Texas Movement Disorders Institute in Bedford. It was there that Dr. Madhavi Thomas identified that Smith might do well with something called deep brain stimulation. Like so many in North Texas who choose to deal with their movement disorders through surgery, Smith did her research, which eventually led her to Dr. Michael Desaloms, a neurosurgeon with Dallas Neurosurgical & Spine.
As it happened, Dr. Desaloms had helped bring the procedure to Dallas nearly two decades earlier. Today, he has built one of the best reputations around, drawing deep brain stimulation patients from outside the state and country.