Welcome to Neurology Associates NW

Neurology Associates NW has been continuously serving the northwest Oregon community since 1982. All our physicians are board certified in the diagnosis and treatment of neurological disorders. We also have fellowship trained sub specialists in Stroke, Neuromuscular disease, and Sleep Disorders. Our outpatient clinics are located at Legacy’s Emanuel and Mount Hood Medical Centers, and we provide inpatient care at both of these hospitals.

We are committed to respectfully listening to your story, performing a complete exam, working hard to make a diagnosis, and spending time with you to educate and involve you in the treatment process.

Meet our Physicians

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Dr. Ginocchio

Dr. Christopher Ginocchio is a board certified general adult neurologist with additional board certification in neurodiagnostics for EMG/NCV studies. He has special interest in the nerves and muscles. Dr. Ginocchio is also very experienced with Botulinum Toxin (Botox) injections for cervical dystonia & facial spasm. He completed a neuromuscular disease fellowship at Duke University and neurology residency at Oregon Health Sciences University. Dr. Ginocchio holds an MD from the University of California San Diego and a Bachelor’s degree from Yale University where he graduated with honors in biology.

Dr. Ginocchio is married and has 2 young children. In his spare time he enjoys spending time with his family, back country skiing, white water kayaking, kite boarding, and playing bass guitar with friends.

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Dr. Khwaja

Dr. Khwaja is the newest physician to join the practice. Raised in the Midwest, Dr. Khwaja received her medical degree from Kansas City University of Medicine & Biosciences in Kansas City, Missouri. After completing her residency training in Neurology at University of Texas Southwestern Medial Center in Dallas, Texas, she went on to complete an additional year of specialty training in Sleep Medicine at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee. She is board certified in Neurology by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.

Her clinical interests include seeing patients with all neurological disorders and symptoms including stroke, memory loss, multiple sclerosis, seizures, headaches, arm leg or back pain, numbness and weakness. Dr. Khwaja also has specialty training in diagnosing and managing patients with sleep disorders including obstructive sleep apnea, restless legs syndrome, insomnia, disorders causing excessive daytime sleepiness including narcolepsy, and parasomnias. She specializes in conducting and interpreting nerve conduction studies (NCS), electroencephalograms (EEG), visual evoked potentials (VEP), polysomnograms (PSG), multiple sleep latency tests (MSLT) as well as maintenance of wakefulness tests (MWT). Dr. Khwaja is a member of the American Academy of Neurology and the American Academy of Sleep Medicine.

Dr. Khwaja firmly believes that mutual respect and a spirit of cooperation are necessary for providing the highest quality of patient care. She prides herself on having a high patient satisfaction rate and works hard to provide compassionate care by taking the time to listen and understand her patients’ symptoms. More importantly, she recognizes the personal impact that neurological and sleep disorders can have on a patient’s life and tries to educate her patients so that they can become a valued partner in decision-making.

During her free time, she enjoys hiking and traveling as well as spending time with her family.

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Dr. North

Dr. Elizabeth North attended medical school at Ohio University. She completed her neurology residency at Northwestern University in Chicago, IL and stroke fellowship at Oregon Health & Sciences University. Dr North is board certified in neurology. Her special interests include acute stroke care and prevention, cerebrovascular disease and headaches.

Dr. North is married and has 3 small children. She enjoys being with her family outdoors, running, biking, skiing, kite-boarding and gardening.

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Dr. Weller

Dr. Kirk Weller enjoys working with his patients and learning about each one’s expertise. His diverse patient community, cultivated since joining the practice in 1994, includes beekeepers and gardeners, diesel mechanics and inventors, physicians and Olympic athletes, to mention just a few.

A published scientist in neurobiology, Dr. Weller works primarily in General Adult Neurology, with particular focus on peripheral nerve disorders, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, seizure disorders and associated conditions. He is especially adept at recognizing and treating complex diagnoses, for which categorizing the condition is difficult or in which several neurologic processes are involved, such as a patient with migraines, seizures and a peripheral neuropathy. He shares the goal with many patients of minimizing unnecessary treatments and considering safe and reasonable alternative therapies.

When not in the office, he can be found kayaking or fly-fishing, backpacking or hiking with his wife and dog, or doing landscape photography or painting.

Dr. Weller completed his neurology residency at OHSU and holds an MD from the University of Washington, a Master’s degree in neuropsychology from the University of Victoria, and a Bachelor’s with Highest Honors in psychobiology from Oberlin College.