Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy and Speech Programs

Rehabilitation Programs (Physical Therapy, Speech Therapy, and Occupational Therapy)

Exercise and rehabilitation are an important part of care for the person living with Parkinson’s. There are a number of programs designed especially for individuals with Parkinson’s disease. This is a partial list of evidence based programs that have been shared with us. The American Parkinson Disease Association supports a national exercise and therapy helpline. To speak with a physical therapist, call 888-606-1688 or email them at rehab@bu.edu. For more information, please visit www.bu.edu/neurorehab.


Community Wellness Physical Therapy Programs

Community Wellness Physical Therapy Programs for individuals with Parkinson’s disease are now offered in several Massachusetts communities.

The Wellness Program is designed to help individuals with Parkinson’s disease living in the community learn to manage their health more effectively in order to improve day-to-day functioning and quality of life. Under the guidance of licensed physical, occupational, and speech therapists, participants will learn exercises and a problem solving approaches to managing daily mobility, self-care, and communication issues which often interfere with function and quality of life.

These programs have been developed from a model established at Boston University Sargent College of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences. Healthcare professionals from interested agencies collaborate and receive intensive training by staff from Boston University’s Sargent College and the BU Department of Neurology. These initiatives are supported in part by the American Parkinson Disease Association.

The Massachusetts Chapter has provided funds for limited scholarships. Please contact the specific agency for more information.

 

Amherst, MA – Hampshire Athletic Club

 

Hampshire Athletic Club is partnering with Sargent College of Health & Rehabilitation Sciences to offer a Community Wellness Program for people with Parkinson’s disease. Expanding our continuum of care within the community supports the Center’s commitment to excellence and optimal patient outcomes.

Location: Hampshire Athletic Club, 90 Gatehouse Road, Amherst, MA 01002
Contact: Debra R. Ellis, MS PT, NCS at 413-695-6069 or synergyrehabconsult@hotmail.com

 

Amherst, MA – University of Massachusetts Amherst

 

This wellness group, supported by a grant from the American Parkinson Disease Association Massachusetts Chapter, will focus on techniques and education for improving and strengthening your communication, cognition, and swallowing skills. This group is led by Lisa Sommers, MA, CCC-SLP (a LSVT certified instructor), and a group of graduate students from UMass Amherst’s Center for Language, Speech, and Hearing. Contact Lisa Sommers for more information about dates and times.

Location: UMass Amherst Center for Language, Speech, and Hearing, 358 North Pleasant Street, Amherst, MA 01003
Contact: Lisa Sommers, 413-545-8670

 

Boston, MA – Boston University Sargent College

 

Sargent College of Health & Rehabilitation Sciences is offering a six-week Community Wellness Program for people with Parkinson’s disease. Expanding our continuum of care within the community supports our commitment to excellence and optimal patient outcomes.

Location: Sargent College at Boston University, 635 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA 02215
Contact: 617-353-7525

 

Bradford, MA – Whittier Rehabilitation Hospital

 

This Parkinson’s Wellness Program was created by Boston University’s Neurorehabilitation Department and has been supported by the American Parkinson Disease Association Massachusetts Chapter.

To see a flyer, click here.

Location: Whittier Rehabilitation Hospital, 145 Ward Hill Avenue, Bradford, MA 01835
Contact: (978) 469-1425

 

Braintree, MA – Braintree Rehabilitation Hospital

 

This Parkinson’s Wellness Program is led by physical, occupational, and speech-language therapists, providing:

  • Balance training
  • Communication skills training
  • Education for lifestyle changes specific to the condition
  • Exercise programs for strengthening and cardiovascular health
  • Functional mobility training for home and the community

This program takes place in seven-week sessions. For more information or to register contact Anna Kerrigan.

Click here to see a flyer with Fall 2017 times.

Dates & Times: Tuesdays & Thursdays, 1 – 2:30 PM
Location: Braintree Rehabilitation Hospital, 250 Pond Street, Braintree, MA 02184
Contact: Anna Kerrigan, 781-348-2110

 

Duxbury, MA - Spaulding Outpatient Center, Plymouth at the Duxbury Senior Center

 

Spaulding Rehabilitation Network brings specialized expertise in neuro-rehabilitation to people with Parkinson’s disease (PD) and their families. This six-week program is conducted in collaboration with Boston University and supported by a grant from the American Parkinson Disease Association Massachusetts Chapter. This program emphasizes education, self-management strategies, and peer support.

Click here to see a flyer with more information about this program.

Location: Duxbury Senior Center, 10 Mayflower Street, Duxbury, MA 02332
Contact: 508-927-7424

 

Framingham, MA – Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital Outpatient Center

 

Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital is partnering with Sargent College of Health & Rehabilitation Sciences to offer a Community Wellness Program for people with Parkinson’s disease. Expanding our continuum of care within the community supports the Center’s commitment to excellence and optimal patient outcomes.

Click here to see dates and times for the latest wellness program session.

Location: Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, 570 Worcester Road (Route 9), Framingham, MA 01702
Contact: Maria Cole at 508-532-4268 or MCole1@partners.org

 

Harwich, MA – Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital Cape Cod at the Harwich Community Center

 

The Harwich Community Center and the Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital Cape Cod are partnering with Boston University Sargent College of Health & Rehabilitation Sciences to offer a Community Wellness Program for people with Parkinson’s disease. Expanding our continuum of care within the community supports our commitment to excellence and optimal patient outcomes.

Dates & Times: For information on upcoming sessions, click here.
Location: Harwich Community Center, 29 Oak Street, Harwich, MA 02645
Contact: Meg Petitti at 508-833-4197

 

Lebanon, NH – Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center

 

Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center is partnering with Sargent College of Health & Rehabilitation Sciences to offer a Community Wellness Program for people with Parkinson’s disease. Expanding our continuum of care within the community supports the Center’s commitment to excellence and optimal patient outcomes.

Location: Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center, One Medical Center Drive, Lebanon, NH 03756
Contact: Diane Sherman at 603-653-6672

 

Medford, MA - Spaulding Outpatient Center Medford

 

Exercise has been shown to improve balance, strength, functional ability, and symptom severity in people with Parkinson’s disease. These classes run for 1 hour and are physically intensive, so participants should wear sneakers and clothing that is easy to move in.

Click here for a flyer.

Dates and Times: 10 Week Sessions; Wednesdays, SEP 6 – NOV 8; 3:30 – 4:30 PM and 4:30 – 5:30 PM
Location:
Spaulding Outpatient Center Medford, 101 Main Street, Suite 101, Medford, MA 02155
Contact: Sara Crandall, 857-238-4976 or scrandall@partners.org

 

Northampton, MA – Hampshire Regional YMCA

 

Community Rehabilitation Care at the Hampshire Regional YMCA in Northampton is partnering with Boston University Sargent College of Health & Rehabilitation Sciences to offer a Community Wellness Program for people with Parkinson’s disease. Expanding our continuum of care within the community supports our commitment to excellence and optimal patient outcomes.

Location: Hampshire Regional YMCA, 286 Prospect Street, Northampton, MA 01060
Contact: Debra R. Ellis, MS, PT, NCS at 413-695-6069 or synergyrehabconsult@hotmail.com

 

Salem, NH – Northeast Rehabilitation Hospital

 

Northeast Rehabilitation Hospital is partnering with Boston University Sargent College of Health & Rehabilitation Sciences to offer a Community Wellness Program for people with Parkinson’s disease. Expanding our continuum of care within the community supports our commitment to excellence and optimal patient outcomes.

Location: Northeast Rehabilitation Hospital, 70 Butler Street, Salem, NH 03079
Contact: 603-681-3210

 

Sandwich, MA – Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital Cape Cod

 

Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital Cape Cod is partnering with Sargent College of Health & Rehabilitation Sciences to offer a Community Wellness Program for people with Parkinson’s disease. Expanding our continuum of care within the community supports our commitment to excellence and optimal patient outcomes.

Location: Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital Cape Cod, 311 Service Road, Sandwich, MA 02537
Contact: Meg Petitti at 508-833-4197

 

Springfield, MA – Jewish Community Center

 

The Jewish Community Center of Springfield is partnering with the Boston University Center for Neurorehabiliatation to offer a Community Wellness Program for people with Parkinson’s disease. Debra Ellis, MS PT, NCS, is a licensed physical therapist specializing in neurologic physical therapy.

Dates & Times: Click here to see a flyer with dates and times.
Location: Springfield Jewish Community Center, 1160 Dickinson Street, Springfield, MA 01108
Cost: $249, paid in advance (less than $20 per session);
JCC members will have a discounted rate of $239;
Some scholarship money is available for those in need
Contact: Debra R. Ellis, MS, PT, NCS at 413-695-6069 or synergyrehabconsult@hotmail.com

 

Wareham, MA – Gleason Family YMCA

 

The Gleason Family YMCA and Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital Cape Cod are partnering with Boston University Sargent College of Health & Rehabilitation Sciences to offer a Community Wellness Program for people with Parkinson’s disease. Expanding our continuum of care within the community supports our commitment to excellence and optimal patient outcomes.

Location: Gleason Family YMCA, 33 Charge Pond Road, Wareham, MA 02571
Contact: Deb Merigan at 508-833-4197

 

Watertown, MA – Community Rehab Care

 

This group exercise class is a collaborative program between Community Rehab Care and Boston University Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders Center which aims to improve overall quality of life through exercise and socialization.

Location: The Residence at Watertown Square, 20 Summer Street, Watertown, MA 02472
Contact: Gwendolyn Larsen, PT, MSPT, NCS at 617-744-8300

 

Wenham, MA – Gordon College Center for Balance, Mobility, and Wellness

 

Gordon College Center for Balance, Mobility, and Wellness is partnering with Sargent College of Health & Rehabilitation Sciences to offer a Community Wellness Program for people with Parkinson’s disease. Expanding our continuum of care within the community supports the Center’s commitment to excellence and optimal patient outcomes.

Dates and Times: Contact Dede Petre for Current Class Schedules
Location: Gordon College Center for Balance Mobility, and Wellness, 255 Grapevine Road, Wenham, MA 01984
Contact: Dede Petre at 978-867-4095

 

Westfield, MA – YMCA of Greater Westfield

 

Join us at the YMCA of Greater Westfield for a Community Wellness Program for people with Parkinson’s disease. This exercise program is specifically designed to meet the needs of individuals with PD. Debra Ellis, MS PT, NCS, is a licensed physical therapist specializing in neurologic physical therapy.

Location: YMCA of Greater Westfield, 67 Court Street, Westfield, MA 01085
Contact: Debra R. Ellis, MS, PT, NCS at 413-695-6069 or synergyrehabconsult@hotmail.com

 

 

LSVT BIG (Physical Therapy), LSVT LOUD (Speech Therapy), and Other Therapy Programs

LSVT BIG® and LSVT LOUD® are intensive therapy programs administered to an individual with Parkinson’s by a rehabilitation specialist ( PT, OT, Speech). To learn more about these programs, visit http://www.lsvtglobal.com/.

 

Boston, MA – LSVT® LOUD Program at Boston Medical Center

 

Lee Silverman’s Voice Treatment LOUD (LSVT® LOUD) is an intensive, evidence-based speech therapy program. All speech therapists are certified through LSVT Global, which includes extensive training and examination. This treatment approach has been validated to drastically improve voice loudness/quality.

For more information or to schedule an appointment:
Contact: Boston Medical Center Voice and Swallowing Center in the Department of Otolaryngology
Times: By Appointment Only
Phone: 617-638-8124

 

Boston, MA – LSVT® LOUD Program at Spaulding Outpatient Center Boston

 

Lee Silverman’s Voice Treatment LOUD (LSVT® LOUD) is an intensive, evidence-based speech therapy program. All speech therapists are certified through LSVT Global, which includes extensive training and examination. This treatment approach has been validated to drastically improve voice loudness/quality.

Contact:

Location: Spaulding Outpatient Center, Boston – 300 First Avenue, 2nd Floor, Charlestown, MA 02129

Rachel Licker M.S. CCC-SLP
Phone: 617-952-6275
Email: rlicker@partners.org

Emily Dubas M.S. CCC-SLP
Phone: 617-952-6273
Email: edubas@partners.org

 

Concord, MA – LSVT® BIG Parkinsons Program at Emerson Hospital

 

The LSVT BIG® program is an exciting research-based exercise approach effective in the treatment of people with Parkinson’s disease and other similar movement disorders. LSVT stands for “Lee Silverman Voice Treatment”, which was developed in the 1980’s with funding from the family of a Parkinson’s patient (Lee Silverman) to improve her ability to communicate. More recently, the program has expanded to include a physical therapy specific approach to improve movement patterns based on the same principles. This is known as LSVT BIG®. We will teach you how to avoid inactivity, enhance your movements during everyday activities and better your quality of life. This program includes whole body movements with large amplitudes, multiples repetitions and progressions from simple to complex that focus on high effort levels. BIG effort is the key to success!

Ideally, the program includes a four week cycle with three to four one-hour appointments per week. Depending on your condition and physical health at the time of evaluation, modification may be recommended. All Treatments are with a LSVT certified clinician.

Contact: 978-369-1400

 

Concord, MA – The LOUD Crowd

 

This class, designed for individuals who have already received SPEAK OUT! individualized speech therapy, is available to help participants maintain communication skills in a group environment.

Click here for a flyer.

Dates & Times: Beginning April 20; Thursdays, 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM
Location: 300 Baker Avenue, Suite 160, Concord, MA 01742
Contact: Joy Walsh, MS, CCC-SLP; jwalsh@emersonhosp.org or 978-287-8237

 

Central MA- LSVT® BIG and LOUD Homecare Therapy by Ace Medical Services

 

Lee Silverman’s Voice Treatment (LSVT®) is an intensive, evidenced-based speech and physical therapy program. All speech and physical therapists are certified through LSVT global which includes extensive training and examination. This treatment approach has been validated to drastically improve voice loudness/quality and walking/general physical function.

Location: 90 Madison Street, Suite 600, Worcester, MA 01608
For more information:
Contact: Aaron Bujdos, DPT
Phone: 508-792-3800
Email: abujdos@acemedservices.com

 

Cape Cod- LSVT® BIG and LOUD Programs at Spaulding Outpatient Centers

 

LSVT stands for “Lee Silverman Voice Treatment”, which was developed in the 1980’s with funding from the family of a Parkinson’s patient (Lee Silverman) to improve her ability to communicate. LSVT is an intensive, evidenced-based speech and physical therapy program. All speech and physical therapists are certified through LSVT global which includes extensive training and examination. This treatment approach has been validated to drastically improve voice loudness/quality and walking/general physical function.

More recently, the program has expanded to include a physical therapy specific approach to improve movement patterns based on the same principles. This is known as LSVT BIG®. We will teach you how to avoid inactivity, enhance your movements during everyday activities, and better your quality of life.

Orleans, MA- Spaulding Outpatient Center Orleans
LSVT LOUD® program
LSVT BIG® program
Please call 508-240-7203 for more information.

Yarmouth, MA – Spaulding Outpatient Center Yarmouth
LSVT BIG® program
Please call 508-771-1300 for more information.

Sandwich, MA – Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital Outpatient Center Sandwich
LSVT LOUD® program
Please call 508-833-4141 for more information.

Harwich, MA
Vibrant Voices: This interactive speech group is designed for individuals living with Parkinson’s disease who have completed the Lee Silverman Voice Therapy (LSVT®) LOUD Program within the past 2 years. This program is led by a licensed speech and language pathologist certified in LSVT LOUD®.

Please call 508-240-7203 for more information.

 

Easthampton, MA – LSVT® LOUD Program at DopaFit

 

All speech therapists are certified through LSVT Global, which includes extensive training and examination. This treatment approach has been validated to drastically improve voice loudness/quality.

Contact:

DopaFit: Parkinson’s Wellness Center
116 Pleasant Street, Suite 251
Easthampton, MA 01027

203-828-7189 or cmoir@mydopafit.com

 

Holyoke, MA – LSVT® LOUD Program at Holyoke Medical Center

 

 

Click here to see a flyer.

Dates and times are appointment based. Contact the HMC Speech & Hearing Center for an appointment.

Location: Holyoke Medical Center, 575 Beech Street, Holyoke, MA 01040
Contact: HMC Speech & Hearing Center, 413-534-2508 or SpeechandHearing@HolyokeHealth.com

 

Lunenburg, MA – LSVT® LOUD Program at Core Communication Center

 

All speech therapists are certified through LSVT Global, which includes extensive training and examination. This treatment approach has been validated to drastically improve voice loudness/quality.

Contact: Core Communication Center
Times: By Appointment Only
Phone: 978-827-0757
Email: CoreCommunicationCenter@gmail.com

 

Medford, MA – Speech Group at Spaulding Outpatient Center Medford

 

This speech group will provide patients with the opportunity to practice utilizing speech intelligibility strategies to increase their ability to communicate effectively within the setting of fun group activities. This group utilizes principles from LSVT LOUD. This treatment approach has been validated to drastically improve voice loudness/quality.

Click here to see a flyer.

Dates and Times: 10 Week Sessions; Wednesdays, SEP 6 – NOV 8; 2:30 -3:20 PM
Location:
Spaulding Outpatient Center Medford, 101 Main Street, Suite 101, Medford, MA 02155
Contact:
 Katie Frey, 857-238-4921 or ktrescott@partners.org

 

Needham, MA – F3 Fitness

 

Research shows that the right exercises for people with Parkinson’s, including cardio and resistance training with balance/instability, help improve mobility, motor symptoms (balance, rigidity, walking, tremor, freeze attacks, uncontrollable and/or slow movement), brain function, and overall quality of life. F3 Fitness trainers have a health care background and provide one on one and group training in a private, confidential environment.

For more information on F3 Fitness, click here.

Location: F3 Fitness (Inside the Needham Dance Theatre), 33 Chestnut Place, Needham, MA 02492
Contact: 617-294-6368

 

Worcester, MA – LSVT® LOUD and Monthly Voice Group at Saint Vincent Hospital

 

Saint Vincent Hospital Speech Therapy Department hosts both LSVT LOUD for individuals and a monthly voice group to help individuals enhance and maintain their speech quality.

Click here to see a flyer with more information.

Please note: While the Monthly Voice Group is on a drop-in basis, programs like LSVT LOUD must be scheduled ahead of time with Beth Reichhart, SLP (contact information listed below).

Location: Saint Vincent Hospital, 123 Summer Street, Worcester, MA 01608
Contact: Beth Reichhart, SLP; beth.reichhart@stvincenthospital.com or 508-363-6205.
Monthly Voice Group (Drop-In, no registration necessary)

Dates: Second Wednesday of the Month (AUG 9, SEP 13, OCT 11, NOV 8, DEC 13)
Time: 10 AM – 11 AM
Location: Saint Vincent Hospital Conference Room B

 

Worcester, MA – Monthly Exercise Group with LSVT® BIG at Saint Vincent Hospital

 

The Saint Vincent Hospital Physical Therapy Department offers this monthly exercise group incorporating concepts from LSVT BIG for people with Parkinson’s.

Click here to see a flyer with more information. Reservation is required.

Location: Saint Vincent Hospital, 123 Summer Street, Worcester, MA 01608
Dates: AUG 23 (Conference Room D); SEP 27, OCT 25, NOV 22, DEC 27 (Conference Room B)
Time: 10 AM – 11 AM
Contact: Christine Feeley, DPT; 508-363-9016 or christine.feeley@stvincenthospital.com

 

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