In this session of Let’s Keep Moving With APDA, special guest Dr. Teresa Baker discusses the importance of balance training for people with Parkinson’s disease (PD). As PD progresses, gait and balance issues can be common, and falling can be a significant concern. Dr. Baker discussed what balance training is, shed light on new research regarding balance training, its implications for reducing falls, and more.
ABOUT OUR SPEAKER
Dr. Teresa Baker is a physical therapist at the Center for Neurorehabilitation where she provides clinical care and participates in research and educational activities with persons with Parkinson’s disease and movement disorders. She was previously an Advanced Physical Therapist at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital’s Outpatient Center in Medford, MA, an outpatient center within the Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital network. She has worked in the Spaulding system as a Physical Therapist since 2007, providing clinical care to outpatients treating a variety of diagnoses. She specializes in neurology with a special interest in vestibular rehab. Teresa has completed the American Physical Therapy Association Vestibular Rehabilitation competency course. Teresa is a lab instructor at the MGH Institute of Health Professions for courses Clinical Management of Neuromuscular Disorders I and II. Teresa received her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from MGH Institute of Health Professions in 2007. She is also a board-certified specialist in Neurologic Physical Therapy and a member of the American Physical Therapy Association. Teresa enjoys traveling and yoga.