How long have you been working with people with Parkinson’s?
For over 17 years, I’ve been working with people living with Parkinson’s.
what kind of work do you do?
I’m a Physical Therapist in a hospital-based neuroclinic working individually with people living with Parkinson’s. My community activity also includes teaching exercise classes and encouraging people to keep moving.
why did you get into this work?
I knew I’d found my passion after working with my first client 17 years ago. Exercise has a tremendous impact on people living with Parkinson’s and providing people with the ability to live a high quality life is so rewarding.
What do you enjoy most about your job?
I love meeting everyone and learning about their story. Everyone has a story, and being able to help someone return to an activity they want to do—or even just providing them with resources—is the best!
What is something you wish all of your clients understood about the work you do?
I hope they understand that I am part of their team in the journey to manage Parkinson’s. I am here to keep them motivated, to keep them moving, to help them find the best quality of life.
What advice do you have for allied health professionals who are considering pursuing a similar path?
I would recommend getting involved as much as possible in their Parkinson’s community. That may mean speaking at support groups, teaching community based exercise classes, or volunteering at local fundraising events.
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