Aloha, I am a physical therapist with over 20 years of experience with a special interest in Parkinson’s Disease.  Over the years, I have worked with hundreds of people with PD, wrote a book on movement strategies & exercise for people with PD , produced a DVD and lectured nationally on the topic of movement strategies and exercise for people with PD.  70% of my clinical caseload is working with people with PD.

The intent of this blog is to share information that has been accumulated over the years in a Q & A format.  All of questions are actual questions from support groups and conferences.  Please check back frequently in our ARCHIVES as we will be posting frequently starting in April 2012. Also feel free to give your responses, comments and thoughts or ask any questions.  Much of the good stuff that I have learned and that I am passing on to others, I learned from the wonderful people that I have worked with.

I hope you enjoy this and find it useful and make it even more useful with your own thoughts and ideas.

Me ke aloha,



12 Responses to “About”

  1. Rick Mc Says:

    Kevin, thanks for your efforts here. I occasionally post on the University of Toronto listserv. I have been dealing with PD since 2001 and am 58 years old. I’m sure I will be able to utilize all the good information and tips and techniques, and I wish you all success.

  2. parkinsonsphysicaltherapist Says:

    Thanks Rick, Any input , experiences or questions are welcomed!

  3. Rick Mc Says:

    Kevin, I have been helped by my earlier study of martial arts, aikido, specifically. One thing is awareness of the sense and center of balance, and another is the concept of pushing oneself to try things you didn’t think you could do. I still believe I can do more, but the other side of my coin has an image of me on it. That means that I am my own worst enemy.

  4. Maria-rojas Says:

    Hi Kevin. I’m María-Rojas (Case Maneager) from APP / Asociación Puertorriqueña de Parkinson(PuertoRico Parkinson’s Association) affiliate since 1997 to NPF. We are preparing an invoice for phisical therapy area and your e-mail come through. WHAT YOUR EXPERIENCE RECOMMEND.. this will be a new servicie; thanks

  5. parkinsonsphysicaltherapist Says:


    I am not sure what it means, “preparing an invoice for physical therapy”. I am assuming that it means procuring physical therapy (PT) services for people with PD. In the US, Our federal health care program (Medicare) and private insurance covers short-term PT. I may be biased as I am a PT who focuses on neurological cases, but clearly there is great benefit from PT for people with PD during the different phases of the disease. During the the early stages, PTs can instruct on posture exercises that will assist in staving off some of the PD symptoms and in more advanced stages of PD, PT is crucial in instructing on movement strategies during the off periods of the medication cycle. Learning to move purposefully and to use external cuing greatly aids in decreasing falls. The one challenge is finding a PT who is trained in these areas. Most free standing PT clinics focus more on traditional orthopedic injuries and may not be well versed or versed at all in PD. NPF has an allied heath program called ATP. There are also a variety of other certifications like the LSVT- BIG (physical and occupational therapy)and LOUD (speech therapy), John Argue method, etc. Best results will be with a therapist who has some neurological/PD background.

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  10. tara Says:

    Rick – love that way of looking at things – thank you!

  11. Roland Says:

    Thanks Aloha, continue the great information cheers 🙂

  12. Dr. Shreya Says:

    As usual I am searching some useful information about physiotherapy, immediately I found this post…good job…keep it up….

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