Julia discovered her love for working with people with Parkinson’s while completing her occupational therapy internship in neurological rehabilitation at the Mayo Clinic Hospital in Rochester, Minnesota. She was convinced that either nice people get Parkinson’s, or something about having Parkinson’s made people nice, because her favorite clients were always one’s living with Parkinson’s.
Julia was fortunate to find a position at the Dan Aaron Parkinson’s Rehabilitation Center at the University of Pennsylvania’s Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders Center for Excellence, where she specializes in interdisciplinary care for people with Parkinson’s.
Julia dedicates her time and resources to the wellbeing of the Parkinson’s community by volunteering as a facilitator for PD SELF, a legislative advocate with the Michael J. Fox Foundation, hosting a cognitive fitness class and book club, and presenting often for local support groups and educational seminars. Julia is committed to promoting clinical education to improve the treatment of people with Parkinson’s as faculty for the Allied Team Training for Parkinson’s program and certification faculty for the LSVT BIG program.
Julia believes that people can best meet the challenges of living with Parkinson’s through education, resources and support. As an Ambassador, she hopes to empower people to live life to its fullest!
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- Cognitive Changes
- Non-Motor Symptoms
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