Parkinson’s Support Group

St. Augustine Parkinson’s Disease Support Group

The St. Augustine Parkinson’s Disease Support Group is committed to giving patients with Parkinson’s disease (PD) and their care partners access to researchers, health care practitioners, and each other.

The group meets monthly, hosting social gatherings and educational guest speakers. We also have special events to help fund raise and raise awareness to support our local Parkinson’s Community.

All of the meetings and events are free and open to the public. No registration is required. Communication about upcoming meetings and events occurs through our support group email list. Please contact the support group coordinator, Dr Melanie Lomaglio, via text, or voice message at (904) 501-8779. Alternatively, you can email her at melanie.neuropt@gmail.com

UPCOMING EVENTS 2022

Topic: SPEAK UP for yourself and advocate for early assessment and intervention of voice and swallow function!

Location: The Parkinson's Health Center at STARS rehab: 4320 A1A South, Suite 3. St. Augustine Beach.

Dates: Friday Aug 26th

Time: 3pm to 4:30pm

Speaker: Debra Mullin, SLP, certified in LSVT LOUD and SPEAK OUT, Trained in VitalStim and the use of surface neuromuscular stimulation

Description:: We all know the value of exercise and physical therapy when it comes to preventing our bodies from breaking down under the effects of Parkinson's and aging, but we tend to ignore the muscles in our throats which sustain life through swallow function, and sustain socialization through voice function. Our Speaker, speech therapist Debra Mullin brings over 20 years of clinical experience and specializes in Parkinson's disease. She will discuss the importance of early baseline assessments and review treatment strategies to prevent swallow and voice dysfunction. Biofeedback, voice analysis, surface electromyography and surface neuromuscular stimulation, as well as breath support and peak flow assessment will be demonstrated and take home exercise tips will be shared. This event is FREE and open to both people with PD and their care partners. No need to RSVP.

Please contact Melanie Lomaglio at 904-501-8779 or melanie.neuropt@gmail.com for questions about this event or to join our support group.

Topic: Take Control of your disease with Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) and Movement

Location: The Parkinson's Health Center at STARS rehab: 4320 A1A South, Suite 3. St. Augustine Beach.

Date: Friday Sept 16th

Time: 3pm to 4:30pm

Speakers: Dr Kai McGreevy, MD and Melanie Lomaglio, DPT, Board certified in neurologic physical therapy. Hosted by Boston Scientific

Description: Dr McGreevy, neurologist at McGreevy NeuroHealth, will help us learn how advancements in Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) can be used to treat the motor symptoms of Parkinson's disease and essential tremor. Deep Brain stimulation involves implanting electrodes into specific areas of the brain to regulate abnormal electrical impulses created by Parkinson's disease. The more you know about available treatments the better you can advocate for yourself. Melanie, a STARS Rehab Physical Therapist, will chime in at the end to discuss the importance of targeted exercise prescription and the use of physical therapy to manage symptoms (with or without DBS) and improve your outcomes following DBS. This event is FREE and open to both people with PD and their care partners. No need to RSVP.

Please contact Melanie Lomaglio at 904-501-8779 or melanie.neuroPT@gmail.com for questions about this event or to join our support group.

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