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Parkinson’s Disease 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 a social gathering one month and an educational guest speaker the next.

All meetings are hosted at STARS Rehab (south location) at 105 Mariner Health Way, St. Augustine, Florida from 1-2pm (unless otherwise noted).

The events are free and open to the public.  No registration is required.

In addition to our support group we offer physical and occupational therapy services in both individualized and group therapy environments.  Our group therapy is limited to 4 people and we utilize aerobic, large amplitude whole body training, boxing, and agility exercises to challenge cardiovascular fitness, balance,  posture, slowness and functional mobility.

For more information and to be added to our support group email list, please contact the support group coordinator Dr Melanie Lomaglio at 904/501-8779 or email (preferred method of contact) melanie@dev.starsrehab.org

Melanie, is a licensed Physical Therapist who is a Board Certified Neurologic Specialist.  She specializes in the rehab and pre-hab of people with Parkinson’s disease.  She utilizes the principles of large amplitude functional movements to target the small and slow movements that occur in PWP.   She recently became certified in Parkinson’s Wellness and Recovery (PWR therapist) in which she utilizes high intensity “PRE-HAB” training programs to harness neuroplasticity and neuro-protection to prevent falls and slow down disease progression.

Upcoming Events 2018:

Saturday Oct 20 , 1pm –

Guest speaker Dr Oguh, MD, board certified in Neurology and Movement Disorder from University of Florida in Jacksonville, Florida.

Topic:  TBD


Saturday Nov 209am –

Join us for the National Parkinson’s Foundation MOVING Day Event in Jacksonville Florida.

Location: University of North Florida – Coxwell Amphitheater.

Registration Opens (free): 9am

Walk Start Time: 1045am.

MOVING DAY is more than just a walk.  The event raises awareness about the importance of exercise for people with PD.  Funds are raised that go back into the local communities to help people with PD manage their PD symptoms through movement.  STARS Rehab PT Melanie Lomaglio will be leading an exercise demonstration at the event.  There will be Tai Chi, Yoga, Boxing, Power Moves and dancing demonstrations followed by a walk.  This event is sure to be inspiring and will unite the local PD communities in north east Florida.  To learn more or to start your own Moving Day Team follow this link:  Moving Day Registration.


Friday December 14th, 1pm –

Holiday Social at STARS Rehab.


IMPORTANT NOTE: The location of our support group meetings will change to the island office in Jan 2019.  Address:  4320 A1A South, Suite 7.  Located on east side of A1A, cross street is Dondanville Rd.


Community Talk by Parkinson’s Wellness Recovery – PWR – faculty. Information about brain health, PD symptoms, and exercise as medicine will be discussed.  PWR was developed by neuroscientist and Physical Therapist, Dr Becky Farley, PhD, PT.  Dr Farley developed LSVT BIG and later developed PWR.   PWR is an EVOLUTION of her original LSVT BIG exercise program.  PWR is an evidenced based exercise approach that targets multiple symptoms, and that allows for adaptation for disease severity.

Friday January 18th, 1pm

Guest speaker Brian Moran, RN, will speak about how to manage Off Episodes.  He will discuss what off episodes are, what causes them, and how a new medication, APOKYN, can be used to treat them.

Friday Feb 8th, 1pm-

Group Social at STARS Rehab.  Caregivers and people with PD will meet on separate sides of the clinic to have their own meaningful discussions.

Saturday March 9th, 1pm –

 Guest speaker Dr Huang, MD, PhD, board certified in Neurology and Movement Disorder from Baptist Neurology in Jacksonville, FL will do a question and answer session and discuss new medications on the market.  This event is sponsored by Adams Pharmaceuticals.


Previous Events 2018

Friday, Jan 12th – 1pm 
Guest speaker Dr. Melrose, Ph.D., assistant professor of Neuroscience from Mayo Clinic College of Medicine JAX in Jacksonville, Florida will come and speak about the role of genetics in PD risk and update the group on recent research findings.

Friday, February 9th –
Group social at STARS rehab. Caregivers and people with PD will meet on separate sides of the clinic to have their own meaningful discussions.

Friday Mar 2nd –
Guest speaker Sheila Vidamour is a certified pole walking instructor and will talk about the benefits of pole walking as a form of fitness for people with PD.

Friday April 13th –
Guest Speaker Tori Martin, an Occupational Therapist at STARS rehab  will speak to the group about how Parkinson’s can affect cognition (such as attention and thinking) and how Occupational Therapy can help.  In addition, she will touch on how to optimize independence with tips for dressing and handwriting.

Saturday May 12th –
Guest speaker Dr Huang, MD, board certified in Neurology and Movement Disorder from BAPTIST Neurology in Jacksonville, Florida will come and do an “Ask the doc” question/answer session for the group

Friday June 8th

Group social at STARS rehab. Caregivers and people with PD will meet on separate sides of the clinic to have their own meaningful discussions.

Friday Sept 14th

Guest speaker Annie Wallis, Social worker and Associate Director of Education at the Parkinson’s Foundation will join us and provide  quality resources for people with PD and their care partners.  She will discuss the mission of the Foundation, upcoming events, and discuss how the Foundation can support you.  “The Parkinson’s Foundation makes life better for people with PD by improving care and advancing research toward a cure.”  To learn more about the Foundation visit: http://parkinson.org/


Videos and Research Links:

Guest Speaker, Dr. Chris Hadd from the University of Florida talks about slowing the progression of Parkinson’s.