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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@starsrehab.org

Melanie, is a licensed Physical Therapist who is a Board Certified Neurological 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 2019:

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.  This will be followed by a free exercise class by STARS PT Sarah Braddock.  She will lead people through some Tae Kwondo moves.

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.

Friday April 12th, 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 May 18th, 1pm –

Guest speaker Dr Andrew Shaw, MD, Neurosurgeon from Baptist Medical Center will come to discuss Deep Brain Stimulation for persons wit PD.

Friday June 7th, 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.

July and Aug – no meetings, break for summer


Videos and Research Links:

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