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 caregivers access to researchers, health care practitioners, and each other. The support group coordinator and facilitator, Melanie Lomaglio, is a licensed Physical Therapist who is a Board Certified Neurologic Specialist, LSVT Big Certified, and specializes in the physical therapy management of people with PD.
The group meets monthly, hosting a social gathering one month and providing a guest speaker the next at STARS Rehab (located at 105 Mariner Health Way, on US 1 South by the Moultrie Publix). The events are free and open to the public. No registration is required.
STARS rehab is committed to helping improve the lives of people with PD. 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 boxing and agility exercises to challenge balance, functional walking, and overall health and wellness.
For more information and to be added to our support group email list, please contact Melanie Lomaglio at 904/501-8779 or email (preferred method of contact) firstname.lastname@example.org
The below events are free and open to the public. No registration is required. All meetings are hosted by STARS Rehab at 105 Mariner Health Way, St. Augustine, Florida.
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. NOTE THIS guest speaker is coming on a FRIDAY
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.
Social to follow from 2-3pm.
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.
Upcoming Events 2018
Summer vacation – no meetings
Friday Sept 14 – Anne Wallis, Social worker with National Parkinson’s Association.
Saturday Oct 20 – Guest speaker Dr Oguh, MD, board certified in Neurology and Movement Disorder from University of Florida in Jacksonville, Florida.
Saturday Nov 20 – MOVING DAY at University of North Florida – 9am
NOTE: There is no need to RSVP to these free events. Bring a friend, spouse, or family member. All are welcome.
Videos and Research Links:
Guest Speaker, Dr. Chris Hadd from the University of Florida talks about slowing the progression of Parkinson’s.