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Exercise Can Change the Parkinson Brain!

Seminar Description:

20 Contact Hours

Exercise can change the Parkinson brain! For persons living with PD, a disease specific approach to exercise is medically necessary to improve the quality of their life. This course will introduce the latest evidence based etiology, prevalence, anatomy, physiology and medication needs of the person with idiopathic PD as well as the types of evidence based exercise concepts that are known to induce behavioral and brainy changes. The concept of a Parkinsonism disease process vs the specific degenerative nature and location of damage in idiopathic Parkinson’s will be discussed to understand the motor (ie bradykinesia, rigidity and tremor), nonmotor (i.e. decreased cognition and motivation) and autonomic (sleep, constipation and pain symptoms) symptoms of PD across the disease severity. Clinicians will be able to successfully address the needs of the whole patient to optimize function and improve lives. We know that exercise can improve strength, agility and fitness level, but that is just the beginning! Evidence will be introduced that exercise is medicine for persons with PD when delivered with the appropriate skill and aerobic essentials addressed. It is NEVER too late for persons with Parkinson Disease (PD) to change their function and improve their lives. Please join the revolution to change the Pakinson’s brain!

Course Objectives

Upon completion of this seminar, participants will be able to:

  • Understand and discuss the basic anatomy and physiology of Parkinson’s Disease across the disease process
  • Demonstrate awareness of the latest research insights to the etiology and prevalence of PD
  • Discus the learning and dual task capabilities of persons with PD throughout the disease process
  • Demonstrate an awareness of the various evidence based exercise concepts that are known to improve movement and induce neuroplasticity in persons with PD
  • Gain insight to the evidence based principles of the LSVT BIG and LOUD™ protocols
  • Gain insight to the evidence based principles of Parkinson’s Wellness Recovery PWR! (PWR4Life.ORG)
  • Discus and improve awareness of the latest evidence introduced at the World Parkinson’s Congress held in Portland, Oregon Fall 2017
  • Demonstrate awareness of various evidence based outcome tools that can be utilized across the Parkinson’s Disease process
  • Gain insights of the need for a diverse battery of outcome tools to assess, reassess and follow a persons with PD across their disease process
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the necessity of an ongoing Parkinson specific battery of outcome tools needed for effective documentation and reimbursement throughout their individual degenerative disease process.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the need for a sustained specific community support and outreach program for the person with PD throughout their life span

Your Instructor

Valerie A. Carter, PT, DPT, NCS, GCS

Valerie Carter PT, DPT, NCS is a board certified Neurological Specialist and a Clinical Professor in the Physical Therapy and Athletic Training Department at Northern Arizona University (NAU) in Flagstaff AZ. She graduated from NAU with her Bachelors of Science in Physical Therapy in 1989 and received her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from NAU in 2002. Presently she instructs DPT students in neuroscience, pediatrics, neuro therapeutic techniques, Parkinson’s disease and has received several teaching awards through NAU and the City of Flagstaff. Her research interests are clinically based with the application of neuroplasticity techniques for individuals with static and degenerative brain insults. She has published original research in refereed journals and has instructed nationally and internationally with LSVT Global (LSVT BIG program) and currently is a faculty for Parkinson Wellness Recovery or PWR! She and her husband own and operate Carter Rehabilitation and Wellness Center an outpatient physical therapy clinic in Flagstaff, AZ which has a Neurological client focus with a particular interest in persons with Parkinsons disease. She has an exceptional passion for exercise in Parkinson’s instilled by her Mom who is surviving with Parkinsons for over 29 years. Valerie is a fun and energetic presenter who wants to share how skilled intensive functional exercise can help persons with Parkinsons to thrive!

For Mail/Email/Fax registrations, click here or call us at 877-794-7328.

Note: We cannot take online registrations beginning on the Monday of the week of the seminar. Instead, please call our office at (877) 794-7328 to register so we can ensure there will be a handout at the course for you.


Cancellations must be received in writing at least two weeks prior to the seminar date for tuition refund less a $75 administration fee. NO refunds will be made after this date.

Registration Cost

Early Bird = $50 discount

Regular = $545

Late Fee = add $25

Greenville, SC – September 18-19, 2021

Early Bird (thru 8/18/21) = $495

Regular (8/19/21 – 9/9/21) = $545

Late Fee (8/5/21 – 9/14/21) = $570

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August 19, 2021
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September 9, 2021

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