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!