Boston University Members Host National Panel on Exercise

Members of the Boston University Community hosted a national panel on exercise. This program supported by the American Parkinson Disease Association (APDA) included an inter-professional group of PD experts from across the US and was led by Terry Ellis, PT, PhD, NCS, Director of the Center of Neurorehabilitation at Sargent College. Boston University, and Lee Dibble, PT, PhD, ATC, University of Utah. Other BU faculty included Movement Disorder Specialist, Marie Saint-Hilaire, MD, FRCCP, Clinical Nurse Specialist, Cathi Thomas MS, RN, CNRN, and Tami DeAngelis, PT, DPT, GCS. Robin Kornhaber, Senior Vice President, National Programs and Partnerships organized this national blue ribbon panel.

Dr. DeAngelis and Merrill Landers, PT, PhD, University of Nevada are the primary authors of the APDA Parkinson’s Disease Training for Fitness Professionals This online program will help to ensure that participants are safe and supported. The program will also teach fitness professionals about the signs and symptoms of PD and the important ways in which exercise can improve those symptoms, as well as how to describe common PD symptoms and clearly explain the benefits of exercise to those with PD.
To view or take the on-line course visit

Panel of Experts

Terry Ellis, PT, PhD, NCS: Co-Chair
Boston University

Lee Dibble, PT, PhD, ATC: Co-Chair
The University of Utah

Cristina Colon-Semenza, PT, MPT, NCS
University of Connecticut

Tami DeAngelis, PT, DPT, GCS
Boston University

Heather Cianci, PT, MS, GCS
Dan Aaron Parkinson’s Rehab Center

Gammon Earhart, PT, PhD
Washington University St. Louis

Chris Hass, MS, PhD
University of Florida

Jeff Hoder, PT, DPT, NCS
Duke University

Laurie A. King, PhD, PT
Oregon Health & Science University

Merrill Landers, PT, PhD
University of Nevada

Marie Saint-Hilaire, MD, FRCPC
Boston University Medical Center

Margaret Schenkman, PT, PhD, FAPTA
University of Colorado

Lisa Shulman, MD
University of Maryland

Cathi Thomas, RN, MS, CNRN
Boston University Medical Center

September 27, 2018
Primary teaching affiliate
of BU School of Medicine