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Parkinsons Disease Wellness Program

Parkinson's Disease Wellness Program

"I feel more in shape now than I did before Parkinson's Disease."
-S. Nelson,
CBMW client and Parkinson's Wellness Program participant

It has been our privilege to meet and work with hundreds of individuals with Parkinson’s disease over the past 19 years. Whether newly diagnosed or further along the journey of this disease, our staff at the Center are here to assist and serve you.

For the past 19 years, in addition to 1:1 physical therapy services, the CBMW has offered a number of “ala carte” services for our clients with PD including our Parkinson’s Community Wellness Class for those with moderate PD and our Persevering in Exercise for individuals with Parkinson’s disease (PEP), a class which supports accountability and sustainability of exercise for those with Parkinson’s. To better serve our clients, particularly those newly diagnosed, we have now branded our Parkinson’s services and created a comprehensive program—Parkinson’s Community Wellness: Empowerment through Education and Exercise. This program is supported by a community grant from the Parkinson’s Foundation.”

Program Offerings:

Our first three Living Well with Parkinson’s disease seminars were a huge success with over 210 individuals attending in-person or remotely (combined)!


Understanding Parkinson’s Disease: Information and recommendations particularly for those newly diagnosed
Albert Hung, M.D., Ph.D. Center Director, MGH Parkinson’s Foundation Center of Excellence

Does Exercise Have Disease-Modifying Effects in Parkinson’s Disease: Research updates
Timothy Nordahl, P.T., DPT-Center for Neurorehabilitation at Boston University


How Does Parkinson’s Disease Affect Cognition and What Can We Do About It?
Amy Karas, M.S., CC-SLP, CBIS/T, LSVT LOUD Amy Karas SLP – private practice

Can Exercise Modify the Cognitive Effects of Parkinson’s Disease?
Kevin Kinnard, P.T., D.P.T. CEEAA, LSVT BIG Center for Balance, Mobility and Wellness at Gordon College


Practical wisdom for individuals and their care partners?
Sonja Vincola, LICSW – individual psychotherapist and guest speakers

Living Well with Parkinson's Disease Educational Series 

Join us for our fourth and final seminar in our series, this time focusing on: 
What’s food got to do with it?
The role of nutrition in Parkinson’s Disease

With: Rachel Reynolds, MS, RDN, LDN
Assistant Director, Senior Nutritionist
Boston University
Sargent Choice Nutrition Center
Nutrition and Exercise
Let's not neglect the nutrient

With: Andrew Walker, BS, SFS, FNS
CBMW Wellness Director
Nutrition Specialist

Saturday, May 21st, 9-11:30 a.m. 

This will be a hybrid event (Zoom and in-person).
Covid precautions will be followed, including masking for those not fully vaccinated
(if you are fully vaccinated, you may unmask) & social distancing

Registration is recommended using the blue button below!
Gordon College
The Chairman’s Room
In the Ken Olson Science Center located on Gordon College's main campus
255 Grapevine Road
Wenham, MA 01984

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Why this program?

Research demonstrates exercise is a first-line defense in mitigating Parkinson’s disease progression and minimizing functional declines. Increased physical activity improves physical, cognitive, and psychological capabilities. Therefore, referral to physical therapy and participation in effective exercise is vital and particularly recommended at the time of diagnosis. Although care at any point along the disease spectrum is helpful, intervention is most effective when delivered ahead of declines when patients are most able to engage in exercise and to adopt a lifestyle of exercise to increase function. 

What does the PD Wellness Program Offer?


Clients may be self-referred or referred by their neurologist or primary care physician. A comprehensive evaluation is the starting point for all our clients. You will meet with one of our licensed physical therapists, with advanced training in evaluating and treating those with Parkinson’s Disease. Your therapist will review your current and past medical history, identify your goals and answer your questions. They will assess several baseline measures of gait, balance, posture, and movement that will be important to monitor. They will empower you through education and inspiration on how to live well with PD while maintaining the highest level of independence and purpose. 

How to schedule with us:

  • Call us at 978.867.4095
  • Stop by the Center at 26r Hull Street, Wenham MA (Brigham Athletic Complex)
  • Complete this form so that a representative can get in touch with you as soon as possible.

PATIENTS: Ask your physician for a referral. Download and bring this prescription form to your physician.

PHYSICIANS: Complete this fillable prescription form and email it to [email protected] or print and fax to 978-429-0694



Depending on the results of your evaluation and the progression of your disease, your therapist will recommend one or more of the following: 

POWER FIT (Through support from the Parkinson’s Foundation, the POWERFIT class is free!)

An exercise class designed specifically for newly diagnosed and those who are able to participate in more vigorous exercise. This one-hour, twice-weekly class will introduce participants to the benefits of high-intensity exercise early in the disease process as a means of delaying disease progression, managing symptoms and retaining functional mobility. The PowerFit exercise class will enable individuals recently diagnosed with PD to engage in appropriate and effective exercise during the early stages of their condition.

  • Exercise will include cardiovascular, resistance training for strength and power, functional mobility and postural exercises with emphasis on high-intensity interval training (HIIT). Exercise will incorporate high amplitude (BIG) movements as well as the concept and execution of dual-task training in each session.
  • Participants will learn the concepts of why each exercise is important as well as instruction in the proper execution of exercise for maximum benefit.
  • Similar to our PEP class, we'll assist participants in adopting a lifestyle inclusive of regular and effective exercise, recognizing and overcoming barriers to exercise and setting/reaching personal goals and objectives which support exercise sustainability.


Clients get a reduced rate when combined with participation in PEP or Powerfit. View membership details ➔


Our program works to stay current with evidence-based treatment, research, support and services for those with PD and their care partners. We work to create and sustain relationships with multidisciplinary professionals, in the city of Boston and the greater North Shore community, to provide credible and effective resources for our patients, including referrals to specialists and assistance in building appropriate care teams as needed.

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For more information regarding the Parkinson's Disease Wellness Program at the CBMW, please contact Andrew Walker, CBMW Wellness Director by email or 978.867.4134. This program is supported by a community grant from the Parkinson’s Foundation.