The Center for Successful Aging has partnered with MedStar National Rehabilitation Network to assemble a team of providers who specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of Parkinson’s disease, atypical Parkinsonism, essential tremor, and other movement disorders. Our fellowship-trained neurologist and certified LSVT BIGTM and LSVT LOUDTM therapists look forward to working with you.
What are the Signs and Symptoms of Movement Disorders?
The ability to move -- and move easily -- is something most of us take for granted. But movement is actually a complex process requiring several different parts of the brain to work together with many muscle groups. Unfortunately, as we age, many individuals develop movement disorders, which can sometimes lead to:
- Difficulty walking
- Involuntary movements
- Problems with posture and balance
The most widely known movement disorder is Parkinson's disease, a chronic, progressive neurological disorder that affects a small area of nerve cells deep within the brain. Approximately 1 million Americans have Parkinson's disease, including one out of every 100 people over age 60. It's the second most common degenerative disease after Alzheimer's.
What are the Treatment Options for Parkinson's Disease and Other Movement Disorders?
Movement disorders impact many areas of function, including walking, speaking, and performing daily tasks such as bathing and dressing. The Parkinson's Disease and Movement Disorders Multidisciplinary Clinic at the Center for Successful Aging is designed to address the specific challenges adults with movement disorders face.
What is LSVT BIGTM?
LSVT BIGTM is a research-based exercise approach that trains individuals to use bigger movements anywhere and at anytime. Incorporating bigger movements throughout daily life leads to documented improvements including better balance, faster walking with bigger steps, and increase trunk rotation.
What is LSVT LOUDTM?
LSVT LOUDTM is a research-based speech therapy approach that trains individuals to increase their loudness in a healthy way without straining their voice. This enables individuals to speak more audibly and confidently with increased vocal loudness, improved speech intelligibility, and increased facial expression; ultimately improving overall communication.
What is PWR® Parkinson Wellness Recovery?
Parkinson Wellness Recovery is a comprehensive program that combines the latest research on Parkinson’s Disease with rehabilitation, exercise, and wellness. Brain plasticity or neuroplasticity is a term used to describe your brain’s ability to learn new ways of doing things. PWR® allows you to make the most of your brain’s ability to change and repair. It can help you regain the ability to participate in everyday activities you enjoy.
Parkinson's Disease and Movement Disorders Multidisciplinary Clinic
Movement disorders impact many areas of function including walking, speaking, and performing daily tasks such as bathing and dressing. Patients and families coming to the Center can expect a comprehensive evaluation which will address these varies challenges.
The Center for Successful Aging has partnered with MedStar National Rehabilitation Network to assemble a team of providers who specialize in the diagnosis and treatment for Parkinson’s disease, atypical Parkinsonism, essential tremor, and other movement disorders. Our fellowship-trained neurologist and certified LSVT BIGTM and LSVT LOUDTM therapists look forward to working with you.
The Center for Successful Aging’s Movement Disorder Multidisciplinary Clinic meets regularly to consult with patients and families living with these conditions. Most movement disorders programs have a 6 to 12 month waiting list for evaluations. This clinic, led by Dr. Lynn Chouhfeh has much sooner availability and brings together a team that collaborates and develop an individualized treatment plan for each patient. The team includes:
- Physical therapist, occupational therapist, and speech therapist -- all from MedStar National Rehabilitation Network -- and certified in therapeutic interventions including LSVT BIGTM and LSVT LOUDTM
- Social worker
What Patients Can Expect at the Movement Disorders Multidisciplinary Clinic
During your first visit you will meet with the neurologist and social worker. You will receive a comprehensive physical and cognitive examination and will have an opportunity to discuss the specific issues you may be dealing with related to your diagnosis. During a subsequent visit, you will meet with the physical, occupational, and speech therapists to assess your potential to benefit from therapy. The neurologist will review these findings with the team, then meet with you and your caregiver to discuss the plan of care and recommendations.
The social workers at the Center for Successful Aging can assist you and your loved ones with identifying and connecting with supportive resources including transportation, in-home assistance, financial assistance, and support groups and counseling.
Meet Our Team
- Lynn Chouhfeh, MD, Neurologist: Dr. Chouhfeh received her medical degree from University of Aleppo (Aleppo, Syria). She completed Neurology residency at University of Buffalo and movement disorders fellowship at the University of Maryland.
- Anneliese H. Massey, MPT, Physical Therapist: Massey is certified in LSVT BIG & PWR and completed ATTP (Allied Team Training for Parkinson’sTM) in March 2012.
- Jennifer McDivit, PT, Physical Therapist: McDivit is certified in LSVT BIG.
- Charlene Foote OT/L, Occupational Therapist: Foote is certified in LSVT BIG and completed ATTP (Allied Team Training for Parkinson’sTM) in March 2012.
- Kate Gerber, MS, CCC-SLP, Speech Therapist: Gerber is certified in LSVT LOUD, and completed ATTP (Allied Team Training for Parkinson’sTM) in March 2012.
- Eileen Carden, MS, CCC-SLP, Speech Therapist: Carden is certified in LSVT LOUD.
- Adrienne Kilby, LCSW, Clinical Social Worker: Kilby is a clinical social worker with a Master of Social Work from University of Maryland School of Social Work. She helps older adults and their families to get the support they need to be safe, happy, and healthy. She takes a special interest in working with families to help them cope with the difficult task of caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease or other types of dementia. In addition, she runs a support group for caregivers or older adults.
- Margi Lenz, LCSW, Social Worker: Lenz has a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Social Work from Ohio University. She has over 20 years of social work experience working in medical settings, including skilled nursing facilities and hospitals. Having worked for MedStar Health for over 12 years, she is dedicated to helping seniors and their families and loved ones be part of the interdisciplinary team at the Center for Successful Aging at MedStar Good Samaritan.