Grant Recipients

The Parkinson’s Foundation is proud to announce its first-ever Parkinson’s Foundation Physical Therapy Faculty Award to three physical therapists, totaling $30,000.

The following physical therapists, all graduates of the Parkinson’s Foundation Physical Therapy Faculty Program, will each receive up to $10,000 in grant funding from the Foundation to launch individual projects to help make life better for people with Parkinson’s disease (PD):

Sarah FishelSarah Fishel, PT, DPT, NCS
Parkinson’s Foundation Physical Therapy Faculty Alum, Boston University 2018

Sarah’s project will examine the efficacy of a challenging balance training program for people with Parkinson’s by comparing an aquatic-based group exercise class to one that is land-based. Results will determine whether a highly challenging program may reduce fall rates and improve balance. Sarah Fishel is an assistant professor of physical therapy at Ithaca College.   

LoriLori Schrodt, PT, PhD
Parkinson’s Foundation Physical Therapy Faculty Alum, Boston University 2018

Lori’s project will develop academic partnerships with community-based organizations to provide physical therapy students with skills to better assist people with Parkinson’s and their care partners. The partnerships will improve the continuum of care and integration of clinical services with community programs. Lori is a professor of physical therapy at Western Carolina University.

AmyAmy Yorke, PT, PhD, NCS
Parkinson’s Foundation Physical Therapy Faculty Alum, Boston University 2017

Amy’s project will monitor the cardiovascular response of people with Parkinson’s who attend a community-based PD exercise program to establish a heart rate monitoring protocol that may be implemented into community-based programs to track the benefits of high intensity exercise for people with Parkinson’s. Amy Yorke is an associate professor of physical therapy at the University of Michigan-Flint.



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