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SUPPORT

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Help Our Fort Worth Community to Sustain the Endeavor

Endeavor Parkinsonology, including the resources and research provided through Dr. Watts’ laboratory, will need the Fort Worth community to support its sustained goals. You can help achieve the dream of free access to resources for people with PD by considering the following philanthropic opportunities.

If you are interested in making a tax deductible gift of any amount in support of Endeavor Parkinsonology, please contact:

  • Laura Patton, Director of Development
  • Harris College of Nursing & Health Sciences
  • 817-257-5032
  • laura.patton@tcu.edu

ANNUAL GIFTS

Laryngeal Function Laboratory Gift

Help Dr. Watts and his team better understand how PD effects voice and swallowing, and to find better ways of assessing and treating PD to improve lives. Your gift will support the ongoing research in the Laryngeal Function Laboratory.

Moving Parkinson’s Gift

This gift will allow Endeavor Parkinsonology to provide free access to an exercise class in Fort Worth for people with Parkinson’s disease. We use these funds to sponsor classes designed specifically for people with PD at different levels of ability.

Endeavor Pakinsonology Gift

Give a gift which will fund exercise programs and Parkinson’s lectures for an entire year. This gift will create access to movement activities for people with PD at no cost through sponsorships of community exercise instructors, while allowing us to bring national and international experts in PD to Fort Worth to teach our community how we can improve lives.

TRANSFORMATIONAL ENDOWMENT GIFTS

Endowed Research Laboratory

Research creating new knowledge is critical for advancing our understanding of Parkinson’s diseases.  Through your endowment of the Laryngeal Function Laboratory, you will be ensuring that researchers at TCU, both faculty and students, have access to the appropriate resources to create new knowledge through cutting edge research and scholarly endeavors. In addition, you will be supporting research which benefits the Fort Worth community, who actively participate in the ongoing research in the Laryngeal Function Lab and benefit from the new knowledge that research is creating. By endowing this lab, you will also be creating a naming opportunity to leave a lasting legacy for your family.

Endowed Professorship / Chair

TCU graduates place tremendous value on relationships with their professors. These connections have and will continue to be at the center of the TCU experience. TCU seeks out professors who have a passion for teaching as well as for conducting research – a combination that keeps them at the top of their fields. The opportunity to endow this faculty position creates a permanent resource for both TCU and Fort Worth. With a focus on research and teaching in Parkinson’s disease, this position will ensure that TCU and Fort Worth have a teacher and scholar who is creating new knowledge and disseminating knowledge to our community. In addition, endowed faculty positions allow us to attract eminent national and international scholars. In turn, outstanding scholars attract other notable faculty and the brightest students. Endowed positions, such as endowed deanships, as well as chairs, professorships, and professional-in-residence and artist-in-residence positions, are carefully targeted toward TCU’s mission and aspirations. By endowing this faculty position, you will also be creating a naming opportunity to leave a lasting legacy for your family.

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RESEARCH

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RESEARCH

At TCU, Dr. Watts directs the Laryngeal Function Laboratory (https://tcudaviesschool.com/christopher-watts/), which serves as the research arm of Endeavor Parkinsonology. Dr. Watts’ research is committed to creating new knowledge through research to improve how we assess and treat voice and swallowing impairments experienced by people with PD.

PARKINSONOLOGY RESEARCH

The overarching goal of this line of research is to expand human knowledge of how Parkinson’s disease (PD) effects laryngeal function in voice and swallowing to inform the development of more effective treatments to rehabilitate and/or sustain those functions. We are specifically interested in how voice and swallowing impairments manifest in different clinical phenotypes (e.g., subtypes) of PD. Our research investigates how voice and swallowing are influenced by PD tremor phenotype (e.g., tremor dominant vs. non-tremor dominant), age of onset (e.g., late onset vs. younger onset), sex, and years post-onset. A major aim of this research is to increase our understanding of how and why laryngeal function in voice and swallowing is impaired heterogeneously (differently) across the large population of people with PD.

PARKINSONOLOGY PUBLICATIONS BY DR. WATTS

Panzone L, Watts CR. (in press). Regulation of Transglottal Airflow in Speakers with Parkinson’s Disease. Journal of Voice. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/31350111

Burk B, Watts CR (2019). The Effect of Parkinson’s Disease Tremor Phenotype on Cepstral Peak Prominence and Transglottal Airflow in Vowels and Speech. Journal of Voice, 33(4): 580.e11-580.e19.
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/29472149

Watts CR (2016). A Retrospective Study of Long-Term Treatment Outcomes for Reduced Vocal Intensity in Hypokinetic Dysarthria. BMC Ear, Nose, and Throat Disorders. 16:2. eCollection doi: 10.1186/s12901-016-0022-8.
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26839511

Rousseau B, Watts CR. (2002).  Susceptibility of speakers with Parkinson disease to delayed auditory feedback.  Journal of Medical Speech-Language Pathology, 10(1): 41-49.
https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Christopher_Watts3

Watts CR, VanRyckeghem M. (2001).  Laryngeal dysfunction in Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis.  BMC Ear, Nose, and Throat Disorders,  (1).
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11722802

Watts CR,  Dagenais P. (2001).  Effects of attentional load on speech rate reduction in subgroups of speakers with Parkinson’s disease.  Journal of Medical Speech-Language Pathology, 9(1): 55-61.
https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Christopher_Watts3

Dr. Watts is currently seeking people with PD to volunteer as participants in his research. If you have an interest in helping Endeavor Parkinsonology discover ways to fight against PD through research, please contact Dr. Watts at c.watts@tcu.edu.

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RESOURCES

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RESOURCES

Endeavor Parkinsonology is committed to providing the Fort Worth community with information regarding resources for People with Parkinson’s disease and their loved ones. Below are wellness, rehabilitation, and other health care related resource located in Fort Worth and the immediate surrounding areas. These entities are not sponsored or supported by Endeavor Parkinsonology, rather their contact details are provided as an informational resource to serve the Fort Worth Community.

EXERCISE CLASSES FOR PARKINSON’S DISEASE

BOXING

See the following video on Boxing for people with PD from the Michael J. Fox Foundation: bit.ly/2G2xNGl

EmpowerParkinson’s Physical Therapy and Wellness
10357 Alta Vista Rd. Suite 321
Fort Worth, TX 76244
AND
157 W. Harwood Road
Hurst, TX 76054
Alison Geymer
(682) 593-1374
EmpowerParkinsons@gmail.com
www.DrAlisonPT.com

Classes Monday – Saturday include:

Boxing
Pole Walking
HIIT
Yoga
Tai Chi
Strength training
PWR! Moves
TRX

EmpowerParkinsons Physical Therapy and Wellness also offers Customized Parkinson’s Exercise Wellness Plans for those who desire an entire program to work on either in the gym, at home or on the go.

Punching Out Parkinson’s
Paulie Ayala’s University of Hard Knocks Gym
7616 Camp Bowie West
Fort Worth, TX 76116
(817) 731-4665
www.punchingoutparkinsons.org

Rock Steady Boxing Affiliates – DFW
UFC Gym North Richland Hills
9155 Blvd 25
North Richland Hills TX 76180
Rick Gonzales
(817) 323-9127
ufcgymnrh@rsbaffiliate.com
$69/month

Robson Ranch
9416 Ed Robson Circle
Denton, TX 76207
Wally Sagui
940-465-1008
wally.sagui@gmail.com
$5/class

9Round Fitness 10+ locations in F.W.
900 S. Main Street, Suite 340
Keller, Texas 76248
(817) 929-8913
www.9round.com/fitness/keller-tx-x4848
Contact James Riddle (817) 675-3412
$20/month

CYCLING

See the following web post on Cycling for people with PD from Bicycling.com: www.bicycling.com/news/g20011415/-16/

Pedaling for Parkinson’s
Airport Area YMCA
3524 Central Drive
Bedford, TX 76021
(817) 571-3371
www.ymcafw.org/locations/airport-area-ymca
Contact Michael Drapper Director: mdraper@ymcafw.org
Classes run for 12 weeks beginning each April
Free

Win the War Against Parkinson (WWAP) Spin Class
Cyclone Indoor Cycling Experience
1724 E. Broad Street, Suite 100
Mansfield, TX 76063
(817) 769-2723
www.cycloneindoorcycling.com

YOGA

Elemental Yoga Therapy
714 W Magnolia Ave,
Fort Worth, TX 76104
Contact: Michael Dardanes
630-269-4450
michael@elementalyogatherapy.com

DANCE

See the following web article on Dancing for people with PD from Stanford University: stan.md/2HYgJTR

Dance for Parkinson’s
Classes held at Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth
1301 Pennsylvania Avenue
Fort Worth, TX 76104
(817) 250-2000

GENERAL EXERCISE

See the following video on the benefits of Exercise for people with PD from the Michael J. Fox Foundation: bit.ly/2DPuVdu

Parkinson’s Support Group of Tarrant County Exercise Class
Classes held at Broadway Baptist Church
305 W. Broadway Avenue
Fort Worth, TX 76104
(682) 216-7947
www.psgtc.org
FREE!

VOICE / SPEECH / SWALLOWING

See the following web article on voice, speech, and swallowing in people with PD from the Michael J. Fox Foundation: https://www.michaeljfox.org/understanding-parkinsons/living-with-pd/topic.php?speech-swallowing

Miller Speech & Hearing Clinic
TCU – Davies School of Communication Sciences & Disorders
3305 West Cantey Street
Fort Worth, TX 76129
Phone: (817) 257-7620
Website: harriscollege.tcu.edu/centers-institutes/miller-speech-hearing-clinic

Beth Watson-Sharp, MS, CCC-SLP
Coordinator, Speech-Language Pathology
Harris Methodist Hospital
1301 Pennsylvania Ave
Fort Worth, TX 76104
Phone: (817) 250-3156
Email: BethWatson@TexasHealth.org

a Tempo Voice Center
6300 Ridglea Place Suite 617
Fort Worth, TX 76116
Phones: 817-377-9900 or 817-262-3773
Website: http://www.atempovoicecenter.com/
Email: atempovoicecenter@gmail.com

SUPPORT GROUPS

Harris Methodist Hospital – Parkinson’s Support Group
The support group meets from 3 to 4 p.m. on the second Thursday of every month at the Heart Center South Classroom (Classroom S). For more information, call Beth Watson at (817) 250-2760.

Parkinson’s Support Group of Tarrant County 
Exercise classes are held Monday, Wednesday, and Friday mornings at 10:30 AM in the basement, at Broadway Baptist Church, 305 W Broadway, Fort Worth, Texas, 76104. (Which is located in the Hospital District near downtown Fort Worth, Texas, view on Google Maps), The Caregivers Support Group meets on the 2nd and 4th Fridays of the month at the same time as the exercise class.  The Hurst-Euless-Bedford exercise class starts at 12:30 on the second Tuesday of the month, with an educational meeting at 1:30 followed by a sharing and caring session for the caregivers and those with Parkinson’s at the Bedford Public Library 2424 Forest Ridge Drive.
Contact: info@psgtc.org
Phone:  (682) 216-7947
Website: www.psgtc.org

NEUROLOGISTS

Charlece Hughes, DO
Clinical Neuroscience Pa Group Practice
1307 8th Ave #408
Fort Worth, TX 76104
817-921-4191
Dr. Hughes treats Parkinson’s and is  Deep Brain Stimulator certified.

Mary Quiceno, MD, FAAN
UNT Health Science Center
855 Montgomery Street
Fort Worth, TX 76107
(817) 735-0329
Dr. Quiceno specializes in Lewey Body Dementia in Parkinson’s.

Halim Fadil, MD
Texas Health Resources
Neurology and Movement Disorders Center of North Texas
801 W Road to Six Flags St Ste 127
Arlington, TX 76012
(817) 697-8000
Dr. Fadil completed a neurology fellowship at the University of California – Davis School of Medicine

Shilpa Chitnis, MD, Ph.D.
UTSW Medicine, Neurology Clinic – Movement Disorders
5303 Harry Hines Blvd. 4th Floor, Suite 108
Dallas, TX  75390
214-645-8800
Dr. Chitnis completed fellowship training in movement disorders at Louisiana State University Medical Center.

NEUROPSYCHOLOGISTS / PSYCHIATRISTS / PSYCHOLOGISTS

Scott Winter, MD
UNTHSC Health Pavilion
855 Montgomery St.,4th Floor
Ft. Worth, TX. 76107

April R. Wiechmann, PhD
UNTHSC Health Pavilion
855 Montgomery St.,4th Floor
Ft. Worth, TX. 76107

James R. Hall PhD
UNTHSC Health Pavilion
855 Montgomery St.,4th Floor
Ft. Worth, TX. 76107

CHIROPRACTORS

Jamienne Price
Mindful Chiropractic
580 Decker Drive Suite 201
Irving, TX, 75062
(972) 998-4100
mindfulcw.com

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EDUCATION

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EDUCATION =  EMPOWERMENT

Education is a key tool for fighting against Parkinson’s disease is a primary element of patient-centered care. More importantly, educating people with PD about the characteristics, assessments, treatments, and effective strategies for fighting against the disease can improve the lives of those with Parkinson’s and their loved ones.

A major goal of Endeavor Parkinsonology is to provide educational opportunities for the Fort Worth community to build our collective knowledge of Parkinson’s disease. Three to four symposiums are held each year on the campus of TCU. Past, present, and future symposiums are listed below. As with all resources offered by Endeavor Parkinsonology, these are educational seminars are offered at no cost to the community. To reserve a seat or get more information, please contact Dr. Watts and his team.

Spring 2019 Parkinsonology Symposium

The Sound of Parkinson’s Disease: How Exercise Can Improve Your Voice

Speaker: Christopher R. Watts, Ph.D.
Professor & Director
Davies School of Communication Sciences & Disorders
Texas Christian University
Date: Saturday, April 6, 2019
Time: 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
Location: Texas Christian University
Dee J. Kelly Alumni & Visitors Center
2820 Stadium Drive, Fort Worth, TX 76129
Christopher Watts, PhD

Winter 2018 Parkinsonology Symposium

Parkinson’s Disease: More Than a Shaking Palsy

Speaker: Joohi Jimenez-Shahed, MD
Associate Professor of Neurology
Associate Director, Neurology Residency Program
Director, Deep Brain Stimulator Program
Baylor College of Medicine
Date: Friday, December 7, 2018
Time: 5:30 PM – 7:00 PM
Location: Texas Christian University
Smith Entrepreneur Hall – Room 104B
West Lowden Street (TCU Campus)
Fort Worth TX 76129
Joohi Jimenez-Shahed, MD

Fall 2018 Parkinsonology Symposium

Swallowing in Parkinson’s Disease: What Happens and What You Can Do About It!

Speaker: Christopher R. Watts, Ph.D., CCC-SLP
Professor & Director
Davies School of Communication Sciences & Disorders
Date: Saturday, October 6, 2018
Time: 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
Location: Texas Christian University
Dee J. Kelly Alumni & Visitor’s Center
2820 Stadium Drive, Fort Worth TX 76129
Christopher Watts, PhD

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EXERCISE

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EXERCISE

Through funding from the Parkinson’s Foundation (www.parkinson.org), people with Parkinson’s disease are able to participate in the following weekly 1-hour exercise programs at no cost through sponsorship by Endeavor Parkinsonology. Participation requires initial screenings for movement, cognition, voice, and swallowing. For more information, contact the class instructors for each activity.

Spring 2019 Classes (August 2019 through June 2020)

VOCAL POWER

Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital, Fort Worth

Heart Tower, Ground level Classroom

Contact: Beth Watson, MS, CCC-SLP; bethwatson@texashealth.org; (817) 250-3156

Vocal Power teaches people with Parkinson’s disease vocal exercises designed to increase vocal strength and stamina. In a group setting, participants will learn and practice sets of vocal exercises which are performed with conscious effort on vocal intensity (loudness) and pitch flexibility. Participants will also be guided on home-based exercises to complement the weekly group classes.

PWR!MOVES FOR PARKINSON’S DISEASE

Texas Christian University campus, Recreation Center

Contact: Alison Geymer, PT, DPT, Rock Steady Box cert., geymer22@gmail.com, (682) 593-1374

PWR!Moves is a PD-specific skill training program to maintain or restore skills that deteriorate and interfere with everyday movements. The BASIC4 | PWR!Moves are performed with large amplitude, high effort, and attention to action in multiple postures (floor, all 4’s, sitting, and standing). They specifically target “4” skills shown by research to interfere with mobility in people with PD (antigravity extension, weight shifting, axial mobility, and transitional movements).

Inclusion Criteria for PWR!Moves classes:

  1. No falls in the past 3 months
  2. Walk without an assistive device
  3. Able to get in/out of a chair without assistance
  4. Able to get on/off the floor without assistance

YOGA

Elemental Yoga Therapy, 714 W Magnolia Ave, Fort Worth, TX 76104

Contact: Michael Dardanes, michael@elementalyogatherapy.com, 630-269-4450

Applying ancient teachings with modern science we will practice yoga poses, breath work, chanting and meditation using props for modifications (blocks, chairs, straps). We will focus on posture, balance, strength, and compassion through movement, rhythm and sound. No one is too much of a beginner for we each start with where we are! Open to all levels of ability and experience with partners welcome as space allows. Bring a water bottle, towel, any props you use with and an open attitude for an uplifting hour.

EMPOWER PARKINSON’S FIGHT CLUB – BOXING/CARDIO/STRENGTH

Alliance Gym, 10357 Alta Vista rd., suite 351, Fort Worth, 76244

Contact: Alison Geymer, PT, DPT, Rock Steady Box cert., geymer22@gmail.com, (682) 593-1374

This exercise program attacks Parkinson’s at its vulnerable neurological points. While focusing on overall fitness, workouts include: focus mitts, heavy bags, speed bags, double-ended bags, jump rope, core work, calisthenics and circuit weight training. No boxing experience is necessary and people of all ages are invited to participate.  A “Cornerman” is required to assist any participants who answer “yes” to any of the following: requires an assistive device to walk with, has significant balance issues and/or has had more than one fall in the past 3 months, has difficulty following directions without repetition.

BALANCE BOOT CAMP

Texas Christian University Campus (outside, or Recreation Center)

Contact: Alison Geymer, PT, DPT, LSVT, PWR!, geymer22@gmail.com; (682) 593-1374

Balance Boot Camp is the perfect class for anyone who has noticed they aren’t as steady on their feet as they used to be and wants to improve their balance. This class is for all levels. All exercises can be modified for any level of mobility by our Physical Therapist to make exercise safe but challenging for all participants. Loss of balance with Parkinson’s disease is a complex and challenging issue and not always caused by the same factors.  Balance Boot Camp will focus on multiple aspects of balance control: agility, strength, postural control, flexibility, coordination, dual tasking (being able to do two things at once; or being able to stay balanced when distracted), techniques to decrease freezing, and more.

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TEAM

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TEAM

Christopher R. Watts, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

Christopher Watts, PhD

Dr. Watts is Professor and Director of the Davies School of Communication Sciences & Disorders at TCU. He is a speech-language pathologist specializing in laryngeal function (aka, “the voicebox”) in voice production and swallowing. Dr. Watts’ program of research studies how Parkinson’s disease affects voice and swallowing, with the aim of developing better assessments and treatments to improve the lives of those fighting against the disease.  In addition to his research and administrative roles at TCU, Dr. Watts teaches and mentors future leaders in the speech-language pathology programs. Dr. Watts serves as the Team Leader for Endeavor Parkinsonology and researcher in the Laryngeal Function Lab at TCU.

Alison Geymer, PT, DPT

Dr. Geymer is a physical therapist and owner of Empower Parkinson’s Physical Therapy and Wellness. She has been working in rehabilitation for more than 10 years and has extensive experience helping people with Parkinson’s Disease in all environments of care: inpatient rehab, home health, outpatient and acute hospital care. Dr. Geymer’s private practice serves people with Parkinson’s by providing both one-on-one physical therapy and group wellness/exercise classes, including Rock Steady Boxing classes. Endeavor Parkinsonology supports exercises classes led by Dr. Geymer, including Boxing for PD and High-Intensity Interval Pole Walking.

Debra Machos, MBA

Debra Machos

Debra Machos is the primary community representative for Endeavor Parkinsonology and works to develop strategies for connecting us to the Fort Worth community and beyond. Debra has extensive experience in health care administration, currently serving Sr. Vice President of Strategic Product Development and Management for Advanced Plan for Health. Debra earned her MBA from LeTourneau University and a bachelor of science in Business Administration from California Polytechnic State University. Her previous roles in health care leadership have included VP Strategy, Planning and Business Development at Children’s Health, and Regional VP, Revenue Cycle Point Solutions for Parallon, a subsidiary of HCA and a leading provider of healthcare business and operational services.

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