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