Parkinson’s Disease

Parkinson’s Disease Update:  ​Practical and Evidence-Based Rehabilitation​

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Presenter:  Ann Zylstra, PT​

Seattle-Area (Kirkland), WA

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Contact Hours:  11

Registration Fee:  $260 prior to

                                   $310 on or after

Who should attend?:  This course is appropriate for occupational therapists, occupational therapy assistants, physical therapists, and physical therapy assistants​ with all levels of experience.​​

​​Date/Location Online Registration Paper Registraion Course Details
Seattle-Area (Kirkland), WA

Friday (1-5 pm) and Saturday (8-4 pm), 2017

Parkinson’s Disease:  Practical and Evidence-Based Rehabilitation

Ann Zylstra, PT is presenting on her favorite course topic in 1 1/2 days of essential Parkinson’s information.   This is an evidence-based course focusing on the most current treatments and rehabilitation strategies for Parkinson’s disease.  Ann has been involved since the inception of the Booth Gardner Parkinson Center in Kirkland, WA:  A National Parkinson’s Foundation Center of Excellence!  Participant feedback has been outstanding! Attendees are drawn to this topic because they also love treating these patients in the clinic or they are looking for more information to help guide family members and friends.  Whatever motivates you to take this course, you will leave feeling enriched with practical information that can be used on Monday!

​Goals and Objectives:

Upon Completion of the course attendees will:

  • Recognize motor and non-motor symptoms of Parkinson’s disease
  • Recognize common treatments for Parkinson’s disease
  • Understand the difference between Parkinson’s disease and Parkinson’s plus syndromes
  • Understand the stages of Parkinson’s disease and the associated functional concerns
  • Recognize factors associated with freezing of gait and strategies to help reduce freezing and destination of gait
  • Recognize evaluation tools that may be helpful to focus treatment plans
  • Understand cognitive changes associated with Parkinson’s disease
  • Understand the importance and implications of vision testing

​Feedback from course attendees:

“One of, if not, THE BEST course I have ever attended.

“Excellent couse and the price was very reasonable”

“That was a GREAT course.  Ann is FANTASTIC!”

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Ann Zylstra, PT

Ann Zylstra is the Manager of Rehabilitation Services at Evergreen Hospital and Medical Center.  She has been practicing Physical Therapy for 27 years specializing in neurologic rehabilitation including Parkinson’s disease and Multiple Sclerosis.  Ann has been with the Booth Gardner Parkinson’s Center since its formation in 2000.  The Booth Gardner Parkinson Center is a National Parkinson’s Foundation Center of Excellence and is situated in the Neurosciences Institute at Evergreen Hospital.  Ann is a current board member and past president of the WA American Parkinson’s Disease Association.  Ann has co-authored numerous abstracts on Parkinson’s disease published by the Movement Disorder Society including “Effects of Physical Therapy on Gait and Balance in Parkinson’s disease”, and together with Kay Ballen, OTR/L “Clinical factors associated with freezing of gait in Parkinson’s disease: a multidisciplinary approach”, and “Oculomotor and visual perceptual changes associated with Parkinson’s disease without dementia”.  Ann is the co-president of the Washington Chapter of the APDA.  She participated in several Parkinson’s disease and Multiple Sclerosis studies and has taught on both topics for the last several years throughout the United States.

A fun fact about Ann:  She does not have a favorite hike, she says “I love them all!”.