BIO: Parkinson’s Instructor Ann Zylstra, PT

Ann Zylstra, PT 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!”.


​Feedback from course attendees:

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

“Excellent course and the price was very reasonable”

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