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The Parkinson's Clinic

We provide comprehensive multidisciplinary care for patients with Parkinson’s and support for their families and caregivers.

Although there is currently no cure for Parkinson’s disease (PD), multidisciplinary medical care interventions can help people with Parkinson’s lead fulfilling and productive lives for many years while also decreasing the emotional and economic burden of PD. Our aim is to optimize health and improve quality of life of patients and their caregivers by actively listening to them and responding to their needs. Integral to this process is ongoing interactive education for patients, families, and community health providers about Parkinson’s. The clinic also offers us the opportunity to learn directly from our patients and their caregivers about how the disease affects their lives.

In our interdisciplinary approach, the patient is always the central focus, with the patient and his or her caregivers accessing services as desired at any point in the progression of the disease. Patients and families have easy access to ongoing information concerning services and benefits. A nurse coordinator assists in accessing services and maintaining open communication.

Through technology, we bring the experts to you…

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The TeleHealth Station used in The
Parkinson's Clinic

Using our state-of-the-art telehealth technology, a movement disorder specialist brings advanced, specialized care to the 2,000 people in our state who have PD.

The clinic was developed by Prof. Ingrid Pretzer-Aboff, a recognized and respected scientist and clinician in the national and local Parkinson’s communities, and Prof. Allen Prettyman, nurse practitioner and director of the University’s Nurse Managed Health Center (NMHC).

Dr. Ray Dorsey, an expert in movement disorders at the University of Rochester, and Prof. Roseanne Dobkin, an expert in psychology at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, work closely with UD nurse practitioners, clinical specialists, physical and speech therapists, exercise physiologists, nutritionists, researchers, and local mental health professionals to meet the needs of our patients.

The NMHC healthcare team includes five nurse practitioners with more than 80 years of combined healthcare experience. Four are on the faculty of the School of Nursing, and the fifth is enrolled in a PhD program focusing her research on Parkinson’s disease under the mentorship of Prof. Ingrid Pretzer-Aboff.

Contact us for an appointment

  1. Call the NMHC at 302-831-3195 to make an appointment.
  2. The staff will answer any questions and schedule your appointment.
  3. Prior to your first appointment, you will receive a package containing forms and questionnaires to be completed before your appointment.
  4. Your first appointment will take approximately 2 hours – the first hour with the nurse practitioner on-site and the second hour with Dr. Ray Dorsey via telehealth connection.
  5. Your follow-up appointments will be scheduled as indicated based on the evaluation of Dr. Dorsey and the nurse practitioner.

Interested in learning more about our research?

Scientific research is an integral component of The Parkinson's clinic. The research studies in the clinic are designed to help us better understand various aspects of Parkinson's disease and to advance treatment and therapeutic modalities. As a patient in the clinic, you are not required to participate in any research study, but we will inform you about research opportunities for which you are eligible if you would like to participate.

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