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Orange County Support Services

If you have Parkinson's disease, you will likely need the support of Parkinson's specialists other than your doctor at times.  These may include physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech therapists, music and dance therapists,  and counselors among others.

This list is provided as a resource to the local Parkinson's community only.  We do not endorse any particular specialists.

Parkinson's Rehab Services - Speech, PT and OT

Complete Balance Solutions

Complete Balance Solutions specializes in neurological rehab and balance issues. Located in Laguna Hills, Irvine and Seal Beach.

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Hoag Outpatient Rehab

Hoag  offers a variety of services including PT, OT, and Speech Therapy in Newport Beach and in Irvine.  Hoag is also home to speech therapists certified by the Parkinson's Voice Project.

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Kaiser Permanente Irvine

If you are a Kaiser patient, please talk to your physician if needing Physical Therapy for your Parkinson's.

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Los Alamitos Medical Center

The Los Alamitos rehab program offers PT/OT and Speech Pathology services.  Several Speech Pathologists at the Los Alamitos Medical Center are certified by the Parkinson's Voice Project. This is a program specific to addressing the needs of people with Parkinson's. These classes meet at the Los Alamitos Medical Center in Los Alamitos.

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LSVT Big and Loud

Big and Loud classes are offered several places throughout the county including:

Dr. Patricia Brown  Chapman University

California Therapy Solutions (various locations)

Saddleback Medical Center

UCI

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Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center

Orange Coast Memorial offers speech, OT, PT, support groups and exercise classes. Several Speech Pathologists at Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center are certified by the Parkinson's Voice Project. This is a program specific to addressing the needs of people with Parkinson's. These classes meet at the Orange Coast Medical Center in Fountain Valley.

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OC Neuro Rehab

Located in Laguna Niguel, physical therapists Arthur Lupsha and Kellie Lupsha, specialize in physical therapy for stroke and other neurological disorders including Parkinson's.

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Parkinson's Voice Project

The Parkinson's Voice Project is based in Texas but they certify Speech Language Pathologists throughout the country.  To find a provider in your area, check here.

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Parkinson's Wellness Program

Long Beach Memorial

The MemorialCare Rehabilitation Institute at Long Beach Medical Center offers a free outdoor, in-person Parkinson’s Wellness Program for people who are having difficulty moving, speaking and thinking due to Parkinson’s Disease or Parkinson’s-like symptoms. The class challenges clients with high-effort physical and vocal exercises.

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Progressive PT and Rehab

Progressive PT and Rehab offers LSVT Big Therapy which is designed specifically for people with Parkinson's. Multiple locations in Orange County.

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Rogue Physical Therapy

Dr. Claire McLean

Neuro-physical therapist, Claire McLean is a PWR! certified instructor and  specializes in treating those with Parkinson's.  Rogue PT offers a variety of exercise classes as well as speech, cooking, and educational classes throughout the week.  All exercise classes are taught by certified physical therapists. In person classes are held in Fountain Valley. Rogue also offers a comprehensive virtual program called Rogue in Motion.

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St. Jude Center for Rehab and Wellness

St. Jude offers outpatient physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy and fitness classes for people with Parkinson's. They are located at  2767 E. Imperial Hwy. Brea

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UCI Parkinson's Wellness Program

The UCI Health Parkinson’s Wellness Program (PWP) offers weekly classes for people who experience difficulty moving and thinking due to Parkinson’s disease or Parkinson’s-like symptoms.

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Music and Dance for Parkinson's

Orange County Tremble Clefs

 

Music therapist, Karen Skipper leads this delightful and fun filled group as they "sing and explore the therapeutic values of music."  The Tremble Clefs have two different locations, one in Laguna Hills and one in Anaheim.

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Music Therapy for Parkinson's

Music therapist, Karen Skipper, uses music, rhythm and breathing techniques to help your ability to walk and speak. This class meets on Saturdays at Orange Coast Medical Center in Fountain Valley

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RX Ballroom Dancing

Rx Ballroom Dancing is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing the healthy benefits of ballroom dancing to those struggling neurological functioning.  Classes are free and located in Laguna Niguel.

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Pyschological Services

Brain Boot Camp

In partnership with the UCLA Longevity Center, the Brain Wellness Institute in Newport Beach holds individual and group therapy sessions designed to help those with mild age-related memory issues or mild cognitive impairment caused by Parkinson's and other conditions.  This program is designed to help improve and maintain memory ability including attention, memory and recall.

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Julia Evans PhD, Neuropsychologist

Dr. Evans is a  clinical psychologist specializing in neuropsychological evaluations, cognitive rehabilitation and psychotherapy.

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Allison Lehrich, LCSW

Cognitive Care Solutions

Allison is a licensed clinical social worker, who has spent more than two decades assisting seniors and their families. Allyson excels at identifying the clinical aspects of senior cognitive states, as well as counseling seniors and their families regarding resulting emotional issues.

 

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Renee Lorch, MA, LMFT

Renee Lorch is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist.  She offers one on one virtual counseling and also facilitates the South OC Parkinson's Care Partner Support Group.

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Timothy O'Brien PhD, Neuropsychologist

Dr. O'Brien is a  clinical psychologist specializing in Parkinson's and Movement Disorders.

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Allison Smith LMFT OC Neuropain Psychotherapy

Licensed marriage and family therapist, Allison Smith (aka: the Perky Parkie), has the unique perspective of living with Young Onset Parksinson's herself.  Allison is part of the team at Dr. Martinez's office in Aliso Viejo.

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O.C. Health Psychologists

OC Health offers psychological and neuropsychological evaluations. Their focus is on mental wellness and integrative care for the body, mind and spirit.

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Other Services

Darlene Mann MSW

Life Care Manager/Social Worker

Darlene is a highly experienced master level social worker who has dedicated her professional career to working with older adults through the aging process. Expert in all facets of the aging process from healthy aging, issues of cognitive decline, complications of physical factors, diseases common in the senior population, to end of life decisions and the dying process. Trained in geriatric assessment to determine appropriate level of care needs.

Contact Darlene at djmannmsw@gmail.com.

 

Kristie Scott

Certified Life Coach

Certified life coach, Kristie Scott, is also a person with Parkinson's.

"Recovery is a journey and as a whole can be overwhelming on your own.  That is where I come in. My job is to help you formulate your own plan and encourage you to start and stay on course, one step at a time. I will remind you to love yourself and be gentle with yourself.  I will show you that this journey can be fun and rewarding.  I would be honored to help you Live Your Best Life With Parkinson’s! Take your first step and book a commentary session."

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Driving Assessment and Training for Parkinson's

Adaptive Driving Center

Debbie Ricker is an occupational therapist and a driving rehabilitation specialist.

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senior driving

Hoag Hospital Driving Program

The goal of Hoag's Driving Rehabilitation Program is to promote independence and ensure safety while using a vehicle. This program can help maintain a client’s independence, teach compensation strategies for physical, cognitive and visual limitations and ensure safety on the road.

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St. Jude's Driving Program

The goal of Hoag's Driving Rehabilitation Program is to promote independence and ensure safety while using a vehicle. This program can help maintain a client’s independence, teach compensation strategies for physical, cognitive and visual limitations and ensure safety on the road.

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Transportation Services

Go Go Grandparent

This service is designed for seniors who are unable to use a smart phone to call Uber or Lyft.  Membership fees apply.

 

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Orange County Paratransit Service

The Orange County Transportation Authority provides discounted bus and taxi service for people with disabilities.

 

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Seniors in Transit

Seniors in Transit provides non-emergency medical transportation for seniors in Orange County.  Their vehicles can accommodate people in wheelchairs eliminating the need for the person to have to transfer from wheelchair to car and than car to wheelchair at their destination.

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TRIPS - City of Irvine

The TRIPS program provides low-cost, wheelchair-accessible transportation to Irvine seniors and adults with disabilities. All participants must be unable to drive due to a physical or cognitive disability. TRIPS supports independent living and community involvement through safe, reliable and professional paratransit service.

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Mission Viejo - Senior Transportation Program

The City’s Senior Dial-A-Taxi Program offers 24/7 service in Mission Viejo, Laguna Hills, Lake Forest, Laguna Woods, Rancho Santa Margarita and additional satellite destinations. Customer cost is $5 per one-way trip.

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