A word about the ATTP™ Faculty

NPF has assembled a unique blend of seasoned professionals, selected nationally for excellence in their respective fields. There are currently 12 ATTP faculty members, who represent the following core specialties: a movement disorders physician, nurse, occupational, physical and music therapy, social work and speech-language pathology and interdisciplinary team development.

This faculty has worked together to develop and teach the ATTP Intensive. ATTP is not simply a course in Parkinson's disease. The ATTP Intensive is an integrated curriculum, developed jointly by the faculty team and taught in a collaborative way. Faculty are committed to its mission of person-centered interprofessional care in Parkinson's disease and actually serve as a faculty team modeling effective  integrated care planning in the training itself. Whether addressing cognition, mobility, communication or emotional issues, ATTP faculty values the contribution of each discipline to assessment and care of the person with Parkinson's disease and their caregiver.

Bassich, Celia Ph.D.

D’Alli, Arlene M.S.W., L.C.S.W.

Gardner, Joan R.N. B.S.N.

Giroux, Monique M.D.

Hagestuen, Ruth R.N., M.A.

Kornegay, Denise M.S.W.

Marsh, Laura M.D.

Morgan, John MD, PhD.

Tomaino, Concetta M.D.A., MT-BC

VandenDolder, Rick OTR/L

Wichmann, Rose P.T.

Research/Program Evaluation Consultant

Cohen, Elaine V. Ph.D.

ATTP Faculty

Celia Bassich, Ph.D.
Celia Bassich worked as a Research Speech Pathologist at the National Institute of Neurologic and Communicative Disorders, National Institutes of Health from 1977 – 1992, where she investigated the speech disorders associated with Parkinson's disease. In 1992, she joined the faculty at Towson University, located near Baltimore, MD. She is currently the Speech Pathology Graduate Program director and teaches an undergraduate course in Speech Science and graduate courses in adult neurogenic speech disorders and voice disorders.

Her doctoral dissertation involved an investigation of vocal dysfunction in young-onset Parkinson's disease. Celia has published numerous articles in the field of speech-language pathology and has made several presentations about her work in the field. Her clinical and research interests include Parkinson'sism. Celia is certified in the Lee Silverman Voice treatment method for persons with Parkinson's. She has served as Speech-language pathology faculty in ATTP I and ATTP II. Celia may be contacted at: cbassich@towson.edu.

Arlene D’Alli, M.S.W., L.C.S.W.
Arlene D’Alli, M.S.W., L.C.S.W. is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker at the Duke University Movement Disorders Center in Durham, NC. She received her Master of Social Work from Arizona State University in 1981 and has over twenty five years of medical social work experience.

Arlene was first introduced to the world of Parkinson's disease in 1998 when she accepted a newly created position as a clinical social worker at the Johns Hopkins Movement Disorders Center working with Dr. Stephen Reich and Becky Dunlop, R.N. In addition to her work in the clinic, she developed a Parkinson's caregiver support group and gave presentations at state-wide Parkinson's support groups, educational programs and symposia. In a subsequent move to North Carolina, she was recruited by Dr. Mark Stacy to work at the Duke University Movement Disorders Center, now a newly designated NPF Center of Excellence, where she has been able to carry forth her excitement in working with this “richly complex” population.

Arlene has continued in her multi-faceted role at Duke, providing direct clinical care, support group facilitation, development of a Parkinson's disease 101 program and presentations throughout the state of North Carolina. Arlene may be reached at: dalli@duke.edu.

Joan Gardner, R.N. B.S.N.
Joan Gardner, R.N. B.S.N. is the clinic supervisor at Struthers Parkinson's Center in Minneapolis, MN, and serves as coordinator of the National Parkinson's Foundation (NPF) Center of Excellence. As part of the Struthers Parkinson's Center leadership team, Joan is responsible for the maintenance and advancement of multi-disciplinary team programs. She also leads nurses in the clinical, Deep Brain Stimulation, and adult day program teams. Joan is a strong advocate for client wellness and empowerment and provides nursing assessment and education to patients and families as a part of the multi-disciplinary team. Joan is a resource to the Parkinson's community nation-wide, answering questions from the NPF toll-free helpline.

Through educational efforts, Joan is committed to increasing awareness of Parkinson's, improving care for individuals with Parkinson's and supporting carepartners. She co-produced the TULIPS© program for Parkinson's care, an educational toolkit for senior residential facilities and community service organizations. She co-authored the NPF manual “Managing Advanced Parkinson's Disease.”

Joan joined the Methodist Hospital Respite program in 1994, providing in-home nursing assessments. She subsequently joined the Struthers Parkinson's Center multi-disciplinary team. At that time Joan also developed the nursing role within the newly opened Parkinson's adult day program on site at Struthers. Joan is a member of the National Parkinson Foundation Minnesota chapter Advisory Board. She is also a member of the American Association of Neuroscience Nurses and the Minnesota Holistic Nurses Association.

Prior to working with the Parkinson's community, Joan worked 16 years as a home health care nurse for a number of agencies in Massachusetts, Wisconsin and Minnesota. Joan received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Wisconsin at Madison. Joan may be contacted at: gardnj@parknicollet.com.

Monique Giroux, M.D.
Dr. Monique Giroux is co-founder of the Movement and Neuroperformance Center of Colorado in Englewood, CO designated to open August 2012. Dr. Giroux received her medical degree from Ohio State University, completed her Neurology residency at Yale and Movement Disorders fellowship at Emory University.  She also completed a fellowship in holistic health and Integrative Medicine at the University of AZ.  She is board certified in Neurology.  She specializes in the comprehensive care for people with movement and cognitive disorders and integrates non-medical approaches with traditional medical and surgical treatment. 

In addition to her clinical care, Dr. Giroux is advancing quality care and wellness for Parkinson’s in her positions as medical director of the Northwest Parkinson’s Foundation wellness center at http://www.nwpf.org/, medical faculty for the National Parkinson’s Foundation Allied Team Training Program™ and project leader for the National Parkinson’s Foundation Care Center Consortium project.  She has partnered with the Davis Phinney Foundation to co-author Every Victory Counts: Essential Information and Inspiration for a lifetime of wellness with Parkinson’s

Her focus of care and research is on the development of interdisciplinary rehabilitation, team medicine, hope and wellness for people with progressive disabling conditions.  She has received training in mindfulness based therapy which she has adapted to neurological conditions and has produced a series of mindfulness- based wellness programs for people living with Neurologic disease.  Dr. Giroux has also developed Neurorehabilitation programs for patients with Parkinson’s and movement disorders, and specializes in deep brain stimulation management and botulinum toxin therapies.  Visit www.centerformovement.org for more information about the center and these programs. Monique may be contacted at: giroux_ml@yahoo.com.

Ruth Hagestuen, R.N., M.A.
Ruth Hagestuen’s work with Parkinson's disease began in 1987 when she joined the Methodist Hospital Parkinson's Center as nurse coordinator of a multidisciplinary clinic and regional information and referral center.  She eventually assumed the role of program director as the Center evolved and was renamed the Struthers Parkinson's Center. The Struthers Parkinson's Center is designed to provide interdisciplinary, comprehensive care for persons with Parkinson's and their families. The Struthers Parkinson's Center was designated as a Center of Excellence by the National Parkinson Foundation (NPF) in 1995.

In July of 2000 Ruth joined the NPF staff as National Program Director and remained with the Foundation as Vice President and Director of Programs until July, 2009. In this position she worked with affiliates nationally and internationally developing strategies to better meet needs of the Parkinson's community through care, outreach and other community initiatives. Two signature programs that were initiated under her leadership are the Allied Team Training for Parkinson's (ATTP) and the National Parkinson's Care Network (NPCN). She continues as a consultant to the National Parkinson Foundation and Director of ATTP.

Ruth as rejoined the team at Struthers Parkinson’s Center building collaborative partnerships designed to offer informed comprehensive care, support and services for persons whose lives are affected by Parkinson's disease and related movement disorders.  The team is working to insure that this care and these resources are accessible at the right time, over time in the variety of settings that people with Parkinson’s receive care throughout the course of the disease.
Ruth is co-chair of the Movement Disorders Society (MDS), Health Professionals Special Interest Group.  Ruth may be contacted at: rh@parkinson.org.

Denise Kornegay, M.S.W.
Denise Kornegay, M.S.W. holds faculty appointments as an Associate Professor in the Department of Family Medicine in the Medical College of Georgia at Georgia Health Sciences University and in the Department of Community Science at the Mercer University School of Medicine. In her dual role appointments, she serves as the Executive Program Director for the Georgia Statewide Area Health Education Centers (AHEC) Network. In this capacity, Ms. Kornegay works to create an appropriately trained, diversified, and geographically distributed health workforce in the state.

Her areas of expertise include: rural health and rural outreach, grant writing and resource acquisition, community based coalition building, legislative advocacy, health workforce development (including recruitment and retention initiatives), and family and social roles in personal health.

In addition to her roles in these areas, Ms. Kornegay has developed several training seminars that she conducts with various non-profits and grass roots organizations. These seminars include: Board Development and Training, How to be an Effective Advocate, Family Relationships and Health, Team Building and Leadership, Personality Styles and Assessments, Communication Styles, Cultural Diversity, and Nurse Mentor Training programs.

Ms. Kornegay serves on the Boards of Directors for each of the six AHEC Centers, as well as numerous state tasks forces and work groups. She provides lectures to health professions students in the Schools of Dentistry, Allied Health, Medicine, and Nursing at Georgia Health Sciences University. Denise may be contacted at: dkornega@georgiahealth.edu.

Laura Marsh, M.D.
Laura Marsh, M.D. is a Professor in the Menninger Department of Psychiatry at Baylor College of Medicine and the Executive Director of the Mental Health Care Line at the Michael E. DeBakey Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Houston, TX.  A geriatric psychiatrist and neuropsychiatrist who focuses on psychiatric disturbances in patients with neurological disorders, her current clinical and academic research interests focus on improving the characterization, detection, and treatment of Parkinson’s disease–related psychiatric disturbances. 

Dr. Marsh graduated from Ohio State University College of Medicine in Columbus, OH, USA.  After psychiatry residency training at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, MD and the Institute of Psychiatry in London, England, she completed research fellowships in brain neuroimaging and neuropsychiatric disorders at the National Institute of Mental Health and at Stanford University School of Medicine. 

She was a member of the Stanford faculty from 1994 until 1998, when she returned to Baltimore as a faculty member at Johns Hopkins.  There, Dr. Marsh was director and principal investigator of the Clinical Research Program of the NIH-funded Morris K. Udall Parkinson’s Disease Research Center and developed independent clinical and research programs focused on neuropsychiatric disturbances in Parkinson’s disease.  In September, 2009, she joined the faculty at Baylor College of Medicine, where she has continued her research in Parkinson’s disease and focuses specifically on strategies that will integrate psychiatric and mental health care with other medical specialties. 

Dr. Marsh also serves on the scientific or clinical advisory boards for the American Parkinson’s Disease Association, the National Parkinson Foundation, and the Parkinson’s Study Group and has published widely on psychiatric disorders in PD and related conditions, including as co-editor of the book, Psychiatric Issues in Parkinson’s Disease: A Practical Guide. Laura.Marsh2@va.gov

Morgan, John M.D., Ph.D.
John Morgan, M.D., Ph.D. grew-up in Jacksonville, Florida and attended the University of Florida and the University of North Florida for his undergraduate education receiving a BS in Biology from UNF in 1990. He then attended the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta, GA from 1990-1999 and earned his MD in 1998 and PhD after completing his thesis in 1999. His PhD is in developmental neuroscience, studying how an oncogene affected brain development.

He attended the University of Virginia for his Internship in Internal Medicine and his Neurology training from 1998-2002. He did a fellowship in laboratory of Dr. James Bennett at UVA for 1 year from 2002-2003, during which time he also focused on Movement Disorders clinically.

He trained with Kapil Sethi at the Medical College of Georgia as a student and became interested in Movement Disorders through his influence. He did a 6 month clinical fellowship in Movement Disorders with Dr. Sethi from July 2003-December 2003. He then took a position as an Assistant Professor in the Movement Disorders Program with Dr. Sethi in the Department of Neurology at MCG in 2003.

John's major interest is in Parkinson's disease. He is the Medical Director of the NPF Center of Excellence at MCG. He also helps lead and direct their Interdisciplinary Clinic for movement disorder patients. He is currently co-PI with Tanya Simuni, MD on a futility trial of pioglitazone vs. placebo in early treated PD subjects to see if this drug is possibly disease-modifying.  He was a leader in the development of the Primary Care Physicians’ Toolkit for PD on the NPF website. He is also intimately involved in NPF’s quality improvement initiative (QII) with the goal of improving care of those who live with PD.  He has also served as ATTP faculty for the past several years lecturing throughout the country.  John also has significant clinical and research interests in Huntington's disease, Restless Legs Syndrome and various other movement disorders. John may be contacted at:  jmorgan@georgiahealth.edu.

Concetta Tomaino, M.D.A., MT-BC
Dr. Concetta Tomaino is the Executive Director/ Co-founder of the Institute for Music and Neurologic Function and Senior Vice President for Music Therapy at Beth Abraham Family of Health Services, where she has worked since 1980. It is at this facility that she worked with the post-encephalitic Parkinson's patients highlighted in Oliver Sack’s book “Awakenings”. Since then, with support from Beth Abraham’s leadership and financial assistance from state, federal and private grants, she helped lay the groundwork for the creation of the Institute for Music and Neurologic Function and built a world class Music Therapy program at Beth Abraham Family of Health Services. She graduated from SUNY at Stony Brook with a BA in Music Performance (her instrument is the trumpet), a minor in psychology and sciences, and a commitment to the emerging field of music therapy. She received the Masters and Doctor of Arts in Music Therapy from New York University

Dr. Tomaino is internationally known for her research in the clinical applications of music and neurologic rehabilitation. She has lectured on music therapy throughout the United States and in Australia, South Africa, Italy, England, and Canada. She is past president of the American Association for Music Therapy and received the Award of Accomplishment from Music Therapists for Peace at the United Nations. In 1999 she received a Touchstone Award from “Women in Music” for her visionary spirit. Her work has been featured in national programs including 48 Hours and 60 Minutes; in international programs including the BBC; and in books on health and healing, including Musicophilia, and An Anthropologist on Mars, by Oliver Sacks, M.D.; A Matter of Dignity, by Andrew Potok; The Mozart Effect, by Don Campbell; Age Protectors (Rodale Press) and Sounds of Healing, by Mitchell Gaynor, M.D. She was honored with the 2004 Zella Bronfman Butler Award which is given by the UJA-Federation of New York in partnership with the J.E. and Z.B. Butler Foundation to professionals in the UJA-Federation agency network for their outstanding work on behalf of individuals with physical, developmental, or learning disabilities.

Dr. Tomaino has participated as a Super Panelist for the GRAMMY in the Schools program. She is adjunct clinical supervisor for several music therapy programs in the New York area. She is on the faculty of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, the Brookdale Center on Aging, and the New York State Geriatric Education Consortium, and on the visiting faculty of Berklee College of Music and Shenandoah University. She has served on the Certification Board of Music Therapists, the Journal of Music Therapy, and on the advisory boards for the Center for Alternative Research at the Kessler Institute, and the International Journal of Arts Medicine. ctomaino@bethabe.org.

Rick VandenDolder, OTR/L
Rick VandenDolder, OTR/L has been a member of the Struthers Parkinson’s Center interdisciplinary team for 15 years.  In addition to providing  occupational therapy assessment, treatment, home evaluations and job site evaluations for those with Parkinson’s disease, his caseload also includes those with atypical parkinsonism, essential tremor, and ataxia. He has been involved in research  in Parkinson’s disease, including improving attention and memory  and falls prevention.  He is certified in LSVT BIG and is trained in NeuroFit  PWR Exercise4BrainChange.  He teaches community exercise groups and has been involved in the center’s CLUB CREATE therapeutic  day program, including horticulture therapy, ceramics ,and woodworking.  Rick has presented at professional education conferences locally, regionally, and nationally, has written for the NPF Parkinson Report and has been a faculty member of ATTP-1 and ATTP-2 since its inception in 2002.

Rick has worked in allied health for 32 years.  Prior to practicing at Struthers Parkinson’s Center,  he worked in home care therapy, SNF, TCF, and hospital acute care. He received his certificate in occupational therapy from the College of Saint Catherine in 1991, and his BA in liberal arts from the University of Connecticut in 1976. Rick.Vandendolder@ParkNicollet.com

Rose Wichmann, P.T.
Rose Wichmann, PT has been a member of the Struthers Parkinson's Center team for over 25 years, and is currently the center manager. In her tenure at Struthers, she has seen thousands of patients living with Parkinson’s disease for physical therapy evaluation and treatment.  Rose received her degree in physical therapy from the University of Minnesota in 1981.In addition to her specialty work in movement disorders; her work experience includes supervision of home care, hospice and Senior Services Rehab programs including consultation/program development in long term care, adult day care, and senior housing facilities. She is currently certified in LSVT BIG, completed “Exercise 4 Brain Change” training, and is a certified CarFit technician.  In addition to her administrative and leadership duties, Rose has a special interest in education, and currently coordinates the education component of Struthers Parkinson's Center, including curriculum development and conferences for patients, family members, and health care professionals.

Rose has authored several exercise manuals for people with Parkinson's, including first editions of “Be Active” (distributed by the American Parkinson's Disease Association and the Italian Parkinson's Association) and “Fitness Counts”, a publication of the National Parkinson's Foundation. She is co-author of the NPF manual “Managing Advanced Parkinson's Disease” and the TULIPS program, a Parkinson's educational toolkit designed for senior residential facilities. Rose was a contributing author to the textbook Parkinson's disease,( published in 2004 by CRC Press),and  Neuromuscular Essentials: Applying the Preferred Patterns to Physical Therapist Practice, (published in 2009 by Slack Publications).  Most recently, Rose co-authored the AAN patient resource book “Navigating Life with Parkinson’s Disease”, scheduled for publication by Oxford Press in 2012.

Rose has given numerous presentations on Parkinson's disease at local, regional and national levels, collaborated on several research projects, and served as the national coordinator for numerous Parkinson’s travel groups.  She was a founding board member of the Parkinson's Association of Minnesota, and is a past president of this organization. She is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association, and a clinical instructor in the University of MN Physical Therapy program. Rose may be contacted at: wichmr@parknicollet.com.


Elaine Cohen, V. Ph.D.
Elaine Cohen, V. Ph.D. is a research/program evaluation and program development consultant, has over 30 years of experience as a practicing clinician and applied researcher in the health services field. Elaine received a Ph.D. in research in psychology from the Institute of Advanced Psychological Studies at Adelphi University, and a certificate from the New York University Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis. As former Director of Evaluation and Planning for one of the largest health and human services agencies in New Jersey, Elaine was responsible for overseeing and developing evaluation and review systems, strategic planning and program development for an agency with a wide range of programs (for older adults, behavioral healthcare, immigrants and refugees, at-risk families, etc.). Elaine has designed and carried out evaluations of many initiatives, offered consultation on program evaluation and research to managers of a wide range of programs and developed and managed the agency’s management information system. With extensive grant writing experience, she has successfully won grant awards for demonstration projects, including evaluation of federally funded projects of national significance. Elaine is currently consultant in research/program development for the National Parkinson's Foundation's Allied Team Training and First Connect Helpline signature programs.

She helped develop the NPF Charter for Centers of Excellence and served on the NPF Centers Review Board to designate NPF Centers of Excellence from 2001 through 2008. Elaine served as consultant to the NPF Task Force on Caregiver Initiatives and as Principal Investigator for NPF’s National Parkinson’s Care Network/ Community Partners for Parkinson's Care (NPCN/CPP), a national outreach and health promotion initiative in diverse urban and rural underserved communities. Elaine co-authored, with Ruth Hagestuen, RN, MA, and Gladys Gonz├ílez-Ramos, Ph.D., the book Health Connect: A practical guide to community outreach.She is currently studying the effectiveness of NPF’s two signature programs, including the national model Allied Team Training for Parkinson's (ATTP) training program for healthcare professionals, and the First Connect Helpline program. Elaine can be reached at: elainevc14@hotmail.com.


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