Marcia Cotter

“My company is both a personal and professional thing for me,” said Marcia Cotter.  “My father-in-law was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease (PD) in 2004, and he passed away in 2013 at the age of 85. His journey with PD is the reason my company specializes in caring for people with this disease.” Marcia was one… Read More


Dr. Stein is connected with Parkinson’s disease (PD) both professionally and personally. When Dr. Stein was in medical school, he did a rotation in neurology and that’s when he knew where he belonged. “What’s more fascinating than studying what is going on in the human brain?” While in medical school he also started to date… Read More


Ruth Hagestuen, Chairperson of Health Professionals Special Interest Group of the Movement Disorders Society Ruth Hagestuen started preparing for her place in the Parkinson’s professional community when she was a nurse working overseas in Bangladesh and Madagascar. “I gained a different and more global perspective from my time there. I can see the value of… Read More


Neurologist and Medical Director of the Struthers Parkinson’s Center How did you come to be a professional dealing with PD? I completed my training in Neurology and then did a fellowship in Clinical Genetics, because I was interested in genetic disorders of the nervous system.  I became an expert in Huntington’s disease, a genetic movement… Read More


Rose Wichmann’s path to the Struthers Parkinson’s Center unfolded one step at a time; at each step she found new ways of supporting PD patients and their families. Rose began her journey over 30 years ago in the physical therapy department at Methodist Hospital, where a small Parkinson’s center did multidisciplinary team assessments of three… Read More


Louisa Voss and her husband, Gregg, should get the award for the “most miles traveled” since Gregg, was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease (PD) in 2006. Gregg grew up on a farm and enjoyed hunting, a passion that continues to today. Since the day of the diagnosis, Louisa and Gregg have gone to Africa and this… Read More


Parkinson's Support Grants(2)

Here at NPFM we are very excited to offer three great opportunities for Parkinson’s patients and their caregivers. We truly believe that providing help and support for those living with Parkinson’s disease is the best way to raise awareness. After creating our first support grant and helping others, NPFM decided to evaluate the most prominent needs… Read More


Friendly Community[1]

               Visit our Parkinson friendly Community page to see what cities are involved. Why Parkinson’s friendly Communities? We believe there are over 1 million Americans with Parkinson’s disease and it is expected to double by 2030, yet there is not a national registry to calculate exact number of people living with Parkinson’s. In the 2016… Read More