Pamela Quinn danced professionally for 20 years with ODC/San Francisco and with actor/writer Michael O’Connor before she was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease at the age of 42.
Since that time she has used her extensive movement background, along with her personal experience of the disease, to investigate and create movement therapy for people with Parkinson’s. Her innovative approach has gained growing recognition and made her a sought after therapist,adviser, speaker and teacher for PD groups.
She was the subject of a profile on the CBS Evening News with Katie Couric, and was featured in a piece on WABC in New York. Her writing has been published by Neurology Now as well as Dance Magazine for which she wrote a feature article on her experience as a dancer who developed a life-altering movement disorder. In addition to her private practice and work as a consultant, she currently teaches PD Movement Lab, sponsored by the Brooklyn Parkinson Group and for NYU’s Edmund J. Safra Wellness Program for PD at the JCC in Manhattan. Her teaching and speaking engagements around the country include U Penn., University of Maryland, Atlanta, Savannah, St. Louis and Houston, to name a few. In both the Second and Third World Parkinson Congresses she was asked to teach and present her work. In 2010 her video, Welcome to our World, was also co-winner of their first prize, in addition to receiving a Dance Media award. Pamela is a graduate of PDF’s Clinical Research Learning Institute and the Applied Teacher Training program. She was a consultant to Christopher Walken who played a cellist diagnosed with Parkinson’s in the recently released film,”A Late Quartet”. She lives in Manhattan with her husband and two children.
Her resume can be viewed HERE.