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, Houston, New England’s Biennial Conference, SUNY Downstate, Columbia, Brown, Wake Forest, NYU and Rutgers University. In addition, she has presented her work in collaboration with David Leventhal of Dance for PD for Columbia’s Narrative Medicine Program and for the NY Academy of Science. Radio Interviews include Parkinson’s Recovery, Faye Reiff Pasarew’s podcast, the Art of Medicine, and Susan Chandler’s Mind & Body in Motion.
In both the Second and Third World Parkinson Congresses she was asked to teach movement for people with Parkinson’s, speak on the subject of creativity and be part of a panel moderated by physical therapist Terry Ellis. In 2010 her video, Welcome to our World, was also co-winner of their first prize, in addition to receiving a Dance Media award, and in 2013 her video, With Grace was selected to be among the top twelve submitted to the Congress.
Pamela is a graduate of PDF’s Clinical Research Learning Institute and the Applied Teacher Training program. She has also served as a panelist for the Bachmann Strauss Foundation and MJ Fox’s Partners in Parkinson’s. 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.