450 N End Avenue, 8C • New York, NY 10282 • 646.591.4321 • [email protected]


Dynamic professional with experience in a range of arts related, therapeutic and teaching fields and a record of accomplishments in the performing arts, publishing and movement therapy. Strengths include solid leadership, excellent teaching skills, strong capacity to work on a team, ability to generate original ideas and strong intuitive and empathetic qualities in working with students and patients.


      • Developed original techniques to address a wide variety of symptoms experienced by Parkinson’s Disease patients (including myself).
      • Created Movement Lab, a class sponsored by Brooklyn Parkinson Group, in which to teach these techniques and to conduct ongoing investigations of new strategies for coping with Parkinson’s symptoms.
      • Teacher for the Edmond J. Safra Wellness Program for Parkinson’s Disease, a collaboration between NYU and the Jewish Community Center
      • Guest speaker and teacher on Parkinson’s and movement:

Second World Parkinson Congress (Glasgow, Scotland); Third World Parkinson’s Congress (Montreal, Canada); Neurodegenerazione e Neuroriabilitazione (Milan, Italy); University of Maryland; University of Pennsylvania; Brown University; Rutgers University; Columbia-Presbyterian Narrative Medicine Program; CCNY; SUNY Downstate; NYU/JCC Sunday Series; Southeastern PD Conference; Houston Area Parkinson’s Society (keynote); Make a Difference Parkinson’s Alliance (keynote); New England Biennial PD Conference; Savannah/Hilton Head PD Society; Beth Israel Hospital (New York); Weill- Cornell Hospital; Bellevue Hospital; North Shore Hospital; Winthrop Pavilion; American Parkinson’s Disease Association, St. Louis; APDA Mass. Creativity Workshop

      • Collaborations with David Leventhal of Dance for PD:

Columbia’s Narrative Medicine Program; NY Academy of Medicine; Center for Narrative Practice

      • Subject of a feature on the CBS Evening News.
      • Consultant on Parkinson’s for Christopher Walken and writer/director Yaron Zilberman on the major motion picture A Late Quartet
      • Co-winner of the Second World Parkinson’s Congress Video Competition
      • Developed PD exercise video for pharmaceutical company Boehringer Ingelheim
      • Video on benefits of music and movement for PD for TEVA pharmaceuticals
      • Author of articles on movement and Parkinson’s.
      • Extensive private practice with individual patients.



      • Neurodance (a rhythmitized neurology exam), A quintet featuring two dancers with Parkinson’s and three without, 2015
      • MOMA: The Matisse Project, A live performance in collaboration with Philip Hamilton, 2015
      • Three Sheets to the Wind, A live performance for 12 people, 9 with PD, 2014.
      • With Grace, A duet for David Leventhal and Pamela Quinn, finalist Third World Parkinson Congress, 2013
      • Bittersweet, A solo dance, Honorable Mention Third World Parkinson Congress, 2013
      • Benefits of Music and Movement in Parkinson’s Disease, TEVA Pharmaceuticals, 2012
      • Punch: A Movement Order, A group piece for PWP, 2011
      • Two Pledge for Parkinson’s videos, 2011
      • Welcome to our World, A solo, co-winner of video competition for Second World Parkinson Congress, 2010
      • Smart Moves with Pam Quinn, Boehringer Ingelheim, 2009


      • Brain Storms: The Race to Unlock the Mysteries of Parkinson’s Disease, a book by Jon Palfreman, 2015
      • Stuttering, Dancing, and Detours, an interview with Faye Reiff-Pasarew MD, The Art of Medicine podcast, 2014
      • Dance and Movement Therapy for Parkinson’s Disease, an interview with Susan Chandler, Mind and Body in Motion on KZKO Radio, 2014
      • I’m Here, It’s Me, Can You See?, a film by Ruth Peyser, 2013
      • The Game 365, with Rasheda Ali, 2013
      • A Late Quartet, a film by Yaron Zilberman, 2012
      • Two Profiles in Courage, a film by Catherine Braebec, 2011
      • The Power of Music: Pioneering Discoveries in the New Science of Song, a book by Elena Mannes, 2011
      • The Magic of Dance for Parkinson’s, a radio interview with Robert Rodgers, Parkinson’s Recovery on Blog Talk Radio, 2010



      • From Me to You: Letters from my website, 2014 - present
      • Move, Movie, Moving, with Michael O’Connor, Reflections on my own history with Parkinson’s occasioned by my work on the film A Late Quartet, 2013
      • Dancing With Outliers, Neurology Now, 2013
      • Creative Living, with Michael O’Connor, On the Move, 2013
      • Conscious Strategies to Manage your Parkinson’s, 2011
      • Movement Matters, a call for integration of traditional physical and occupational therapy with new techniques offered by dancers and movement specialists, 2010
      • Struggling to Move, Dance Magazine, 2007
      • Editor, The Malvern Stories, a memoir of childhood on a Mississippi plantation, 2000
      • Associate Editor, Medicine in the News, 1987-1989
      • Associate Editor, New Performance, a journal of contemporary performing arts, 1980-1983



      • Founding co-director, choreographer and dancer for nationally renowned modern dance company ODC/San Francisco, 1976-85
      • Founding co-director of and teacher at ODC School, 1976-85
      • Director of performing arts series at New Performance Gallery in San Francisco, 1978-85
      • Creator of over 20 original works of dance and theatre in collaboration with writer/actor Michael O’Connor presented in New York and on national tours, 1984-94



      • B.A., Oberlin College, 1976
      • Extensive training in ballet, modern and a variety of other dance techniques, with nationally known teachers, 1974-1992
      • Graduate of the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation’s Clinical Research Learning Institute, 2009, and the National Parkinson Foundation’s Allied Team Training for Parkinson, 2008



Fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York Council on the Arts, the New York Foundation for the Arts, the Herman Goldman Foundation, the Jerome Foundation. Co-winner of Second World Parkinson Congress video competition, Dance Magazine Video of the Month award, Finalist Third World Parkinson’s Congress video competition