Center for Parkinson's Disease

Stony Brook Southampton Hospital’s Center for Parkinson's Disease is the first program on the East End of Long Island that offers education and support for patients living with Parkinson's Disease, as well as extensive and integrated community-based wellness services.

The Center draws on the resources and expertise of Meeting House Lane Medical Practice, providing access to state-of-the-art diagnostic imaging along with specialized rehabilitation services at the Hospital. Relationships with community collaborators have broadened the scope of the program to bring evidence-based wellness services to communities throughout the East End.

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Rehabilitation Services

Specialized rehabilitation services are offered at Stony Brook Southampton Hospital’s outpatient clinic and are administered by highly-skilled and experienced therapists with certifications in vestibular/balance rehabilitation, LSVT Big and LSVT Loud. In addition to providing the following treatment modalities, our therapists will work closely with the medical team to facilitate the transition to and from therapy and any community wellness programs.

All therapies offered through Stony Brook Southampton Hospital’s Rehabilitation Department are covered by Medicare/Medicaid and many private insurance providers. A prescription from your primary physician may be necessary.

  • LSVT Loud
    LSVT Loud is an evidence-based speech therapy program for people with Parkinson's Disease. The program includes 16 one-on-one treatments administered over the course of one month by a certified speech language pathologist. Research supports LSVT Loud to improve voice amplitude and quality for individuals with Parkinson's Disease.
  • LSVT Big
    LSVT BIG is a specialized physical therapy program designed specifically for individuals with Parkinson's Disease. Offered by certified clinicians, the program includes 16 one-on-one treatment sessions over the course of one month and focuses on intense, large amplitude exercises, sensory recalibration and self-cueing.

To schedule physical, occupational or speech therapy services, patients should call the Hospital’s Rehabilitation Department at (631) 726-8520.

Community-based Wellness Programs

The following programs are offered at no charge to participants through Stony Brook Southampton Hospital’s Center for Parkinson's Disease. Due to COVID-19, all programs are currently offered online. We continue to accept new participants. For more information, please call the Center for Parkinson’s Disease at: (631) 644-6667.  

  • Paint at the Parrish Arts Program, Parrish Art Museum
    Developed in collaboration with the Parrish Art Museum in Water Mill, the American Parkinson's Disease Association, and Stony Brook Southampton Hospital’s Center for Parkinson's Disease, “Paint at the Parrish” is an arts program designed specifically for individuals with Parkinson's Disease and their caretakers. Seminars meet once a month at the Parrish Art Museum and include gallery discussion, multi-media studio activities and a boxed lunch. NOT CURRENTLY OFFERED DUE TO COVID - TAKE OUT.
  • Chair Yoga 
    Yoga classes target unique postural and balance impairments, improving flexibility and strength, while fostering an overall sense of well-being.
  • Rock Steady Boxing 
    Rock Steady Boxing is a non-contact, boxing-inspired fitness program designed specifically for people with Parkinson's Disease. Preliminary research suggests that boxing may lead to improvements in balance, gait and quality of life. No prior boxing experience is required, and all ages and fitness levels are welcome. Patients must receive clearance from their physician before participating.
  • Tai Chi and Qi Gong
    Tai Chi is an ancient Chinese practice combining slow movements and deep breathing, connecting mind and body while promoting overall well-being. Benefits include increased strength, improved balance and posture, decreased risk of falls, and decreased stress.
  • Sing Loud for PD
    Sing Loud for PD creates a welcoming environment for participants of all musical ability to enjoy the creative process of musical exploration while developing important social  connections.  Each class includes stretching, postural exercises, breathing activities and singing instruction.
  • Dance for Parkinson’s
    Dance has been shown to improve balance, quality of life and has good retention rates with participants. The Dance for Parkinson’s program has been developed in conjunction with Hampton Ballet Theater School. Our instructors have trained with Dance for PD, which was founded in 2004 as a collaboration between the Mark Morris Dance Group and the Brooklyn Parkinson Group. TAKE OUT
  • EAT WELL with Parkinson’s
    EAT WELL with Parkinson’s provides a remote learning experience, exploring important nutritional concepts to boost immunity and optimize health, while practicing guided recipes in the comfort of your own kitchen. In advance of the workshop, each participant and care partner will receive a hand-delivered meal box with recipes, locally-sourced food, and instructional cooking video.

In the News

"Fighting Back Against Parkinson's In Sag Harbor"           Jack Graves, The East Hampton Star
"Rock Steady Boxing Provides Relief From Parkinson's In Sag Harbor"           Oliver Peterson, Dan's Papers
"Tough Glove"           Charlotte DeFazio, Purist
"Parkinson's Patients Take Up Boxing to Battle Disease"           Doug Geed, News12
"East Enders Battle Parkinson's With Boxing Gloves"           Valerie Gordon, The Southampton Press/27east
"Rock Steady Boxing Classes Aimed to Help Those With Parkinson's"           Michael Heller, The Sag Harbor Express
"Singing Workshop Offers Relief to Locals with Parkinson's Disease"           Anisah Abdullah, The Southampton Press/27east
"Singing Past Parkinson's Disease"           Johnette Howard, The East Hampton Star
"Singing Out With Parkinson's Patients"           Bridget LeRoy, The Independent

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