Degenerative Diseases SIG

About Us

Welcome to the web page of the Degenerative Diseases Special Interest Group (DDSIG).  The DDSIG is comprised of physical therapists, physical therapist assisants, and students in physical therapy programs that have an interest in neurodegenerative disorders including Parkinson's Disease, Multiple Sclerosis, Amyotropic Lateral Sclerosis, Huntington's Disease, and others.  The DDSIG provides a forum to discuss advances in practice and the challenges of providing care for individuals with neurodegenerative disease.  The DDSIG is a valuable networking tool to help researchers, educators, and clinicians in the area of neurodegenerative disorders connect, share ideas, and learn from leaders in the field.

Mission

The mission of the Degenerative Diseases Special Interest Group (DDSIG) is to provide a community for professional networking and to disseminate information to rehabilitation health care providers to promote optimal recovery, health, wellness, function, and quality of life of individuals with neurodegenerative diseases, which include but are not limited to Parkinson's Disease, Multiple Sclerosis, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, and Huntington's Disease.  The DDSIG is committed to facilitating advances in physical therapy for patient management, education, research, and health care policy that reflect the needs of those we serve.

Officers

CHAIR
Tara McIsaac PT, PhD
E-Mail: tmcisaac@atsu.edu  

CHAIR ELECT
Katy Hendron, PT, DPT, NCS
E-Mail: katy_hendron@hotmail.com

VICE CHAIR
David Russak, PT, DPT, CBIS, CSCS
E-Mail: drussak8@gmail.com

SECRETARY & NEWSLETTER EDITOR
Deb Kegelmeyer, DPT, MS, GCS
E-Mail: kegelmeyer.1@osu.edu

NOMINATING COMMITTEE
Chair
Nora Fritz, PT, DPT, PhD, NCS
E-Mail: nora.fritz@wayne.edu

Members
Sarah Cohen, PT, DPT
E-Mail: scohenoza@gmail.com

Alicia Flach, PT, DPT, NCS
E-Mail: flachad@slu.edu

COMMUNICATIONS COMMITTEE
Nicholas Wendel, PT, DPT
E-Mail: nwendel@bu.edu

Parm Padgett, PT, DPT, NCS
E-Mail: parmpadgett@gmail.com

VOLUNTEER COMMITTEE
Alicia Flach, PT, DPT, NCS
E-Mail: flachad@slu.edu

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