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  • Ellis
    "HAPS has saved my life." Ellis
  • Jennifer
    “I get to take my mom to dance every week. To have something fun and normal has been such a blessing to us.” Jennifer
  • Roger
    “The continuing education about Parkinson’s has made me aware of how to manage my disease.” Roger
  • Anna
    “We are doing the Argentine tango, and it’s really a lot of fun. I got to learn how to turn and did a little bit of foot work, and I really, really truly enjoy that. That’s my favorite.” Anna
  • Ray
    “HAPS has made a difference between just being alive and living.” Ray
  • Margaret
    “Friendship is the most significant thing I have gained though my experience with HAPS. We have happy meetings and understand each other and enjoy ourselves.” Margaret

Therapeutic Programs

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Exercise, speech, yoga, tai chi, music, water, dance and various support groups are available free of charge.

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Social Services

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Transportation, respite and emergency financial aid are among the many services offered.

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Education

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HAPS provides numerous programs to educate and raise awareness about Parkinson's disease.

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Support HAPS

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HAPS depends on the generosity of the community to continue to provide much needed services.

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HAPS thanks the following people for their help in leading the organization in fulfilling its mission to provide services and improve the quality of life for individuals living with Parkinson's.  

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Mike Hendryx - President
Frank Donnelly, Jr. - Chair
Gabriel Zamora - Vice President/Treasurer
Leslye Weaver - Vice President/Secretary

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Chris Brewster
Joan Cupic
Jo Furr
Tom Ganucheau
Joyce Gilbreath
Joshua Huss
Rob Kerr
John McClymonds
Jim Nicklos
Gerald Rideaux

Terry K. Satterwhite, M.D.
Richard K. Simpson, Jr., M.D., Ph.D.
Pamela Skaufel
Randi Smith
Jim Thorp
Michael Young
Courtney Zavala

BOARD OF ADVISORS

Chris Bell
Ron Bernell
Nina P. Brown
Aubrey Calvin
Joiner Cartwright, Jr., Ph.D.
Rich Clifford
Robert Cruikshank
Matthew Easterly
Ellin Grossman, Ed.D.
John E. Hankey
Harriet Hart
Kamden Kanaly
Liz Lary
Harriet Latimer
Dan Lauck
Anne Martin
Robert Martone
W.O. Neuhuas III
Malcolm Pettigrew
George Puig
Jeff Rosenberg
Arthur Schechter
Joyce Proler Schechter
Binky Stephenson Strom
John Strom

MEDICAL ADVISORY BOARD

Richard K. Simpson, Jr., M.D., Ph.D., F.A.C.S. - Chairman
Madhureeta Achari, M.D.
Leanne Burnett, M.D.
Steve Croft, M.D.
Albert Fenoy, M.D.
Stanley Fisher, M.D.
Erin Furr-Stimming, M.D.
Robert G. Grossman, M.D.
Cindy Ivanhoe, M.D.
Joseph Jankovic, M.D.
Joohi Jimenez-Shahed, M.D.
Eugene C. Lai, M.D., Ph.D.
Laura Marsh, M.D.
Greg McLauchlin, M.D.
Kim Monday, M.D.
William Ondo, M.D.
Terry K. Satterwhite, M.D.
Mya Schiess, M.D.
Desiree B. Thomas, M.D.
Gage Van Horn III, M.D.
Ashwin Viswanathan, M.D.
Michele York, Ph.D.

STAFF

Anne Thobae - Executive Director
Kathleen Crist, LMSW - Director of Social Services and Program Development
Leann Randolph, LMSW - Social Worker and Advocacy Outreach Coordinator
Celeste Harris, LMSW - Coordinator of Special Programs
Alfonso Hernandez - Director of Therapeutic Programs and Community Outreach
Kelly Nicholls - Coordinator of Marketing and Development

April is Parkinson's Awareness Month

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April has been officially recognized as Parkinson's Awareness Month by the U.S. Senate. During this month, we come together not only to reach out to family, friends and the general public to help them better understand what it mean to live with Parkinson's, but to continue to advocate for ongoing support of research aimed at advancing treatment, improving quality of life and finding a cure.

As HAPS celebrates 40 years of raising awareness and serving the community, we ask that you join us in spreading the word about Parkinson's. Get involved in the many activities being held worldwide as we work together to raise global consciousness of Parkinson's. For more information about how you can participate in Parkinson's Awareness Month, please email HAPS at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

HAPS Annual Educational Symposium

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HAPS invites you to attend the 2014 Annual Educational Symposium, Innovations in Parkinson's Disease: Past, Present & Future, on Saturday, May 10th. This full-day conference will feature local experts and national speakers on Parkinson's to provide a history on the disease and examine treatments of today and the future. This event is free of charge and will include breakfast and lunch. 

For information about this conference, click here.

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Parkinson's News

Researchers target a trigger for a particular form of Parkinson's disease 04-14-2014 Working with human neurons and fruit flies, researchers at Johns Hopkins have identified and then shut down a biological process that appears to trigger a particular form of Parkinson's disease...