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  • Roger
    Roger "The continuing education about Parkinson's has made me aware of how to manage my disease."
  • Anna
    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."
  • Jennifer
    Jennifer "I get to take my mom to dance every week. To have something fun and normal has been such a blessing to us."
  • Margaret
    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."
  • Ellis
    Ellis "HAPS has saved my life."

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
Gabriel Zamora - Vice President/Treasurer
Leslye Weaver - Vice President/Secretary

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Joe Ahmad
Denise Bishop
Chris Brewster
Randi Carrabba
Joan Cupic
Philip Francis
Jo Furr
Tom Ganucheau
Joyce Gilbreath
Daphne Haskin
Joshua Huss
Rob Kerr
Jim Nicklos
Jose M. Oti
Gerald Rideaux
Erick Sandlin
Terry K. Satterwhite, M.D.
Jim Thorp
Michael Young

BOARD OF ADVISORS

Chris Bell
Ron Bernell
Nina P. Brown
Aubrey Calvin
Joiner Cartwright, Jr., Ph.D.
Bob Casey, Jr.
Rich Clifford
Robert Cruikshank
Meredith Cullen
Frank Donnelly, Jr.
Ellin Grossman, Ed.D.
Harriet Hart
Kamden Kanaly
Liz Lary
Harriet Latimer
Dan Lauck
Anne Martin
Robert Martone
Marti McWhirter
Quin McWhirter
W.O. Neuhaus III
Malcolm Pettigrew
George Puig
Jeff Rosenberg
Arthur Schechter
Joyce Proler Schechter

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.
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
Celeste Harris, LMSW - Social Worker and Special Programs Coordinator
Kelly Nicholls - Coordinator of Marketing and Communications
Angelica Rodriguez - Coordinator of Therapeutic Programs

The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research and Partners in Parkinson's Coming to Houston

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HAPS is honored to be a local partner for The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research conference, Partners in Parkinson's, which is coming to Houston on Saturday, September 12th from 8am-3:30pm at the George R. Brown Convention Center. This is a national strategic health initiative which aims to fill in knowledge gaps, and provide new educational tools and resources for the Parkinson's community to help patients optimize their care from point of diagnosis through advanced disease.

Combining virtual and face-to-face opportunities, Partners in Parkinson's empowers patients and families to "discover the benefits of team" by connecting them with information and resources that can be crucial in developing a plan of care specific to their Parkinson's.

This event is free and open to the public - space is limited and registration is required. To register or if you would like more information, please click here.

Join HAPS Superhero Squad in the 2016 Chevron Houston Marathon

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HAPS Superhero Squad wants you to help us win the race against Parkinson's disease in the 2016 Chevron Houston Marathon taking place on January 16-17th. Back for our 20th consecutive year as an official Run for a Reason charity, HAPS is looking to beat our 2015 record-breaking year by having 300 participants with a fundraising goal of $120,000! 

We need your help as a walker, runner, fundraiser, donor or volunteer to meet our goals. 

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Parkinson's News

Future Science OA explores current research into protein misfolding diseases 08-28-2015 Special issue of Future Science OA examines amyloid aggregation, the causes of protein misfolding diseases, and the future of therapyFuture Science Group (FSG) today announced the publication of...