Heather Simpson

Heather Simpson, OTR/L

Heather Simpson graduated with a B.S. in Exercise and Sport Science with a minor in Early Education from the University of Florida in 2007. Following her Bachelor’s degree, Heather received a Master’s in Occupational Therapy, in 2009, from the University of Florida. Since completion of graduate school, she has worked in a variety of settings including outpatient neurology, inpatient physical rehabilitation and pediatric rehab. Currently, Heather splits her time between Shands Rehab at UF Center for Movement Disorders and Neurorestoration and Shands Rehab for Kids at Magnolia Parke. Heather provides occupational therapy evaluations and treatment for patients seen in the Ataxia clinic and Muscular Dystrophy clinics. She also evaluates and treats a variety of other movement disorders diagnoses including Parkinson’s, Parkinsonisms, Dystonia, Essential Tremor and Tics/Tourette’s Syndrome. Heather has received specialized training for LSVT BIG ® and Comprehensive Behavioral Intervention for Tics (CBIT).


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Back to School with Tourette Syndrome

Published: Aug 8th, 2017

The summer is winding down, back-to-school shopping is inevitable and parent-teacher conferences are right around the corner. With the laid-back atmosphere of the summer, it can be difficult for children […]

Research Breakthrough on Genetics and TS

Research Breakthrough on Genetics and TS

Published: Jul 24th, 2017

In June of 2017, researchers have located highly genetic risk indicators for Tourette syndrome (TS). A study, funded by the Tourette Association of America (TAA), the National Institute of Mental […]

North Central Florida Tourette Syndrome Support Group Awareness Month Activities

North Central Florida Tourette Syndrome Support Group Awareness Month Activities

Published: Jun 13th, 2017

May 15-June 15 is designated at the national Tourette Association’s Tourette Awareness Month. During this time, parents, kids, teachers, physicians, EVERYONE is encouraged to support awareness and break the stigma […]

Tourette Syndrome and Challenging Behaviors in School

Tourette Syndrome and Challenging Behaviors in School

Published: Apr 4th, 2017

Those affected by Tourette syndrome (TS) face a unique set of difficulties at school. In addition to facing the challenges with the motor or vocal tics themselves, the co-occurring conditions […]

Ringing in 2017 with Tourette Syndrome

Ringing in 2017 with Tourette Syndrome

Published: Dec 27th, 2016

“New Year’s Day. A fresh start. A new chapter in life waiting to be written. New questions to be asked, embraced, and loved. Answers to be discovered and then lived […]

Managing the Holiday Time with Tourette Syndrome

Published: Nov 23rd, 2016

As this time of year approaches, and the shopping, time spent with family, and the extra days off of school or work, it is an exciting time of the year. […]

Promoting the Care of Caregivers: Suggestions for the caregivers of those with Parkinson’s Disease

Published: Oct 11th, 2016

Written by Emma Heaton, OTS How Caregivers are Impacted by Parkinson’s Disease Due to the progressive nature of Parkinson’s Disease, a caregivers role can be long-term it is important to […]

Maintaining Your Medication Schedule During Hospital Stays with Parkinson’s Disease

Published: Aug 22nd, 2016

  Written by Nicole Tester, OTS, Ph.D One-third of all patients with Parkinson’s Disease (PD) visit the emergency department or hospital each year. During these visits, three out of four […]

Backpack Organization Tips for School Success with Tourette Syndrome

Backpack Organization Tips for School Success with Tourette Syndrome

Published: Aug 2nd, 2016

Isn’t it fun having to shop for new school supplies with binders, paper, pens and pencils? Starting out with good intentions of keeping an organized locker, desk or backpack is […]

Tourette Syndrome-It’s not what you think it is

Tourette Syndrome-It’s not what you think it is

Published: Jul 12th, 2016

On July 6th, the Tourette Association of America shared this new image of what exactly is Tourette Syndrome.  How powerful is this? What do you think?   So, what does […]