Meredith DeFranco, DPT
P.O. Box 100341
Gainesville, FL 32610-0341
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Dr. DeFranco is the physical therapist of the team. She earned her doctorate in physical therapy from Duke University in 2009 and her bachelors in exercise physiology from the University of Florida in 2006. She is responsible for evaluating and treating the movement disorder patients to improve their quality of life. Physical therapy focuses on improving the patient’s gait, balance, strength, flexibility, motor control, coordination, and performance in activities of daily living.
Meredith splits her time working at the CMDNR and at Shands Magnolia Parke. By working in each clinic, she is able to evaluate and manage treatment of our local movement disorder patients. Meredith is one of the founders of our weekly group exercise class for Parkinson’s patients. Meredith has been an invited presenter in the UF Doctor of Physical Therapy program to educate students about Parkinson’s disease. She is also a clinical mentor for the UF PT neuro-residency program. Her residents and students have completed case study research on patient’s with Parkinson’s disease and Progressive Supranuclear Palsy. She has completed the National Parkinson Foundation Allied Team Training and is currently working to establish a physical therapy protocol for Parkinson’s patients. She is also involved in educational seminars for patients and clinicians to explain the role of physical therapy on the interdisciplinary team and proper physical therapy management of Parksinson’s disease.
Meredith is an avid runner, completing the Boston marathon in 2010-2012. She is greatly involved in the Florida Track Club, sitting on the board for the past two years, and is a team member of Lloyd Clarke Sports racing team.