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Frances Rivera, M.A.

Frances received her B.S in Psychology from the University of Florida in 2012 and went on to obtain her M.A. in Mental Health Counseling from the University of Central Florida in 2015. Prior to joining the UF Center for Movement Disorders and Neurorestoration, she worked as a Mental Health Counselor Student Intern with the C.H.I.L.L. Program providing free mental health services to students in the Winter Park, FL consortium of schools.

As the Human Services Counselor of the UF Center for Movement Disorders and Neurorestoration, she is responsible for assessing and attending to the psychosocial needs of patients by coordinating and facilitating the delivery of services to individuals, families, and groups.  She currently facilitates the Parkinson’s Caregiver Support Group and has recently launched the C.A.R.E.S. Program, which offers free counseling services to caregivers of movement disorder patients. She is excited for the opportunity to use her mental health background and experience to contribute to the holistic wellness of the patients and their loved ones.

Frances recently moved to Gainesville from Orlando with her dog, Molly. In her free time, she enjoys camping, boating, and going to concerts. Go Gators!