Heather Simpson, OTD, OTR/L

simpson-bg TAA Centers of Excellence Coordinator

Parkinson’s Foundation Centers of Excellence Co-Coordinator

Occupational Therapist – UF Health Rehab

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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. To complete her education, she obtained her post-professional clinical doctorate from the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences in 2017.

Since completion of graduate school, she has worked in a variety of settings including outpatient neurology, inpatient physical rehabilitation and pediatric rehab.

Heather provides occupational therapy evaluations and treatment for patients seen in the Tourette clinic. She also evaluates and treats a variety of other movement disorders diagnoses including Parkinson’s, Parkinsonisms, Dystonia, Essential Tremor, Ataxia, Muscular Dystrophy, and Tics/Tourette’s Syndrome.

In her role as coordinator for the Tourette Center of Excellence and the Parkinson’s Center of Excellence, she focuses on outreach, diversity, patient care and program development.

Heather has received specialized training for LSVT BIG ®, PWR!Moves Certified and Comprehensive Behavioral Intervention for Tics (CBIT).

Additionally, Heather serves as a team member for the PGENeS Research lab as the Clinical Interview and Best Estimate Team lead.