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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).

“Power In Knowing” Program

Parkinson’s disease (PD) affects people of all races, ethnicities and ages. However, there is a common misconception that PD only impacts older white men.  This has been exacerbated and stereotyped by images of older white men demonstrating a hunched-over posture with tremors all over the internet and social media.   …

Youth Ambassador & Rising Leader Program

Are you looking for ways for you to get involved in the Tourette Association? Are you looking for ways to teach others about Tourette Syndrome? Are you looking for a good way to boost your knowledge on leadership and training skills? Are you passionate about advocating for…

Enjoying the Holidays With Parkinson’s

November and December is a time for family, friends and loved ones to gather and celebrate the holiday season. This involves many unique and exciting activities such as traveling, parties, attending events and more. However, when you are living with Parkinson’s disease (PD), some of those activities can…

Tourette Syndrome Support Groups

Written by Valentina Osorio, OTS The onset of a chronic disease or diagnosis may come with added stressors and feelings of uncertainty and alienation. Support groups may serve as a bridge between medical treatment and the need for emotional support1. Support groups are a great way to meet and…

Caregivers Month 2021

This year, and every year, the Fixel Institute joins the Parkinson’s Foundation in recognizing our care partners for the National Family Caregivers Month. We want to show our thanks and appreciation for those who give of themselves to ensure…

2021 Parkinson’s Symposium On-Demand

Earlier this year, UF Health and the Norman Fixel Institute for Neurological Diseases hosted its annual Parkinson’s Symposium virtually for the first time ever. Many thanks to our speakers, participants and the Parkinson’s Foundation sponsor who supported this program. For those who missed the program, we…