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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).

PD Movers Book Addressing Black and African American Needs in Parkinson’s

The PD Movers organization has put together a colorful and personalized story book called “The PD Movers, We Keep Moving: Living and Thriving with Parkinson’s disease in our Black and African American Communities.” This books is aimed at shedding the light on the challenges and opportunities someone…

Newly Diagnosed Resources

After initially receiving a diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease, we understand that you might be overwhelmed with the amount of information that you will receive. So, at the Fixel Institute, we want to help by summarizing important resources that can help you along your journey to healing and living.

“Power in Knowing” Program Educates the Community

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 which has contributed to a disparity in racial and ethnic minorities across the country. With this bias and the fact that many PD symptoms can mimic…

Parkinson’s Awareness Month

April is Parkinson’s Awareness Month and April 11th is World Parkinson’s Day.  This year, the Parkinson’s disease (PD) support organizations across the country want to raise awareness about PD and all of the available resources they have developed to make life better for people living with…

2022 Tourette Awareness Month Activities

May 15 – June 15, 2022 Join the Tourette Association, the Alachua County and Clay County TS Groups, and the UF Health Fixel Institute for Neurological Disorders in supporting the…

20th Annual Parkinson’s Symposium

In-person and Virtual- May 21, 2022 20th Annual Parkinson's Symposium Join us this year for our 20th Annual Parkinson’s Disease Symposium in for Patients, Caregivers, and Healthcare Providers. This year,…

“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…