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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).

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…

Caregivers Month 2022

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…

Call For Artists

Fixel Institute Expansion Open Call for Artwork Are you or your loved one an artist? As the Fixel Institute is growing, we want to enhance the patient experience with your artwork! Currently seeking the following type of uplifting themes: Florida waters, science related and portraits.

Hurricane Preparedness with Parkinson’s

With an active hurricane season upon us, it is important to help people with Parkinson’s disease (PD) and their families prepare for such emergency situations. Planning for natural disasters is stressful for all, but due to the complicated symptom management with PD, it is important to…

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…