Tourette Association of America Center of Excellence At UF Health

Kids and adults living with Tic and Tourette syndrome need an interdisciplinary environment for treatment, and also an opportunity to participate in cutting edge research.  Two world-renowned clinical care centers, the Norman Fixel Institute for Neurological Diseases at UF Health and the UF Center for OCD, Anxiety and Related Disorder, have come together to provide that environment.

About Our CENTER

Multi-disciplinary Team

UF Health Center of Excellence

Our core team consists of fellowship-trained movement disorder neurologists who are focused on Tourette syndrome along with our expert psychiatrists and psychologists, focusing on co-occurring conditions including anxiety, depression, obsessive-compulsive disorders and ADHD. Our occupational therapists are trained in Comprehensive Behavioral Intervention for Tics (CBIT) and organize community outreach with support groups. We treat patients of all ages at our center.

UF Health Tourette Association of America Center of Excellence

The UF Health Tourette Center of Excellence is comprised of two world-renowned clinical care centers. The Norman Fixel Institute for Neurological Diseases (FIND) and the Center for OCD, Anxiety and Related Disorders (COARD) are home to clinicians and scientists at UF Health who are committed to the multi-disciplinary care of people living with tics, Tourette syndrome, and related disorders.  Our core team consists of fellowship-trained movement disorder neurologists who are focused on Tourette syndrome along with our expert psychiatrists and psychologists, focusing on co-occurring conditions including anxiety, depression, obsessive-compulsive disorders and ADHD. Our occupational therapists are trained in Comprehensive Behavioral Intervention for Tics (CBIT) and organize community outreach with support groups.  We treat patients of all ages at our center.  We offer botulinum toxin therapy if indicated, and have clinical trials in new medications for Tourette syndrome, deep brain stimulation therapy, and studies to unravel the complex genetics and other aspects of TS.  We are committed to educating our patients and their families and to driving the field forward toward ever-improving therapeutic options.

Comprehensive Behavioral Intervention for Tics (CBIT) is provided on site by TSA-BTI trained Occupational Therapists.  Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Exposure Response Prevention for OCD and Anxiety are completed by the UF Health psychology and psychiatry services at COARD.  Medication management is also provided at each center to ensure maximum impact.

Interdisciplinary Care We have created a model of excellence in care, research, and education for Tourette/Tics. To accomplish our goals we have constructed an interdisciplinary world-class, “concierge service” for every new and return patient. The patient and family will have access to all interdisciplinary services in one place.

Expert Level Care Dr. Okun and Dr. Malaty serve on the Tourette Association of America Medical Advisory Board, and Dr. Mathews serves on the Scientific Advisory Board to ensure appropriate care throughout the county. Heather Simpson, OTD, serves as an instructor on the Tourette Syndrome-Behavioral Therapy Institute (TS-BTI) for Comprehensive Behavioral Intervention for Tics.

Research Dr. Michael S. Okun and Dr. Kelly D. Foote have two NIH grants studying Tourette syndrome and the only FDA IDE approved for Deep Brain Stimulation for Tourette Syndrome in the United States. Dr. Okun and Dr. Malaty serve on the Tourette Association of America Medical Advisory Board, and Dr. Mathews serves on the Scientific Advisory Board to ensure appropriate care throughout the county.

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