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About the Patricia Leahy Memorial Lecture Speaker

Heather CianciHeather Cianci, PT, MS, GCS
Geriatric Team Leader
Dan Aaron Parkinson’s Rehab Center

Heather Cianci is the founding therapist of the Dan Aaron Parkinson’s Rehabilitation Center (Good Shepherd/Penn Partners) at Pennsylvania Hospital in Philadelphia, PA. Heather also works for LSVT Global as a BIG trainer, teaching PTs and OTs throughout the U.S. and recently in Europe. She received her bachelor’s in physical therapy from the University of Scranton in Scranton, PA and her master’s in gerontology from Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia. Heather has practiced physical therapy for 18 years, with the majority of those years dedicated to working with patients with Parkinson’s disease. She is a certified LSVT BIG clinician, PWR! (Parkinson Wellness Recovery) Expert, and a graduate of the National Parkinson Foundations (NPF) Allied Team Training Program (ATTP). Heather’s research includes movement strategies for bed mobility, falls and freezing of gait. She also is the author of the 3rd and 4th editions of Fitness Counts, and a co-author of Activities of Daily Living: Practical Pointers, educational manuals for the NPF, as well as a chapter on rehabilitative strategies in Comprehensive Nursing Care for Parkinson’s disease.

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