Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center
About Our Center
Being diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease or another movement disorder may feel overwhelming, but you are not powerless. Recent advances in medicines and surgical treatments can equip you with new tools to fight against your disease, and our doctors at the Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center can put them in your hands.
Our team of neurologists, nurses, physical therapists, occupational therapists, and speech-language pathologists is dedicated to providing you with the best clinical care, research, rehabilitation, education, and support. Our demonstrated commitment to these areas has earned us the distinction as a Parkinson’s Foundation Center of Excellence. We are also a world leader in Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) surgery for the treatment of movement disorders.
We offer a wide range of recreational therapies such as group exercise classes and art workshops to benefit the mind, body, and spirit. Educational workshops and support groups are also available for both people with Parkinson’s disease and their caregivers. Patients and families across the globe have found support through our acclaimed Hispanic Outreach Program.
To make an appointment with a movement disorder specialist or to learn more about the Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center, please call (602) 406-6262.
The Barrow Difference
At the Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center, we offer comprehensive care and support for individuals with movement disorders and their families. We strive to improve the quality of life for everyone who visits our Center and the greater Parkinson’s community.
World Leader in Deep Brain Stimulation
Barrow Neurological Institute is also a world leader in deep brain stimulation (DBS) surgery for the treatment of movement disorders. Our neurologists work closely with Barrow neurosurgeons in the DBS Program and have received training in the programming of DBS devices.
Movement Disorders Rehabilitation
The Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center offers rehabilitative therapy for patients to maximize their functional performance and quality of life. Our physical therapists, occupational therapists, and speech-language pathologists have advanced training in the management of movement disorders. They perform one-on-one evaluations and provide individualized treatment plans based on each patient’s abilities and goals.
Community Outreach & Wellness
The Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center’s Community Outreach Program is one of the most robust in the country. Through a broad range of services, we aim to help patients and their families navigate the everyday challenges of Parkinson’s disease. We offer these services regardless of a patient’s ability to pay and where they receive their medical care.
Our outreach services include:
- Education – We’re committed to helping people with Parkinson’s disease and their families better understand and self-manage this chronic condition. Our educational opportunities are also available to health care providers, professional caregivers, and the general public.
- Exercise – We strongly encourage people with Parkinson’s disease to include exercise in their treatment plan. That’s why we offer classes such as boxing, dance, yoga, Tai Chi, PWR!Moves and PWR!Circuit.
- Expressive Arts – Our expressive arts workshops allow people to explore self-expression and creativity, regardless of their artistic experience.
- Support Groups – We facilitate different types of support groups across the Phoenix metropolitan area and the entire state of Arizona. These groups provide participants with information and coping strategies as well as foster camaraderie.
- Social Work Services – We’re committed to serving each individual’s unique needs for support, resources, and referrals.
Hispanic Outreach Program
The Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center’s Hispanic Outreach Program delivers services in a culturally sensitive manner. Aspects of this program include:
- Art Classes
- Education for Patients and Care Partners
- Exercise Classes
- Promotores – In-home visits by trained Hispanic volunteers to provide education and support
- Support Groups
- Voces Unidas – Award-winning Spanish choir dedicated to raising awareness of Parkinson’s disease
Legacy Care Program
Lonnie Ali’s vision for the Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center is to offer all patients the same level of personalized care that her husband received. To help achieve this goal, we created the Lonnie and Muhammad Ali Legacy Care Program.
The Legacy Care Program is a supportive care clinic focused on providing relief for the “whole person.” This means not only treating the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease but also addressing the emotional, psychosocial, practical, cultural, and spiritual aspects of the patient’s life.
The Legacy Care team works closely with each patient’s neurologist to provide collaborative, patient-centered care. The team includes health care professionals with backgrounds in neuro-rehabilitation, social work, nutrition, and chaplain services.
The program also offers in-home and telemedicine visits for eligible patients with mobility and travel challenges. These patients can communicate with their physician and access tools such as lectures, support groups, and exercise classes—all from their own home.
What We Treat
Lewy Body Dementia
Multiple System Atrophy
Progressive Supranuclear Palsy
Restless Leg Syndrome
Stiff Person Syndrome
The staff at the Center is amazing. One of the things that I love about them is they’re constantly innovating and looking at new programs.
Although the staff at Barrow cannot help cure my disease or even slow its progression, they do a lot to help me retain a positive attitude. They also help with all the incidental problems that cause stress.
Tests, Treatments & Procedures
Asleep Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) Surgery
Botulinum Toxin (Botox) for Movement Disorders
Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) Surgery
Focused Ultrasound Thalamotomy
Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center Legacy Care Program
Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center External Resources
Nutrition and Parkinson's Disease
Catching the Signals for Better Communication Workshop
Medical and Non-Medical Approaches for Symptom Management in Lewy Body Dementia
Genetics and Parkinson's Disease
New Parkinson's Disease Medications
Disorders of Sleep & Alertness in Parkinson's Disease
Impulse Control Behaviors in Parkinson's Disease
What's New in Parkinson's Disease Research
Get into Bed Safely Using Your Hands and Knees
Tips for Pulling Off Bedsheets
Tips for Getting In and Out of Bed
How to Use the Super Pole
How to Install a Bed Rail
Using a Bed Rail to Get In and Out of Bed
Getting Up from a Couch
Hispanic Outreach 202
Parkinson’s Foundation Resources in Spanish
Empowerment in the Hispanic Community
Finding Your Voice while Living with Parkinson's Disease
Panel Discussion: Empowerment in the Hispanic Parkinson's Disease Community
Research Awareness and Participation in the Hispanic Community
Networking 202: Partnering with the Media to Promote your Community Programs
Panel Discussion: Barriers and Bridges - Research in the Hispanic Community
Las Cirugias Para El Mnejo de La Enfermedad De Parkinson
Los periodos off o inactivos y como manejarlos
La enfermedad de Parkinson, sus generalidades y sus síntomas
La genética, la enfermedad de Parkinson y tu familia
Medicinas para manejar los síntomas motores del Parkinson
Las Terapias como Aliadas en El Manejo de La Enfermedad de Parkinson
El Ejercicio y su Importancia en El Manejo de La Enfermedad de Parkinson
La Nutrición y La Enfermedad de Parkinson
Cómo Tomas Las Riendas y Participar Activamente de tu Bienestar
Las Funciones del Cerebro: Prestémoles Atención
Cansancio y Manejo de Energía
Las Emociones y la Enfermedad de Parkinson (1ª Parte)
Las Emociones y la Enfermedad de Parkinson (Parte 2)
Qué son Los Síntomas no Motores del Parkinson y cual es su Importancia
Síntomas Digestivos y Urinarios
Los Trastornos del Sueño y La
Las Funciones del Cerebro Hablemos el Mismo Lenguaje
Las Funciones del Cerebro Mucho Más que Memoria
Barrow Surgeon Treats Essential Tremor with Focused Ultrasound
Awards & Recognitions – March 2023
#TheMindBehind the Department of Neurology: Brad A. Racette, MD
Parkinson Center Celebrates 25th Year With Hope for Future Treatment
Patient, Wife Reflect on 25+ Years with Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center
Imaging Research Aims to Unravel How Parkinson’s Alters Brain Networks
R01 Grant Funds Research of Levodopa-Induced Dyskinesia in Parkinson’s
Barrow Appoints New Neurology Chair: Brad A. Racette, MD, FAAN
Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center: A Hub for Cutting-Edge Research
Barrow Recognized for Excellence in Huntington’s Disease Care
Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center Pushes Therapy Boundaries with ZeroG
Meet Parkinson’s Researcher Dr. Fredric Manfredsson
Meet Noriko Tateuchi: DBS Nurse in the Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center
Dr. Francisco Ponce Celebrates 1000th DBS Surgery
U.S. News & World Report: Barrow a Top Center for Neurology and Neurosurgery
Study: Warm Weather Does Not Worsen Low Blood Pressure in Parkinson’s Patients
Study: Reducing Complications in Hospitalized Parkinson’s Patients
Legacy Care Program Helps Kingman Woman with Multiple System Atrophy
Legacy Care Program Improves Access to Parkinson’s Care
Phoenix Street Renamed for Muhammad Ali
Muhammad Ali’s Neurologist, Dr. Abraham Lieberman, Set to Retire
Barrow Offers Outreach Program for Hispanics With Parkinson’s
Barrow Parkinson’s Patient, Wife Say DBS Surgery Changed Their Lives
Lonnie and Muhammad Ali Legacy Care Program Offers Palliative Care for Parkinson’s
Architect Who Designed Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center Calls It His Lifesaver
Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center Chosen for New Clinical Trial Initiative
Parkinson’s Awareness Has Grown Since Muhammad Ali’s Death
Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center Strives to Offer Clinical Research for All
Muhammad Ali Had ‘a Mission’ to Fight Parkinson’s Disease
The Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center Mourns the Loss of its Namesake
Dr. Holly Shill Discusses Parkinson’s Disease in Arizona Republic Op-Ed
Namesake of Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center Recognized at Celebrity Fight Night
Dr. Shill Talks UA Faculty Appointment
Newly Diagnosed PD Education
Knock Out PD Boxing
Lewy Body Dementia Support Group
Neurologic Music Therapy Group
Parkinson’s Disease Support Groups
Virtual Lunch and Learn Series