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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.

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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.
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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.

Location

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Nutrition and Parkinson's Disease

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Catching the Signals for Better Communication Workshop

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Medical and Non-Medical Approaches for Symptom Management in Lewy Body Dementia

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Genetics and Parkinson's Disease

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New Parkinson's Disease Medications

New Parkinson's Disease Medications

Learn about the pros and cons of new Parkinson’s disease medications.
Disorders of Sleep & Alertness in Parkinson's Disease

Disorders of Sleep & Alertness in Parkinson's Disease

Learn about disorders of sleep and alertness that sometimes accompany Parkinson’s disease.
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Impulse Control Behaviors in Parkinson's Disease

Justine Chan, MD, movement disorders fellow at Barrow, presents on impulse control…

Hispanic Outreach Leadership Conference 2021

Hispanic Outreach 202

Hispanic Outreach 202

Presented by Claudia Martinez, MD, Hispanic Outreach Coordinator, Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center…
Parkinson’s Foundation Resources in Spanish

Parkinson’s Foundation Resources in Spanish

Presented by Angela De La Hoz, MCHES(r), CAPM – Senior Manager, Community…
Empowerment in the Hispanic Community

Empowerment in the Hispanic Community

Presented by Maria De León, MD, Parkinson’s research advocate and author
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Finding Your Voice while Living with Parkinson's Disease

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Panel Discussion: Empowerment in the Hispanic Parkinson's Disease Community

Moderated by Claudia Martinez, MD – Hispanic Outreach Coordinator Muhammad Ali Parkinson…
Research Awareness and Participation in the Hispanic Community

Research Awareness and Participation in the Hispanic Community

Presented by Ignacio F. Mata, Phd, Cleveland Clinic.
Networking 202: Partnering with the Media to Promote your Community Programs

Networking 202: Partnering with the Media to Promote your Community Programs

Presented by Jhoana Molina, Media & Community Relations Coordinator, Office of Communications…
Panel Discussion: Barriers and Bridges - Research in the Hispanic Community

Panel Discussion: Barriers and Bridges - Research in the Hispanic Community

Moderated by Ignacio F. Mata, PhD, Cleveland Clinic

Una Mirada Detallada al Parkinson

#1: Cambios en la vision

#1: Cambios en la vision

#2: Cambios en la deglucion

#2: Cambios en la deglucion

#3: Dolor en la enfermedad de Parkinson

#3: Dolor en la enfermedad de Parkinson

#4: Como compartir el diagnostico de Parkinson

#4: Como compartir el diagnostico de Parkinson

#5: Sexualidad, intimidad, y parkinson

#5: Sexualidad, intimidad, y parkinson

El Parkinson Paso a Paso

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Las Cirugias Para El Mnejo de La Enfermedad De Parkinson

Las Cirugias Para El Mnejo de La Enfermedad De Parkinson
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Los periodos off o inactivos y como manejarlos

Presentadora: Maria Cristina Ospina, MD Movement Disorders Specialits
La enfermedad de Parkinson, sus generalidades y sus síntomas

La enfermedad de Parkinson, sus generalidades y sus síntomas

Presentador: Guillermo Moguel-Cobos, MD Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center at Barrow Neurological Institute
La genética, la enfermedad de Parkinson y tu familia

La genética, la enfermedad de Parkinson y tu familia

Presentador: Ignacio F. Mata, PhD Cleveland Clinic
Medicinas para manejar los síntomas motores del Parkinson

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La Nutrición y La Enfermedad de Parkinson

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Cómo Tomas Las Riendas y Participar Activamente de tu Bienestar

Maria De León, MD; neuróloga especializada en desordenes del movimiento

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Las Funciones del Cerebro: Prestémoles Atención

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Síntomas Digestivos y Urinarios

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Los Trastornos del Sueño y La

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Las Funciones del Cerebro Hablemos el Mismo Lenguaje

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