Therapists Discuss Innovative Treatment at Annual Parkinson's Conference

Baton Rouge General Among Panel of Experts at Pennington Biomedical Research Center Event

Baton Rouge, La. – On Saturday July 18, Baton Rouge General joined the community, physicians and healthcare professionals at the 4th Annual Parkinson’s Conference at Pennington Biomedical Research Center to promote awareness for this debilitating disease. Attendees learned about current research, approved treatments and new medications for Parkinson’s disease from leading experts in the field.

“Each year, about 60,000 Americans are diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease, a progressive disorder of the nervous system that affects movement,” noted Dr. Steven Zuckerman, Neurology Service Chief for Baton Rouge General. “Led by a team of highly skilled experts, Baton Rouge General’s therapy and rehabilitation programs support and enhance quality of life for patients with neurological conditions such as Parkinson’s disease by providing the highest level of care with leading edge techniques and evidence-based treatments.”

Among the featured speakers at the conference were Baton Rouge General therapists Michelle Chellew, PT, DPT, Rachel Pope, MA/CCC-SLP and Lisa Zeppuhar, MCD, CCC-SLP, who presented information on speech and gait treatments. Baton Rouge General’s team of therapists provide expertise in LVST (Lee Silverman Voice Treatment) BIG and LOUD therapies, which have been shown to improve speech and motor functions, such as walking and balance, in patients with Parkinson’s disease and other neurological conditions. Nearly 90% of individuals with Parkinson’s disease will have speech problems.

Baton Rouge General's Physical Rehabilitation program offers the LSVT comprehensive outpatient treatment for individuals diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease at both the Bluebonnet and Mid City campuses. The General is also the only hospital in Baton Rouge offering Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS), one of the most advanced, fastest growing treatment options for patients with movement disorders, such as Parkinson’s disease. For more information about the hospital’s therapy services, call (225) 381-6520 or visit BRGeneral.org.


Team members of Baton Rouge General’s Therapy Department pictured at the event (L to R): Jane Ladmirault, Michelle Chellew, Lisa Zeppuhar, Lisa O’Rourke, Rachel Pope, Amy Catalano, Laci Sherman



Baton Rouge General therapists discussed how physical and voice therapy can improve function for those with Parkinson’s disease (L to R): Rachel Pope, MA/CCC-SLP, Lisa Zeppuhar, M.C.D., C.C.C.-S.L.P. , Michelle Chellew, PT, DPT

About Baton Rouge General Medical Center

Baton Rouge General Medical Center is a full-service community hospital with 590 licensed beds between two campuses. As the first hospital in the capital city, Baton Rouge General opened its doors in 1900, and has provided the Greater Baton Rouge community with high-quality healthcare for generations. An accredited teaching hospital since 1991, Baton Rouge General serves as a satellite campus of Tulane University School of Medicine, and offers other medical education programs, including a School of Nursing, School of Radiologic Technology, Family Medicine Residency Program, Internal Medicine Residency Program, and Sports Medicine Fellowship Program. For more information, visit BRGeneral.org, find us on Facebook at Facebook.com/BatonRougeGeneral and follow us on Twitter at @BRGeneral.

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