Board Member - Terry Ellis, PhD, PT, NCS
Why do you volunteer for the APDA MA Chapter?
In my role as a physical therapist, a faculty member at Boston University, and Director of the APDA National Resource Center for Rehabilitation, I have the opportunity to interact with many people with Parkinson’s disease, family members and other health care professionals. In general, I find that people in the Parkinson’s community are eager for knowledge; resources and direction that can help improve daily function and quality of life. The APDA MA Chapter is a very active and strong organization that offers the type of programs and resources that help people “ease the burden” and live life to its fullest. I enjoy being a part of an organization that has such a positive impact.
When did you first join the board and what is your role?
I just joined the board in an advisory role this year. As a physical therapist and a researcher, I study the benefits of exercise for people with Parkinson’s disease. I feel I can help with the expansion of high quality exercise programs available to people with Parkinson’s disease across the state.
I am an avid biker! I love riding 50+ miles on the weekends! My 9 year old son loves to join me on a tandem bike.
What do you want to see APDA MA Chapter accomplish over the next year?
I would like to see the APDA increase their visibility and get the word out about all the great programs they offer. Every person with Parkinson’s disease in the state of Massachusetts should know about the APDA’s activities and be able to take advantage of this valuable resource.