Claire McLean PT, DPT, NCS
I believe people with Parkinsons can get better and improve their health through exercise because I see it happen on a regular basis.
Education and Experience
Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of Michigan
Doctorate in Physical Therapy from the University of Southern California (USC)
Neurologic residency through USC & Rancho Los Amigos
It was during my neurologic physical therapy residency that I found my passion for working with individuals with Parkinson’s disease and other movement disorders.
My physical therapy education at USC exposed me to the potential for activity-dependent neuroplasticity for individuals with Parkinson's. One of my mentors is Dr. Beth Fisher, a pioneer in physical therapy and exercise research for individuals with Parkinson's. I have also participated in NIH funded research and achieved the LSVT BIG certification with noted neuroscientist and physical therapist, Becky Farley.
Exposure to these pioneering concepts demonstrated that people with Parkinson’s could improve through intensive, aerobic and skill-based exercise. In my 10+ practical years’ working with clients, I have experienced the amazing improvements that are possible for the Parkinson's community.
I continue to work closely with PWR! (Parkinson Wellness Recovery) including teaches PWR! courses to both therapists and fitness professionals internationally and has continued her passion and calling to be at the forefront of Parkinson’s research.