LSVT BIG exercise program helps patients with Parkinson disease improve movement, quality of life 

Woodstock, N.Y. (March 15, 2018)—Access Physical Therapy & Wellness is pleased to announce that Lisa Piccolo, PT, CCI and Denise Mincarelli Gardner, PTA have completed the LSVT BIG Certification for the treatment of individuals with movement disorders related to Parkinson disease. Research on LSVT BIG has revealed improvement of motor functioning following treatment including faster walking with bigger steps, improved balance, and improvements in activities of daily living.

LSVT BIG was developed upon the fundamental principles of the Lee Silverman Voice Treatment (LSVT), used in helping people with Parkinson disease improve speech intelligibility and volume.

“Becoming certified was a professional and personal goal of mine,” said Piccolo, whose mother had Parkinson disease. “I want to treat the community members in Woodstock that I have seen in the past and bring them back in to try this evidenced-based exercise program.”

Parkinson disease is a degenerative neurological disorder that can have effects on the motor system. This can result in a person developing difficulties with movement, speed and steadiness.

LSVT BIG is both standardized and individualized. Movement is emphasized through a specific protocol to improve everyday daily activities.

“It’s important to treat patients with Parkinson disease as soon as the diagnosis is found to slow the progression of the motor defects,” said Gardner. “LSVT BIG is a well-known and effective treatment for these patients.”

For more information, call Access Physical Therapy & Wellness at (845) 679-9767 or visit The clinic is located at 2568 NY-212. Hours of operation are 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays.

Access Physical Therapy & Wellness is a participating provider with most insurance plans, including Medicare, NYS Government Empire Plan, Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield, United Health Care, and no-fault insurance.

With clinics in New York, Connecticut, Pennsylvania and North Carolina, Access Physical Therapy & Wellness is the fastest growing physical therapy company based in New York’s Hudson Valley. They have been named to the Best Companies to Work for in New York list for 2011, 2013, 2015 and 2017. Access Physical Therapy & Wellness provides a full range of services in physical, occupational and speech therapy.

Access Physical Therapy & Wellness is a 100% therapist owned organization providing quality physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech therapy services in clinics located across New York’s Hudson Valley, in Pennsylvania, Connecticut, and in North Carolina. For more information, please visit

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