Heather Cianci, PT, MS, GCS
Heather is the founding therapist of the Dan Aaron Parkinson’s Rehabilitation Center (Penn Therapy & Fitness) at Pennsylvania Hospital in Philadelphia, PA – a partner with the University of Pennsylvania’s Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders Center (PDMDC). Heather received her Bachelor’s in Physical Therapy from the University of Scranton in Scranton, PA and her Master’s in Gerontology from Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia. She has been a physical therapist since 1994 and has dedicated her career to patients with Parkinson’s disease (PD) and Atypical Parkinsonisms. Heather received her board certification in geriatrics in 1999 from the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties. She is a LSVT® BIG certified clinician, PWR! certified clinician, graduate of Rock Steady Boxing for Parkinson’s, certified in Music and Memory®, and an ACTIVATOR® Trainer. She serves as an LSVT® BIG Faculty Instructor for LSVT Global, Inc., and Co-Coordinator and PT Faculty for the Parkinson’s Foundation’s (PF) Team Training Program. Heather has authored book chapters on rehabilitative strategies for PD and frontotemporal degeneration. She is also the author of the PF educational manual “Fitness Counts.” Heather has lectured for various state Physical Therapy Associations, the former Parkinson Disease Foundation, the Michael J. Fox Foundation, and Philadelphia-area conferences and support groups. She has also taught for several CEU organizations, including Medbridge and Elite Learning. Her research includes movement strategies for bed mobility, falls, freezing of gait, and functional movement disorders. She teaches about rehabilitation and PD at Thomas Jefferson University and Neumann University. Heather is a former board member of CurePSP and team member of both the COPE Clinic (Comprehensive Outpatient Atypical Parkinsonism Evaluation) and Huntington’s Disease Clinic at the PDMDC.