THE CMC IS HERE TO SUPPORT 

You and Your Community

WE ARE THE CHICAGO MOVEMENT COALITION.

We are a partnership of community members, leaders, and academic specialists. 

We are dedicated to being there for you and your community to make moves for Parkinson's!

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The Chicago Movement Coalition (CMC) is an alliance of community and academic partners that was established in 2019 to be a resource and advocate for members of the Chicagoland community who are underrepresented in the area of Parkinson’s disease care.  The coalition is made up of CMC leaders who are community leaders and healthcare providers, individuals with Parkinson’s disease, and their caregivers. These CMC Leaders represent the perspectives and priorities of their diverse communities in the North and Southwest sides of Chicago. 

The main goal of the CMC is to empower community members by developing and sustaining educational initiatives about Parkinson’s disease care and research opportunities. The CMC is generously funded by the Michael J. Fox Foundation and the Parkinson’s Foundation​.

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Our Team

CMC Advisory Council Leadership

JANET CRAWFORD

Community Leader

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Janet Crawford recently joined Senior Helpers of Niles- Lincolnwood as VP of Client Services. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Rush University in Chicago, IL. She supports the extensive training that Senior Helpers caregivers receive so that clients with PD can live in comfort and as independently as possible.

MICHAEL TURNER

Community Leader

Senior Helpers of Niles - Lincolnwood was founded by Michael Turner, Owner and has been providing exceptional in-home care experiences for seniors in the Niles, Lincolnwood, Edgebrook/Sauganash, Chicago and surrounding communities for more than 9 years. His mission for clients who live PD is to ensure a better quality of life for them and their care partners.

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  DOROTHY GIBBS

Person With Parkinson's

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  LOLLITA COLLIER

Care Partner 

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Neurologist, Movement Disorder Specialist

Dr. BRANDON BARTON

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MICHAEL

EWING

Care Partner 

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Michael is Victoria's partner of 54 years.  In addition to sharing 5 children and 12 grandchildren, they share her journey with Parkinson's disease - by her bedside throughout each emergency room visit, ICU stops hospitalization, rehabilitation stint, and future doctor visits

CMC Executive Planning Council

KAREN

WILLIAMS, BA

Senior Research Coordinator

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Karen is a Senior Research Project Manager at Northwestern. She has greater than 25 years of experience in clinical research, of which 16 were dedicated to Parkinson's research. She serves on the Parkinson's Study Group Executive Committee and on a number of community outreach committees. As a native Chicagoan, she is passionate about increasing awareness of PD research in Chicago. 

CARMEN BOSQUES

Person with Parkinson's

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MARIA GUTIERREZ

Care Partner

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JOSE

GUTIERREZ

Person with Parkinson's

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Dr. YASAMAN

KIANIRAD

Neurologist, Movement Disorder Specialist

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Dr. Kianirad is a Movement Disorder Specialist at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She sees many Parkinson's patients in her clinic.  She completed her Residency and Fellowship at Northwestern.  As a Liaison to the CMC Leadership, Dr. Kianirad providers her clinical expertise and opinion to our work.

VALERIE EWING

Person with Parkinson's 

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Dr. KATIE

MCGRAW

Katy is a Physical Therapist at Northwestern Medicine Lake Forest Hospital. She is passionate about improving the lives of people living with Parkinson's disease through rehabilitation and exercise. She completed her doctoral education at University of Illinois at Chicago and a neurologic physical therapy residency at Boston University. Over the past 10 years, she has worked in a variety of innovative clinical, research, and educational roles focused on Parkinson's disease. 

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EMILY

ZIVIN

Social Worker

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Emily Zivin has worked in many different capacities within the health care field.  She ran a  Parkinson's disease community program at JCC Chicago for over two years   She also works as the HDSA chapter social worker and recently became the Huntington's Disease social worker at Northwestern.  She earned her Masters in Social Work at Columbia University and a  Masters Degree in Public Administration from New York University Wagner School of Public Service. 

Care Provider 

MARY

WITHERSPOON, RN

Physical Therapist 

Neurologist,

Movement Disorder Specialist

Dr. DANIELLE 

LARSON

Dr. Larson is a Movement Disorder Specialist at Northwestern. She is passionate about increasing the awareness of Parkinson’s disease in Chicago communities. In her role as a physician leader on the CMC’s Executive Planning Committee she helps to plan and carry out CMC activities in the community.

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Lead Spanish

Interpreter

Fabiola Bowland

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Fabiola has over 20 years of experience in interpretation and has been at Northwestern Memorial Hospital since 2007.  As a lead interpreter she participates in training of fellow interpreters and administrative staff. She holds a Master's Degree in Business Administration from Concordia University.

Dr. JENNIFER
ADRISSI

Neurologist

Jennifer is a Neurologist and Movement Disorders Fellow at Northwestern. She is interested in finding innovative ways to use community programming to raise awareness about Parkinson's Disease and ensure that all communities in the Chicagoland area have access to advances in care and therapies available. As a member of the CMC's Executive Planning Committee, she helps plan and organize CMC activities and events.

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