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Welcome to Synapse NeuroRehab + Wellness
WE CONNECT BRAINS TO BODIES, PHYSICAL THERAPY
TO WELLNESS, AND PEOPLE TO RESOURCES.
At Synapse, we provide one on one, total body, and evidence-based physical therapy for people with Movement Disorders.
Our methodology includes, but is not limited to:
PWR!® (Parkinson's Wellness Recovery)
Balance and Falls Training
Strength, Flexibility, and Endurance Exercise
Cognitive and Vision Activities
Family/Care Partner training
We also offer wellness services, home visits, and teach group exercise classes at The Center for Movement Challenges!
IF YOU MOVE WELL, YOU LIVE WELL!
We know through evidence and years of clinical experience that exercise is necessary to optimize quality of life and delay disease progression for people with Movement Disorders.
At Synapse, we help people with Movement Disorders get better and stay better through exercise and education. We strongly believe in the importance of continuity of care between medical specialists, rehab therapy, and wellness. We are located next door to the Center for Movement Challenges, which offers boxing, yoga, and general exercise classes for people with Movement Disorders. Between episodes of physical therapy, we will connect you with exercise classes specific to your needs!
Click on the video below to learn more about our friends and partners at the Center for Movement Challenges!
MEET THE TEAM
Dr. Amy Morse, PT, DPT
CO-FOUNDER, PHYSICAL THERAPIST
Dr. Amy Morse graduated from Medical University of South Carolina with a Doctorate in Physical Therapy in 2009. She worked at St. Francis Hospital in Greenville, SC for four years where she began working with people with Parkinson’s Disease. Following this, Amy moved to Atlanta in 2013 and took a job with Emory Healthcare until 2021. During her time at Emory, Amy expanded and led the Movement Disorders rehab program, was a mentor for Emory University’s Physical Therapy Neurological Residency program. She has spoken at many local and national community events and conferences including Emory’s Udall Community Conversations, National Parkinson’s Foundation “Living Well” and “Fitness Counts”, and World Parkinson’s Congress in 2016. She teaches the Parkinson’s lab materials for Emory University and GA State’s Physical Therapy students.
Amy has been involved with the LDBF Boxing for Parkinson’s (now part of the Center for Movement Challenges) program since 2014 and currently serves on the Physical Therapy Advisor for Parkinson's & MS Exercise and Wellness Programs. She is co-author and presenter of the LDBF Affiliate Certification Training Program.
In 2021, Amy opened up her own private practice, Synapse, with her business partner Brittney in hopes to connect rehab and wellness for optimal care for people with Movement Disorders.
Dr. Alex Garcia, PT, DPT, NCS
Dr. Alex Garcia graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University with her Doctorate in Physical Therapy in 2019. She then moved to Los Angeles, California for 2+ years where she worked in a clinic that specialized in treating people with acquired brain injuries. She became a Certified Brain Injury Specialist in 2020 and a board certified Neurologic Clinical Specialist in 2021. Alex recently moved to Atlanta to be close to family and is excited to use her experience
to improve the quality of life in those with neurologic diagnoses.
Dr. Brittney Hooker, PT, DPT, NCS
CO-FOUNDER, PHYSICAL THERAPIST
Dr. Brittney Hooker graduated with her BS in Exercise Science from Southeast Missouri State University in 2014 and her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from The University of Missouri in 2017. She completed her Neurologic PT Residency at Emory University in 2018 and was board certified as a Neurologic Clinical Specialist in 2019. She also received her certificate in vestibular rehabilitation in 2018. She worked as a PT at Emory Brain Health Center from 2018 – 2021, where she primarily treated people with Parkinson’s Disease and other Movement Disorders. During her time at Emory, she was also a mentor for the Emory Neurologic PT Residency Program.
In 2021, Brittney transitioned to her current role as Co-Owner and PT at Synapse NeuroRehab and Wellness, where she continues to focus on improving the quality of lives of people with Parkinson’s Disease and other neurologic diagnoses.
Outside of the clinic, Brittney teaches Movement Disorders lectures/labs for Emory University DPT School. She also speaks at a variety of local events and has presented her research on PT for people with Progressive Supranuclear Palsy at APTA CSM. Additionally, Brittney serves as a member of the Advisory Board for the Parkinson’s Foundation of Georgia.
Dr. Vanessa Lane, PT, DPT
Dr. Vanessa Lane graduated from University of North Carolina at Charlotte with a Bachelors of Science in Exercise Science in 2017. She then completed her Doctorate in Physical Therapy at Florida A&M University in 2020. While completing her PT degree, Vanessa's passion for treating those with neurologic conditions grew. Following PT school, she moved to Atlanta and began her career as a PT. Vanessa then went on to complete a Neurologic Physical Therapy Residency in 2022 with Winston-Salem State University and Novant Health in NC where she improved her skills of evaluating and treating those physical impairments due to neurologic conditions. She returned to Atlanta to continue to help those with neurologic conditions.
LILY GRAFF, SPT
Lily is originally from Napa, California and graduated with a bachelor's degree in Behavioral Neuroscience from the University of San Diego. Lily came to Georgia to pursue a Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Emory University and is currently finishing up her third and final year. Lily has volunteered with Boxing for Parkinson's and is interested in pursuing a career working with patients affected by neurological disorders. Lily enjoys participating in outdoor activities, eating good food, painting, and spending time with friends and family. She is very excited to join the team at Synapse NeuroRehab + Wellness!
"Brittney and Amy were incredible-knowledgeable, warm and exceptionally adept in their field of speciality, making each session dynamic, super productive and seamless in execution..."
"The therapists at Synapse are incredibly skilled at helping people with Parkinson’s. They customize the program to focus on your individual needs. I saw improvements after just a couple sessions. They made PT so much fun with their creative treatment ideas that not only challenged me physically but mentally as well. Highly recommend!"