NOW OFFERING HOME OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY SERVICES!
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 and occupational 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 therapies, 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 and was the lead PT on the Comprehensive Care Clinic for PD. 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. In 2017, she completed the Physical Therapy Faculty Scholar program with the Parkinson's Foundation. 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. McKenzie Bridges, PT, DPT
Dr. McKenzie Bridges graduated with her BS in Athletic Training from Florida State University in 2019. She then completed her Doctorate in Physical Therapy at Georgia State University in 2023. During her time in PT school, McKenzie has volunteered and had clinical rotations working with individuals with Parkinson’s, Acquired Brain Injuries, and other neurological conditions which only further piqued her interest in the Neurological PT realm. McKenzie is a GA native and enjoys traveling, spending time with friends and family, and completing DIY projects. She is very excited to increase her knowledge base and further connect with the Synapse NeuroRehab + Wellness team.
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-Founder 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 is a group exercise instructor at the Center for Movement Challenges (CFMC) and an adjunct faculty member at Emory University DPT School. Brittney is active in the PD community, working closely with the Parkinson’s Foundation, the APDA, the YMCA, CFMC, and Atlanta Neuroscience Institute (ANI). Brittney has spoken at a variety of local and national events and presented her research on PT for people with Progressive Supranuclear Palsy at APTA CSM.
In her free time, Brittney enjoys spending time with her fiancé, James, and her soon to be step son, Judah. She loves being outside, exercising, reading, boating, and traveling to visit family.
Dr. Vanessa Lane, PT, DPT, NCS
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. Vanessa became a board certified Neurologic Clinical Specialist in 2023.
Molly is an Atlanta native. She graduated from Kennesaw State University with a Bachelor's in Business Administration. She is currently finishing up her field work at the Stone Mountain Community Garden's Food Pantry garden on the weekends to attain her Master Gardener certification. She has also just recently started run/walking 5Ks, but is pretty sure that will only be during the cooler months. Molly is excited to be a part of the team and looks forward to getting to know everyone.
Cynthia "Cindy" Lourie, MS, OTR/L, ECHM, CAPS
Cindy has been a licensed occupational therapist for 30 years. She has worked in various settings including home health, inpatient and outpatient rehab and acute care. The majority of Cindy’s career focus as an OT has been to address the needs of the adult and older adult populations. An occupational therapist assesses and evaluates a client’s functional status in their environment with the goal of maintaining or maximizing a person’s independence. Cindy has the clinical skills to evaluate a person and their surroundings to identify the barriers to independence and then to establish an individualized plan to address and overcome those hurdles. To modify or adapt the environment or a task is not to take away independence, but to maximize it. Cindy is the owner of Enable Home Solutions and is a member of the National Aging in Place Council.
"After doing PT at Synapse and exercise classes at CFMC my UPDRS motor score was cut in half! It decreased from 44 to 22. My neurologist was extremely impressed."
"I can move better now than I could 5 years ago, before I was even diagnosed with Parkinson's!"
"Synapse is a gem in the midst of the chaos called Parkinson's."
"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!"