Heather Cianci, PT, MS, GCS is a Geriatric Clinical Specialist and founding therapist at the Dan Aaron Parkinson’s Rehabilitation Center (Good Shepherd/Penn Partners) at Pennsylvania Hospital in Philadelphia, PA – part of the University of Penn Health System. 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, with the majority of those years dedicated to working with patients with Parkinson’s disease (PD) and Atypical Parkinsonisms.
Heather is a LSVT® BIG certified clinician, LSVT® BIG Faculty Instructor for LSVT Global, Inc., and a PWR! clinician. She also is a graduate of the National Parkinson Foundation’s (NPF) Allied Team Training Program and Rock Steady Boxing program for PD. Heather has authored book chapters on rehabilitative strategies for PD, and Frontotemporal Degeneration. She also is the author of two educational manuals on fitness and ADLs for the NPF. Heather has also lectured for various state Physical Therapy Associations, the Parkinson Disease Foundation, national continuing education companies, and Philadelphia-area conferences and support groups. 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’s (Philadelphia, PA) and Neumann University’s (Aston, PA) departments of PT.
Heather is a former Board member of CurePSP® and founding team member of the COPE program (Comprehensive Outpatient Atypical Parkinsonism Evaluation) at Pennsylvania Hospital’s Parkinson’s Disease & Movement Disorder Center.