Welcome to DAPS!

Welcome to the Dallas Area Parkinsonism Society (DAPS)! We are glad you have found us, and hope you will find this site informative.

DAPS offers many services at no (or reduced) cost to those affected by Parkinson's disease living in the Dallas area, including the following:

  • group exercise
  • speech therapy
  • care partner support groups
  • Dance for Movement Disorders classes
  • non-contact boxing and tai chi for people with Parkinson's disease
  • monthly educational/motivational meetings
  • monthly newsletter by mail and email

See a map and full schedule of our groups and classes on our Group Schedules page.

Vizient Community Day 2018 was a SUCCESS!

Vizient volunteers and DAPS members had the opportunity to participate in breakout sessions which were snapshots of some of the classes DAPS provides those with PD, their care partners, family, and friends. It was a learning and interactive day!

DAPS and Vizient, although different in many ways, are alike in that we are in the business of caring, and we help others who are providing care to do so to the best of their abilities. In doing so, we strive to achieve positive outcomes and health benefits for those we serve.

THANK YOU to all those who participated and all those who volunteered!

Video of October 15 General Membership Meeting

Did you miss the DAPS General Membership Meeting in Dallas on Monday? Were you at the meeting, but want to review the information that was presented? We've got you covered! View a video of the presentation here.

Peak Performers T-shirts are now on sale!

Peak Performers T-Shirt

Show your support for Mike Braitsch's Peak Performers and Dallas Area Parkinsonism Society at the same time!

For just $20 you can own a T-shirt showing your support of the Peak Performers, a group of people with Parkinson's and their family & friends who are setting out to hike Mt. Guadalupe, the highest peak in West Texas.

Profits from the sale of these shirts go to fund the many services provided by Dallas Area Parkinsonism Society for those facing the daily challenges of Parkinson's disease.

Click here to order yours today!

Heard About Peak Performers?

Mike Braitsch

Dr. Mike Braitsch PT, DPT, founder and owner of Tribe Wellness, is a friend to many, including the Parkinson’s community and DAPS.

This October, Mike has put together an adventure involving a group called “Peak Performers.” Each of the members of the Peak Performers has accepted the challenge to train for and then hike the highest peak in Texas, the Guadalupe Peak. The group is made up of people with Parkinson’s disease, their families, and their friends who train regularly with Mike. I have heard so many times, from those who train with Mike, what a difference it makes in their life. The exercise is great for anyone, but especially those facing the challenges of living with Parkinson’s disease. Besides that, it is fun and the camaraderie and the friends that are made there are a tremendous motivation. And, who wouldn’t get motivated hanging out with Mike Braitsch? His enthusiasm is contagious.

Mike and the Peak Performers have decided to raise money and raise awareness for Parkinson’s disease by hiking up Guadalupe Peak. Each of them is asking for supporters to pledge an amount that will go to DAPS.

You may have already been asked by someone. If so, I hope you will join me in supporting them in this adventure. If you haven’t been asked or would like to give over and above that pledge, here is a link that you can click on to support the Peak Performers and to support the ongoing work of DAPS.


The Peak Performers have challenged themselves to “reach new heights.” Thank you in advance for any encouragement that you are able to give. Your support means a lot and will make a difference.


Mike Miles
Executive Director, DAPS

Dance for Movement Disorders in the news!

DAPS and Texas Health Dallas co-sponsor a twice-a-week Dance for Movement Disorders class at Finley Ewing Cardiovascular & Fitness Center. Our esteemed leader of the class, Misty Owens, was recently interviewed by WFAA. Watch the video below and see if you can recognize some other familiar faces!

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