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 groups
  • 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 email

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

2019 Keep Moving! Symposium

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Join us Saturday, September 21, 2019

9:30 a.m. to 3:15 p.m.

Registration begins at 8:45 a.m.

for our

3rd Annual Keep Moving! Symposium

at the Lovers Lane United Methodist Church
9200 Inwood Road, Dallas, TX 75220


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PD Management
Music Therapy
Myths vs. Facts about PD
Sleep Management
Well Being & Living Well
Diet & Nutrition
Caregivers Boot Camp
DBS: Deep Brain Stimulation
Click here to see the full agenda

Premier Level Sponsors:

Medtronic logo Abbott logo US WorldMeds logo Boston Scientific SunovionCC Young Senior Living

The Peak Performers are back!

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

Last fall, Mike put together an adventure involving a group called “Peak Performers.” They accepted the challenge to train for and then hike the highest peak in Texas, the Guadalupe Peak. The group was made up of people with Parkinson’s disease, their families, and their friends who train regularly with Mike.

For 2019, Mike and his Peak Performers are traveling to Oklahoma for a 3.5 mile hike. You can click here to register to join the Turner Falls hiking group! You'll train each week as a group, practice some walking and leg strength at home, and then travel to Turner Falls in Oklahoma on October 26, 2019, for a 3.5 mile hike!

Mike and his group have decided to use this hike to raise awareness of Parkinson’s disease and raise money for Dallas Area Parkinsonism Society (DAPS).  Each of the Peak Performers is asking for supporters to donate an amount that will go to DAPS, and we have created a special donation page for this event. You can use this link to donate money as a Peak Performer or in honor of a Peak Performer: https://daps.us/peak-performers-2019

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

Dallas: A Creative City

Dallas Arts Month is a celebration of the thriving arts community in Dallas instituted by Mayor Mike Rawlings. Misty Owens was invited to be interviewed for the project and her choreography for the Dance for PD® Crane Project Filming at Dallas Museum of Art on Friday, March 1, 2019, was included in the Mayor's video. The choreography was created for the Global PD Crane Project and was featured along with other video submissions for the World Parkinson's Congress in Kyoto, Japan, in June 2019.

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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