About Us

The Dallas Area Parkinsonism Society (DAPS) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded in 1978 by Clarice Dougherty to help her husband and others confront the daily challenges presented by Parkinson's disease (PD). Thousands of lives have been changed for the better because of Clarice's mission and the dedication of the many volunteers who have followed her.

DAPS serves as a resource for the Parkinson’s community by providing education, speech and exercise classes, and support groups. DAPS services and programs are provided free of charge or at a reduced rate for participants. The services page offers a more detailed description of our programs and services. Our groups page provides access to maps and a listing of class times and locations.

DAPS depends on memberships, donations, honorariums and fundraisers. In addition, DAPS is able to fulfill our mission thanks to the kindness of individuals and families who have been so touched by our services that they remember us in their wills, trusts, and foundations.

DAPS has an Executive Director, an Administrative Associate, a Volunteer Coordinator and several professionally trained therapists; everything else is accomplished by dedicated volunteers. By volunteering and becoming a part of our family, people with PD and their care partners can find new purpose in life, sustaining them through difficult times.

DAPS’ strong and caring Board of Directors includes people with Parkinson’s, family members, and others in the community with an interest in fighting this disease. Our Advisory Council provides frequent input about how we can best serve the community through our mission: DAPS is dedicated to impacting and improving the lives of those affected by Parkinson's disease.

Executive Director
Mike Miles
Board of Directors Advisory Council Medical Advisory Board
Chad Swank, Ph.D., President Sarah Atwood Shilpa Chitbnis, M.D., Ph.D.
Jo Klein, Vice President Ben Casey Richard B. Dewey, Jr., M.D.
Greg Wood, Treasurer Carlie Dorshaw-Moe Thomas D. Franklin, Jr., Ph.D.
Barbara Glass, Secretary Pat Goukler Richard L. Fulbright, Ph.D.
Jim Struble, Advisory Council Liaison Shirley Hand Dwight C. German, Ph.D.
Jared Caplan Mary Ellen Malone Charlene Noe Pravin Khemani, M.D.
Chris Clausen Chick Martin Sandi Pautler Aashoo Mentreddi, M.D.
Patty Cook Fred Ransdell Joyce Susman Padraig O'Suilleabhain, M.D.
Martha Fiddes Marilyn Stewart Barbara Taylor Nirav Pavasia, M.D.
Bentley Foster Bob Vlach   Alexander Peralta, M.D.
Harold Kellogg     R. Malcolm Stewart, M.D.
      Gary L. Tunell, M.D.