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Barbara Luedtke

Barbara Luedtke, PT, MS, MPA

Director Ancillary Therapeutic Program

Barbara Luedtke joined the Parkinson’s Institute and Clinical Center as the new Director of Ancillary Therapeutic Program in October of 2015 and brings over 25 years of experience working with patients with neurological disorders including Parkinson’s disease. Ms. Luedtke’s care model aligns with the Institute--Parkinson’s is a lifelong disease process and requires the support of medical, research and rehabilitation services. At the Parkinson’s Institute and Clinical Center, a single location, comprehensive and evidence based services are provided to meet the needs of each patient. Ms.Luedtke has experienced the benefits of early intervention in Parkinson’s; the importance of patient understanding of the disease process, recognition of the benefits of exercise and how this gives a level of control to the patient to manage the disease and live a more normal lifestyle. Also, those with more progressive disease process therapy will improve their functional levels from the introduction or re-introduction of therapy programs such as LSVT BIG and other therapy treatment interventions.

For the last five years Barbara has been the Physical Therapy Manager at Laguna Honda Hospital and Rehabilitation Center (LHH) where she worked with patients with TBI, SCI, trauma, neurological disorders and psychological issues.  Ms. Luedtke was also the lead on the Falls Committee and operated the orthotics and prosthetics clinic.  Prior to LHH, Ms. Luedtke worked at Pathyways Home Health and Hospice where she instituted therapy programs in the home for multiple neurological and orthopedic diagnosis. Ms. Luedtke now has the opportunity to take her many years of experience and focus on one specialty area so that she may offer outstanding care for her patients and meet the therapy needs of her community.

Barbara received her Master of Science (MS), Physical Therapy degree from Barry University in Florida and her Master of Public Administration (MPA), concentration in Finance, from Norwich University in Vermont.  Barbara has worked in numerous settings across the country and in the UK, including hospitals, acute rehab, skilled nursing, out-patient and home health.  

If you would like to learn more about Barbara or schedule a future appointment with her please contact Angie Valencia at (408) 542-5697.

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