JOHN DEAN, MA, CCC-SLP, is a speech language pathologist specializing in the treatment of Parkinson’s disease and related disorders. In 2009, he developed the first transdisciplinary Parkinson’s program for Life Care Centers of America – a program became the flagship for a network of 15 transdisciplinary teams throughout Colorado and Wyoming as well as the second network throughout Tennessee, Georgia, South Carolina, and Northern Florida. Since 2013, Mr. Dean has served as a member of the faculty for the Allied Team Training Program (ATTP) from the National Parkinson Foundation and International Parkinson’s and Movement Disorder Society. He also serves in the leadership of the Health Professionals Special Interest Group of the International Parkinson’s and Movement Disorder Society (MDS) and is a member of the MDS Task Force on Technology as well as the Speech Study Group. Mr. Dean has certifications in LSVT ®LOUD, Parkinson’s Voice Project (SPEAK OUT®), and Parkinson’s Wellness Recovery! (and developed the breath, voice, and some of the cognitive components of that program). In addition, he has received additional instruction and/or certification in Dance for PD, Neurologic Music Therapy, and developed Parkinson-specific material based on Pilates principles.
In 2015, Mr. Dean joined the Davis Phinney Foundation for Parkinson’s as their director of Healthcare Strategy and Technology. Before joining the Foundation, he was co-founder of PD Me, a technology startup developing smartphone-based tools for measuring symptoms of Parkinson’s disease, a project that was featured in the Blue Ribbon Highlights at the 19th International Conference on Parkinson’s Related Disorders in San Diego, California (2015). Although he works for the Foundation full-time, he continues to be active in the startup community.
Financial: Receives a speaking honorarium from Vyne Education, Parkinson’s Wellness Recovery (PWR!), and International Parkinson and Movement Disorder Society.
Non-financial: Serves as the Director of Healthcare Strategy and Technology for David Phinney Foundation for Parkinson’s.