Showing their humor and humility, members called themselves "Movers and Shakers." They are, after all, afflicted with a movement disorder known mostly for its tremors.
But they have become true movers and shakers in the influential sense by their work on behalf of the new VCU Parkinson's Disease and Movement Disorder Evaluation Center, which celebrated its grand opening last week.
Physicians who specialize in Parkinson's have come to believe a multidisciplinary approach is the best way to treat the disease, said Dr. James P. Bennett Jr., who serves as director of VCU's new center.
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has pioneered such an approach at several of its medical facilities, including the McGuire Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Richmond, but that care is available only to military veterans. (Here's something worth nothing: As veterans, Bryan and Reynolds can — and do — receive treatment from the VA program, yet they led the charge to establish the VCU center, which will serve a much broader population.)
The VCU center is open to all and offers access to a team of medical professionals including neurologists specializing in various aspects of Parkinson's treatment, a clinical neuropsychologist, a physical therapist and a speech-language therapist. Clinical research also will be conducted at the center.