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Gardner-McMaster Parkinson Center

The Gardner-McMaster Parkinson Center (GMPC) is dedicated to providing comprehensive, compassionate, and contemporary services to patients and their families diagnosed with Parkinson's disease and other movement disorders.  Our goal is to make Parkinson's disease as insignificant as possible in the lives of our patients and their families.

Dedicated Neurological Care Specializing in Movement Disorders

  • Serving as a resource for local and regional primary care physicians and neurologists.
  • Offering second opinions regarding patients with challenging diagnostic and therapeutic cases.
  • Comprehensive services to assure the accurate diagnosis and effective treatment of Parkinson’s disease and other movement disorders.
  • Current and evidence-based interdisciplinary therapies along with opportunities for participation in clinical studies.
  • Psychological, social work and counseling services to help with life changes, vocational decisions and caregiver stress.
  • Rehabilitation services to improve and sustain mobility in order to maximize physical independence.
  • Educational activities for the community.
  • Wellness programs offering a holistic approach to daily living with PD.
  • Support services, education and group activities for care givers.
  • Multiple structured volunteer opportunities and services.
  • Advocacy groups and community resources to assure services appropriate for the needs of patients and their families, coordinated with the Parkinson Foundation of NW Ohio.
  • Interdisciplinary approaches to clinical research.
  • Fulfilling the mission of The University of Toledo and University of Toledo Medical Center by educating future physicians, nurses, pharmacists, therapists and other clinicians how to diagnose and optimally treat those affected by Parkinson’s disease and other movement disorders.

Treatment Advances

Lawrence W. Elmer Md., Ph.D., director of the GMPC has participated in dozens of major clinical trials for the treatment of Parkinson's disease including studies of neuro-protective and novel therapeutic agents.  Recent advances in medical management of early Parkinson's include once-daily therapies.  Newly released and investigational agents offer significant treatment options for patients experiencing limited response to their current medications. 
For those patients inadequately treated with pharmacological therapies, surgically effective treatment for tremors and Parkinson’s disease may be available with the use of Deep Brain Stimulation through the joint effort of our center and regional neurosurgical centers of excellence.  Additionally, intramuscular injection of botulinum toxin has demonstrated proven effectiveness for the treatment of dystonic disorders including torticollis, focal dystonia and blepharospasm.


TO CONTACT THE CLINIC:  419.383.4405 phone          419.383.3073 fax                                                                  

TO CONTACT THE RESEARCH TEAM:  419.383.6727 phone    419.383.3063 fax

Lawrence W. Elmer Md., Ph.D., Director
Mary E. (Molly) Scott, RN, MSN, FNP-BC
Kimberly Cole, DNP, MSN, RN

Kelly Kohler, RN
Nikki Rippke, MA
Roseann Shepherd, MA
Beth Weller, MA

Julia Spears, CCRC
Stephanie Wilson, RN, MSN, CCRC

Lisa Keaton, MSW, LSW
Kristen Schuchmann, MRC, LSW, LPCC


Dr. Elmer

Click here to watch UTMC's Dr. Elmer discuss what to expect when seeing a movement disorder specialist — a neurologist who specializes in Parkinson's.

Last Updated: 10/18/17