University of Florida in Gainesville, FL

The Research Center of Excellence is part of the UF Health Norman Fixel Institute for Neurological Diseases. The Movement Disorders & Neurorestoration Program, part of the Fixel Institute, was founded in 2002 with the vision of creating a world-class clinical-research center to provide a single destination for patients, families, doctors, and researchers. The program currently employs 10 movement disorders specialists, two behavioral neurologists, and three advanced practice providers, all of whom care for persons with Lewy body disorders and their families.

Dr. Melissa Armstrong, Dr. Bhavana Patel, and Dr. Shannon Chiu run LBD-specific clinics weekly. In addition to physician appointments, patients receive on-site specialty-trained physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech and language therapy (including barium swallow evaluations), usually on the same day as their physician visits. The institute has an on-site clinical case manager for social work needs and dieticians available in clinic or by phone. Neuropsychological testing is available at the institute and nearby at the UF Health Shands Hospital location. Psychiatric care is provided through an off-site UF psychiatry partner.

Melissa Armstrong, MD, MSc

Dr. Armstrong is the Director of the Mangurian Clinical-Research Headquarters for Lewy Body Dementia at the University of Florida Fixel Center for Neurological Diseases. She is an associate professor in the Department of Neurology and has an affiliate appointment in the Department of Health Outcomes & Biomedical Informatics. Her clinical work and research focus on improving care for persons with Lewy body dementia and their families, including increasing Lewy body dementia awareness, identifying individual priorities for care, and improving end-of-life experiences. She collaborates with the interdisciplinary team at the institute to promote a holistic approach to Lewy body dementia care.  Find out more information about Dr. Armstrong’s research efforts click here.

Clinic name: Norman Fixel Institute for Neurological Diseases
Phone number: 352-294-5400
Melissa Himes(clinic manager):
Website: Fixel Center for Neurological Diseases at UF Health