Our Mission

Provide the best information about opportunities, treatment, research, and care for people with PD, their caregivers, and their families.

What PAWM Provides

PAWM is located in beautiful Grand Rapids, Michigan, and serves the Greater Grand Rapids area as well as the Lakeshore areas, such as the communities of Holland and Muskegon. We are committed to helping Parkinson’s Disease (PD) patients and their families/caregivers understand PD and learn about activities and support groups that may help with the management of PD.

PAWM is a source of PD-related information. We help promote many different PD-related activities, including online information, programs on physical and speech therapy, relaxation training, and other measures which are important in learning to live with PD. You may choose to learn about home health care or to hear presentations by neurologists and other health professionals with PD experience and training.

PAWM is constantly searching for and providing current information pertaining to research, treatment, and topics that would be of interest to people with PD, their families, and their support persons.

PAWM provides the following services for people with PD, their families, and support persons:

  • Timely and accurate information via this website, Facebook, emails, and printed material;
  • A dynamic Search Engine providing a wide range of PD Information, including books, local support groups, clinical trials, and information on specialized services, such as a Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) Support Group;
  • A connection to exercise and other special classes for people with PD;
  • Notification of opportunities to participate in PD-related studies;
  • Lectures and events featuring PD experts;

PAWM Board of Directors


Kim Cousineau, MPA – President

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Gary Conn – Vice President

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Donald J. Michaud, MBA – Treasurer

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Shaun Hindley, MS – Secretary

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Mark Asma

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Dr. Robert “Ross” Coleman, MD

Dr. Coleman, MD, is a neurologist specializing in movement disorders at Spectrum Health in Grand Rapids.  Dr. Coleman earned his medical degree from Vanderbilt University School of Medicine in Nashville, Tennessee, and completed his neurology residency at the University of Michigan Health System in Ann Arbor. He completed his movement disorders fellowship at the University of California, San Francisco, and the San Francisco Veterans Affairs Medical Center. Dr. Coleman’s clinical interests include Parkinson’s Disease (PD), essential tremor and other tremor disorders, dystonia, deep brain stimulation, levodopa intestinal infusion therapy, botulinum toxin injection, ataxia, Huntington’s disease, progressive supranuclear palsy, multiple system atrophy, corticobasal degeneration, and other movement disorders.

Joy Gianakura, EdD

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Dr. Barbara Pickut, MD

Dr. Barbara Pickut is an Associate Professor of Neurology at the Michigan State University College of Human Medicine and College of Osteopathic Medicine. She is a graduate from the University of Michigan School of Public Health and received her medical degree from the University of Antwerp, Belgium where she completed residencies in Neurology and in Neuro-rehabilitation. She was a founding member of the Belgian Movement Disorders Society.

Dr. Pickut has participated in clinical research studies for neurological diseases such as Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s. She currently practices in East Lansing and specializes in Parkinson’s, Movement Disorders, Memory Disorders and clinical research.

Scott Pierce

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Caryl Sortwell, PhD

Dr. Caryl Sortwell’s research investigates therapeutic strategies for the treatment of PD including transplantation, pharmacotherapy, trophic factor augmentation via gene therapy and deep brain stimulation. Particular emphasis is placed on characterizing the time course and magnitude of nigrostriatal degeneration and functional impairment produced by a variety of insults in rat models of PD. These same rat models are then utilized to determine the potential of various neuroprotective approaches to slow degeneration. Dr. Sortwell is also interested in understanding how the aging brain environment impacts therapeutic strategies for PD.

Brian Toronyi

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Betsy Borre

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Don Butcher

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Dr. Leslie Neuman

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Kurt Stiansen

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