News and information about Parkinson's Disease on the First Coast

Local Support Groups


UF Health Jacksonville Support Group

Contact: Lisa Smith

Clinical Research Coordinator, Dept. of Neurology Research

Phone: 904-244-9480

2nd Wednesday of the month at UF Health Jacksonville (11:30-1:30)

Tower 2, 10th Floor Banquet Room

580 West 8th Street

Jacksonville 32209


Jacksonville Beaches Support Group

Contact: Carol Rishel

Every Thursday at Palms Presbyterian Church (10:00-12:00)

Third Street and 35th Avenue South

Jacksonville Beach, FL 32250


Orange Park Support Group:

Contact: Stan Harris

3rd Saturday monthly in the Orange Park Branch Library, Rm. A (2:00-3:00)

2054 Plainfield Avenue, Orange Park, FL  32073

Caregivers contact: Elaine Balcom - 1st Saturday monthly in the Orange Park Library (10:00-11:00)


See Exercise Section: GZ Sobol’s Parkinson’s Network Exercise Classe

Also, free Tai Chi classes for PD people and caregivers offered


Mayo Clinic Parkinson’s Disease and Related Diseases Support Group

Contact: Anne Martin

Phone: 904 953-6523

1st Wednesday of the month at Mayo Clinic (12:30 - 1:30) Cannaday Bldg., Rm. 1107

4500 San Pablo Road, Jacksonville, FL 32224



Mayo’s Scheduled Speakers:


Mar 1 Parkinson's & Deep Brain Stimulation  - Dr. Ryan Uitti & Parkinson’s  Choir - Ms. Danielle Porter from Brooks Rehab

Apr 5 Dance for Life - Professor Cari Coble

May 3 Genetics & Parkinson's Disease - Dr. Zbigniew Wszolek

Jun 7 How Can Occupational Therapy Help Me with Parkinson's Disease Angelica Gicalone - Occupational Therapist


St. Augustine Parkinson’s Disease Support Group

Contacts: Melanie Lomaglio

Phone: 904-826-0084 ext. 1270 or

Dr. Anne Boddy

Phone: 904-826-0084 Ext. 1270

See website for schedule of events: Disease-Support-Group.aspx

A social gathering is held at STARS rehab (105 Mariner Health Way, St. Augustine) one month and an educational guest speaker is featured at the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences the next (1 University Blvd, St. Augustine). A free group exercise class is also offered by the Physical Therapy faculty and students.


St. Augustine’s Scheduled Speakers:

Mar 11Dr. Huang, MD, PhD, a neurologist at Baptist Health, Jacksonville

Apr 7 Social at STARS rehab


Fernandina Beach Parkinson’s Support Group

Contact: Lee Collins

3rd Thursday of every month at 7 PM at Nassau County Council on Aging

1367 South 18th Street

Fernandina Beach, FL 32034


Find a virtual support group at My Parkinson’s Team