Dr. Hand graduated with his Doctorate of Physical Therapy from the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia. He has served the Parkinson’s community as a full-time physical therapist for five years. He effectively started his career in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania at University of Pennsylvania’s Dan Aaron Parkinson’s Rehabilitation Center. He moved to Richmond, Virginia to pursue a career with Sheltering Arms Physical Rehabilitation and served as the leader of the clinical Parkinson’s disease program for over three years. During that time he was instrumental in establishing new clinical delivery models for care of patients with Parkinson’s disease and movement disorders. He also worked with the help of CurePSP to launch a yearly patient and care partner education day, developed a new boxing program (Power Punch), and led knowledge translation practices to improve clinical care.
He has since taken on the novel role of Movement Disorder Program Coordinator at Virginia Commonwealth University Health Systems. It is his goal to develop better treatment paradigms for Parkinson’s disease, improve access to clinical care, and continue to support the mission of self-efficacy for people and families living with Parkinson’s disease. He feels that partnership with organizations such as Power Over Parkinson’s will improve long-term outcomes for patients and families.
Dr. Hand, or Bobby as he prefers, currently resides in Richmond, Virginia with his wife, Erica. The two physical therapists spend their time traveling, enjoying the outdoors, and learning the joys of puppy training with their new addition, Rosie.