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The Best Kept Secret in the Ozarks: PGO

For 25 years, PGO has worked endlessly to help hundreds of people with Parkinson’s disease in the Ozarks. Established in 1999 by founder Mel DeVries, the grassroots non-profit organization and its supporters provided the vision to create the first clinic for Parkinson’s patients known as Parkinson’s Clinic of the Ozarks in 2001. Honorary lifetime board members, such as Harry Beckett, saw potential for beneficial community collaborations to provide wellness classes to help meet the varied needs and interests Parkinson's families.  Over time, the organization has expanded to offer a wide assortment of Parkinson’s resources, educational programs, support group guidance, and free wellness classes to help make life better for people living with the diagnosis.


The path you are about to take need not be traveled alone. Parkinson’s Group is based in Springfield, Missouri in the heart of the Ozarks. As a not-for-profit organization, Parkinson’s Group works tirelessly to help people with Parkinson’s Disease.

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Nearly one million people in the U.S. are living with Parkinson's disease, and over 90,000 more are diagnosed each year. Many of these call the Ozarks home. Parkinson’s disease is a slowly progressive neurological disease generally associated with tremor or trembling of the arms and legs, stiffness and rigidity of the muscles, slowness of the movement, and impaired balance and coordination. As these symptoms become more pronounced, patients may have difficulty walking or completing other simple tasks. This disease not only affects the patient, but also his or her family.


Get in touch with Parkinson's Group of the Ozarks to learn more about our work and how you can get involved.

1136 E St Louis St

Springfield, MO 65806


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