The Chase Family Movement Disorders Center combines the diagnostic and therapeutic skills of prominent specialists with ongoing clinical research.

We offer a personal and compassionate approach to a comprehensive treatment plan that addresses the unique needs of every individual with Parkinson’s disease and other movement disorders, from diagnosis to hospice.

Sign up for our eNewsletter

Coming soon to Fairfield county and Torrington!

We will soon offer movement disorders services in Fairfield county and Torrington.

Current Locations

Spanish Clinic - Coming This Fall!

We now serve our Spanish speaking population at our new location in Hartford at 79 Retreat Avenue.

Learn more

American Parkinson Disease Association names Chase Family Movement Disorders Center as the first Information and Referral Center in CT!

The Chase Family Movement Disorders Center was recently appointed as an Information & Referral Center by the American Parkinson Disease Association. This Center serves as a resource for those with Parkinson’s disease and their loved ones as well as healthcare providers. The Center has a dedicated Information and Referral Center Coordinator, Susan Lather, who connects and provides resources from the state and national organization directly to the patient and family. She is under the medical direction of Dr. Joy DeMarcaida, Neurologist and Movement Disorder Specialist associated with Chase Family Movement Disorders Center of Hartford HealthCare.

ADPA logo

Learn more


Service Locations

The Chase Family Movement Disorders Center has convenient locations in Vernon, Cheshire, Mystic and Hartford.

Give to the Chase Family Movement Disorders Center

Help our patients continue to do the things that they need to do and like to do. We're passionate about enhancing our patients’ lives, so we are developing a patient-driven program to meet the needs expressed by patients themselves. Can you help?

Conditions & Treatments

A slight change in posture, difficulty walking, involuntary movements or abnormal speech could be a sign of a movement disorder. An extensive physical and neurological examination by the Center’s specialists will help find the cause, and possible treatments, for your condition.

Departments & Services

Our specialists in neurology and movement disorders are supplemented by specialists who support our whole-body, integrated approach to care.


Our role in finding new ways to treat neurodegenerative disorders.

Our Team

A board-certified doctor gives you the expertise needed for an accurate diagnosis and the best possible treatment.

Patient Resources

What you'll need to bring to your first appointment.

Patient Stories

First-person patient experiences at the Chase Family Movement Disorders Center.

In The News

Local media coverage of the Chase Family Movement Disorders Center.

Classes & Events

Take a class, attend an upcoming event, or join a support group!

Chase Family Movement Disorders - In The News

Research: Inhibiting Gene in Test Mice Can Quiet Parkinson’s Tremors

When University of California-San Diego (UCSD) scientists transformed brain cells into functioning neurons that restored dopamine, eliminating Parkinson’s disease motor symptoms in test mice, humans watched with anticipation. The research, “Reversing a model of Parkinson’s disease with in situ converted nigral neurons,” was published this summer in the journal Nature. [...]

Virtual Health: Now You Can Get Medical Care From Your Home

As Connecticut enters the surge stage of the COVID-19 pandemic, with state officials urging residents to “Stay Safe, Stay Home,” Hartford HealthCare will now offer access to most of its primary care, specialty and behavioral health providers through virtual health technology. More than 1,300 medical providers — including 550-plus primary [...]

Here’s What To Do if You Need, or Have, a Doctor’s Appointment

A message to patients from Dr. James Cardon, Hartford HealthCare Chief Clinical Integration Officer: Dear Patient: COVID-19, the new coronavirus, has affected all of us. To protect the people and communities we serve, Hartford HealthCare has put in place these policies and procedures for staff, patients and guests. If you have [...]

Questions? Coronavirus Hotline Now Available

Questions about the coronavirus? Need help? Hartford HealthCare’s COVID-19 Clinical Command Center hotline, staffed by healthcare professionals, is now available to the community. To reach the 24-hour hotline, call 860.972.8100 or (toll-free) 833.621.0600. Stay with Hartford HealthCare for everything you need to know about the coronavirus threat. Click here for information updated [...]

Why Deep Brain Stimulation ‘Life-Altering’ for Some Parkinson’s Patients

By Sarah Zurek, RN, BSN Chase Family Movement Disorders Center When it comes to Parkinson’s disease, essential tremor and dystonia, there is no cure but there are ways to reduce symptoms and improve your movement and quality of life. One way is through the surgical procedure called deep brain stimulation [...]

Did Linda Ronstadt Have To Stop Singing? How Parkinson’s Therapy Could Help

Ten Grammys, two Academy of Country Music awards, an Emmy, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame membership and many gold and platinum albums couldn’t shield Linda Ronstadt from Parkinson’s disease. The singer known for “Blue Bayou,” “Don’t Know Much” and “You’re No Good” started noticing changes to her voice as [...]