The Cole Center employs a multidisciplinary team to treat the complex issues associated with Parkinson’s disease and other movement disorders. Our team is comprised of three neurologists fellowship trained in movement disorders, an advanced registered nurse practitioner with more than a decade experience in movement disorders, a registered nurse and a social worker.
We also have physical therapists at our clinic several times each month to help with complicated cases, and refer actively to ancillary care such as physical therapy, speech therapy and occupational therapy. Our movement disorder specialists are experts in the diagnosis and treatment of Parkinson’s disease, essential tremor, dystonia, chorea and a variety of other movement disorders. The Cole Center is further considered a Comprehensive Care Center through the Parkinson's Foundation for its high-level Parkinson's care as well as a Huntington’s Center of Excellence (associate site of Vanderbilt’s Level I HDSA Huntington’s Center of Excellence) given our medical expertise and patient services.
Our comprehensive team strives to incorporate patients into the treatment process. We provide the patient and family with educational materials of clinical issues and treatment recommendations. The team works with the patient and family to help them understand the situation and encourages them to participate in the development of a management plan.
The Cole Center employs the latest technologies and therapies to diagnose and treat thousands of patients in East Tennessee and the surrounding areas. We are excited to provide botulinum toxin (Botox) injections, the carbidopa levodopa enteral suspension (Duopa) and Deep Brain Stimulation as procedural options for our patient population. A comprehensive neurological evaluation and treatment plan can establish an accurate diagnosis early in the clinical course, which may allow you or your loved one to preserve mobility and improve quality of life.
Principal Medical Conditions Treated at The Cole Center
Parkinsonism/atypical parkinson's/parkinson's plus
Multiple System Atrophy (MSA)
Progressive Supranuclear Palsy (PSP)
Corticobasal degeneration (CBD)
Dementia with Lewy Bodies (DLB)
Tardive Dyskinesia and drug-induced Movement Disorders
Involuntary Movements/Movement Disorder Not Otherwise Specified
The Cole Center’s mission is to provide compassionate and quality care for patients with movement disorders using the most up to date research and treatments. We desire to walk alongside and support our patients and their families as they battle their diseases, providing them with hope and reassurance throughout their personal journeys.
The Cole Center: History of the Cole Family
The Cole Center is named in honor of the late Robert H. and Monica M. Cole, of Knoxville, whose dedication, vision, and philanthropic support nurtured the development of neuroscience-related research, education and patient care programs at UT Medical Center and UT Graduate School of Medicine. Through their support and the continued support of others, The Cole Center serves as a unique regional hub for the treatment, understanding and study of Parkinson’s disease and other movement disorders.
We blend compassion with expertise in treating neurological disorders. Our team works together across disciplines to provide the most effective plan of care for every patient. We use the latest diagnostic and treatment technologies, including advanced imaging systems, brain monitoring equipment and minimally invasive surgical techniques.
Our Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) interdisciplinary team is composed of movement-disorder neurologists trained in DBS, a neurosurgeon who specializes in DBS surgeries, physical therapists, neuropsychologists and a DBS coordinator.
Accreditation & Recoginition
The Cole Center Designated a Parkinson’s Foundation Comprehensive Care Center
The Cole Center for Parkinson’s & Movement Disorders at The University of Tennessee Medical Center (UTMC) has been selected to join the Parkinson’s Foundation Global Care Network as a Comprehensive Care Center. This network represents the finest movement centers for Parkinson’s care across the world. The Cole Center is proud to join this larger Parkinson’s network and make a difference in Knoxville and East Tennessee by providing multi-faceted care to people living with Parkinson’s Disease.
The Cole Center Is a Huntington’s Center of Excellence
The Cole Center is a partner site to Vanderbilt Medical Center’s Level I Huntington’s Disease Society of America (HDSA) Center of Excellence. This network also includes Erlanger Medical Center in Chattanooga, Tennessee. The Cole Center’s Tennessee partnership with Vanderbilt represents one of the few Level 1 centers across the United States. There are more than 50-60 overall HDSA Centers of Excellence in the country. The Centers of Excellence provide a team approach to HD care and research. At HDSA Centers of Excellence you will find HD-experienced neurologists, psychiatrists, speech and swallowing specialists, occupational therapists, physical therapists, genetic counselors and other professionals to help you plan the best care program.
The University of Tennessee Medical Center provides medical treatment without regard to race, age, color, national origin, ethnicity, culture, language, socioeconomic status, religion, sex, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation or disability.