Part of the Brain & Spine Institute

The Cole Center for Parkinson’s & Movement Disorders

West Knoxville


1975 Town Center Blvd.

Knoxville, TN 37922






Our Services

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

  • Parkinson's disease
  • Parkinsonism/atypical parkinson's/parkinson's plus
  • Multiple System Atrophy (MSA)
  • Progressive Supranuclear Palsy (PSP)
  • Corticobasal degeneration (CBD)
  • Dementia with Lewy Bodies (DLB)
  • Drug-Induced parkinsonism
  • Tardive Dyskinesia and drug-induced Movement Disorders
  • Involuntary Movements/Movement Disorder Not Otherwise Specified
  • Tremor (essential tremor, dystonic tremor, enhanced physiologic tremor, resting tremor, action tremor)
  • Myoclonus
  • Chorea
  • Dystonia (writer’s cramp, cervical dystonia, meige syndrome, orofacial dystonia, oromandibular dystonia, hemidystonia, generalized dystonia)
  • Hemifacial spasm
  • Huntington's disease
  • Ataxia (if referred by neurologist)
  • Friedreich's ataxia
  • SCA (Spinocerebellar Ataxia)
  • Gait Impairment (if referred by neurologist)
  • Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus (NPH)
  • Restless Legs syndrome
  • REM sleep behavior disorder
  • Tics/Tourette’s
  • Evaluation and diagnosis with specialty trained neurologists
  • Caregiver training and support services
  • Carbidopa Levodopa Enteral Suspension (Duopa)
  • Deep Brain Stimulation (Parkinson’s disease, Essential Tremor, Dystonia)
  • Botulinum toxin (Botox) injections for Dystonia conditions, Hemifacial spasm, spasticity, migraines, axillary hyperhidrosis 
  • Community outreach and education
  • Clinical trials
  • List of medications
  • Times Parkinson's medication is taken
  • List of questions for your provider

Clinical Trials Resources:

Click here to see the list of support groups in the area.

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Call The Cole Center today for more information or to refer a patient.

Please contact: 

Phone: 865-909-4030.

Fax: 865-909-4035

Please fax the following Referral Form to the fax number above.

2023 Parkinson's Symposium

Symposium agenda with timecode:

Parkinson’s Overview      

Parkinson’s Disease: An Introduction and Overview
Video Timecode - 7:46
Shadi Barbu, MD
Movement Disorders Specialist
DBS Director, The Cole Center, UT Medical Center

Functional Neurosurgery for Parkinson's Disease
Video Timecode - 1:02:14
Carter Gerard, MD
Functional Neurosurgeon, Neurosurgical Associates
UT Medical Center

Non-Medication Treatment Options
Video Timecode -  1:43:30
Luis Zayas, MD, PT
Movement Disorders Specialist
Outreach Medical Director, UT Medical Center

Keynote Presentation 

Parkinson’s is not a Disease but Many: Splitting Over Lumping is Key to Finding Cures      
Video Timecode - 2:51:06
Alberto Espay, MD, MSc, FAAN, FANA
Movement Disorders Specialist

Professor and Endowed Chair – James J. and Joan A. Gardner Center for Parkinson’s Disease at the University of Cincinnati                          

President-Elect of the Pan-American Section of the International Parkinson’s and Movement Disorders Society

The Future of Parkinson’s Care: What’s in the Research Pipeline?     

Video Timecode - 3:45:38
Christopher Tolleson, MD, MPH

Movement Disorders Specialist

Medical Director, The Cole Center                                                                                               

UT Medical Center

2022 Parkinson's Symposium

Symposium agenda with video timecode:

Parkinson’s Disease: An Introduction and Overview
Video Timecode - 38:45
Christopher Tolleson, MD, MPH
Movement Disorders Specialist
Medical Director, The Cole Center, UT Medical Center

How to Prepare for Doctor Visits and Hospitalizations
Video Timecode - 1:28:05
Luis Zayas, MD, PT
Movement Disorders Specialist
Outreach Medical Director
The Cole Center, UT Medical Center

The Future of PD Treatment: Updates in the Research Pipeline for PD Treatment
Video Timecode -  2:43:00
Umer Akbar, MD
Director, Movement Disorders Program
Rhode Island Hospital, Brown University

The Gut and Parkinson’s Disease
Video Timecode - 4:09:40
Shadi Barbu, MD
Movement Disorders Specialist
DBS Medical Director, The Cole Center, UT Medical Center

Motivational Guest Speaker
Video Timecode - 5:12:43
Jimmy Choi, Fox Ninja
American Ninja Warrior, Seasons 9, 10, 11 and 12


Support Services


Cindy Payne-Smith, NP

Nurse Practitioner


Laura Clabo, LAPSW

Social Worker

Whitney Sharp

Whitney Sharp, PT

Physical Therapist

C Irons

Courtney Irons, PT

Physical Therapist

Prepare for Your Visit


1975 Town Center Blvd.
Knoxville, TN 37922

Where we are

Northshore Town Center


Free lot at building

Map of Cole Neuroscience Center on Town Center Blvd in Knoxville, TN

About Us

Commitment to Our Patients

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.

The Cole Family


Related Pages

The Brain & Spine Institute

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.

Deep Brain Stimulation

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.

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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.

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