His motivation stems from having a movement disorder called Essential Tremors (ET) since he was 8 years old. Also, his mother has had Essential Tremors/Dystonia and father Parkinson’s both for 30+ years. Movement disorders have played a crucial role in shaping his life. ET caused him to be in special education classes in elementary, high school and eventually throughout college.
He chose to study to become a Social Worker and graduated in 2016. Now he works for Strong Memorial Hospital/University of Rochester Medical Center as a Social Worker in the Emergency Room. Also, this is where he is currently beginning his graduate studies to become a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW).
Jacob also works with Mission PD as the Book Club and Support Group Leader. He hopes to do his field placement and his thesis based on working with people who have Parkinson’s on Mission PD. His goal is to become a LCSW specializing in counseling, coaching and case management for people with movement disorders.
It is so important to surround yourself with people that are going to motivate and encourage you to fight and overcome whatever challenge may come your way. This is the ultimate goal of the Mission PD Book Club and Support Group.