Keuka student pursues new Parkinson’s treatments by virtual reality

Kaylie DeSorbo, Keuka College class of 2022, shared her findings at a national conference of occupational therapy professionals in San Antonio.

KEUKA PARK — During its brief existence, Virtual Reality has been largely the domain of games and interactive entertainment. But Keuka College senior Kaylie DeSorbo sees an entirely different application for the technology: improving life for people who have Parkinson’s Disease.

The Occupational Therapy major spent several days this month sharing her ideas with some of the thousands of professionals who attended the American Occupational Therapy Association’s INSPIRE 2022 Annual Conference & Expo in San Antonio.

Keuka College senior Kaylie DeSorbo gave a poster presentation this month at the American Occupational Therapy Association's INSPIRE 2022 Annual Conference & Expo in San Antonio.

DeSorbo was invited to present her poster at the conference because of the strength of her submission, “Virtual Reality Intervention for Individuals with Parkinson’s Disease.” She spent more than a year researching the topic with former Keuka College Associate Professor of Occupational Therapy Dr. Sunny Winstead. The results were then presented on a poster that DeSorbo created and used to illustrate her presentations at the conference.

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